Sunday, July 29, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


having face pain.  So I'm going to post a couple of pictures here instead of ranting about something.

You know those scrubby holders you have in the kitchen....well this cat is one of them.
This is the little scene I put in the cat.  The cat lady reminds me of my grandmother.  She
had short gray hair, and always dressed in long black dresses.  2 1/2" tall at the tallest

Monday, July 16, 2012

THAT person...

I've become THAT person.  That person who has prescription bottles on her night stand.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


The Trigeminal Neuralgia is back with a vengeance.  Nerve pain on the right side of my face includes eye socket, cheek bones, ear, all right side teeth, jaw, chin, lips, neck, and collar bone.  Thank God I
have some pain pills this time around; but they only take out the worst of the pain.
Here's a short description:

"Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), also called tic douloureux, is a condition that is characterized by intermittent, shooting pain in the face.
Trigeminal neuralgia affects the trigeminal nerve, one of the largest nerves in the head. The trigeminal nerve sends impulses of touch, pain, pressure, and temperature to the brain from the face, jaw, gums, forehead, and around the eyes.

What Causes Trigeminal Neuralgia?

The most frequent cause of trigeminal neuralgia is a blood vessel pressing on the nerve near the brain stem. Over time, changes in the blood vessels of the brain can result in blood vessels rubbing against the trigeminal nerve root. The constant rubbing with each heartbeat wears away the insulating membrane of the nerve, resulting in nerve irritation.

What Are the Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Trigeminal neuralgia causes a sudden, severe, electric shock-like, or stabbing pain that lasts several seconds. The pain can be felt on the face and around the lips, eyes, nose, scalp, and forehead. Symptoms can be brought on when a person is brushing the teeth, putting on makeup, touching the face, swallowing, or even feeling a slight breeze.
Trigeminal neuralgia is often considered one of the most painful conditions seen in medicine. Usually, the pain is felt on one side of the jaw or cheek, but some people experience pain at different times on both sides. The attacks of pain may be repeated one after the other. They may come and go throughout the day and last for days, weeks, or months at a time. At times, the attacks can disappear for months or years. The disorder is more common in women than in men and rarely affects anyone younger than 50."
Now you know.  Here's a picture of the Trigeminal Nerve: 

Going back to bed with an ice pack.  Later...

Monday, July 9, 2012


Yesterday it was 105 degrees F here in Spokane.  This is so weird.  I don't ever remember it being
this hot.  Today promises to be another scorcher.  Just opening the door to let the dog out, it takes
your breath away.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


I got my new machine last night.  I am now in the process of re-washing EVERYTHING.  But so happy to have a machine that actually cleans laundry.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4th

So, today is July 4th.  Harv and I are just chilling at home.  As usual.
I remember July 4th when I was a kid.  My Mom's extended family for years would go to Coeur d'Alene Lake for swimming and a big picnic.  If we rode with an Aunt and Uncle, we
would get there early enough for the parade.  We usually froze our tails off; but I never passed up
an opportunity to swim.
The best fireworks I ever saw were there one year when we were allowed to stay late with cousins.  We stretched out on the sand and watched the fireworks over the water.  Spectacular!  That was when they used to do it up BIG; and the show went on for quite a while.
A close second for fireworks was Spring and Summer 1974.  Spokane hosted the World's Fair; and
I was able to get a season pass for a steal because I was working a second job for the concert promoters for several weeks.  Cal was 4; and we would go downtown to the Fair almost every day/evening.  At 9:00 PM every night they put on a fireworks show.  We would watch that show going off over the river; and it was a great show every night.  It gave me goosebumps.  Wonder if Cal remembers that.
I can't remember when it was I last saw fireworks; but I remember being unimpressed.  Maybe that's my age, or maybe the shows just aren't the size they used to be.