April 7, 2018

April 6, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 1:55 am by gruundehn

I spent a good chunk of the day down at the VA. My appointment was for 10:30 and it was around 11 that I got called in. An hour with the pharmacist, and it took an hour because he kept repeating himself, it seemed like he was nervous or something. Anyway, I dashed to the canteen to grab a bite to eat, to avoid hypoglycemia, and then I checked on a prescription for diabetic shoes I should have gotten at the end of January but they were out of my size, I wear a size 15 (American measurement, I don’t know what that would be European), and had to order some. The order was not made until this month. Bureaucracy at its finest. I then when to schedule an appoint with the eye doctor, I got one and it is quick – something is wrong. Then I picked up my new insulin prescription. I walked from the front to the back of the VA Medical Center, then back to the front, then off to the side, then to the back again. I got my exercise for the day.

Needless to say, I got no writing done today. I did get a couple of other chores done, but no writing. With the way I have felt, and still feel to a smaller degree, this has been a totally unproductive week. I still feel sick, just nowhere near as bad as earlier this week. Maybe I am finally coming out of whatever it is that has been going around this winter, and stopping by to plague me several times. I miss the days when I was healthy and never got sick.

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January 31, 2018

January 30, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 2:06 am by gruundehn

Still trying t recover from whatever I have. I think I am better, but I am hardly the best judge of that.

I did get some writing done this morning, not a lot, the plot has taken a twist that I hadn’t planned for. Not that I plan my plots, I write kind of “stream-of-consciousness” in that I write and let the story go where it will. So, I now have a scene that I had not thought about before. In most of my novel length stories this is the case. The exception is ENTRANCE EXAMINATION where I held to a plot from the start. But, that was something unique.

The mid-day and most of the afternoon was spent travelling to and from a doctor’s appointment. The doctor examined my feet. I have diabetes and neuropathy in the extremities is a serious concern. I have lost some feeling in my feet, and I get strange aches and pains but so far, nothing serious. I can still feel most things in my feet, just the pin prick used to test the feelings in the feet I fail.

In the mail today I got a diary for my radio listening. Since I never listen to the radio, I could fill it out now with all seven days of the diary checked “I did not listen to the radio today.” However, I cannot send it in for a week, or else it is thrown out, so I will comply with the rule and check the box every day. Not a lot of work to gain $10. I did something similar about my TV watching and got $5.

March 29, 2017

March 28, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 12:19 am by gruundehn

Once again the VA messed over my medications. I have a prescription for simvastatin and I should have had it refilled last month but although the VA says it was sent out, I never got it. Plus another prescription, this time for insulin needles, expired because it had not been renewed at my last doctor’s appointment. This is the second prescription that has expired for that reason this year; the other was for blood glucose test strips. By and large I get good care at the VA except for my medications being messed over. Doing this required a trip to the VA hospital here is Tucson. That trip to the VA was hours spent on an issue that should not have needed it.

I have done no writing this week, as yet. I cannot get anything going on HIGH TREASON. I have less than half written, but I have hit a wall and nothing comes to me when I think about it. I have almost decided to shift to one of the other novels I have partially done and set HIGH TREASON aside for a couple of weeks. Both MAGIC IN THE MONASETRY and THE GOD’S TALE are waiting and I could start in on either for a couple of weeks. I could even start the fourteen novel series HOUSE FOURTEEN (working series title). I have other novels in my mind such as EMPTY EARTH but I am not sure I want to start on them until some of what I have already started is finished. For years I tried to get all of my writing going at the same time, each day I decided what novel I was going to work on that day; but, I stopped that as I spent more time deciding what to work on than I did writing. I do not want to start that up again, or anything similar.

The weather here is changing enough so that everything hurts. As I write this, my right arm is hurting something not quite fierce but still strong. My knees and my left ankle have been acting up all week. It hurts to change position, (to stand, to sit, to lie down, to get out of bed) but staying in one position, either standing or lying doesn’t bother me much. It is a shame that to live, especially living alone, requires moving about.