‘Received Your Laundry List of Medical Stuff!’

There had been so many doctors’ appointments and tests these last few months that getting information to my kids had become a challenge.

Phone calls were too tiring for me; emails have proved to be the way to go: easy to answer and still allowing a sense of humor to creep its way in! This column is my laundry list to you.

Son, Matt, called from Florida yesterday:

Sign Up for E-News

“Just received your laundry list of medical stuff; it’s like a real punch list.”

The first item on the list was some good news: the “shading/thickening” in the left breast is from the radiation I received in 2014. The oncologist assured me that all was normal and I should continue my regularly scheduled follow-up appointments. Hooray for our team!

I will be conducting my own home sleep study in the next week or so. Results will show if I’m suffering from sleep apnea; this condition is the source of many medical problems. Hopefully, I can just check it off and move on

Blood tests remain of concern: red blood cell count is still running on the high side; I will have a third phlebotomy at the end of February. Thyroid indicator is still on the high side—parathyroid surgery could take place in the very near future.

Upon the direction of my cardiologist and other members of my medical team, a heart catheterization should be scheduled. On that advice, I will be seeing a cardiac specialist at Westchester Medical Center this week. After our meeting, he will schedule the procedure fairly quickly. I’m dreading this test—it is critical and not a “walk in the park.” Of course, I will pepper the specialist with as many questions as possible to understand the whys and wherefores of this course of treatment—I’ll still be a nervous nelly until it’s over and I can go home.

Matt’s phone call also brought some happy news: my kids are planning a birthday bash, the big “80,” for me in May. He wanted to let me know that he and Helen would be coming up and staying with me. What joyful news! I’ll finally have all my kids together for the first time in years! Isn’t that a beautiful occasion to think about—especially, when I get tired of the poking and prodding of needles, etc.?

Oh, one more thing: Matt suggested that maybe he could ship doggies Gus and Doak to me for “wellness” therapy. You know how much I love these guys; however I don’t think Bonnie would be receptive to this idea. No, absolutely not!

My readers, Brigadiers and friends: you are now up to date. Stay tuned for the next item on Ruthie’s Laundry List.

My family and I thank you for your good thoughts and prayers! They do make a difference!

Ruthann can be reached at grandmopps@aol.com.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


The Feline Night Stalker

Shades of the late Darren McGavin! If you liked the ‘70s horror shows on TV, you knew him as Kolchak, crime reporter, in the series “The Night Stalker.”

It seems that I have a night stalker living with me. My kitty, Bonnie, had her 18th birthday in April and I’ve noticed some subtle changes in her behavior. Up until that time, Bonnie would sleep on my bed at night. She ...

Hitting the road, Part II

Welcome back to our little trip across these great United States. We left off somewhere on Route 90, heading out of Cleveland.

So glad to have you following along, and frankly, if you’re following I’m just glad you’re not the cops. On the way to Chicago I found myself driving 70 miles an hour, which made the police quite angry, since the speed limit was 75. 

When ...

Sabotaged by the DMV

After living in Manhattan for the last few years, my grandson, Chris, and my wonderful grand-daughter-in-law, Silvia, have decided to move back to his hometown of Westfield, N.J. Silvia has just returned from a four-day visit with her parents in Hong Kong and they are bunking with my daughter, Lisa, while preparing their new home. Because they now have a daily commute to the city, I decided to ...

Do it badly!

Anything worth doing is worth doing badly, at least to start. 

As a recovering perfectionist, I have learned to get started on a project even if I don’t have all the pieces together. Sometimes just puttering, tinkering or moving the parts around will help me sort out my brain enough to give me an idea of how to tackle a project.  

I can’t tell you how many times ...

What Kind of Sports Parent Are You?

Social media recently showered a lot of likes and love on a high school pitcher in Minnesota whose team was playing in a regional final that would send the winning team to the state championship game.

After the last batter of the game struck out, the pitcher did something unheard of. Rather than spontaneously join his teammates in an on-field celebration, as is customary, the pitcher ...

Packing Heat

“Are you leaving me?” asked my husband one night as he surveyed the contents of my closet on our bed.

“What? No!” I said. “Why would you think that?”

“Every single article of clothing you own is laid out on our bed,” he replied. “So I have to assume you are either leaving me or you have joined the armed services and if that’s the ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

Yorktown Heights




Tue, June 26, 1:00 PM

Yorktown Heights




Tue, July 3, 1:00 PM

Yorktown Heights



Excited for Somers Block Party June 30

June 20, 2018

Hello Somers:

The Town is excited this year to partner with the Somers Lions Club, Somers Chamber of Commerce and Sebastian Capital to offer a new kind of Independence Day celebration, at a new location, starting a new tradition with the 2018 Somers Block Party on June 30.

The Block Party will take place at Sebastian Capital’s 1 Pepsi Way property (across from King Kone) with gates ...