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October 31st, 2022 — 8:48pm

I slept well! Except for terrible night sweats but that seems to be my life now. Anyway, I had enough energy to run some errands I’ve been putting off. Drop off package at UPS, make credit card payment, do a little Trader Joe’s run. My branch of BofA closed, so I went to the one by TJ’s, which has a drivethrough so it’s better anyway.

Left at about noon, home by around two, put stuff away and then collapsed on the couch. Mom played Bach for an hour over FaceTime and then I just lay in the dark and listened to my crime thriller. Really enjoying the DI Claire Mackay novels by Marion Todd. The author narrates the audiobooks, too, and does a fine job, which is a bit unusual I find.

It rained all day! Oh lovely lovely rain, some drizzle, some pouring, all beautiful and treasured. No trick-or-treaters. Wasn’t expecting any — quiet, hilly, dead-end street with no young families — so I bought candy that I like and trick-or-treated myself :D

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October 30th, 2022 — 9:30pm

Ugh last night was rough. Sudden horrible nausea that lasted a few hours, then a night during which all of our medical devices beeped at us and woke us up every couple hours. My Remodulin pump kept telling me it had a blockage (lies) and Dave’s blood glucose sensor kept telling him he was having a low (lies). I ended up on the phone with the 24-hour nurse at my specialty pharmacy at 5am with TWO non-functioning pumps. We managed to get one of them working again and they couriered two replacements to me today.

Thought I’d feel horrible today with such interrupted sleep but, though I was quite tired, this was the second non-depressed day in a row, and I had a pretty good appetite too. I made myself a couple pancakes for lunch, finished the soup for second lunch, and made a bok choi stirfry for dinner.

I also managed to get the sheets off the bed and washed them, and then Dave put them back on all clean for us. I took a shower and washed my hair today too so now I get to put my clean self to bed in a clean bed and maybe get some sleep tonight, WHO KNOWS?

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October 29th, 2022 — 7:59pm

I think I’m about to throw up

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October 28th, 2022 — 8:09pm

Woke up early because I went to bed so crazy early last night, so I was pretty tired all afternoon, but I was not depressed at all today! So that was a nice change.

I pre-ordered a nice little organic, free-range, ethically-raised, boneless, white and dark, 4lb turkey roast, to be picked up on the Monday before Thanksgiving! I’m so excited! I love Thanksgiving dinner but a whole turkey is just way too much for the two of us. Even if Henry and co. come to join us, we’ll have plenty.

Oh man this week’s Taskmaster was so good. I watched it last night on my own and again tonight with Dave. Trolley-bowling! And the animal charades live task, omg. V!!! V!!!! Laughing so much makes me feel faint from lack of oxygen but it’s worth it!

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October 27th, 2022 — 6:55pm

Cardiology appt. Gonna increase the amiodarone slightly (stay at 100mg most days, 200mg twice a week) and hope that it benefits my heart without messing up my thyroid and eyes and everything.

Exhausted, depressed, eyes hurt from crying. Got thyroid workup at the lab — T4 is normal but TSH is off the chart high. Wtf. Anyway, I’m done with today and have crawled into bed.

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October 26th, 2022 — 5:52pm

Ugh the big fatigue. Why why why.

Internet Man showed up today and worked for hours. We have fiber right up to the house now but there’s trouble with provisioning and fuckups at the office, where our account was linked to some dude in Philadelphia. We’ve got a flashing green light on the router but no connection, so we’re back to using crummy old Comcast until CenturyLink figures out how to do their **ONE JOB** and get our fiber working.

Chilly tonight so I’ve just built a fire in the woodstove. Dave is very impressed by my exceptional fire-making skills! Not for nothing did I grow up in a shack with only a woodstove for heating.

Mostly listened to my audiobook today. I’ve discovered a good crime writer, Marion Todd, and am working my way through her Detective Claire Mackay novels. I’m on #3 now, “Lies to Tell”. Well-written, entertaining, and the audiobooks are well-narrated. My Scribd subscription is worth its weight in gold. My public library just can’t keep up with my crime thriller addiction.

I also scraped up enough wherewithal to try out a new knitting trick invented by the Techknitter: infinity loops. Such a mind-blowingly brilliant technique!! No pointy ends, no distortion of the fabric, and the loop is a true circle, with the knitting stitches going all the way around in one direction (counterclockwise in this example) not bottom-to-top on each half. This is accomplished by dropping all the stitches on one half of the circle-cable and picking them back up running the same direction as the other half. It’s such an elegant solution!

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October 25th, 2022 — 5:52pm

Listening to the beautiful tippy-tapping rain, waiting for Dave to finish work so we can watch whatever BONKERS thing they’re making on the Bake Off today. Those s’mores last week? Those were not s’mores (though they looked as disgusting as actual s’mores). The TACOS the week before? An insult to tacos, and not freaking “baking” at all. Just bake cakes! Pies! Biscuits! That’s what we want to see!

Waited all day, in vain, for the fiber internet man to show up and jack us into the matrix. Sigh. Still stuck with horrid comcast.

No side effects from my shots on Sunday! Hope they weren’t a placebo.

Had a big, good, weepy session with Suzanne this afternoon. We’re gonna step up to every other week for a while, instead of monthly, since I’ve been having a lot of sad gray moods. Dear wonderful Suzanne. She wants me to try to eat a bite or two of my yummy cottage cheese every few hours and really pay attention to the sensations, to try to learn to get pleasure from eating.

Thank heavens for the rain. I am so grateful that it has finally returned. I went to the bakery today and it rained all the way and the worlds is clean and green and shiny again. Oh, how I do love rain. We even had thunder and lightning last night!

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October 24th, 2022 — 7:10pm

I waited all day to feel the after-effects of my two vaccines yesterday, but I only feel a wee bit achy and extra tired so far, so that’s nice. All night long I had terrible night sweats. I was absolutely drenched, my t-shirt was soaked, and that made me feel frozen because of the cold fresh air blowing in through my window which I need in order to sleep… it’s a problem. Ugh.

Lovely wet rainy day with a proper thunderstorm in the evening.

I made minestrone soup using some chicken bone broth that Henry dropped off last night when he came over to help Dave move some heavy stuff in the workshop.

Tired tired tired.

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October 23rd, 2022 — 8:10pm

Got my flu shot and covid booster this afternoon. Braced for a few crummy days.

Early to bed. Tired.

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October 22nd, 2022 — 9:17pm

Slept much better, and went back to sleep till 9 after first waking at 7! So I didn’t feel grimdarksad today thank goodness.

I made world-class leek and potato soup. It was frankly incredible. Dave said it was the best soup he’d ever tasted, and literally licked his bowl, lol! A quarter of a huge onion minced, two leeks chopped, two cloves of garlic smashed, all sauted in a big lump of butter on low heat till soft. Then add several small diced potatoes, three cups of chicken broth, and a shake of dried thyme. Bring to a boil, turn heat way down, simmer gently till potatoes are super soft. Immersion blender till smooth, add about half a cup heavy cream, add salt to taste, and voila!

Lovely weather. Just a sprinkle of rain in the morning, and then pale blue sky and watery sunbeams peeking through puffy white clouds all day. More rain very soon, according to the forecast!

We went to bed super early so I was able to read four or five chapters of P&P to Dave. Mister Collins has arrived, having first gained permission to make the visit with the most amiable condescension from his noble patroness, Lady Catherine de Bourgh. And when everyone walked to town, they met a new gentleman named Mister Wickham!

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October 21st, 2022 — 7:03pm

Y’all are so sweet to me. Thank you for all the lovely messages. I will continue to hang in there. <3

Woke up feeling horrible again, stayed in bed till afternoon, then staggered to the couch and sat there till evening. But I did cheer up a little bit because RAIN! Finally, at long last, real rain! It started off as just a wee gentle sprinkle, which is exactly what the hard dry ground needed — a big wet rain would have run right off. Later in the day it rained properly with drips and splashes and puddles. I built a fire in the woodstove and it was sooooo cozy sitting here listening to the fire and the raindrops. Just heavenly.

Messaged back and forth with Chloe and Henry all afternoon too. I love them so much. It’s pretty great when your favorite people are also your relatives.

At 4:30 I dragged my butt into the car and up the street to the coffee shop where the Pizza Bus parks every other Friday, and got a small pepperoni for Dave and a small margherita for me. So delicious! Yeah I’ve had several days of Weird Stomach Issues but I wolfed that pizza down anyway. Take that, stomach.

Now I’m just basically waiting for bedtime because sleeping is my favorite thing and I never give up hoping for a good sleep. Oh here’s a song I discovered via Strictly Come Dancing: “Do What I Do” by Lady Bri

It’s so positive and confident! I love to hear young women singing about being true to themselves and loving themselves the way they are. What a great example for all the little girls!

And here’s the incredible cha-cha that led me to it:

Carlos (the pro) came up with such creative, interesting, unusual choreography, and Molly (the celeb) just absolutely rocked it. She’s definitely a fav, after Ranger Hamza of course — who got TOP SCORE of the whole season so far with his Salsa!

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October 20th, 2022 — 9:00pm

Today was hard. The air pollution is so bad from a nearby forest fire that I woke up in the night certain I was coming down with a sore throat. Stucky gummy eyes too. I think it’s just the bad air… at least I hope so. It’s not getting worse. Anyway I had a bad, fitful night and all I could do today was wash my hair. Lay on the sofa, listened to my audiobook, and cried a lot. I feel so useless. There is SO MUCH i want to do, and even on a good day I can barely do anything. What’s the point of me, anyway.

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October 19th, 2022 — 7:47pm

Oh man the walk from sofa to bed is SO LONG at bedtime! I always wish I had a Helper Robot to carry me.

Felt pretty ok today! In the morning I went to drop something off at UPS and picked up a few things at the grocery store (Dave’s cornflakes, more water chestnuts for the pantry), then went to Henry’s with Dave to deliver a ladder and a jigsaw, and had a nice little visit. Then home for a long lie down, then did the dishes while Dave went to Lowe’s to buy an oven, as our 20yo oven is on its very last legs, and to Trader Joe’s for staples (cottage cheese for me! I’m addicted to the stuff!). I made a little pot of split pea soup while he was gone, yum.

Only two days till the rain starts. Also the pizza bus will be at the coffee shop on Friday, and then Sunday I get my covid booster and flu shot, then Tuesday we get FIBER INTERNET, and next Thursday our new oven will be installed. Lots to look forward to :)

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October 18th, 2022 — 6:05pm

Bad sleep, tired day. Made applesauce with a bunch of old apples that were lingering in the back of the fridge. Tried to eat sweet potatoes for lunch (they came in our veg box) but I just can’t handle the little fibers in sweet potatoes. They make me feel like I’m eating cat hair. Yuck. I managed a few bites but the rest went into the compost.

One week till we get fiber internet installed, thank heavens. Our Comcast service has sucked ever since we moved in last January!

Three days till rain…

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October 17th, 2022 — 9:44pm

I slept well again! Two nights in a row! I had the mental energy to trace off patterns for Miss Freyja, pants and shirt, size 2T, and I even cut out a set of rainbow-striped jammies for her! If I get another night of good sleep I should be able to sew them tomorrow.

After doing all the tracing and cutting I had to lie down for a few hours, but after that I got up and did the huge stack of dishes and wiped down the counter tops and the stove. And then I had to lie down for a few more hours.

During my lie-downs today I watched a great long video about lethal dangers in households from Tudor times through the 1950s — Tudor chimney fires, Victorian arsenic-filled wallpaper, radium toothpaste in the 20s, etc. Great stuff!

Since we finished Artemis last night, we started Pride and Prejudice tonight. I read the first three chapters. I was really worried that Dave wouldn’t get the humor but he laughed aloud!

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October 16th, 2022 — 10:09pm

Last night, I slept!! I slept well! I woke up feeling ok! Oh man, what a difference.

Let’s see… after my almost-scary episode on Friday, my heart has been behaving better. My pulse is usually under 100, at rest, and often under 90. My o2 is on the low side of ok. I feel a little better than I did all last week. So, y’know, I’m basically ok.

Haven’t complained about my weight in a while. Nothing new to report. I’m eating fairly well, better than in months, but I still bounce between 98 and 100 lbs. Just can’t seem to crack 101. So I’m resigned to looking like a skeleton, I guess. Sigh.

Night sweats still, several nights a week. I guess I get to live with that, too, since nothing helps.

Mammogram came back normal! So there’s a problem I don’t have, yay!!

Oh yeah, i meant to say I updated my phone to iOS 16.0.3 a couple days ago. Man it’s a good update! Nothing broke, and there are some excellent new features. It’s just a small thing but I love the “copy and delete” option for screenshots. I feel like I take dozens of screenshots a day, mostly transferring info and memes from one app to another, e.g. snapping a funny tweet for a non twitter user. And now my camera roll doesn’t get clogged up.

I also like the medication tracker in the health app. It let me enter ALL of my twenty-five or so medications merely by pointing my camera at the labels (I’ll never stop being amazed by OCR), and I put my whole medication schedule in there so now I get reminders that persist until I take my meds! Morning and evening meds are pretty easy to remember but the handful I take at midday are easy to postpone/forget, even with a phone alarm. Plus, my whole meds list is right there in my phone, and next time I end up in hospital it’ll be easy to tell the nurses which meds I’ve already taken that day.

What with the blood oxygen records, the pulse records, the ecg records, and my meds list and schedule, the health app has moved from a sad little folder of junk on my last screen to a place of its own on my first screen. Good job, apple!

We finished reading Artemis tonight. What a great book. We enjoyed it so much, beginning to end. Hurry, Andy, write us another book! In the meantime we need to find a new bedtime story. Hmm.

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October 15th, 2022 — 8:50pm

As usual I woke up after a crappy night feeling as if I hadn’t slept at all. I feel like my sleep is so shallow that every tiny thing wakes me, and then I need to listen to my audiobook for a long time to fall back asleep. Lather, rinse, repeat. Dunno why the cannabis gummies aren’t working so well anymore. Weak batch? Maybe I should double up tonight. Argh! But I’m still alive so there’s that.

Henry and co. picked Mom up and took her to the airport this morning, and then we sat on the sofa and did absolutely nothing all day.

Here’s something I love about Dave. He is so secure that he doesn’t mind watching shows that he knows I think are stupid! I LOVE this about him. He watches such god-awful shows — and he knows they are god-awful, don’t get me wrong, but he enjoys their awfulness. They relax him, and his massive brain is always ticking away and solving work problems while he watches. He watches horrible plastic realtors flipping horrible plastic houses, he watches rich people being horrible to each other, and lately he’s been watching a thing where these Canadian guys are excavating what they call The Money Pit, where there’s supposed to be some legendary treasure or something. It’s DREADFUL. I try to keep my damn mouth shut, not wishing to yuck his yums, but when he mocks the show (frequently) I gladly join in the mocking!

The voiceover guy is unintentionally hilarious. The script is written to be super-vague about actual facts, and he ends every phrase with a question mark so it sounds like this:

Could it be? That the strange marks? On this rock? Indicate a possible link? To the Knights Templar? And if so? Could it be? That King Solomon’s menorah? Is buried? In THE MONEY PIT???


Anyway, he likes it, so he watches it. He’s not ashamed or defensive, he’s not pissed off at me for thinking it’s silly, he’s fine if I go do something else or sit nearby listening to audiobooks through headphones or whatever. It’s so refreshing!

My skin is not that thick. I feel bad if I want to watch something he thinks is stupid, so I wait till he’s busy doing other things before watching my serial killer shows. But I want to be more like him and not give a damn :D

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October 14th, 2022 — 9:03pm

Mom played Bach while I did some cooking this morning. I experimented by making a half-batch of oatmeal cookies with a heaping spoonful of peanut butter added to the dough. Quite tasty! And I made a good soup with onion, garlic, potato, barley, cabbage, beef broth, thyme, and dumplings.

Then I drove her to the fabric store and the grocery store, and maybe that was too many things in one day because after we got home my heart jumped up to 130 bpm. So we got my ambulance go-bag fully packed and waited to see if we needed to call them. I had updated my apple watch os yesterday, and it now warns me if my heart starts racing! That was really helpful, because I didn’t need to wait to start actually feeling like I was about to die. I took my “break glass in case of emergency” diltiazem and an extra dose of Amiodarone right away, and maybe it helped, because after maybe 40 minutes my heart dropped back down to 100 bpm and I even got a few readings of sinus rhythm. Crisis postponed! Woohoo, I’m not spending the night at the emergency room!

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October 13th, 2022 — 9:14pm

Weird heart situation ongoing, but no worse. Rough night because my medication pump woke me up every hour to tell me there was a blockage. After rebooting my pump the first few times, then switching pumps, it still said I had a blockage so I inserted a fresh catheter into my infusion site and that solved the problem. But, y’know, being woken up every hour for the first six hours of the night was unpleasant! Still I felt ok enough to make another beautiful stir-fry and hang out with Mom. She played Bach on the piano and we watched several episodes of The Split (we both love Nicola Walker!)

Tonight we introduced Mom to Taskmaster (series 14, episode 3 “Dafty in the Middle”), and what an excellent episode it was. Hilarious!

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October 12th, 2022 — 9:00pm

This evening I felt better all of a sudden. Checked my heart and it was in sinus rhythm and only 89bpm! The betterness (what’s the proper word?) only lasted a short while but I have hope that I’ll bounce back out of this pretty soon. (Oh “improvement” is the word I was grasping for, huh?)

Hung out with Mom and watched series three of Broadchurch all afternoon. It’s just as terrible as the first two seasons but I’ll watch Olivia Coleman and/or David Tennant in ANYTHING.

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