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September 2021

Where is the Light? (a rambling catch-up)
September 10, 2021

Life can be so depressing for apparently no reason, and yet I keep looking for a light to guide me out of my darkness.

I have all these ideas and thoughts regarding various things, but no energy to do anything. Nor much interest if I really think of it.

Since I last wrote in here... my father-in-law ended up going to the big hospital in the state. He had gone to the local emergency room because he had trouble breathing and swallowing. His epiglottis was swelling up and they had to intubate him. As they were trying to treat that problem, his one knee started to swell as well. After almost two weeks, the results on a test came back and it turned out to be some form of aggressive bacteria that he got and it had spread quickly. Now that they know what it is, they are treating it. And now his biggest issue is that he needs daily physical therapy, but he's lucky to get that twice a week because the specialists are spread so thin over there. We are also hoping they can release him to either a local (or easier to get to) hospital or somewhere where he can get the therapy he needs, but there are no rooms available. It's very stressful for everyone, especially my FIL.

Earlier this week, I went to the doctor's office to get blood drawn for tests. First, they couldn't hear/figure out my blood pressure, either manually or with their machine. The machine they used eventually spat out some weird numbers, like 180 over 30 or something. Then it was time to draw blood. They had trouble finding a good vein even though I drank what I thought was enough water to hydrate my veins beforehand. They managed to finally find a suitable vein in the back of my hand, but it was so slow and very painful. They managed to get about a vial and a half of my blood... I hope that's enough for their tests. Not sure why it was difficult to get both a pressure reading and to draw blood, but hopefully it won't be a problem next time.

Also, in the past week or so, Tracy and I have been thinking more about upcycling. Sort of like find free stuff on the side of the road or something cheap at a yard sale and either fixing it up or transforming it into something else and then seeing if anyone wants it. Maybe we can make a small, part-time business with it... to eventually get enough to pay a bill or two each month. I don't expect to make a lot of money doing this, but it could be a fun hobby at the very least.

I am behind on my RP groups. It's been over a month since I last posted and people are waiting for me to respond. Yet, I struggle to do so.

At least the cats seem happy. I wish I was a housecat that only had to worry about food, a clean litterbox, and attention. Maybe purr and give love in return. Cats don't seem to care about politics or current events, or whatever we humans worry ourselves silly over.

Anyway, tomorrow might be a fun day. Maybe enough to chase the clouds away for a while. The weather, at least, sounds promising. I hope you are doing well.

Take Care!


Dear Future Me,
by Christine
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