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Friday, June 23, 2006

Finishing What I Started

The post below wasn't complete but blogger was giving me problems and I didn't want to go back and copy that weather again. Once was enough.

All three girls were out in the sprinkler at 11:00 p.m. (clothes and all). They're sound asleep so that was obviously what they needed. An ambulance just came for my next door neighbor. I bet it was heat related. I'll ask her daughter tomorrow. We stood out long enough for her to see us if she needed anything and then went back inside.

My friend JW from Phoenix just sent me a chart of Phoenix temps compared to Merced. He's got us by about 5 degrees but I remember their dry heat (unless that has changed along with the air quality over the years). It's been almost 50 years since I lived there.

Just came into my mailbox from Jerry (JW)

Current humidity:
Phoenix: 22%
Merced: 40%

It does make a difference.
Ray has one more diagnosis to go along with what they've already determined. They've found 2 fused discs in his upper spine that may have been there for years. Their theory is he didn't notice them when he was generally healthy and working. Aches and pains were part of his normal day. Now that he's weaker, they're showing up and may be responsible for the radiating pain, the weakness in his hands, and the dizzy spells and fainting episodes. Amazing, if true.

They haven't yet decided on procedure. He's wearing a collar and they're treating the pain. Tomorrow the various specialist will put their heads together and determine a course of action.

Meantime, they've lost our Durable Power of Attorney and sent me home with another copy to complete. They want it for their files. Fine, but the first time around was depressing enough without going through 4 pages of terminology in order to get to the bottom line.

Today is better than yesterday. We were all suffering from heat and stress I think. It was just as hot today but somehow it didn't bother us quite as much.

I may get to San Francisco over the weekend. Tim is planning to go, so is Jim and family and we're talking about me riding along with Jim, Melissa, and Johathan, taking my van (larger) and splitting gas. I think it may be a little warm there as well.

And then there's the Giants game coming up in July.

It will depend on how Ray is doing and whether I'll have someone for the girls. I might take Elcie but she doesn't know that yet.

It's still warm. I haven't gotten around to most of the blogs today so I may do a little reading through Bloglines and then call it a night. It's almost one a.m.

Thanks to all once again for your concern. Back problems aren't great news but it could have been much worse.

Take care everyone.


Alice said...

I'm relieved there is finally a diagnosis. Poor Ray. The back is a funny, temperamental thing.

Poor you. You must be so tired. I'm still thinking of you and praying things ease up enough for you to relax and recuperate a little if nothing else.

Glad the girls had fun with the sprinkler.

Hope your neighbour will be ok.

Hugs to all.



Siri said...

i hope things get a little better for you on the weather front and more than much better where Ray is concerned.

Merle said...

Dear Ann ~~ Glad things are looking a bit brighter for Ray. Is he feeling OK?
Once they work out a plan of action, you should feel better. I am sorry you are having such a bad time with the heat, do
you have coolere, fans or something?
Those temperatures are very high, no wonder you are feeling it so much. At least the nights are cooler. Here in Summer,the nights are often round 90.
Anyway, keeping you a nd Ray and the girls in my thougts, Hang in there Ann. Take care, Merle.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like they might actually be making some progress with Ray. Let's hope. Perhaps this will be the magic fix?

The weather sounds miserable. Truly. I can empathize. For comparison, yesterday here was 94 degrees, with 90% humidity. Heat index of 105. We had some storms that rolled through around sunset that cooled it off a bit. It was 74 this morning when I got to work at 6:30.

Stay cool.

Mary P. said...

A diagnosis helps, all by itself. A plan of action will help more. I hope they come up with something workable soon - and I hope it works! Poor Ray. He must be very weary of all this.

Meantime, I'm picturing three skinny girls dancing in the dark in a sprinkler, and I smile.

Kendra Lynn said...

I will say a prayer for Ray.
I hope that his back feels better soon, and that those pesky fainting spells disappear.
Take care of yourself.


megz_mum said...

High temperatures are most definitely worse with high humidity - hoping for rain for you to cool things down!

Beth said...

I do so hope this diagnosis is all they need to make him feel better!

madcapmum said...

The weather down there sounds absolutely filthy. It makes me pant just reading about it.

I surely do hope they can do something constructive for Ray and SOON. Something really helpful, rather than all these little stopgaps.

My best to you all. This must be very difficult.

LoisLane said...

OMG, I would melt in that heat!
Hope the docs come up with a real solution for Ray soon.

JunieRose said...

It's been very hot for us here in Fl too... I'd die without AC!

Yesterday I had to shop and getting back into my car was like getting into my oven-and I descovered the driver's side window wasn't working!!

Hope your husband is feeling better!


Anvilcloud said...

Too hot by half! Best wishes for Ray and thw rest of you.

Sp00kalot said...

Its hot here too. And MUGGY. Yuck. I'm sorry to hear about all the aches and pains. Bad backs are not fun. Bad anythings are not fun. Hope it cools down some for ya, or at least maybe the humidity will BACK OFF.

MsSisyphus said...

A diagnosis is something. And as you say, back, while not great,is so much better than brain.

I feel for your melting self. It's stinkin hot here too. Everyone always thinks of Canada as cold, but the truth is, it swelters in the summer. Really, we basically have two seasons: Windchill and Humidex.

Gina said...

Amazing what the body does to us. Oddly enough, my grandmother just had surgery not to long ago to purposely fuse her lower spine together, although they did also insert a rod.

Guess that's why I'm not a doctor.

Best wishes to all...

Jenorama said...

I hope you get a chance to go to San Francisco. That sounds exactly like what you need.

PEA said...

At least now you know what you are dealing with...sometimes it's not knowing what's wrong that's the most worrisome!! Hopefully they can do something about his back and he'll soon be on the road to recovery. All you needed was this kind of heat...I find heat just adds to the stress and having no patience with anything on top of that. Thinking of you, Ray and the girls...join them in the sprinkler, might be fun:-) Hope you do get away, even a day will do you good!!

wolfbaby said...

You have my sympathies on the heat!!! Im glad that Rays problem wasn't worse... I know you both are having a hard time and Im sorry for you!!! I hope it gets better soone and I hope you get to go to san francisco that sounds like fun!!! If you do post pics please!!!

stefanierj said...

You guys are in my thoughts. Hope the heat leaves off a bit--it's only in the 70s here but with the 89% humidity, it feels downright yucky, and it's unbearable once it gets over 85.

Prayers and hugs!

Betti said...

Oh Granny, you have my sympathy, I know that being the wife of a person with chronic back problems can be overwhelming sometimes - having a diagnosis DOES really help put things in perspective though. I hope you have some fun over the weekend, take care!

Ava said...

I remember playing in the sprinkler. What fun!!!!!

Two fused discs, huh? Well, at least they're finding something out. That's a plus.

I also hope that you have a good weekend.


Sarah Elaine said...

Tell Ray we are thinking of him.

Hang in there.

Andrea said...

I am glad that they have finally discovered one of the problems. IT isnt all by the sounds of it but it is a start. Good luck to you.
The road trip sounds nice - a family affair. ;-)

It was amazingly hot here today but dry so it didnt bother me. Back in Japan the humidity could flatten us. blaaa

Janice said...

Hi Ann,

We're broiling too! I just posted my mis-adventures with fixing our swamp cooler, on my Lady Jan's Home blog.

I hope they can treat Ray and he can come home soon.

Yeah, for girls to be allowed to play in sprinklers at 11:00 on a hot summers night! And I bet they fell right to sleep too.

I'll keep you and your's in my prayers.