I did get my MRI and then went to the pain clinic, where Dr. Reinhart gave me an epidural. It sure didn't seem to work as fast as the ones I used to have when I went through the same thing with my left lower back. But now, two and a half weeks later, the pain has diminished so much. It still isn't all gone, but I am happy with what I have and just hope that it will last me a few weeks. When it starts to hurt really badly, I will go back for another shot. I also went to my hematologist and had a blood test and my hemoglobin was up to 11.6 so I don't have to have an iron infusion unless it gets below 11, so I am in petty good shape. Probably as good as it gets from now on. I still have to sit down a lot because I can only stand on my feet for about ten minutes. I can get quite a lot done in that time. I've been doing a lot of baking and cooking, which I love, but I must say, I hate it when I'm right in the middle of making a sauce, for instance, and have to turn everything off and sit down. It takes me about 3 hours to bake a cake, for instance, when it used to take about an hour. Still, I am really not complaining. As long as I can keep going, I'm a happy camper.
At the end of last month, I had to give a book report to my book club and I must say that the book I had to read was a rather tedious one. It was about the Mountain Meadows Massacre. I must have done a pretty good job because the people that didn't make it that week told me that they were really sorry they didn't come and a couple of them said they were going to come over to my house so that I can give it to them anyway. I'm not so sure I want to do that!!
On the 5th of this month, Sue and Dave (my daughter and son-in-law for those of you who don't know) came to pick up a new car, and I was so happy to have company again. I especially love it when any of our kids come to see us. They stayed until early Friday morning. They had to go home early, because one of the guys that used to be in Dave's ward (he is the Bishop of the singles ward, which has two stakes in it) died. He was only 36 and died from complications of an aneurism that he had two years ago. So sad to die so young. I really hated to see them go. I think Dave got a little bit bored while he was here, because mostly we just visited and stayed pretty close to home. Dave is used to doing something every minute. Now that he is retired, he is finding it hard to relax for long periods. He did sit out in the sun by the pool and read a book, but they were here for three whole days. Usually when they come, their sons all come (three of them) and they play golf every morning. I think he didn't want to go alone and Dick stopped playing golf years ago. I was just glad to have them as long as I did.
Last night we went to a Family Home Evening at one of our friends. We have a group of us that meets for FHE once a month and it really is fun. We have such a wonderful group of friends in our ward. (A ward is a congregation, for those of you who are not familiar with that term and a stake is composed of a number of wards)
This morning we went shopping at Costco. There were so many things I wanted to get that they didn't have in stock...............I just hope that they haven't stopped carrying them. I like to buy some things in bulk, like the three pound cream cheese blocks, because I make lots of cheese cakes. That is one of my specialties. If any of you want me to send you the recipe, let me know. I just realized that there aren't too many of you that are even interested in baking. It is so amazing to me that women today seem to love saying "I don't cook!!" and for those women, there certainly is a lot of things to choose from at Costco. So many things that are all ready to eat, all one has to do it warm them up. I was stunned at how many there were. I hadn't been to Costco for a very long time, so found it quite changed as far as their stock is concerned.
Well, gang, that just about does it for this time. As you can see, I have been just having a great old time...........so hope that all of you are too. Out of the twelve people that always make comments on my blog, there were only seven of you that did last time. I must be losing my grip.
Sue, Dave, & New Car