Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Work In Progress.....


I may or may not do all that much with my new Recipe Blog here, but you are welcome to take a peek if you like. It will require much more time than I may have right now. So....we shall see. It may end up being just another one of my "long list of things" that I don't quite complete. Please excuse the ads on there. I am just curious about how or if they works. I may take the ads off after a few weeks. I will try to post at least one recipe a week and see if it is worth the trouble.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Plateletpheresis

I felt a need to record the events of my day today, mostly because I did something I have never done before. I donated platelets. If I don't write about it, I may just forget about it. I do that sometimes. I seldom do anything without questioning what it is all about. I had meant to research this process before I did it, but didn't. My husband had donated before and he said he remembered feeling tingly, and it took a lot longer than donating blood. I just thought I should try it because it sounded like something that cancer and burn patients really need a lot of, and they told me on the phone there is a shortage of platelets. Having had 5 stomach surgeries, I feel I do need to do my share in donating blood or whatever else I am able to do to help someone. I needed a lot of blood during my last surgery.
I arrived there a little early hoping to get the whole thing in motion as quickly as possible because they said it could take up to 2 hours plus the pre-screening. The pre-screening was a little interesting in that I don't remember ever having these questions asked when I had donated blood before. It seems they are very serious about whether or not you have been to England recently. I wondered why??? Is there something going on there that I don't know about. Many countries were on this list, but they seemed to pay more attention to England, Canada and Africa. I wanted to ask why but the nurse I had wasn't much into chit chat. I always ask lots of dumb questions in situations like these. I figure why stay stupid if you can just ask the question and get an answer. After awhile the nurse started warming up to me a little and attempted short sentence replies to my one-sided conversations. The machine kept beeping and the chatty nurse had to keep coming over and pressing a button. I asked her if I was doing something wrong. She said "No" and walked away. This went on for an hour. The machine kept saying ...The patient is not flexing hard enough or there is a line that needs adjusting, or something on those lines. Each time I asked her "You sure I am not doing anything wrong?" Each time the answer was the same. "No."
On the telephone they tell you to not take any aspirin or any blood thinning medications, and to eat well and make sure you have plenty of fluids. I followed all of those simple rules but still had some problems during the last 20 minutes of the procedure. I started feeling very faint and sick, and wondered if I would be able to make it. I was counting the minutes until the whole process was over. Finally, it was finished. I had completed my platelet donation. But I felt like I was... going....to.....pass.....out...... "Help.....me...I am not feeling well"....I told the nurse. She said, "Cover your mouth and cough". " Waahhh...whaaaa," said the wimpy donor. "I don't feel like fake coughing..." She jostled me and roughed me up a little. "I SAID COUGH....YOU WIMP!!!" hu...hu....I finally managed. My fingers were numb, my head was spinning, I felt hot and cold at the same time and NOW she wants to talk about something on the television that I hadn't been watching anyway, because she told me to watch the machine screen and do what it said!!!! "I don't know what they are talking about on the TV mam....I don't feel well." "You want some water or something?" she said..as she whispered (wimpy old woman...under her breath). "Yes.... please" said the helpless donor. She brings me a bottled water and I can barely hold my head up to take a drink. My hand was numb and I spilled the water all over myself. I did manage to get a gulp of it though. I was getting desperate to feel better so I could get the hell out of there. She put my walking papers on my stomach and said, "Rest as long as you feel you need to." After what seemed like forever I got up and started walking towards the door. A new nurse came on duty and saw me and said, "You are not going anywhere. Your lips are blue and you have no color. Go sit over there until you look better." Every so often a woman came over to check on me that had a very strange sense of humor. She said weird things like "You can't get behind the wheel like this because those chase scenes you see in movies are not real cars and real people. They are remote controlled cars with computerized looking people." I just looked at her with a blank look and said. "Right." Later she came back and said, "Some people think they can just bolt out of here and then fall flat on their face, and make a mess out there." "Okay, miss, I'll stay put." She put me on a lawn chair that reclined and put a cardboard partition in front of me , so other people passing by wouldn't be turned off by the weakling.
Finally I felt well enough to leave, and they gave me this sticker to put on myself, and asked me never to come back.
Most of this is pure fiction or just the view from my light headed visions.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Mysteries....Guilty or Innocent

A few weeks ago when I went to our annual Library Book Fair, I picked up a few VHS movies for little or nothing and one of them was "The Fugitive" with Harrison Ford. Hard to believe that this movie came out in 1993. It doesn't seem that long ago. I watched it last night as I knitted. I usually don't like remakes of any shows and I loved the TV series with David Jansen, so when this movie first came out I hesitated somewhat about watching it. I finally gave in though and was so glad that I did. I think they did an excellent job with this movie. They did change so much of the original story and I liked that they did that. This is one of those movies I could watch many times and not get tired of it.


David Jansen always seemed like a soft spoken man, similar to Harrison Ford. Both were tough guys when they needed to be, but gentle at the same time. I would love to be able to see these old shows again. I haven't seen them since they went off the air in 1967.




Right after my husband and I got married in 1977 we watched a made-for-TV movie called "Guilty or Innocent" starring George Peppard. I became obsessed with this movie and story about Dr. Sam Sheppard. I spent a lot of time at the library looking at old newspaper microfilm about the case. Thinking back on it, I am not so sure why I was so fascinated with this. The only thing that I can think of is that this particular movie was much more about the real story of Dr. Sam Sheppard, unlike the other two with Harrison Ford and David Jansen. It grabbed my attention because I felt like he really was innocent and was treated very unfairly. Can you imagine being convicted of such a horrible crime and having to go to jail for 10 years for something you didn't do. The few times I have been selected for jury duty, I have always tried to stick with the facts of the case. I have only had to serve on lawsuit cases, thank goodness. I would imagine it would be really hard to serve on murder and other cases. But after all of my digging into the newspaper microfilm, it just seemed like this man was not given a fair trial. The media had a field day with him.

Here is Dr. Sheppard. The murder happened on my birthday in 1954. I was only 3 years old. This is one of those mysteries to me that I wish could have been solved. Something like the JFK assassination. I have seen so many different shows that try to prove that he was killed by Oswald and only Oswald. I am still not convinced myself.

Ben Gay



Well, I don't know how or why it worked but it worked. Good old Ben Gay! I put this patch on my neck and it really gave me some relief. It made me remember what used to be in my Mother's doctor bag at home. She only had a few simple and inexpensive items but they seemed to do the trick.



As I thought about this I remembered I have many of these in my own cabinet. I don't remember using them all that much on my own children, but by the looks of these bottles they have been used. Mercurochrome was for cuts, Campho Phenique for mosquito bites, peroxide for open scraped knees to bubble and boil out the germs. And last but not least pepto bismol for stomach aches and bowel ailments. Oh yes alka seltzer, we still use also.


Now if they could just put the scent of lavender in these they would be even better.

Several errands to run and hopefully some lawn mowing to do if the rain holds off, so I am off about my day for now. I hope to remember or have time to do a post about The Fugitive movie I watched last night. Too long of a tale for now.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Suffering from Cervicatisvertebraefusionputerstrainitis

Okay...I totally made that word up. I love to make up words or combine several into one. But....my neck has been killing me for......several years. One doctor told me it was probably arthritis.....maybe he just took a wild guess, because I am sooooooo old. One year I went to a chiropractor and had x-rays and asked her if she could tell if I had arthritis in my neck. She said no. So that leaves me to think I spend too much time on the computer in a not so healthy positioning of my neck. I think I had better start setting a timer and not staying on here for more than 30 minutes.
I have been working on a new blog about family recipes, but haven't opened it up to the public yet. I am still fine tuning it. I am planning on purging a large amount of items in our house and the cookbooks are leaving. I will just be saving some of my favs on the new blog. I have over 100 cookbooks that I have collected over the past 40 years. I used to love to cook. I really don't even like it a little bit any more. I do it out of necessity. Last week I drove through a fast food place and looked at the hamburger and I thought "What the bloody hell is this????" It just did not look like hamburger meat. A few experiences like that is enough to make me want to cook my own food. I was hoping that by reviewing some of these old recipes of mine, the enjoyment of cooking would come back to me....so far it hasn't. Perhaps the image of that sandwich may entice me.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
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