Saturday, July 21, 2007

 

LOL...sort of funny, hunh?  Me...checkin in.  My last entry in my lonely little personal journal was Memorial Day?  Yikes!  Actually, that was my last day of smoking.  I began my journey into the smokeless world the next day; and, yes, I am still smoke-free and pushing 8 weeks on Tues.  The past couple of days have been filled with cravings but nothing that I can't deal with.  The moods are starting to level a bit. (Thanks for the above tag, Lisa Jo!)

Where have I been?  Sometimes in my graphics journal but definitely not much in my PSP.  I do have a dozen or so tags to send that have been there for a week now.  Ugh....I'm sharing my pc with Megan since she has no space to set up her computer or internet connection so my computer is being shared by the three of us.  By the time it's my turn, I'm asleep on the couch.

My rotator cuff has been acting up horrendously for the past month.  Of course, it's my right arm.  It's really been limiting my computer time.  My pc at work is set up to support my right arm.  I'll have to work on this one at home.  Anyway, I'm off on Monday to see my orthopedic specialist.  It was work related but it's been six years since I've had problems.  I got tired of dancing to the tune of the DOL so I called BC/BS.  They ever so kindly removed the red flag on my shoulder since it's been so long since it was treated.  I'm hoping for a couple of shots in the shoulder on Monday.  That did the trick 6 years ago.  I can pick my own doctors so I ended up with the best upper extremity specialist in Pgh somehow.

I took Joey to my group of orthopods for a second opinion on his knee.  He got a new set of passive PT for a month.  If that doesn't help, then he will get an MRI.  He needs to find a new physical therapist because this one doesn't want to cooperate with the new script.

I had Megan at the ER last Sunday.  She had a bug bite that resembled a deertick bite.  It wasn't.  The doctor hadinterned in dermatology and was "mum" on what he thought it was.  Not serious but if it doesn't go away, a dermatolgist visit for her.  Of course, I had an idea...it looks like a form of psoriasis.  So, that's Dr. Chris' diagnosis but we have to add another doctor's visit.

Her job is going well.  She looks like she walked right out of Vogue or some similar fashion magazine at the bus each morning which makes me look sort of "hoboesque" (a Joey description). 

We've had monsoon rain all week; not that we didn't need it.  Weird summer....some heat but not much.  I sort of like the tropical summers.  We didn't use the pool this past weekend but two weekends ago, we did.  It was in the high 70's, and the solar cover is not warming the pool up much this year.  I did manage to snap a couple of pictures and noticed it was July 8th when we were in the pool.  Taking a picture of my son is a chore.  Sneaky and quick, which takes a while. 

 

        

 

             

 

           

                  

              

So, that's about it.  I'm getting my hair cut this morning, thank heavens, and may get out tonight again.  I have some tags to send out and many,many journals to catch up with.  Love you all!  (Anybody know why my entry has gone out of the margins?  It's not the graphic size, and I've emptied my sidebar.  grrrr  SOS) 

 

                                                                        

 

                

 

 

29 comments:

springangel235 said...

It was great seeing and reading your update....you sure are missed a lot.  Love the pool shots...how nice it is to float around...they look so relaxed.  Weather here has cooled down...not much pool time with cooler weather.  Love the tag from Lisa Jo...she is awesome...so are you on the non-smoking issue.  Your doing great!!!!
Thanks for updating about the kids...and you.  Hope you have a great weekend...many hugs and love,
Joyce

queeniemart said...

i love you too....i think about you every single day.....i am SO proud of you and your determination to beat the cigarettes!!!!!!! I love seeing Joey....wow, you all have some medical concerns....i hope you do get that shot and i pray it works too.
LOVE, lisa

midwestvintage said...

 That is so great your still a non-smoker.   Way to go.  The pool looked great.

                Julie

lisa41076 said...

Chris , I miss you alot !!!!!!!!!! Congrats on still being smoke -free, Hugs Lisa

jeadie05 said...

Great to hear you are still not smoking Iam so in awe of you ,loved the pictures of  beautiful children ,Ialso loved your siggy tag today ....love Jan xx

pharmolo said...

Good to see an entry in this journal, Chris. Hope the haircut ended up the way you wanted it.

chat2missie said...

It has been a while since your made an entry!!  Hope your rotator cuff doesn't bother you too much.  Take it easy and enjoy your weekend.
Missie

ktkamanski said...

Welcome back and A BIG THANK YOU for my sneakers tag! I love it - it was worth the wait!!!! I am so proud of you! Way to go on your 8 weeks of being smoke free - yeah! Hope you and your arm find some comfort soon! Missed your reads! Hope your enjoying your day!
Katie

rdautumnsage said...

I have missed you tons. But this summer seems to be a long, slow, drawn out one for everyone. Sorry to hear about your rotator cuff. I hope they can do something to help eleviate the pain dear heart. Oh joy, sharing your computer with two others. I can't imagine, I shared mine with my daughter and barely ever got on. Take care of yourself, I'm proud of you for sticking to your guns on the smoking! (Hugs) Indigo

jckfrstross said...

glad you are back:) missed you so much. the pictures are great:) enjoy your weekend

Deb

tendernoggle said...

Loved the pictures!!! You have some pretty children Chris!
Hope you get help with that roto cuff...Danny had to have surgery on his ...so I know how painful it can be from seeing him suffer.
Take care,
love ya,
carlene

pippa1116 said...

so nice to see you back.  and i love that last graphic.  you kids are beautiful.
watch that shoulder and have a great weekend.
tina

siennastarr said...

Wow, Chris, it has been awhile since you added an entry in this particular journal!  I admit, I was surprised to get an alert! lol

Congrats on continuing to not smoke!  I know it's hard, but you've come this far, you can keep it up!  So proud of you! :)

Your kids look like they are enjoying the pool!  I know I have been out in ours nearly every single day, and I am so tan!  I don't normally sun worship, but with that pool, I just can't help it! lol

Hugs and love to you my friend..

Jackie

ally123130585918 said...

Chris well done with the no smoking ~ hope everything goes well for you Monday when you see your ortopedic specialist ~ and I hope Megan is OK now ~ Lovely pictures looks like fun in the pool ~ Ally x
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astoriasand said...

Don't think I got the alert for this Chris but found you through Jans post and her mention of your graphic.I am happy to hear you have managed to kick the habit well done on you Clap Clap,you have done brilliant.The pool looks lovely I hope everyone gets there medical probs sorted.I think I need to see the doc.Just catching up on alerts now not been too well for a couple of days,and I am fed up of the repeat of it..I hope your arm soon feels better Prayers being said for you all.The pictures are beautiful.Thanx for the comments you paid to me I much appreciate them.Have a lovely Sunday. !!! Take care God Bless KATH

helloimkara said...

Ive been wondering where you have been! Thats OK we all need a little break now and then. Im glad you are OK!!!

Kara :)

imgr8phil said...

Nice to see you are still around.  I hope you can get that rotator cuff to feel better soon.  I know J-land has missed you lots.  I hope and your family take care and have a great week.

Phil

princesssaurora said...

I love the pics... the pool looks great!  I am sorry about your shoulder and I hope you get some relief!

be well,
Dawn
http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/CarpeDiem/

zoepaul6968 said...

Well done with the smoke free life hun,well done indeed all the best zoe xx
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lazarai said...

Congrats on your quit - that's EXCELLENT! You should check out www.quitnet.com -- it helped me quit and STAY quit for 8 years now. Look up profiles (mine is still there!) and go to the forums for inspiration and support. Good luck with it - you CAN succeed...

:) Carol

penniepooh said...

Chris! Nice to see you back.  :)  Tell Joey I am ROFL with his "hoboesque" comment. LOL  (which I`m sure doesn`t fit you one bit, by the way) I hope everyone gets their medical problems under control - ouch to you with that right arm acting up again. Love the pics!  
XO    Penny
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tpiez4me said...

That's funny......you've been MIA in this journal for sure!  Pool looks divine.  Wish my deck was all around like that.  Maybe this winter.

princesssaurora said...

Thinking of you...

be well,
Dawn

jlocorriere05 said...

Hi Chris, I've been MIA too for a month. Trying to catch up with you all now. I'm glad Megan's job is going well. I love the pics of the kids, the pool looks great! Have a lovely weekend. Jeannette xx  

xxroxymamaxx said...

Hi Chris.  The summer months always seem so busy for everyone.  I'm sorry you all are having health problems.  I hope ya can get it all worked out.  And I am so so so so proud of you for quitting.  You rock!  Love ya!  Shelly

thegirlnexdoor77 said...

Checking in on you...hope your shoulder is doing okay!  I know how bad that can be...keeps me behind on tagging sometimes...hope you have a great weekend...just wanted you to know I was thinking about you!  Hugs,TerryAnn

shayshaydc said...

Chris.... what has happened to us?????? You have a good excuse but I don't!!!! LOL!!! It has been forever since I have written in my journal or read any other journal!!!!! Life has been hard on me lately but I can finally see a small light at the end of the tunnel!!!! I am going to try and do an entry sometime in the next day or two!!!! I am not going to try and catch up on the journals... I'm just going to start reading from the last entry cause I am so far behind I'll never catch up!!!! Hope that right arm gets better soon!!!!! Love ya!!!!! http://journals.aol.com/shayshaydc/Golfaholic
Sharon:)

princesssaurora said...

Missing you... check in... if you can!!!  Sending you hugs...

be well,
Dawn

gehi6 said...

Oh, what pretty pool pictures! That pool looks like a nice size.  No wonder you are looking for some pool time.  The kids look like they are in great shape.  Gerry