Bet you thought I meant "TGI" Friday (as in "Thank God It's"). But nooooo, you get "TMI", as in "Too Much Information"!!! Possible TMI ahead - proceed at your own risk. To skip the TMI stuff, click here (hope this works!).
For those of you who have bothered to read my ramblings about my recent health issues, you will remember that I was scheduled for an IVP (kidney x-ray) on Wednesday. Yeah, that didn't happen. After 24 hours on a clear liquid diet, 3 hours without any liquids at all, working my nerve up for the IV (I do abhor needles), and sitting in the waiting room for nearly an hour, I was called back to the exam room and asked the standard question they ask all women between the ages of 10 and 50 when radiation is involved: Is there any chance you might be pregnant?
I had anticipated this question, and being really close (like, one day) to the end of my monthly cycle, had taken a home pregnancy test the day before, which was negative. Having been off birth control for two years, and having not gotten pregnant once yet, I figured the chances of this being the month were pretty slim anyway without some sort of medical intervention. So when they asked me, I told them no, I've already taken a home pregnancy test to confirm and it was negative. "Well, have you had a blood serum test?" No, I have no reason to believe I am pregnant, why would I get a blood test done? No symptoms of pregnancy, and every indication (without being too specific - that truly would be TMI) that my period was set to start right on schedule the next day. The radiology tech went to consult with the doctor, and came back. Bad news - they refused to do the test unless I could prove that I wasn't pregnant. Come back when your period starts, they told me, or you can get your doctor to order a blood test and bring the results back in.
I was so incredibly frustrated. I was beyond hungry, very thirsty as I'd had very little water that morning and none at all since 8 AM, and emotional - PMS'ing. I just wanted the stupid test over with so I could stop dreading it. I told the lady "This is so dumb. I'm going to start my period tomorrow, and then I'll have to go through the whole preparation thing again." Oh yeah, I forgot the stupid laxatives they made me take. I don't even want to think about that. It just made the day even less pleasant.
So the radiology tech told me a story about how when she was pregnant with her first child, she wasn't sure what being pregnant was supposed to feel like so she had taken eight home tests that all came back negative, she'd even had her regular period so I don't know specifically why she took all those tests in the first place... but she was scheduled for knee surgery and they had her on the table waiting for her labs to come back before they put her under anaesthesia, and when the results came in she turned out to be pregnant so they cancelled the surgery. She was 10 weeks pregnant at that point. I don't know why she told me this story except to convince me that even though I didn't think I was pregnant, it was better to be safe and get proof. But if I went by her story, I'd have to have a blood test every time I was considering doing an x-ray even if I was currently having a period, because how else would I be absolutely sure I wasn't pregnant? Whatever.
Oh yeah, and I was right.
In any event, the test will have to be rescheduled... I'm feeling pretty much back to normal now, except that I think the middle of my back is a bit out of whack, which is causing minor discomfort (not even approaching pain) just above my right kidney area and occasionally up to my right shoulder. I should go back to my primary care physician and have him order a full set of back x-rays, but then the radiology place might refuse to do those too unless I've had a blood test done. *heavy sigh*
For those who are still reading, well, bless you. You're either related to me, you really care about what's going on with me, or you have no life. *wink*
In other non-kidney-related news, I am just about drained from working with Vacation Bible School at my church all this week. Well, except for Tuesday night, when I had to stay home due to preparation for the IVP that never happened. We've had somewhere between 20 and 30 kids, ages 2 to 12, every night this week. I've been helping with music, and elsewhere as needed (preparing and serving snacks, corralling runaway youngsters, etc.) and tonight I'm signed up to do face painting at the mini-carnival they'll have in the back part of our church parking lot.
The vehicle curse I mentioned a while back resurfaced on Sunday when my power steering went out - thankfully, it was only a belt that was inexpensive to repair, but I had also been having problems with my car overheating/running hot, and they had to replace the radiator and temperature gauge. Between all that and the tow bill, that was about $580. The tow bill alone was $104. Thankfully I have towing reimbursement on my auto insurance. Whee.
I'm thinking about springing for a makeover as a birthday present to myself (my birthday is in 12 days, for the curious among you). I haven't had a new hairstyle, with the exception of changes in length, for the last 7 years or so. My current hairstylist is good, but not the type to make suggestions about what she thinks would look good. I've also worn my makeup basically the same way with the same basic colors and products since I got out of college. I think it looks good, but some professional advice might be welcome. The only problem is convincing myself to spend the money. I am a little hesitant to pick some random local salon that I know nothing about, but the spa/salon places that are really pros at this sort of thing (like the Red Door, etc.) are very pricey. Any Phoenix-area readers have a good suggestion for me? If I do it, I'll make sure to post before and after pics for y'all. :)
Blog stuff: Maybe one of these days we can convince Hubby-head to post something again. When was the last time he posted something, anyway? This is why he doesn't start his own blog *wink*. Speaking of people who need to post, Big Brother has some deep thoughts running through his head - I know because I hear about them frequently, we've been carpooling fairly often since he works a mile from me. He's got stuff to say on religion, politics, music, and much more. And sometime in the relatively near future, our church is going to have a blog - it needs to be tweaked a bit, have the graphics and layout designed, and have folks trained in how and why to post to it, but I think it will be rather cool when it's up and running.
I've got a bunch of new names on my blogroll that I've been meaning to introduce... My intention is to do that this weekend, as well as make a few final changes to the post that I pulled earlier this week and re-post it. The comments I got on my "Chickening Out" substitute post made me reconsider.
So there's turmoil at my homeowner's association. The management company they've been with all nearly 8 years I've lived here has terminated their contract with the HOA (probably over a big stink that was raised due to the board president working for the management company)... Now half the board members have quit, and the three that are left can't agree on anything. I don't care who they decide to use as a management company as long as they do what they're supposed to and stay out of my hair. I just need to know who to send my check on the first of the month. Anyone else hate HOAs? (That's like asking "anyone else like to breathe?" Stupid question, I know.)
I suppose this is enough rambling for now... So, I leave you with this question: