Countdown to State Finals, Halloween, and NaNoWriMo
So, my Internal Medicine doctor, whom I’ve been seeing for twenty years, is retiring at the end of the year. Â Yeah, the awesome doctor that on my most recent visit agreed to take over all my care, so I don’t have to deal with neurosurgeon the pain management guy. Â Hmm. Â I suspect he’s retiring because of the Affordable Care Act – I’ll find out next week. Â A friend recommended a doctor, and I’ve requested an appointment online for January. Â Fingers crossed she’ll be willing to continue my treatment plan.
I thought at fourteen John would be over the whole Halloween costume thing, but no. Â He’s been invited to two events already. Â He initially wanted to be the villain from V for Vendetta, but I was thankfully able to talk him out of that since even with excellent luck at Goodwill I’d be spending a fortune. Â Plan B is some character from a video game, for which he needed a letter jacket and an animal mask. One $5 trip to the Goodwill a mile from my house and a $15 super-cool chicken mask from Amazon later we’re all set. Â A few days after Halloween is Homecoming, so if anyone out there knows what is the current fashionable floral selection (wrist corsage, hand-held flowers) please clue me in. Â One of the problems of having kids seven years apart is that styles change quickly!
Before Halloween or Homecoming, though, we have State Finals this weekend for John’s marching band. Â Happily, it’s here in Louisville, so I’ll be able to go. Â Competition will be fierce, and I’m really just hoping they make it through the Prelims – there are some amazing hish school marching bands in Kentucky!
John and I finally watched the final episode of Breaking Bad. Â We started watching the series on Netflix over the summer, but couldn’t get caught up fast enough to watch this season when it aired, so we DVRd it. Â We’re both missing it – shouting out elements from the periodic table at the beginning, theorizing what would have happened if a different decision would have been made at some point, but never losing sight of the theme of “the end does not justify the means” that ran subtly throughout each season. Â Great show! Â I don’t know what we’ll find to replace it – Sleepy Hollow and Face Off just aren’t enough.
My mom’s Yorkie, Winnie, is here for a visit, which brings my dog count up to three but the volume to eleven when everyone gets riled up (i.e. when the mail is delivered). Â It’s fun to have a dog I can pick up, take for walks, and take to band practice, though. Â I miss being able to do that with my big dogs. Â I suspect if I tried it these days my head would probably snap right off my neck the first time one of them lunged for a squirrel 🙁
Things are going well with the chiropractor. Â This is the first time since 2010 that I’ve felt any significant difference in the pain. Â I just hope I can maintain this trend after my six weeks of three-times-a-week visits is over. Â I just wish I’d gone to this guy before my second surgery. Â I’d probably still be working, and would likely have had three less surgeries and be on significantly fewer meds. Â Oh, well. Â The best I can do is encourage anyone else having back or neck pain to try all their options before having surgery – even the ones that sound a little crazy and aren’t covered by insurance.
I’ve been a slacker blogger lately, but with NaNo coming up writing blog posts may feel like a welcome reprieve from working on my novel, so maybe you’ll be hearing from me a bit more often in the weeks to come 🙂
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