It is nice and sunny out today. It makes me smile!!! I did have the appointment with the arthritis doctor this morning (well, by the time I actually got to see her it was afternoon). The x-rays just show a bit more arthritis than a few years before and the blood tests are normal so all in all, nothing unexpected, which I suspected as she didn't call me when the results came in. She also wants me to add 2 tramodol in the afternoon and 1/2 the dosage of the Meloxicam. She is hoping that the addition of the tramodol will help me get rid of the Meloxicam. The problem with the meloxicam is that I also have to take coumiden, the blood thinner medicine because of my blood disorder. Meloxicam can can bleeding and with the coumiden, it raises the risk really high for bleeding. However, without the Meloxicam, it is very difficult to walk in the evening. by 6:00 or so, I am in so much pain, I can barely get out of a chair so I continue to take it even though I know the risk. I have been very vigilant with watching for any signs of bleeding and I haven't had any problems with it yet. I am trying her suggestion of adding the 2 pain pills in the afternoon and lower the Meloxicam by 1/2. I did do that starting today. I will see how these things work. Hey, if it does, awesome! If not, well, I will go back to what I was doing.
I talked to my friend, Donna, today. She and I had a very good conversation. Then I also had Bob's lesson as it is a Monday! He is doing very well. I had him bring his Hanon exercise book back so we can do some. I know he has already done most of the book, but I think at this point revisiting some of the exercises will make his fingers more agile and really help with speed of the runs. He agreed with my assessment and has absolutely no problem redoing the book. His Clementi Sonatina is really coming along and we started the last page of the Mozart Sonata this afternoon. All in all, I must say I am very pleased with his progress. I have Emily later this evening. She too, is doing very well. She is just learning to read notes and is doing quite well with her flash cards. The fact that she is super cute helps too.
Kathy, my best friend's son turned 13 today. I had to call and ask how she felt now that she is the Mom of a teenager. He really is a very good young man. He is on a school field trip to Cedar Point today. What a way to spend your birthday! She had a horrible headache yesterday and is feeling a bit better today, but still under the weather. She totally has my sympathy and my empathy! I certainly know how bad heads can ache!
I talked to my friend Georgette this afternoon too. I needed some advice to deal with the inappropriateness of Jose's behavior yesterday and Saturday too. I know have a plan that makes me feel like I will be in charge of any situation that comes up. I am hoping not to have to put it in place, but if I must I will. I still plan to screen the phone this week, that is for sure. I feel much more confident about this now. Thank goodness for good friends, and for Barb who also gave me advice yesterday too. I didn't expect this from a family friend. I have known him since I was in my teens. It is just too much and should it be necessary, I will take action. So anyways, I feel much better over these incidents now.
I was supposed to go to lunch with Georgette today, but because I got out of the doctor so late, we have to reschedule it. I am bummed, but I did have a nice long talk with her as I have already mentioned.
It is simply wonderful outside right now. My baby birds are popping their heads up right now so I can't take any pictures. As soon as they do, I will definitely post a picture. I just love them! I think there are three of them in there. I saw the Momma bird yesterday, what a pretty bird. Not as magnificent as the Poppa bird, but still very pretty. She was white with brown spots on her tummy. I do hope this finds you doing well and having a great day! I am having a good day and am anticipating another good lesson with the lovely Emily. I have 2 lessons tomorrow, 2 on Wednesday, 1 on Thursday (although she takes 2 lessons), 2 on Friday, and 2 on Saturday. I think Sunday I am going to take Donna out for the afternoon since I have no lessons and I want to give her back her books. I also want to loan her a DVD that I know she will adore.