Saturday, July 16, 2011

depressed maybe

Yeahyeahyeah, I havent blogged in a few days.
One, because I have been trying to not get overwhelmed by all that is going on with my health. And two, because I created a tumblr account mostly dedicated to posting cat pictures. Three, because Harry Potter came out and I have been mourning the loss of one of the most epic stories I have ever loved in my life. The movie was fantastic, and they couldnt have ended it any better I dont think. Of course there were some little mishaps from book to screen, but all in all, I was pleased. Got in line for my double feature (pt 1 of deathly hallows at 9pm then the finale at midnight) at about 445pm. Was allowed into the theatre itself around 745pm. Movie started on time and by 2am, my butt and hips were sorer than ever. But all for good reason. I dont think I will ever love a story more than I have loved the Potter books. Its our generation's version of the star wars for our parents generation... I am sure that will be contested but I think its accurate. if you want!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

tomorrow never looked so bad

here is what will be happening to me tomorrow morning in effort to more precisely diagnose the severity and location of my hip problems. i will be wide awake with no drug assistance for this:

and that needle will be reaching all the way down into my hip socket to be able to inject the contrast into the joint itself. :cryingalready:

the american dilemma

Someone please tell me WHY after 6 years of different doctors, different types of examinations, different injuries all centered around the same thing, and going from uninsured to insured, has still NOT changed the fact that every medical professional I have seen does not give a flying turd about my medical condition? Please.

Friday, July 8, 2011

sweet sweet sweet


are my only loving companions today.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Not my best day

After years and years of back pain, a year of recovering from dislocating my knee + pain, seeing several doctors and therapists, and just a mere few weeks of agonizing hip pain, -- I went to see a hip specialist this morning. My physical therapist had referred me to this specialist and said that he would likely tell me I needed to get an arthogram mri. ( for those of you who dont know, that is not your typical mri, it is a somewhat invasive procedure where they insert a giant needle directly into your pelvis which injects a contrast dye in your hip socket before you get the normal mri ) google it and try not to be squeamish or anxious, youre awake for this procedure mind you.

Now before I arrived to this appointment this morning, I was trying my best to remain optimistic and not worry about whether I would need this arthogram. I tried to convince myself that maybe it was just a muscle issue and would recover on its own with the right therapy and rest. I figured trying to maintain low stress would help more than freaking out. So, I get to my appt. and the doctor after a full hour of roughly throwing my leg around in all sorts of twists and turns, and making me walk on my tiptoes and heels and bend and stretch and turn, etc, has me get an xray on my hip. Once that is completed, we return to the exam room to talk diagnosis. Here is where it all goes to sh*t-
I wish I could pronounce everything he said but I did pick up a few things which included lumbar-something sprain, sacroiliatic fracture and something, femoral impingment and another type of impingment. (oh and throw in my knee too with recurring patellar subluxation and loose tracking) All of which he spouts off too fast for me to keep up and react, and then I hear those infamous words I was dreading, arthogram mri and surgery. Surgery that will have a recovery time of 9-12mos, and once that recovery is finished, then a possible knee surgery to re-position my kneecap and shave off some scar tissue in the knee.


And now having to think about how I am going to afford this, even with insurance. And how I am going to be able to work, with a hip surgery recovery in my near future. This is an ugly system of healthcare we have in america. I wish I were rich to take care of this easily.

Thats my complaint for now.
At least Harry Potter is coming out in a week.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Kompton Part Deux

So as it turns out, the family reunion wasnt as awful as I thought it was going to be. My dad gave me the impression that the family was going to criticize me the entire time, when in reality, they were going to be drinking and socializing with everyone else instead. phew. I cant wait to get all these pictures uploaded correctly so you can see the things I did during this reunion. My aunt's house is pretty fascinating, as she is a borderline hoarder/collector of all things knick knack related. She has managed to cram all these things into her small looking home over the years, and in a somewhat orderly fashion. If you ask me though, I would say she is just a clean version of a hoarder. Here are a few pictures of some of the things inside of her house as well as some of the views from around her property and yard. Her house is right on the river in downtown spokane in a neighborhood called peaceful valley. The sequence of these pictures has no rhyme or reason to it so just go along and enjoy the brilliance that is my cell phone's camera... Also, click to see the larger image-- I dont like huge photos taking up the space so you can put up with a window opening to get a better image!

here is one of my favorite features inside my aunt's home. and let me just say that this wall showing is just one of the several in the home that are covered frame to frame with random pictures and such.

quack quack on the wall above the basement door which has a ladder you must climb to go below
the other view from her riverfront property, both of which have different bridges
welcome to peaceful valley and my peaceful finger signs

here is the benny and joon house which is directly across the driveway from my aunts.this is a sunroom that she has above her property that also overlooks the river and it is awesome!
the entry to said sunroom-
looking out the window in the sunroom
one of the views from her property
some cool jug/pots/whatever you wanna call em that she has on one dresser. They are actually very pretty and have this shimmery silver border along the white parts.

I am going to post an entirely different blog about the happenings of this family reunion. I had really never met any of the people at this reunion, at least not in my memorable life, other than my dads siblings and their respective offspring. It was "interesting" to see just how crazy and/or different the older generation is. My dad's dad, Joe, who is also biologically my grandfather since that is how science works, has never sent me a card or even called me throughout my life, so this was my first time talking to him at all. He is in his seventies, and is a war veteran, and also a heavy drinker with no teeth and a wild personality. In the next blog, I will introduce you more intimately to him and his many antics!

Monday, July 4, 2011


I will of course to do more work on this specific entry upon my return to the west side of the state (tomorrow)

Currently getting ready for the day, about to leave to go get my harry potter tattoo done, then onto the family reunion. My dad's aunt, mary, owns this INCREDIBLE house RIGHT on the river in downtown Spokane. She has owned and lived it in for over 40years, and before she owned it, her parents did. It just happens to be right next door to the house used for the johnny depp movie, benny and joon. I will post a pic of the b&j house later (tomorrow), I will put the pictures up of my aunts and her view cause it is quite fantastic!

Last night, for the first time since being old enough to, I went to a bar in downtown spokane called monterey cafe. It is a fake surfer bar with karoake and I had a pretty good time there! thanks kompton for not blowing it completely for me on this short visit here.

to be continued.....