Taking A Stand

With the upcoming midterm elections right around the corner the onslaught of political ads have begun. Women candidates are flooding the airwaves with commercials attacking incumbent politicians who don’t support gay marriages or who vote against abortions. In a way I’m grateful to these candidates for taking sides and advertising their intentions. That makes it easy for me to choose who I will or won’t vote for.

I am 100% against abortion for any reason. I believe those who abort an unborn child should be tried for manslaughter. The unborn need an advocate and therefore I will vote against anyone who advocates the taking of an innocent child’s life. God chooses when kids will be born, not women.

In addition I will vote against gay rights. Homosexuality is forbidden by every bible I’ve ever read. That sin is mentioned many times throughout the bible as an abominable act by depraved individuals. I will not support the gay lifestyle or practices in any way. Period!

My vote will counter one liberal vote in the upcoming election. It’s all any one person can hope for regarding voting.

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Share Your World – August 27, 2018

Share Your World – August 27, 2018

Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?

In general I like nuts but with the recent loss of my only molar for chewing food I must eat nuts in moderation. I’ve turned into a giant gerbil! 😦

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

I sleep with them open just because I’m too lazy to close them. I have sliding doors.

Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

I am ridiculously early all the time. The exception is when I rely on medical appointment delivery as my driver is a right on time kind of person. 🙂

 

Control: Dealing With Life’s Curveballs

“The best laid plans of men & mice sometimes go astray”! Murphy’s law is always in affect. You can only count on yourself. Sound familiar? It’s life baby, deal with it!

I catch myself getting upset when a fly shows up in the ointment. Things happen out of our control that force us to go to “Plan B”. If at first you don’t succeed, try try again! You’ve heard them all, all the little favorite saying and quotes that are supposed to cheer us onward when plans must deviate from their original form.

I am a veteran using veterans medical benefits. I am eternally grateful for this medical coverage as I probably would be dead without it. I’ve recently had double cataract surgery restoring my eyesight to the best it’s been since birth. My diabetes is cared for with loads of expensive insulin and pill medications. My heart condition combined with hypertension are all being treated with prescription drugs. I’m wearing custom medical shoes from my VA Podiatrist to help a growth that I’ve had for 10 years to heal. All this as a thank you for my service in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. I’m grateful!

Unfortunately, trying to coordinate VA medical appointments in two states, two VA hospitals and 4-5 VA clinics can be a challenge sometimes. An online website makes most of it manageable but there’s still the civilian component that has to be considered. Transportation to appointments can be conflicting, even when you give the drivers lots of lead time. Training days for the drivers can conflict with appointments made at VA facilities in good faith. I sometime wonder if it wouldn’t just be easier to put the transportation team on the phone with the appointment folks at the VA. That sounds easy but when folks at my Senior Center only work a half day new roadblocks enter the picture. Panic attacks and depression must be fought off at times as I try my best to “deal with it”! In the end, with multiple phone calls to the conflicting parties, I’ll get to where I need to be when I need to be there. 🙂

Share Your World – August 20, 2018

Share Your World – August 20, 2018

Which tastes better: black or green olives?

IMHO I believe green olives have better taste.

What’s your favorite room in your home?

My bedroom is my favorite room as I have my main computer setup there. I basically live in a one room apartment although I have a room divider between my sleeping area and livingroom. My world is only 10’x20′ but it’s big enough for me.

What fictional family would you be a member of?

The Clampett clan from the Beverly Hillbillies. 🙂

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?

I appreciate the folks that run the Uxbridge Senior Center. These hard working volunteers and staff have a calling for taking care of the elderly. I have befriended a number of them over the past 3 years.

Share Your World – August 13, 2018

Share Your World – August 13, 2018

A class you wish you would have taken?

Typing

Are you scared of heights?

No, but I am claustrophobic

Are you a good cook? If so, do you consider yourself a chef?

I am a good cook but I’m not a chef. I basically dislike people so that would never work.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? 

I appreciate my VA Podiatrist for her care of my feet. She gave me a pair of medical shoes that allow me to walk again without pain.

Darco Wound Care Shoe

New Fancy Medical Shoes

I had a follow-up appointment today after my regular 90 appointment with my VA Podiatrist. The growth I’ve had on the ball of my left foot has been sore and inflamed since my last visit two weeks ago. She cut a bunch of dead growth off the area and bandaged the sore spot. Then came the surprise! She asked me my shoe size to which I responded 12 W. She left the room for a minute and returned with a rather strange looking pair of shoes. Known as Darco Wound Care System shoes these are platform sandals with extra thick soles and two velcro closure straps. They look and feel very plush, with extra soft support everywhere. She mentioned that these should remove any further stress and aggravation to that sore on my foot. They sell in stores online for about $150. I’m on cloud 9 walking in these interesting shoes. I must be careful of my steps as I have raised up about 3″ with their high platform design. so far they are really comfortable. The drive home in my SmartCar was interesting because of the thick soles.

 

Darco Wound Care Shoe

Why Am I Here?

I’m starting to ask that question more and more as it is asked of me. My VA Podiatrist sent me to a VA Dermatologist this past week to see if they could look at the growth on the bottom of my left foot. I’ve had this thing growing on the bottom of my foot for nearly 10 years now. I acquired it when I was still working at Intel Corporation in one of their fabs. My job required me to stand on super hard floors for 12 hours a day. I had a growth on both feet back then along with tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. It’s no wonder I grabbed at the chance to retire early in 2010 as I literally didn’t have a leg to stand on. LOL Trust me when I exclaim it wasn’t funny when I was really hurting.

The podiatrist I was seeing back then recommended I find another line of work. I was 61 at the time. The recession of 2010 eliminated my job by closing down the fab where I worked for Intel Corporation. May subsequent layoff fielded me a decent pension, severance pay and a 401K package that gave me a cash paycheck. I remained on unemployment for a year until I turned 62 and could start drawing Social Security benefits. I retired but I still had that growth on the bottom of my left foot. The one on the right foot cleared up by itself as did the tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.

One downside to my early retirement was a lack of any medical coverage. It was another two years until I would qualify for Veterans Medical benefits. The growth grew. I had no money for medical care. I simply survived as best as I could. Don’t we all?

Now I’m 69, overweight, a heart condition, type II diabetes. gout, enlarged prostate, high blood pressure, and an ever larger growth. I have a VA primary doctor, a VA Podiatrist, soon two VA Dermatologists and three VA Psychiatrists. I’ve been scanned, x-rayed, committed, psychoanalyzed and had multiple MRIs, all at the taxpayer’s expense. I’ve recently had double cataract surgery that left me with better vision that I had at birth. I still have my growth.

Every 90 days I have an appointment to see my podiatrist to have my nails cut and my growth surgically cut back, otherwise I can’t walk. No walking, no exercise, no exercise and I gain weight, my blood pressure rises as does my blood sugar levels associated with my type II diabetes. Most of this is tied to that stupid growth still on the ball of my left foot. It’s been 10 years now with no fix offered.

Now I have regular VA appointments with my Podiatrist and now I have two Dermatologists. I sure spend a lot of time going to VA doctors who begin asking one basic question. “Why are you here”? Now you know why I need the two Psychiatrists and am being put on Zoloft, an antidepressant! 😦

Adding To My Collection

Each month I budget the purchase of one tool to my growing collection. This month I must limit my purchase to a single quality chisel from Lie-Nielsen Tools. There are 10 chisels classified as bevel edge, socket chisels in their complete set. I have purchased  3 already and the 3/4″ size is now on the way to me. The 1/4″, 1/2″ & 3/4″ are essential to a starter set. Next I’ll add the 1″ size before ordering the sizes in between the group of 4 I will now own. I look forward to the 3/4″ chisel’s arrival. The two new tires I ordered for my car today simply delays my tool collection. I’ve been slowly building my tool collection for the past 3 years.

Lie-Nielsen 3:4 Bevel Edge Socket Chisel