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26 August 2013 @ 10:10 pm
Previously, In My Life.  
My dad turned 65 on Thursday, so on Saturday myself, my sister, brother, sis-in-law and both the kids went up to the hospital to have lunch with him. He seemed to make a real effort for the day - got dressed, cleaned up and was waiting in the lobby when we arrived. He made it about an hour and a half before he said he had to go back to bed, which my dad admitting he can't do something is a huge red flag to me - but even so, he seemed better than my sister had been saying, so that's something. Though, at this point, his quality of life has gotten so poor that I wonder if he has the drive to even fight these infections anymore.

The Nephew had just read a huge chunk of his Marvel Encyclopedia and he was talking to me about it at great lengths. But I'd had to get out of bed about 3 hours earlier than I usually do, so I wasn't as enthused as I can be. At one point he propped his head up on his hand and said, "So, I guess we're just running out of things to talk about." How does he sound like such a grown-up little man?! I told him I was just really tired. Also, remember how he told me that writing is ‘just typing words‘? Well I gave him a prompt - a Batman and Blue Beetle fic idea - and I have been bugging him for weeks about when he is going to write it (just like he bugs me when I am writing one for him). He kept getting so frustrated with me for bugging him! But he finally finished it - so you guys, The Nephew has now filled his first fanfiction prompt!! I am so proud.

ION, my glasses melted off my face! I had two identical pairs and one melted, right at the bridge of my nose, after wearing them outside in the heat for too long. Not snapped or broken, just melted. So I have been careful about wearing the second pair in the sun and heat. But I forgot and wore them during my 15 minute heat session at therapy and the next day, pair #2 melted in half as well. I have been without my glasses for a week. Luckily I am not blind without them (though I feel naked!) but they do help keep my eyes from getting too tired. I have noticed a distinct difference, especially by the end of the day, without them. I found a place that takes my insurance for the exam but they have a 3 week waiting list. I got in some place else for tomorrow and they are only charging me like $40 for the exam and since I already have to pay for the glasses, I figured it's better than waiting for 3 weeks+ for my glasses.

Also, last week, I got a call from my liver clinic saying they needed to talk about my white blood cell count. The medicine I am on for my liver can cause cancer with long term use, so they always keep track of my WBC levels. I called them right back but none of the nurses could come to the phone and then nobody called me back and I spent all night freaked out because they had said the words 'white blood cell count'. It all turned out okay - my numbers are down, not up, and that basically means my immune system is a little more depleted than usual, I guess. I told the head nurse, straight up, that getting a message regarding my WBC count with no information scared the shit out of me and she was very apologetic. But, yeah, scary as hell to get that message.

And 'thank you' to everyone who reblogged my charity post! It's appreciated, guys! I’m gonna end it there, since I art-ed for 4 ½ hours today and I am exhausted now! Night all!
Who'da thought, baby? We're civilians.dugindeep on August 27th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, I didn't realize things were so rough there ♥

No worries on not meeting up! I wound up coming in Thursday night then leaving right after the meeting on Friday, which allowed me some time to come back and see the family then hit up both picnics I had on Saturday. Things have been so hectic lately for everyone, it seems.

I hope this week goes better for you!
dodger_sister: chicksdodger_sister on August 29th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, I didn't realize things were so rough there

Thank you. <3 You know, seven years ago when The Nephew was born, we thought Dad didn't have two years left in him and here he is, still hanging on, so you can never tell I guess. But his quality of life is pretty sucky - 95% home-bound and that other 5% is someone else driving him to appointments that end up wiping him out for days afterwards. When you've reached the point where you don't come to holiday gatherings or your grandson's birthday party and you are in and out of the hospital on a regular basis - idk, I just know I wouldn't have the drive to fight it like that forever.

Things have been so hectic lately for everyone, it seems.

My sister and I were just talking about it, how crazy this summer has seemed, how we can't remember the last time we had a evening to ourselves without a million things to do. Yet if you ask me - well then what have you been doing this summer? - I won't know what to tell you! I just know I haven't hardly had a quiet moment in months!

I hope this week goes better for you!

Well, everything in the house seems to be falling apart, but that's making a worse week for my sister than it is for me. (our shower knob has been loose lately and I pulled so hard on it on Wednesday trying to get the shower started that I yanked the whole damn thing right off. Oops).
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on August 27th, 2013 04:06 am (UTC)
Sometimes I have to wonder what those medical professionals are thinking. Do they have no sensitivity?

It sounds like your dad is having a rough time. Hope he does better soon.
dodger_sister: chicksdodger_sister on August 29th, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I have to wonder what those medical professionals are thinking. Do they have no sensitivity?

That's what I thought too! I spoke with the head nurse about it and she said it was a new person she had pulled in to help her with some phone calls for the day and she would talk to her about not leaving panic-inducing messages like that, but it seems like common sense to me!

It sounds like your dad is having a rough time. Hope he does better soon.

It's been a rough few years to be honest and my dad can be a stubborn old man, so he won't do what he really needs to and go to some sort of halfway home for Vets. He spends so much energy trying to do the simple things like make his meals that he doesn't have enough left to fight all the infections. I think if he would go to a place that could help him with the everyday stuff, he might have more left in him to do fun things like hang out with his grandkids, you know. But parents - you can't tell them anything. <3
Kate: Charles+Raven-here to hold youceitfianna on August 27th, 2013 05:29 am (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry that your dad's not doing well again. Your nephew is wonderful and take care of yourself.
dodger_sister: chicksdodger_sister on August 29th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry that your dad's not doing well again.

It's a see-saw, back and forth with him. At least this time they are going to keep him for a few months instead of just a few weeks. If he can build his strength back up, maybe the little things like making his own meals won't wipe him out so hard. It's just reached the point of being such a poor quality of life that it's hard to watch him living like this.

Your nephew is wonderful and take care of yourself.

Oh, I should scan the story in and email it you! It is so cute. Today we talked about how if I was an 'ant' but he was still my nephew, then I would be an ant-aunt. We thought that was pretty funny.

The holiday weekend is coming up and a friend is coming for a visit on Saturday, so I look forward to that! I have also written my first PWP Teen Wolf fic, so I guess it's officially a fandom of mine now. ;) And I've been doing some Pacific Rim art, which has been fun.

And I got your email - I'm writing it on my hand so I remember to look it over before bed!
Kate: brothers with beerceitfianna on August 30th, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
I remember when it was like that with my grandmother, it was tough and she was across the country too.

I'd love to read his story, your nephew is great and thanks for betaing the story for me. It ended up better than I expected.

After I post it, I'm going to dive into my works in progress and write stuff that doesn't have a deadline.
dodger_sister: chicksdodger_sister on August 30th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)
thanks for betaing the story for me

No problem! I just gave it one last look over and it all seems good to me. I think it came out great and I know you were trying to step outside your comfort zone a little and challenge yourself, and I think you really got a good look both inside Rogue's head and at what that hard road was like for her. Good luck with the posting!
Shireboundshirebound on August 27th, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
*hugs you all up*
dodger_sister: chicksdodger_sister on August 29th, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
*hugs you all up*

Thank you! I will always take hugs! <3
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dodger_sister: chicksdodger_sister on September 4th, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
ekkkk, i hate when anybody leaves cryptic messages. the doc's office is the worst for sure.

It is alarming, for sure! My mom actually does this all the time too, but at least when she does it, it's just annoying not alarming. She won't ever say what she wants or if it is urgent or not. Like sometimes I am home but I am writing or something and I think that I'll just call her back when I am finished, but she doesn't say what she wants and when I call her back she'll say, 'Oh, I needed you to find me a ride to the ER but you didn't answer so I just drove myself.' /shakes head/

i need to get my eyes checked not looking forward to it i know my sight has gotten worse. dreading the cost of new glasses.

It was way more costly than the last time I got glasses, which was only two years ago. Because I got wire rim glasses this time so they won't melt and because I went to a place with the eye doctor and not just the dinky place at the mall.

sorry to hear about your dad. it's always hard to watch our loved ones when their sick or hurting in anyway.

Thank you. It's just being going on for years and it only seems to get worse, not better, and it's just a long slow slide, you know. <3