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Whole Duck: Skin, Fat and Bones


Yesterday for my birthday Lynette made a whole roast duck with mashed potatoes, green beans, turnips and biscuits.  Everything was great.  Even though the duck was all skin, fat and bone; it tasted good.
 
Lynette was disappointed and said she would buy only the breast next time. All that mattered to me was her effort to make my birthday special.

I stayed in my JP's all day.  It was just the two of us.  My brother called and sang happy birthday with his wife and my neice.
 
My daughter called twice.  I could hear my grandson Miles in the background. Her husband wished me happy birthday just as Miles slammed the bathroom door on him.

It was a quiet and relaxed birthday, just what I was in the mood for.



Poor Designs from Bored Panda

I wonder if they did this on purpose.

They must have meant well.



I bet the author Brown was not too happy.

Was this supposed to be a joke?



She must be experiencing a side effect of the tea.


They could have found a better place to put the light switch!

These are my favorites from Bored Panda.


35th Anniversary!



Lynette and I have been married for 35 years!  It will be a quiet celebration, just the two of us for dinner and back home to watch TV together.
                                
I've had terrible headaches as a side effect of daily doses of intravenous immunoglobulin this past week for my CIDP.  See my earlier post. Here's the link: CIDP.
Last night I had to take some oxycodone, left over from before my back surgery last year.  The extra strength Tylenol did not help much.  The pain felt like a knife stabbed into my neck.  
I was supposed to feel more strength in my legs but so far I only feel the headaches. Maybe I'll just have to give it more time to work.

      (That's not me in the photo but that's how I felt.)

We'll celebrate by going to one of our favorite restaurants.  They serve the best Chinese food I've ever had.  We usually order extra dishes to take home for dinner the next couple of days.

It will be some quiet time together.  That's what's important.


First Steps for Miles!





It's great having a grandson!

My first day of therapy for my CIDP went better than expected.  It was for about 3 hours instead of 4.  Now I feel tired so I'll keep my post short.


CIDP

I've had "dropfoot" for many years and wear braces on both my feet/calves to prevent me from tripping.  I've fallen many times but have not broken anything; except that my back required surgery and I wonder if my falls had anything to do with it.  But I'm very lucky that now I feel no pain.

"Foot drop is a gait abnormality in which the dropping of the foot happens due to weakness, damage to the peroneal nerve or paralysis of the muscles in the anterior portion of the lower leg. It is usually a symptom of a greater problem, not a disease in itself. ..." ~Wikipedia

I just learned that I have Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy; CIDP for short.  After all these years I have a reason why I have "dropfoot".

"Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, is an acquired immune-mediated inflammatory disorder of the peripheral nervous system."
~Wikipedia

The treatment is Granulex-C iv ig, which is made from human plasma.  Starting this Monday on November 16, I'll get an IV at the hospital that takes about 4 hours.  I'll do this for 5 days in a row as a loading dose.  After that I might have to get another treatment every 4 to 6 weeks.

Hopefully, this will prevent my legs from getting any weaker and maybe spreading to my hands.  I might even get a little of my strength back. 

I get along fine now and don't want to be eventually forced into a wheelchair in maybe 5 or 10 years.

The doctor in this video explains CIDP.


Wish me luck!


Simplifying My Family Tree


This chart shows my personal genealogical goal. Anything more is just too involved in details which will be very difficult to keep track of.  I want to make it enjoyable, not a tedious task.

My parents were from Italy so even going back as far as this chart will be difficult.  So far I've reached my great grandparents on my mother's side and my grandparents on my father's side.  I may not be able to go back to my great great grandparents without professional help, which I'm not sure I want to do.

At least I'll have made some progress to make it a little easier for my descendants to continue if they like.

The video shows how difficult genealogy can become.



Happy Together


If you're not too young, you'll remember from the sixty's, the Turtles and Happy Together.






Happy Together
The Turtles

Imagine me and you, I do
I think about you day and night
It's only right
To think about the girl you love
And hold her tight
So happy together

If I should call you up, invest a dime
And you say you belong to me
And ease my mind
Imagine how the world could be
So very fine
So happy together

I can't see me lovin' nobody but you for all my life
When you're with me, baby, the skies will be blue for all my life
Me and you and you and me
No matter how they tossed the dice
It had to be

The only one for me is you
And you for me
So happy together




I found these photos on an Italian translated version of the video.  The music is the Turtles in English with Italian subtitles.  It was so good I had to share it.








Halloween 2015

We spent the weekend in Brooklyn with my grandson Miles and his parents, my daughter Laurissa and her husband Ryan.  Miles dressed in a policeman uniform while his parents dressed as prisoners.



Pull to Sound Alarm!


Bath Time


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