Thursday, September 3, 2020

ENT Run Around

I forgot I was updating peeps since it was a few days ago when I updated on my wife. Today I'll update you on me.

Right before all this Covid crap hit, I was actually scheduled to have surgery on my nose. The day before my surgery, they cancelled all non essential surgeries but this update actually goes back before that.

After the beginning of the year, the wife and I decided that we would finally get my nose looked at. I pretty much couldn't breathe out of it anymore so we made an appointment with an ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor in the clinic where my insurance covers. I went to 2 appointments and had my surgery scheduled. My diagnoses was that my septum was shaped in a S and that the membranes on the sides inside my nose had all grown out so they were going to go in and straighten it out and burn back some of the membranes and open it up.

Upon scheduling my surgery, right before it was cancelled, we realized that the doctor I had been going to wasn't even in my network so the insurance didn't cover those 2 initial appointments and I had to pay for them completely. Apparently they were renting out the space in the clinic and aren't actually a part of it. So they were never in my network. So even if Covid hadn't cancelled it, I was going to because I wasn't going to pay twice the amount I needed to.

I found another ENT, made sure he was in my network and went to him. When they scheduled the surgery, my wife told them that it couldn't be at Memorial hospital because they weren't in my network. After 2 weeks, they never sent my paperwork so I went over on the Thursday before my surgery was scheduled. I got the paperwork, everything was good on it and they told me I had to go for a Covid test that day so they could have the results back before the surgery. Sure, no problem. I went down to take the test and when they did it, she told me I had to quarantine until the surgery. Nobody told me that before hand, I had planned on working the next 2 days, have Sunday off and work Monday and Tuesday before my surgery on Wednesday.

I went to work the next day because I couldn't just call in for the next 4 days and I have to schedule vacation days a week in advance. I talked them into giving me Monday and Tuesday off but I still had to work the weekend before. When I got home on Friday, I grab the mail, and the letter they were supposed to send me 2 weeks ago, was there. I opened it up and on this one it said my surgery was scheduled at the hospital that was out of network. WTF?

So I proceeded to call the ENT only to find out they closed at noon. So I than called both hospitals to find out which one I was scheduled at and sure enough, they scheduled me at the one I can't go to. I went ahead and went to work on Monday and told them it was cancelled, again. I finally get everything straightened out and scheduled at the correct surgery center and my surgery is rescheduled for a few weeks later.

They told me that I could do a rapid Covid test on the Friday before my Monday surgery. They scheduled it for 3:45 in the afternoon and my wife specifically said "I thought you closed at noon?" The lady told her that some people stick around and there will be someone there.

So Friday rolls around, I get off work early and go to get the test done. I show up at the ENT and they are closed but there is a doorbell and it says to ring it for appointments so I ring it, and wait. Nobody comes, so I ring it again, and wait. I ring it a 3rd, 4th and 5th time and nothing so I call the office number and there is a number to call for the on call nurse so I called her. She told me she would get a hold of someone so I sit down and wait. Meanwhile, it starts dumping rain outside.

Eventually someone comes to the door from the inside so I stand up and go to it, she opens it and looks at me and asks if I rang the bell, I said "multiple times" so she said "I'll go and let them know you're out here." So she was another patient and didn't work there. She brings back a doctor and I talk to him. He told me he has no more patients scheduled so I told him what I was here for. He told me that they do the Covid test down around the other side of the building. I showed him the text I had confirming the appointment and it says on the text that it was at his office. He said the only reason he knew the tests were down there is because they took one of his nurses earlier down there.

So I go outside in the pouring rain and walk all the way down to the end of the building and there is a sign that says Covid testing and to stay in your car. Figures. I knock on the door and she pokes her head out and tells me I'm supposed to stay in my car. I told her what happened and that my car is all the way on the other side of the parking lot so she finally let me in and took the test.

I never did hear back from the on call nurse.

In recovery (flipping off my wife)

After all was said and done, I had the surgery last Monday. Once they got in there, they found a bone spur that they had to remove as well. It went well, I came home that afternoon. The only issues that I have had since was for the first couple of days afterwards, when I would stand up my nose would bleed. I'm not allowed to blow it or stick things up there so basically I had to let it bleed than wipe it up. I never took any of the pain meds that they prescribed for me.

I'm now 4 days since the surgery and my nose is finally starting to clear up some. It's not completely clear yet and they said it could take a month or 2 for the swelling to go down but I can tell you as of today, I can already breathe through it more than before the surgery and as I said, it's definitely not completely clear yet.

They didn't schedule my post op until the 14th so I have all of next week off as well. I'm certainly not complaining about having more time off. I do plan on complaining to the doctor that his office staff sucks ass, I'm sure he probably doesn't care but I do plan on complaining because of all the run around.

That's my update, maybe I'll update the kids, maybe not. I'm seem to be getting forgetful in my old age.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Update - Wife

Since I have a couple of weeks off (not Covid related but I'll get to it), I figured I could take some time to throw some updates here.


An actual recent photo - we don't take very many.

She's doing okay, I guess. With all her issues it's hard to tell. She wanted to go the chiropractor yesterday but they were closed and the guy she likes has Tuesday off so she has to wait until Wednesday.

She has finally taken some advice from me. I've been telling her for years that she needs to get a hobby. Her old "hobby" was sitting on her phone, playing games. She wasn't so bad that she ignored everything to play, just that it was all she did. It would annoy me that she would play while she was eating. She'd say something about me keeping my stats, or blogging about my cards. I would just say at least I feel like I'm being productive on my down time.

It was tough for her to find something because there is all kinds of things she would like to do, but her body won't permit it. She likes doing things with her hands but her hands say no. She used to do woodworking and staining and big projects like that. She really enjoyed the creativity of it but like I said, her body just won't let her do that. She googled hobbies and went down the list and finally settled on cross stitching.

I don't know that she absolutely enjoys it, but she feels productive and she is creating things which I know she loves. She dove right in on it and picked a pretty detailed picture for her first one. Made lots of mistakes that frustrated her but she also knows that she's still trying to figure out the best way for her to complete it. She finished it (it looked really good) but I can't show it as it is a Christmas gift and I'm not sure if that person would see it here or not. She's working on another one now for her mom for Christmas. I can show that one when she's done because her mom can barely figure out the internet.

She's now getting injections in her neck and back to help alleviate pain. She's done the neck one a few times and they have really helped with it and her shoulders. She has a bulging disc in her spine that they really can't do anything with so this gives her some less painful days. I want to say it'll last a few months. She just got some in her lower back a couple of weeks ago (I think). I don't think they were as helpful but any help is good at this point. We're waiting to see how long until she needs another one of those. If she decides to do them back there again.

All in all, she's better than she has been in awhile. She has actually gotten off a lot of her meds and is more reliant on herbs and natural supplements and they have helped her quite a bit. She has reduced how much insulin she has to take for her diabetes, her goal is to get off of it all together. Her A1C has gone way down compared to where it was. Even her doctor has told her to keep doing what she's doing. She's actually more active around the house and has even taken the dog for an occasional walk when the dog guilt trips her into it (and she complains about my guilt trips.)

So while she still has all kinds of medical issues, she is doing better.

I was going to do one post with updates on everyone but this one is now over 600 words so I'm going to cut if off after Cheri and come back tomorrow and tell you why I have a couple of weeks off work (again, not Covid related.) I already know that update will be a fairly decent sized post so maybe another post with the kids. We'll see. I have the time, just have to take the time to do it.

Hopefully see you again soon.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Sunday Stealing #8

I ran across another one of these that I liked the questions, so here goes.

1. Last movie you watched.  Don't know if it's considered a movie or not but we watched Hamilton on Disney+ last weekend. I hate musicals but actually enjoyed this one.

2. Last movie you watched in a theater.  Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker on January 10th.

I could answer the above 2 question because I track my movies on Letterbox.

3. A film you’ve always wanted to watch, but haven’t.  The new Invisible Man. This was going to be a recent movie because if I want to see something, I see it but we haven't watched much recently.

4. Favorite movie soundtrack.  Tin Cup.

5. Your favorite movie duo. James T. Kirk and Spock. Only reason I thought of them was because I watched a little of Star Trek the other night.

6. Movie you like because of its story.  Dragonfly

7. A film that disappointed you. Avengers: Endgame. Part 1 was pretty good, the finale didn't impress me as much as I thought it would.

8. Favorite scene from a movie. Wow, this ones tough. I think the first time I watched the Shawshank Redemption, when they lead you to believe that Andy hung himself and you know they are going to find him hanging in his cell but he's just gone. When the warden throws the chess piece through the poster. I was shocked!

9. Your guilty pleasure movie.  See above, love the Shawshank Redemption. Doesn't hurt that it's based off a Stephen King story.

10. A movie you keep going back to.  Captain America: the Winter Soldier

11. A quote you admire from your favorite movie. I have no idea. Favorite quote I could probably think of something. One I admire, nope.

12. A movie based on a true story. Eight Men Out

13. Your favorite actor/actress. There is so many to name.

14. A sequel you’re not a fan of. How about prequels, the Star Wars ones to be exact.

15. A film you know by heart.  the Shawshank Redemption

16. Your favorite opening scene.  Guardians of the Galaxy 2

17. A film that was based on a book and was executed well. This is tough because movies are never as good as the books. I'm going to go with the Shawshank Redemption (again) just because it was a short story so the movie was actually more detailed than the book.

18. A comedy film. This is 40

19. TV series you’re binging on now.  We just started season 5 of Homeland on Hulu when the wife is around. Right now I'm watching season 2 of Hanna when she's not.

20. A TV series you think is underrated. Yellowstone. It's not underrated but I don't think a lot of people watch it.

Sunday, July 5, 2020


I'm about done with Facebook. I always hated how they pick and choose what and who you see so I had a customized list which they used to let you do. I put all the people and pages that I wanted to see on it and then click on the list and it would order it by most recent. I would scroll down until I got to the spot where I left off last time. I got to see everything that I wanted to see. If someone posted a bunch of the same stuff every day, I just removed them from the list, I didn't have to unfriend them, just made it so I didn't see them anymore.

The last couple of weeks, Facebook has changed the list and it now does the same crap as their newsfeed. Only shows me what they want me to see. I see the same posts for a couple of days. I don't want to see what I've already seen. I don't want to have to scroll through all that just to see what I haven't seen. So like I said, I'm about done with it all.

Let's take a look at all my social media and how I view it.

  • Facebook - look at my list and my memories for that day. For now.
  • Instagram - only view the stories, will occasionally scroll through the feed when I'm bored, but not very often.
  • Pinterest - only post my cards from my blog. Don't view anything at all.
  • Snapchat - I send my streaks out daily and view streaks sent back to me. I'll go through the feed once a day but I only have a couple of people who posts regularly.
  • Tik Tok - I only check it when I'm pooping at home (I hate when people watch videos in the bathroom in public places.)
  • Twitter (personal) - I have a list of people of who I actually follow. I check it daily but doesn't take more than a few minutes to get through it.
  • Twitter (sports) - Same as above. This list has card blogs and other sports figures but again, doesn't take more than a few minutes to get through it.

With all of those above, I rarely post anything to any of them. My twitter accounts I post links to blog posts but as far as anything personal, extremely rare.

So when someone asks me if I could live without Social Media, yeah, I really could live without it. It's not a huge deal in my life. Do I enjoy it? Sure. Do I have to have it? Nope.

I don't understand the obsession with Facebook to begin with. I see people in their cars while driving to work at 4 am in the morning scrolling through it. Is it really that important that you can't drive without looking at it? I see people at work constantly pulling their phones out and checking it. I just don't understand it at all.

For the record, I rarely, and I mean rarely ever use social media on my phone, other than Snapchat and TikTok because that's kind of their thing but as stated above, I don't use them often. When do I look at social media? Usually sitting in my recliner on my laptop in my living room. Not in the car, not at work, not while hanging out with my friends (if I had any).

When I get bored, I will admit I get on Reddit on my phone but it's not that often. Usually if I'm sitting there with some time to kill for something.

I just truly don't get the obsession.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Stay at Home, Day #3

I'm on the 3rd day of the stay at home order, nothing has really changed much. I have tweeted more, as you'll see below.

Day #1 (Wednesday)

I wasn't going to download it but a couple of people at work said it was hilarious so I downloaded it and played with it for awhile. It's definitely better than I thought it would be.

I got up to grab some chips, and I noticed my wife was watching me so I asked what there was eat and ended up making me some nuggets. She doesn't like it when I snack for my lunches on the weekends.

We decided to go out for supper, or at least out to pick it up. We had read on their Facebook page where their employees were doing deliveries (they don't normally) on their own gas and people weren't tipping them. So we drove 20 minutes out there to get food and tipped even though we just picked it up.

I worked on this most of the evening. I know their websites that do this for you but I just went ahead and did it myself. I got nothing but time these days.

We got through most of the DVR so we headed over to Netflix, my wife has been wanting to watch it. We ended up watching all 11 episodes and as you can tell by the time this was posted, we stayed up a little late to do so.

Day #2 (Thursday)

I've been going downstairs and working on my cards in the mornings, usually until mid afternoon. Gives my wife her time to herself plus I planned on getting a lot done with them since I'll be home for a couple of weeks. It also gives me a chance to listen to music.

Every couple of weeks or so I try to go through the New Releases. Didn't really find much this week.

I hate notifications on my phone. The only ones that I have are Snapchat (I don't get many and they help me to remember to send my streaks), texting and my work email. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram, nothing. I shut the Facebook off for the same reason that I uninstalled Tik Tok. They give me notifications of things I didn't ask for. Such and such posted a new photo. I don't care, I didn't sign up for notifications from that person, don't send them to me.

Day #3 (Friday)

I'm not sure what Walgreens deal was but starting last night, they've been texting my wife every hour to let her know she had meds to pick up. She knew this already but she was waiting on one more to get filled. They even called her about them and when she told them she was waiting on the last one, they got it done.

Hit the grocery store as well, I just went in for 1 item, Milk. By the time I got there, my wife had text me a few other items and then I saw Chef Boyardee 10 for $10 so I grabbed those and a few other things for lunches. I also slipped in some Classic Jelly Beans (Tis the Season) and the latest SI because Tim Anderson was on the front.

I was going to grab some breakfast at Taco Bell on the way home but apparently they discontinued it, hopefully just until this virus is through. I love their breakfast Crunchwraps and the Cinnabon Delights.

When I got home from running around, I headed for the basement to work on my cards and listen to some music. Some background on the above tweet, I was up at the University of Michigan for a game but it got delayed an hour for lightning so a friend and I were walking around the campus. There was a frat house (I assume) and a bunch of people were hanging around, having fun with music playing. That song came on and everyone cheered and then they all stopped what they were doing and rocked back and forth and sang along to the song. We were across the street and we could barely hear the radio anymore over their voices.

We don't have any plans this evening. Just going to catch up on the DVR. We're on yesterdays shows so we may get caught up tonight, we may not. We'll see.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Stay at Home, day #1

Well, in case you haven't heard, there's a virus out there. I live in Indiana and up until yesterday, I was still going to my job in the RV Industry. The governor declared us on a Stay at Home order which means we had to shut down.

I'll be honest, I'm looking forward to the time off. I've put in over 50 hours in 4 of the last 5 weeks and a couple of those weeks was just under 60 hours, so yeah, I'm looking forward to some time off.

On the other hand, I don't want to go without the money for that long either. The good news is, I was supposed to have surgery (on my nose to help me breathe) today so along with all those hours, we had been putting a little money aside to help pay for that. So I'll be good if it ends up only being the 2 weeks that they are saying now. It won't help that now I'll have to start saving all over again to when I reschedule the surgery.

Part of me thinks we are over reacting to this virus. That it's a glorified flue, but I also have a wife here that has a weak immune system due to her auto immune diseases and the medication that she takes for it so I'm also all for it. I don't know what I would do if she got that sick. It's very confusing times.

Other than not going to work, my life doesn't really change much. We don't do a ton of stuff outside our home life anyways. We already do a lot of shopping online. We already do our online ordering and picking up of groceries. Our greatest risk of catching the virus is my daughter works in the food industry so she's still working. They have a drive thru but they also accept carry out. I wish they would have chosen to lock the front doors and just use the drive thru but it is what it is.

We didn't overstock on groceries when all this happened, we've just been buying what we normally buy, except for the fact that we can never find basic things now. We had trouble finding more eggs and hamburger, butter and bread, sometimes pasta is hard to find. It's ridiculous. We've been fine on toilet paper because we always buy that in bulk and we bought some just before this hit.

I love seeing all the charity coming out of this but I also think, where is all this all the time? I'm not really one to talk because I don't do much, charity wise. I donate blood occasionally and that's about it. I did sign up to play basketball against the boys and girls club but they cancelled it. It was supposed to be tomorrow so I had already backed out because they scheduled my surgery for today. I do plan on volunteering a few times a year once all this is over but I had decided that before this. Maybe everyone doing all this extra charity will grow and cause people to do it more after all this is done.

Now that I have all this time on my hands, I guess I should probably post here a little more often. I can't use time as an excuse anymore, at least for the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Alone time

I'm lounging around the house today so I thought I'd come over and post, uh, something. I'm not really sure what.

Work has had some stressful times as of late, nothing I can't handle, just been stressful. Usually I calm down and get relaxed on my way home. It's around 30-45 minute drive home depending on traffic and I use that time to decompress, sit and listen to music and drive home. Once I get home, I shower and then veg out in front of the TV, sometimes nap until supper and then chill in front of the TV most of the night, until bed, which is usually between 10 and 11. I get up the next morning at 3:45 and start all over again.

Lately, instead of coming home and napping, I've been going downstairs and working on my cards. Awhile ago, after my grandfather passed, I got his desk and a few items.

Nothing too fancy but a work station all the same. The desk and chair were both my grandfathers. The bookshelf to the left has my card books on it and there is a dresser to the right that has all my other cards in it.

As I said, it came from my grandfather so I have this little section of some of his things. His name plate which I wanted because I always thought of his as a businessman. The Joe Montana stein because he was a Montana/Notre Dame fan, the St. Louis Cardinals Coke and Mark McGwire mug because he was a Cardinals fan.

I got it set up to work on my cards but never went down there because I was logging what I had on my blog and I could do that sitting in my recliner. Well, I got all those logged in so now I'm going through my books and organizing them and making sure what I have and what I have logged are the same. So now I go down and sit at my desk until supper then come up and spend the rest of the time chilling in front of the boob tube.

The positive, I'm enjoying messing around with my cards again, and I listen to music while doing it so I get more time to myself. Plus, I'm actually getting stuff done on my collections.

The negative, no more naps means less sleep. I should go to bed earlier but I hate going to bed that early, feels like a waste and it also means sooner that I have to go to work.

That's my sleep this past week. You can see where I did nap on Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday I got home later so I didn't go downstairs and Friday, I had to take Trevor to meet his mom so I took a nap intentionally knowing I wasn't working Saturday so it wouldn't screw my sleep up and I also knew I would get woke up at 4 to take him so it was a limited nap. I'm not sure why the time is off on that nap. Sometimes it registers me as napping when I'm sitting in the recliner because I'm so relaxed but I don't know why it didn't register the nap I did take. I didn't change it because the time was about the same.

I knew I didn't sleep a lot but I didn't realize how little until I had my Fitbit start tracking it. I do get quality sleep in that little bit of time because I fall asleep quickly and sleep pretty deeply most of the night.

I've enjoyed my time with my cards, and my alone time, and definitely listening to more music so I will continue doing it.

As I said, I get to listen to more music. Here's the top artists I've listened to in the last week. Just because.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sunday Stealing #7

I haven't disappeared, I just didn't care for the weekly posts I was doing. I like sharing what I'm watching or listening to, but I don't enjoy getting the posts together. When it becomes work, it's not enjoyable. I was happy to be posting again, just not the content.

I did see this that had some good questions so I'm doing another one of them.

Your high school graduation class of 1991.

1. Did you marry your high school sweetheart?  I didn't date anyone when I was in high school so no. My wife and I did technically go to school together though if that means anything.

2. Type of car?  My first car was a '76 Chevette but I don't remember if that's what I was driving when I graduated.

3. What kind of job?  I want to say Value Center (Big & Tall) was where I was when I graduated. I also worked at TJ Maxx but I think that was before the other. Either way, I quit it when I graduated because I started full time in a factory the day after graduation.

4. Where did you live?  Outside South Bend, IN

5. Were you popular in school?  I was the exact opposite of popular.

6. Were you in the choir/band? Nope.

7. Ever get suspended?  Nope, but I got threatened to get expelled.

8. If you could, would you go back?  Hell No!

9. Still talk to the person that you went to prom with?  Didn't go to prom so that would be hard no.

10. Did you skip school?  Remember being threatened to get expelled up there a couple of questions, that was for skipping? I was told if I missed another day, they would expel me. So I started leaving after 3rd hour and they never did anything about it.

11. Go to all the football games?  Yes. It was a family affair, we all went to the games.

12. Favorite subjects?  Gym class was my great equalizer. All those kids that picked on me, I'd make them look stupid in gym.

13. Do you still have your yearbook?  Probably somewhere, if not, my wife probably has hers.

14. Did you follow the "original" career path?  To work in a factory, pretty much.

15. Do you still have your class ring?  I think so but I have no idea where it is.

16. Favorite teacher?   Mrs. Wagner. She was also nice to me.

17. What was your style?  Comfort. T-shirts and sweatpants. I didn't care what I looked like.

18. Favorite Shoes?  I had a pair of Jordan's. Other than that, I don't remember any other pair I had. I think I had a pair of Adidas, black with the 3 stripes down the side. Not sure if that was high school or not.

19. Favorite thing to eat for lunch?  My senior year I had Pizza Hut pizza for lunch every day.

20. Favorite band?  Probably Petra or Russ Taff at that time.

21. High School Hair?  White man's afro is the explanation I always give.

22. How old when you graduated?  I turned 18 the same week of graduation.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Losing weight, slowly

So, since I got a new Fitbit for Christmas and I was playing around with, I noticed it has a food and water tracker. I already knew it did, my old did as well, but this one I can actually add on the device so I don't have to remember everything. It also has a weight tracker and when I was putting my weight I played with the weight loss portion and it said if I keep the calorie intake in the green that I could lose weight. I set it up to lose 50 lbs, by November.

I know that sounds pretty easy to do in 11 months but let's face it, while I am pretty overweight, I'm also very healthy. I have some aches and pains that I hope will subside with the weight loss but I also realize that I'm closing in on 50 years old so I'm probably still going to have those. I'm not a diabetic, nor do I have high blood pressure. As a matter of fact, the only issue I have are my work pants are starting to get a little snug. If I need to prove that I'm healthy than here you go, I had perfect attendance at work last year. I get 2 personal days to use anytime I call in, I used them during our Christmas break so I could get paid during the time off.
So losing weight by November isn't that big of a deal because I'm not losing weight because of health problems but rather, just because I'm fat. So my goal is to keep my calorie intake in the green (it measure how much I eat compared to how much I burn) and drink more water. It doesn't seem like much but I do tend to overeat and I don't drink much water so they are both necessary anyways.

The real reason that I'm choosing to lose weight this way is because I like what I eat and I hate exercise. It's not that I can't exercise, it's that I don't enjoy it. I don't like working out, I don't like even going for a walk without a reason so. I have other things I'd rather be doing. So this is what I'm going to try and see if it works out.
Besides, it's unhealthy to lose weight to fast.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday Funnies #5

It's late and I'm going to bed soon because I volunteered to go in and work some OT tomorrow and I have to get up in less than 5 hours so I'm just going to post the content.

If you watch football, you'll find this funny.

I complain to my wife everytime she watches this show. Why would you want to try to date someone who is technically dating 20 other girls?

Found that on Reddit and had to share.

It's funny because it's true!