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May 6th, 2013
05:41 am
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Creepy.

I keep getting calls from the same number in my town--to my IP Relay number.

Which I don't give out.

I suppose they could be calling using the 711 service, but I am seriously bothered. I do not know them.

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December 25th, 2012
11:01 am
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On Christmas? Really?

Okay. Banned from the family celebration because they'd rather have my molester. I should be used to this. After all, it's been that way on one side of the family for years.
No presents? I've only got them a few years anyway, and we're poor. Comes with the territory.
But my spouse accidentally dropping my already creaky old phone (which I need to help keep track of things, given my TBI), and and shattering the screen?

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August 7th, 2012
11:30 pm
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Starting over again

At least each time is a slight improvement. Sarah is here, has a decent job, and is pulling down even more extra hours most days to try to make up for my fuck ups (from 12 to 14, and getting cross-training to boot).
She's also been told by supervisors and HR that appearance doesn't matter, productivity does. That's a relief, given her situation.

But we've lost the storage unit (my fuck up, but with what money?), so we're living out of boxes. No true Internet for at least a week and a half (that's their lag time). Yay for camp beds and crock pots, and the CSA we just signed up for. Food isn't an issue.

Sarah can even get rides home from work occasionally, when I need the car, although I'll have to convince her to give gas money. She doesn't always think that way.

But a tire blew out today while I was driving to the CSA (thank goodness for insurance roadside assistance), and it needs to be fixed ASAP in the AM so I can see the kids tomorrow. It's scheduled for 0900 in Manchester! Ah, stress, my constant companion. I just hope the paycheck hits in time.

And there goes most hope for any apartment improvement this week. Daily Kos had wanted to do a house warming, but I didn't want any backlash, even though I'm known in person to pretty much everyone in Maine. Besides, there are people worst off. Sure, I'm disabled and haven't found a job, but Sarah has one. Others are homeless. It may be annoying and frustrating to live out of boxes when you weren't expecting it, but it's doable.

I do miss my tables and chairs, though--my heirloom furniture and china, crystal. But that couldn't be replaced, anyway.

The place will be lovely when it's done, though. I just wish I was good enough to have it done. Stupid me, thinking something I was doing would work out right! Heh.

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September 2nd, 2009
05:21 pm
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My latest experience with Single Payer Healthcare
Several weeks ago I went in to my primary care doctor for a routine, yearly PAP smear.  I had been having more issues than normal with UTIs and pelvic pain, so we discussed what was going on before, during, and after my exam.  We determined that my endometriosis was flaring up again, and after talking about several potential options, my doctor recommended a consult with gynecology to see if I was a candidate for Mirena (a low-dose hormonal IUD).

Now, one of the things I hear people complaining about the possibility of a single-payer healthcare plan is that you'll have terrible long waits to see specialists.  I placed a call, and was offered an appointment within two weeks of my call (I had to turn it down and take one later out, due to my taking a trip to the Mainland).

On to my actual appointment:

I had the SPC with me, since my research had shown me that if they chose to insert the day of consult, I wouldn't want to drive afterward.  I showed up 15 minutes before my appointment, was called up to the desk after a 5 minute wait to verify my current medications and allergies, and was called into the office for vitals 5 minutes after my scheduled appointment time.  A few minutes after that, I was called in to talk to the gynecologist. 

The GYN asked a few questions, and we talked for about 15 minutes making sure my symptoms did match endometriosis, confirming my multiparous status (Mirena is not recommended for those who have not carried a pregnancy to term), and making sure I knew the risk factors.  Then the GYN told me that due to my endometriosis, I would need to have a biopsy done (screening for endometrial cancer).  Would I like to schedule it, or did I have time to do it today?  I opted for today, since I had a ride. 

Off to the lab for a SOP pregnancy test!  I had a 10 minute wait in the lab, gave my sample, and the SPC and I walked down to the shopette and grabbed some water and snacks, and headed back up to OB/GYN.  I was quickly called back into my room, now prepped for the biopsy.  The GYN described the procedure in detail, and noticed my increasing nervousness (these situations trigger my PTSD, especially with an unfamiliar doctor).  He asked me if I was sure I wanted to do this now.  I told him that this was as calm as I was going to be, due to past experiences.  He had me get dressed, and sent me off to the pharmacy for some Ativan, after determining that yes, I really did want to do this.  I was to come back when it kicked in, and the SPC could come if it would make me more comfortable.

30 minutes after the pharmacy handed me the pill, I was called back in.  The nurse, GYN, and med student all assured me that I really wasn't being a bother with my anxiety, that it was perfectly natural, and they apologized to me.  They again described the procedure (I think partially for the SPC's benefit), and noted that I was still nervous, despite the Ativan obviously starting to work.  At this point, I was offered the option of having the biopsy done in the OR, under general anesthetic. 

I've never been offered this before, even when my PTSD was under much less control, and I was in the middle of a <i>bad</i> panic attack, and the equivalent of several uterine cysts bursting.  That was with the best private insurance I've ever been on, and it wasn't even seen as an option.  I was dumbfounded.

I turned down the OR.  I didn't need it, and the GYN proceeded.  He made sure I knew what he was doing, and while it was painful (and he ended up having to get 2 samples /wince), I felt safe, listened to, and in competent hands.  I was not made to feel lesser for needing an anti-anxiety medication, and was reassured at each step that I was not being a bother.

I was then again told what to expect the next few days as a result of the biopsy, and my appointment for the Mirena insertion is set up for 3 weeks from now(and Ativan will be ready at the pharmacy an hour before the appointment, so I'll be prepped and ready).  

So.  That's one appointment in the United States single payer health care program called TriCare Prime. It's a shame that you either have to be military or a military 'dependent' to be on it.  I say merge it with Medicare and call it a day. 
 


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June 26th, 2009
08:07 pm
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Headed to NH. Airports are hell, but the end result is worth it!

Also, just got awesome news from a friend. :)

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March 17th, 2009
09:58 am
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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February 15th, 2009
09:27 am
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Latest tattoo :)
I just got this last night--it was much easier than my back piece!  Each of the flower petals have 4-5 shades in them, and the stamen have 3.  Spike's color work is amazing!  The smallest, lowest hibiscus is actually yellow, but it was the last one done, so looks orange due to both blood seepage and red skin.

Oh, and being able to watch your tattoo being done?  Makes it a LOT easier.  :)

gecko and hibiscus


Of course, now I'm starting to contemplate a 3/4 sleeve, ocean scene.  >.>  Heh.

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January 20th, 2009
07:15 am
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BUSH IS GONE! Woo!

Trying to focus on the good this morning.

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December 31st, 2008
10:12 pm
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Kipapa Gulch
We've been having a lot of rain lately, and the ground is totally saturated.  My roof leaks (my landlord doesn't want to get it fixed, damn it all), but there's plenty of people who have it worse... including those who live in Kipapa Gulch.

Water coming off the hillside:

red river running


Crossing the old Mililani Bridge:

mililani bridge

Backed up traffic:

mililani bridge

As I drove up the hill to Waipio, the police were on their way.  I'm assuming they set up the road block soon after...  Compacts were having trouble with the crossing when I made it, and I was quite glad of the SUV for once!

It's just opened up about a half-hour ago, after about 6 hours closed.

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December 15th, 2008
07:19 pm
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The tattoo is finished
And right now I want to get drunk.  Damn, it hurts!  But so worth it, Spike did a kickass job.  Srsly, if you want a good job done, go to North Shore Tatttoo (808-637-8661).

Outline:

outline

After the first session (4 hours):

first session complete

Finished Product (2.5 hours):

complete detail

BTW, if you've never gotten a tattoo done:  None of the ink is red.  The dragon is greyscale except for the green eyes.  :) 

Eventually, I'll fill in the rest of my back.  After I forget how it feels, and after I get my leg started.  :p

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