June 08, 2010


Leaving for Orlando tomorrow night for a few days. My husband has a lecture to give so we're all going.

Pop is still in the hospital. He's in poor spirits. This whole thing appears renal related, but nobody is sure exactly what has caused his edema issues. Believe it or not, it is thought to be Advil related... we'll see.


My eldest is in NC with a buddy of his and his buddy's family, on vacation at a beach house. There are like 40 people there; it is an annual trek.

According to his short texts, he appears to be having fun.

There is a girl in attendance who evidently doesn't like him much. It would appear that at the beginning of the school year, he was at lunch with french fries and she asked to have some. He said no, not until he was finished. She got pissed.

She's hated him ever since. He said, "She thinks I'm snippy. I offered her the rest when I was finished, but she's still pissed."

I told him, "Don't sweat it. She just doesn't get it yet. Asking to share a teenage boy's food is like taking a dogs dish away from him when he's trying to eat. No good can come of it."

We have taken to calling her, "French Fry girl". Evidently things are patched up with French Fry girl now and all is good.


Watch him marry French Fry girl one day.


I'm exhausted and this is summer? I'm working split shift to get my hours in and its ragging me out. I need sleep.


I'm getting my hair cut tomorrow. Whether its long enough to donate or not, the hair is coming off. Last time she said I didn't have 8 inches. I said I did. One of us is mistaken as to what 8 inches looks like... and it's not me.

The hair comes off tomorrow.


If you happen to purchase for your child, the Banzai Cannonball Splash Water Slide, you MUST own an air compressor. It is suggested in the directions, but there is no suggesting about it.

I started today, blowing that sucker up with old fashioned air from my lungs. As I fiddled with it I realized.. it was going to take about 400,000 lungs of air to fill all the places up that need to be filled.

Good Lord.

We had a compressor in the garage and it still took 30 minutes to fill.

And the directions suck. Mr. T and I deciphered them.

That said, the boys had a blast. Two thumbs up. Just make sure you have an air compressor.


I haven't been down to my fil's assisted living facility as I've not had time and I'm actually afraid I'll hurt someone. I need more time...


I'm beat. Good night.

Posted by Boudicca at June 8, 2010 10:45 PM

I'm all for using wet/dry vacuums to blow up things.

Its not the pressure, its the volume.

Posted by: The Thomas at June 8, 2010 11:12 PM

Bou - read about your FIL in the preceding post. The Advil thing is pretty serious actually, especially in someone his age. That stuff can be horrible on the kidneys, especially in older patients. Hope they sort it out soon. Keeping you in my thoughts.

Posted by: Kris, in New England at June 9, 2010 07:01 AM

Thomas- Most definitely the volume and not the pressure, I just expected the air compressor to give off a bit more volume than it did, quicker. That said I don't have an attachment for my wet dry vac that takes it from a 3 inch hole in diameter down to pencil width. Those were really tiny little blow holes!

Curtis- Why thank you, sir. That is most kind. I'm actually laying off the volunteering this summer, just getting the books together to pass on to the next school Treasurer. I also decided there needed to be a guide to do the job, so I've been writing it. I hate to leave her in a lurch. Baptism by fire sucks. And I got the NICEST note from the principal thanking me. That kinda has made it worth it...

Kris- Holy crap, no kidding. I'm really hoping that's not what it is, as I'm afraid of permanent damage. From what I gather, the nephrologist asked him how much he took, and he told him the prescribed amount on the bottle, and then he asked, 'for how long?' and Pop said, until the bottle was finished. The million dollar question becomes... how many bottles? That nagging variable to which we will never know the answer to, so not good.

But as my husband said, "Who wouldn't do it? He's 84 and wracked with arthritis..." He hurts, Advil stops the hurt. Unfortunately, it appears to also stop your kidneys.

Posted by: Bou at June 9, 2010 07:17 AM

Any type of acedaminophen (ie tylenol) or ibuprophen (ie advil) will damage your kidneys eventually.

All the focus and hate has been addressed towards Celebrex and the like, but nobody will turn their focus also to OTC drugs. Which is probably doing more damage then prescription drugs that are similar.

People think that just because it's OTC its "safe" but if you read the bottle it says if you are taking it for more then 7 days or 2 weeks (can't remember which) you need to see your doctor.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at June 10, 2010 11:18 AM

.... you know, a girl who wants to steal your french fries should never, ever be trusted...... even at her age, she should realize a man's priorities!.....

Posted by: Eric at June 11, 2010 08:01 AM