Tuesday, June 05, 2007

I don't think I'm in Kansas anymore...or maybe I am?

Holy Smokes...what an afternoon of thunder and lightening we've just had! Last night the weather report was possible severe thunderstorms around noon time today and man he hit it right on the head. When I went outside for lunch around 11:45 the sun was shining and it was starting to warm up. By 12:00 the sky had clouded over and I could hear the rumbling of thunder way off in the distance. By 12:30, the storm was right over us and the rain was coming down in sheets. I had to leave work early this afternoon (more on that later) and of course my umbrella was in the car! Luckily, when I left, the rain had tapered to sprinkling but the sky was black in every direction and the thunder was still rumbling. I drove to my appointment and somehow managed to dodge the worst of the rain as I ran into the building. Thirty minutes later, the rain was coming down harder than it was earlier. Thankfully I remembered to bring the umbrella into the doctors office with me. I basicly followed the storm all the way home and it was pretty severe. Lightening every few minutes and the thunder was so loud. I got home and waited for a flash of lightening, then jumped out of the car and ran into the house. The dog was very happy to see me. The electricity was out. Here I am, home early for a change and I can't go online, watch tv, cook or do laundry. Hell I couldn't even flush the toilet! The storms ended a bit ago and I went outside and cooked on the grill. The power came on shortly after that. The weatherman said we are still under a severe thunderstorm watch and the sky does look a bit dark off to the southwest. Apparently there were a few funnel clouds spotted in some nearby towns as well. Geez...this is NOT tornado alley, ya know.

This afternoon I had to go for a bone density scan. My doctor scheduled the appointment last week after I went to see him regarding a pulmonary test I had a couple months ago. The results from that test told him I have severe asthma. No kidding. Didn't need an $800 test to tell me that. Anyway we've been on the debate regarding steroids to help control the asthma. The meds he had put me on back in December are helping and I do feel 100% better than I did, but he thinks the asthma should be in better control with fewer flare ups. He's probably right, but frankly, the idea of taking medication that has so many side effects, scares the hell out of me. I mean, I've weighed both sides and I do understand what he's telling me. Asthma can be very dangerous and limiting in a lot of ways, but ruining my liver & kidneys, thinning out my bones along with a whole assortment of other ailments seems like a huge risk to take. I'm still not convinced that this is the way to go. What he doesn't realize is I am very stubborn and this wouldn't be the first time I've argued against treatment that a doctor has tried to prescribe. He can write the script but that doesn't mean I am going to fill it.
I have to go back to see him next week. I guess the radiology report will be discussed regarding the bone density test...and we'll go from there.
The scan itself was a piece of cake though and only took a few minutes. The only complaint I would lodge is turn the freaking heat off in that room! LOL After laying on that table for 15 minutes I could have curled up and gone to sleep.

I hear thunder in the distance so I better shut this thing down. See ya all later.


ChicagoLady said...

You must have gotten the storm that rumbled through this area on Sunday, but we didn't get it that bad, lol.

I hear ya about the side effects of medications. I see the commercials for all the new drugs coming out, and the list of possible side effects is as long as my arm. Some of them, to me, are worse than what the drug is supposed to help. Allergies? Take this nasal spray, but you might get nosebleeds. Huh?? No thanks!

Oh, and I've never had a problem with flushing a toilet when there's no electricity. Do you have a special electric toilet that I've never heard of? LMAO

Lainie said...

LMAO no but I have a water pump that pumps water from my well to my water tank that runs on electricity and once the tank is empty (usually after one flush) that's it for water until the power comes back on.

AliceKay said...

We had a couple of bad storms roll thru here late Sunday morning and again Sunday night but not as bad as the one that hit your area.

You can tell someone lives in the city and doesn't have her own well and water pump. No electricity, no running water. (that's why I run water into buckets and sit them in the tub when I think we're in for a bad snowstorm...water to force flush the toilet with)

I know someone who has pretty bad asthma and she has the same concerns that you have. Makes you wonder which is worse...the ailment or the cure. I hope your bone density test comes out okay.

ChicagoLady said...

So you DO have an electric toilet...of sorts, lmao

Lainie said...

Of sorts LOL
Ahhhhh ya gotta love country living