Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, Anchorage, Alaska~
Jenna Aurora Doucet here.
Sorry if I haven't written; been busy. Also continue to fight with my body. Happily, the dizzy spells have eased off considerably; I get them once in a while, but nothing like I used to.
Seems that I have a bit of orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure). Every time I stand or rise, I have to be careful, or I run the risk of blacking out. It's been scary, but now that I am on a new medication, it should help once it kicks in.
I had to have a regimen of tests done at the hospital (at my husband's insistance), including a fun little number where you lie on this table that tilts and they raise it up rapidly, to see how you respond. Oh, I responded well, too well: I puked all over the doctor and nurses, and then blacked out. That's when they told me I had a problem upon awakening from my faint.
The test was called a "tilt table test". I had this done to see if I had any abnormalities with my heart, to cause the dizzy spells I'd been experiencing. Well, my ticker is fine; it's my blood pressure that's messed up.
Now I'm on this medication to help stave off the dizziness, keep my blood pressure at a more acceptable level. So far it's been working, but I just started taking it a few weeks back; it takes time for the stuff to really start working. I have been careful when I stand or bend over; if I get dizzy, I stop, rest, until the dizziness goes away.
Michael's been really patient with me, and the boys seem to know that their mommy's been sick, so they've been behaving. Oh, they're still active, but at least Michael keeps them out of my hair when I'm having problems! He's such a dear!
The weather is cooling off here; auroras have been out some nights. We don't see the aurora nearly as much here in Anchorage unless you get away from the city and there's not a lot of pollution in the air to obscure the light's view. You have to go northward into Fairbanks to get a great view of the northern lights; we're too urban to get the full effect of Aurora's magical dance.
Soon it will be snowy, cold, miserable. I don't mind it so much (part Inuit, you know), but my poor Cajun-bred husband doesn't do the cold very well. It gets below 50 degrees and he's freezing to death! He bundles up in layers of clothes to keep warm; he looks just like a grizzly bear! LOL
He wishes he could move back to Louisiana; I tell him I have no desire to live there. For one thing, I'd melt! LOL (Think I'm part snowman somewhere. The heat just about kills me!! It gets above 65 degrees, and I'm dying!!)
Well, I have a bit of sad news: our cat, "Hisser", died. She got run over by a car a month ago; it's really been devastating to me. I loved my kitty cat; I miss her so much! She had gotten out, and someone ran over her. Michael was the one who found her lying in the road, dead. When he told me, I cried. It was terrible!
Now we are going to have to get another kitty cat; I know little Mattaq misses the kitty because he'll ask about her, and all I can do is cry. He really doesn't understand the concept of death; he thinks that she'll come back. Every day he'll call for "Hisser" to come back home. It really breaks my heart!
Well, I am going to go. Baby Kenai is stirring; soon the house will be bursting with activity and noise! I best get breakfast on for the boys (the big boy and the little ones)! Take care and God bless!
Will write in here again soon; 'bye!
~Love, Jenna Aurora. :)
The picture? That's one of "Hisser" taken the day before she died. Big mouthed kitty!! LOL How I miss her... :(