My daughter came home from the hospital last night. They got all of the tumor. We have to wait a week or so for the biopsy results, but it did not appear to be cancerous. She is doing well, eating soup and Welch's version of Jell-O, which has no artificial dyes in it. She's a little high on the pain medicine, but that's kind of how she reacts to it.
I started physical therapy on Friday. They can't do much with me because of how inflammed I am right now, but they started an electrical stimulation thing called a tens machine and did that over the L-4 and L-5 vertabrae on my back. I think it made a small amount of difference, but it is early days.
The pantry challenge is going well. We still have not gone to the grocery store yet. I have only repeated one meal and that was because there were leftovers. I have salmon and spot prawns thawing in the fridge, both of which my husband and son caught. DD thinks those will be easy for her to eat. Her jaw and throat are pretty sore from having a breathing tube in during surgery. So easy to chew foods are on the agenda for a couple of days. We have a lot of seafood in the freezer, but it is getting close to the time when it needs to be used up by.
I finally succeeded in finding some dye free, fragrance free shampoo and conditioner. I am hoping they are good products. I still can't find a body wash like that that doesn't use coconut oil. We make do on the castile bar baby soap that is fragrance and dye free, but sometimes you just want a liquid body wash.
If that new stimulus Biden wants passes that will give you money for all dependents not just children, we will be getting quite a lot of money. DH made a mistake when he was trying to figure out our taxes early. Turns out we will owe somewhere in the $900 range, not the over $2000 he'd originally thought.
If so, and if this stimulus comes quickly I figure we'll open a spousal IRA for 2020, which may be enough to get rid of that tax bill, and see about getting a new ceiling in the tiny bathroom. If it doesn't pass or we don't get it, then I guess we will just have to save up to fix it. First off I will need to price everything, but I think DH and DS can do it themselves.
It should only require two pieces of the moisture resistant drywall and rental of a drywall lifter, and some tape, some mud, and some paint. We have plastic sheeting to keep paint from dripping onto the floor, tub, sink, mirror, and shelves. We saved everything our mattresses were wrapped in.
I got my first seed order today from Victory seeds. I am really excited about starting to plan for the new garden. We are completely redoing it with cinderblock raised beds that we will use mortar on to make a permanent structure. The wooden beds just fall apart too quickly and I don't want to throw away anymore money on this.
I have another order coming from Fedco and I have to order a couple more things yet, but not much. I am just waiting on one of the companies to put up its seeds for the year, which should be any day now. It's just the type of broccoli and the type of lettuce I want.
Not too much going on here. I have slowly been working my way through the novel I am reading and am about 80% done. I can't read like I used to since the concussion a few years ago and because of the floaters in my eyes so I mostly take 3 to 4 weeks to read a large print novel these days. I set my goal on Goodreads to 12 books read for the year. I listen to a lot of audio stories and books, though, but I don't count that as actual reading. I do read quite a bit online, but I have to put the magnification up pretty high.
I've now lost 13.4 pounds, but I gave in and ate gluten today, still within the confines of my diet. It was breaded cod fish. We will see how I feel tomorrow. I don't react like my kids do, but it usually makes me feel bloated. At least I made it halfway through the month.