We had a surprise snowfall this week. A 10 mile wide band came through our area and dumped 2-6 inches of snow. We were right in the middle, so it was a lovely surprise. It came on so suddenly that friends visiting us Sunday afternoon ended up staying the night. I had been scheming as to how to visit Mt Hood this week and instead Mt Hood came to me!
Nephews have been sick, so I spent a bit of time hanging out with them. It also helped with my cabin fever from being snowed in.
And then I escaped the freezing temperatures and went to Astoria. It was cold and clear and beautiful.
We spent a lot of time at a coffee shop at the end of this pier watching the boats go by and playing dutch blitz. It was heavenly.
And I managed to squeeze in reading this heartstring-tugging book. So good.
And then I came back home and promptly got snowed in at a friend’s house with another friend. I saw Jurassic Park (for the first time!) and we watched Far Away from the Madding Crowd and Austenland. We also played lots of Canasta and I managed to fit in another book, Virtuous Minds. It was one of my best weekends ever.
It started off with the little kids Nativity play after church. My nephew is the confused little sheep.
Speaking of sheep, they looked so cozy and content when I went down to the barn to let them out one morning.
Happy boys play twister before dinner.
We celebrated three birthdays two days before Christmas. Fate had thwarted us from the family getting together earlier.
In reality, most of the week felt like this. Bleary and a little blurry, thanks to a cold that affected my hydrops ear giving me balance issues and Christmas shopping that desperately needed to happen. Thankfully, Christmas Eve was cozy-like and made up for it.
This week was filled with lots of spring time activities. Because of the week of sunshine we’ve had I’ve spent a lot of time outside working in the garden and the barn.
We also have a bummer lamb this year. She’s a week old and was enamored with tulips this afternoon.
Spring term also started! I’m finishing up my Chemistry sequence and am starting Anatomy and Physiology. I’m excited.
And, well, I manged to bang my forehead hard while working down at the barn yesterday. One of the reasons I’ve been paranoid to work around the farm is for that exact reason and it finally happened. I barely noticed it last night, but it’s been pretty sore to day. Praying that it’s just my forehead and that the ol’ noggin is still okay! I’ve been taking lots of neuroflam and white willow so hopefully that will keep my brain from getting too upset!
This evening my right ear is feeling full. Not sure why. Perhaps I had to much salt at dinner? It just means I’m laying around not doing much.
This week I spent two days “working” as an Extra for a tv show filmed in Portland. I put “work” in quotation marks as it’s not really work, it’s mostly sitting around and waiting for them to need you to walk across the street, etc. I did it once last summer and it was fun. If you can bring stuff to keep you occupied and you don’t mind it being a little unpredictable, it’s a very nice way to earn a bit of money. The only downside is that the hours can be really long. Both days I was on set for 13+ hours. And it can stretch even longer than that if there’s a crunch to finish an episode. On the plus side, you might get to watch the actors acting and you get a upscale restaurant-worthy lunch.
Today, I spent time finally adding up my concussion related medical costs for 2014. And then I cried. It’s surprisingly emotional going through old receipts. And it’s humbling.
Melissa is doing a give away! I found her most recent post to be just what I needed to hear after dealing with money and memories this afternoon.
My grandparents were visiting this week. On Monday I took them to the Portland Rose garden for a picnic lunch. The unusually warm weather that Portland has been having this summer has made for a spectacular display of roses.
My grandparents are avid bridge fans and have taught their grandchildren how to play. It was a good challenge for me to re-learn how to strategize. I know the last time I played I needed help figuring out my strategy.
We also spent time listening to my grandparents talking about their World War II experience. We got most of it on video so that was a definite highlight of the trip.
On Wednesday we took them and some friends to the river for the afternoon. My grandmother (at age 89) even got in and floated around on some pool noodles. Love their spirit of adventure!
This week I dealt with a lot of dizziness from trying to switch up my diuretics. It was starting to get better, but then on Wednesday, I think I ate some moldy cashews, and the next day I woke up with a really foggy brain and my sensitive ear and nose were all congested. Which as you might imagine, was not helpful at all. Thankfully, last night I finally started feeling better and not so consistently dizzy every time I moved.
Because of the dizziness, I’ve spent a lot of time resting. My eyes don’t work well together when my ear is flared, so I’ve enjoyed listening to Mrs. Mike.
I did go blueberry picking! I don’t think I went at all last year.
I did manage to do some sewing that I had promised for a friend’s wedding gown sash. She’s getting married in a couple of weeks so I couldn’t put it off on account of not feeling well. It’s the first sewing project I’ve done for two years, so that was exciting!
This week has been a discouraging one so far. Not anything very dramatic, but I’ve been dealing with quite a bit of dizziness thanks to experimenting with my prescription diuretic that’s for my Secondary Endolymphatic Hydrops. As I mentioned here, I was hoping to slowly work my way off of it and replace it with a natural supplement. But it didn’t work. After a week of being at half dose on the diuretic and slowly increasing my natural supplement, my right ear was steadily filling up, and by Friday I was getting waves of dizziness, so I broke down and took another half of my diuretic and I’ve since gone back to my normal dosage.
However, what I just assumed would be a simple matter of my ear draining in a day or two, has now stretched out to four days. I went in to see the functional neurologist on Monday as I was hoping they could do a quick fix, but it turns out to be more complicated than that. The appointment did help, but Dr Z reminded me that it could take up to a week for it to finish draining out (and I now remember that it took about two weeks when I first got on it). So yes, I might have another week or so of dizziness issues.
Also, interestingly enough, he said that when you start messing with the system it also can encourage inflammation that can take a while to resolve, so I seriously increased my anti-inflammatory pills. Hopefully that will help too, but it’s a little harder to see direct correlation.
Today, I was able to do acupuncture and that always helps me stabilize. And I think it keeps my ear draining better. I’m also having more stamina; I can do more for longer before I start feeling like my world is moving when I’m not!
And I do keep on waking up feeling a little better so I’m hoping by the end of the week this will just be a good lesson learned.
Lots to report on this week! First off, I realized I never wished anyone a Happy 4th! I hope you had a good day. I did. I had several highlights, including swimming in the river (again!) and I did quite well with that and also managing to watch fireworks standing up on the Hawthorne bridge.
Also, on top of normal 4th activities, the next day I “hiked” Oneota Gorge with a group of friends. Not only does this involved wading through water (at times waist high) it also involved climbing over a huge 15ft log jam at the beginning of the canyon. My brothers were gracious enough to stick close to me for support so I felt fairly safe climbing over.
As you may remember, last week I was going to attempt getting off of my prescription diuretic (hydroclorathiazide) and on to more natural supplements. It was a fail. I went down to half a dose of the hydroclorathiazide and started increasing the other stuff, but I never got it to equal out. By Friday afternoon, I was starting to feel pretty miserable. Even though I was keeping my salt level low, my right ear felt all plugged and I was starting to have waves of dizziness, and my neck was starting to really hurt from holding my head funny as it was compensating for my right inner ear not giving the proper stimulus. So I’m back to full strength diuretic for now. Ah, well! It was tempting to get depressed about it, but really, it’s not a big deal to take the prescription. It was good to find out that I hadn’t acclimated to it and I’m so thankful that it is a solution.