Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My biopsy today

Back when I was taking care of my Dad, one of the doc's I had to take him to was a dermtalogist, to have potential skin cancers removed ... according to Dr. Lee (a top-rated derm), the Coppertone my mother religiously slathered on all three of us, making us look like white ghosts on the beaches of Manasquan, was no better than skin lotion - it didn't measure-up with any real sun protection - so another consumer lie told to us, yeahhh ...

I've had a change in a freckle on my arm, and - to be honest - the last time I saw my doc (which was recently) - I didn't say anything ... but as it's on my forearm, I'm always noticing how it went from looking like a chocolate M and M, to an asymmetrical, itchy, light tan - whatever it is.  And so I reminded myself about what Dr Lee said, and how Dad's skin cancers were frozen off with liquid nitrogen but all evaluated to be nothing too serious, and so I called my doc and made an appt... didn't help when I told the scheduler the reason for the appt, and she trilled, "OH!  We'll get you in RIGHT AWAY!!!"


Actually I wasn't even too worried about it until she started the procedure - and had to keep going out for bigger biopsy punches ... this sucker was 8 mm, and it required three stitches to close my arm.  As she gave me cautions about not holding it underwater (making me wonder how I'm going to do dishes, for one thing) and how to very carefully take out my own stitches 7-10 days from now (no dissolving ones?!), I was sitting there being as smiley and humorous as she's always known me to be... but starting to get very scared! on the inside ....

Test results Friday OR Monday.

I didn't see this one comin' - sure, I'm disabled, and I have some ideas on where that could all go - but this -nah, I didn't see this one.  

Prayers + good thoughts, appreciated!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

"I Dreamed I had an interview with God..." (Author Unknown)

I dreamed I had an interview with God. “So you would like to interview me?” God asked.“If you have the time” I said. God smiled. “My time is eternity.What questions do you have in mind for me?”“What surprises you most about humankind?”God answered...“That they get bored with childhood,they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.That they lose their health to make money...and then lose their money to restore their health.That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future.That they live as if they will never die, and die as though they had never lived.”God’s hand took mineand we were silent for a while.And then I asked:“As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?”
“To learn they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved.
To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.To learn to forgiveby practicing forgiveness.
To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them. To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most,but is one who needs the least.To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply have not yet learned how to express or show their feelings.To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it differently.To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves.”"Thank you for your time," I said humbly. "Is there anything else you would like your children to know?"God smiled and said, “Just know that I am here... always.”
-Author Unknown

Thursday, September 25, 2014

"A lighthouse to all souls ..."

Mirjana’s Message – February 2, 2010
   Mirjana was in Naples, Italy, when she had her February 2nd  apparition.
 Dear children; With motherly love, today I call you to be a lighthouse to all souls who wander in the darkness of ignorance of God’s love. That you may shine all the brighter and draw all the more souls, do not permit the untruths which come out of your mouth to silence your conscience. Be perfect. I am leading you with my motherly hand – a hand of love. Thank you.”

Irving Francis Houle -Family man who bore the stigmata

Irving Francis Houle -Family man who bore the stigmata

Garabandal Padre Pio and Joey Lomangino

Monday, September 22, 2014

Top 100 Songs of the year you graduated high school, meme

I saw this on someone else's blog, and I really liked the meme!  She graduated in 1976, so many things were very recognizable to me (including my #1 all time favorite song!) ... I graduated in 1981 ... taking my cue also from her, I'm marking the ones I especially liked with *
and the ones I especially didn't like with --

1. Bette Davis Eyes, Kim Carnes
-- 2. Endless Love, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
-- 3. Lady, Kenny Rogers
4. (Just Like) Starting Over, John Lennon
-- 5. Jessie's Girl, Rick Springfield
* 6. Celebration, Kool and The Gang
* 7. Kiss On My List, Daryl Hall and John Oates
* 8. I Love a Rainy Night, Eddie Rabbitt
9. 9 To 5, Dolly Parton
* 10. Keep On Loving You, REO Speedwagon
* 11. Theme from "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It or Not), Joey Scarbury
* 12. Morning Train (Nine to Five), Sheena Easton
13. Being With You, Smokey Robinson
* 14. Queen of Hearts, Juice Newton
15. Rapture, Blondie
16. A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do), Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio
17. The Tide Is High, Blondie
* 18. Just the Two of Us, Grover Washington Jr.
* 19. Slow Hand, Pointer Sisters
(This song & I have a weird story ...) 20. I Love You, The Climax Blues Band
* 21. Woman, John Lennon
22. Sukiyaki, A Taste Of Honey
23. The Winner Takes It All, Abba
24. More Stars, Stars On 45
* 25. Angel of the Morning, Juice Newton
26. Love On the Rocks, Neil Diamond
27. Every Woman In the World, Air Supply
* 28. The One That You Love, Air Supply
29. Guilty, Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb
* 30. The Best of Times, Styx
31. Elvira, Oak Ridge Boys
* 32. Take It On the Run, REO Speedwagon
33. (There's) No Gettin' Over Me, Ronnie Milsap
* 34. Living Inside Myself, Gino Vannelli
35. Woman In Love, Barbra Streisand
* 36. Boy from New York City, Manhattan Transfer
* 37. Urgent, Foreigner
* 38. Passion, Rod Stewart
* 39. Lady (You Bring Me Up), Commodores
40. Crying, Don Mclean
41. Hearts, Marty Balin
42. It's My Turn, Diana Ross
* 43. You Make My Dreams, Daryl Hall and John Oates44. I Don't Need You, Kenny Rogers
45. How 'Bout Us, Champaign
* 46. Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Pat Benatar
47. The Break Up Song, The Greg Kihn Band
48. Time, Alan Parsons Project
* 49. Hungry Heart, Bruce Springsteen
50. Sweetheart, Franke and The Knockouts
51. Somebody's Knockin', Terri Gibbs
52. More Than I Can Say, Leo Sayer
53. Together, Tierra
54. Too Much Time On My Hands, Styx
55. What Are We Doin' In Love, Dottie West
* 56. Who's Crying Now, Journey
57. De Do Do Do, de Da Da Da, The Police
58. This Little Girl, Gary "U.S." Bonds
* 59. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around, Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
60. Giving It Up for Your Love, Delbert McClinton
61. A Little in Love, Cliff Richard
* 62. America, Neil Diamond
63. Ain't Even Done With the Night, John Cougar
* 64. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do), Christopher Cross
* 65. Another One Bites the Dust, Queen
66. Games People Play, Alan Parsons Project
67. I Can't Stand It, Eric Clapton
68. While You See a Chance, Steve Winwood
69. Master Blaster (Jammin'), Stevie Wonder
* 70. Hello Again, Neil Diamond
71. Don't Stand So Close to Me, The Police
72. Hey Nineteen, Steely Dan
73. I Ain't Gonna Stand for It, Stevie Wonder
74. All Those Years Ago, George Harrison
75. Step By Step, Eddie Rabbitt
* 76. The Stroke, Billy Squier
77. Feels So Right, Alabama
78. Sweet Baby, Stanley Clarke and George Duke
* 79. Same Old Lang Syne, Dan Fogelberg
80. Cool Love, Pablo Cruise
81. Hold On Tight, ELO
82. It's Now Or Never, John Schneider 
* 83. Treat Me Right, Pat Benatar
84. Winning, Santana
85. What Kind of Fool, Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb
86. Watching the Wheels, John Lennon
87. Tell It Like It Is, Heart
88. Smoky Mountain Rain, Ronnie Milsap
89. I Made It Through the Rain, Barry Manilow
90. You've Lost That Loving Feeling, Daryl Hall and John Oates
91. Suddenly, Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard92. For Your Eyes Only, Sheena Easton
93. Beach Boys Medley, The Beach Boys
94. Whip It, Devo
95. Modern Girl, Sheena Easton
96. Really Want To Know You, Gary Wright
97. Seven Year Ache, Rosanne Cash
* 98. I'm Coming Out, Diana Ross
99. Miss Sun, Boz Scaggs
100. Time Is Time, Andy Gibb

Friday, September 19, 2014

Shout-out to EAUS!

So I just came from the Elkton Area United Services (EAUS) for my first official food pantry pickup ... They know I am a single person, with no dependents, so I got the boxes for "one" (they carriage it out to your vehicle for you).  I am telling you what - if anything happens to me, all donations in my memory should be made to EAUS!!!  Here is what I got this month:

New purple toothbrush
Bar of soap
Vegetable oil to cook with
5 apples
2 kinds of milk
1/2 cake
sugar-free cookies
hamburger meat and hamburger buns
huge frozen chunk of meat
 canned corn; salmon; peaches
micro mac and cheese
pinto beans
hamburger helper

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Firefighter's Full Interview - CBS News raw footage - in honor of 9/11

Open letter to Target, since

the contact part of your website is supposedly down for maint. (but not the selling part ...)

Ok, here goes:  in a quest to help a client without prescription coverage, a social service director rooted around and found me a $4 prescription at Target - hurrah!  I like Target!

I still don't have my prescription in hand.  I NEED MY PRESCRIPTION!  Here are my problems to date:

I hate it when you go to a counter - you can see three employees with there backs turned to you - who don't acknowledge waiting customers.  Of course, once I started to rearrange the stuff on the counter, I got help right away ....

Most of the problem seems to lay within the reading of the script ... my doctor said she wanted me on 40 mg - BUT - as that is more expensive - she would prescribe me 20 mg and tell me to take two ... First, I was told it was nearly $25.  When I gasped and said it should be $4, the cashier went to check with some mystery supervisor I never saw, who never had the decency to address the customer - instead she returned to tell me that was because it was 40 mg.  NO!  I explained why it was supposed to be 20 mg.  At this point it seemed to me that the problem was that someone (the mystery supervisor?) misread the prescription's instructions ... however, I was told that "we'll have to call your doctor to confirm this."  So far I've been told "your doctor isn't in the office" - no, but others are, who can read medical charts, who are her supervisors, and who can clear this up!

Target sends lots of text messages on your prescription - that you can't reply to.

Now I've received a call that just makes me want to scream so badly, I don't dare answer it:  My birthdate is 6 12 63.  Yes, I look slightly older than that - but its 6 12 63 on every single piece of identification I own, including my prescription .... well, someone at pharmacy thinks its 6 12 53 and they can't fill it "due to the conflict ... please call ..."  What conflict beyond basic stupidity?!  Do I look 61 years old - really?!!  

C'mon, Target!  Its almost worth it to take the money out of the grocery money and pay more at another location!!!