grumble, grumble, 15 bucks to take ALEKS again

This afternoon I am going to go see Chris (the PA) for my lungs and my knee.  I have put both issues off until they have become serious enough to be of concern.  My lungs are heavy, feel like someone is standing on my chest.  But I do not have a wheeze.  So, who knows.  I do have a wicked cough though.  Deep and wet sounding.  And my knee just plain hurts now.  For not doing anything to it, I sure am in a lot of pain.  Chris can do something about the first issue, but I don’t know if he can do anything about the second.  But I will give him a chance on both issues and see what he can do.


it’s supposed to be 71 and sunny today.  I can happily live with that.  Would love for it to be in the 70s year round.  That is why my dream is to move to Monterey Peninsula, California, where the weather is 65-75 year round.  Doesn’t that sound sweet.  It is so nice there that most of the houses do not have air conditioners.  As a matter of fact, a good number of them can’t have air conditioners installed because of how the were built back when.  Modern houses, new builds, all have central air though, so if you are going to dream, dream of a new home.


I went to bed last night at 11:05pm and got up at 5:30am.  No where near 8 hours of sleep.  A nap is imperative today.  I made it through yesterday without a nap, I think.  I don’t recall napping yesterday.  I might have snoozed for a little bit, but I don’t think I broke down and napped.  Not that it matters, what matters is today should be a nap day for me.  I will stay up till 9 to take my pills and then catch an hour or two nap.  Then have lunch.  And then go see Chris.  Yeah, that sounds like a plan.


I bailed on Orc #3, I got bored.  So in Skyrim I am playing a High Elf caster.  Doesn’t even carry a weapon.  Has Lydia the tank for that.  My Elf just summons a Flame Atronauch (yes, spelling can be hard) and runs away from combat guys.  My Flame guy just shoots them with fireballs and Lydia attacks them with her sword.  It’s working out pretty good so far.  I am having a lot of fun with Skyrim again.  Who would have thought that a 8 year old game would still be so much fun?


Teresa and Shirley (my mother-in-law) went and saw Captain Marvel last night and then went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner.  I felt like crap and didn’t go.  They  were nice enough to bring me McDonalds for dinner.  They said that Captain Marvel was a good movie even though it took a beating by reviewers.  Teresa said that is was a female-empowerment movie and that is probably why the geek patrol didn’t like it.   Teresa rated it right up there with Wonder Woman, which was a good movie.  And she says the new theater in Waukee is the bomb.  Big seats, which have optional heating and recline way back.  I told her, give me those options and I would fall asleep.


I called DMACC finally, they gave me a code to retake the ALEKS.  So hopefully this afternoon I will take it.  I got Siri and Alexa to help me with may math.  I don’t consider it cheating and much as I consider it using my resources.  I only have to get a 14% to get into my Business Math class.  I should be able to do that still.  Oh yeah, to retake the ALEKS it costs 15 dollars, no one told me that.  I punched in the code, hit enter and it took me to order a book on how to prep for the ALEKS.  I was all “WTF?”.  So I called DMACC back.  Got the head of the Registration department on the phone who explained to me that in order to take the ALEKS again, it costs 15 dollars.  The first lady should have told me that.  But anyway, I will take it hopefully today or tonight and get the info to DMACC so I can finally register for Business Math.

Heh, I have ALEKS anxiety and health anxiety and a touch of school in general anxiety going on.  ALEKS anxiety will be over as soon as I cough up the 15 bucks and take the stupid test again.  Health anxiety should be taken care of today too.  Once I get on the mend it’ll be all good.  School anxiety is way down.  I feel good about school.

Soon I will start rustling up my school supplies.  Pens, pencils, paper, folders, etc… all have to be located or acquired.  I think I have it all from when I tried to go in 2017.  I think it’s all on my shelf.  So this might be the quickest gathering of supplies in history.

3 classes, English, Math and Philosophy to start out with. It’s all good.  Get the hardest class out of the way first.  Damn I hate English Comp.  I write just fine thank you.  Business Math should be a breeze.  And I have no idea what to expect with Philosophy, none what-so-ever.  Heh.


Bone Marrow Biopsy day is coming.  There is no reason to expect anything to be odd about this one on May 10th.  Should be a routine procedure, go in, take a nap, come out with a new hole in my hip.  Another hole in my hip.  I have lost count of the number of these I have had.  But it’s all good, the test results should be wunderbar and I should be good to go for future plans.  Yeah, buddy.


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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