Tuesday, November 10, 2009
My husband has told me for years about the dangers lurking on Facebook, how easy it was to download viruses that could totally hose your pc. So I listened to him, the pc technician, and avoided it at all costs! Until a week ago, that is...
You see, friends of HIS at work had finally convinced him to try it, and he was having a lot of fun, playing games, reconnecting with old friends... until finally, I'd had enough, and set up my account! Now that I've been active on facebook for a full week, I thought I'd share my thoughts.
First of all, that Farmville game is DARN addicting! I just need more neighbors! But then again, don't we ALWAYS need more neighbors? More people to cheer us on, and let us know when we're not doing as well as we could? ~grins~ The animals are delightful, with all their sounds and harvests. The only drawback I've seen is with their crops that harvest in days rather than hours--- the Farmville day is 23 hours, Not 24!
Reconnecting with people has been wonderful. Let's face it, I've had more than my share of adventures in the past 10 years, and getting to chat with people from those adventurous times has been fun.
However, I've found myself thinking a lot about the basic premise of Facebook in the past few days. How do people feel about having this one location for ALL your friends and acquaintances to chat? Think about it... do we really want our coworkers (and bosses) to learn about our off-the-clock activities that have been posted on facebook? Do we want our family to know about some of the kids we hung out with back in college? Do we want our pastor/minister to know about our late night adventure on Friday night?
Maybe it's just me, but there are some of my friends who know me as a very straight-laced, almost conservative person. Others, however, would laugh at that description.... They've seen me get silly, outrageous, or opinionated. Personally, I think it's okay that Facebook is becoming the great melding pot of my friends-- because if people only see one side of me, they're not really seeing the whole me.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, I am who I am... but there is only one of me.
By the way, my husband wanted me to mention the fact that he Had picked up a virus during his first week... so please use caution!
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I recently found a doctor who was accepting new patients AND my insurance... Huzzah! But even better than that, she is amazing!!! At my first appointment, my physical, she referred me to a dermatologist because I have a 5mm mole on my upper left arm. Turns out, however, that there are no dermatologists within a 45 mile radius who do accept my insurance ~sighs~... Her office called literally EVERY dermatologist in the area, checking for me.
I took the news fine, and remained optimistic. Who knows? Maybe next year, a new dermatologist will come into the area, and I'll be able to get it taken care of then. The doctor, however, had other thoughts. She called her husband-- turns out he's a surgeon. I was informed last THursday that I had an appointment Tuesday (yesterday). I was amazed by her thinking outside the box, and her ability to get things done...
Get things done... Seems her husband thinks similarly. I show up for the appointment, thinking its going to be a consultation, to figure out where we go from there... I come out minus one mole, and with FIVE stitches in my arm! It's over, it's gone!
I go back next Thursday to see both of them, and will find out my biopsy results then. My dad died of a malignant melonoma, so this has been a weight on me. Now, however, knowing I've got TWO terriffic doctors on my side, I'm feeling a lot better.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I was chatting with my downstairs neighbor last night, when he mentioned that I had inspired him. ~lil grin~ The fact that I inspire anyone is such an amazing feeling, so I had to know more.
Turns out that he had run out of butter while his wife had taken their car for its inspection and maintenance. The store is roughly a half-mile away, has nice sidewalks, and is mostly flat, so he decided to walk there BECAUSE he knows I do it all the time. He was tired by the time he got there, but he did it! I wanted to hug him!
First chance I got, I told my husband about my positive influence. When I got to the part of how he had walked to the store, he was like "Good God! That could have KILLED him!" Our neighbor is about 64, had bypass surgery over 3 years ago, and is a diabetic, so my husband's concern was justified. However, he also works out regularly at the Y, so the thought of worrying about him taking a walk hadn't even occurred to me!
So there I was, bubbling with all these warm fuzzies, and it was like my husband was using them for target practice!
~grins~ I stopped him, though... I simply told him, "Hey, don't kill my warm fuzzies!!! They're too delicate to treat like that!" He grinned, but after a few moments of discussing the life expectancy of warm fuzzies, and verifying that the neighbor is indeed okay, he apologized for over-reacting.
So, please protect your own warm fuzzies, wherever they may appear! Trust me, They are a lot more enjoyable than Tribbles, but even they were simply misunderstood!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
It's been several years since my last doctor's appointment, due in large part to either not having any insurance, or not being able to find a doctor who takes my insurance. Here in the area, all the doctors are completely booked, and the 1 doctor I found who was actually accepting patients, didn't accept my insurance! FRUSTRATING!!!
This past Sunday night, my DH and I spent the night at the ER with what turned out to be a probable case of a wierd viral pneumonia. The attending physician wanted to refer us back to our regular doctor, but we kept explaining that we don't have one. Finally, he told us about a new physician just hanging her shingle right here in town. She is, apparently, the wife of one of the hospital's obstetricians. I called Tuesday, and was shocked to learn that I could get an appointment for Thursday --- today!!! (DH has not yet set up an appointment- says the 9 needle sticks he recieved Sunday night were plenty- LOL!)
Okay, so I arrive at the office, and there is a sheet of paper attached to the inside doorannouncing this is her office. Like I said, she's new. My appointment was at 10:30, so I arrived a few minutes early to fill out the standardized paperwork. No sooner did Audrey, the receptionist, announce that I was here, then Michelle, the nurse, was out to get me. Not in a bad way! LOL! Nope, she just wanted to get me into the examining room, and do a height and weight on me. So now, I'm filling out the paperwork in the examining room.
Probably 2-3 minutes later, the doctor walks in... all smiles, very friendly. Now, I'm trying to answer her questions verbally while filling out the paperwork still. I told her all about Sparkpeople.com, and will take some stuff back to her when I go back November 12th for the gyn exam. I explained to her that I was basically in for just the basic physical, as I realize that now that I'm 40, I need to keep an eye on my health. She agreed, and is ordering up the gamut of tests, as high cholesterol and diabetes both run in my family. In addition, I pointed out a small mole on my arm (5mm circle) and explained that, because my father died of melanoma, I would like to get this removed. While she doesn't think it looks threatening, she agreed, and is setting me up with a dermatologist. Given the family history, she recommended yearly skin checks as well.
As Thursdays are my only day off, I'll go in and have the tests done next Thursday morning. Something about having to not eat or drink for 8-12 hours prior to the test makes me think trying to do it after work isn't very smart.
So, overall, it was a good experience. She was very friendly, and her entire staff was warm and eager to help. I'd highly recommend her to anyone at this point!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
On the 10,000 Steps team, we have a challenge this weekend to blog about what our own personal challenges will be during this last quarter. It's a question I've been struggling with a lot lately, so, here goes!
1)What do you see as your biggest pitfall for the balance of the year in the following areas:
A)Personally with your attitudes?
Somewhere over the summer, I've slipped into a "Maintaining" outlook, despite having 35 pounds more to go. Yes, the 50 lb mark gone was a great milestone, but the Race ain't over yet! Gotta refocus on losing again!
B)Personally with your habits?
Habits have indeed gotten lax.. gone are the huge healthy salads that were a regular lunch feature, replaced by a decent turkey sandwich and a can of soup. Not bad calorically, but my sodium consumption is up again. Also, as I've been getting 11-12,000 steps a day in at work, the evening walk has all but disappeared!
C)People and situations outside your control? Hubby starts a new schedule next week, which means no more eating dinners with him most nights. On the bright side, I will regain control of my TV and have access to my exercise DVDs... Also, with the holidays coming, my work (the DAY job) is about to get really crazy too. Retail is always so much fun Fourth quarter! Then, just for fun, toss in my husband's ex-wife and the three kids. Having the three kids with us every other week adds levels of stress that just blows everything else out of the water.
2)Include in the above 3 areas what you can do to overcome these issues.
Overcoming the maintaining issue may get easier with DH going back to work, as I won't feel as quilty about taking that walk or plugging in the exercise DVD. The lunch issue will require more planning and forethought, instead of grabbing quick and easy. The things out of my control are... out of my control. Hubby will be stressing over this new schedule for weeks, as it won't be as easy on him as the current one. Work is one of those unavoidable things, but I will try to leave the issues there instead of bringing them home with me! And the kids... ummm... will have to remind myself to step away when the stress starts building.
I know, not much of a blog, but it's for a challenge! Will try to do better for all of you regular readers later in the week!
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