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Saturday, April 15, 2017

04-15-17 TOAM - Two weeks to catch-up

Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 8:20 am

Good morning.  This is me and we're thinking that it is going to be a shorter day writing.  I've decided to try and copy our Monthly Overview we have put together this week, and then possibly we can explain some of it before, or after we get company this weekend ... It is Easter weekend and we talked to Thom last night, and Maury and Joe's families are coming today, and Rich saw Chris and his family last night, and then Jon and RJ and Rich's Mom and Bud are coming tomorrow.  BIG events ... Now we have to get over the parts of needing work done here, but more on that PLUS medical to be coming in a bit ... first let's look at the new Monthly Overview.  :)

Hmm, that didn't work out - though it does give a general overview of the Evernote (EN) note.  Let's see if we can get another version, hmm?

Try this link, k?


Did it work?

Yay! ... Thinking that it did ... and if you by chance opened the link, it might have put you to sleep.  He-he we're still not tired of it yet, but recognize that we're using it to gather several sheets of information instead of all the other sheets.  We'll find out this week - which idea is going to work the best.

Back - it's now 12:16 pm.  I'm not sure all of what happened since we started working at 8:20 am.  One of the things we did remember though is that we talked to my sister for awhile.  It was a good conversation.  She had a lot of medical information from her own experience as related to my "female problems."

Maybe we should start about there - medical, because that seems to have dominated so much time lately.  I think you were aware that on the 25th of March, we started to have post-menstrual bleeding.  We then saw a new gynecologist the following Monday after we tracked her down in a process.  We met with her, Rich and us on April 3rd.  She did a biopsy in the office, and then scheduled us for an ultrasound a few days later.  Then there was some waiting until test results came in.  By the 13th, we knew that we were going to have to get a hystero-scopy, D&C, and a polypectomy if those kinds of problems became apparent.  She stated that she was going to start there, but it has been heavily suggested that we are going to end up with a hysterectomy with Dr. Gandhi.  The D&C, etc. surgery will be on May 15th, and we are going in for a pre-surgery conversation on May 1rst, and we will be ok'd for surgery by Dr. Dorman on the 26th of April, and then backing-up before that, we will get blood tests for both the surgery and for the diabetes on the 24th of April - again today is the 16th.

 We are also having problems with our back.  We were sent for x-rays, and then we met with a pain doctor, and she scheduled us for an MRI and then sent us to Dr. Augusthy.  We then had a visit with him, and he stated that we were going to need shots in our spine, so that happened - started on Wednesday this week.  The nurses said they will call us soon to schedule a second set of shots which is customary.  We can have 3-4 shots a year, but so far the shots aren't taking so well.  We've been not putting too much pressure on it - we were supposed to rest 3 days, but that is that part.  I don't know how long they will try, before they have to do surgery.  He was sounding as if surgery had too many complications, but we can't just go from shot to shot forever.  We'll see.  

The last series of problems have to do with our weight, diet and diabetes.  Actually, we're on the good side in that we've been on a diet for almost a month and have lost 12 pounds.  It doesn't seem like a lot, but it has been a big effort.  I can't imagine what all, we will go through in the process going forward.  There is just a lot to do.  We've had problems with the diabetes, in that we are eating so good, that we probably don't need all the medicine that we're getting.  We dropped from an average of 230 b/s to now having an average of 175 b/s.  During the time we went in for the back injection, we'd gone down to 70 so they had to put sugar in the IV they were giving us.  It was in part due to not being able to eat all morning leading up to that.  So, this situation should be cleared up with meeting Dr. Dorman in 11 days.  We are looking forward.

The other part of our health concerns is that we are now seeing a nurse and PT person, each two times a week.  That has met with mix results, but on the positive side ... they've been good help.  The matcher to all that has been that we've been REALLY into Evernote again.  That part is still blowing us away!

Ok, it is the next day - afternoon and it's Easter.  The place is all picked up again and we've taken our shower and gotten dressed.  We're still waiting for the clean table cloth after having used it yesterday for our Easter with the kids yesterday, but we're all good.  Maybe we'll start there today.  We had a REALLY nice time, and to make it even better, Thom called the night before so we got our Trifecta - talking to all three sons at the same time - or close enough!  First Thom ... big deal is that he and Cathy are still doing very well, and his job has altered in that - there is a little break in what he's doing.  AND, the most fun part?  He and Cathy have a new house.  They are renting to own through his old boss and friend who had been transferred to the United States.  It took them a while to let Thom do this, but it is a good deal for both of them.  The house sounds fantastic - and we'll just leave here the part where he lives on the side of a MOUNTAIN!  WooHOO!!!  That's a good deal!

Maury and Ana came early yesterday and they brought Isa, but Andy is working on his first job and couldn't get off.  We missed him, but were grateful to be seeing Isa.  I appreciate her Mom for giving us the time on her weekend.  Today Isa will be with the other side of the family and all we heard was cousins AND Easter Egg hunt.  Hehe - Sounded pretty good.  Isa had some really fun news.  She and a friend are going to be in their schools talent show.  They will be singing.  Very excited for them.  I don't know the dates and if Rich is fishing, but I would love to surprise her by being there.  IF - it isn't just a day time thing at the school.  I think that's what our early talent shows were.  I was never in one and we give Isa a lot of courage points for singing in front of a LOT of people!

We also set-up some time with Rich and Ana to see if she could help him a little bit.  Maybe?  There wasn't too much.  Well mostly, we talked about work and family and ideals and such and then Joe and Cari came and we talked about similar things.  I don't think people were much interested in my little bit on medical, but they picked up on what we added on having spoken to Thom.  That was nice.  I know the boys are close, but Thom being so far away doesn't give much to the conversation and concern with real active living.  Everyone pretty much has their own life.  

Ok, we're back.  We only have a little time right now.  We're almost up for the next event.  Jon called a few moments ago to say they were on their way, and then Rich left to pick up a few things at the store, and then he'll pick-up his mother and Bud.  We Set the table.  It is 1 pm now, everyone will be here between 2:30-2:45 pm and dinner should be at 3 or there about.  Rich is very good at getting a meal out in time.  It's a very nice day out.  We've been listening to Fareed Zakaria and others in the background and just poking around in our regular computer life.  We got things caught up.  AND, we've just started closing aol and Facebook, because they are such detractors from me being productive.  That's very important to us, and we're just barely getting started.  Having a two page blog entry where we don't get very far is at least an improvement from where we don't get anywhere at all.  Woohoo ... 1,570 words.  I think according to the writing things we're reading that word counts are important.  It gives us "writers" a sense of accomplishment.  Some people have word-count goals - like 500 words to 2000 words or much more per day.  I'm not there yet, but might have to roll into that if we get way behind.

One of the things going on is that the other day, we did some numbers on what it would take to being a VERY productive writer.  We are now 57 years old, and if we were to retire at 65 years, then we have obviously, 8 more years to go.  If we continued blogging, that would mean by the end of our "professional" life, we would have been write for 96 months for 22 years of work.  SOOO that is about 264 months to get our work done.  We had gone back to 2003 and up to 2025.  This means to get the work done on time where the editing catches up with the writing on April 30, 2025, I have to finish editing a chapter (e-book) each 11 days.  I marked it as starting tomorrow.  I think it might be fine in the beginning where the e-books are very short, but they get longer.  I would like to be able to send things through our new editing program.  It is 23 reports that you send the writing through from anything to Capitalization to sentence structure and the like.  That is what takes so long, but also what makes the writing more valuable.  We figure if we could write that many e-books (condensed books), at 99 cents per effort, we'd make about $250 for every set of books someone would purchase.  I have NOOOOO idea who would spend so much of their life reading such a thing, but we would like to know that before we die - our work is out there - for someone doing Multiplicity research much further down the line.

I would like to think also that it would give other Multiples an idea how to contribute their life to others.  This all seems to be a summary of how the first month and a half has gone since starting Evernote again.  There is a LOT to get through, especially when you consider our weight.  I'd like to be 120 pounds less by next year and potentially back to 140 if that is physically possible with all our skin within a couple of years.  My aren't we making lofty goals!  Hehe

Let's see if we can do a bit of soft serve on the other conversations missing from one time period to another - other than the medical.  Well, one thing is again the Evernote program.  I think we've explained this program before, but we'd like to leave a little emphasis on using a few folders in general ... the most popular have been the inbox, where we send EVERYthing the first time until we can sort it out, and then the second and third were the folders for March and April


and then from those, we get


Ok, that's a lot more information than ANYONE has to know, but we'd like to include it here, because this is our life stream and we really need to be able to wrap our mind around the general project.  These two sets of charts - are EXTREMELY valuable links to EVERYTHING that happens in one's day to day life that puts together for any one person year after year - as a picture to one's life.  I just happen to be a sharing kind of person.  For some reason yet unknown this might be important to someone - though most like not family.  I don't mean to put them down, but sometimes with kids it seems the five minutes you get to share back with them in a meeting every 2-3 months is as much as they really want to know.  I wish this was different, but our lives as they stand aren't really entwined.  I see here the difference between us and like Linda or CS where there kids are much more involved in their lives.  I do miss sometimes not seeing my kids, but I'm entranced when I get a chance to visit.  I do think they love me, just that our trajectories are on different paths. They might think it's interesting that we've for so long been an active blogger, but it doesn't mean they want to hear much about it.  They believe they've picked up enough of our life as if nothing that comes from our brains are very interesting.  I know could be the same with most millions of people on this Earth, but what happens if there were just one other person we could appeal to, wouldn't that be valuable? 

In truth though it is us that has the best time with these thoughts. I like to consider that our life has been captured for me to turn to in just the brush of a page.  We're just starting to get interested, but what will we say to one another within us after so many years of putting letters to page?  What will we learn about ourselves that no one else knows about?  AND to think that within the next eight years, we will have visited all our years from a newer perspective.  We won't be able to change the path, but perhaps there's inspirtation to be found from it.  Maybe we'll learn that after all, we turned out to be quite an interesting person - and of course VERY introspective.  I've made it actually then a study of one (or more - considering we're Multiples).  Maybe we've learned only that we don't like housework.  Sheesh, I hope not.  So many thought aren't on paper, but then - there are those thoughts that have been captured.  They will teach us our basic life direction.  Maybe we've led everything just to these moments - where we consider our life in writing - and again plan for that future.  Pretty cool.  Maybe we could at least start by considering ourselves an author?  With a specialty?  Maybe just in the Multiplicity of One!

Laughing now - stepping of our soapbox.  We're a little concerned that it is now 1:30 pm yup yup ... just let out Dakota - Rich has pulled up with his Mother and Bud, better get going.  Hmm, we haven't put treats out?  what's that all about?

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