Monday, April 28, 2008

The Waiting Project

Newspaper came at 7:30 today.
You've heard it said that good things happen to those that wait. Well, it's a big fat lie. Nothing good ever happens to those that wait. I should cancel my subscription. I can read it online or watch Fox news. Now those people don't mind getting up early. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. That's another big fat lie. I've been doing it for years and I'm not any of those things.
I am having a new fence put around my back yard. They were supposed to do it the 22nd of April. They finally got here today. It's okay, I can wait.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The newspaper has not arrived yet and it is 7:30. Why would you take a job and not expect to work the hours that have been assigned to you. They must know it’s an early morning shift when they took the job. When I worked, you were expected to be on time and stay until your shift was over. Oh well, I guess it’s a new day. Things can’t stay the same forever

Friday, April 25, 2008

Telemarketer Control

We have pest control, why can’t we have telemarketer control. I put my name on the "do not call list". I am still getting at least two per day. Now one caller has a recording. If you do not pick up the phone, it leaves a message for somebody that does not live here. It goes like this. Hello, this is an important call, it is not a telemarketer call. Please have John Doe call at this number. The number is 1-866-202-0021. That number belongs to a collection agency by the name of P Scott Lowery. I looked it up.
I am not going to attempt to collect a debt for P Scott Lowery. Maybe if he offered to pay me to work for him I might consider it, but I doubt it. I called the Telephone Company to see if they could put a block on the number. I was told for and additional $4.97 a month I could have that service added to my phone. I told him that I could see how $4.97 for a one-time charge might be feasible, but not for now until dooms day, just because I want to have one number blocked. This has never happened to me before in my life (I’m 79) and I doubt if it will ever happen again and I should pay the phone company $4.97 a month in case it does. I don’t think he cared much for my opinion so I hung up on him. If I am sitting by the phone when they call and see who it is I just pick up the phone and drop it down again. At least that cuts the connection and I don’t have their stupid message on my machine. When will they give up. This has been going on for a couple weeks.
That is my latest Pet Peeve.

Sleep Clinic Test

The sleep clinic is behind me. It was not too bad. I had to be there at 7:30. You cannot have any gel, mousse or hairspray in your hair. No makeup is allowed. I felt like I was going to an ugly contest. It turned out okay, only one outsider saw me and she was going to the same contest so we looked pretty much alike. I think I will be declared the winner. I was taken directly to my room, which was just like a very nice Hotel room.
Ann was my caretaker, tender, nurse, or whatever the title was. She fastened a million wires onto my head, chest, legs and anyplace else she could think of. They have a camera on you and a monitor. If you need anything during the night you just speak it out and she would hear it through the monitor. They gave me a sleeping pill, because the Dr had said I could have one if I wanted it and I wanted it. It helped, but I still woke up several times. Turning over in bed with three million wires attached to you is no easy task. I managed to do it several times. The last time I woke up, I asked the monitor what time it was and the answer was 4:35. I tried, but couldn’t go back to sleep. She can tell that I am not asleep so she came in and asked if I wanted to get up. I did, so she unhooked all the connections and I got dressed and came home. It was 6 AM and Minnie was waiting for me and seemed just fine. I stopped to get a coffee on the way home. I looked terrible, but coffee was more important than looks at that time of day.
That is about it and results will take a couple weeks. I can wait, I am learning how to do that.
The paper had not been delivered yet. It came about 6:30.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sleepless in the Northwest

Mercy mercy! I had a 2 o’clock appointment at the sleep clinic. I have never been there before so I went a few minutes early in case I had trouble finding it. I had no trouble recognizing the place. Several of the people in the waiting room were yawning, it was a dead give away. So I announce my arrival at the window. I was told to have a seat. "It’ll be just a minute, she said". As I walk away from the window I heard her add, "hopefully". I knew that was a bad omen, and it was. They came and got me right away and weighed me, heaven forbid if they failed to weigh you. Then she took me to the tiny little room with no windows and closed the door. They always close the door if they know it’s going to be awhile. The purpose for it is to prevent you from giving everybody that walks by the door the evil eye or fiery darts. My appointment that was supposed to take one hour took two hours. Most of it was spent in the tiny room all alone.
I now have an appointment to spend the night there. Not in the tiny little room, but in the testing lab. That will happen Thursday. I was asked a million questions and learned a lot about sleep apnea. The overnight test will show what type and how severe and what kind of treatment I will need.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Medical Attention

At last I get some attention. This morning I received a call from the sleep clinic and they can see me tomorrow. That will be a preliminary appointment to set up the test. That should happen in a few days, much better than the 29th of May. Maybe I won’t have to die after all. Yea!

This morning the paper did not come so I called the office and asked if somebody forgot to wake up the paper carrier. That girl did not have a sense of humor. "What is your address?" She asked". I told her and they drove right out and delivered one to me, and I noticed they delivered one across the street. I guess the ones that complain get that special service and the carrier finally gets around to delivering his route because I discovered one on my step later in the day.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Snow Storms and Ice Cream

Since I get up with the chickens every morning, 9 O’clock seems like noon to me. I wanted to go to BiMart for something. They open at 10 on Sunday’s. It was not 10 yet and several others were already waiting for 10. Finally one of the men began to yell through the door, "open the store, we are tired of waiting and we are talking about getting in our cars and leaving".
I didn’t hear that conversation, but I am a little bit deaf in my old age. Finally the clerk opened the door and said, "it’s not 10 yet". Loud mouth said, "you need to open earlier on the weekend, we have things to do". She said, "I don’t set the hours". He said, "I’m going to call this outfit and tell them about it". I’m sure that clerk didn’t care much about working on Sunday anyway and than has to open the door to that. I hope her day got better.
Now that spring has arrived or should have arrived I have been craving ice cream. Dairy Queen is my ice cream of choice. I have been wishing for it the past several evenings and talk myself out of it because it is evening and I just don’t feel like going after it. Today I thought of it in the afternoon so Minnie and I decide to on an ice cream run. She is all excited to go for a car ride so I decide to go to the Dairy Queen that is a little farther away so she can enjoy the car ride. Minnie is a dog. In case a stranger should read this and think I’m talking about my mother or somebody like that. We are driving along and run into a blinding snowstorm, hail and snow. I had to turn on the wipers it was so bad. I am thinking, here I am going for ice cream in a snowstorm when I pass a man jogging along the side of the road in shorts and a tee-shirt. He looked dumber than I did. At least nobody knew what I was doing. Outside of that, today has been going good. My newspaper came in a timely manner. For that, I am grateful. I didn’t have to call the newspaper and yell at them. I’ll bet the man could get that newspaper told off.
Karen and Dennis have a wonderful system worked out, when to go for Dairy Queen. If they happen to see 3 Dairy Queen commercials within a certain time period they are allowed to go for the ice-cream. They try to be good and not eat too much ice-cream, but the rule they have set about it sort of alleviates some of the guilt. I think that’s the reason for it. There must be a reason.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Blankety Blank Blank

This has been one of those days. To start with I only got about 15 minutes of sleep last night so I feel like a zombie. I had a one o’clock appointment for a bone density test at the hospital. After driving around in the parking lot for 20 minutes looking for a parking place it was almost one o’clock by the time I got in there. They did not have me in their records and besides they no longer do bone density tests and it probably was scheduled across the street at another medical building. She called and they had no record of me so she thought it might have been scheduled at the other hospital. She tried to call there to find out, but the wonderful modern phone systems we have these days was only taking messages. She couldn’t talk to anybody so I decided I had better get it in gear and get over there. So I do that and have to drive around the parking lot until some poor soul decides to leave so I can get into a parking space. It is now several minutes past my appointment. They at first couldn’t find me either, but finally decided I was on the list. When my DR’s office called to make the appointment for me, they forgot to fax the order so they had to call and get that. It took 45 minutes while I cooled my heels in the waiting room watching an old rerun of Home Improvement. The last test I had done was done at the other hospital, but never assume anything. I haven’t learned that yet. Well, finally they came and got me and escorted me to the dept. The nurse takes me into the room and notices a note somebody had left for her. It said, "machine out of order". She told me not to get upset yet because nobody had told her about it and maybe the note was left earlier and somebody forgot to remove it. I guess that is what happened because the machine was working and the test has been done. I will not know the results of it for one month because that is when I have an appointment with the doctor. I have osteoporosis and have been on a 2 year plan which is an injection that I give myself each day. It is suppose to rebuild lost bone. The name of it is Forteo. The two years are up this month and I am very anxious to find out if it helped.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Have Another Candy Bar and Wait

The paper service goes from bad to badder. It didn't come until 10 this morning. Not that there is anything that exciting in it anyway, but I would like to get it so I can plow through all the ads and see who died. I called the office to see if they could give me an approximate time that I could expect it's arrival. I was told that the paper carrier could not be located. His papers had been picked up, but they had no clue where he was and the district manager was out looking for him. I wondered if he had been hi-jacked. Does that ever happen? Or maybe his girlfriend lives on the route and he stopped in for coffee. I have a feeling he might be looking for another job real soon. It sound's rather serious to have the district manager out looking for you. I don't think that ever happened to me.

Friday, April 11, 2008

My Hobby

This is the latest baby blanket I have crocheted. I am going to list it on ebay if I can ever get a decent picture of it. Taking pictures is my downfall.. The blanket is 40 by 32 inches. The corners are square, but they look round in the picture. The colors are pastel so it would be suitable for a boy or girl. Anyway I think so.
Oh well, this is my post for today.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Law Suit Coming Right Up

So I have something Im in danger of dying from. I have to wait in line to get help. If a person was in a burning building and called for help, would you be told "We are busy helping other customers we will help you as soon as we can". We are on vacation or we will let you know when we can do something. Don't call us, we'll call you. Click on the above link. Law Suit Coming Right Up.

Friday, April 4, 2008


I decided to call the doctor's office once more to see what happened to the phone call I was suppose to receive back in a few minutes. This time I complained that it had taken me 3 weeks just to find out the result of the test and now I need further testing. How long will it take? I was told that they set up an appointment with a sleep clinic for the 29th of May. Almost two months away. I let her know that I wasn't doing so well and could it be done any sooner. She said they had already asked for my name to be put on the list in case of a cancellation. My oxygen drops really low when I sleep. I breath too shallow I guess. It can be serious. People die in their sleep from it and I think I almost died one night because of it. Now Im afraid to sleep. I woke up last night before 2 AM and have not gone back to sleep since. I try, but I cannot sleep. I would hate to die from SID's. I know I'm not an infant, but isn't that what SIDS is. You stop breathing.
The DR that did my Colonoscopy discovered the problem during the procedure. He was concerned enough he went ahead and notified my regular doctor. Somebody ordered the test and from there on out it has been a confusing mess.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Waiting and Waiting

I am still waiting for an answer. I called the DR office again and they told me they were still waiting for the test. So I called the Testing place. They told me they had sent it a second time about a week ago and had also sent it again last night. I told her that the DR's office still had not received it. She said she would call them. She did and the girl from the DR's office called me back and said they had received the test and it was abnormal. I need further testing with another place and she was calling to make an appointment and would call me back in a few minutes. Today has already passed and I have not heard one word from her. The only call I had all day was a Telemarketer. That reminds me Chelsie Clinton called me the other night.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Medical Test Confusion

I have been trying to find out what the results were for a test. I'm still working on it.

I am still trying to find out. I thought when the testing place sent a report to the correct doctor I would be hearing something. I finally called the Dr office again and was told they would continue to look for it and get back with me. I wait a few days and didn't hear so I called them back. This time I was told the report was on the DR's desk and he would be instructing them to contact me.

I didn't hear anymore for a few more days so I called again. Somebody would need to call me back because they were busy with other patient's. In the meantime my patiences are getting thinner and thinner. I left my number and two days later they return the call with no information. Just wanted to know what my question was. I repeated it for the tenth time and she said she would look into it and call me back. The test was done march 14 and this is April 1st.

I'm getting a wee bit confused. What else can I do?