The doctor's PA called me back today. All the bloodwork is fine, and the heart monitor was basically okay. A couple episodes of tachycardia (rapid heartbeat) and a couple episodes of PVC (premature ventricular contractions). Neither of which is really any big deal. She asked me if I had an episodes that I knew of when I had the monitor on. Of course I didn't. She wants me to try an event monitor which I would have for 30 days or so, you only put it on when you're having one of your "events". I told her I'd wait and see how things go. If it keeps up I'll go get one, otherwise, I'll just wait and see what happens. I had some problems with this about 4 years ago and nothing came of it. I still think it's just anxiety since the holidays are always hard for me anyway. I've totally cut all caffeine out of my diet. As a matter of fact, I haven't even had a caffeine-free Diet Dr. Pepper in almost a week. I don't know how long that will last though, water is getting pretty darn boring! I even bought a bunch of bottled water thinking that would be more appetizing, but it's really not. Ick. I got some Crystal Light to help, but I'm not a big fan of Crystal Light, so that's only good for one bottle a day. I'm working on losing some weight. I hate to admit it because I feel like that always jinxes me, but I am, so we'll see how that goes. I wish I could get rid of this darn prednisone, it's just nasty stuff. I've even started taking vitamins again. Gak.
Mom had her Cardiolite stress test at the cardiologist's today. Her doctor is on vacation, so someone else will call her with the results in a few days. Hopefully, there won't be anything wrong, or at least something that easily fixed. I love my mother-in-law. I'm truly blessed for having such a wonderful woman in my life. Kind of makes up for the lousy mother I have! I was really worried about this test after talking to John's mom in Ohio last week. She was telling me when she had her heart test they wouldn't even let her off the table, they immediately transferred her to Cleveland Clinic and she had to have quadruple bypass! Thank goodness that wasn't the scenario here. I always am sure the worst possible thing is going to happen! Such a worry wart.
It's gotten colder. Blah. I hate the cold. They're talking the possibility of an ice/snow "event" (what ever happened to the good old fashioned winter storm?) this weekend. I don't mind the snow so much, but ice... I hate ice.
Missionaries are coming over for dinner tomorrow. Steve made a huge pot of meatballs and spaghetti Sunday night, so we're having that. Good meatballs! I'm trying to figure out how to fit in spaghetti and meatballs - and a piece of garlic bread - into tomorrow's meal plan. I may have to forgo the garlic I bread - sniff... Maybe I can console myself with a Diet Dr. Pepper (caffeine free of course). My mom used to make really good garlic bread. (I have to admit, she may not have been a good mother, but she could cook!) She used pull apart bread, which I don't even think you can buy anymore, I haven't seen it for years! It was so freaking good. Probably why I look like a whale now - too much garlic bread. And chocolate chip cookies, spice cake, macaroni and cheese... the list is endless...)
Only 2 more pay days until Christmas! Holy Cow! Where has the time gone? We still haven't gotten our Christmas tree. I've been toying with the idea of getting an artificial tree this year. Kind of hard to convince Steve, the die hard forester, but I hate the mess of a real tree. Plus, Christmas is at our year this house (like you haven't heard that 100 times lately) and I want to put it in the family room. The wood stove is down there, so real trees dry out so fast... But, I took a look at the Michael's ad this week and nearly had a heart attack over the price of artificial trees. Are they freaking kidding?! There's no way in hades I'm going to pay $299 for a fake tree for my dogs to pee on! We usually go to a tree farm near Ft. Calhoun and pay about $25 for a live tree. Hm. Maybe it's worth the extra money not to have to be sweeping pine needles or getting a pine needle stuck in my foot in July. Nah... I saw some for $100, but they look like Charlie Brown's tree, sorry looking things.
Poor Benny isn't liking the cold very much. I carried him out to the mailbox with me this afternoon and he was shivering before we even got to the street! When we came in I dug up one of Charlie's old sweaters for him. He looks so cute, but he's much longer than Charlie was, so it's not quite long enough. Toby was shivering this afternoon too, I think it's the wood floors. Try to put on a sweater on a dog who doesn't like you sometime. I have to imagine it's somewhat like giving a cat a bath. Or wrestling an alligator with one arm tied behind your back. Granted, the dog is paralyzed in back, but his teeth are in the front! Yowza! I barely escaped from that experience with all my digits intact. Steve got on eBay tonight and bought Toby a coat like Charlie's old one, it has Velcro in front and a Velcro strap that goes around his waist. Nothing to go over the head or try to fit his paws into those little holes. Much better.
Proof positive that it's cold - Steve just woke up and asked me to get another blanket for the bed. We already have one wool blanket on, plus the comforter. This from the guy who thinks good camping weather means you have to shovel the ground for a place to put your tent!
That's all the boring news from the still coachless Husker nation.