19 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 6-22-19

  1. 🙂 I got accepted to nursing school!!
    🙂 I will be getting a full time position by July. I have worked prn all these years, and worked enough last year to qualify for health insurance. I will have guaranteed hours, so not having to work so many different shifts each week.
    🙂 We got the pool put up. So nice to be able to float in cool water on a hot day.
    🙂 My car got fixed. New clutch, breaks, hoses, distributor, and spark plug wires. Hoping it runs another 2 years.
    🙂 Got a bill from Miguel’s surgeon which we have been paying on. It has been reduced from $13,000 to $5,000. I called to see if there was a mistake, but they confirmed that is all we owe.
    🙂 God is good all the time.

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  2. 🙂 Love all that good news!!

    ðŸ˜Ķ I have had a sore throat for over a week now. I have been going with my husband to his radiation therapy, but not this whole last week because of the sore throat. I also feel this in my chest and cough, but not a whole lot. I do not want to spread it to the many chemo and radiation patients, however. Next week is the last full week, with possibly another day next week.

    🙂 We happened to bump into a relative who married an X of someone we have known for years. The X was always a tremendously negative person. He could not have been more positive the last couple of times we have seen him, even though his health has deteriorated. He was telling us how God has everything under control and asked God to bless us several times. He seems to have found the Lord and what a change it has made in his life! Always a blessing to see.

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  3. 🙂 Summer is here!

    ðŸ˜Ķ we have had way too much rain . . .

    🙂 but otherwise it has been really gorgeous. I’ve had several days out photographing butterflies and other insects in which they are warm enough to feed but not warm enough to fly “unnecessarily.” That means you can get up pretty close with a camera and they probably won’t fly away.

    ðŸ˜Ķ My workload feels a little overwhelming right now, with four books of 150-300 pages each and another waiting in the wings, plus a small project or two. And other things I would really like to work on when I next get a “break” between projects.

    🙂 But I have had regular work since November, by far my longest stretch in freelance, and it has been enough to keep on top of expenses (including some unbudgeted, unexpected ones) and get a few house projects finished.

    🙂 I have managed to get a LOT of time outside the last few weeks. May and June are too lovely to sit inside even when there is work to do. And I’ve decided that the fresh air and exercise are good for me now and in the long run, and the photography and observation are enjoyable but also count as work since I want to work some writing around it, and I’m simply going to find a way to keep time outside in my schedule.

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  4. ðŸ˜Ķ Rant. Just went to pick up my prescription eye drops which are very expensive as they aren’t available in a generic formula. It would cost $500 to pick up the 3-month supply so I thought I’d just get 1 month and buy them that way.

    But the 1-month supply would cost $600. Don’t ask me why, the pharmacy seemed stumped and sympathetic but that’s what it would cost, they said.

    So I got the 90-day, 3-month supply. Grrrr.

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  5. DJ, have you considered ordering the eye drops from Canada? Hubby gets his Nexium from a pharmacy called Northwest and they are very reliable.

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  6. Took another trip to Cleveland Clinic this past week for follow-up on the congenital heart condition and the valve replaced two years ago.
    🙂 Heart function is good, the valve function is good, everything on the echocardiogram looked good, and labs show the heart is way less stressed than it was before the valve replacement.
    🙂 Doctor says I don’t need to come back for a year, the first time he’s let me go more than 6 months since the surgery.
    ðŸ˜Ķ He may be taking a new job elsewhere. Good for him, but sad for me. He’s kind of quirky but I’ve really grown to like him over the past five years and he’s taken good care of me. With the complex heart condition and history I don’t look forward to breaking in a new doctor.
    🙂 Back to bicycling to work after a sedentary winter, I find once again that I’m stronger this year than last.

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  7. Things continue to roll along well here. Seventeens are doing well. At least, we have not heard from the sheriff dept on Peter Pan and have not needed to call the sheriff dept on daughter in a couple of weeks. Pregnant twenty two is starting to think her baby is getting big enough to notice. The younger two start back with school tomorrow. Light load, just to keep them from getting bored with their free time.

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  8. Wonderful news, Kevin!
    DJ – We with Moebius Syndrome have dry eyes. What many of us have found helpful is wearing a contoured sleep mask at night. Of course, as I’m typing this I realize that our problem is that our eyes don’t close completely, which is why the sleep mask helps us. (My eyes felt better when I started using one about three years ago.) But just in case it is something that you might like to try, here is the one that I use:


    (I wondered if it did help you keep your eyes moister at night – one man puts damp cotton balls inside his mask – if then you could ration out your drops a little.)

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  9. I’m able to make a single vial — one dose — last for 2 doses as it is (prescription calls for one dose in the morning, one at night). These drops actually help your eyes produce more tears so they’re different from the OTC variety (though my doctor said I can use those along with the prescription drops if I need added comfort or relief). He did some test to measure tear production and said mine had increased since going onto the prescription drops so he really doesn’t want me to stop using them.

    I think this $500 pickup yesterday will count toward my deductible so if I refill them before the end of the year they should be cheaper (a lot cheaper, I hope).

    Well, at least I won’t have to worry about it for 5-6 months now. It just seems like a rip off that you can’t buy them one month at a time, though I suppose this $500 for 3 months is some kind of insurance formula deal. Otherwise they’d cost $1,000 for 3 months — and I think one year it even did cost that much when I was on my work insurance. Who knows how any of this is calculated.

    My eyes normally feel fine so I don’t notice their being dry (although sometimes with the overnight ceiling fan in the bedroom running that can happen — and I have to keep the fan running even on low pretty much every night, or a part of the night anyway, I generally feel too warm when I sleep and prefer a really cold room).


  10. I’ll admit that it was a little hard to get used to in the beginning, but eventually it seemed the natural way to sleep.


  11. Yeah, it was strange and uncomfortable in the beginning. But it has been worth it to me. It also helps me stay asleep when the morning sun wants to nudge me away too early in the morning.


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