Moving right along

The house painting is coming along slowly but steadily. We have sprayed the first coat of the main color and today is a brush-and-roller day for the areas where spraying just isn’t going to work well (like inside the porch). 

It’s been slow because the weather has not been cooperating – the best painting weather has been during the week when we are at work. But we are getting there. 

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Testing

We have been stripping the house of its bling (gutters, lights, hose reel) in preparation for the repainting. The Mr test-sprayed a section to learn how to use the sprayer, which prompted him to go buy a respirator because these things throw paint everwhere. Masking off the windows and such is next!

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WIP Wednesday

Started the second quadrant on the Hue Shift afghan. It’s got a lot of pink…

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Moving along

Just three doses in the antibiotic, I feel like a new person. Three doses, one and a half days after going to the doctor. Was I that close to having this UTI beat with the supplements? Did I give in too soon?

Anyway – I’m feeling better, and that’s good. We have things to do. Like paint our house. I’m on the “prep” committee, which means I get the joy of removing 75+ years of paint and caulk from the old window sills, then applying new caulking as needed.

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The Mr is also on the “prep” committee, but since he’s taller this means he gets to work the pressure washer and rebuild rotten window frames.

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This weekend we will order the paint and get the accouterments — tape, plastic sheeting, brushes, rollers — and start to take down lights, gutters, and whatnot. We are borrowing a sprayer for the main body of the house (yay!) but the trim will be done by hand. Some sides of the house will be relatively easy to mask off and paint; others will require more time and there’s still some repairs needed in a few spots, so the house painting itself will progress in stages spread over several weekends. I’m just excited to get started!

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In which I give in

This is a TMI post. You’ve been warned.

For the past ten days I’ve been fighting a UTI; my third since late May. I am prone to them, I get several every year, but three in as many months is extreme.

For the first one, I got the standard Macrobid antibiotic, and it seemed to go away. For the second one, a month later, I again got Macrobid but my doctor sent for a culture, which came back specifying different type of bacteria that doesn’t respond to Macrobid, and so I got switched to good ol’ penicillin.

Penicillin is serious stuff. I don’t like how it makes my body feel, but it did clear up the UTI.

And then ten days ago symptoms started again… Not too painful, but easily identifiable as another UTI, but on the heels of two recent antibiotic rounds I decided to see if I could kick this one on my own. I really didn’t want to have to take more antibiotics.

I generally avoid Googling medical symptoms, because even if all you have is a fever it always comes back with Lupus or Flesh-Eating-Bacteria, but I spent some time looking up ‘natural’ treatment options for UTI’s.

I learned about biofilms. I learned that several things can cause UTI symptoms, including bacteria and candida, so I got several supplements and enzymes that people claimed helped them with their UTI’s: olive leaf extract, D-Mannose, Interphase Plus, activated charcoal.

I ate raw garlic, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon tea. I avoided sugar and alcohol, and cut back on caffeine. I drank gallons (GALLONS) of water. I drank baking soda water, and lemon water.

For a few days, it looked like I might be winning. But Sunday night was a rough one, and Monday was pure hell. Tuesday no better. I am peeing fire, every hour or two, around the clock.

And so, this morning I gave in. Ten days is a valiant effort, but I can’t take any more and I’m afraid this damned thing might travel up to my kidneys. I have a fresh prescription for Macrobid while we await the culture results…

On top of this fun stuff, I have been having trouble with a tooth, one that had a root canal in March. The crown fell off last week and I had to wait four days to get it cemented back on. Dental pain is no funsies. UTI’s aren’t either. It’s a toss-up as to which one is worse.

AND, I am pretty sure that I’ve got a toenail fungus! Gross! Embarrassing! Three years ago I got a small infection at the cuticle line from a pedicure, and it never healed up quite right; the toenail has been a little “weird”, slow to grow and getting a bit thick on one side. Nothing too major. Nothing that a fresh coat of nail polish couldn’t hide.

But I took off the nail polish from a recent pedicure and saw dark spots under the nail. According to the internet (don’t EVER do an image search for toenail fungus!), it totally looks like a toenail fungus, and apparently they can hang around for years and years… I am completely disgusted, and immediately started drowning the toe in tea tree oil three times a day (I’m also dosing the surrounding toes, for good measure). It sounds like I won’t see improvement for several months. It’s not painful, but it’s ugly; I’ve been wrapping the offending toe in a (tea tree soaked) band-aid to hid its shame.

Still with me after that nasty confession? I’m not done complaining quite yet. My left knee has been swollen for months, which is uncomfortable and occasionally downright painful. I went to a new knee doctor, who took x-rays and determined that there isn’t anything structurally “wrong” with my knees, aside from the permanent weakness from previous surgeries. Apparently, in x-rays they look perfectly normal – despite the obvious swelling. My only options at the moment are to strengthen the muscles on the backs of my legs, and to try and lose some weight (because every pound makes a huge difference). I haven’t felt much like exercising lately, but I’m trying.

Man. I’m falling apart.

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Perspective

I’ve been complaining about some minor health issues I’ve got going on — but every time I do, I am immediately swamped with guilt and shame. Because while I whine about some minor discomfort and inconvenience, a family member is in the hospital literally fighting for his life. Sorrow hangs just below the surface, as we struggle to find hope while trying to prepare our hearts for the worst. It’s a terrible balancing act.

There is such joy in life, so many amazing adventures and things to discover and learn. The pure innocence of a newborn baby, the graceful wisdom of an elder, the beauty of a sunrise. I try to keep this in mind as the days go by, and yet, my heart is heavy.

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August

Just as June = strawberries, and July = raspberries, August is for blackberries. (though we still have raspberries, too)

As obnoxious as the plants are, I do enjoy being able to pick these nummies just about everywhere around us. 

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