Monday, March 31, 2008
I would even try to run and dance, but then I'd probably trigger one of those miserable asthma events.. So, I'll just let my heart dance on the blog and let my mind run in all directions..
So I've gone out looking for signs of spring once again.. not that I have to have proof.. but every spring it's the same thing- I go looking for verification.. You know, it's not really spring till the crocus come up, the asparagus comes through the ground, the blossoms bud.. .and so on...
I'm armed with a camera again, and when I sat at the picnic table this afternoon, I spotted the gray squirrel again filling his face.. I think it's a HE.. I really haven't gotten close enough to tell..
His/her antics are so amusing. I sat down and watched as the lid popped up on the feeder, and then heard it clack down when he was done for that round.. over and over and over..
Occasionally he backed up the tree sensing I was watching him.. he ate, but never took his eye off me.
Last week Wendell and I watched an Alfred Hitchcock movie called "the Birds".. I walked outside and watched 7 crows land in the trees above me, and when I turned around .. there was this robin..wayyyyy up in the tree.. I thought about the movie of course.. hehehe.. and took a shot at the robin- with my camera, of course.
Nothing says spring like the first crocus you spot in the yard. - And here it is!!!
Oh.. and one more sign of spring.. look at the picture below.. what is the sign of spring in this photo?
Give up?! It's one of Charlie's promiscuous pregnant cats! AAACCKKK!!!
You've surely heard of Where's Waldo?
This picture should be labeled Where's Squirrelly?
Sunday, March 30, 2008
I looked up into the sky to see if there were hawks or some big birds up there. That's the normal reason the hens go for cover under the forsythia. Unfortunately, their cover isn't very good at the moment with no leaves on the bush.
I took a little walk around the perimeter today.. I found this ? cocoon? It's white and silky and hanging from a thorny branch. I have NO idea what is inside. Any guesses?
The forsythia bush holds a lot of these egg cases. I believe them to be praying mantis, and are super good for the garden adjacent to the bush.
Forsythia buds.. a sure sign spring is here.. along with a few other notable signs..
The maple tree in the front yard is in bud.. oh, boy!!!!!
Since the squirrels tend to invade the bird feeders and are such hogs.. the Z's put up a squirrel feeder down on one of the larger trees. Noting it was empty, they refilled it and then sat back and watched...
The squirrels have to work for the seeds.. The lid on the feeder flops down when they back up or when they pull out of the little box. To get the seed, they have to be smart enough to lift the lid first.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
It's a beautiful and bright morning. I'm up early and though my sleep wasn't particularly great, I feel somewhat refreshed. So far, so good.
Not so good news for Wendell after his pulmonary function testing yesterday. The need for home oxygen has just been tested and is established. The good news is that there is such a thing as home o2, and our insurance hasn't given us any problem about covering such things in the past.
Friday, March 28, 2008
I don't know what triggered it, but I had a full blown "asthma attack" or 'episode' yesterday evening. Just minding my own business, I'd accomplished most of the things I set out to do for the day. Earlier in the afternoon I'd had a bit of an episode while driving.. but that calmed down after arriving at home .. and resting for an hour or so.
I must say, last evening's event was quite the frightful experience and I don't really want to repeat it if that is a possibility. I thought about calling 911 for an ambulance to take me to the local ER, but wanted to give myself a chance to settle on my own before letting sheer panic set in. I tried all my little tricks to settle down.. changing positions, concentrating on slow breathing, and when none of these worked, I went for my Proventil inhaler .. and then the hot steam in the shower and some Robitussin to ease the coughing.. Everything helped a little.. I finally took my 2nd dose of advair, put my CPAP on and fell asleep. I did sleep pretty well even with a bit of coughing through the night.
Today I seem to be on the edge.. Not full blown , but doing an excessive amount of coughing that makes my ribs and back ache. It's so tiring.. I try to rest a lot, but sometimes it's just not possible. I'm wheezing.. I can feel it quite a bit today. My body is working harder to oxygenate my system.. I feel like I've been running a marathon and will very likely have to lay down a while to relieve it all.
from the webMD:What Is an Asthma Attack?
An asthma attack is a sudden worsening of asthma symptoms caused by the tightening of muscles around your airways (bronchospasm). During the asthma attack, the lining of the airways also becomes swollen or inflamed and thicker mucus -- more than normal -- is produced. All of these factors -- bronchospasm, inflammation, and mucus production -- cause symptoms of an asthma attack such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and difficulty performing normal daily activities. Other symptoms of an asthma attack include:
- Severe wheezing when breathing both in and out
- Coughing with asthma that won't stop
- Very rapid breathing
- Chest pain or pressure
- Tightened neck and chest muscles, called retractions
- Difficulty talking
- Feelings of anxiety or panic
- Pale, sweaty face
- Blue lips or fingernails
- Or worsening symptoms despite use of your medications
Some people with asthma may go for extended periods without having an asthma attack or other symptoms, interrupted by periodic worsening of their symptoms, due to exposure to asthma triggers or perhaps from overdoing it during exercise-induced asthma.
Mild asthma attacks are generally more common. Usually, the airways open up within a few minutes to a few hours after treatment. Severe asthma attacks are less common but last longer and require immediate medical help. It is important to recognize and treat even mild symptoms of an asthma attack to help you prevent severe episodes and keep asthma under control.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
After a really rough night as far as sleep went, and then just feeling so sick at my stomach from overeating chicken, I woke up feeling not that bad. I've been in a pretty good state of mind all day.
I've made 2 pots of coffee, washed a bazillion dishes, hand laundry, made a big pot of chicken soup, took 2 bags of trash out to the can, and I'm ready to burn 2 more of paper. The trouble is that though it's not windy, it hasn't started to rain, and I don't burn papers unless my feet get wet on the way to the burn barrel.. not after 2 yrs ago in April when I set the woods afire. I haven't lived that one down yet..
I went out to mail the letter I forgot to send yesterday, and today's mail is already here.. only 3 hours early! Well, I had to get this paperwork in the mail, so I took off for the Renfrew Post Office and mailed it there. From the moment I stepped out the door till long after I got home, I coughed, sputtered, wheezed, and about cried from the pain in my chest and back. Oh.. it's gonna be a long spring/summer.
Wendell peeled some potatoes for me, and I made German pancakes..latkes. We all really love them and don't make them nearly often enough to suit any of us. So I'm hoping I can freeze a few for breakfast or whenever. I doubt there will be enough.
I need to locate somewhere where I can get a couple of 25# potatoes. This carrying 2-3 5# bags just isn't making it.. and we use them so fast!
Wendell got his movies today (a retirement gift of Netflix).. and I think we'll sit down tonite and watch some movies. I believe 2 Alfred Hitchcock films.. The Birds, and Rear Window. Then there was this program on PBS years ago that was soooooo good. It was called Connections. Anyone else remember that one? We have ordered at least 6 episodes (disks), and I know they will be worthwhile.
The latkes came out really good.. I am glad Charlie thinks to bring eggs.. I dropped one this afternoon.. yechhh.. what a mess.
I think I may take a little nap before JJ gets here tonite. It's a gorgeous day bloggers.. get out and enjoy it..and try not to wheeze..cough.. sputter.. Nuts!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I've probably never done anything in moderation in my life and yesterday I have a feeling I really over-reacted to the doctor's diagnosis of allergy induced asthma. The excellent diagnosis gave me the sensation of being 'blind sided'. I never saw it coming. You'd think a nurse would be able to tell the difference, but there were a lot of other things that entered the picture that made me think bronchitis. I'd decided the diagnosis before I got there and was rather bewildered when he said 'no bronchitis'.. As Wendell said "that's what you pay him the big bucks for"...
So what happened last night after taking the first puff of the steroid , the first tablet of allergy med, and the nasal spray? It was about 4 hours after taking the first doses, when Wendell made the comment that I'd really settled down as far as coughing was concerned. I thought about it and realized he was correct. The sinus swelling was going down, I wasn't coughing as much, and when I did, the sputum had changed dramatically. It was now clearer and much less in quantity. I was actually feeling a good bit better.
This morning I'm about the same for the moment, but I slept comfortably all night long and though there is some cough to clear the passages this morning, wheezing, and stuffy nose, I'm okay. I will survive this.
I'm not pleased with my problem, but I can live with it if I must, and try to make the best of it. I know I'll have bad days and good ones too. One day at a time.
I have given this much thought.. and I do thank the Lord for the correct diagnosis, the kind doctor who explained it all to me, and the medications to ease the discomfort. I know I live in a most awesome age, and where my ancestors likely had to suffer severely, my symptoms can be mild to moderate with the care and treatment of today. Where it was life threatening to them, it's but an inconvenience to me.
I realize how self centered my complaints were/are, but don't think for a moment that I have forgotten how much more others are in trouble, in pain, or suffering so much more than me. I'm very aware of this fact, and my problems don't seem so great when I look away from myself.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Well, now.. that brings us to the bad news.. I THOUGHT I had bronchitis and eye strain. Right.
Well it seems I have some major wheezes all over my lungs, and that eyestrain..? well it seems the asthma is back full force and I have some rather nasty allergies going on which makes my eyes run and burn like eye strain. No bronchitis requiring an antibiotic for a few days.. Asthma is back with a vengeance and I'm back on the steroids to combat it. This makes me very unhappy, but I will say that at least there is treatment for it and I can live a semi normal life while on the inhalers. I don't require an oxygen tank either.. There are some things I need to settle in my mind and get over the unhappiness of the diagnosis already.
Sorry to be so gloomy.. there are so many worse things that could be afflicting me.. I'll be fine later tonite.
Monday, March 24, 2008
We didn't make it to church yesterday.. I was coughing so hard, sneezing, and drippy .. I figured no one would want me around them with this bug.. and then when Wendell got up he said he didn't feel well, but couldn't put his finger on why.. I noted his color wasn't real good.. so we stayed home.
Today, despite hacking, coughing, sneezing and making a nuisance of myself, we kept our eye appointments. I had made and changed these appointments 3 times and wasn't about to do it again. My eyes are fine. He says very little change, and not enough for new lenses.. All is well.
Wendell also has little change, but he wanted the new lenses because his eyes do bother him a lot. He also ordered a pair of reading glasses.
I like our eye doctor and he does a comprehensive exam that lasts 1 1/2 hrs.
I sure hope they have a good disinfectant that they wipe things down with after patients like me.
Lots of pictures and documents you might find interesting..pictures of the Imm family Bible brought over on the ship from England, and the Imm family music box too.. still in excellent condition.
Take a look if you would like to see where your roots began...
You can also click on the IMM HISTORY 101 on the column at the right..
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Sneezing, scratchy throat, runny nose—everyone knows the first signs of a cold, probably the most common illness known. Although the common cold is usually mild, with symptoms lasting 1 to 2 weeks, it is a leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work.
Children have about 6 to 10 colds a year. One important reason why colds are so common in children is because they are often in close contact with each other in daycare centers and schools. In families with children in school, the number of colds per child can be as high as 12 a year. Adults average about two to four colds a year, although the range varies widely.
Cold weather also may make the inside lining of your nose drier and more vulnerable to viral infection.
You can get infected by cold viruses by either of these methods.
- Touching your skin or environmental surfaces, such as telephones and stair rails, that have cold germs on them and then touching your eyes or nose
- Inhaling drops of mucus full of cold germs from the air
Symptoms of the common cold usually begin 2 to 3 days after infection and often include
- Mucus buildup in your nose
- Difficulty breathing through your nose
- Swelling of your sinuses
- Sore throat
Fever is usually slight but can climb to 102 degrees Fahrenheit in infants and young children. Cold symptoms can last from 2 to 14 days, but like most people, you’ll probably recover in a week.
If symptoms recur often or last much longer than 2 weeks, you might have an allergy rather than a cold.
Colds occasionally can lead to bacterial infections of your middle ear or sinuses, requiring treatment with antibiotics. High fever, significantly swollen glands, severe sinus pain, and a cough that produces mucus may indicate a complication or more serious illness requiring a visit to your healthcare provider.
There is no cure for the common cold, but you can get relief from your cold symptoms by
- Resting in bed
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Gargling with warm salt water or using throat sprays or lozenges for a scratchy or sore throat
- Using petroleum jelly for a raw nose
- Taking aspirin or acetaminophen—Tylenol, for example—for headache or fever
Moreover, because most of these medicines have some side effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, insomnia, or upset stomach, you should take them with care.
There are several ways you can keep yourself from getting a cold or passing one on to others.
- Because cold germs on your hands can easily enter through your eyes and nose, keep your hands away from those areas of your body
- If possible, avoid being close to people who have colds
- If you have a cold, avoid being close to people
- If you sneeze or cough, cover your nose or mouth, and sneeze or cough into your elbow rather than your hand.
- Handwashing with soap and water is the simplest and one of the most effective ways to keep from getting colds or giving them to others. During cold season, you should wash your hands often and teach your children to do the same. When water isn’t available, CDC recommends using alcohol-based products made for disinfecting your hands.
- Rhinoviruses can live up to 3 hours on your skin. They also can survive up to 3 hours on objects such as telephones and stair railings. Cleaning environmental surfaces with a virus-killing disinfectant might help prevent spread of infection.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I suppose what we got in snow overnight wasn't much to write home about.. there's approximately 2 inches on the picnic table and porch, but it doesn't look like that much in the yard.. It seems to have slowed wayyyyyyyy down now, so I don't expect much more accumulation.
It is chilly this morning and one of those gray days.. the sun is so hidden by clouds, it just doesn't have that springy look like yesterday.
So far, our brilliant meteorologist politicians who have pronounced the sky is falling with their global warming, seem to have missed the mark entirely. I think they need to learn from our real weather prognosticators and get a new dart board for some other catastrophe, as this one is a dud. Did you see where there were a huge number of robots lowered into the depths of the ocean to register the amount of oceanic warming? Hmmm.. seems it's not warmed at all, but actually has gotten a fraction cooler. It wasn't that long ago that we were told we were entering a new ice age. I believe what scripture says about everything in it's season with the changes. It's all good and God controls it all. He provides the cyclic changes that man seems to want to incite riots over, but this too will pass. I would think any 3rd grader could understand that.
It's Saturday and a good day to stay home and off the icy snow covered roads.. not to mention the icy snow covered porch and sidewalk. Coffee is on and smells heavenly.. I'll be enjoying a cup in a few minutes. It's 27 degrees outside, but inside we are warm and cozy and stocked for a weekend in if we have to. Our desire is to be able to go out to church tomorrow, but we will just play that by ear.. or eye...whatever. Oh..I just noticed that tomorrow is Easter.. we don't feel the necessity to 'celebrate' that particular day here, as we celebrate Christ's resurrection every day of our lives. I fail to see what chocolate bunnies and colored eggs have to do with it anyway.
Speaking of colored eggs.. hemmm I'm guilty of doing that very thing and wish I could get the egg dyes all year round. I love to color them and one can tell which eggs are the hard boiled ones when they are colorful. One year I bought enough egg dyes, after the Easter season was over, to last me a year.. but I misplaced or lost them all.. sigh........ I never did that again. I know I can use other things for dyes, but I like the ones you buy around Easter.. one tablet and little mess.
I do have fond memories as a child with Easter traditions.. we all had our Easter baskets.. colored eggs, chocolate bunnies..simple and fun. And we got a new dress for Sunday, new shoes, and went to church as usual. There always seems to be an unusual amount of visitors in church on Easter.. so I suppose that in itself is a good thing. It gets people into the church to hear the gospel message..
I remember a few years back when I worked in the hospital that one of the nurse aides told me that she HAD to be in church on Easter with her children. I thought that commendable until I heard her reasoning.. The children were not to eat anything in their baskets until the pastor 'blessed the chocolate bunnies, eggs, toys, and sometimes live animals'. YIKE! Once that was accomplished, they would leave and go home.. no worship, no gospel.. oh, my....
Like Christmas, Easter is overly commercialized and there is no connection to Christianity that I can see in stores.. unless you count chocolate crosses which I find distressing. It seems to have become what it started out as.. a pagan holiday.
I know Easter LOOKS like a Christian holiday, as Christ's resurrection seems to be the central theme for Christians, it's origin certainly has a dark side. It's not mentioned in scripture except in the King James version which was a flagrant mistranslation from the Hebrew or Greek. The word should read "Passover", and had NOTHING to do with present tradition.
Ask yourself where the customs and traditions of Easter come from. How do bunny rabbits, colored eggs, hot-cross buns, baskets, hats, new clothes, sunrise worship services, lilies, and all the other Easter traditions glorify Jesus . Who told you to do these things?
Easter has it's roots in ancient polytheistic religions and is well documented in history books and reference materials.
The word ‘Easter’ is derived from the name of a goddess, the dawn-goddess, the spring-deity, the goddess of fertility. This dawn-goddess was also well known as the Assyrian Ishtar, goddess of the morning.
Many cultures celebrated the coming of spring as an integral part of the worship of their gods or goddesses, particularly those associated with fertility. Bunnies and eggs were common symbols of fertility, and fertility was key to surviving in the agricultural community.
By the way, according to one source, the ancient Assyrians pronounced Ishtar the same way we pronounce Easter today.
In scripture, back at the time of the Tower of Babel, Nimrod was said, in Genesis 10, to have founded a 'mystery religion'. When he died, his wife was determined to keep his religion alive, and pronounced Nimrod as a 'sun god'. Later on, his wife gave birth to an illegitimate son she named Tammuz whom, she claimed, was Nimrod reborn. She named herself 'Queen of Heaven'.
Tammuz died at age 40 and was claimed to be resurrected each spring.
"It seems that anciently Ishtar and Tammuz were both involved in a mythological death and resurrection cycle—one as the moon-goddess of spring and fertility, the other as the sun-god messiah figure—making them perfect forerunners of the modern Easter tradition. According to Coulter, sunrise services originated with the Babylonian priesthood to symbolically hasten the resurrection of both. "
"Historically, laments were held for the departed Tammuz for forty days—a day for each year of his life. The period ended, of course, in the early spring at his “resurrection.” Hislop writes: “The forty days [of] abstinence of Lent was directly borrowed from the worshippers of the Babylonian goddess [Ishtar].” Is it a mere coincidence that Orthodox Christendom today practices a peculiarly similar custom—Lent’s forty days of mourning and abstinence leading up to Easter?"The church at Rome tried to get as many pagans into the church as they could, and in doing so, merged their pagan beliefs into Christianity, and the result is what we have today,
a convergence of various heathen traditions applied to Jesus’ death and resurrection.
"Virtually all scholars agree that Asherah is none other than Astarte—also known as the “queen of heaven.” Notice Jeremiah 7:18: “The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger.”
Verse 10 calls the practice an “abomination.” The Jamieson Fausset & Brown Bible Commentary has this to say about Jeremiah 7:18: “Cakes were made of honey, fine flour, etc., in a round flat shape to resemble the disc of the moon, to which they were offered…. The Phoenicians called the moon Ashtoreth or Astarte: the wife of Baal or Moloch, the king of heaven. The male and female pair of deities symbolized the generative powers of nature….”These are our "hot cross buns", or boun as it was called, with the round shape and cross on top, and was the symbol of the Babylonian sun diety.
“And He said to me, ‘Turn again, and you will see greater abominations that they are doing.’ So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the LORD’S house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz”—the false messianic figure who dies and is resurrected every spring!—“Then He said to me, ‘Have you seen this, O son of man? Turn again, you will see greater abominations than these.’ So He brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house; and there, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the [rising] sun toward the east. And He said to me, ‘Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here?’ ” (Ezek. 8:13-17).
“Do not learn the way of the Gentiles….” (Jer. 10:2)—do not even mention the name of their gods! (see Ex. 23:13). The apostle Paul wrote: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and lawlessness have in common? And what fellowship does light have with darkness? And what union does Christ have with Belial? Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever? And what agreement is there between a temple of God and idols? For you are a temple of the living God, exactly as God said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ Therefore, ‘Come out from the midst of them and be separate,’ says the Lord, ‘and touch not the unclean, and I will receive you’ ” (II Cor. 6:14-17)."
Are we being deceived? Think about it.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Old man winter just doesn't want to give up.. here we go one more time.. (hopefully that will be the end).. 3-5" by tomorrow morning.. For joy... for joy...
I've been trying to get all the business I have to deal with taken care of this morning and then I'm going to take the rest of the day and spend on myself here at home. There is so much clutter to pick up and put away.. and a movie here that I want to watch later today... and some crochet too..
I have a cold I guess. It's so miserable.. whine whine whine... etc etc etc....
I'll spare you all the details.. you all have had a cold and know all about it anyway.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
There is a full moon tonite.. the temperature is 32 and the sky is clear as a bell.
One can look outside and observe the spacious heavens that declare the glory
of the Lord..
Despite the chill in the air, spring arrived today.. and I couldn't be happier.
Soon the crocus will arise from their winter slumber, and then the daffodils..
Tulips, and the other flowers that make spring so beautiful..
Today was special in the office. I got a special spring treat.. a gift from my friends Rick and Sandi.. a beautiful basket of spring flowers that I can plant in a few weeks.. Oh, such a delight, and such wonderful friends.
It's nearly here!!! SPRING that is... Oh, I do love spring! It's 33 degrees right now and the weather report says we might get to 37 today..snow flurries and rain.. the circle completes with mud.. YEP... it's almost here.
Today is office day.. pray for us.. for my patients and for me.. I seem to have something going on respiratory-wise. So far it's not acting viral..perhaps bacterial or allergy? I'll try my Alavert today and see if I can get some relief.
Pray for the kids locally here.. they have a virus..
Pray for Sandi today too.. she sees her doctor today.
Have a super day..
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Delaware 1897, Preamble Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshiping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences.
Illinois 1870, Preamble We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
Massachusetts 1780, Preamble We...the people of Massachusetts , acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness o f the Great Legislator of the Universe In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction.
Minnesota 1857, Preamble We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings:
Mississippi 1890, Preamble We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.
New Jersey 1844, Preamble We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
Ohio 1852, Preamble We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common...
Rhode Island 1842, Preamble We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing...
South Dakota 1889, Preamble We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties
Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...
Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice
Washington 1889, Preamble We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution
West Virginia 1872, Preamble Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God ...
Wisconsin 1848, Preamble We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility...