Words-of-MineThe day to day reflections of one who lives in paradise with the man of her dreams and a cat who is totally awesome.
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2012-05-25 6:10 PM
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"Cowards die many times before their deaths
The valiant never taste of death but once." - William Shakespeare
Yesterday was filled with miracles.
Of course, our day, I should say my day began at 6 a.m. Michael couldn't sleep so he was up before 5 a.m.
The reason for getting up so early was my annual eye exam was rescheduled to 8 a.m. from its 8:30 a.m. time slot.
I have just enough time to get ready, take my glucose reading, and have breakfast.
Out the door and I am greeted with bits and pieces from the trees around my apartment rained down on us from yesterday's gusts. Even my pansy plant looks wind-blown. However, the sun it out and it looks like it is going to be a beautiful day. Little did I know how beautiful.
I had called the office of my last visit when I was homeless and was seen by a doctor who did community service. There was no cost for my exam. Now that I am stable, the cost for my exam was over $200. I don't have that kind of money.
I put in a call to our case manager and she told me of a new clinic just opened late last year or earlier this year, I don't remember. This clinic helps people like me who have fixed incomes and no insurance.
It was a very nice office and a lovely staff. The doctor I saw was very precise and to the point as I told him about my diabetes. He asked his questions and the information he needed from my primary care doctor.
The end result is my eyes are very healthy for my age and my health. He said he saw no bleeding in my eyes which meant I wasn't bleeding elsewhere due to the diabetes. Yea! I did need a change in my reading part of my bifocals and led me to the lady who would help me find a new pair of frames. The blessing here was all of this was no cost to me. My jaw hit the floor. The HP does work in mysterious ways. The technician said my glasses would be available in about two weeks.
Heading out into the sunlight, ugh; after having my pupils dilated and even with my hat on, oh the light was bright.
The next miracle was about to begin. Since Michael had gotten up early, he had the news on. While watching he saw an announcement that there was to be a job fair at the Veterans' Memorial Building for veterans.
We drove over there and while we were walking to the front, we were greeted by a man named Tomas who was one of the people helping the vets to where they needed to go. As we went to the first table, there was our case manager. I received a big hug from her and was told she thinks about us every time she drives by our complex.
Right off the bat, because we drove there, Michael was given a gas card, two city bus passes and two Ride On bus passes. If he was the type of guy who got haircuts he would have received a coupon for a free haircut.
Once inside, it was a circus as vendors set up their tables. Michael talked with several people and made appointments for some services. There were also lots of free give-a-ways such as pens, magnetic clips, water bottles, and pens and pencils.
Then it was time for me to go to my doctor's and dietician's appointments. Michael drove me over and dropped me off. He then drove back to the job fair to finish checking things out.
I had a good visit with my doctor. She says I am doing well with dealing with the diabetes. She says I have lost 10 pounds this year. Hoo, hoo, this is great news to me. No wonder my jeans are fitting a bit looser. I am to go back to see her in July after I have had my lab work done.
It was good news with the dietician. She was pleased with my efforts to stay on top of the carbs and using the tools from Weight Watchers. There was an intern with her today and the intern asked me questions about how I was doing and what foods I was eating during the day. As with my doctor, I will see the dietician in July.
As I was checking out, Michael appeared. He had checked out the other vendors and came away with lots of information and things to think about. He also brought back lunch. The fair had catered the event with Subway's sandwiches, chips, and drinks (lemonade). We decided to eat our lunch there in the truck. This was a big surprise to me.
After lunch, we came home and both of us ended up taking a nap.
That was the extent of our day. Even after the nap we felt pooped. It was a good feeling to know that I am healthy as I can be. New glasses are on the way. Michael has some job leads as well as appointments for veteran services.
The HP is really watching over us.
But then, there is today. This morning I was awoke at 6:18 a.m. by a telemarketer looking for the homeowner of the house. First I asked him if he knew what time it was. He said yes. He repeated his request to speak to the homeowner. I responded that there wasn't one because this was a rental and I hung up on him.
Fortunately, I did go back to sleep until 8:30 a.m. Just as I am waking up, Bailey comes in to check on me and was pleased to find me awake.
Today is another round of doctors, food banks and my meeting tonight.
The sun is shining and a bit of a breeze. The meteorologist says that it is to be cooler than yesterday. This is all fine with me because I know I live in paradise.
Before I forget, I failed to mention in the list of ingredients for my goulash, I added a can of chicken, drained.
Today we went to a new food bank for us. It was wonderful. We received all kinds of fresh veggies and fruit. I even got a pecan pie which I haven't had in years. For meat we were given chicken legs and thighs and a package of lunchmeat. We didn't get milk but we got some yogurt and pudding. Then I chose a can of tea and a bag of tortilla chips. This is great because last week we were given a jar of salsa.
We are so blessed to have the availability of these services. I am learning how to use the canned goods to make some fun meals but are also healthy.
Well, I'm off to my meeting. I hope everyone's Friday is wonderful.
-- " Cold Fire" - Dean Koontz
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