26 years married thanks to financial aid

I’ve been married to Teresa Campbell for 26 years as of today (we’ve been together quite a bit longer).  The rumor mill in Ridgecrest went that we ran off to Vegas (Vegas sucks) and got married cuz Teresa got pregnant.  The reality of the story is, we moved to Vegas cuz Teresa wanted to go to UNLV (although now she says she didn’t want to move to Vegas, she wanted to move to Los Angeles, but that’s another story).  So we had been together for a year and some at this point and were going to get married after she graduated, however her parents made too much money for financial aid and the only way to get financial aid was for her to become and independent student.  The financial aid lady suggested we get married so they would look at our income instead of her parents.  We made peanuts.  So, we got married, she got financial aid to go to school, and all worked out for the best.—  26 years has stuck with me thru a lot of crap.  But to this date we have still never fought, we’ve had minor arguments and heated discussions, but never stood 6 inches from each other screaming.  It’s been a good 26 years.  — 26 years of me being sick at various degrees.  She has stood by me thru it all.  I put her thru some scary times, and she didn’t flinch.  —  I love this woman with all my heart and all my soul.  She means everything to me.


I got 8ish hours of sleep, I feel pretty good about that.  Some nights it’s harder than others to do that.   Last night wasn’t so bad.  Other than when coming back from the bathroom I wracked myself on the doggie gate, it wasn’t a bad night.  Lord knows I have had worse.  But a nap is still in order later.


206.6 again today.  HuHot is still chugging away in my innards, so I am happy with that weight.  Oh, and for the record, HuHot was exceptional last night.


Yesterday, for Teresa’s birthday, we went to HuHot for dinner, then went to the little ice cream shop in Adel where she got a Amaretto Cherry scoop on a sugar cone.  I was stuffed still from HuHot, so I passed on the Ice Cream.  It was a pleasant evening out.  For our Anniversary, Teresa has chosen Texas Roadhouse, I thought she was going with Saints Pub for Waffle Fries, but Steak won out because they sent her a thing for a free appetizer for her birthday.  It’s all good, I like both places.


Heh, I got the blood test yesterday and my levels were way higher than the test at Mayo, so they didn’t prove anything other than I am getting better.  But they wanted Blood tests on April 1st and they got Blood tests on April 1st.  Next Blood test is April 8th, its not a CBC, its a Cortisol level and a TSH.  The Cortisol level has to be done at 8am.  So, next Monday I am getting up early.


Remember when I bought the drawing supplies, so I could learn to draw.  Well, dammit, I am gonna get them out and start learning to draw.  Yup, there might be an artist in me.  Teresa said I would never touch the supplies I bought, gonna prove her wrong.  I’m gonna try to learn to draw, I might still suck at it, but I’m not gonna hurt anything by trying.


As of last night, Danny had 4 players for his new campaign.  He wants 5.  I am sure he will find the one more player that he needs/wants.  And we will be set.  I’m looking forward to getting in at the beginning of a campaign.


I keep (and I mean KEEP) getting calls from Algona, IA.  I don’t know anyone in Algona, IA, so I don’t answer it.  But the same number has called probably 50 times now, so curiosity is being piqued.   Next time I might just answer it, it’s probably a robocall political call, and won’t that be fun.


Dammit, some school anxiety is creeping in already.  The other stressors were supposed to keep it out.  But I am steadfast in my determination to do this.  I got 4 months and 19 days to get this straight in my head.  Not gonna chicken out with over 4 months to go.  Nope, not me.

I have come to the conclusion that I WON’T be in doing the Honors thing.  My schedule is full and taking the courses as Honors means a lot more writing and extra work.  Stuff I will not have time for.  So, I don’t need the extra stress, so no honors for me.

Still planning on 5 years and 1 semester to do it all, why?  Because if I can do it, I want to do it.  I know it sounds like a long time.  But hey, what do I have besides time?   You saw yesterday all the degrees, certificates and diplomas I will be getting.  Why?  Again, because if I can, I want to.  The reason it’s 5 years and 1 month… the programs I am taking don’t fill complete semesters, so I had to fill them with other classes from other programs and if I am gonna do part of a program, I want to do it all.  Simple as that.


I got a call from one of the shrink’s offices, well a call back, they said they’d take me but it’s a 6 to 8 week wait.  That leaves a 4 to 5 week gap in my medication.  I hope either Mayo is cool with covering it or I can get Chris (the PA) to cover it until I get to see the shrink.  Or maybe, I will find another shrink in the meantime.


Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 49 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

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