Thursday, November 25, 2010

This morning, I took Tom Turkey into the cemetery so I could get a Thanksgiving picture in front of Andrew and Jarrett's gravestone.
Thursday, November 25, 2010 - When I went into Elburn, I also stopped at the grocery store and lo and behold, I ran into Deborah, my neighbor. We had such a GREAT (and lengthy) chat. It seems as though I never see my neighbors here in the neighborhood but always seem to run into them someplace else. That is funny.

Hope everyone is enjoying their turkey and all the other STUFF. gobble ya later, djb

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I'm not sure what's going on in this picture but it certainly cracked me up - Diane and Andrew are hilarious!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - Yesterday afternoon (at 3:30 p.m. CDT), I called Granny just after I heard the word "Elburn" on The Weather Channel. We chatted for a few minutes before all hell started breaking loose, and I had planned to call back to chat a while later in the evening.

Well, I did call but figured they were on the line because it kept ringing and no answering machine. Thought maybe they were talking to Ron about the tornadoes up by Rockford and vicinity.

I was wrong. Diane called me and said, "We're at our favorite hospital." My reply was, "Which one now?" She laughed and said, "I knew you were gonna say that."

It was Mother. The cellulitis in her right hand has somehow gotten into her left hand. It's not contagious so it is confusing as to what is actually happening. I haven't really studied it YET.

And since I've gotten out of the diagnostic business, I won't even hazard a guess. It could be..... No. Stop that, Donna!!

Cellulitis - Topic Overview

What is cellulitis?

Cellulitis is a skin infection caused by bacteria. Normally, your skin helps protect you from infection. But if you have a cut, sore, or INSECT BITE, bacteria can get into the skin and spread to deeper tissues. If it is not treated with antibiotics, the infection can spread to the blood or lymph nodes. This can be deadly.

Some people can get cellulitis without having a break in the skin. These include older adults and people who have diabetes or a weak immune system. These people are also more likely to develop dangerous problems from cellulitis. And they are more likely to get cellulitis again. or a weak

What causes cellulitis?

Cellulitis is caused by bacteria (usually strep or staph). Some people are at risk for infection by other types of bacteria. They include people with weak immune systems and those who handle fish, meat, poultry, or soil without using gloves.

What are the symptoms?

At first, the infected area will be warm, red, swollen, and tender. As the infection spreads, you may have a fever, chills, and swollen glands.

Cellulitis can occur anywhere on the body. In adults, it often occurs on the legs, face, or arms. In children, it is most common on the face or around the anus. An infection on the face could lead to a dangerous eye infection.

See a doctor right away if you have an infected area of skin and:

  • The infected area is getting redder, more painful, or larger, or it has red streaks extending from it.
  • You have a fever or chills.
  • The infected area is on your face or your groin.

How do you get cellulitis?

There are many ways to get cellulitis. You can get it if you have:

  • An injury to your skin, such as a cut, surgical wound, burn, or animal or insect bite.
  • Skin problems, such as ulcers, eczema, psoriasis or a fungal infection like athlete's foot.
  • Certain medical conditions. These include diabetes, peripheral arterial disease or a weak immune system.
  • Fluid buildup (edema) in the legs or arms.
  • Had liposuction to remove excess fat.
  • Injected illegal drugs under your skin.

How is it treated?

Doctors use antibiotics to treat cellulitis. If the infection is mild, you may be able to take antibiotic pills at home. If the infection is severe, you may need to be treated in the hospital with antibiotics that go right into your bloodstream.

If your doctor prescribes antibiotics, it is important to take them as directed. Do not stop taking them just because you feel better. You need to take the full course of antibiotics.

It is very important to get treatment right away for cellulitis. If it is not treated, the bacteria can spread quickly through the body and cause SEPSIS, an extreme response by the body’s defense system. This can be deadly. Cellulitis on the face can spread to the brain and cause a dangerous infection (meningitis). Cellulitis can also cause other serious problems, such as blood clots in the legs (thrombophlebitis).

Okay, so after reading that, now I know a little more about cellulitis. YIKES!!!! So glad that Mother is in the hospital getting intravenous antibiotics. After I got my spleen out, they told me any time I got a high fever just go to the ER to be sure I didn't have sepsis. That's the real scary part of all this. I won't even post anything about sepsis. That word scares the hell out of me. It always has.

All right. Big sigh. It's time to change the batteries in my thermometers. AA, B and C ya later, djb

Friday, November 12, 2010

This is the photo I took of the display on the phone in the kitchen on 11/11.
Friday, November 12, 2010 - Yesterday, I was in the kitchen and looked at the phone and I saw 11/11 11:03 and then I realized that at 11:11, there would be FOUR elevens in a row. How could I pass up that photo op!

When I checked the information on the actual picture -- you know, when you see what date and time it was taken -- it says 11/11/2010 at 11:11 a.m. So that proves that it was NOT a staged event.

Although, I do suppose that some crazy person with a lot of time on their hands could actually do that. HAHAHA!!!

It is TIME to go get some more coffee. see ya later, djb

Sunday, November 7, 2010

This picture was taken with my Canon EOS Rebel XT. It is so crisp and clear. And so gorgeous!!
Sunday, November 7, 2010 - I've been looking forward to this day (changing the time on the clocks and pretending that's normal) because now I'll be able to walk to the end of the driveway in the mornings in the light. After seeing that skunk last week, I'm still a little leery of what's out there.

Too bad Andrew and Jarrett aren't around any more -- in more ways than one!!!!! They could have helped me put the patio furniture away yesterday. It's so heavy. But, it is good exercise. Maybe I should move it around every day. haha

later, dj