Charles, my Pride and Joy, in FL at Sunrise

Charles, my Pride and Joy, in FL at Sunrise

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Catching up...


Wow, 3 weeks….so what has been going on? On the 10th, I went to Jefferson City to the Rheumatologist. This was a follow-up on my Vitamin D deficiency. She discovered this last year. At that time, I had a lot of pain throughout many areas of my body. Life was becoming un-fun again. That has changed. Yes, I still have pain everyday…and still take pain medicine every day but at least it isn’t as often.

It is amazing what a “simple” vitamin deficiency can do to the body. It reminds me of when the pilgrims made the cross oceanic journey to the New World. Many developed rickets for lack of fresh fruit. Who would have known back then??? Anyway, it had devastating effects. There is still so much we do not know about the human body. I have been reading about what a VitD problem can do to the heart. I wonder….what came first? Is it possible that this lead to my heart problems and pulmonary hypertension? I guess this question will never be answered.

So, on to the 14th…PH Support Group meeting in St Louis. It was a very good meeting. Topic was Nutrition and Exercise…and what did a rep bring to eat? Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, coleslaw, green beans and biscuits. OMG, salt city! I had been wanting fried chicken for ages. I didn’t go overboard …I enjoyed every morsel I put in my mouth. Dessert was an extra dose of lasix with a generous side of potassium. :) I guess all I did the Sunday after was recup.

The next week, in addition to working fulltime, was final prep for Charles’ Bday. Gosh, 21! I have an official adult. Where did all that time go? It has seemed both long and short all at the same time….certainly not dull. We have both had a challenging road. Anyway, that is a long story. One for another day. For his birthday, we went up to Jefferson City. He had a test to do there but we also took the opportunity to celebrate. We had very good dinner at El Jimador. The next day, he had his test in the morning. It was at a building just down the road and in sight of the state capital. He had never been inside the capital building. So, after the test, off we went. It was just up the hill…in days past we would have just walked up. He and I used to take long hikes. I almost went to take off when I remembered it would take me forever to get up that hill. I still forget sometimes, albeit briefly, that I have limitations.

I did not really have much time to plan the trip to Jeff City and had NO idea what awaited us at the Capital. I’ll get to that part soon. First, we admired some of the outside of the building. I love the old architecture of Missouri.
I had been waiting to see his expression when we entered the building. We made our way to the center of the building. It is open all the way up to the 4th floor. There are intricate paintings on the walls. It is just fabulous to look at. There appeared to be several school field trips there. It was a busy place. We then walked thru some of the exhibits chronicling MO history. Hmmm, I didn’t know there were tarantulas here.

Next, we went upstairs. We stepped off the elevator and holy cow. I had no idea that the House was in Session. People everywhere waiting to enter to speak. My first passion as a teen was law. I asked Charles if he would like to see it in session and he said yes. We went up to the 4th floor to the public gallery. Oh my….I wanted to be down there on the floor!

On the way out, I convinced him to take a pic. I love the way Charles photographs. I think he is finally getting used to photo-happy mom.
Next, we went to The Daily Grind. It is a small coffee café in downtown. They have really good coffee and gourmet hamburgers. We chilled out for a bit and chatted. I like these kind of days.

The rest of the week, I came home after work and just collapsed. I was tired….and here we are. I have so much to catch up on around here. This is my start!

Take care,
ali

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Spring Weather

Well….there was no snowboarding last weekend. The snow was so light and fluffy. The next day the sun shone bright and melted it right off. By the time I was ready to snowboard there wasn’t enough snow left. Sigh.

The weather is becoming spring-like crazy. It was in the 30’s for a high on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The winds changed on Wednesday and sent the gulf air to visit. It was about 60. The sun continued to shine for us the next 2 days…70’s and then 80 on Friday. Almost a record! I heard the wind howling this morning before I crept out of bed. Sounds like the Northern Queen is trying to visit again. She is pushing clouds ahead of her. I thought we would have rain but it hasn’t. It was supposed to be in the 50’s here but her visit was delayed and we have 70. The weather gods say the Queen will visit again next Tuesday…we shall see. Soon it will be time for the Ocean and the Northern Queen to battle over the Middle Skies. I hope they make more peace this year.

Today has been spent looking out the window and chatting with phriends. I finally heeded the call to Face Book. Wow, so many phriends and friends are there. I guess I was late to that party. I haven’t explored it all yet but it seems fun.

I have puttered around and done a few chores but more beckon me. I better go get them done.

Yáll take care,
ali