Thursday, October 08, 2015
I did a little research today, and I decided I should approach my doctor about having a simple blood test that could indicate a condition called hereditary haemochromatosis type 1. It involves having too much iron in the body, and my mom mentioned having too high of iron in her blood years ago. If it is that, not only is it genetic, but it can lead to the very issues she's dealing with now. It is particularly found in people of Celtic backgrounds, and also some English and Scandinavian heritages. The Celtic and English is my primary background on both sides. Since it's passed down through autosomal recessive inheritance, I'd have to get a copy from each parent to have it, but if I have just one, I would be a carrier--not of real concern because I don't plan to have children. The good thing is that it's easily treatable through phlebotomy, or giving blood regularly. I do have some of the related symptoms, including arthritis in the hands and knees, joint pain, fatigue, and insulin resistance/diabetes (the iron deposits in the joints, causing pain, and in the pancreas, contributing to diabetes). It wouldn't impact my life much more than avoiding multivitamins with iron, giving blood regularly, and a few dietary changes. But it would be good to know. It can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, as well as a type of liver cancer, and liver cancer, taken as a whole, has a 5-year-survival rate of only about 15%. So if it can be prevented with giving blood, then I'm all for it. Anyway, it can't hurt to ask about it.
It's only 10:30, but I think it's time to turn in, maybe listen to some music. I'd like to read (I renewed Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, and I'm over halfway through it), but I'm just a bit too tired, I think. Good night.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Who does not normally watch television, I am fairly committed this season:
Monday: 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'Minority Report'
Thursday:' Heroes Reborn'
Friday: 'Grimm' (starting October 30th)
It would be Wednesday, too, but I'm too wussy for 'American Horror Story'. And of course, 'Doctor Who' is an issue with YKWIA, who can't understand Peter Capaldi. So Saturday is more for Netflix, like 'Lost Girl' and 'Haven'. (YKWIA also won't watch SyFy due to how they spell their logo, so we catch those shows on Netflix rather than cable.) ;)
Okay, good night!
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
[this album version does not have Futuristic's rap that is on the released for radio play version]
[a fun little song about being who you are and loving who you want]
[a classic--I'm working my way through the Original Cast recording]
Boy, 11, charged with killing 8-year-old girl after argument about puppies
Each of the children had a puppy, the sheriff said. The 11-year-old “wanted to see the 8-year-old’s, and she said no, and then he went and retrieved a gun,” McCoig said.
The boy fired the 12-gauge shotgun from inside his house, striking the girl as she stood in her yard, the sheriff said. The gun, which was stored in a closet without locks, belongs to the boy’s father, McCoig said.
When first responders and police arrived at the scene Saturday night, they found the girl “lying on the ground with a gunshot to the chest,” McCoig said. She was taken to an area hospital, where she died from her wounds.
Monday, October 05, 2015
Sunday, October 04, 2015
One in five adults in the United States, approximately 43.7 million, experiences mental illness in a given year. One in 25 adults, about 13.6 million, will experience a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activity. Current research reveals that only 41 percent of adults in the nation with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Research also suggests that half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24, and despite effective treatment options available, there are generally long delays – sometimes decades – between the onset of symptoms and treatment.For more information on mental illness, check out the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It's a great organisation, and I can proudly say I am a member. I've both taken and taught an excellent, evidence-based class for family members and loved ones of those with mental illness, sponsored by NAMI, called Family-to-Family. I've also battled mental illness myself for most of my life, including bipolar disorder. I'm lucky--I've gotten the help I need medically, both in terms of medication and therapy, and I have very understanding loved ones. But many people do not even seek out help because of the stigma that still remains. Mental illness, which takes many forms, is a biological disorder of the brain chemistry. It should be seen as one might see diabetes or heart conditions--natural diseases that affect certain aspects of a person's life and can be life-threatening, but although incurable at present, they are also treatable. So stamp out the stigma. Talk to your loved ones, whether you're concerned they may be affected by mental illness, or if you, yourself are. Be stigma free. Reach out. Life can get better; find the support you need.
According to the American Journal of Psychiatry, serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. The Department of Health and Human Services states mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the United States for both youths and adults ages 18 to 44. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, the third leading cause for people ages 10 to 24 and the second leading cause for people aged 15-24. Ninety percent of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition, and each day an estimated 18 to 22 veterans die by suicide.
- Done my laundry.
- Worked my way through my Sunday cleaning list at my friends' house.
- Gotten two back rubs from a friend who was thankful for my help with cleaning and knew my back was bothering me.
- Listened to my friend's Ella Fitzgerald albums.
- Checked dogs over for any issues after they got into it over food (which I missed, thankfully)--now they're being separated till they cool off. These two have never fought before and one is very submissive, so it was a surprise, although of course any dog can go off it it feels another is encroaching on its food. They're normally separated for that reason, to opposite ends of the room, and unfortunately one butted into the other's space. But they seem to have relatively minor injuries, thankfully. It doesn't help that they're both terriers, which means they become absolutely focused, even berserk, when riled.
- Watched a little 'Golden Girls' with a friend. My God, I really am Rose, and that is absolutely terrifying. I would probably be the smartest person in St Olaf, but I'd still fit in.
- Worked on a friend's feet and back, which were bothering him, and fixed him food, not in that order.
A nap. Yes, definitely. Listening to some '80s alternative music on Pandora. Reading some more of Hollow City--I only have three days left on my checkout. Watching something fun either on DVD or Netflix.[It was Galaxy Quest. What a fun movie to watch again. 'Never give up, never surrender!'] Watering the plants, inside and out. Putting some more water in the fish tanks (before they get low).
Saturday, October 03, 2015
I think I have had enough caffeine today that I can avoid napping altogether and so, while I'm going to go back in the bedroom, I do not plan to sleep for awhile. I would like to get further along in that novel, though. Good night (again).
- Take a nap?
- Read Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, which is due back to the library soon?
- Watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part One on DVD, which I haven't seen yet?
- Re-watch Galaxy Quest on DVD, which is a really fun movie?
- Watch the first episode of last year's 'Doctor Who' on Netflix, since YKWIA won't watch Peter Capaldi, whose accent makes it difficult for him to understand?
- Listen to music (which I did last night, so maybe not)?
Now I'm home after also going grocery shopping with him and watching two episodes of 'Lost Girl' with YKWIA. I'm a bit pooped. So I think a small nap may be in order, followed by watching something and maybe a little reading before bed. Good night, in case I don't post more tonight.
Friday, October 02, 2015
(I prefer the German to the English version--I was learning it then--I had four semesters of it.) I also had Peter Schilling's album with the German and English versions of 'Major Tom'. Oh, drat, I'll include that too, so Nena isn't really the last.
Okay, I think I'll go listen to some Imagine Dragons now and come back to the present. But there are times I miss the '80s.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Medical coding in the US is finally catching up with most of the rest of the world by using the next iteration of coding standards. These are explicitly specific, as given the example pictured. My temporary boss sent it to us to lighten the mood today. :) I laughed. A lot. At my desk, in fact. Good night!
|Apex Janice Mary Jane shoe|
Today I also got my flu shot and TB skin test. After work, I went and got some medicine for my friends and I. I accidentally got home with someone's dementia medicine (Aricept/donepezil), so I need to take that back. After that I took care of one of my friends who wasn't feeling all that great. We watched 'Heroes Reborn'. I recognised Harris as the same actor who played the first Ash in 'Lost Girl' (he has an extremely deep and hypnotic voice, and comes off a bit creepy because of it), so I felt a little proud of myself. But despite having great blood sugar all day (it was 126 this morning before breakfast) and taking my medicine, I was a little off when dealing with YKWIA--I just didn't seem to get the banana at times. That might just be me being tired for having been up since 5:30 or 6 am, and waking up practically every hour on the hour throughout the night.
Speaking of which, I think I'm going to go on to bed. I think I'll totally unmake the bed this time, because I want to rub some lemon lotion on my feet and give them a good rub, and I think the lotion would discolour the comforter, but not the blanket. Good night.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
I've put on a blues anthology CD, which is very relaxing. I may try to read some more of Hollow City, which I am enjoying and only have it from the library for two weeks, but my eyes are a bit tired after the tests and the book and typing up the review. I should check and see when it is due, along with the other, physical, books I have it. I'll go check now.
Today was a little better in scheduling, as I actually was able to get away from the phone a bit and go get a drink or use the bathroom, whereas yesterday I was glued to the phone the whole three hours. Today was also about catching up on some things in the revenue cycle and library aspects of my job, too. I worked very steadily all day. After work, I went to the optometrist and had my eyes examined. I got a prescription for both glasses and contacts, although I'm using my vision benefit for the contacts, since that's what I wear most. That means I won't be able to get new glasses until this time next year, unless I pay for it myself. Maybe I'll increase my flexible spending account a bit to allow that, so I can get them earlier. This year the FSA worked pretty well--I have $59 left in my account, and a $40 bill from a doctor's office from before I met my out-of-pocket expenses, which I need to go ahead and pay. The other nice thing was that my vision has actually gotten a little better in one eye and remained unchanged in the other--we weakened my prescription a notch.
The practice I go to is Abel, Klecker, and Robbins, and they are associated with Pal Optical, so afterwards I went around to that side and asked about getting some eyeglass cleaner and also if they could check and adjust my glasses, which were slightly off, which they did. They also gave me the eyeglass cleaner and a cloth at no cost, as well as a case (I had my other pair of glasses with me, and my trial contacts in, and when he saw I didn't have an extra case for the other, I think the optician couldn't bear to have me just put the glasses in my bag without one). All this, and I wasn't actually getting new glasses with them right now. Of course, I'll go there for my glasses when I do get them--I have for years and they've always done a great job and had great customer service. And the eye doctor had given me a trial cleaning kit with new case and (dum, dum, dum) the little bottle of cleaning solution that is perfect for travelling, better than the so-called travel version, which goes quickly through airport screenings. This is good, as I'll be heading beck to Chicago in November, most likely.
And even though I've been home for two or so hours, I haven't taken the trial contacts out, so I could check them out. I've done a lot of reading and writing, and they seem to be making things clearer than they were. Road signs were also pretty clear as long as they weren't too far away. So I think I'll call in a day or two and order the contacts. I'll know for sure after I do my data entry tomorrow. They're bifocal (or more properly, multifocal) lenses, and they help with looking back and forth between the computer screen and the small print on my charge sheets.
Otherwise, I'm in comfy clothes; I am actually not feeling sleepy, though, so I think I might watch something. So, this is good night, I think. Have a great evening.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
And I'm glad it's almost over. We were very busy in scheduling and I spent three hours glued to the phone except when I was at checkout, and that was weird because I scheduled someone, sent them on their merry way, and then couldn't complete the scheduling because the order was changed midstream while I was scheduling. There were also several complex appointments, too, like two doctors, with multiple tests or images, all for one patient/encounter. I am certainly not a pro at this, yet.
Afterwards, I left over lunch and got a friend and dropped him off at an appointment, went back to work, ate lunch while I worked, and then got him again when he was finished, went back to work, finished up what I needed to do, left for the day, took him to pick up some medicine, visited for awhile, and came home. Each time I went out, I got caught in the rain, the first time in an actual downpour, because I thought my umbrella was in the office, and I was wrong, and the other times because it was sprinkling when I left the library, but raining harder by the time I got outside. Apparently, I refuse to learn.
When I got home, I really wanted pizza, but there were no good deals and I decided to be fiscally responsible and also diabetically responsible. I had a sandwich and went through my Facebook feed and blogged, and then I was delighted to find I had some sugar-free dark chocolate pudding I'd forgotten about, so that was a plus.
Now I'm in the bedroom with the lights low, Loreena McKennitt singing on Pandora through the Roku box on the TV, and I'm in comfy shorts and a tank top, and I'm going to relax for awhile. If I don't blog anymore tonight, good night. Tomorrow will be more scheduling, plus I have an optometrist appointment in the evening and a book review due. But as Scarlett put it, 'Tomorrow is another day.'
Nearly a century after the rediscovery of King Tut’s tomb ignited a worldwide craze for Egyptology, new findings could turn out to be almost as stunning.
On Monday, after a group of Egyptian and foreign archaeologists examined the famous tomb, Egypt’s antiquities minister confirmed that they found evidence suggesting the existence of two previously undiscovered rooms. “This indicates that the western and northern walls of Tutankhamun’s tomb could hide two burial chambers,” minister Mamdouh Eldamaty told the Egyptian state press.
Did a timelapse last night of the super blood moonjoecappa.commusic by MilverPosted by Joe Cappa on Monday, September 28, 2015