Thursday, July 12, 2018
Yesterday was mostly about medical testing. I did work from noon to 4:30 pm, but I had an EEG at 7:30 am and an MRI of the brain at 10 am. I had gone to my neurologist concerned over periodic dizziness (I think now that it's vestibular, but we needed to rule out other concerns). I also expressed concern that my memory issues have gotten worse, and while it's probably normal ageing, I've done a lot of replacing words that I have had a hard time finding with the opposite, stuff like that. Now I have ADHD, the inattentive types, so maybe it's just partly that, and as we get older there's more information to juggle. But I've had several untreated concussions, and my family doctor and I wanted to rule out any chance of dementia or early Alzheimer's, a personal fear of mine given my great-grandmother's battle against the latter.
Anyway, the EEG--which was quite interesting, by the way--was negative for any of that. My brain's not slowing down, even though it sometimes seems that way. And the MRI was fine, too. I came home yesterday and looked at the MRI scans they'd given me at Lexington Diagnostic Center. Not that I know how to read an MRI at all, but you can kind of look for light or dark areas that don't fit the rest of it, and I didn't see anything. This morning my neurologist's office called and said it was fine. I did get put on a beta blocker that is good for essential tremor, a benign tremor that can make your hands shake when you hold a spoon or write, or hold a letter, or even a phone, say if you've got it above you in bed. :) Not that you should be lying in bed looking at your phone when you should be asleep, right? Anyway, it's a small dose and it's good for anxiety, too, according to my psychiatrist. It does seem to be helping. Otherwise, I got a clean bill of neurological health. I just am going to have to accept that my memory is not what it once was (and in truth, it was good when I was young, I didn't have to take notes in high school, but I dealt with a lot less information). Given my experiences with anxiety and depression, it's no wonder I've had some impact on daily life. And I tend to compare myself to YKWIA, who has an eidetic memory, rather than say, your average 51-year-old. :)
Today I won the parking behind the building (which is funny, as I'd reserved it yesterday since I was coming from my appointments, so I'm a little spoiled--I have parked there two days in a row), so I took Samantha, my co-worker to her car both days, but today after that I went over to the pharmacy for my pen needles (which are a pain to get anywhere else if you don't have the prescription on you, like you can shoot up heroin out of an insulin pen, thank you, Kroger). Then I went and got YKWIA from our friend's, the one he's helping who is battling cancer. Since my schedule has shifted a half-hour earlier and I hadn't had to go to my car on the shuttle, even with the trip to the pharmacy we were home about 5:30 pm. He was really beat, so he went to bed, and he's still there. I'm going to wake him in a bit to take his medicine. I ate, and then realised I was pretty tired, too. I worked very hard and very steadily today. I like my new job, but I can't ever say I'm bored. So I settled down for awhile with the cat about 7 pm after I'd fed the animals and brought the dog in--who actually wandered around the yard and acted nearly normal. I woke up at 9:45, started some bread making (now that the temperature and humidity are back to where they should be), filled the dishwasher, put away plastic dishes, washed the ones in the sink, took out the trash and recyclables, and took the Herbie and Rosie (the trash and recycling containers, respectively--we name ours here in Lexington) out to the kerb, and generally straightened up a bit. Now I'm listening to Pandora and spending some time on the computer. We're about an hour from bread. The cat's on my bed again. I think I'm going to put the flowered quilt back on the bed, as I don't have to worry about sweat stains now. But that might be a task for tomorrow morning--the cat is quite happy and quiet at the moment, and we like to keep it that way. So I have a task to do online and then I may lie back down till the bread machine beeps and listen to music. My phone turned off, as I let its charge run down, so I'm playing the music on the computer. I may do some brain exercises that go with an application on my phone that are pretty challenging, too. Just to help out on the memory issue--which I do fine with the memory tasks on that. So maybe it literally is just in my head. I don't know.
Alright, I am definitely getting some water and finishing up here. I also should work on a book review by the end of the week. And I just got another published. Yay!
Saturday, July 07, 2018
Meanwhile, the oppressive heat that means I felt like melting and dying over July 4th has ended. I actually woke up with a blanket on that I'd pulled up, for the first time in days or even weeks. We are waiting for the air conditioning repair company to call us back concerning a part. But I think it's okay that we won't get it fixed this weekend, anyway.
YKWIA is soothing the cat, who looked like his tummy might be upset.
I should get a shower, as I need to go by the pharmacy before they close and take him to meet someone/drop something off, and the pharmacy closes at 1 pm, but it'll probably be a couple of hours before he's had his coffee, etc., and gets ready. It takes awhile for him to get going.
Right now I just want to enjoy the pleasantness that is inside the house, though. :) Less than 72 degrees!
Thursday, July 05, 2018
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
On my Samsung Galaxy S7. Only issue so far is that the Gallery and Music applications weren't pulling from the SD card. I restarted it, tried pulling it out and putting it back in, but about the only thing I saw that it did was show the SD card in the File Manager application. So I went on to an image and opened it in Gallery, and they suddenly were all there, and did the same for Samsung Music. Now my music, which is on the card, is accessible. Simple fix, better than everything else I found online, so I'm including it here.
Monday, July 02, 2018
Sunday, July 01, 2018
So this morning we were at McDonald's (after all the trauma with the dog) and a nice young man, seeing his kids were dawdling at the drink fountain, urged them to hurry up because no doubt the old lady behind them needed to get a drink. He was talking about me. I've never heard anyone call me an old lady before. I know he meant well, but if I'd had a cane I might have whacked him on his shins. That was my first reaction - - which I realise is the reaction of an old lady. Sigh.
One of the dogs had to be put down today. The whole thing was sudden and traumatic. But we couldn't let her suffer. I miss her so much already. I was lying in bed feeling sad and the cat came and laid on my arm and purred. I think he's sad, too. He and the other dog keep looking for her.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
I'm back to working normal hours, which we are adjusting to 8 am to 4:30 pm, so shifting a half-hour earlier but later than I have been coming in lately.
I'm happy with my office, and I've got it set up quite nicely, with lots of plants:
|Succulents in the window with pretty stones arranged around them.|
|Blooms on the succulents.|
|This is the orchid I got at the Bluegrass Orchid Society's meeting, plus the sign I had at my old desk.|
|My peace lily. I think I have to move it; it looks cramped.|
|An orchid that's been blooming since February, plus an African violet on the desk.|
|An orchid reblooming on the left, its counterpart, which is peach, but resting, and ivy in the middle.|
|A lovely bunch of peonies I got at Kroger.|
|My new title and sign to my office.|
I've made contact with several people at the University of Kentucky and corporate that will be of assistance, and I had some training from a liaison from UK yesterday regarding a software package I need for my job since I get authorizations for UK surgeries for our patients that have out-of-state Medicaid plans. The funny thing is to get access I had to have an account with UK and once they give you a computer account it's for life, as mine is based on one I got in 1985 as a student in a computer science class that has my old initials in it. :)
Here is my agenda for today:
Get insulin I've been out of for 24 hours Caffeinate and eat breakfast Work on game notes for our Call of Cthulhu game Shower and get ready - I look a mess Go see Incredibles 2 with friends!!! With free tickets from my hoard of employee appreciation tickets[I'm using 3 and I'll still have 5--shows how often I go to the movies] Check on an ill friend and his mother Dust two shelves in the bedroom.
- Move some files on the computer for YKWIA [we're going to do that tomorrow; I'm tired and hurting]
- Do more laundry tonight or tomorrow morning [again, tomorrow]
PS They realised that there was no way I could cover for the Physical Therapy secretary's maternity leave and do the new job, so I'm in my office full time now. New people have been hired in the department for my old job and another checkout position. One of my co-workers moved into the specialist position I was hired for before the other person left, and then another co=worker moved into hers. They're still working with headquarters to get my job official, the new pay rate, etc., as it was such a quick transition. I'm hoping that's just a mere formality, as everyone else has taken the other positions. :) But I should know for sure next week.
Friday, June 15, 2018
That should keep me occupied for quite awhile. I'm going to run by the storage unit earlier in the morning and get out one of the folding bookcases to take in since I can park in the building's parking lot tomorrow.
On Monday, I'm training from 7-9 and then will be in the rehab department all pretty much all day, or at least till 3 or so. I think I return to my desk then if I remember right. Tuesday I'll train from 7-9, be in rehab for the rest of that morning, leave for an appointment, and come back from 3-5 for more training. Wednesday and Thursday I'll train from 7-9, be in rehab from about 9-12 and then in my office thereafter. By then I should be doing my job with my trainer nearby for any questions. On Friday I'll be in my office all day and should be working on my own, again, with her just a couple of offices away if I need her. Meanwhile, she's going to train my replacement on Monday and as needed throughout the week. So hopefully I won't be doing it all for very long. I seriously don't know how she's done it for months now, with just a couple of things taken over temporarily by others. The off-sites alone could be a full-time job. Scheduling is difficult and can be frustrating, as you are playing go-between between families and facilities. One she showed me today took about 45 minutes to hash out. That's my part, the scheduling, as my replacement has already been doing the pre-auths for those and they didn't see any reason to switch, even though the others were doing the opposite section prior to this.
So I'll be responsible for getting pre-authorisations for surgery cases that are done in our ambulatory surgery centre, as well as those of our patients done at the university that have out-of-state Medicaid, and patients undergoing halo traction, which is a long inpatient stay, plus scheduling the MRIs, ultrasounds, and EMGs that are done at the university and other facilities. My counterpart will get authorisations for outpatient visits and off-site imaging and tests. There are some others things--reports and audits, for example, but that's the bulk of it. For the outpatient visits, there's a lot of faxing. For surgeries, there is more contact via phone with the insurance companies, plus, of course, the scheduling is mainly done via phone. We will, of course, be each other's back up and help each other as needed, too. I think we can work well together. We're a little more isolated from the department--on a different floor, in fact. But because we deal with so much protected health information, we each get our own offices, which is nice. You've seen mine. I like the setup there better as the desk is on the left facing out towards the common area and so the phone and computer are on the left. I am right-handed, so I prefer the phone on the left so I can write with my right hand, although I have a headset, too, and that will help.
If I stay for four hours tomorrow, I'll have a total of 22 and a half hours of overtime for the two-week pay period or an average of about 10 hours a weekday. Which is good, as I have to file my taxes still, and then pay on them. The overtime won't last forever, but I'm trying to do as much as I can while it's approved.
Okay, I'm going to try to get some notes transcribed for the game Sunday. I'm assuming we'll do that. It's supposed to be 95 degrees that day, and I'm not sure we'll be comfortable, but we'll try anyway. :)
Thursday, June 14, 2018
This week my trainer's husband got a dream job that will require relocation to another state, and they will be moving and he will start in less than two weeks. She will follow shortly thereafter, once she's fulfilled her two-week notice. So the last couple of days have been a bit of a roller coaster ride as we're trying to get me trained before she leaves, and of course, I'm her back up, so there was that to consider (she does the surgeries, which are more involved, as well as other things). So the powers that be did some shuffling and now I have been offered and accepted her job, the second promotion in a matter of weeks, and one of my teammates will take mine. It will still be a struggle to get trained in such a short time due to my coverage of rehab, but tomorrow the whole day will be spent on training. So my new title will be Revenue Cycle Coordinator. I'm assuming it will kick in when the other person leaves.
In the entire time that I've been with the company (21 years), I've had six jobs, four of them in the last year. So it's been a whirlwind since getting laid off from the first two when the hospital moved. But things have, indeed, worked out pretty well. I'm happy, and a little scared given the time frame we're talking about, but I'm pretty sure I can handle it. So here's to new adventures.