Friday, July 24, 2009

Long week

Today begins 8 straight days of packing, cleaning, moving, pulling up carpet, laminating floors, mowing lawns, digging up trees, and throwing down grass seed. Although it sucks to have adult responsibilities, I'm actually excited to be moving back into my house. I kinda missed living in MY OWN house! But still, there's a lot of work to be done; I'm thankful that my mom, dad, Alister, and Alex will be around to help. Update to follow later in the week.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Oh oxycodone
You take all my pain away
Yet make me itchy.

Little Bastard #3

Yesterday morning at ~3am I woke up with an ache down below. My first thought was "Oh crap, I have a UTI". So I proceeded to go downstairs, pee in a cup, and dip a test strip (for UTI's) in it. The results weren't very clear, probably because the strips expired a few years ago (so not helpful). I eventually went back upstairs, hoping that the slight pain would disappear by morning.

Around 4am, the pain had spread...specifically towards my right lower back area. It was a dull ache that radiated down towards my pelvis and right hip. I got out the heating pad. The pain got worse. Having had 2 kidney stones in the past, I had an inkling that this could be #3...but it was easier to be in denial and think I had one hell of a UTI.

By 5am the pain was bad enough that I couldn't fall asleep or get comfortable. I was also getting up every 15 minutes to use the bathroom, even though there wasn't much happening once I was in there (I know, TMI). By this time Alister was getting concerned and whipped out his laptop to see if the ER here took my insurance. I felt bad because he has to get up for work at 6am, so I tried my hardest to ignore the pain and go to sleep.

When 6am came, I was still awake and in quite a bit of pain. We agreed that I should go to student health as soon as they opened at 7:30; Alister offered to stay home from work (huge sacrifice) and take me. At 7am I got up to get ready and the pain was pretty unbearable. I walked...sort of...back into the bedroom and remember kneeling by the bed and starting to cry- I didn't want to move any more. That's the point where we decided the ER might be a better option.

Alister drove me over to the ER at 7:30 and we managed to walk right in, check in, go through triage, and be in a room within 5-10 minutes. It was amazing; Rex was never even remotely close to being that quick! The wait for the doctor in the room felt like it lasted forever, but most likely it was only another 5-10 minutes. Once she came and got my history, she told me they'd get me some pain meds and then take a urine sample when I was ready.

The nurse came in with an IV and for one of the first times in my LIFE, found my vein on the first try and got everything going. She was going to give me 2 pain meds and an anti-nausea one. She started with Dilaudid, which is about 10x stronger than morphine. I don't remember what she gave me after that because I kid you not, that stuff kicked in while she was only halfway through pushing it into my IV. I smelled and tasted plastic, my legs and head got heavy, and my pain just disappeared. I didn't believe it, Alister didn't believe it, but by God I felt damn good (minus the itchiness I have whenever I get narcotics).

We were stuck in the room for several more hours, mainly because I couldn't feel my bladder muscles enough to make myself do a urine sample. When I finally did (after standing up numbly and jumping in place) the nurse took the sample and I relaxed in the bed while Alister watched Saved By the Bell. The doctor came in about a half an hour later to let me know that I didn't have an infection, but that my urine was full of blood (sorry, more TMI). She said it was most likely another kidney stone (sigh) and that she'd give me pain meds so I could go home and pass it. Hello Little Bastard #3.

Alister and I left the ER at 11am and went ahead and ran some errands since I couldn't feel jack anyways. We went and measured the flooring at my house, ordered the laminate, got my prescriptions, and went by Lowe's for the carpeting. Upon arriving back at home later in the day, I still couldn't feel anything so I attempted to go to sleep, only to be getting up every 15 minutes to pee. This time though, I peed a LOT...which I'm hoping means the stone cleared on out and wasn't stuck anymore. I took an oxycodone when I went to bed last night and as of right now haven't felt pain since. The last 2 stones took a week each to pass; if this one is already out I will be beyond thankful.

I know I just typed a lot of nonsense above, but I always like to hear about other people's experiences with various issues in hopes that if I ever have the same thing occur that I will have an idea of what is wrong and what to do. So, if anyone ever wakes up with pain in their groin, an urgency to pee, and severe pain in the lower just might have a kidney stone. If you have a fever, blood in your urine, and can hardly stand up from the most likely have a kidney stone. Go to the ER. They're the only ones that will give you a strong enough pain reliever. No joke, Dilaudid is my hero.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Crazy Dreams

I have crazy dreams. Lots of people say that, but in my case it's true. Ask Alister. I wake up remembering them and they are all over the place. Let me give an example...

I had a dream the other night in which Alister had a truck...not a regular truck but one that had tires that were the size of a car themselves. He wanted me to move it and it had a bunch of random buttons on the right side of me. Reverse was a button. Some of his friends were there to show me how to drive it, but I quickly managed to get it rolling on my own. I pulled it into a random driveway and the reverse button got stuck. Once I got it in reverse I drove it to my parents' imaginary house where I parked it down a small road next to some construction and to the left of a large pit. I walked into the front yard and met my sister and some other people and we walked across the street and went into a museum.

I don't remember what kind of museum but there were lots of gift shops and we went into all of them. We walked back across the street to my parents' "house" and my mom, Alex, and I were sitting on a screen porch that was on the second story. The screen porch stretched from their house to their neighbor's house. I told my mom they should sell the house as one huge one now that they were connected. She said bad idea. Some of the screens were loose and blowing in the wind. Alister shows up while I'm on the porch with my mom and Alex. Mom is helping me tie something on my clothing when Alister starts slurping (literally) on Alex's face. I get mad because he's cheating on me with my sister. Alex and my mom disappear and I'm yelling at Alister while he's refusing to answer or look at me.

I storm inside and slam the door into a random bedroom (mine in the dream). I'm really pissed and walk back out into the living room. There are a bunch of people sitting around (can't remember) and Alister is sitting on the couch with my mom. I demanded to know why he was still there after what he'd done and my mom tells me I need to calm down. She offers me her Rav-4 to take to drive back to my house. I take the keys and storm out the front door. Next thing I know a guy's voice yells "WAKE UP" and I sit bolt upright in bed (in real life). End dream.
I'm telling everyone, I have crazy dreams. And I remember them. That's the craziest part. Lots of people forget their dreams but I have incredibly vivid memories of each and every one. The one above is only slightly crazy. I can't decide whether it's my meds causing them, whether my brain is making up for not thinking all day, or whether I have a brain tumor. I prefer to go with the first or second option. Regardless, I rarely ever wake up feeling rested; an unfortunate result of having an overactive imagination. I've always wanted to write a book but if I tried to use my dreams it would never be published. I would just get admitted to a mental institution.

Friday, July 17, 2009


...b/c my life is so boring....

Okay well it's not that bad. I just feel useless because I'm not working. That will go away in 1 month when school starts again full force. I'm looking forward to it; something to do!

Today I'm going to meet the carpet installers at my house to have measurements done. Hopefully everything will go smoothly and I will be able to order my carpet and laminate flooring this week. Although I hate that the house is in a less than desirable condition post-tenant, it did give me an excuse (and money) to put in laminate. I've always wanted less carpet; it gives my cats less to puke on and stain. I think everything will look nice once it's all done, especially since I have professionals helping (aka Dad and Alister). The yard battle will be undertaken once all of the inside things are finished; I need to dig up a destroyed tree (tear), add a load of dirt, and get some grass planted. Again.

In addition to the house stuff, I have started packing for my move in a week. I'm trying my hardest to get rid of more stuff so that I have less to move. It's hard though; I'm emotionally attached to everything for some reason or another. On the other hand, I hate moving boxes so maybe that will overcome the separation anxiety.

Along with packing Alister and I are going to Atlantic Beach tomorrow to look at potential wedding spots, and then my mom, Alex, and I are driving down again next week to meet with actual planners. I really hope to have things set up before Alister leaves and school starts so I don't have to deal with it. I'm not much of a wedding person but Alister wants one, and being that I love him and want him to be happy, I am foregoing Vegas and giving him one (pat on back).

The joys of being an adult. Sigh.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Harry Potter

Like my previous post said, Alister and I went to see "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" last night at midnight. According to reporters, the movie grossed $22.2 million in sales for just last night, beating out every other movie but the 3rd Star Wars. I'm not surprised; the theater last night was full and there were 4 screens open. We went early- around 11pm- and the room we were in was already 3/4 full by then.

As for the movie itself, it was definitely entertaining and funny (more so than most of the others) but I have to admit I was fairly disappointed. I re-read book 6 a week ago and although I understand things need to be cut out for time, I think a bit much was cut out and and random scenes were added that were never in the book. Being the Harry Potter nerd (and book nerd)that I am, it made the movie a bit more frustrating for me than for others. I would go into all the differences (which Alister and I talked about last night...b/c I'm a nerd and he's nice enough to listen to me) but most people that read this don't read the books, so it doesn't matter! I do recommend the movie though; pretty scenery, lots of humor, and plenty of snogging. Just ignore the fact that the actress playing Ginny Weasely is horrible.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Nerdy Excitement

Tonight "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" comes out in the theaters (at midnight of course) and being the excited nerd that I am, I bought the tickets online a week ago. I recently re-read book 6 just so I'd remember what happened in it so needless to say, I can't wait. I know a lot of people don't like Harry Potter and there's even quite a few that think it's a form of "satanism" (seriously???), but for me, it's just another entertaining series like Lord of the Rings (my all time favorite).

I will let those who are interested know how it is...

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Wedding Date

Although Alister and I set the wedding date to 6/19/2010, we decided to move it up a week due to the fact that Father's Day is on the 20th. So, the new date is June 12, 2010. The location is still TBD but we're leaning towards Atlantic Beach rather than Oak Island b/c Oak Island lacks a bit in accommodations! Besides, Alister proposed to me on Atlantic Beach so it has some meaning. Updates to follow in the future :-).

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Good week

This past week I went to Oak Island with my mom and Alex. We were lucky enough to enjoy 4/5 days of gorgeous weather (the prettiest of course being the day we left) so we were able to spend a lot of time out on the beach. Stetson definitely is a beach dog- he will run around on the sand and sleep under the umbrella for hours and hours. For some crazy reason he has always loved chased splashing water; the ocean was no exception.

Alex and Mom brought their canoe and kayak down and we managed to haul them both to the Intercoastal Waterway for a little while. Mom worked on paddling her kayak while Alex and I paddled around in the canoe with Stetson. Before we left I took a shot at the kayak...with Stetson in tow. If he doesn't get on the kayak, he comes swimming out in to the waterway after it.

Thursday was mom's birthday so we went down the island to the Fish House for some fresh seafood. It wasn't quite as good as Provisions, but the line there was incredibly long (it didn't help that it was so rainy that day). Regardless, Thursday and the rest of the week ended up to be very relaxing. I think my mom and I made some progress with the wedding plans, but we still have no idea what we're doing overall. Considering this is me, it's not a surprise. I came back to Greenville yesterday and today Alister and I are watching a Harry Potter marathon...Tuesday night at midnight movie #6 opens. Yay (huge grin)!

**All pictures taken by Mrs. Alexandra Browning

Monday, July 6, 2009

And...another update

This past weekend I went to Kerr Lake (again) with Alister. His best friend Jeffrey and his wife Christina came up and we had a very enjoyable time. We spent a good bit of time on the Pontoon boat and ski boat; I'm trying to get better at wakeboarding since I'm not really good at any water sport. I managed to stay up when Alister turned the boat- that's a big deal for me since I never managed it on water skiis. Overall we ate a lot of good food, had fun on the lake, enjoyed a huge bonfire and s'mores, and witnessed a fireworks fiasco.

We drove back to Greenville last night and this morning I headed down to Oak Island to meet my mom, Alex, and Stetson. It started out rainy but by the time we got out on the beach there was a nice breeze and just a few clouds in the sky. The water was warm but slightly rough. Around dinner time we came back to the house and I cooked pizzadillas for dinner. They weren't as good as the ones Christina made at the lake, but I never claimed to be a good cook. Oh, and I introduced my mom and sister to the words "smegma" and "splooge".

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Brief Update

Went to the lake last weekend with Alister and Alex...learned to wakeboard but not before busting my lip open from hitting the water face first at 20mph (not to mention the muscle soreness that followed).

Went to see Transformers II with Alister and thought it was really good; definitely funnier than the first one. Tried out a new wings place near the movie theater...note: the honey BBQ and Peanut Thai are damn good.

Finished summer school with 2 A's. Yay me.

Harrison has started pooping on the first when I was out of town and now today right in front of me. It's very frustrating (not to mention gross) b/c he's never done it before. Going to try some different things with the litter and box before hauling him to the vet.

Went to the doctor yesterday and he added another medication on to my current ones. Not too thrilled b/c I'm not in to taking a bunch of prescription drugs. That and I got a whopping 2 hours of sleep last night b/c I felt like I had drank 5 lattes (and I don't drink caffeine for a reason).

Alister and I set a wedding date: 6/19/2010. Most likely it will be at Oak Island if not somewhere on the Outer Banks. We're keeping it local so family can come but it will probably be a small wedding b/c neither of us want a huge one anyways. That and we're aiming for casual and barefoot with dogs in the wedding party.

Tomorrow Alister and I are going back to his family's lakehouse for the weekend and then I'm meeting up with Alex and my mom at Oak Island on Monday. Hopefully this next week will be relaxing b/c when I return I have a LOT of packing and cleaning to do before moving back to my house.