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New purse

So I used to not be a purse wielding type of gal. One Christmas I was upset with my grandmother for thinking I was actually. As I’ve gotten older and wiser, or maybe just older….I started carrying around a purse. I think part of it is that I just have more CRAP. I mean when you are younger you don’t have much to carry with you. Then you get your driver’s license, then comes the credit card. Then comes the loyalty card to every store you have ever stepped foot into or even walked past, I mean have I even stepped foot into that store? Maybe once WHY do I have a loyalty card? Am I even LOYAL to them? Oh wait I remember there was that cashier who looked at me with their sad brown eyes and asked pretty please on that one day back in 2001…yes that’s why I have that card and I keep it in my wallet in the off chance that I MIGHT decide to walk back into that store. Doesn’t matter that I have not in the last 14 years walked back into that store, nor thought about that store unless I was cleaning my wallet, but what if I decide on some cold windy day to breeze back in there, I want to be prepared!

Actually what had happened is this! So I have this serious kind of deadly allergy to Lysol. Yes, you read that right Lysol as in the cleaning product. I am allergic to clean. I will die if you spray it near me, I go into anaphylaxis so I have to carry around an Epipen. Well I also have to carry around an inhaler because yeah my lungs suck and I have asthma, well I also now carry around the wand to turn my spinal cord stimulator on and off so by the time you put those items in my small purse the thing is almost full. Well then you gotta add my wallet with the loyalty cards from every store that I have ever passed since 2001 and I have to have a few mints in case I get nauseous plus the lip balm, the eyeglass cloth and my keys and yeah the purse is busting at the seems. So my beautiful wife bought me a new purse today.

So we go and we’re shopping for a new purse while her car gets a much needed oil change. Well we don’t want to get a really big purse for me because I don’t want to carry around more than I should, but I want to have room for all those things I need like every loyalty card from 2001. So we actually found a purse that has 2 compartments so I can put the Epipen, inhaler and wand in one, and then the wallet and everything else in the other which is perfect. I am really happy and its only a little bigger than what I had which is exactly what we were going for. I actually found what I wanted…I think we need to play the lottery!

My cat is training me

We have a cat and we have a rabbit. The cat is named Creme the rabbit is Otis. Creme Otis

I’m pretty sure Creme is training me so that every time I walk into the bathroom I turn the water on so she can do this.CremeSink yup that’s her drinking out of the sink. Creme seems to think the only water that is worthy of drinking is that coming out of the tap. I realized today that every time I get up Creme makes a bee line for the bathroom. If she realizes that I am not walking towards the bathroom she bee lines towards me, starts rubbing my leg and then she starts walking towards the bathroom. and looks up at me. I really think she’s training me. I wonder how long it’s going to take her to realize I figured out her game! I am smarter than the cat!! HAHAHA…….

I enjoy having the two animals during recovery. It’s nice to have them to keep me company during the day. Even if the cat thinks she can train me to give her water out of the sink any time she wants. I also want to say that both animals are rescue animals. Creme was found in a parking lot and my wife rescued her, and Otis was adopted by me when his previous owner moved from a house to an apartment and couldn’t take him with.


I was soo proud of myself I should get a gold star today! I mean seriously I should get a gold star because I got up with my alarm clock and I didn’t hit snooze! YAY ME! Seriously I used to NOT be a morning person I blame chronic pain for turning me into this chipper morning person, I look in the mirror in slight horror and think who are you and what did you do with the grumpy version of me?? Then I remember I haven’t had my coffee let out some grunts and I go back to cavewoman version 2.0. Yup I start to see the non-morning version of me with the hair sticking out all over the place. Oh wait that’s just from the CPAP mask….never mind….

I am a coffee drinker. I was explaining to my Mom this morning on the way to my first post op check up this morning that I drink breakfast blend coffee because I like the flavor, and how my wife decides to inform me in the middle of the grocery store that the lighter blends have more caffeine content. So me being the dramatic person that I am go “WELL DUH! If I only get 2 cups of coffee THEY SHOULD COUNT!!” Well apparently we weren’t alone in the coffee aisle as I rarely look around before I make such dramatic scenes, and another customer starts laughing at the interaction between us, and of course now that I have an audience I decide to ham it up. Normal people would probably die from embarrassment, but apparently that just isn’t me! So I turn to the person I go, seriously! I drink 2 cups that’s all the caffeine I get a day, so I’m getting all the caffeine I can! My wife just laughs and shakes her head and we move on from my now one woman coffee scene. I don’t think Juan Valdez will be calling any time soon, but hey, I made someone besides the wife laugh so it was a good day!

Post op appointment went well. Incisions are looking good (which the wife had told me). I am calling tomorrow to set up Physical Therapy. I am getting x-rays in about 4 weeks so they can see how the fusion looks. So a happy doctor is good, I’m happy, he’s happy we’re all happy. But it was a LOOONG day, so I’m about ready to pass out I don’t think there was enough caffeine in my coffee this morning, think I need to try again tomorrow!


So last night I was feeling GOOOOD! It was rainy and what’s better than hunkering down and watching TV on a rainy Friday? It was so cold last night we actually switched over to heat, which you could tell because it was that lovely first time we’ve used the heat pump smell! I had cooked some chicken legs, peas, and potatoes in the slow cooker.

We sat and enjoyed dinner watched TV and just enjoyed our evening. Sometimes the best evenings are those where we just chill. I like to have those lazy evenings, we just relax and just be. Too often I feel like I’m rushing everywhere, my brain tends to go a mile a minute anyhow so having time where I’m not expected to be anywhere, do anything really are my favorite moments.

So this week a representative from a bone growth stimulator company called me said my surgeon had ordered a bone growth stimulator for me as part of my recovery from my spinal fusion surgery and she wanted to come to the house to deliver it. Let me back up for a minute and let you all know that I had a bone growth stimulator LAST year. Normal people wear it for 2 hours a day for 2 weeks after their surgery, I had to wear it for 2 hours a day for 6 weeks after my surgery because the bone wasn’t growing. The bone didn’t grow which is why I had to have another fusion this year, and have the clamps put on the spacer. When I talked to my surgeon he expressed to me that with the clamps we wouldn’t have to worry about if the bone ever grew because of the clamps being placed to hold the spacer still in the spinal column. So as you can imagine when I got the call I was a little confused as to why I would need a bone growth stimulator this go round. Let me also say that the retail sticker price on these are around $5,000. So I say to the woman, I have the one from last year, so I really don’t think I need a new one and I was under the impression from the doctor he wasn’t concerned about the bone growth. She assures me that with the stimulator I have a 92% better success rate for the bone growth. So now I’m a little bitchy and go well I must be in that 8% because the bone didn’t grow and I used it as directed and actually longer than most people need to because the bone didn’t grow. Actually that’s why I had to have a 2nd spinal fusion because the bone didn’t grow. She also informs me that the technology is always changing and that I really do need the newer version of the bone growth stimulator that mine from last year is outdated. So I tell her that I see my surgeon on Tuesday and I want to speak to him about this because I’m not convinced and they are expensive and I’m not sure I want to pay for it. So she’s going to call me on Wednesday. Sorry lady I’m not buying into your snake oil this time. That being said I do believe there are lots of people who have positive outcomes, but I personally did not.

I will be glad to see the surgeon on Tuesday, I think he’ll be glad to see my progress. I’ll be glad to get some answers from him. I will say I am so glad I have a stimulator. Overall I feel better. With all this wet rainy cold weather I can feel the arthritis in my knees and back and the stimulator is definitely helping with those pains!