Jennifer Lyon


Friday, November 11th, 2022
Friday Five

TGIF! Time to dive into sharing five random things about our week.

  1. The medical system feels like it’s totally crashing in the last week or two in our neck of the woods. First brother in law is on hold waiting for treatment.  We’re all not happy and baffled by this. It’s not good for him, and he’s stuck in a hospital waiting.
  2. For reasons I can’t begin to fathom, the imaging center decided they had to review my CT to see if it was medically necessary. Why? No clue, the specialist and my regular doc thought it was necessary, and sure enough the “team of doctors reviewing it” came to the same decision four business days later. It’s scheduled for late next week, and then I had a slew of paperwork to fill out. I’m sure there’s a reason but I can figure it out.
  3. On the upside, saw my regular doc today and felt like sanity had returned just because he’s so ground in reality and helpful. He rolled his eyes at the Fodmat diet I was on and said, “Most of my patients, like you, have already eliminated every problematic food from their diet.” I felt validated :-) We’re all baffled by mysterious side pain, and all of us feel it will remain mysterious but we’ll go though this final step of the CT then…wish the side pain well and move on with our lives. (When all else fails, be sarcastic or ridiculous because seriously, who has time or money for all this????)
  4. All my pictures/wall art are still stacked in a corner of the living room. We keep trying to find time to lay them out and hang them. It’s becoming a fun joke. We’ll get to it eventually.
  5. Hmm…what else? Oh we have had gorgeous weather! A day or so of rain which we really needed. And fall like weather that I love! Maggie and I took a little hike on muddy dirt roads yesterday and neither one of us cared. Wizard just shook his head, but he knows I walk off stress. And my doctor also assure me and encouraged me to do all exercise that I want too including yoga, and I won’t make anything worse. That relieved Wizard’s mind. He knows me best and knows this is real even when I try to convince myself it’s in my mind. But the point of this is that I truly love and appreciate this weather!

This weekend, first I hope things happen for brother in law that need to happen. Second we want to see Turbo, but we’ll see how that goes. They will come out here if they can. So that was my five, now I really want to hear yours! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

7 comments to “Friday Five”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    November 11th, 2022 at 7:02 am · Link

    Gah. Don’t get me started on the medical profession. I’m sorry you and your brother-in-law are having to deal with any of it. :hugs: Yay for a doctor you can trust, though. I wish someone could find an answer for your side pain. Wondering sucks. LOL about your art. Inside jokes are the best. Yay for gorgeous weather and muddy walks and an understanding Wizard! Fingers crossed for your brother-in-law and for seeing Turbo.

    1) My own mysterious wrist pain is slowly going away. (It’s not carpal tunnel syndrome. Might be ganglion cysts. :shrug:) I think moving my office around so my arm has more support is helping. The two wrist braces I bought were totally unhelpful.
    2) The other day, I heard something in the sky and when I looked up, I saw several huge Vs of snow geese. There had to be a couple hundred up there. Mixed in were a couple smaller Vs of Canada geese. Maybe like 30-40 of those. It was awesome.
    3) We’re on a major migratory route, so we get a lot of bird activity Spring and Fall here. Yay.
    4) I’ve lost 17 pounds now. All my old pants are falling down. Thank goodness for thrift stores.
    5) I’m trying switching back to real sugar in my coffee. It tastes so much better. I switched away from it because it was making me jumpy, so we’ll see if the weight loss has taken care of that and I can have sugar again. (No other sugary stuff did that. Only sugar in my coffee. Weird.)



  2. Silver James
    November 11th, 2022 at 11:14 am · Link

    What B.E. said. So sorry for the medical stuffs. We totally get that dealing with VA on an almost daily basis. Yay for walks, and wall art, and loving partners. My five…

    1. Cold front yesterday, with two more to come. I’m building a new feral cat house today with a very sturdy box, insulation that comes in the boxes of “must be refrigerated” meds LG gets in the mail, and then I’ll cover it with plastic. We’ll see if they like it.

    2. I also ordered a covered cat bed/tent thingy. Curently, thee is a box with a bed in it and I draped old knit sheets over it last year to help provide some warmth. Hopefully, the new bed will also entice them.

    3. We’ve only had Stormy once this week, though LG is supposed to pick him up after school today. Between afterschool clubs and weather, we weren’t “needed.” Next week, we should have him 3 days.

    4. We got rain. Now we have cold. And they are predicting a chance of snow on Monday. Gah! What happened to Fall, y’all?!?

    5. Jake went with me to vote on Tuesday. The little old lady who sits on her walker near the machine that eats the ballats and hands out voting stickers put one on his vest and then whispered to him that it was too bad he couldn’t actually vote because he’d be smarter than a lot of people. I did not laugh. But I winked at her and grinned back at me.

    Nothing exciting this week. Not much going on. I may have garage door news next week. 🤞🏼 fingers on that. Have a great weekend, all!



  3. Viki S.
    November 11th, 2022 at 4:12 pm · Link

    1. I am so sorry about all the medical failures. Your poor BIL.
    2. The insurance approval system is insane.
    3. I think I like your doctor ;).
    4. It’s not unusual for it to take a while to put up pictures and stuff. Sometimes you really need to get a feel for where you want them.
    5. I’m glad you’ve had nice weather and have been able to enjoy some great walks/hikes.

    1a. It’s rained like crazy here all day. At least 3 inches.
    2a. I got Harrison’s Christmas list a little bit ago. I guess the point and click will begin this weekend.
    3a. I really think I have everything but the celery for dressing bought for Thanksgiving. I figured buy ahead since everything just keeps going up in price.
    4a. I’m going to cheat tomorrow. I saw these packaged to be baked cookies and bought them. It’s only 4 cookies – they are HUGE. They are chocolate stuffed with caramel.
    5a. It’s going to get cold starting tomorrow so I am going to put the down on the bed Sunday. I’ll be hot all night but hubs will be happy :).

    Have a wonderful weekend!



  4. Silver James
    November 11th, 2022 at 9:02 pm · Link

    One thing to add as a bonus…It snowed this evening. 8-O :roll: 🤯



  5. Jenn
    November 12th, 2022 at 6:02 pm · Link

    B.E, for all my whining, I have been getting some answers. It’s just an annoying process for any of us going through it. Once the CT scan rules out unlikely stuff, I should be done with the tests and scans for a while!

    1) I’m sorry for your wrist pain but very happy to hear it’s going away. It’s a good move to rearrange your office to support your wrists. I use a mouse pad with a wrist rest on it for me. But you have to determine what works for you. Trial and error is usually the best way!
    2) I’ve never seen a flock of geese flying a V formation in person. I bet it was awesome!
    3) Enjoy the fall bird watching!
    4) Wow you really are dropping pounds with the day job! As long as its from moving more and being too busy to eat and not illness, that yay! Get new pants :-)
    5) Hmm, I’m interested in why sugar only in your coffee made you jumpy. Made a certain amount of caffeine along with sugar? We are so very individual in things like that, it’s interesting! Let me know how if you find a difference now with the weight loss.

    I hope you have a great weekend!



  6. Jenn
    November 12th, 2022 at 6:15 pm · Link

    Silver, I’m guessing the VA is worse. For me, overall things do get done, last week was just generally frustrating in multiple ways. Then I got some sleep and feel much less cranky about it all :-)

    1) I’m familiar with those insulated boxes to keep meds cold. That packing should help the cats stay warm! You’re amazing for doing that!
    2) Bet the cats love it!
    3) Stormy sounds really busy these days with his activities. But you’ll see him more next week!
    4) Um did Fall get confused? It’s been lovely here and I appreciate each glorious day!
    5) The lady’s not wrong about Jake! He’s such a good boy with a growing fan club!
    Bonus post: SNOW!!! Fall really did vanish!

    Have a great weekend!



  7. Jenn
    November 12th, 2022 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Viki, thanks it was an incredibly long week for BIL and sister but things are progressing today so that’s a good sign. I bet you would like him, he’s really practical which sometimes seems to be in short supply.

    1) Wow! 3 inches is a lot.
    2) Harrison is very smart to get his list out. I haven’t even thought about Christmas yet.
    3) That so organized and ahead of the game on Thanksgiving! You are good at this!
    4) Those cookies sound delicious and worth cheating for!
    5) You must sleep hot like I do. It’s a pain isn’t it? But it’s nice of you to put the down on for hubs!

    Enjoy the weekend!



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