Feeling a bit better

A little later than I’ve been writing my blog, but hey, today has kind of been weird. So anyhow, here goes, it’s Saturday, August 8th, 2020 and it was hot and miserable out there today. 94 degrees and 94% humidity. I am so glad I didn’t go out today.

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I did not spike any fever last night or so far tonight. So there was no reason to go to ER last night. Seriously, I am feeling so much better, but I don’t want to jinx it. So, I am putting it here and hoping that tomorrow I feel even better.

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I woke up this morning feeling tired but good. I slept till around 11am. It is something I haven’t really been able to do since I got sick. Feeling better made me sleep better.

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I hope to be feeling better tomorrow so I can play in the ending of Jason’s Eberron game. He boosted us to level 14, from level 11. So we can end this campaign with a fair chance for survival and maybe even victory versus the BBEG. I think its gonna be fun, even if somehow we lose. H now has 200hp and still has an AC of 20. So he is a long kill if he does get killed.

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If we don’t play tomorrow we will definitely finish next week. I have been sick long enough. And I am looking forward to starting Spelljammer is the weeks to come. I have only 2nd Edition Spelljammer 1 time before, so this is going to be completely new to me.

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I also hope to run Feise and Chronicles this week. If I have enough energy. I am still more tired than I have been in a long time. And I tire out starting around 6pm which is start time. But, I might just be able to fake it till I make it.

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I owe a big thank you to Cori and Dave B and my players for finding ways to entertain themselves and not bailing on me. I sure as hell didn’t plan on getting that sick for that long.

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And Teresa got me a prescription for the little pearl cough medicine which has done wonders for coughing due to allergy to my dogs. I have no idea what the med is actually called, but they are tiny little golden pearls and they work wonders on chronic cough.

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Going to the ER if fever spikes tonight

Welcome to August 7th, 2020. The weather guy says feels like is 91 with 70% humidity. Teresa said it’s not that bad. I say I don’t want to go outside, so it doesn’t really matter. It is yucky compared to the last several days and nothing anyone says will make me believe otherwise.

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I fully expected to receive my stuff from AARP yesterday or today and it still hasn’t arrived. Mom signed me up last Monday I believe, so maybe it will be here on Monday. I am just curious as to what propaganda they send with their welcome kit. Mom said that they are also sending a trunk cooler for when you buy frozen stuff at the Grocery Store. So at least something useful will come out of AARP.

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I should have went to the ER last night, but I didn’t want to end up being admitted to the hospital on my birthday. So, tonight we are going to watch my temperature climb and see where it ends up. We have been killing it with Tylenol at 101.3, but now every doc has said to stop using Tylenol and let the fever climb till it stops on it’s own, with orders to head to the ER if it breaks 101.5. Which I am sure will happen tonight. So tonight, around 10pm we will be heading to the ER in all likelihood.

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I feel achy all day long but don’t run a fever. Then, come evening the fever sets in and keeps climbing and climbing. It sucks, I feel bad all day, the feel out of it all evening. Even with taking the Tylenol, I still was out of it for hours every night for most of the last 12 or so. I had 2 good days in the middle of this mess. Those were the days I posted how great I felt and what a good mood I was in. I’m still in a decent mood, I just feel like crap.

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A year from today will be my first STILL NOT DEAD YET party. It was supposed to be tomorrow, but Covid-19 happened and my doc said no more than 10 people gathered in one place and all of them better be wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Not good for a party. So, I got to live at least 1 more year to host my STILL NOT DEAD YET party next year.

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Oh, the steak dinner last night was good (my baked potato got over cooked on the way home). The steak was cooked perfectly, the bread was nicely made, the French dressing was wonderful on the salad. It was a wonderful birthday meal. And it would make for a wonderful regular meal as soon as Teresa wants to haul all the way out there again.

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Did some more research on my knee problems. Calcium build ups are common and there isn’t jack they can do about it. The shots work temporarily (like 2 months tops), your best bet is to just live with the pain. Yay rah. Pain I can’t do anything about for the rest of my life.

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At least on September 8th, I will be going to see an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo about getting my Plantar Fasciitis taken care of. That WILL be one less pain I have to worry about for the rest of my life. Still will walk funny cuz of my knees, but it won’t hurt my heel anymore.

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If I end up in the hospital, I won’t be playing in Jason’s Eberron Dungeons and Dragons game. Also, if I am running a serious fever I won’t be playing this Sunday. I want to play, I want to finish this campaign, but if I am still this sick, I just won’t be up for it. I hope everyone understands.

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Happy 50th Birthday to me, heh

Today is my 50th Birthday, the big 5 0. Smack is the center of middle age. Truly a day I NEVER though I would live see, but here I am. Happy Birthday to me.

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So much for a beautiful day on my birthday. It is storming all over the state. Kind of of reminds me of how I feel right now.

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I ran fevers last night. Fevers that should have had me in the emergency room. But after discussion it with Teresa, we decided we were going to go spend hours in the ER. So I took a couple Tylenol and took a couple Ambien and went to sleep (sort of). I only seem to run these fevers at night, which seem weird to me.

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Which wins, trigger insomnia or ambien? The answer is triggered insomnia with a nod to the ambien for getting me a little sleep. Speaking of sleep, I think I can get a little more right now. So I am gonna save draft on you all. I’ll finish this later.

I did get a 4 1/2 hour nap. That made me feel considerably better.

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We finished watching The Umbrella Academy last night. I rated the whole season as a DUD. The ending was a shocker though, so I got to give them credit for that. But a good ending does not make up for a boring storyline to get to it. The first season was so good, the second season was so BLAH. The proposed third season is set up to be good again. Let us hope, they have a third season.

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I am very much looking forward to Texas Roadhouse for dinner tonight. Teresa has volunteered to go get it and bring it home tonight for my birthday dinner. Haven’t had a properly cook steak since March. It’s going to be good. It has to be good. Yeah, it’ll cook a little more on the way home as its about a 20 minute ride from Texas Roadhouse to here, so I will order it medium rare hoping for nice medium.

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I feel atrocious. Like someone kicked me to the curb. I am hoping this is just temporary and things will get better soon. I’d hate to have lived thru cancer twice to be taken out by a fricking cold that won’t go away. But at least we know it’s not Covid-19.

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My blood stats are in limbo for 14 more days. If I keep being sick, they won’t be improving. Dr. Alkhateeb said he wants me to switch to monthly blood tests. That won’t fly with Dr. Wehbe. Dr. Wehbe likes blood tests before chemo and then 2 weeks later when I see him or his nurse. That is ok, we’ll play the silly game of sending them when I am getting chemo and not sending them when I am not getting chemo. That should be easy enough. I wish Dr. Alkhateeb would talk to Dr. Wehbe, that would make life so much easier on me.

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It’s my 50th birthday and I feel like crap. That is the take from this blog post. Happy Birthday to me. I’m 50 now. No more 49. 49 seemed to last forever, that maybe because of the lockdown half way thru. But here is to hoping that 50 is a better year.

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There will be beautiful weather for my birthday

Ah, August 5th, 2020 was the last of the truly beautiful August days. High was around 79, the sun was shining, it was just wonderful. Tomorrow is supposed to be more of the same. Then it’s supposed to get progressively hotter this weekend. At least I should have a nice day for my birthday.

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Today was the last day of my most current chemo rounds. The whole process is getting rather boring. Go and sit for 2+ hours and get poison pumped into me. For 3 days out of every 4 weeks. To mix things up they rotate the nurses every month. Being bipolar and having a bunch of anxiety disorders makes me HATE this monthly change. Just about the time I get used to a set of nurses, in comes a new set. Bah. Oh well, it went off without a hitch after being postponed a week. I am that much closer to the big day I get to choose whether I get to come off chemo or not.

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Lexapro works for my depressions. Even the little baby dose I took worked to break up my downward swing. However, coming off it has caused serious insomnia. Like Sonata didn’t do anything to knock me out insomnia. I hope this after effect doesn’t last long. Triggered insomnia is worse than the random insomnia I get. I can’t explain how, it just is.

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Today was the arrival of about 30 pounds of gummi-type candies. Beyond my orange and cream gummi bears, I have rings of many flavors peach, cherry, blueberry, and more. 30ish pounds of this stuff… makes me happy. All of these come from the Albanese Candy Factory. Now, I remember going off about the Albanese Gummi Bears and how awful they were. I still stand by that statement about there regular Gummi Bears. But their Orange and Cream Gummi Bears are amazing. So, I thought I’d give some of their other stuff a try. It was a Birthday present to myself.

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Yes, my 50th birthday is tomorrow. I am comfortably into the middle of middle aged according to google. Teresa took tomorrow off. We won’t do anything special, but we will enjoy each others company. Teresa will be driving to the Texas Roadhouse and getting us STEAK for dinner. And I will be laying here doing nothing, probably not napping probably not reading probably somewhat miserable cuz I can’t sleep, which makes my mind go whacko thinking real fast and that makes me miserable.

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On the good news front, my brother and mother ARE definitely planning to relocate back to the Region in June of next year. This means I get to visit the Region again. And I will have a place for my “Still Ain’t Dead Yet” party August 7th, 2021. I hope I get to visit my brother and mother before they leave Longmont, Colorado. I hope there is a vaccine for Covid-19 before June of next year. I need to finish my bucket list by having Del Taco’s Macho Combo Burrito, and they live like 5 minutes from a Del Taco now.

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And finally, I will know my future of August 20th. Was it just a bad cold which takes time to recover from? Or the Dacogen (chemo) stopped working and my body is going back to producing crap instead of healthy cells? Right now, it’s a 50/50 option. This is what my brain is cycling fast on. If its the first option, no biggie numbers will improve, if its the second option, I see a Bone Marrow Transplant in my future (Had a stem cell transplant before), and a lot more chemo.

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That is it, I am done. Video inbound. Peace Love and Gummi things.

A lot is riding on the labs of August 20th

Another beautiful day here in Adel. August 4th, 2020 is going down as another great day to be living here in Central Iowa. The sun is shining, but it’s not hot. I think the high today was 79, so a little warmer than yesterday. But still quite nice for August, tomorrow promises to be more of the same.

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Day 2 of chemo went well enough once they got the orders signed, that took a half hour of being hooked up to saline. But that is not to say the nurses didn’t do their job, they got me and got on me hooked up with the IV and had me there early, it was just the nurse practitioner who was slow on the uptake. Anyhow, once orders got signed, I got my Zofran and then my chemo (still forget the name of it, sorry). 2 1/2 hours after I arrived I got to leave. 1 more day of chemo to go for this run.

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I’m still having problems concentrating with the lower hemoglobin, if it keeps going down this will just keep getting worse. Not looking forward to this being a permanent thing, I really don’t want to go back to getting blood infusions.

The other side of this is I am horribly tired all the time. Worse fatigue than just the chemo fatigue. But I am having problems napping appropriately now. I lay here in bed and just can’t shut down my rapidly running mind which may or may not be related to everything else.

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My 50th Birthday is the day after the day after tomorrow. August 6th, 1970 was the day that I came into the world. Sorry world, I wouldn’t go back and change anything. Yeah, I have had a rough life, health wise. But I have made lifelong friends, and I have had a lot of good times. I married the most wonderful woman in the world, and I have been with her for 28 years (married 27). See, I am a super lucky guy. Yeah, I have terminal cancer, but I keep beating the odds and surviving. I have no illusions that this will go on for a lot of years. To be honest, I just want to live 3 more years. Totally blow the mind of all the doctors at Mayo. See, I already have them confused about me being alive after 2 years, if I can live 5 years post transplant it will surely blow their collective minds. And it will give me a chance to take Teresa on our 30th anniversary trip. That is something to live for. Anything for my love.

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I am not capable of running D&D tonight (sorry jubal). I won’t be capable of running D&D on Thursday night either. I hope to be able to play D&D in Jason’s Eberron game on Sunday, but I am not promising anything at this point.

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Chemo tomorrow

Dr. Eastin (my shrink, video appointment) 8/18 11:15am

Labs/Dr. Wehbe Clive office 8/20 8:40am

Dr. Matta (my dentist) 8/20 11:00am

Chemo Clive Office 8/31-9/2 Appointments to be made for times

That’s my medical schedule for this month, unless Dr. Alkhateeb calls us up to Mayo sooner, which I doubt he will. Not a bad month medical appointment wise. I may try to reschedule Dr. Matta, because I really don’t like to do multiple appointments on the same day. And because I am dying and don’t really give a crap about my teeth as long as the don’t hurt. So, I can push her appointment off with zero guilt.

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The real test if my system is failing will be the labs on August 20th. I could have had a baddish virus which wreaked havoc on my system and it is gonna take a while to recover (that is what I hope). OR the chemo has stopped working and my body is reverting back to making crap instead of hemoglobin and platelets. (which is a possibility). The labs on August 20th SHOULD answer the question as to which it is. Hopefully my numbers will be on the upswing and it was just a silly virus. Even though the blood cultures test came back clean. BAH, I don’t want to think about this right now.

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I’m gonna end this now. I don’t know if that was all I wanted to share, but it seems like I shared a lot. So, that is it. I’ll go grab a video.

My blood stats are dropping rapidly

Today has been one beautiful day, especially since its August 3rd, 2020, the high was only 77 degrees. Amazing weather right now. Seriously, it feels like April outside right now, but all good things must come to an end, temps and humidity into the 90s are expected by next week Saturday. Ah well, at least I get to go out during the nice weather for 2 more days.

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My blood stats are in the crapper and I don’t know why. My Hemoglobin which has been 12.5-12.7 since January was only 10.5 today. My platelets down to from 259 to 218. Bleh, No wonder I feel like crap and super tired worse than normal. The problem I see here is the drop happened in less than 4 weeks. This could just be anomalous or it could be something very VERY serious. I have pleas out to both of my cancer docs for answers. I’m worried, really. The PA I saw today (didn’t catch his name) said it’s nothing to worry about. I said “it’s not happening to you”. And he agreed. But it does explain why I have been so tired and why I have mentally been confused. Less blood to flow thru the brain. Yeah, no wonder I feel crappy.

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I bailed on playing in Jason’s Eberron game last night. I felt to rotten and my mind had problems focusing (see above). I know I let the other players down, and Jason too for that matter. It was to be the final game of the Eberron campaign. Hopefully I will feel better next Sunday, but I am not counting on it. I can’t play if I can’t think straight.

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I told the players of Feise that I would be running on Tuesday night, but I am just not sure. I am thinking it’s probably better if I don’t. I have big plans for Feise but I wouldn’t able to truly implement them with a mind unable to focus. So, after I get done writing this blog, I will jump on Discord and tell them what is going on.

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Chronicles is off this week, I had planned that for a long time cuz Thursday is my Birthday. I want to get back to it though, I have big plans for Chronicles too.

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My 50th Birthday is probably not going to be that exciting. There is nothing that I want for my birthday. Dinner has already been decided, Texas Roadhouse, Teresa is going to go pick it up. I don’t want a cake. Yeah, I am going to have a pretty boring birthday for it being my 50th. With a special thank you to Covid-19 making it impossible to go out and do much of anything.

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August 8th was supposed to be my STILL AINT DEAD YET party, but again thanks to Covid-19, it’s not going to happen. So I have to survive another year so I can have my party. Heh, with my mom and brother’s plan to move back to the region next summer, I at least will have a place to host next year’s official STILL AIN’T DEAD YET party on August 7th, 2021.

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Well, I am done sharing for today. Having problems thinking about what to talk about, so I am finished for now. I’ll go grab a video and then slap a title on this entry.

Sleeping thru just another day

Yep, the high today is only 79 gorgeous degrees, very surprising for Sunday, August 2nd, 2020. There is a slight breeze outside which makes it even cooler. It’s such a nice turn on the weather from what we normally get. The weather man says the average temperature for this date is 85. I don’t remember any early August being that reasonable, the must average for the date’s temperature to the beginning of recorded temps. Oh well, it is a nice Sunday, and I have slept thru most of it.

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I slept till 3:30pm for all intents and purposes. I went to bed at 11pm, which calculates out to 15 1/2 hours straight sleeping. I am going to try not to nap today. Tomorrow I have to get up.

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Tomorrow starts chemo again. They wouldn’t give me chemo last week cuz I was too sick, this week I feel like a million of sleepy bucks. So chemo at 1pm tomorrow and at 11am on Tuesday and Wednesday. When they have to schedule the chemo less than 2 weeks away you get what you get as far as scheduling goes. I will get up and go and be so sleepy while there, but I won’t sleep cuz there will be too many people there and the second reason is I snore loudly.

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Tonight we play in Jason’s Eberron game. That is if I wake up in the next 2 hours. Anyway, I am looking forward to playing these last several adventures that Jason has planned for us. His Eberron game has been fun, I really wish that my Seasonal Affective Disorder hadn’t wiped me out from the beginning of the game. SAD sucks. Well, I should be there for the end of Eberron and the start of Spelljammer.

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In about a month and a half Seasonal Affective Disorder will hit me hard. It used to hit mid-winter, but since my transplant, it has hit in the fall (when it hits so many people, when its supposed to hit). Mid-to late September, when everyone is oohing and ahhing over the pretty changing leave, my mood goes down into the dumps. I am thankful for Dr. Eastin, he is going to keep me straight this year. He says he can do it and I believe him. But we really shall see if he is there when my mood takes a downward spiral. And he gives me the right med to make me better. Then he will truly be my hero.

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Feared by Hell has finally gotten good. It took it 47% of the book to get there, but I am enjoying it now. I like all the characters, even the main guy which I didn’t like earlier in the book. And the book has a good rhythm to it. So, hopefully I will finish it off tomorrow. And move on to something else. Funny though Feared by Hell said the book takes 3 1/2 hours to read and I am on day 4 lol.

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Waiting for the mail from AARP, my mom signed me up for 5 years. I was all wishful thinking on her part. But at least I will get it for however long I continue to live. I went thru the benefits of being in AARP and it seems somewhat useful to us. I lived this long, thru all the crap I have lived thru, it is about time that someone gives me something for surviving this long. So, mom ordered my membership last week, and they will ship it around my 50th birthday.

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Speaking of my 50th birthday, it is in 4 days (including today). I am just surprised that I have lived this long. I have nearly died so many times and still I am alive to reach 50. I am not only alive but I am kind of thriving. Heh, I also proving that Dr. Alkhateeb doesn’t know what to do with me. I am an anomaly. By all rights I should be dead and he has no idea why I am not. Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, I don’t mind him not knowing what to do and him just guessing at this point. As long as I get the option to come off chemo in November, all is well. I still haven’t decided if I am coming off chemo or not. I want to, but I am afraid. Oh well, I still have a few months to make the decision. It’s all good.

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Between Dr. Alkhateeb and Dr. Wehbe, I feel I am in incredibly good hands. Both docs are working hard at keeping me alive. Dr. Wehbe’s office is officially miffed at Dr. Alkhateeb for not sharing any information. Heh, I got the feeling that Dr. Alkhateeb never shares information, but that is ok. He tells me and I relay the information. This has worked out so well so far. I do wish the doc’s would talk. But for now, it’s all good.

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Well folks, I guess this it is for today. Peace, Love and Gummi Bears for all. I’ll go grab a video and name this blog. For that is what I do.

I’m loving our weather

What a nice day it is. The sun is shining on this August 1st, 2020. Not a drop of rain in sight as of now. Just a perfect 81 degree day with a relatively moderate humidity. Got to love the weather we are having. Today was only predicted to get to 76 degrees, but I wont balk at 81, it’s a really nice day.

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My mind has been running about 900 miles per hour all last night and today. I finally broke down and took a Xanax. Let’s hope it slows things down a little. It’s been really hard to read (which I am doing anyway) and hard to concentrate on anything. I got things to do (nothing exciting).

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Pucky seems to be having an off day. Mojo seemed to just be Mojo. Hope nothing is wrong with Pucky. But I guess everyone and every living thing can have a baddish day, I think he is just hurting from getting old, I know those go. I know I have plenty of those. Mojo came to Teresa from outside while barking, he just stopped barking and trotted into the house and stopped by Teresa. I normally have to call several times. Mojo is definitely Teresa’s dog.

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I am still reading Feared by Hell and it finally just got interesting at about 50% of the way thru the book. I will finish the book because I refuse to leave a book I have invested time into unfinished. I don’t know what I am going to read next, I have a lot of choices as I keep “buying” the free books on Amazon. I am not making the most of my free Kindle Unlimited account. I will cancel that in October when the 3 months of free Kindle Unlimited expire.

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Teresa has quite possibly the oddest collection of music under her “pop” playlist on Amazon. As we are going thru soft pop music, we hit some Queen, that’s fine, then we go along thru some more definitive pop and we run into Bon Jovi, alright, we aren’t too surprised by that, we go along a little further we hit Ozzy Ozbourne, that one just doesn’t seem to fit under the pop banner. Oh well, Crazy Train is a good song, so more power to the pop.

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So far for my birthday I got 20% off anything at Converse online (might get a personally designed pair of Chuck Taylor’s), and 5% of anything over 999 dollars at ibuypower, so not in the market for new computer or anything computer related. So that was a nice email that will be ignored. I don’t know if any more stores have my birthday, the might… I am curious to see what else I get. I don’t really need or want anything, but heh, its nice to have options, especially for your birthday.

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I slept most of the hours from 10:30pm to 1pm. Yeah, I got up to use the restroom several time during that and I did have brunch around 9:30am. But mostly it was a solid sleep. It felt good, I am tired, but not as tired as I have been. Still dealing with fatigue from the chemo plus recovering from being sick, I should be wiped out. It’s ok, I don’t have anything else pressing to do, so I can sleep as much as I need to.

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Chemo which was supposed to be last week, instead happens starting tomorrow. Which turns everything else a week later. Which means my last chemo day will be November 25th. Really close to Thanksgiving. I’m supposed to get in to see Dr. Alkhateeb before the end of November, so it’s gonna be a tight squeeze to fit me in. But we’ve done the before. Don’t care about chemo Thanksgiving, I want a no-chemo Christmas. Teresa right now is Very against the idea of me coming off chemo. But Dr. Alkhateeb and Dr. Wehbe are on board for me to come off before the December run would happen. Literally the worse that happens is my blood stats start to fall and I have to go back on the chemo. We will have plenty of notice if that happens.

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The Xanax I took earlier seems to be working. I was fighting to write this blog, now that I am virtually done, things in head have slowed down quite a bit. This makes it where I can concentrate on writing but I don’t think I have anything more to share today. So I will end this here. Peace, Love, and Gummi Bears to all who read this blog.

Things are going so well

Welcome to my blog. Welcome to my life.

It’s a beautiful 80 degrees outside with only a 51% humidity. Beautiful, beautiful. I can’t get over this week’s predicted temps. Just incredible for the end of July and beginning of August. Next week highs are in the upper 70s. Wow, I have never seen anything like that since moving back to the Midwest, just weirdly delightful.

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Let’s see, I cancelled the appointment for my knees. The ortho doc wouldn’t do anything if my knees aren’t hurting and with the humidity so low, they do not hurt hardly at all (read that as just a little). I had a talk with my mom last night, she has exactly the same knee problems that I have. Her doc said the shots would be of minor help so she chose not to get them, as have I.

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I thought I was getting a 90 day extension on my driver’s license renewal. Heh, they gave me till the 6th of February, 2021. But I have all my ducks in a row and am going to get my new license of September 10th at 3pm. Yep, I am legal to drive, but I can not use my current license as ID until after I get a new one. So basically for a month and a few days, I won’t be able to legally prove I am 50. lol.

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I feel so much better, but my body is saying it needs to catch up with sleep. I am sleeping 12-14 hours a day right now. Not the worse I have ever been, but bad enough. I want to get back to sleeping 10 hours a day, but right now I think that might be impossible. After being so sick, my body wins, after I finish this blog, it is back to bed for a short nap.

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Teresa is picking up HuHot for dinner. MMMM, love me some HuHot. I am curious as to whether my green peppers are gonna stay firm or go the mushy route on the way home. Ah, such is my problems. Its all good, the beef will still taste good. And the sauce is always good too. Just haven’t really considered HuHot before today cuz I know the green peppers go to mush and I hate mushy green peppers. But Teresa wanted it, so I agreed with no problem. We shall see how it turns out.

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I slowed down on my reading. I am having problems getting into the book that Teresa recommended. Feared by Hell: Mr Brownstone book 1. I am about 25% in to the book and nothing really has happened that has been interesting. But I will plod thru it, if for no other reason but to make Teresa happy. They just landed in Peru (I think) and they are supposed to run into cultists, that might be something. But it has started off really slow. I should have knocked this book out already cuz its a short book, but my mind is back to running around 9000 things at once which makes it hard to read. But I will buckle down tonight and try to finish it.

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Jason says the game is on for Sunday. Yay for the small things in life. Sunday we will be playing one of the last of the Dungeons and Dragons Eberron games. I get to roll H out and hopefully get to find the BBEG. Save fighting the BBEG until later. That’s going to be a heck of a fight. I do believe as soon as he or we are dead, the campaign is over. Then Spelljammer will likely begin shortly thereafter. I don’t expect to have to slog back to Sharn to turn everything in cuz that would just be Luna roleplaying while the rest of us stand around.

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I turn 50 in 6 1/2ish days. Mom paid for 5 years of AARP for me, the card and information should arrive within those 6 1/2 days. Heh, they have been inviting me to join since I got Medicare in 2003, but I wasn’t old enough. Now I am finally going to be old enough and mom has me hooked up with 5 years worth of AARP, so I am set. She says I have to live 5 more years in order to renew it. I told her I would try. So, now I am waiting for the mail to come from AARP.

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I’m in a great mood. Everything is going well. It might be the Lexapro. It might just be me. I don’t care which it is. Bring on the good mood. And this little attempt to make things better proves to me that Dr. Eastin knows what he is talking about. So, I am holding no fear of Seasonal Affective Disorder which is due in a month and a half. Dr. Eastin will know exactly what to give me to battle SAD. Yep, I have total faith in him.

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I am thinking of getting personalized plates for my car. The Black Out plates are 60 bucks, but HECTIC is available. Yeah, buddy, the Black Out plates would look cool on my Orange car. My car is within 5 years of being considered a classic. LOL. It runs great and everyone who has worked on it has said it is clean and runs better than expected, considering its a 2005 Dodge Neon. Yeah, I think I am gonna order the Black Out plates, once I run it by Teresa who will say, “it’s your money.”

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That is it today. I told my mom I wasn’t going to nap, but I think I am going to catch a short one while I wait for Teresa to get home. But beyond that, I wish you all well. Peace, Love and Gummi Bears to all. Here’s a video to send you off.

Things are going great and only getting better

It’s another beautiful day in Adel. For July, 30th, 2020 to be this nice, somewhere has to be getting ridiculously bad weather. It’s only 81 degrees at noon, with mid range humidity. Yeah, buddy, I will take that happily. Next week highs are supposed to be in the 70s, nice way to start August too.

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My wonderful wife, Teresa found my wallet. How it got to where she found it, I have no clue. But she found it on top of the vacuum cleaner. Strange, since I never go near the thing. But the point of the matter is, my wallet has been located. Happy happy. I’d hate to have to replace all the cards again, it sucked last time, would suck worse this time. Yes, I have lost my wallet before.

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I’m cancelling my appointment with Iowa Ortho. My knees don’t hurt when humidity is below 70% so there is nothing they can do for me. It is called arthritis, welcome to getting old. Yes, its both knees and most of the year they don’t bother me. Oh they don’t like bitter cold either. So, to fix my knee issues, I need to move to someplace low humidity and warm all the time…. sounds like the desert. And I am not moving back to the desert, so I guess I will just live with intermittent pain.

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Getting sick had made me depressed, Dr. Eastin jumped right in and gave me a tiny dose of Lexapro. I did not think it was working, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t feel better mentally about the time I was feeling better physically. Might be coincidence, but I think it was the Lexapro. Because I am in a real good mood, and don’t feel physically 100% yet. That doesn’t normally happen for me. Anyhow, this gives me hope for Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is due to hit in about a month and a half.

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My 50th Birthday is in exactly one 1 week. Next Thursday, August 6th. Yeah, buddy. The birthday that was never supposed to happen. I’ll be happy to say I made it. Wishing I could spend it with the people I love, but stupid Covid. But I do get to spend it with the greatest wife anyone could ever have. So, it’s not going to be too lonely of a birthday.

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I think with me getting healthy enough and Jason finally being better too that on Sunday we will be playing Jason’s Eberron Dungeons and Dragons game. It will be nice to play H again. We’re still close to the end of the campaign. So every game is sort of bittersweet. But all the players have agreed to play Spelljammer, so maybe it will just be us moving on. Nah, its gonna be the end of a great campaign and the start of an unknown, but with Jason running it, it will be fun.

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Feise san Aeglais is set to resume on Tuesday. I’m introducing a new plot. It took forever for me to come up with this plot. I hope it works. But anyhow, it should shuffle down pretty fun for the players. Better than what they have been doing for sure.

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Chronicles on Thursday night will not happen next week due to it being my birthday. Everyone seemed to be ok with taking one more week off. I’m still not up to running the game tonight, so they will have a 3 week break instead of the 2 week break Feise did. Heh, so it goes.

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I know I am not drinking enough fluids during the day. I am going to get one big lecture for Dr. Alkhateeb when I see him in November. I mean there are days I drink plenty, but overall I am not drinking enough water. Nothing good comes from dehydrating yourself, but I just don’t know what to do about it. I know I am supposed to drink 4 bottles of water a day. I normally get 3 to 3 1/2. Not far off, but still not enough. I guess I will just try harder to drink 4 bottles every day. Maybe Teresa’s dot suggestion will work. I am about willing to try anything.

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I think I have blathered enough for today. I’m gonna go grab a video and then title this blog. Then post it, post it, then email the link. Yep, that is what I am gonna do. Peace, Love, and Gummi Bears.