Day +479: Crazy, I’m crazy for feeling so lonely…

“I’m crazy, crazy for feeling so blue…”

I started writing this post after my doctor’s appointment on Monday, and the tagline was meant to be a joke because Dr. B didn’t want to see me again for another 4-6 months, i.e., he rejected me in favor of more interesting patients, ha ha. My counts are looking excellent.

March 19, 2012:
WBC: 6200 (norm 3000.-11200.)
Granulocytes (~ANC): 3000 (norm 1400.-9000.)
Platelets: 332 (norm 130-382)
RBC: 4.24 (norm 3.90-4.90)
HGB (hemoglobin): 14.5 (norm 11.5-14.3)
HCT (hematocrit): 43.1 (norm 34.2-42.2)
Alkaline phosphatase, S: 157 (norm 25-150)
AST: 30 (normal 0-40)
ALT: 31 (normal 0-40)
Ferritin: 605 (normal 12-150)

The truth is I have been feeling a bit blue and curmudgeonly this week with an especially low tolerance for [melo]drama. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t watch soaps. I’ve also been cranky about everyone’s excitement over our early spring. Am I the only one who likes winter and snow and am thus very disappointed that we had only a dusting this year? Even as a child, I never liked summer. We haven’t had any rain in awhile either. I like the peacefulness of dark, rainy days. Speaking of darkness, and while I’m on a rant anyway, I hate daylight saving time, too. Why must we muck with the time? The number of hours of daylight doesn’t change when the time is shifted in either direction! It’s supposed to be light in the morning and dark at night. You can imagine how well I fared with Alaskan summers, lol. My post transplant sensitivity to light has underscored the fact that I am a night person through and through. Okay, enough complaining, at least for now. I’m sure it’s a sign that I’m cured when I’m annoyed by minutia!

And now for some good things, besides the great check-up, that happened this week: I got the new iPad, and it’s lovely – faster, sharper, and brighter than the old. The preorder came with free engraving. I chose:

High Hopes, 11/30/2010

Mausi is Michael’s nickname for me, High Hopes is a musical tagline, and 11/30/2010 is the date of my rebirthday.

This week, we also had a nice family get together at my sister’s for my grandniece’s 21st birthday. She has a new baby, so five generations were there! I guess that makes me a great great aunt (but we knew that already :-)).

Sunday, we’re returning to The Dupont, this time with our friends, Chris and Lynn, for brunch and a production of Lord of the Dance. It will be our final show there for the season. We didn’t get tickets for next season because there wasn’t much we were interested in seeing. Maybe we’ll find something good in Baltimore instead.

Day +461 Taglines:
Shot in the Arm, Wilco (no one IDed)
Big Shot, Billy Joel (no one IDed)


  1. Well sorry you’re feeling blue about the weather. I must admit I wouldn’t mind it staying cooler a bit longer, but I’m elated there’s little risk of snow any longer for this year.

    But if you’re going to be “Crazy” lonely, might as well be with Patsy Cline 🙂

  2. 🙂 Love the post. But have to say, “I am sorry” about liking spring and summer. I get cold too easily. And I LOVE flowers. So now that I have my rant out of the way (hehehe) you can come visit us if you are truly lonely. We still have snow in the Tetons and Yellowstone. But you better hurry. We didn’t get much snow this year either.

    Also, you are more than a great great aunt. You are a great great friend. We all LOVE you and Mike.

    And I am glad to see that Chris already IDed the song. I still feel guilty when I have to look it up everytime. But then I feel even more guilty when no one IDeds your tag line. So I guess I better IDed them more often.

    Love you. And keep up the good job of improving.

  3. Karen, Soooooooo glad to hear how well you are doing! I’m with you on the weather comments. The older I get the more I dislike the heat.

    Enjoy your time without Dr. appointments and continue to do well! Hugs, Lori

  4. Karen, I agree with the lack of winter this year. It has been disappointing, especially since we finally bought a snow blower this fall. Then we only used it twice. What a waste. However, I do enjoy the sunshine, it really helps with my depression. And, since the song was IDed I was able to sing it in my head. I knew the words were familiar, but I couldn’t place them until I saw that it was Patsy Cline.

  5. Karen,
    It certainly was a short winter and a little more snow would have been nice, as long as there was no place to go! Then again I’ve always liked summer, but not too hot mind you, then again spring is a gorgeous time with all the cherry trees in bloom.

    So while you may feel cheated by winter, your numbers certainly have not cheated you 🙂

    Keep on doing what you are doing.

    Hugs and best wishes,
    Deb and Mike

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