Tuesday, November 27, 2007

We are homeowners!

As of today, Jeff and I owe a lot of money to some nameless bank for a condo.

We went there after lunch and did some little stuff there to make it look like ours. Photos are at: http://flickr.com/photos/15637677@N00/sets/72157603317878277/ .

I am

at the top of the world
and so much more!

Monday, November 26, 2007

My sweet silent suffering baby

Where do I take a complaint about a vet?

Last Wednesday, I took Smokey to the local Banfeild to have his ears cleaned. The groomers had said he was too hyper for them to risk a pair of scissors in his ear canal. They suggested we take him to a vet where he'd be sedated and then his ears could be cleaned out.

So, I did. The doctor seemed nice enough, showed us how we could keep his ears clean of dreads by pulling out hair regularly. They said they'd call me once he was ready, around 3 p.m. I waited till 4 and called them to see if I could pick him up. They said sure.

vet wanted to see me one last time to show me how to clean hisI showed up 20 minutes later and waited almost 4o minutes before Smokey showed up. The ear. He also mentioned that there was a little bit of blood but Smokey was ok.

Here are photos of his ear as Jeff and I found it yesterday. He has so much hair that we didn't see it till I was scratching both his ears on Saturday and noticed that something was off.

The poor little guy didn't even cry about it. Its about a centimeter square piece of ear that's been cut off and is hanging off of the main ear. I am so angry!!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Exciting things on the horizon

Just heard:

November 27, 12 noon: Settlement date on the new condo!

Oh my god, we are so excited. We will be in our new house for New Year's. And, we'll get money back from IRS next year, hehe.

June 6, 2008: Jeff's youngest sister gets married, very exciting.

June 2, 2008: 5 day cruise from Los Angeles to San Diego, Catalina Islands and Ensenada, Mexico. Jeff's never been on a cruise and I went with family a few years ago and enjoyed it. 5 days aboard the boat was my limit, so I figured Jeff and I would start off with a small cruise and still get to his parents' house a few days before the wedding to help with any last minute things.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Day of grooming


Smokey and I both got groomed today. I got a pedicure, which is a yearly event for me. I also got a haircut, which also might as well be a yearly event. Smokey got fully groomed, bathed, nails clipped, hair cut etc.
My haircut took 1/2 an hour, his took 4 hours.
It's still a tossup on who's cuter!

Day of grooming

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Price is Right

Today was the first day I tuned into The Price is Right, since Bob Barker retired. I hadn't even known he'd been replaced by Drew Carrey. All I have to say is, it's so not the same! I love Drew but he's no bob!

Smokey guarding Jeff's clothes in the shower

Isn't that the cutest thing?

Monday, November 05, 2007

Day 1 fast forward to now

So, a smaller update on the rest of the days since the surgery

October 31st: Did pretty well. I thought I was really conscious all day, stayed up, read a novel, watched TV. In the evening, Jeff and dad came back, after a headache inspiring 1.75 hr drive. Anjuli, Mike and their friend from Australia Jaya visited as well. Now, during their visit, my energy started flagging ad after about 30 minutes, I had to bid good bye to the guests and another hour later, to the family as well. I did get up and go to the bathroom and walk around a bit for the first time since the surgery.

November 1st: I actually felt worse. I could not get comfortable, I couldn't read, I couldn't watch TV, maybe I was suffering from cabin fever. The doctor came and checked me out. They started me on liquids which ranged from passable to ewww don't ever show me that again.

November 2nd: Yay, release day! I wait and I wait and I wait and finally around 2ish, the doctor came for my checkup and declared me ok to go home. I called Brenda and after another hour of paperwork, signouts, IV takeouts etc. I was on my way home!

November 3rd till now: It's gradually gotten better. The first night home, I must have woken up every 1-2 hrs to re-situate myself on my bed and go to the bathroom. Last night, on the other hand, I only got up once. So, a definite improvement. I also drove with Jeff to Dulles last night to take my Dad there. I was a little worn out by the time we came back but overall I felt good at having walked around.

Today, I am awake before Jeff and doing small chores around the house and I feel ok. Here's a photo of me with the balloons that Brenda gave me:

Sunday, November 04, 2007

5 days post-op and still hanging in there

So, I figured it was time for a decent update.

October 30, 2007: We woke up at 6ish in the morning, since we had to be at GBMC - Greater Baltimore Medical Center - at 7:30. The way the scheduled worked was there was a surgery at 7:30 and then I'd be in at 9:30. As we're about 10 minutes away at 7 a.m., I get a call from the hospital asking if I could get there earlier as they could possibly get me in earlier than scheduled. Yay!

We get there t 7:10.

We sign in to the registration area and everything moves really fast; I sign a few papers, I pay my $200 deductible and I am sent to the prep area, with Dad and Jeff. They had me put on 2 robes, one the right way, one the other way so I wouldn't be mooning people, put in my IV, ask me a bunch of questions about allergies and medications etc. As I am sitting there, the lady scheduled for before me walks by and stops to speak to me. They realized that she had taken some medicine the night before that would have interfered with anesthesia and possibly killed her. That's how I got to get in early.

Something I found really cool and hadn't seen till now were mobile computers that all nurses had. They used those to enter all patient data in and it spit out a report that was put in a folder. The anesthesiologist brought the folder over and started going over some things. He said, "So you are allergic to blah blah, blahidy blah, and morphine?" And, my response, "Umm, no, never have been." So, he crosses that out and looks at another page. Says, "So, you are on medication zyrotimoferonium?" (A made up name but since I had no clue what it was, it sounded like that). My reply, "umm, no, never heard of that." Well, that caused an angry moment between him and intake nurse but they got things settled.

The walked me to the surgery room and within 2 minutes, I was out like a baby who'd been give some whiskey. When I woke up, things were very hazy. Dad and Jeff were there, I was moved to my room. I kept saying how there was pain and they handed me my morphine button, mmmm. I sent Dad and Jeff home because I was pretty sure I'd be out of it for a few hours. And I was. They came back at 7 and could only stay an hour because I fell asleep again.

Guess what? Typing all this has tired me out and I'm going to go lounge in a chair watching Jeff annihilate some enemy troops in Medal of Honor.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Am at home, post-op

Some pics up here: