A painting we will go...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Yes my friends the time has finally come. I have been in this house for almost 12 years and we are finally painting the bedroom.

This project may take awhile as I can't do too much climbing around on ladders etc. with my bad knee. (We have a very high cathedral ceiling in our room) I have figured this out the last couple of days as I was patching holes one day and painting the ceiling of the master bath yesterday. That may not seem like much to you but to me and my knee, it was more than enough! Owwww!

My husband is off tomorrow so I am going to try to get some cutting in done so if he wants to do some painting tomorrow it will be ready for him. He does not like the trim stuff. So if this part is done he may just be tempted to paint or something while I am visiting Mom.

I wanted kind of a sophisticated coastal theme, so the walls are a gray with a brown tint. The ceiling is lighter gray and the accent wall will be a darker gray. Dark chocolate brown looks really nice with it and I found some thermal curtains on sale for $10 a panel. Woo hoo! They kind of have a basketweave design to them. Then I have three nice chocolate brown storage baskets that will be in there also. I am going to accent with off white everywhere to brighten it up and then pops of color in pillows etc. I'm hoping it will be very restful and not come out depressing!

Please pray for my endurance in this and that I don't damage my knee any further. I had surgery the end of December and the doctor said the effects would be temporary. My joint is shot but he says I am too young for surgery (atleast I am too young for something) so I am just trying to lose some weight to improve the chances of not having to have a replacement so soon. Trying is the operative word here.

Hope you all have a great day!

Pseudo Tumor Cerebri Update

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I decided to do an update post on PTC as I have seen a lot of you have come to my blog by doing a search on Pseudo Tumor Cerebri.

When the neurologist first told me that I had PTC, it was actually a relief. He said it was actually very rare. Of course he had already checked for a brain tumor and MS. Hence my relief. Well, I have reason to feel relieved at this point in my life anyway.

See, I am very lucky and my PTC is controlled by taking one Diamox a day. I started out taking three. After a year or two, I went into remission for a year and a half. Even tho I had to start back on the pills it was only two a day this time. The worst thing I have had to deal with is my hands and feet tingling and not being able to drink anything carbonated. As time passed I was able to go down to one pill a day. Sometimes I don't even take one. I can tell when my body is starting to build up fluid real easily now before it can do any harm and a few days back on my pills take care of it.

The way we found out that I had PTC was my left eye was kind of dimming when I was in a bright flourescent room. I mentioned it to my primary care doc the next time I saw him and he didn't see anything and thought I was having occular migraines. Then when I started getting floaters I made an appointment to see him again and he sent me to my eye doc.

The eye doctor really scared me. He told me that my eye was hemmoraging and the most common cause was a brain tumor, and I need to get into a neurologist immediately. My neuro guy had to do a lumbar puncture to actually diagnose that it was PTC. That was not pleasant but it could have been worse.

I know that I am very blessed. My PTC could be alot worse. I have met or talked to several people who are worse than me. Basically all it boils down to be is a buildup of cerebral fluid that causes intracranial pressure that needs to be relieved. It can come out the eyes like mine did and can cause blindness, or build up in the spinal column and cause many problems. When the pills don't work, which are supposed to slow the making of the cerebral fluid, and eliminate some of it with a mild diretic, then there are shunts that are often used. I am not a doctor and don't profess to know all about this disease. I just know what has been my experience and from what my doctor has shared with me as well as what other people I have met with PTC have gone through.

If you have just been diagnosed with PTC, don't panic. There are support groups out there and actually alot of medical information now. Read as much as you can, and find a good neurologist that you trust. Praying that they find what actually causes this and they can figure out how to stop it from happening.


Remember Me

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Went to see "Remember Me" last night with my daughter and granddaughter. Thought we were going to a typical "chick flick". It did satisfy my female need for relationship movies, but so much more.

It's the kind of movie that I can't seem to get out of my head. The last 10 minutes took every person there on their own personal journey, including the 50 or so middle school (junior high) girls who just went to see "Edward".


Friday, March 12, 2010

Woke up to sunshine warm in my bedroom window...ahhhhh! Felt so good. And then as is life in Northern Idaho...10 minutes later it is cloudy cold and threatening to rain! Think my mood left with the sun!

This n That!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Wow, I don't think I managed to post right after Christmas like I planned. Ooops! Nobody much knew that I was blogging again so guess it really doesn't matter.

Lots of things have happened since December, some good, some bad.

My youngest granddaughter is growing like a weed and trying new things. Loves to raspberry her mamma with a mouthful of food. What a kid! She also has two teeth now and looks adorable.

My oldest granddaughter decided she was big enough to live in the big world (with her boyfriend and his mom) Well somebody has to support him!

I lost 23 pounds woohoo! Then I went to Oregon for 5 days with my sister to my nephew's baptism and my niece's wedding, and gained 7 pounds...eeek! I have lost 4 of it since we got home.

My 13 year old grandson has all of a sudden gone totally girl crazy! My next to the oldest granddaughter is doing high school online now and is excelling! Yeah! She just turned 17...slow down girl! The twins are growing fast and love coming to spend the weekend with Gramma and Grampa. I think we spoil them too much!

My mom is slowly going downhill. She has Alzheimer's and she's really slowing down now, although she does still know us as her daughters and everybody else in the family are just her people. Except for my youngest granddaughter...that's HER baby!

That's about all for now...take care all!