While I was gone

Grandma Kc wrote this on June 21st, 2015 31 Replies

I am back. I know it has been a while but May and June are very busy months and this year was certainly no exception! The biggest focus was the Father and Daughter Dance and everything that came before the actual event. I promise to tell you all about that in the very next post – which I promise to write soon. Let me just say it was spectacular.

But I was telling you why I have been gone and about some of what has been happening. The week after the Father and Daughter Dance, I got to see Amara’s 5th grade class play, “Alice’s Adventures in Idioms”. Her teacher invited Jenna and I to attend the dress rehearsal the day before the opening show so that we could bring our cameras and take lots of pictures without interfering with the audience enjoying the show. I hope to share more about that soon, too.

It turned out to be a great thing that she invited us as by that night the pinched nerve in my left hip was stabbing me so hard that I couldn’t go anywhere or do much of anything. Opening day was out for me. I blamed it on the days I had spent sitting at the computer working on the dance photos with my legs crossed! I know better than to sit for long times with my legs crossed! So for another week I had no way to sit and blog!

Thankfully I got to see the doctor right away and on the way home stopped and got a big bag of frozen peas – my new number one first aid measure. In a few days I was feeling well enough to go to the Volunteer Tea that Amara’s teacher had invited me, too. Every year the staff and teachers invite volunteers and say thank you by serving all kinds of goodies. It was wonderful and I’m so glad I didn’t have to miss it.

The next day I woke up with big ugly red welts. My first thought was that it was a reaction to the medicine I was taking for my hip pain. Yet I just wasn’t sure that was really what it was and so for the second time that week I was off to see the doctor.

I had shingles. I am so glad I went right away. Hopefully it means I won’t ever have to deal with them again. PLEASE if you are over 60 and you haven’t had the shingles vaccine, make an appointment and get it. I’ve been lucky in that it hasn’t been as bad as I have heard others tell but it has definitely not been fun! And completely avoidable if you don’t procrastinate like I did! Grampy has an appointment to get his vaccine next week!

Once I really began to recuperate there were all kinds of wonderful things going on! Again, no time to sit and write! Jenna was honored at the City Council meeting for being Parent of the Year at Santiago Elementary. It was even televised on the local TV channel! I have it on the DVR I just can’t figure out yet how to get it to a flash drive or something to save. There will be more on Jenna coming up soon, too!

Last week was the last week of school filled with class parties, graduation ceremonies and fruit pops to be sold every day. Plus I really wanted to try to catch up on my reading before I focused on writing. I am almost there! It has been a fun couple of months and I know it is going to be a fun summer, too! I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

31 thoughts on “While I was gone

  1. Launna

    Kc, I was going to message you today to check on you… I saw you were pretty busy on Facebook but I had no idea that you had shingles… how awful. I’ve known a few friends who have had to deal with this illness.

    It sounds like Amara has had a fun and busy time herself… Valentina is graduating from 6th grade, moving on to junior high in September.

    My walking has been down a bit but I plan to start putting the effort back into it, starting tomorrow… Have a great week :-)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I saw Valentina’s new haircut on Facebook! So cute and she tilts her head the same way that you do!

      The only thing I did keep up on with the shingles was my walking! Sitting was really not comfortable but if I could just keep moving it was much better! Now I just have to be careful not to spend to much time in the chair catching up!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is good to be back and I am hoping it is going to be a very long time before I have to see my doctor again! I am really lucky that I am healthy and I almost never go to the doctor — there are more germs there than anywhere else! Two visits in one week was almost more than I could cope with!

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  2. Joyce

    I’m sorry you had to deal with those two challenges, especially since you are always looking for ways to make things easier for others. Just know that reading about your adventures and seeing the great pictures are always worth waiting for! I especially want to see the luau dance!
    Also, here, locally, you can buy a dvd of any news story directly from the station. Just an idea if you are unable to make one from home.
    Looking forward, too, to see what Amara does for fun this summer. Always lots of great ideas here for the rest of us!

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  3. Sandy Siegel

    It is good to be back in Amaraland! I’m glad you’re feeling better & getting back on your regular routine! Mark is going to take your advice & get the shingles vaccine. I will get mine for my 60th birthday present in a couple years. Love you, big sister! So glad you’re back!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am so glad to know that Mark is going to get the vaccine right away. You guys have good insurance so it is probably covered — even better! I got an email two days ago from my best friend since 9th grade and she just got her vaccine because of me! Yeah! It made my day to know I was helping to spare her from this! Love you little sister!

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  4. Olga

    Sorry to hear about the bout of shingles. Two of my friends had that last year and I know it is most unpleasant and painful. Hope things are better now.

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  5. Kristi

    Shingles?! Yikes! I have known several people who came down with shingles–some even younger than 60. I hope you don’t have any long-term effects.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Kristi. According to the doctor about 10% of people who get them will get them a second time. In order to try and avoid that he has put me on a steroid regiment for 3 weeks. I’m really not enjoying taking them so I do hope it works!

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  6. Stephanie Faris

    Wow…so sorry you went through so much pain! And twice in one week. What are the odds you’ll get shingles while you’re already in pain with another ailment? At one time, insurance didn’t pay for the shingles vaccine and it is expensive! I knew people who paid straight out for it. I think I heard some insurance companies pay for it now?

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I think you’re right about the insurance. I remember looking into the vaccine a few years back when it wasn’t covered and it was about $250. That is no small sum. I think some insurances do pay for it which is good! Probably cheaper for the insurance company than paying for the doctor visit and meds for someone who gets them and who might get them more than once! I did some research and the fact my hip was bad may have brought my immune system down and that is when they are likely to occur. Just hoping they don’t come back!

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  7. axiesdad aka Bob

    Glad you are back and sorry to hear that it was (partly) health issues that kept you away. Congrats to Jenna for her parent of the year award and to you for having raised her. I’m looking forward to seeing those pics and stories of your happier adventures from the last few weeks.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thank you for coming by and nudging me to get something posted so people wouldn’t think I just fell off the face of the earth!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Things are usually a lot more fun around AmaraLand than you would know from this post! Thank you for stopping by and good luck with your book tour!

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  8. Rhonda

    Wow, you have had a lot going on. Sorry to hear that you had shingles, I hear they can be painful. It sounds like you’ve also had some fun along the way. Can’t wait to see the pictures and posts on the good stuff.

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  9. Joy @ Yesterfood

    I hope you don’t hear anything more from your poor back or those nasty shingles! I am so happy to hear about all the wonderful end-of-year activities, and congratulations to Jenna! Hope you all have the perfect summer!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Joy! I am so proud of Jenna that I could just burst! I hope you have a wonderful summer, too!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Lux! I am doing much better and hoping my experience can help some of my older friends to avoid going through it!

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  10. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    You busy, busy woman! And you poor, poor woman, too. Shingles? Gah! I saw a commercial about them the other night and told Jim about you. How very painful!

    I hope your shingles and your sore hip are all healed! All hail the magical frozen peas! (If only they could cure shingles.)

    I look forward to hearing about all the festivities. Good luck transferring from DVR to … something or another that works for you.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am feeling so much better that 2 days ago I turned all but one bag of frozen peas into a delicious homemade soup! I am a little annoyed at myself for going out to Google and reading up about shingles — sometimes ignorance is bliss! They say the underlying tissue pain sometimes lasts a year! I will not allow it! And I do think attitude helps! Oh and Grampy got his vaccine yesterday and it was FREE! So glad he will never have to go through this.

      Oh and I did find the City Council meeting archived on their channel and was able to download it! So glad Joyce gave me the idea.

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  11. SarahBeth ~ Along Magnolia Lane

    I wondered where you were! Shingles! I’m glad you are over them; I know they can be awful. My aunt had them years ago and I don’t think she ever fully got over them — ended up with such pain that it was difficult to wear clothes. That was over 30 years ago and there have been lots of advancements and the vaccine, thank goodness. I keep saying I’ll get the vaccine, and then put off doing it.

    Glad you’re back in blogland…. and of course Amaraland! LOL!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Seriously! Go get the vaccine! While I do feel very lucky that it hasn’t been that bad – it has not been fun and it isn’t over! All the outward signs are gone but the underlying tissue is still very tender to touch! You do NOT want to go through this! I went to Web MD and really wish I hadn’t!

      Hope you and Noli are having a wonderful summer. I am so sorry about Oliver. We’ve had Twiggy and Twursula (sisters) for over 10 years now and I don’t know how we will cope when the time comes. They are such a huge part of our lives!

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  12. KImberly

    Interesting. I too have a bum hip and have always blamed its flaring up on when I sit on the floor. Now you have me wondering if it is sitting crossed legged, as that would be the only time I do that. Hmm. Bless your heart. So glad it wasn’t a horrible case of shingles and that now maybe it will ever be a thing of the past.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am glad they weren’t any worse than they were/are! As it is it has been almost 4 weeks and I have 3 spots that still want to bother me! They were the first 3 welts and the worse by far and they are just taking their sweet time to heal. But it could have been so much worse…

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