Mid-May I noticed a red patch on my right hand. I thought perhaps it was a bite of some kind, it was about 1/3 inch in diameter. Weeks later I suddenly realized it hadn’t gone away, or gotten any smaller. I didn’t know what it was, and I remembered that “wounds” that do not heal should be investigated, so I took myself into the emergency ward, the ONLY available form of health care near the little house in the city, where I do not have a family doctor. The doctor at the hospital said it didn’t look serious, but decided to take a biopsy nevertheless, just to be certain.
I have been waiting to hear the results of the biopsy since the first week in June, which were to eventually be sent to my GP near the country house. It just so happened that I chose to call about the results when my GP was away on vacation, so I have been waiting for his return. I have been concerned that I would forget to follow up on this, as you never really know if these things are serious, or nothing. Last night the doctor’s office called while we were hanging out in the screened in porch, and left a message because we couldn’t make it up the stairs in time to answer the telephone. The person who called suggested I call the doctor’s office in the morning, and let me know that it was not urgent, which I appreciated very much.
This morning I called the doctor’s office and received official notice that all is well, there is no malignancy. As it turned out the information was never sent to my GP, they had to track it down through the other hospital system. It is grand news however long it took to get here, and even though I expected that there would be no malignancy, I find myself very relieved to hear it.
Our Kenmore front loading washing machine, which we bought from Sears, continues to stink. This is a known issue with this machine, it is poorly designed. I would never buy a front loading washing machine again, and I will never buy another appliance, or anything else, from Sears. Last night I did an empty load using baking powder and vinegar, which reduced the horrid smell, but did not eliminate it. I will continue to do the baking soda/vinegar wash every few days, to try and keep the odour under control. We talked about buying a new washer/dryer set, or even just a new washing machine, but cannot afford it, so we will just keep on battling the smell.
I have gained a new skill. I can now fall asleep at the drop of a hat! This morning I drifted off while typing on the computer, with a partially consumed cup of coffee sitting beside me. I fall asleep while Attila is talking, while reading, while lying on the couch resting my wounded behind, while typing on the computer. I even fell asleep while reading the weather report, before copying and pasting it into this entry. This is new, and so far I am finding it quite pleasurable. It is probably just the Tylenol 3s, so I am enjoying it while I can, as today I will be taking the last of the medication.
Since I returned to the country house Attila has been taking his lunch breaks, rather than working through them. He really does need to do this, to take that break from the frenzied pace of his job. He is so fortunate that he can drive home for lunch, as we live quite near where he works. Sometimes he even has a “power nap” while he is here for lunch. I do enjoy having contact with him during the day. We are not “cell phone” people, in that we do not communicate by cell phone or texting when we are apart, barring emergency situations, so Attila’s lunch breaks are a great way for us to touch base. Also, while I am here for the summer, Attila will not be working at his second part-time job during the evenings, which is great.
I had better get this entry posted before I fall asleep again! 🙂
Date: 8:00 AM EDT Tuesday 7 July 2015
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.0 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Wind: SSE 15 km/h
“To resist the frigidity of old age one must combine the body, the mind and the heart – and to keep them in parallel vigour one must exercise, study and love.”
Karl von Bonstetten
1745 – 1832