Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Is it a Blog or a Journal?

First, thank you to everyone that inquired if I am OK since I have not posted in almost a month!!  More on that later.

This wonderfully huge Petunia basket sits on my front deck in front of a patio window where we can see it when we look out from our recliners.  In the spring, my youngest grandson Ky asked me if I wanted to buy flowers from the fundraiser his church had going on.  Of course I said yes.  At $3 each I took 10.  What I got was 10 small petunia starts in the most amazing colors I have ever seen.  I quickly planted them in an appropriate size pot.  After a bit I thought they didn't look as healthy as they should.  Off I went to Walmart to look for a larger pot.  I came back with one of those tubs that we use to put ice and pop in for parties.  I wanted to drill drain holes in the bottom but ended up cracking it.  Well, that WAS a great water drain.  I had a birdbath in the back yard that had a leak so I brought it around to the deck and placed the flower bucket in the bowl.  Perfect height, and the perfect drain.  Each Monday I watered it with Miracle Grow.  Even in late September this plant is healthy and happy and measures 40" across. I have a couple of other birdbaths, so I think I'll put more of these on the deck next year.  The birds use the pond to bathe and get water from anyway.  Also, the humming birds chose this plant to feed from and ignored the feeders.

I have several friends that use their blog to document what is going on in their life so they can reference back to it later.  I hadn't really thought of my blog like that but I guess it is.

The last time I posted, Terry was having some health issues that we thought were caused by some virus.  By Sept 2 I took him to the ER.  The tests showed he had a kidney stone.  Neither of us has ever had one so we had no idea that's what it could be, but there was added worry because he has Stage III kidney disease so we have to be really careful about what drugs etc he takes.  So they sent him home with meds and instructions to call a recommended Urologist.  We did that an a few days later surgery was scheduled in a out patient clinic owned by the Urologists and was attached to the Hospital via a hallway.  The nurse got him all prepped but when the anesthetist came in to talk to him, she had a concerned look on her face.  She came in and out a few times.  When I told her he said he is dizzy, they laid him back and hooked him up to H2O.  I heard her ask if the ER had called back yet.  When I asked what was going on she explained his BP had dropped to 45/70 (I had been looking at the wrong numbers on the moniter).  They came from the hospital and took him to the ER. After tests the answer was that one of the meds they had prescribed for him the last time he was there can cause low BP.  Also he had been sleeping a lot and had not drank as much water as he should have the day before and that had caused him to be a bit dehydrated.  They sent him home with instructions to discontinue the med and drink at least 1/2 gallon of water every day.  The next day I got a call from the doc and surgery was scheduled again for the next day but at the Hospital this time.  The stone was removed and would not have passed on it's own.  It was 3 weeks from the time the pain began to when Terry felt he could continue his normal activities.  Between all this going on, family visits and other disruptions to our routines, I feel like life has been on hold.

My Go To craft for hospital stays is crochet so of course I started a new project.  I'll be back to show you that in a few days.

Grateful:  Of course I am especially grateful for the great docs we have. Terry's 45/70 BP scared the H*ll out of me. I LOVE that guy!
xx, Carol

32 comments:

Roberta Warshaw said...

I am so glad that everything turned out well. It must have been pretty scary. Hopefully all will be well now. You guys have had a rough go lately. AND No more falling on your face please!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

So glad Terry is rid of that kidney stone. Sorry you had such a scare. May he continue to feel better with each passing day.

Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

Linda in Calif. said...

Well, that was quite the scare. So glad that he's on the mend. I know he's feeling much better and now life will be getting back to a more normal pace. Beautiful flowers and good use of the birdbath.

maureenlthompson said...

What a scare! Hope you are both doing OK now. It takes a lot out of both of you when one of you is sick. Take care. XXXXX

Terri said...

My mom's BP dropped to 60/40, if I remember correctly, last year when she had the Pulmonary Embolism. Scary! Glad he is better!!

Momma Bear said...

health scares are just that. Bad enough when it's you and you kinda know what's going on more when it's your loved one and all you can do is sit there and pat their hand. I make sure to take better care of myself now that Ive had 2 surgeries one with complications and one that went just fine. of all the drugs took in h.s. (punk rebel girl) morphine/opium was apparently not one of them and it's a good thing cause I'm allergic. better to find that out in hospital than out. my go to travel project is felt, penny rugs, table mats and small wall hangings. they all fit in the travel basket.
what did nic's coon turn into? or did the spider clean house, as it were.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Well, Carol, you made it through August and I'm happy you are back and posting about your lovely petunias. You two! All's well that ends well. And thankful to a medical system that works.

Robbie said...

WOW..so scary....glad things worked out but what a lot to do through! Hope hubby continues with better health and no more scares!!! Did your blog look change?? Or have I just been not seeing it and going direct to your post?? HA I like the look...but I might have fallen asleep! HA

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh my goodness! Poor Terry - and poor you. I'm so glad that the surgery was a success after the initial false start. Good thing that you have that beautiful plant to enjoy while your feet are up in your recliners getting the rest you both must need.

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol wow you have had alot going on,glad hubby is ok now what a bit of a scare with that low blood pressure. I have found as we grow older we start to have problems with our body,i think i would call it wear and tear,lol.
Oh your flowers look so pretty and you helped a good cause at the same time,hope you have a wonderful week my friend xx

Salty Pumpkin Art said...

Prayers for Terry and you as well
The flowers are beautiful. You both deserve beauty to see.

Cathy said...

What an ordeal. I’ve heard that kidney stones are terribly painful, so it’s wonderful to hear that it’s finally been taken care of. No wonder you were (rightfully) preoccupied. Here’s wishing you both a wonderful autumn!!

Jan said...

Wow what a scare! Glad he is back to normal routine. I've heard those kidney stones can be horribly painful.
Your petunia is stunning! Well done. Take care of yourself, and Terry too. I know you do.

jenclair said...

Poor Terry! Poor You! I can't imagine how scary this must have been for both of you. The petunias look wonderful, and I'm sure you appreciate a bright spot after all the hospital sitting you have been doing. My thoughts are with you both, Carol.

Shirley said...

Hi Carol, It has been a while since I have visited you. When you are a caregiver, you of course worry about them especially when they are sick. Grand kids grow up so very fast. I know I really enjoy mine and spend every opportunity with them that I can. My go to the hospital or just traveling I take my embroidery. Have a great day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley

Kit said...

Yikes! That is low. I am glad they got him all taken care of. Scary. I love your flower idea! I think I will try that next year with a birdbath I have. You take care and have a great Fall. :) Kit

Jeanna said...

Oh Carol, I am so glad everything went well with your husband's procedure. I hope he continues to feel much better.

I look forward to seeing your crochet project.

Debra said...

Oh my-you have had a lot of scary health things going on. I got caught up with your last post-I hope you've recovered from that incident! I've been praying for Terry's sister-so now I'll pray for your hubby too. Glad this is all behind you both now-have a calm fall!!!

Anita said...

Health scare in family is always terrible. Glad that he is back to his normal routine.
Good idea to put the pot in the bird bath. Looking forward to see your crochet project

Susan said...

Ow! I know that is uncomfortable from watching my son go through it, too. I'm glad he came through all the scary parts okay, and is back to normal now. The petunias are beautiful! It's a blog AND a journal! =)

Julie said...

It's nice that this community is aware and cares. Life does have precedence over our online life, though, and sometimes steals our joy for a while. This is a happy place to return to when we are then able. Good news to hear about your husband's outcome. May he not have any more in the future.

Salty Pumpkin Art said...

Blog or journal, it is a pleasure to read you blog and comments!
Prayers for Good Health

Mary Ann Tate said...

Thank goodness all is well now. Kidney stones are really painful. I use to get them frequently when I was younger.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I'm very glad they got to bottom of Terry's pain and found the kidney stone and have removed it now. I think it's bad enough being ill but the uncertainty over the cause adds a lot of stress. Hopefully the weather is getting cooler there too and you will both enjoy a happy and healthy Autumn :) x

Lady Jane said...

Love the pot in the bird bath. great idea. glad hubby is on the mend and enjoying life again. so much can happen. I pray for a winter of good health for us all. hugs, lj

Laurie said...

Welcome back Carol, I always enjoy your posts. What a relief that your husband can now get back to living, and you also. I look forward to seeing your crochet project! Have a blessed day.

Preeti said...

Sending best wishes to Terry and lots of love and hugs to you. Stay strong, this too shall pass.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

My friend Barb is having a hard time posting a comment to my blog. She sent me an email asking me to post her comment:

A blog is whatever the blogger wants it to be, so says my daughter. Sounds good to me!”

Does anyone else have this commenting issue?

Eggs In My Pocket said...

The great thing about blogs and bloggers is the freedom to express one's self and to share with others! Enjoy the blog the way you want.......it is wonderful! I love to take crochet along as well . It is easier to keep up with materials and tools and easier to focus on. Best wishes for your husband's recovery!

Sheryl S. said...

Glad that the health scare is over and recovery underway. Wonderful petunias, I bought one last year which produced over 80 pretty blooms, it didn´t survive the winter.

Barbara said...

Carol! It worked!

FlashinScissors said...

Hi Carol,
So happy to be able to comment again! Blogger has been letting me comment one day and not the next! But, Catherine tells me in my comments that I need to add Chrome to my iPad to make things right? Not tested yet though, but I can see that makes sense!
So glad Terry’s stone has been removed ..... hope he is much better now!
Great idea with the bird bath/planter. Lovely flowers too!
Hugs,
Barbara xx