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Transplant Week 17, Random Stuff

Posted Sep 07 2008 8:37pm

Busy, busy busy, which is why I haven’t posted in a while. Last week, I had a few hours of overtime at work, and yesterday, I worked a 10 hour shift. We’ll probably have a lull at my full time job for the next 2-3 weeks, but since school is back this week, the kids will once again be sharing their germs, and we’ll start to see more strep and asthma towards the middle to end of September. I’m at a desk still, so I will have minimal exposure, and am not worried.

Nothing to report transplant-wise this week. I haven’t had labs since my last post, although I’m getting some done on Wednesday.

I’m still walking 5 days/week, although not this week. I have some skin breakdown on my right ankle from rubbing against my AFO (”splint” that helps support my ankle and foot when walking, due to problems related to my CMT ). I did put some Duoderm over it, but will have to forego walking for now. I’ll probably just do my recumbent bike for the rest of the week, since I usually don’t wear my AFO’s around the house.

Today, I have my regular follow up with the Bariatric doctor. Speaking of which, I had started seeing the doctors for Obesity in 1996 or 1997 (back in the Phen-Fen days). One of the doctors who I saw back then left our hospital for a job in Boston. I found out recently that she has written a book on the weigh-loss drug Alli that is now on Amazon.

We ended up not going to the School Board meeting 2 weeks ago. It was a very hectic day, as I was tired from working 10 hours the day before, and Jackie had to go to see her mother, after she ended up in the Emergency Department for a fall. (she’s OK, but was pretty banged up; broken nose, broken finger, rib injuries, and bruising all over). I don’t think it would have done much good anyway. The only consolation is that the taxpayers are beginning to see how out of control the school board and administration are, and are beginning to confront them on their practices.

Jackie started her new job at the end of last week (orientation) and will start in the classroom on Wednesday. She’ll be working in a classroom for autistic children at a privately-run school as a para-professional. The position is above that of an aide, but since she isn’t certified in Special Education, she can’t teach at this point. She has been in contact with her alma mater to look into getting certification in Special Ed, and it will only be 6 classes plus an internship. She hopes that her current job will count for at least some of her internship, and possibly even her 3 years as an Alternative Education teacher counting towards it.

I was flipping through the channels last night, and came upon the Olympics. it was the first time I had them on; I’m obviously not a big fan (I’m more likely to watch the Winter Olympics). It got me thinking about my cousin Bernie, who I haven’t seen in a long time (our grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary party in 1985); my father and his father were brothers. Anyway, the last I knew, he was living in Taiwan. I “Googled” him, and after several different search terms, found that he’s now living in Beijing, and apparently has done well.

It looks as though I’ll be building another computer. Kevin wants a new computer for Christmas, so I gave him the option of a manufactured box or a build-your-own. I’ll be watching Newegg over the next few months to pick up components as they go on sale and have free shipping. It’s not necessarily cheaper doing it this way, but the parts you get for the same money as the cost of a manufactured computer are superior.

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