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Subject:Sleeping (or not)
Time:04:54 am
Thursday night I slept like a log. Best night's sleep I've had in a while.

Friday I felt good. Haven't felt so good in a long, long time. I actually got some things done.

So now I can't sleep. I'ts 10 of 5:00. I've been trying to sleep for five hours. I read a little, watched my usual evening shows, turned over and ... did not sleep. I went downstairs, took some pills, watched a movie, felt sleepy and ... did not sleep.

So I've given up. Fortunately, I have no deadlines for about 36 hours: time enough to get things straightened out.

I suspect that I simply ate too late. I ate after 9:00, and I should know better. I also did no real exercise. I shall do better today.

I hope.
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Subject:Jim actually knows what he's talking about.
Time:05:31 pm
Current Mood:annoyedannoyed
Time Warner Cable Adventure; 2016

It started on Wednesday, Feb 3. I discovered that one of my DVR boxes hadn't recorded the previous evening's program. I thought it was probably an isolated incident, or my fault, or something, so I did nothing about it. But it didn't record Thursday evening either. So I took it downtown to the cable office and traded it in.

Now the tech at the desk was very helpful. *Very* helpful. He's someone who tries to keep up with what is going on, and transfer to you everything you need to know. But the whole range of possibilities with cable is immense, and he (demonstrably) does NOT know it all.

First off, I have Whole House.Collapse )
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Time:02:13 pm
I see I failed to mention that the furnace quit for New Year's. It was an easy fix, because of all the research I had done on it last year, but expensive. I had to replace the inducer motor - about $300.
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Subject:Hah. Not funny, Universe.
Time:11:15 pm
I was just reading some past entries. A year ago, on December 30, 2014, the furnace went out, and was out for days, because of the holiday weekend.

On December 31, 2015, our refrigerator quit. I called a repairman, but of course he was away for the weekend. I probably should have consulted YouTube, but it just seemed like the thing to do to call for help this time. He actually didn't charge much - $60. Plus the cost of the motherboard for the refrigerator. Over $200 (including the tax).

I used the back room as a walk-in refrigerator. Since there is a locked carport outside its door, I left the door open to cool the room. It worked pretty well, but mice (or rats) got in and found the cheese and a few other things.

*sigh* It's running now. Freezer freezes. Nothing in it, since I had to throw out everything that had been there. The fan to blow the cold air into the refrigerator isn't working, though.

Next project.
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Subject:Depression
Time:11:45 am
So when I woke up this morning, I started planning my day, as I always do. It occurred to me that I needed to get up and get a bath before Hubby got to it.

And I didn't get up.

In fact, I was having difficulty getting enthusiastic about doing anything at all today.

I 'normally' hop out of bed, eager to get about the things I need to do. Normal being "when I feel good". So over the course of 20 to 30 minutes, I gradually realized that I'm in clinical depression again. After all my experience with it, one would think I'd recognize it faster.

But I realized I've been crying over every little thing for the last week. I don't normally cry at all, so I should have tumbled to this sooner, but I had things to cry about, y'know. The brain will supply 'reasons' for sadness and depression. After all, we all have sad things in our lives, nearly all the time.

But not being enthusiastic about my day is a real tip-off for me.

So.

I thought I'd write this down before taking action. If I remember, I'll come back and mention when I feel good again.

Right now, I'm off to swallow about 1000 mg of B complex.

Edit: January 10th. Nope. Still depressed. Not as bad as then, however.
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Subject:Supplements I Take and Why: Vitamin B complex
Time:11:26 am
Vitamin B complex
Why I take it:
Mental health
Why it works:
The B vitamins have to do with the working of all nerve cells. And the brain is almost nothing but nerve cells. As an example, nicotine is a close relative to the B vitamins, to the extent that the nerves use it instead of whatever Bs they would normally use. This is why trying to quit smoking results in shakiness, frustration, anger, etc. You are depriving your nerves of their usual source of nutrition.

My sister-in-law, who battled constant medical problems, became very depressed. Not that she didn’t have reasons! But based on my own experience, I encouraged her to try vitamin B supplementation. The next time I visited her, her conversation continued to be depressed and lethargic, and I asked whether she had tried to vitamin B. Well, no, of course not. My experience is that people who are clinically depressed are too depressed to do anything about it. And they can always find reasons for being depressed, therefore don’t think that there is anything to be done. I insisted ...

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Subject:What Supplements I Take, and Why
Time:09:44 pm
Vitamin A (Retinoid)
Why I take it:
Mostly for vision.
Forty years ago, when I was in my late 20s, I began taking large doses of vitamin A to combat pimples. I had not had a significant amount of acne in my teens, and am uncertain why I was having difficulty then, but in any case, I knew that vitamin A is an infection fighter, so I thought I would try it. Results were ...

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Subject:The Right Thing
Time:10:14 pm
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

More than 40 years ago, I was a young mother who did quite a bit of travelling. I also had a good deal of 'faith' that God would take care of me, and had a tendency to 'make deals', whether or not they were one-sided. One of these deals was that I would help other people on the road, trusting that God would keep me safe. This usually took the form of picking up hitch-hikers, which for the most part, I found to be an enriching experience.

One dark, rainy night coming home to western New York from Atlanta, I stopped for a girl huddled under a bridge. It turned out to be a young man of dubious intentions. I was perhaps 27 and he was considerably younger than me; I was at no time afraid of him, but did begin to wonder whether I should be. He was very intense, determined, and guarded, and commented several times that he *must* be in Cleveland by 7:00 am. I became convinced that it had something to do with drugs, and that the kid could be in danger for his life if he didn't make it.

And I wondered (with my two small children sleeping in the back seat) whether I had made an error.

It was perhaps an hour down the road that I got a flat tire. Today I wouldn't be too concerned beyond the inconvenience, but I had no AAA and this was long before cell phones. And about 3:00 am. Did I mention the rainy dark?

I had a jack. I had a spare tire. I also had a wagon load of luggage topped with my son's bicycle which all had to be unloaded onto the wet pavement. And the kid did all that, swearing the whole time. Muttering about how he had to get to Cleveland. And when we got down to the wheel well, there was the spare, and there was the jack. And no jack handle.

I don't know whether you can remember jacking up your own car, but I can tell you that it can't be done without a jack handle. We were stuck. Shit out of luck.

But this kid was determined. He went through everything. And he ended up with -- the kickstand of the bicycle!

It was a rather amazing sight - the bicycle going up and down as the kid pumped the jack. And it worked. And he changed the tire. We repacked the car and were on our way. And he got to Cleveland by morning.

But without him, I would have been stranded. I would not have thought of the kickstand. I couldn't have used it as he did even if I had thought of it. Quite possible that I would have not been able to get the lug nuts off the wheel.

Lesson learned:

No matter who the 'other' person is; no matter what you may think of him or his lifestyle; no matter what his ideals or lack of them; he is a person.

Respect his humanity. Leave judgment to the judicial system. Be kind to other people just because they are people. Do unto others ...
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Subject:Me; Skating
Time:09:44 am
People have taken pictures of me out on the ice.

Me skating

I guess they think it's different, or something. (Contrary to how still the photo looks, I actually *can* skate. It's the balance that is a problem, because of a weak hip.)
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Subject:Keeping Warm
Time:02:51 pm
It was below zero again last night, though it's beginning to show signs that the cold snap is over.

For anyone curious, and just because I think I'm cool, I thought I'd post exactly what I wear to keep warm in these conditions. (Bearing in mind that my furnace is meant for an apartment, not a large house.)
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Subject:End of an Era?
Time:04:27 pm
It's like losing a close friend (one that you haven't thought about in a while).

I gophered for him at a convention a few years ago. An experience I will always remember.

Hubby actually cried.
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Subject:If only I remembered things ...
Time:02:05 pm
I'm finally feeling better.

I've been telling Hubby all week that I was more tired every day, and when I picked him up from work yesterday, I said that he would have to fix dinner. Which he did, without complaint. But I made a salad.
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Subject:Sometimes logic works
Time:02:50 pm
... but whose logic?

The shoulder will probably drive me crazy. I'm doing a lot of swearing. Read more...Collapse )
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Subject:Oh, yes. Definitely back to normal.
Time:10:13 am
I took two aspirin last night because I really needed a good night's sleep; and I did indeed sleep well. The 'wound' part of this whole operation is healing well, and doesn't hurt a lot today. (Which is dangerous, because there's nothing to remind me to not throw my arm back, except the sling.)

So I ditched the nightgown and actually got dressed. As long as I choose fairly roomy tops (as most of mine are), I am not limited there. (Just put on handicapped arm, then head, then other arm.)

So it should be a good day, right?

Ha! Like that would ever happen.

The bathroom was cold, which is suspicious. (The heat is not ducted to my upstairs, except to the bathroom.) And coming downstairs confirmed it - the furnace isn't working.

I got Hubby to work, stopped for groceries (carried in one bag at a time, in right hand (set down for opening and closing each and every of 4 doors)) and then, after collecting toolbox and near-vision glasses, ventured to The Dungeon. (Carefully, one step at a time. Got toolbox in good hand, so can't hold onto anything.) Yep. Not running. Turned the power off, poked around a bit, turned power back on - action but not flame - yep; definitely not running.

So I guess I spend the rest of today looking up expert online advice, researching issues, and (hopefully) ordering a part.
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Subject:Normal routine?
Time:09:57 am
So today I got up and took Hubby to work.

I've done that for a lot of years.  Why stop now?  .Read more...Collapse )
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Subject:More about pacemakers
Time:08:23 pm
So I got to the hospital at 9:00 am, and got prepped, which meant a hospital gown, an EKG, and of course an IV access.  While waiting, Chris (male), best RN ever! explained how to read an EKG chart (dumbed down, I'm sure).  He also made sure that the hospital's intel on me was completely up to date, and was pleasantly surprised about how little typing that involved.

Example: So what medications are you on?
Me: Prescribed?
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Subject:My Life History in a Nutshell
Time:04:52 pm
Current Mood:uncomfortableuncomfortable
. . . Or
Health Update
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Okay, so this is how it is.
1. I have had pains which I believe are angina for a lot of years -- at least 15.
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Subject:Skating
Time:09:36 pm
Current Mood:excitedexcited
I went ice skating today!  *is excited*

I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it, but my hips and legs held up, and an hour or so later, I was able to actually skate - as in lift one leg and glide on the other.

It was Hubby's idea, and certainly one of his better ones.  We all went - He and I, Daughter and her husband.  Hubby had never leaned to skate, but he did really well.  Another couple sessions, and he'll probably be doing better than me.

Buffalo has a new 'Canal Side' entertainment center.  There were a lot of activities down there over the summer, but this is the first winter event.  We missed the big opening on Thursday, but it would have been too crowded for me anyway.

I guess this wasn't actually canal *side* though, since we were skating on the canal itself.  We bought a season ticket, so I expect we'll be going again.
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Subject:I can't eat tomatoes without crying
Time:12:23 pm
I didn't expect to be *this* sad. I knew I would miss him, but I didn't understand all the little things that would get to me.
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Subject:Nostalgia = Sadness
Time:08:19 am
I didn't realize I hadn't posted this, back in March.

Yesterday, I went home.
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