Sunday, July 24, 2016

Updates

The insurance came back early and not with good news.  They aren't going to pay for anything with my scooter.  I could fight it but don't really feel I have the time.  I'm waiting for my doctor to get back from vacation to see if he will write a letter for the folding scooter in order to not have to do anything to my car.  He's back tomorrow but I don't know if he will call me as it's his first day back.

Meanwhile, the rheumatologist prescribed drugs to help with the pain but it's a steroid.  I'll see how well this goes.  I don't normally do well with steroids.  She did come back to say she thinks my arthritis is inflammatory.  Part of me is like - see I told you.  Part of me is relieved it isn't something worse.

My pain levels been through the roof.  I'm still trying to manage and get to work.  I hate missing because I'm in pain but this last week I've spent a lot of time laying in the recliner in the dark.  It's unproductive and a waste of time but when I can't close my hands, put weight on my legs, move my shoulders without pain searing through me, there's little else to do.

I have to keep reminding myself to do what I can, to keep looking forward.  There will be an end to this high level of pain and I'll get back on track with writing and working.  Plus I'm making progress just not at the rate I would like.  I remind myself to give myself a break.

This weekend has been all about errands and a little fun.  Yesterday Ken and I ran errands - pharmacy, post office - and then we went to see Star Trek Beyond.  It was good.  I enjoyed it and there were some great lines - Dammit Spock from McCoy as well as others.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Quiet and Calm Today?

Wedding present done!  Wedding was beautiful and fun.  Now today, I'm going to be a bum.  I have to go back to work tomorrow.  I'm feeling a bit worn out so today is a day of rest.

Tomorrow I have to call to find out more information on hitches.  Then I have to get quotes on receiver adapters in all likelihood.  I also have to check to see if the company I'm getting my scooter through has heard anything from the insurance company.

It will be an interesting week.  I'm getting through to the first week in August when I have a week off.  I've declared that a week for writing.  I've got a list of things I want to get done so I'm hoping for few interruptions and lots of accomplishments.

On top of the successes I've had in getting things accepted and published, I've also been getting rejections.  These are always difficult - part of me says, why don't you like my stuff but I try to remember how publication works and let it go.  It's when I get a lot in one day or week that it overwhelms a bit.

I've got two Goodreads giveaways going on right now.  One ends tomorrow and the other ends at the end of the month.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Collection of Four Scarves by Eileen Troemel

Collection of Four Scarves

by Eileen Troemel

Released March 09 2015
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Defenders of the People by Eileen Troemel

Defenders of the People

by Eileen Troemel

Released September 17 2014
Giveaway ends in 15 days (July 31, 2016)
3 copies available, 86 people requesting
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I'm going to have a mellow day.  I'm sticking with jammies today and not thinking too much so it can be a mellow day.  I've been watching Madam Secretary which is pretty good.  I'm partway through the second season.

At the same time, I've got two stories in my head which need to come out so maybe some writing time.  It depends on my mood as I move forward with my day.  At this point, little effort sounds good but I can only do that for so long before my brain rebels.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway - Defenders of the People

On Goodreads, you can sign up to win a free copy of Defenders of the People.  It is an epic fantasy about a group of seven who start a journey to take care of their people and free their world from corruption.

There are three signed copies available in this giveaway.  Sign up today!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Defenders of the People by Eileen Troemel

Defenders of the People

by Eileen Troemel

Released September 17 2014
Giveaway ends in 20 days (July 31, 2016)
3 copies available, 80 people requesting
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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Mobility?

Bills paid, a few errands run, and I'm ready for a nap.  Now I'm done working on the computer, I'll be hitting the recliner to watch something and crochet.  I still am working on the wedding gift.

It's been a rough week for me.  My scooter finally gave up the ghost and isn't working.  I've been working on getting a replacement but have had to shift from not being in a hurry to needing it now.  I tried walking for an appointment on Thursday, ended up walking too far.  I've had a lot of pain since then.

Friday I spent the day making phone calls, and have to go make a few more in order to get all the quotes I need.  Since the new scooter will not fold, I'll have to have a hitch added to my car and use a cargo carrier with a ramp.  I went round and round with the Kia dealership to see what they recommended.  At one point I felt like the guy was telling me I would need a new car because I was expecting too much for my car.  I really hate car guys.

For now, I have a wheel chair and the promise of assistance from my sister to get in and out of work.  I will at least be able to go to work and get things done.  I have no idea how long it will take to work through all the bureaucracy in order to get assistance with paying for the scooter, hitch, and carrier.  In the end, I will hopefully have very little out of pocket which is the point.

Last night I called my sister to check in and let her know I had sent her something she wanted (via email).  I found out my mother and uncle were in a car accident on Thursday.  Fortunately, they weren't hurt but the same can't be said for everyone in the accident - one woman was killed.  They were crossing a road with water and their car was swept away.  The car ended up partially submerged and the woman drowned.  I'm grateful they were okay but at the same time this is awful.

I'm hoping for a calmer day tomorrow.  I have to finish the wedding gift, but at the same time I have a story in my head I want to get out.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Vacation!

Ken, Vicki and I took vacation to go to Florida for one of Vicki's conferences.  On the way we stopped to see Virginia and Stephanie.  It was good to see them and have time with them.  When we were with them we kept it low key and hung out at their house.  We grilled out, played games, and just spent time together.

Florida was hot.  I can't say I was impressed.  It was hot and muggy.  The hotel staff were rude and the manager was no help.  The conference was interesting.

We did see the ocean, we didn't make it to the Gulf.  We spent a morning at the Kennedy Space Center.  It was very interesting but a bit overpriced.

On the way back, we stopped to see the girls again which was again another low key day.  We needed it before the long drive back to Indiana.

By the time Ken and I got back to Wisconsin, we'd put over 3000 miles on the car, visited with our girls, and done some sightseeing.  One thing I am very proud of is we saved up the cash to take this trip.  None of it went on credit cards.  We came home and had a little money left over.  

Ken had to be back to work on July 1 but I had off until July 5.  I went back to work yesterday.  It was odd.  I had vacation brain by 10 am I was ready for a nap.

I got my article in to the crochet magazine.  Now I wait to see if they print it.  I got the crochet pattern in to the other crochet magazine, I have to mail off the project for pictures.  I think - maybe - I'm all caught up on emails for both home and work.  I need to finish the wedding gift I've been working on.  I have it about half done.  I'm printed two patterns I want to use so I'll work finishing the gift this week and over the weekend.  I need to pick buttons and sew them on.  Next step will be to buy a gift bag to put them in.

Unfortunately, my scooter isn't working.  Ken says there is a broken wire and he can't fix it.  This makes it impossible for me to go to work.  I can't walk the distance to get into the building.  I'm taking today and tomorrow off.  I have an appointment with DVR to see if they can help me.  If they can't, the next step will be to see about a loan to purchase the scooter I need.  Hopefully they can move quickly so I don't have to miss too much work.  I'll know more tomorrow - I hope.

Fun Versus Work

I have the feeling I'm going to be struggling with balancing out the need to have down time while I also have a long long list of things...