Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Thanks For The Suggestions and Help…


I really appreciate all of the suggestions. I am going to contact the service organizations and see if there is any help available. The main problem is that the area we live in is so poor that the cost of helping the needy has drained the resources of most of the organizations that offer assistance.

I did receive some money and we are trying to decide between getting a window a/c for the bedroom or getting the estimate. I am also going to check and see if there are any other HVAC repair businesses that still do free estimates.

It’s hard to decide between the quick fix a window unit offers and finding out the cost of the repair because the unit also supplies our heat in the winter.

If anyone has other suggestions, any advice is appreciated.




Monday, June 24, 2013

Please Help…


For more details, please see previous post.

We need to raise at least $95 quickly so that we can get an estimate of the cost to repair our heat and air conditioning system. Once we know how much we need, we will try to get a title loan on our car to pay for the repairs.

We really hate to do that but the temperature in our house is unbearable. Our bedroom didn’t get under 90 degrees last night and we haven’t slept well for the past two nights. I am writing this at 6am and it is 87 degrees in our living room. We have three fans going and windows open but nothing cools it down in here.

I have had a headache for three days now and have broken out in an itchy heat rash. Hubby’s wound dressings will not stay in place. We have been eating nothing but sandwiches which isn’t good for hubby’s diabetes but it’s too hot to cook.

I am truly scared that one or both of us is going to get really sick, It’s supposed to get progressively hotter for the next three or four days. Our living room stayed at 96 degrees most of the day yesterday and with warmer outside temps today, I hate to see how high it will climb.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.




Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Heat Goes On…


Please help.

Yes, this time I am begging.

A few days ago our heat/air system failed completely. Some of you may remember that we have had problems with it before due to cats pulling the ductwork down. A friend went under the house and patched things up and it had been working okay. Thursday morning, I turned the air on when I got up. We turn it off when we go to bed and use a fan at night to save on the electric bill. The digital thermostat read 80 degrees at the time I turned it on.

After a couple of hours, I noticed it didn’t feel like the air was getting any cooler. I looked at the thermostat again and it was 86. I told hubby that something was wrong and he changed the air filter. The temperature continued to climb so hubby went outside and the fan wasn’t turning. Sometimes, leaves or other debris can get in the housing and stop the fan so he checked but there wasn’t anything in there. He got a hoe from the shed and used the handle to turn the fan and it kept running but the air coming out of the floor registers wasn’t cool and the fan soon quit again.

We called the local heat/air company to see if they could come out and give us an estimate on repair cost but they no longer offer free estimates. They charge $95 per hour but they knock the cost of the estimate off the repair bill when you get it fixed.

Even with the windows raised and using fans, it has gotten up to 92 degrees or more in the house every day since the air quit working. The outside temperature has only been in the low 80’s but it’s supposed to get hotter this coming week. At night the inside temperature only drops to around 86.

We could get by with fans but hubby still has the open wound on his chest and him constantly sweating is causing more problems. The special dressings they are using to try to heal the wound keep coming loose and hubby’s insurance only covers a certain amount of dressings per month. We have tried taping them back on but the tape won’t hold either. The sweat is also irritating hubby’s skin and on Friday the doctor said it looked like another place was trying to form. He said that hubby needs to stay cool and dry to heal properly.

I am also concerned that being so hot might cause hubby to have another heart attack.

If anyone can help by purchasing pens we would be so grateful.




Friday, June 7, 2013

Bristol and Willow Palin–Celebrity Wife Swap


According to MSN, Bristol and Willow Palin will be appearing on ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap. They traded places with Joan and Melissa Rivers for the episode which is scheduled to air on June 23.


It seems like ABC is having to dig deep to find guest stars for the show. Shouldn’t a wife swap require an actual wife?

ABC seems to have a strange fascination with Bristol and don’t we just know that Sarah will get in front of the cameras somehow.



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Can’t Take Much More…


As you may know, I had my gallbladder removed in February and I thought once things settled down I would be able to eat normally and live a more normal life. I had a hard time for a couple of weeks after the surgery, but I was feeling better than I had in many months up until this past Sunday.

Sunday morning when I woke up, I just felt off. I thought that I might have picked up a bug from a friend who visited us Saturday. His daughter works in a hospital and I thought she might have carried something home to him. After I was up awhile I felt a bit better and fixed sandwiches for hubby and I for lunch. After a couple of bites, I became so nauseated I had to stop eating. I had pains in my upper abdomen and upper back that felt just as bad if not worse than a gallbladder attack. I told hubby to take me to the ER.

We got to the hospital and they took me straight back to a room. They took some blood and urine to do tests, put an IV in and gave me Phenergan for the nausea .I went to sleep for awhile until the doctor came in with my test results. He said my liver enzymes were very high and I had to have an abdominal CT scan to see what was going on.I had to drink two bottles of contrast, not too bad but hard to drink 32 ounces at one time when you feel bloated. I drank it pretty fast since I just wanted them to find out what was wrong quickly. Once I finished the drinks, they took me to nuclear med. They put contrast in my vein, too, and sent me in and out of the machine a few times and kept telling me to hold my breath and then to breathe. Then I was taken back to the ER cubicle to wait for the results.

The doctor finally came back after an hour or so and said that I am most likely having spasms where the bile duct goes into my intestine. I will have to see a Gastroenterologist and may need a sphincterotomy to stop the bile from backing up. They gave me a paper explaining their findings and told me to give it to my doctor so she could refer me to the Gastroenterologist. I told them I had an appointment with her on Tuesday and they said I should be okay until then.

Monday morning I felt a little better. I went with hubby to his doctor appointments. He had one with his primary doctor at 9:45am and another at the wound care clinic at 1:30pm. While we were waiting in the lobby at his primary doctor, a woman came by with a hospitality cart and offered hubby and I drinks and cookies. I took a Sprite Zero and a pack of Lorna Doones which I didn’t eat. I drank some of the Sprite and started having those horrible pains in my abdomen again. Once hubby was seen by his doctor we left and went to pay some bills before going to his second appointment.

I usually go in with him but he knew I was feeling awful so I stayed in the car. Even though it was only noon and his appointment wasn’t until 1:30 he went in to the office to wait. I went to sleep almost as soon as he got out of the car. I woke up once and checked the time. It was 1:00pm. The next time I awoke was when hubby came out. It was almost 2pm. He asked if I saw the ambulance. I said no. I had slept nearly the whole time he was in the clinic. He told me that a woman had fallen and busted her head open in the hallway and the paramedics had to be called to take her to the hospital. I was so out of it, I didn’t hear anything.

I asked hubby what the doctor told him and he said the clinic had made him an appointment to see the surgeon who did his bypass surgery next Monday. The doctor at the wound clinic keeps insisting that the abscess is related to the heart surgery. Because the abscess is still bleeding, they want the surgeon to open the abscess more so a wound vacuum can be used. However, there is no way that is possible since the abscess is right over bone. Hubby was on the wound vac last year and the wound has to be a certain depth for the vac to be used. All of this is ridiculous crap!

Tuesday, I went for my doctor appointment. It was my first with my new provider. She isn’t a doctor but an FNP but she seems very capable. She advised me to eat a low-fat diet and did a lot of lab work to see how my liver enzymes are looking now. She will be setting up an appointment for me to see a Gastroenterologist. I told her that my throat was sore so she did a swab and it was strep. She gave me a script for a Z-pak and told me to take Miralax to help with constipation that I have had since my gallbladder was removed.

Sometimes, I wonder if we will ever have even one week without one or the other of us having a medical appointment. Wound care is three times a week. On Mondays, he sees the wound care doctor and on Wednesdays and Fridays, he has to go to have the packing changed. Tomorrow, he has an appointment with his diabetes counselor. Next week, he has the heart surgeon appointment and another appointment with a nutritionist. The following week both of us have pain management plus wound care until his abscess heals and we never know when another appointment will crop up.

As always we struggle financially to get to all of these appointments. Luckily, most of these upcoming appointments are local except the heart surgeon.

I am not begging for donations but if you are looking to buy a gift please consider hubby’s pens.

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone is having a great day!