So today was my first day at the hospital, and everything went perfectly well. I only did three reports, but they were quite long, and I had other things I had to read and look up. Right now, I am just doing practice reports, and it's a darned good thing because they have these ergonomic keyboards that I am not at all used to using. I really hope I can change the chair height and back position because my back was killing me by the end of the day. Everybody seemed really nice and the bus did a great job of picking me up and dropping me off. I had a tough time getting around, and it is really hot in my office, but those are my only two complaints about today, so I would say that was pretty good for a first day. I have a feeling every day is not going to go as smoothly, but I'm just very thankful that today did. It was great to be able to sleep late, and I did sleep well last night. I have a feeling these hours won't be so bad after all.
Well, here it is, Sunday evening, at the close of my very relaxing and fun week of vacation. Aside from the mobility lesson I had, I just hung out, relaxed, played a lot with building my station on Jango.com, read, and went out a few times with my mom for lunch. With all the craziness going on in my life, it was so nice to be off for a whole week. I am really getting excited and feel very positive about my new job. Since this will be my last week at HCC, I have a feeling it will be pretty emotional. Sometimes I wonder if this is all a dream, that it's not really happening, but I received my official transfer notification by E-mail a while back, so I know it's really happening. Right now at least, I am feeling very positive about it all. I'm counting on my fish oil pills, which I think are helping me with my mood since I started taking them a month or so ago.
I finally bit the bullet and installed a client, LochJournal. They have changed the web interface around and, although I can still navigate it, I am really finding it quite tedious. I wish there was a way I could customize the home page to make it less busy and confusing.
My adventures in cooking continued yesterday with steel-cut oats, which I tried for the first time. Steel-cuts have a very interesting flavor and texture, much different from the Quaker rolled oats I was accustomed to. Although I followed the recipe strictly, the oats bubbled over a bit in the microwave, but I enjoyed the flavor very much and plan to try cooking them in the slow cooker tomorrow. My research suggests that the microwave isn't really the best way to cook them anyway, but I was really hungry and didn't want to wait. One thing that frustrates me about recipes is that they seem to assume that you are cooking for an entire family. I don't want to make eight servings of oatmeal or anything else for that matter because I am cooking for myself. Two servings would be sufficient thank you. They say you can cook it ahead of time and microwave it, but my experience with reconstituting already-cooked oatmeal has not been very good.
My stomach was a train wreck towards the middle of last week after eating too much sloppy joe made with turkey burger (because I don't like beef), so I've been trying hard to eat better, and it seems as though my efforts are paying off. We are supposed to have nice weather this week. Since the weather has gotten warmer and I have been sleeping with my windows open, my allergies are really flaring up, and I am amazed at how much noise there is outside. It's getting late, so I had better sign off, but I thought I'd take LochJournal for a spin to see if it will work for me.
“As you all know, I don't normally get political in my journal, but there's an issue I feel strongly about, the future of Internet radio. That's why I'm hoping my readers in the U.S. will contact their congresspeople and encourage them to co-sponsor H.R. 2060, the Internet Radio Equality Act. If you enjoy listening to internet radio as much as I do, you should be aware that many of the stations you have come to know and love may soon be shut down due to the impending high royalty rates imposed by the Copyright Royalty Board. HR2060 is a fair compromise between the needs of artists and labels to be properly compensated, and the current economic realities of webcasters, many of whom are nonprofit, listener-supported stations who will buckle under the weight of these high royalty fees. For more information, visit Save Net Radio.
I had been completely cold-free for the past year until Tuesday morning, when I started developing the first symptoms of a spring cold. A coworker has always highly recommended Airborne, but I never tried it out of sheer skepticism and the fact that no cold medicines I ever tried did any good at all for me. She went out at lunchtime and bought me a box, and I started taking it right away. I still developed the cold, but I can definitely say that the symptoms were much less intense than usual. I did some research, and it does appear that Airborne may be dangerous for some people (like the disclaimers always say, consult your physician before using), but for me at least, drinking cups of what tasted like bubbly dish water 2-3 times a day has been worth it. I realize that scientists say it doesn't work, but until they come up with something else, this is about the best I have found to help me cope with the misery of colds.
I took the day off from work yesterday to attend a meeting of the Advisory Council of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped down in Dover. Despite the inclement weather, It was a wonderful experience. I was so happy to spend the day with such warm and dedicated supporters of our LBPH. It was great to be among old friends and catch up on all the news again. Although I'm a member of the Council, I usually can't make the meetings because of work commitments, but I was glad I attended yesterday's meeting. One of the guest speakers at the meeting was a representative from NLS who brought us up to date on the digital talking book project and showed us the prototype of the new digital talking book player. These are very exciting yet challenging times for LBPH services. On the one hand, all this new technology holds so much promise for increasing information access by people with print disabilities. However, our patron base in Delaware is decreasing, and I am always concerned about funding levels for these programs when the number of users drops. I have always been perplexed about why the patron base is dropping when the demographics suggest that it should be growing. Well anyway, I'm signing off for now. I hope you all have a great weekend.
Current Mood: calm Current Music: Pocket Change - Random Axis
“After giggling about how this was her third try at a phone post and how her brain shuts down and can't make a complete sentence when she wants to make a voice post, and after talking about liking the toll free number and memorizing it, Caneprints says: "Mainly the reason I am making this phone post is that I wanted to thank all of you for writing the really really nice and very supportive comments. It's amazing how I miss Live Journal and I didn't realize how much my journal meant to me and how nice my friends are. ... I feel very fortunate, very blest to have such great people on my friends page. We all help each other because life is rough and everybody goes through hard times and I think it's great to have people lift up your spirits every once in a while when you feel like you're kind of a little bit flako like I did Sunday night. I think that with the routine of work I'm feeling much better. Sometimes when I get home from work I feel too tired to be anything else but tired. *she giggles here.)" Then she talks about her brother's retriever Max who has an appointment with a dog cancer specialist and she says she's expecting the worst though she hopes it's not as bad as the family thinks. She says whenever she sees him he's been upbeat and happy and jumping. She says he doesn't seem ill to her but her brother and father say there are times when he looks like he has no energy. She says she's hanging in and appreciating her time with him. Other than that she says work has been good, she's gotten stuff done, been busy, and tomorrow she's busy. "I just did want to thank everybody so much for all the encouragement and supportive comments you left because it means a lot to me. I just needed a little spiritual kick in the pants and I'm glad you guys were there for me." She then signs off.”
So here it is, Easter, and my birthday. I swore I wouldn't write in this journal again until I had something good to say, but I'm feeling so sad tonight that I needed to write in a feeble attempt to maintain at least some modicum of sanity. Everybody was over today, including my three nieces who all have head lice, so I did my best to avoid them all day. I feel all itchy now just thinking about it! They were treated with that lice shampoo stuff, but we all know you don't get over a case of head lice with just one treatment. Plus, they live in the same house and go to the same school, and it seems they just pass it back and forth among them. I hate it when everybody comes over anyway. It's too damned crowded and noisy, and I just feel like my space is being rudely invaded. And unfortunately for me, there is a lot of food left, so chances are that I'll have to endure it all over again tomorrow afternoon when everybody comes home for leftovers. This birthday sucked and I'm very glad it's over.
Max, my brother's golden retriever that I love so much, has been very sick for the past couple weeks. He was sluggish and was having trouble digesting food. They took him to the veterinarian, who did surgery and removed a blockage, but his white cells have been dropping like crazy and they don't know why. We're all thinking now that it's a bone marrow cancer, but they're going to take him to a specialist for a definitive diagnosis so we know where we're going in the future. I know I tend to be a glass half empty person, and I admit I don't know much about canine medicine, but I do know the implications of chronically low white counts in humans because of my work as a medical transcriptionist. Right now, Max has times where he is very energetic and playful. He is on steroids and special dog food now, so his appetite is voracious. He was just here a few minutes ago, running around and being his almost old self, but my brother says he becomes weak and lethargic for long periods of time, only wanting to lie down and be petted. I'm not in denial about things, and I don't believe in false hope, so every time I see him, I just try to love him as much as I can and make him feel as comfortable as possible by rubbing him under his neck and belly, and telling him how much joy he has brought to my life in his short four years or so that I have come to know him. I wish I could learn canine communication enough to be sure Max knows how much he is loved. For the first time tonight, I have actually been crying about his situation. I have tried to be strong and have some hope, but now I feel a strong sense that our time together is running out fast, and I guess I'm not coping well with that reality right now.
Things at work are always tenuous, but the future is really uncertain now because of the upcoming switch to electronic records and billing. I don't worry so much about being able to learn the new systems, as I actually enjoy a challenge like that, but the systems analyst who worked with me on Jaws screen reading issues is leaving, and they have downsized the IT department, so I don't know how much help I can expect if there ends up being any difficulties making Jaws work with the new systems. I don't even know if I'm going to have a job with this change because, from what I hear, the doctors will be writing their own notes electronically. I can see the young ones doing it, but I laugh when I think of some of the old-timers trying to do all their notes using a computer. My second job is still going well, so well that it put me into a higher tax bracket, so I didn't get as much of a refund as before, but that's okay. Sometimes it drives me nuts to work in the evening, but I really think it is important, as it will give me something else positive to put on a resume in the future. My coworker with whom I share an office says that she may soon be offered another job, and she will definitely say yes to it. She has been so wonderful, being such a good friend to me and making me smile despite some of the challenges I've faced there in the past year or so. She likes to talk a lot, so I don't get as much done when she is there, but she is usually upbeat and always makes me feel accepted. My supervisor is great, but the place has really gotten to her lately and she seems really discouraged.
There is some good news though. My mom had cataract surgery a while back, but they botched it up and she had arcs in her vision which really interfered with driving, especially at night. She went to another doctor who was able to fix both eyes, and she is doing much better!
Also, my sister got a new dog from the SPCA named Dozer (yes, it is a very strange name, but my sister said she wasn't going to change it). We told her she was crazy for getting a dog, especially with the problems my brother is going through right now with Max. Dozer had some adjustment issues in the beginning, but he is settling down quite well and has been a joy to have around. The nice thing is that he was already house trained and even had some obedience training from his former owner, although he was really skinny when we got him.
They are forecasting a very active hurricane season this year, and I must admit I'm a little excited about that because I have a keen interest in significant meteorological and geological phenomena, although I hate to see the impact they can have on people in their paths. Of course, they were wrong about the hurricane forecast last year, and they say that these early forecasts are notoriously wrong.
My allergies are kicking up like crazy lately. I wake up every morning full of snot and with a scratchy throat. I can't decide what to do with this entry. I know it's way too long to clutter up people's friends pages with. Should I make it private or friends-only? I don't know, but I do know it has helped considerably to write all this out.