Thursday, April 16, 2009

What Have I Been Doing?

I haven't had much time lately to post or read any blogs. You all know how hard it is to get caught up with reading once you get behind. I had a great trip to Minnesota. The concert was great, and Joe's solo performance was amazing. It was probably about 20 minutes long and the string section was the only other instruments that played with him. He is so talented and I had to say it brought tears to my eyes. He got a standing ovation! He was the only standing ovation, no one else got one and we were all so proud of him. I didn't get pictures because my camera batteries were dead, I had the camera with me but forgot to charge it, as I hadn't used it for awhile.

The picture that you see of the two dogs, is a photo of our first boxer Oscar and our chihuahua Pockets. As I was getting ready for church the Sunday before Easter Pockets started having trouble breathing, within 45 minutes he layed down and died. He was my son Andy's dog. I kept trying to call Andy, as I knew he was dying. Andy finally called me back and he came home to help me with his little dog Pockets. It was a sad day for us and especially for Andy. It just really freaked me out that day. So this is a little tribute for Pockets. He was 13 years old. Oscar the other dog in the photo died at age 3 of lymphoma. He got lymphoma the same time as Pete's last lymphoma came back in 2006.

I have been busy picking out the grave headstone and relieved now that it is done. They should have it up by memorial weekend, which will be nice. I have also been meeting with my banker doing some financial planning with Pete's 401k and Pension. The pension they are still trying to figure that out. I tell you nothing goes smoothly with this stuff. The pension is an old plan and Pete and a couple others are the only ones that have it. They don't have it anymore. They were grandfathered in on the Pension. I suppose they will be trying to get out of paying that!!

I have been doctoring once again. They had me on a higher dose of cholesterol medicine. Before I left for Minnesota I broke out with a rash all over! I stopped taking the medication, thinking that it was causing the rash. After I got back it wasn't going away so I found a day to see the doctor. They didn't think it was from the medicine, but they didn't know what it was from. They are keeping me off the med for awhile till the rash clears. Then I am supposed to take it again and if the rash comes back, we will know it is the medicine. They put me on prednisone and it made me sick. I don't do medicine very well. That is why I never go to the doctor, because once you go, it seems you just keep going. The rash isn't gone quite yet, but I won't take the prednisone. I'll try the med once again, when the rash gets a little better.

I have been very busy with work with some stressful things, so by the time I get home I am dead tired. Hope you have all been well. I hope to have sometime this weekend to catch up and read your blogs.


Loving Annie said...

Sorry to hear about Pockets death. Poor little guy.

You were smart to stop taking the medicine. Sometimes the capsules have things in them that can cause an allergic reaction.

Janell said...

So sorry to hear about Pockets. When a pet dies, you don't just lose an animal, you lose a relationship. You and Andy are in my thoughts.

I hope you get your meds figured out, but I think you are right - once you start going to the Dr., they just keep you coming back! Blessings to you!

FlowerLady said...

Dear Marla ~ Sorry to hear about the loss to your family of Pockets.

I hope you will be able to get off the meds altogether. There are more natural ways for lowering your cholesterol. Like you said once you go to the drs. they just keep you coming back.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Tabor said...

Maria, I think you are going through a very stressful time and that can cause all sorts of health problems. I hope you can find time for long boring walks or perhaps meditation. Something that will cause your body to slow down a little and take time to deal with all the stuff.

Jim said...

Hi Marla, I too am very sorry about Pockets. You guys will miss him and will always remember him and his dying. Those memories must be for a purpose but I can't find the reasons myself.

Too bad about your cholesteral medicine. I can't take statans. It isn't the breaking out though. They make my muscles cramp, all over my body. Even the muscles on the tops of my hands cramp badly. At night my feet can 'freeze' straight up in bed and that lasts way too long.
So I am taking three other medicines for the cholesteral problem instead.

Aren't you glad you have your blog! Sure, it takes time to read all the others (I get way behind myself) and to keep a fairly current post.
I consider it to be liking having a lot of pen pals and find blogging life very enjoyable. Are you guys up there working on Cliff M. and Ralph C. to keep up with Blogspot '09? A whole lot of people would like to have one this year. We could have it in Texas but I suppose all our heat and humidity would be rough for those not accustomed for that.

All for now, I am glad Joe did such a good job and that you had a good time on the trip and visit,

LL Cool Joe said...

Hi Marla,

Glad to hear from you. I was wondering if you were ok. I too, am so sorry to hear about Pockets death. The death of an animal leaves a horrible hole in ones life. :(

Hope you get your meds sorted out and I'm glad you had a good time at the concert!

EV said...

Oh, poor Pockets. Dogs are part of the family. I'm sorry, Marla. I hope that rash disappears soon. Have a good weekend!

Sue said...

Glad your trip went well and you didn't get caught in any snow storm.
Hope you get your rash cleared up.

Granny Annie said...

So glad to see you back. You have been missed. It is so sad about Andy's dog. Our pets are family too. Take care of yourself.

Cliff said...

Wow, sorry to hear about the dog. I know they can be such good companions. I'm glad someone could be with you that day.
I hope you'll soon be to the end of your troubles at work. Chin up.

Winifred said...

That's really sad to hear about Pockets. They seem to take part of you with them. It leaves a big hole. A Brit in Tennessee (
posted her tribute to her cat Willow last week and gave a lovely site The Rainbow Bridge

Hope you get your medication sorted out soon, take care.

Scarlet said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Pockets and my heart goes out to you and Andy. Pets are family and I know it must've been hard on both of you. Nice photo, btw.

Sounds like Joe is extremely talented and well received. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself at the concert.

I feel the same way you do about doctors. Unless I'm dying I prefer to stay away. I hope your rash is all gone and that you get your medication issues resolved soon!

Have a great week!!

possum said...

How wonderful that you got to the concert and that Joe was so excellent! I know you must be proud!

Edie said...

Hi Marla,

I'm so sorry about Pockets. I dread the day my Tobi leaves me. It's hard losing a pet that has been a part of the family for so long.

Thanks for praying for me. I will keep praying for you too.

Love and blessings!

Ralph said...

Sounds like you have a lot going on right now - some good, some bad.
Congrat's to Joe for his standing ovation.

Jim said...

Hey Marla, I'm glad you are reading. How did/do you like my white little bears? (Jim's Little P&P Place)