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Thursday, January 29, 2015

I am being more cognizant

Of the fact that chronic use of over-the-counter pain relievers can be hard on your body,  so even though I am in enough pain that it woke me up,  I am trying not to use any. Ibuprofen and other NSAIDS are bad for the kidneys if taken often over time; acetaminophen is damaging to the liver if taken often over time. Since I'm on a medicine to prevent any further damage to my kidneys,  I figured ibuprofen is generally out for me.  But I have fatty liver disease/NASH/cirrhosis of the liver secondary to diabetes in my family as well.  So I need to be careful.

I did at least get up,  took that medicine and my long-acting insulin,  got a bit of water,  and put an overnight repairing lotion on my legs,  which are dry and itchy to the point of distraction. I refilled my distilled water in the CPAP humidifier. So I'm good for the night. But my feet and neck and back are hurting,  and I'm aching in general,  probably due to the weather.

Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment with an ENT because of chronic sinus infections,  something I've had most of my life.  We'll see if there's anything they can do, short of surgery.

Class yesterday was good.  It runs late, till 9 pm, though,  so I always feel a little hung over the next day.  Afterwards I went to the newly renovated Euclid Kroger,  which was very nice.  I didn't park on the roof,  though.

Today was our library committee meeting,  which went well and was very productive.

Tomorrow is the doctor and 'Grimm' and a trip to the pharmacy and post office, not in that order.

Okay,  I'm going to bed.  Good night.

Trying out

Digital audiobooks from the Lexington Public Library via the One Click eAudio Book application.  I've checked out Susan Wittig Albert's Tale of Hill Top Farm, the first in her mystery series with Beatrix Potter as the protagonist. The audio has skipped a couple of times in the first chapter,  but is otherwise clear.  I'm not using Wi-Fi,  so that may be the reason. Generally it is set to do so,  but I changed the settings because I don't have home Wi-Fi at the moment,  and my phone data plan is unlimited. I'll let you know what I think when I've gotten further into the story. But it is nice to have a free audiobook on my phone for 20 days.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tired

Okay, I did have to get up earlier than usual to take a friend to an appointment—my alarms were going off at 5 am and beyond, and I finally got up at 6. One of the women I eat with at lunch had a birthday, so I had some birthday cake, so my blood sugar went up, so that may be it, too. And it was a busy weekend, so I guess if you factor it all together, I shouldn’t be surprised.

Over the weekend I:
  1. Took a friend to an appointment on Friday evening, during the snow.
  2. Watched the first half of the UK-South Carolina basketball game with A on Saturday.
  3. Went on the weekly grocery run with A.
  4. Watched Doctor Doolittle (the original, with Rex Harrison, which came out the year I was born) with YKWIA. I loved it. It had very good points about animal welfare and vegetarianism, along with race relations, especially given its time.
  5. Helped straighten up my friend’s library and shelved books. I really should put it on my résumé—his library is actually bigger than mine at work, at least in terms of number of books, I find information for him, and I do everything a librarian would do for a patron.
  6. Played a little Moon Tycoon.
  7. Worked on the game notes.
  8. Cleaned house for our roleplaying game on Sunday.
  9. Played the Call of Cthulhu game.
Yesterday after work I went to the pharmacy, made some food for YKWIA, and helped him with a monthly project. We also watched an episode of ‘Hart of Dixie’ and some YouTube videos. I got home about 10 pm and pretty much went straight to bed, although the frustration of trying to embed the last post’s video made me get back up and get the computer rather than my phone. So I think I made it to sleep about midnight, didn’t sleep well (although a little better than Saturday night), and woke up feeling tired this morning.

So tonight I’m at home. Things I need to do over the rest of the week outside of work:
  1. Go get a certified letter from the post office (not happening tonight—besides, I think it’s not available until tomorrow since they tried to deliver it today. That may be Thursday, Friday, or even the weekend. They won’t send it back till February.)
  2. Call my student loan servicer and discuss my options.
  3. Go to the pharmacy. They didn’t have my insulin in stock the other day when I was there. That will probably be Thursday. They’re closed right now, though.
  4. Go over my class materials tonight in preparation for tomorrow’s class.
  5. Work on the game notes (that I will try to do tonight).
  6. Go through some 14-day books from the library and do some reading.
  7. Get some real rest tonight.
  8. Go to an ear, nose, and throat doctor on Friday morning that my primary care physician referred me to.
The question is, dare I lie down for a bit and take a nap, or will it mean wasting the whole night? Maybe I'll play a little Moon Tycoon (it's a simulation game where you build moon bases) to relax and go from there. But I am going to go take off my bra and take out my contacts, etc., and get comfy.

Monday, January 26, 2015

I love the sound of the song

But the video is damn powerful in its own right.



And a little bit behind the song and music video:

Still tired from the weekend a bit

And I just got home tonight from helping a friend with something.  Tomorrow I must get up early to take him to an appointment.  So I'm going on to bed.  I'll take the computer with me tomorrow and try to catch up on my blogging. Good night.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Oh!

And I didn't get a single phone call from anyone,  including creditors,  at either phone today.  It was up to 12 calls a day. I still need to get in touch with my student loan servicer,  but everyone else has been taken care of for now. That I will do Monday.  I called earlier and was on hold but my friend was about to come out of his appointment so I hung up. Anyway,  yay for no calls and some peace and quiet.

A full day

I managed to catch up on everything I needed to at work, and found out that,  yes,  the woman I've been filling in for is coming back on Monday,  yay!  So I'll be back in the library full-time  (although half as librarian,  half in my revenue cycle job).

I filed my taxes today.  I got both forms I needed yesterday and wasted no time. This year,  since my internet connexion is kaput,  I did it on my phone.  Turbo Tax has changed from charging for the state tax filing to charging to automatically fill in information from last year.  You do have the option to file for free,  but you have to both have and put in that information.  Since I wasn't at home,  I went ahead and had them deduct that amount from my refund, am option which may be new as well. I get a small refund compared to folks with kids or who own houses,  but it should help a great deal.  Here's to a quick turnaround.

We're experiencing our first significant snowfall tonight,  with some sleet earlier. There's over two inches in the ground so far,  a heavy,  wet snow perfect for snowballs and snowmen.  Tomorrow it's supposed to rain,  though,  so that may go away.

Okay,  I'm sleepy.  'Grimm' was great,  I had fun over with my friends,  but I'm glad to be home and warm and snuggy in my bed.  Good night.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

All in all, it was

a very productive day, indeed, despite not getting home till 12:30 last night (class was great, by the way, I learned a lot) and probably not getting to bed till at least 1:30, on top of the night before, when I couldn’t sleep for some reason. But now I'm home in my mostly clean house--yes, I took all those bags out yesterday after getting up early to finish--and settling in for the night.
    Today I have:
  1. Paid or arranged to pay no less than five bills, pretty much draining my account but almost bringing things current, except for my student loan servicer, whom I need to call. It’s a step in the right direction, anyway. May the phone calls please stop. I was getting up to 12 a day, between the two phone numbers, all at my cell phone, as the home phone is currently forwarding calls.
  2. Came up with library goals for the coming year.
  3. Reviewed applications for an award I’m helping review.
  4. Did all the other library-related stuff needed for the day.
  5. Received the forms I need to file my taxes, which means, hopefully, I can catch up financially someday soon.
  6. Checked on a couple of appointments.
  7. Had my yearly performance appraisal for my job as librarian, which was great, and spoke with my boss about the future of the library at our institution and concerns I have about the transition to ambulatory care centre and the services that will no longer be available to our staff in preparation for a library committee meeting next week.
  8. Spent an hour and a half with several other people reviewing an award’s applications via conference call.
  9. Checked on a friend to see if he needed anything.
  10. Came home, ate, and played Moon Tycoon, which I haven’t played in years, lost from my computer in the migration, but eventually found again. You build moon bases and try to get your oeconomy balanced.
  11. Changed password management applications after the one I was using (Keeper) suddenly started demanding $9.99 for one device.
  12. Cancelled my Amazon Prime. Right now I just can’t afford it, am not really getting deliveries, and have no Wi-Fi to watch Prime videos. I may be able to do it later. But for now, that means I can’t stream some music I was used to listening to. That’s okay, though, I have a lot of music I own on the phone, anyway.
  13. Finally changed into some comfy clothes, took out my contacts, etc. I see a bed very shortly in my future.
Anyway, that was my day. Tomorrow’s my chance to catch up with the data entry position, work on referrals and charge entry, etc. I also find out when the woman I’ve been filling in for is coming back to work, which should be next week, but they’re unsure of the day. I’m hoping it’s Monday. It’s been a good experience. I just love being a librarian more, and I have a lot to do with the library in terms of some weeding and reorganising. I also have a needs assessment to create. After work, there’s ‘Grimm’. I missed last week, of course, so I hope to see that episode, but since I need to take a friend to an appointment at 6, I don’t know if we’ll be able to work it in. But here’s hoping.

Okay, I’m going to take it easy for the rest of the evening. Good night!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I'm beginning to regret

Not taking the trash and recyclables on out.  They are weighing at my mind like an albatross,  keeping me awake at 3 am.  I did get up and get all my stuff together for work and class tomorrow,  checked that those cheques posted,  and finished straightening up the living room, and I put away several things that needed to go neatly into closets, but it's probably not a good idea to go wandering out to the dumpster at this time of night laden down with bags,  even though I have a pretty safe neighbourhood. So they remain.

I suppose part of the problem is I have had so much rest lately,  all of the weekend practically and most of Monday night. Now my brain wants to get up and do!  I'm going to try to go back to sleep,  at least for a couple of hours.  Let's hope this works.  I've also put on some relaxing lotion (my feet were hurting),  so maybe that will help.  Now I smell like lemon muffins.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Of course

It would have been great if I'd taken my contacts out before putting my hands down in an aquarium to clean algae off the glass.  As it was,  I washed my hands and arms up to my elbows three times before taking them out,  visions of eye-eating bacteria or amoebas in my head.  Think I'm crazy?  Google it.  If they can be in dirty,  warm water,  then that's the perfect environment.  In fact,  that is one reason you won't find aquaria in our hospital -- infection control.

Okay,  that's it for me tonight,  I think.  Good night.

Both fish tanks

Are now full,  gurgling as both filters are now running,  and both of the heaters are plugged in.  The fish are exploring their newfound water space.  All is well.  I treated the water and put some starter for helping the biological filters do their job.  I have happy fish now,  and that makes me happy,  as I was feeling like a very bad fish mom.

Post 10,000!!!

Okay, technically this includes 40 posts that were drafts that never quite made it to published, but I’m going to count those, because, after all, I did write them. :)

I feel like a new woman today. I think I’m pretty much over my illness (although I’ll stay on the antibiotics to make sure). Yesterday was tiring and I went straight to bed upon getting home from work. Today was much better. Yesterday I was terribly disappointed that I didn’t get mail, because I was waiting on a cheque from a warranty on a device I’d had to return, and I didn’t get it, but I totally forgot until about 1:30 this morning that of course it was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and no mail ran. On the other hand, the banks weren’t open, either, so my pitiful account which would have gone into the negative yesterday still has a positive ledger balance, although the pending payment to Netflix would have sent it into the negative. On the other hand, I did get the cheque today, along with one from my health insurance plan, so all should be good. (Before anyone expecting payment jumps for joy, it wasn’t much, but it’s enough for gas and groceries, and maybe a little more towards a bill, most of which will be paid Thursday when I get paid.) I sat down today and looked at the finances. I can’t completely catch up, but I can do a lot towards catching up. I usually get my W-2s with my pay stub, so if I get that and download my student loan interest payment form, then I can go ahead and file my taxes and hopefully get enough to put me back in the black. That will be one stressor down.

It looks like the woman I’m filling in for in scheduling may be back on Monday, which is great, because while I don’t really mind the work, and it’s good to have a change of pace, I don’t really love it, not like I do being a librarian. I even like my data entry job more. On the other hand, it’s put me in contact with patients and families and I’ve learned some valuable skills. Despite the fact that it’s not my favourite thing in the world, I’ve tried to do a very good job, and at the very least, I think I helped when they were down in staff and demonstrated that I’m willing to work together in a team. But my cubicle-mate and I were talking today and even she’s noticed that my manner on the way to my stint in scheduling and when I come back or am in the library on the days I don’t work there is totally like night and day. So that will be one more stressor down. And I’m definitely going to use the time I’m getting back to re-organise the journals, a task I’ve been putting off, but which really needs to be done. Of course, this includes weeding, which is an issue right now because the list we used to offer up medical journals on, BackMed, was hosted at Swets, which has crashed and burned (i.e., gone into bankruptcy), and the list disappeared without any warning about a week ago.

So this afternoon after work I checked on my friends, got into comfy clothes, and proceeded to clean house. I did a load (a very big, nasty load) of dishes in the dishwasher, washed the hand-washables, cleaned the kitchen, cleaned the bathroom, and straightened up the living room and dining room. It’s not perfect, it’s not even really neat, but once the trash and recyclables are out of the house, it will be. My lower back’s hurting a bit, so I’m taking a break for a few minutes before taking all that out. I also want to clean out the refrigerator. The bedroom needs a little tweaking, but it’s not bad, considering I’ve been living in it for days.

So if the lady I’m subbing for comes back on Monday, tomorrow will be my last day in scheduling. Then I need to review some grant applications and get ready for a conference call on Thursday. I also need to transcribe the minutes from our last library committee meeting, as we’ll have another one next Thursday, and I’ll prepare for that. This Thursday I’m meeting with one on my bosses regarding my performance appraisal, too, but I think I’m prepared for that, although I should try to set some goals for this year.

After work Wednesday I have to go to the pharmacy and then to my class. (I’m glad those cheques came; I wasn’t sure if I’d make it across town to either with what little gas I had. One is on Alexandria Drive, the other is out Newtown Pike past New Circle, so basically they’re as far away from the side of town I live on as they can be and still be in the same city.) Although last week was mostly introductions and an overview of how the class is going to be organized, I’m already learning from my peers. So I think it will be worthwhile. Don’t expect much detail, though—there’s a confidentiality expectation that I don’t plan to violate. After class I need to stop by my friends’ house and deliver some medicine. Then I’ll probably come home and call it a night.

Hmmm…I need to work on the game notes sometime this week. Perhaps Thursday? I got a reprieve last week with my illness, but I don’t want to wait until the last minute as usual. We’re starting a story arc that involves Brenda’s character in a plane crash in South America. It looks to be interesting.

Okay, I should be getting back to the house. I’m loathe to put on outdoor clothes again and take everything to the dumpster/recycling containers, I must admit. Maybe I’ll just get it all in one place and take it out tomorrow morning. One more night will probably not make a difference. That would allow me to spend some time putting the fish tanks back in order, and maybe read for a bit before going to bed. Oh, and I should make some ice. It was so sad to be sick without ice those few days, but I just didn't make any. Yes, I know, it’s easy for me to talk myself out of doing the boring but necessary things. I’m better at work than I am in my personal life, at least, with a little less procrastination. :)

Anyway, thanks for sticking with me for 10,000 posts in a little over 13 years. Here’s to 10,000 more.

My carefully crafted post

Just disappeared when I went to publish from my phone,  on top of my keyboard really having trouble doing predictive text for some reason, meaning lots of editing.  I give up.  Good night.  Tomorrow I'll try to make it substantive and use the computer,  as it will be post 10,000.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

At the risk

Of messing up what has been near-perfect blood sugar readings today,  I made pancakes for dinner with the last of the sugar-free syrup.  I'm feeling much better,  with all the rest and the antibiotics.  I even managed to take A to the store and spend some time over there.  But now I'm tired and my headache's back. So I think I'll rest for a bit and then turn in early.  Sorry things have been pretty dull of late.  But better that than high drama, I suppose.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Apparently

Being sick plus being too poor to eat much plus taking my medicines on time equals really great blood sugar readings.  Lunch was 78, dinner 88. I've had a few crackers and a bit of cheese for each meal,  plus some vegetarian chili for lunch.

I started out my day paying $500 for medicine at the pharmacy.  Thank goodness for flexible spending accounts,  as that was my part,  and not quite all my monthly meds.  I am glad that the antibiotic I'm on is once a day,  so it's much easier to keep up with. I came back home,  took my meds,  ate,  and proceeded to nest in bed for hours. I feel somewhat better.  I'm going to stay home tonight,  at the urging of my friends,  and wait till tomorrow to do A's grocery run.  There's no game tomorrow due to my being ill, which is good,  because I don't even think I could work on the notes now, much less have the level of involvement the game takes.

Okay,  I hate to say it,  but I'm tired.  I think I'll put the phone back on blocking mode and sleep.  Good night.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Not up to 'Grimm' tonight

So I went to the doctor,  and while the good news is I don't have strep,  the bad news is I have infections in both my left ear and sinuses. No one mentioned anything about being contagious or otherwise unable to work,  so I went on in,  and I managed to make it through work today,  but as night approached,  I felt worse,  so I came home about 7:30 pm from my friends' house,  even though I had originally planned to watch 'Grimm'  with YKWIA. Now I'm in bed, trying to breathe through my CPAP masque.  I've taken my late evening medicines and am turning in for the night.  Tomorrow I go to the pharmacy to pick up some meds  that will hopefully help.  I have a lot to do tomorrow,  but that's going to depend on how I feel.  Still,  they shot my butt up with some antibiotics today,  and last time it made a very quick difference.  So here's hoping...

Not feeling well

I woke up this morning with a sore throat and headache,  and generally feeling bad,  but no fever,  so I went to work,  and to my endocrinologist appointment,  then back to work. Then it was to the pharmacy,  and home,  where I ate and then went to sleep.  Now I feel worse,  but still no fever.  Fortunately I have an appointment with my family doctor first thing tomorrow about something else.  So I will have it checked out then.

Okay,  back to bed.  Good night!