Sunday, October 13, 2019
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Monday, October 07, 2019
I am Southern, which means I tend to bury anger and try not to show my emotions. As a result, things sometimes boil over.
I am very proud that I kept it together going through Kroger's five-deep lines for my one item today because while I was justified at being angry, it wasn't anything that had to do with the place or people I was dealing with, and I really just wanted to scream at somebody...anybody.
So what got me so riled? I went to the pharmacy Saturday because I was almost out of my insulin and they told me that the endocrinologist's office had sent back a denial for a refill request they'd made, saying I never had been on the medication, even though I have been on long-acting insulin for years, mostly through this office. I had a little left of my pen, albeit less than I estimated, so I was calm and said I would call the doctor's office on Monday, which I did. I spoke to someone and the doctor is out this week, as is her nurse. She said she would route it to another nurse and they would call me back, but I didn't get any sort of phone call. At 2:30 I called the pharmacy to see if they'd heard anything. I took my last dose this morning (only because I skipped last night, otherwise I'd have had none today), and they told me that they'd sent over another request and it, too, had been denied. They suggested I ask my PCP, so I called and spoke with his nurse, gave her the dosage (he'd prescribed the same dosage years ago, so it's not like he wasn't aware of the condition or anything), and she said there shouldn't be any problem. I left work at 5 and called the pharmacy to see if the medicine was there, and they hadn't heard anything from his office, so I went home (stopping at the aforementioned Kroger), as there wasn't much point in going and the pharmacy was going to close at 6 pm.
After I got home and explained things to my roommate, the pharmacy called and said the prescription had finally come through as an e-script about 5 minutes to 6 and they didn't have it in stock but would order it and it would be in tomorrow afternoon. So on the one hand, I will have it tomorrow after work, but on the other hand, I'm going to miss three doses total.
I really want to know why my endo's office keeps denying the request as I have been on that medicine for years, with them having a prescription that lasted all the way through last month. I see the doctor in three weeks and I am definitely going to discuss it with her. Also, while I'm glad my PCP apparently came through, waiting till the end of the day, when I'd specifically said I was out of the medicine was not the best, especially as they know my pharmacy is a small, independent outfit which closes early. Finally, while I love my pharmacy, I'm irked that 1) the original denial was 9/10/19--almost a month ago--and they didn't say anything while I still had pens left and if they had, I could have taken care of this weeks ago. 2) They knew I was going to call today yet didn't put in an order for the insulin until they had the prescription, rather than putting it in when I came in on Saturday.
So anyway, I'm feeling better now that I know I can get it tomorrow, but I don't like this cluster of circumstances that is mucking with my health. If it were something like a cholesterol pill, that's one thing. This is insulin we're talking about here.
Okay, thanks for letting me vent!
Saturday, October 05, 2019
Today I did many things but I did not go to the YMCA and do exercises in the pool like I meant to. I haven't given up, I just had a lot to do today. But I did have some time to myself and some relaxation time, as well as game notes and laundry and errands.
I went to the pharmacy today to get my roommate some medicine and see if they had my Lantus, as I started on my last pen of the pack. Turns out they'd sent a request to my doctor's office for a refill and it had been denied. The reason? They said they had never prescribed it.
Now, I have been on Lantus for a couple of years, Basaglar before that for a short time when it was on my insurance's formulary, and years of Lantus prior to that, including quite some time of it from this office, continuously up till this past month. So obviously there has been a mistake. I'll have to call them on Monday. I'm hoping I have enough to last me through Monday so we can get it taken care of, a pen only lasts a few days--I get 10 per refill, and they last about 3 days each.
On Habitica, the task/productivity 'game' I play, there was a reading challenge I took up to read a book called The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. Now I like Ray Bradbury, and it's actually a children's book, so I thought it would be good to read some fast-moving fiction. It's been such a struggle to read fiction (even non-fiction has its challenges), for several reasons. For one thing, I think being on the Internet has made my attention span that of a gnat. I've also apparently been a little off in how I use my bifocals, and it's hard for me to find a nice comfy place to read--I can't read in bed easily, and the comfy chairs are in the study (where my friend is often watching streaming stuff) or in his room. Reading in bed requires lots of pillows, a folding lap desk, and a study pillow with a neck bolster. I can read at the kitchen and study tables, when it is quiet, but the chairs are wooden and really need cushions after a while. Still, I managed to read the whole book in a very short time, maybe an hour or an hour and a half (it's 145 pages long). I enjoyed it--I knew all the various cultural ties to the practices of Halloween, but that was fine. And I'd figured out what happened to one of the characters. I guess the only real thing I had a bit of an issue with it--not a lot, just a bit, were that there were no girls at all in the characters, and little to no character description or development, really. But it is a product of 1972, and while Bradbury's writing deviates poetically from standard writing styles, he shares a common thread you find particularly in male writers of the time, and especially in science fiction writers, somewhat tilted towards action and away from characterization. (Women, by contrast, tend to over-describe and have a lot of emoting going without driving the action forward at all)--a good writer balances both. Still, his description of the settings and experiences are very good, and this story actually needs somewhat blank characters, as they represent certain timeframes of history in their costumes and with the exception of the one character from whose perspective the story is told, there's no real personality among the children, and I guess there really doesn't need to be. Anyway, I did enjoy the story, and it was a little chilling there at the end, so suitably Halloweenesque.
Later, we ate dinner from Subway with a friend, who had a couple of Pierce Brosnan 007 movies on, and then we returned home and I took up finishing the laundry. I've done my clothes and I'm working on my friend's bedding right now. I'm going to do mine tomorrow.
Tomorrow I think I'll try to get up early. I was supposed to do a couple of shelves, pulling off the books and dusting them. I didn't, but I can today. I did do the game notes, which were more timely. If I could get that and my normal Sunday pre-game chores are done really early, I might still be able to go to the Y and do some exercises in the pool and work out in general for maybe an hour, total. Then Monday I can go back for the low-impact pool class that I took this past week. I did really well with everything (and have been in much less pain and been able to move and bend better as a result) except this thing where you put the foam dumbbells under your knees and then balance above them. I need something to hold on and even so couldn't do it. The instructor suggested getting a lighter pair of dumbbells (I had the heavy ones) next time. People were really nice and non-judgmental, though, and I enjoyed it. The instructor was very good. We ended with a mindfulness exercise. So it starts out easy, gets the heart pumping, puts you through all sorts of movement, but it isn't extremely intense--just right for my level of conditioning.
I also need to run by the library while they're open and pick up a book on hold on the zero-waste home--I've been on the list for a while. It must have been there when I picked up The Halloween Tree earlier, but I didn't realise it was in, so I didn't look. I also checked out CDs by Sam Smith and Rush.
Okay, I'm going to get ready for bed. The laundry's still in the dryer, but at least I'll have my teeth brushed, etc. Hope you're having a good weekend.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
He was shot from behind at a routine traffic stop. No motive is known yet, but a suspect is in custody, but he had permission to wear his turban and beard on duty, so one does wonder whether it was directed towards him as a peace officer or him as a Sikh. There are lots of people out there who are anti-Muslim who see the turban and misidentify Sikhs as Muslim, because let's face it, hate is partly based on ignorance and stupidity.
The Princeton professor reminds me a lot of YKWIA. It's set here in Kentucky, and one of its creators is rooted here in Kentucky.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Shower. Take medicine. Caffeinate. Do two loads of laundry. Go to the optician. Go to the Rusty Scabbard [a local gaming store that's been around for ages]. Go pick up a couple of books on hold at the library. Go to the YMCA and work out and then hit the warm water pool during open swim. Do the game notes. Dust some bookshelves. Relax.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
I was sharing things from my newsfeed on Facebook and apparently, I got share-silly because a pop-up window came up asking me if I was a robot; I had to check the box to continue. I need to be doing more sharing on this page; I've hardly written anything all summer. I'm going to take the 'habit' I have on my phone on Habitica (the app that's a productivity one but with avatars and roleplaying game trappings that I've used for years now) and make it a daily, meaning I'll be more likely to think to write.
There are several applications I'm using right now that I'm finding useful for my health, beyond the one that comes with my activity tracker or something like Samsung Health or Google Fit. I highly recommend them:
Daylio -- This is a mood tracker that I've used now for over 1100 days (I know, I have entries for that many). Given that I have Bipolar Disorder II, it's been really helpful in seeing how my mood varies. I'm generally in the good category, so that's nice to see. It allows you to track activities as well that might contribute to the mood.
PainScale -- This app allows you to track where and how intense your pain is, as well as a journal, keep track of treatments, triggers, and you can also track food to see if what you're eating is contributing. It keeps track of the weather and activity factors as well.
Ate -- This one is in beta. It's a visual food diary that has you take a picture of your meal and then answer a few questions that have to do with mindfulness--why did you eat, who did you eat with, where did you eat, etc., and rather than keeping track of nutrients and calories, it asks were you 'on path' or 'off path'. It also calculates the time between eating. So instead of working with minutiae, you're getting to the reasons why you eat and how mindfully. I mentioned it to my therapist, actually, as in addition to cognitive-behavioural therapy she includes mindfulness. I'm seeing her about every three or four weeks.
Okay, I think I will try to go to sleep, maybe listen to some soothing music. I've been listening to the collaborative album Ed Sheeran put out all day, and I've now got 'South of the Border' stuck in my head. I like it, don't get me wrong, but it's too damn catchy.
Have a good night.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
It has different modes including cycling through colours, an evening mode where it shuts off after a certain time, one that changes colour to do with the humidity and temperature, and then a guided breathing one. But most importantly, a little before the sound alarm goes off, the light gradually brightens to bright white when it's time to wake up.
Anyway, I talked it over with my therapist and I decided to join the YMCA last weekend. I was able to get 10% off and no joining fee through work, with everything prorated for September. I tried to go to the pool last Monday, actually, (only Beaumont YMCA has a warm water pool like the hospital), but the heater was out. They got it fixed later in the week, though, so yesterday I went and spent some time doing my exercises. It was during an open swim, so there were a couple of families with small children in it, but I did fine, at least until they were playing with a ball, but I still managed to get all my walking in, most of my leg exercises (I forgot a couple), but did forget to do my arm ones. I'll do better next time.
On Monday [tomorrow], however, there is a class that I think I'll try to go to that's a basic workout in the pool. Tuesday I have my first real session of cognitive-behavioural therapy for fibromyalgia. Wednesday I'm going to try to go to the Y again for open swim and do my exercises, and then again on Saturday. I hope to make that a standard thing.
Today I'd thought about going because we weren't playing the game, but I'm having a slight reaction to a shingles vaccine [my second dose], where my arm hurts a bit and my joints and muscles are aching a little. So I didn't quite feel like getting into the pool today.
Anyway, that's what's going on these days with me. I thought I'd actually sit down and blog for a bit.
Saturday, September 07, 2019
But before we got this news, I took YKWIA out for a birthday Indian buffet at Masala, and it was wonderful. They even had gulab jamun, which I adore, this time! We also did some errands.
They're having a tailgating thing at work today (it's near the UK stadium, so it seemed a good opportunity to get my co-workers together), and I was thinking of going, am actually wearing the shirt they'd bought for us, but between the news and the fact that I'm stuffed with Indian food to the point of near torpor, I decided not to go.
I've done my shelf dusting for the day. I have some laundry to do and the game notes. Also, I need to take things to the storage unit and put them in there, put away my laundry from last week, make my bed, and generally straighten up my room.
Tonight we're planning on watching Cats, which I have out from the library. I've never seen the musical.
But before I do all that, I really want to take about a 45-minute nap. So I'll stop here. Perhaps I'll write later, though.
Monday, August 26, 2019
That I've been on a planned hiatus, but that wouldn't be true. I've mostly been accessing the Internet via my phone lately, and it is a bit of a pain to blog anything of any length with autocorrect, etc.
So here's a bit of a resolution here, a bit past the middle of the year, to log into the laptop and actually write.
Of course, I'm writing on the phone right now. And it's almost 1 am, so I should put it down and sleep, as this is the first week of school at university and I'll need to arrive early to deal with parking at UK.
So for now, good night.
Monday, July 15, 2019
As YKWIA says, I am a danger to myself (but not others). I hate being a klutz.
Friday, July 12, 2019
So I didn't get to try on the suit until almost 11 pm when we got back. It was, to put it mildly, interesting. It does technically fit. I normally wear a 3X in clothing, or in American sizing, 26-28. I went for 4X and 28-30 thinking I probably needed some wiggle room.
One, it's from a Chinese company, and apparently, they don't consider that women that size have large breasts. I had to squeeze my bosom into rather small cups (my bra size is a 48DD). This was definitely a B cup. Two, while the bottoms did just fit, the top bunches a bit under my breasts and has to be pulled down. Plus it's really hard to get into. But...I can bend over and move fine in it, and it may stretch a bit over time. So for now, I'll hang onto it.
On the other hand, it occurred to me that I may still have the bright pink swimsuit. I'm going to check the tubs in my storage unit just to be sure. It fits better, I think, and even if I keep the other, it wouldn't be bad to have two suits because chlorine does a number on them.
The aquatherapy is supposed to be twice a week for 8-10 weeks at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. They have a 5-foot deep pool to do exercises in. I'm trying to get my boss to adjust my schedule once I've gone to my initial visit so I don't miss work or have to take personal time off.
Dr Abbas also wrote a referral for cognitive behavioural therapy with a psychologist. According to him, aquatherapy and CBT together reduce fibromyalgia pain about 50%. That, along with the Lyrica, will hopefully help with the pain. The Lyrica pills are tiny (they're just 25 mg, the lowest dose they make). So that'll probably be once a week, so three appointments a week, hopefully, the latest they can get me in.
I'm at work right now, in the break room. I don't clock in for another 15 minutes (and I'm blogging on my phone hotspot, not the hospital's network). I came in at 7:30 to see how easy it would be to adjust my schedule. It wasn't too bad. My main problem is when it gets dark in the morning in the fall and winter.
I'm in the break room, and I stopped by my office and got my fan from my desk, so I'm sitting here with it on. I'm just always so hot after walking through UK to get here, especially as muggy as it's been here lately.
We're having an employee appreciation pizza party, with door prizes and such. There was going to be a talent show, but I think that was cancelled. Anyway, after noon there are no surgeries or anyone in clinic, and we'll shut down. I may be able to go home early today. I have a lot of phone calls to make today, especially on offsite imaging requests, scheduling ultrasounds and MRIs. I'm about a month out on my surgery authorizations (yay!)
Okay, I guess I should pack up and get ready to clock in. Have a great day!
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Also, when they weighed me I had a crossbody purse on with my phone, etc. in it, and it was already lower than I expected. So I've lost about 8-10 lbs in the last couple of weeks without trying. That was nice.
When I moved away from the apartment, which had a pool that I rarely got in due to having a bright fuschia swimsuit that made me feel like a giant pink blobbie, I got rid of the suit and gave it to Goodwill. So today I ordered a new suit for the aquatherapy. Here's hoping it fits fine and makes me feel less conspicuous than the old one did. I've attached a photo on a model.
Meanwhile, I have both initial appointments made and I've emailed my boss about tweaking my schedule when I know more about how often I need to go to therapy and when.
Alright, time for bed. Good night.
Saturday, July 06, 2019
I did the latest May update with no problem. It was not pushed out to my computer immediately, as it had been flagged for some reason or other, probably due to my Dell. I knew it would not update with the SD card or any USB media attached, but that's fine, as the whole point of having the card is to lock my documents away at the time of update, so I'd planned to remove them anyway. But all in all, it was a much smoother process.
Thursday, July 04, 2019
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Sunday, June 30, 2019
After waiting since September 2018 I FINALLY got the call saying my number had come up on the waiting list for the shingles vaccine at the Tates Creek Kroger pharmacy (I started out at #164, I think), and I went in today - and for whatever reason they didn't charge me. Six months ago my health insurance wouldn't pay for vaccination at a pharmacy, so I expected to pay $175. Maybe that's changed, or maybe it's because the Little Clinic and medical offices are dealing with backorders, too, or just don't offer it. But yay! I need another in two to six months, and they'll call me when they get it in. :)
I salute you, but don't sign me up.
Also, this is great and will no doubt be appreciated by you moms out there...(or anyone else with a sense of humour). It's based on a book by Gill Sims.
BBC Radio 4 Extra: Why Mummy Drinks (Omnibus)
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Most of the comic I collected were Vertigo titles, including Sandman, The Dreaming, Books of Magic to name a few. And while I didn't read them, I find Hellblazer, Luciferr, iZombie,and Doom Patrol fun to watch in their live-action incarnations.
Friday, June 21, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Here are the results of the great CD return:
Go to the pharmacy for my roommate's medicine.
- Go through the second tub of family photos [I did the first tub last week all at once, surprisingly, and this is the second of two.]
Do game notes. Four shelves. Go to two different pet stores for their brand of cat food. Visit the vet for kitty meds. Wash the dog blankets and the people bedding. Incorporate the CD player back into my room along with the CDs I brought from work. I wasn't listening to music that way because I was afraid of disturbing my neighbours--I usually listen to music with Bluetooth headphones on. Put away my laundry from last weekend.
- Water the plants.
- Go over bills.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Saturday, May 25, 2019
I've always had a fondness for swallowtail butterflies in particular. When the pipevine swallowtail lost habitat in San Francisco, they disappeared from the city. This man created the conditions needed to bring them back. For all that we hear about the destruction of our planet and denizens, this proves that one person's actions can make a difference in terms of fighting extinction.
Friday, May 24, 2019
I did it this morning because I'd woken up at five and was just awake, and couldn't go back to sleep. So I got up, took a shower, got ready, and did the update. I left the house at about 6:20 am, stopped by Kroger for caffeine, and went into work, getting there about 7 am. So I have until 8:30 am to just chill and do what I'd like. I've gotten my personal e-mail squared away. I'll check social media and the news. I'm on my hotspot on my phone rather than the hospital's WiFi because I promised a long time ago not to use the hospital's equipment to blog at all after someone had a conniption over something I'd written during a break at work. So, it's my equipment, my connexion.
Okay, let's go see what's going on in the world. I did see on my phone that Teresa May, the prime minister of Britain, has resigned. I don't care for her policies, or for the idea of Brexit. Not that it matters, I suppose, given that I'm not British and they don't care about my opinion. But she certainly was very polarising.
Friday, May 17, 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Thanks to YKWIA for showing it to me, albeit for demonstrating that I shouldn't be so ready to follow emotion and get things out of vending machines.
Monday, May 06, 2019
Last week was mostly preparation for a colonoscopy on Friday. I won't say it was fun, but it was necessary, and not too bad.
We as a society are much more open about speaking up about colon cancer and screening than we used to be. I have to admit, I never thought about it (I was still fairly young) until Katie Couric spoke about her husband's cancer and the need for screening colonoscopies. It's not the most pleasant test in the world, after all--who really wants to be scoped up the butt after a day of clear liquids or more and prep that make you live in the bathroom for hours? But I have to say a couple of things here, having gone through my second one last week. One, the scope itself is painless and quick, and if you've done a careful prep, they produce good results for seeing the colon and any polyps or cancerous growths that may be there. Two, the preps are getting much better. Five years ago, when I had my first colonoscopy, it wasn't as bad as many had said (it seems preps vary on doctor and patient needs). This one, while I can't say it was a complete cakewalk, did its job quickly, was easier to get down, and it allowed me to sleep despite having to start at 6 pm the night before for the first part and 3 am for the second. It is called Suprep, tastes like cherry with just a little saltiness thrown in. There are two small bottles. You put one's contents in a cup, add enough cold water for it to be 16 oz., drink it, and then follow with four 8 oz cups of water over the next hour. Then your system turns to liquid, and after about an hour and a half, you may just want to go on to the bed. Then you get up five hours before your test and do the same thing again. I drank a little Diet Sprite in addition, and some more water, to stay hydrated.
By the time I was getting ready to go to my scope, everything was nice and clear, although I was eyeing the bananas on the table like they were ambrosia because I'd only had orange jello, veggie broth, and orange popsicles all day yesterday. But all the hard work in terms of diet and prep paid off. My scope went off without a hitch. Dr Belin and the folks at Colorectal Surgical & Gastroenterology Associates made it an easy experience. Literally, the only pain I felt was the putting in of my IV [I think I thwarted the nurse, as I'd given blood about a week before so she had to go through my wrist.] I wasn't sore or anything afterwards.
They found one polyp, which was removed, and that was basically the same as the test I had five years ago. I assume they'll send that away. They always give you pictures and everything looked clear. So I feel good about it. I was originally told that I should have them every 5-7 years because of the polyp they found on the first one and was all set to put it off to about 7. It's been 5, but after finding out my dad died of colon cancer, I thought I should have another one. They're recommending I have one every 5 years now. After my test, I was communicating with my stepmother on Facebook, and I learned that my paternal grandfather also died of colon cancer, and I came this mouthing to see if the frequency of the test should be changed but it is still five years.
Now if you're still with me, here's the thing. I have a good friend battling stage IV colon cancer right now He is in his early 60s. He never had a colonoscopy screening, despite a family history of a genetic form of colon cancer, so it wasn't caught early. My friend's brother, having lost a father and now with his brother.s diagnosis, has to have the scopes every year. He takes it in stride. I know people who have good access to healthcare (and one with a personal history of another type of cancer), who are old enough for the test, maybe even a decade or more in, and they won't go because of either the prep, the scope, or the fear of cancer. Others, like the friend who drove me today, are due for the screening but their health insurance is so high deductible that they can't afford the test. In a civilised society, that shouldn't be the case. I'm going to check with her because my understanding was that screening ones have to be done for free as part of the still-hanging-on Affordable Health Care Act.
Please keep the conversation open. Don't treat colorectal screening and testing like some taboo. Some still do. Encourage your loved ones to get tested. Get the test if you are 50 or over, or make a case with your insurance if you have any family history if you are younger. Prevention really is the key. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Read up on colorectal cancer and how to prevent it. You'll be glad you did.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
I cannot express the feeling of loss produced in me while I watched the images of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris burning and collapsing. 800 years of history, beauty, art, and architecture were burnt away in mere hours. My condolences to the people of France, but it is a great loss for the world.
The thing that struck me the most this week (other than the footage today of Notre Dame burning, which left me crying and sick to my stomach at work today) was that on Saturday I went to the grocery and the man in line ahead of me, who was older, was getting items that obviously indicated he lived alone-single meals and canned goods, mostly, things that could be heated up easily without actually cooking. He was using an EBT card (Food Stamps) and was having trouble because he didn't have enough on it. The cashier checked his balance and he thought she'd run his card, so he started to use his debit card for the balance, which wasn't going through because he didn't know his PIN and the chip was confusing him. I realised what was going on and asked if he was trying to run the EBT first, because he was using the wrong card, and the cashier had him swipe his EBT card, leaving a five dollar balance, but he couldn't get that debit card to work to save his life. It had been about ten minutes. At first I was a little annoyed at the inconvenience, but as it went on I really felt bad for him. The technology was thoroughly confusing and thwarting him. I told the cashier that if it didn't go through in the next attempt to put it on my order, which surprised her. Things have been tight for me as of late, but it was only $5, after all. Finally, with two cashiers and a bagger helping, they got it to go through. He went on his way, never realising that I'd tried to help, and that was fine. But it was like looking at my potential future. He was alone, a little doddering, at the end of his monthly benefit, trying to make ends meet, and if he'd used the wrong card, that might have been the money for his electric bill or something. I'm sure for him the simple act of shopping for groceries was both frustrating and embarrassing, given the all the hoops he needed to negotiate, for which he was woefully unprepared. I thought of how I would have felt. It was very sobering. I'm 52 now and much more conscious of getting old than I used to be. I could see myself like that in 20 years.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
It took $163.00, $65 of which was the tow, so that wasn't that bad. It left me with very little until payday, but still, it's wonderful to have a working car again. I used it to do errands this weekend, getting medicine for a friend from the pharmacy and getting a few things at the store. On Saturday I also cleaned and organised it, vacuuming and detailing it. I need to wash it, as it's very grimy.
I loaded up my car with my winter clothes and library books yesterday and then took the tubs to the storage unit and the books to the library. There were only two tubs (I don't have a huge number of clothes). I have only four pairs of shoes, including house shoes, to put things on perspective.
Friday, April 12, 2019
Today I'm going to try to get the car fixed. They've just opened. I'm going to call Kenny at Mitch's Auto, get a tow truck over to the house, where the car is unlocked and the key is with YKWIA, and then see how bad it is quoted. If it's just a hose, it may be very cheap. If it's more, well, we'll see. I had a PTO request in for today for a now-rescheduled appointment where I was leaving at 3 pm anyway, so I can leave here and get over there to get the car (assuming I can get it fixed),
Okay, I just called YKWIA to make sure he's awake, and Kenny to get the ball running with the car. Wish me luck!!!
Thursday, April 11, 2019
My car has a vacuum leak and has been getting steadily worse. Yesterday I went to pick up my contact lenses from the optometrist, and the car died as I pulled into my parking spot--not just idling at a light or something. So today I'm on the bus. Not sure how to get all I need to get done today, but I'll try. But even though I came a little early I'd better get off of here and clock in, as it's just a few minutes away. I'll try to write later.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
I'm very fortunate to have an office of my own (it's due to the reams of patient information I deal with and the phone calls I make to insurance), and it's a purple office, which is a plus, with lovely afternoon light. I'm getting better at taking pictures without any patient information at all, I must say. My desk itself has lots of cubbies to separate things, a computer, a scanner, and a calendar--very productive and not full of knick-knacks.
Here's what it looks like now:
Oops, got to go clock in. I've been on my phone hotspot and I need to shut down and get going with my day. Have a great day!
Monday, March 25, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
I went and picked up the prints and the VCR/DVD yesterday. The prints are still in the car, as I should get the back parking lot parking lottery either Friday or Monday, and I can bring them in and have maintenance hang them on my office wall.
Whoops, better go clock in. I've been on my phone hotspot in the break room and chatting with a co-worker!
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
As you know, the hospital I work at moved both in terms of model and location a couple of years ago, and we were recently given the opportunity to bid on items at the old place we'd like in a silent auction. I bid on four items, including one I've been bugging materials management about for about five years. I'm going to pick up the small stuff today and the big one on Sunday with the help of a friend with a truck. Here's my loot:
|It's purple! And a garden...|
|This was above my desk at the old building. It's a Ray Harm print of an indigo bunting.|
|Yes, I still have VHS tapes. This VHS/DVD player should help with that.|
|And finally, I got my card catalogue!!! Whoopee!|
Okay, let's go see what news I can glean from the Web.
Friday, March 15, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019
But the wind is gusting up to 58 mph and the rain is coming. We're staying home after all tonight and will celebrate our friend's birthday tomorrow. The Herbie (trash bin) and Rosie (recycling bin) have been taken to the kerb but the recycling one keeps falling over. I chased a lasagna carton down the street earlier. The trash one has its top off, but everything's in a bag at least in that one.
I had a blood draw today with YKWIA. Our doctor does it two weeks before our appointments. It went quickly, so we ate at a Subway afterward, went and got some medicine from the pharmacy, went to the library, and we were still home by 6:20 or so. I took out the bins, fed the animals, and he let the dog outside. Not
W I'm lying down and stretching my back out some.
I'm hoping we don't lose electricity with the wind, but I'm charging thing up things now just in case. Earlier we were on the road and the traffic lights kept going off and back on. There are some questionable boughs in the maple trees out front as well. So here's hoping it will all be alright.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Anyway, sorry I haven't physically gone to the computer and blogged instead. I've been fairly busy as of late.
I've spent some time setting up the new phone and tablet. The phone I've geared towards listening--things like Pandora, audiobooks, podcasts, music on the SD card, etc. The tablet I've geared towards reading, especially Kindle and Project Gutenberg.
We haven't played the game in a while as one of the players is away visiting family in another state. So the first weekend of this month YKWIA and I went to the Lexington Chamber Orchestra concert at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church and had a very good time. Otherwise, it's been all about doing stuff around the house on the weekend and getting some relaxation in. I haven't read much else, just a bit of The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, and while I had to turn in The Labyrinth of Spirits (which, as a new book, was due in 2 weeks rather than 28 days), I got it as an Audible audiobook. Today as I was waiting at a doctor's appointment I went through the book up to where I left off. I was on chapter 19 (21 really, as it has a prologue, etc.), which sounds great but the thing has over 700 pages and while the chapters are short, there are over 170 of them! I'm not sure I can listen to it at work and still focus on my paperwork like I can with music, but I have a device that plugs into the car cigarette lighter that syncs up with Bluetooth to my phone that allows me to play music and answer calls even though I have an old car (18 years old!) that doesn't normally have that functionality. I can also play the audiobook through the device.
Brenda stopped by the other day with a wonderful orchid for me. She'd found it at Kroger for $2, in a plastic pot and finished blooming, but healthy and there are about three plants in there. It's a type I haven't had before with a very prominent pseudobulb on the bottom with leaves coming from them. I've seen them in the store--they have rusty, spidery, small flowers in just clusters of them, and I've really wanted them. I'm not sure what type it is, perhaps a miniature Cattleya or Dendrobium.
Speaking of which, it's almost spring, and I read with interest that the Bluegrass Orchid Society was having their first meeting of the year tonight, with a talk on Dendrobium species and their care, but I had the doctor's appointment and then we had planned on going over to a friend's house for his birthday. He is battling cancer, and had gone out with his brother and sister-in-law, and was just too tired to get together tonight, so we'll go see him tomorrow. So by the time we got home, it was too late to change plans and go to the meeting. I would have loved to have taken the new orchid, though, and get an identification, but oh, well.
I fed the animals and then YKWIA went to the computer and was watching some weird, twisted soap opera he discovered on YouTube, while I went to my room to lie down for just a bit, and the cats came with me, the one purring on my belly and the other at my feet. I wound up falling asleep for two and a half hours. I got up and did the dishes, plugged in the electronics to charge tonight, and then decided to write a bit. But I can tell sleep is coming fast. I didn't sleep the best last night, kept waking up in fact, and woke up at 4:30 am to pee and almost just got up for the day. I toyed with the idea of going and getting another bookcase for my office since I had the appointment and therefore parking in back of the hospital, but that would have meant going to the storage unit in the dark wee hours of the night, and I thought that wouldn't be particularly prudent. So I decided to go back to sleep, and it's good that I had the parking, as I woke up at 7:16 am, and had to be at work by 8:30 am. I was about 15 minutes early, but if I'd had to ride the bus this morning that would not have happened.
Work has been very busy and I've done really well with productivity and while it can be frustrating, I'm plugging on. The other day I was able to pull off a minor miracle to get a family's MRI scheduled next day, with the help of my co-worker who does the authorizations, and my boss let me come in at an ungodly hour of the morning so I could call first thing. It was touch and go for a while (I got pulled out of a meeting because the family got there and the university had accidentally scheduled a sibling instead, so they were being told there was no appointment made). I'm working on some difficult surgeries, and I have three denials I have to work on for a single case agreement tomorrow. That's when you ask the insurance company to treat your out-of-network status as if it were in-network for that one case only. I've had one other case I tried it on, and it worked, so it's worth a try, and it works better, in my opinion than an appeal. But I don't have much experience in it.
I had applied to the Lexington Public Library in February for a library programming position, but I haven't heard anything, so I'm assuming I didn't get it. LPL does usually send an e-mail, and I haven't received that yet, but it's been a month or so since the position closed so it's not looking good. :(
Tomorrow I'm at work until 3 pm again as I have a blood draw at 4 pm. My family doctor always does a blood draw two weeks ahead of the main appointment. Kudos to my boss, who let me off for a total of four appointments this month, although they're all after 3:30 pm at least. It was five but I rescheduled my appointment with the ophthalmologist to April. My endocrinologist is next Monday; it had already been rescheduled by them from January since she wasn't going to be in that day, and when I tried to reschedule, it was going to be August! So that one had to stay. I need to reschedule one I missed during my bout with the respiratory virus in January, and I have made an optometrist appointment for an exam on the first weekend of April. Yay for weekend appointments. I'm switching dentists and need to get the ball rolling on that, too. But all my appointments were clustering in March and so I'll wait on that till maybe May, I think. Then I can have the second cleaning of the year in November. I did have the DMO plan for Aetna, which paid more fully for services but had a very limited range of providers (mainly Aspen Dental). I switched back to the PPO, which costs a little more but has many dentists so I could go to one I've been to before and liked, one that YKWIA goes to. The reason? Aspen called me up one day insisting I pay a bill I didn't know about before they turned me over to collections. When I asked how much I owed, it was $1. Yes, you read that right, $1. I paid it there over the phone, but it kind of ticked me off that they would do that, threaten to send me to collections over such a trivial amount when I'd never even been billed. Anyway, I like Dr Kleier, although she doesn't have the later hours they did. So I'll have to wait to go there.
Okay, I guess I should head to bed. 6 am comes early, and with the time change, it's a struggle. Good night!
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Friday, February 22, 2019
This foray into pinkeye infection has really not been fun. I am feeling a little better tonight but my eyes still hurt a bit and feel gravelly. Not to mention YKWIA is having issues so he can't read comfortably, and that's an issue. But I think it's almost run its course for me. We have managed to watch several episodes of 'The Umbrella Academy' over the last couple of days. I never read the Dark Horse comic, so I don't know how much they've stayed faithful or veered away from the comic, although YKWIA is a little familiar with the original. But I am enjoying it. The one I'm identifying with the most is Number 7, Vanya, known as The White Violin, who has always been told she is the ordinary one without powers, although obviously she does, for when she goes off the needs after been on since childhood, something starts happening. I'm not finished yet, we're still watching. But I'm enjoying it. They're all damaged, they're all dysfunctional, and a lot of miscommunication leads to issues. And it's delightfully weird. When I did collect comics, most were by DC, but in the Vertigo imprint, like Sandman, The Dreaming, Death: the High Cost of Living, The Books of Magic, etc. The main series I'm watching that is comic-based right now (with my roommate on Hulu; whereas 'The Umbrella Academy' we watch on my Netflix) is Marvel's 'Legion' , which as a comic book is weird in its own right, but the Noah Hawkley series starring an immensely talented Dan Stevens is a story that's just on acid and extremely well done.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
On the other hand, I'm kind of bored. I don't really feel 'sick'. I did watch an episode of 'Sherlock' yesterday by myself and later 'Legion' with my roommate. Today I may try to read. I am a little light sensitive. And my roommate is now having some issues with his eye, despite my wiping down everything with Lysol wipes, but of course, I was probably contagious the day before. :(
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
I can't sleep because my feet - especially the tops of my feet - are really hurting, along with my hips and back. It's all arthritis. It's raining hard outside and the rain that moved in is to last for days. I took some ibuprofen, rubbed my feet with a muscle rub, filled up the humidifier of my CPAP, and I'm going to try to sleep again.