CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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It was another long day -- but happily we got home by around 8:30 p.m. Quite a change from last night!

Marilyn made it home last night between 12:30 and 1:00 a.m. We had dinner between 1:00 and 1:30 a.m. We watched two episodes of "Jeopardy." Then we went to bed around 2:30 a.m. She went to sleep immediately, but I was so wound up I was still awake at 3:30 a.m.

We got up past 7:00 and needed to leave the house before 8:00 -- so we were really dashing this morning to get ready for work! Besides getting dressed and the usual stuff (brushing teeth, doing our hair and taking meds), I also got Henry to take his pill and fed the cats. We were on time for work. Ta da!

I went to Starbucks with Rich -- and got coffee for both Marilyn and Jeff (who were getting ready to go to a meeting with the Mayor). There was a lot going on in the morning, but I can't really talk about all of it. I'll explain more next week.

Anyway, it was a busy day. And I'm so tired. Probably from a long, busy week. Plus the fact that I'm just over being sick last week. And I haven't had as much sleep as I could want. But I did okay, I think!

Before I sign off for today, I have to mention this: Yesterday I talked to my friend June (who lives next door). She told me she had Vertigo. When I found out they hadn't given her anything for it, I grabbed my own medication and ran over to see her. I wanted to explain some things about Vertigo, plus have her try Meclizine (which is the major medication used to treat Vertigo). Let me be clear: This is a medication that can be bought over the counter under a variety of names. And it has very limited side effects (and doesn't have any drug interactions that I've ever been able to discover). You need to watch it if you're taking antihistamines, but that's it. I certainly wouldn't risk my friend's health by giving her something that might cause health problems. But on the other hand, I was concerned that they had only suggested physical therapy, considering how effect Meclizine has been for me since I contracted Vertigo years back.

I tried to tell her as much as I could -- and got her to take half a pill. You can get quite drowsy from the medication -- that's one of the major side effects. I've always felt this helped, as after you've slept you tend to wake up feeling much better.

I planned all day long to phone June, but we were so busy I never got the chance. But I called her tonight and she told me that the medication had really helped her! She saw a doctor today, and the doctor gave her a prescription for Meclizine! I'm so glad! I only take it when I have a bout of Vertigo, which has become less and less frequent over time -- the exact opposite of what you might expect. So I'm hoping June will have the same experience.

I have to say that she was night and day different on the phone -- so cheerful and upbeat today! It was clear she felt much, much better.

From what I've been able to research online, Meclizine has been a treatment for Vertigo for a long time. I just don't understand why they didn't give it to June right away. Again, it has very few side effects (unlike a lot of medications). And it generally works really fast. I'm so glad I spoke to her yesterday! I got fired up when I knew she was suffering...

I called her to borrow a phone. I had a hunch she had an older phone that would work as a prop for our performance tomorrow. Well, I probably remembered somewhere in my crazy brain, seeing as I've seen the actual phone many, many times over the years! She keeps it in her sun room, and it actually works! It's so nice of her to let the festival borrow it.

Mark did come by yesterday and got other props in his van. Good for him! I don't know how we could have moved them otherwise.

Heading to bed. Tomorrow's going to be another very long and busy day! Not sure if we're going to the parade (it starts at noon -- but we always go to the formation area to mingle with a bunch of the participants, which include our President, Jeff, the Royal Rosarians, our Court, our current Queen and several others -- and then we walk all the way to the other end of the route to where we like to stand). We've agreed we won't go if it's raining in the morning. Neither one of us can face that! The forecast is for rain around noon (it figures). Otherwise we'll probably go for part of the parade, then head downtown for the rehearsal and eventually the actual performance.

Angel asked me officially to be a photographer for the event, so that's my role. Marilyn will be in uniform and speaking during the program (which starts at 7:00).

Like I said, another long and busy day!

I hope sister Sue is doing okay. Her health has NOT been good recently. Marilyn and I are quite concerned. And Marilyn is disturbed that she can't even get the time away from work to go with Sue to see her doctor (!!!). More about that later.

At least Sue and I got to go have a Rose Meal at Elmer's yesterday -- it was very nice!

Goodnight, all!

Tags: 2014, angel, elmers, health, jeff, june, long-hours, marilyn, mark, may-2014, meclizine, props, rich, rose-meal, sister-sue, st-johns-parade, starbucks, tired, vertigo, weekend, work

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