Virtual Coffee #9

Hello, my friends!  It seems it’s been a very long time since I’ve posted here.  It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write, but life has just been so darn busy.  I really have had good intentions to develop a more routine blogging schedule, but life keeps getting in the way. I’ve also fallen way behind on reading my favorite blogs but hope to get back to reading my favorites very soon!

We’ve had heat indexes over 100 degrees more than a few days recently…. even up to 113° one day!  I’m one of the weirdos who still enjoys her coffee in temperatures like this, so please join me for a cup and sit and visit a while!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you it feels great to sit down for a moment and just relax and visit with you.  Like I said, life has been crazy busy lately. This year (and last year too) has been full of medical issues/medical tests and surgeries in our family.  In March, my oldest son had shoulder surgery.  He had a spontaneous shoulder dislocation which resulted in a fracture of the humeral head.  He’s still healing from that and still undergoing Occupational Therapy twice weekly.  Since there was no history of an injury or fall of any kind and he just woke up after napping on the couch with severe left arm pain, his dad and I feared he might be having a heart attack and advised him to call 911.  An ambulance was dispatched and they took him to the ER.  It was there that X-rays discovered the shoulder dislocation and fracture.  You could have knocked both him and me over with a feather when we learned this was the cause of his pain.  His pain was so bad, that he could scarcely talk.  He underwent surgery that evening and his dad and I jumped in the car and drove the 2 1/2 hours to be by his side.  Since this appeared to be a spontaneous injury, it resulted in a seizure/syncope work-up for him by our doctor in Nashville, as we brought him home to take care of him for a few weeks.  He seemed to have memory lapses from that night that greatly disturbed him.  There were items in his house that had been moved that he did not remember moving.  No, he had not had any alcohol but his doctor had recently started him on a new medication which he may have had a bizarre reaction to.  The work up was thorough and involved laboratory work to check out all his electrolytes, his liver and kidney function, thyroid, magnesium level, and urinalysis.  He also had a CBC to look at his blood counts and rule out anemia.  All of these tests were normal with the exception of one enzyme (alkaline phosphatase) which our doctor suspected was up due to his recent bone injury and surgery).  This enzyme will also go up with gallstones too (which we found out later he did have).  He also had his heart and brain checked out to rule out the possibility of any condition that could have made him experience syncope (fainting) and they looked at his brain for possible seizure activity and to rule out a stroke and a brain lesion or mass.  He had an echocardiogram, an ultrasound Carotid Doppler, and a CT scan of the brain with and without contrast, and last but not least an EEG.  All of his tests were normal and so our doctor told us it will probably always be a mystery as to what caused this injury.  In early July, he had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) so my husband and I traveled to AL again to be with him a few days.  His gallbladder was distended and inflamed and contained bloody bile as well as multiple gallstones, so it needed to come out.  He’d had pain on and off for a while and I had noticed when they did his yearly physical and routine bloodwork, that his bilirubin was always elevated so I had suspected gallstones for a while.  He is now several weeks post op and he’s doing great.

My son’s badly injured shoulder after surgery. He had a dislocation popped back in and a bone plate and screws for his fractured greater tuberosity of the humerus,

My son’s shoulder surgery after getting the staples out

My father-in-law just got out of the hospital after having abdominal surgery and then a week or so ago he had to undergo another surgery to have a skin cancer growth removed from his chest which had grown quite large.  During that time, my mother-in-law was also admitted to the hospital with health issues of her own.  And last but not least, I just had cataract surgery which I decided deserves its own blog post.  So yes, life has been very, very busy and yes, a little stressful!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I have really enjoyed this spring and summer and watching all the wildlife in our backyard.  We’ve seemed to have an abundance of deer and fawns this year and they have been such a joy to watch.  We have triplet fawns and also twin fawns.  From what I understand, twins are quite common in deer and triplet births occur in 15-20% of doe births.  The twins come and lay down in our backyard and nap while Mama grazes nearby.  On several occasions, we’ve seen a buck, which is a little unusual.  My neighbor told me that she saw an eight point buck drinking from her birdbath just the other day.  We’ve had cute little cottontail bunnies again this summer and three baby bunnies frolicking in the yard.  I haven’t seen many rabbits in our yard until this year.  It seems we will have them and then go a few years without hardly seeing a one.  We’ve also seen Mr. Groundhog, but not as much as in years past (I think he’s still angry at us for filling in our sinkhole).  We have barred owls who serenade loudly in the backyard pines.  And man, the lightning bugs this year…. they were everywhere!

Image by RusticPix .com from Pixabay

Image by LeonHaines from Pixabay

Photo by Jack Bulmer on Unsplash

If we were having coffee today, I’d mention hubby and I just celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary on August 2nd.  We haven’t eaten out in a restaurant in 1 1/2 years and with the Delta variant, it looks like it will be a while before we get to enjoy that privilege again.  For our anniversary, we did order steak dinners for curbside pick up at Longhorn Steakhouse and we had a free coupon for their chocolate stampede cake which we split.  It was delicious!  We also both just had birthdays in July.  We are only 6 days apart and we turned 62.  We didn’t really do anything to celebrate and we decided against getting birthday cake on our birthdays.  I guess you could say the Chocolate Stampede dessert was a combination birthday and anniversary treat!

Has it really been 36 years??? Is that REALLY possible? Looking at how young we are in this picture, I would say a definite YES!

Chocolate stampede dessert compliments of Longhorn Steakhouse. Yummy!  You don’t even want to know the calorie count on this baby!

If we were having coffee today, I’d ask you if you’ve read anything interesting.  I’d admit that I’m struggling finding the time to read lately.  I try hard to keep up with my nightly devotional reading as I find it keeps me grounded and comforted, especially in the crazy medical world of late.  I’m finding with COVID’s Delta variant kicking up, and the anxiety that comes with that, I find myself wanting to take a break from my nonfiction reading and read a good fiction book.  My feel-good go-to fiction books are The Mitford Series by Jan Karon.  Oh, if you haven’t read these, do grab the first one, At Home in Mitford, and give it a try.  I guarantee you’ll be hooked on the fictional town of Mitford and fall in love with the wonderful and unique characters in her books.  It’s a fun little series to read and I just love them.  I’m getting ready to read them all over again!

At Home in Mitford

Surprisingly, I just received a Happy Anniversary notice from WordPress.  It was eleven years ago today that I began blogging!  Wow!  It seems like yesterday that I started on this journey.  Well, it looks like a storm is blowing up.  The sky is getting dark and the wind is kicking up.  I guess I better go batten down the hatches.  Thanks for having coffee with me today.


About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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7 Responses to Virtual Coffee #9

  1. Such delicious coffee! But, wow, you folks have been through the medical wringer this year. Do Southerners say it too — that when it rains, it pours? Here’s hoping things just calm the heck down for you!

  2. JustI says:

    Thanks for letting me enjoy my morning coffee with you! I’m still marveling over your son’s spontaneous shoulder dislocation. Is he left-handed? I was just wondering if he lifted something heavy and sustained an occult fracture, that led to a muscle spasm and the dislocation. Can you tell I’m a problem solver? (Old emergency-trauma nurse)
    It has been hot here in Florida also, with afternoon rain and thunder storms almost daily. Now we’re waiting on Fred, who can’t decide if he’s a tropical depression or a tropical storm. We’re expecting more rain, starting tonight through Monday. I’m grateful that he isn’t a hurricane, but I’m tired of soggy!
    Hope you have a great day, and you have more time to relax and take in your beautiful nature!

    • Gail says:

      My son is right handed. The cause of his injury has driven me crazy! I think our doctor thought he had possibly had a seizure because he has memory lapses from that night and tells me he doesn’t even remember much about the paramedics arriving or being loaded in the ambulance.
      But the EEG showed no seizure activity. He does remember a time in elementary school, many years ago, when he was playing basketball in the gym and that shoulder popped very loudly and audibly when he went to shoot the basketball. It never hurt him and seemed fine afterwards so we didn’t think much about it. So I wonder if this was an old injury that he just reinjured somehow. He took karate for many years and I’m sure that shoulder took some blows. It’s almost funny though, hearing the conspiracy theories my family came up with as to how this happened!!

      I hope Fred doesn’t hang around too long and I hope you get some sunshine to dry things up soon! Have a great weekend!

  3. Me says:

    Thanks for letting us know what has been going on in your world, Gail. It seems like you’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but I’m glad to see you back here writing. Happy 36th Anniversary too! We celebrated 26 years on Thursday. Time flies! I’ll be keeping an eye out for you, so hopefully life stays chill for you for a while! 🙂

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