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Well, I decided that today I'd try the PAC Mate thing for posting. So, the stuff behind the cut is getting posted for your reading pleasure, (or not), as you see fit. I'm doing quite a bit of random writing while I deal with the frustration of transit vans and other such things. So, feel free to read my randomness. ) I did end up with a head ache by the time it was all said and done. There was wireless access in the building, but it was a secure network and of course I didn't have the key to access it. When I came home I tried working on the catalog for a while, but my head was really starting to bother me, and the monitor was so bright that I had to do something different. Finally though, I got a phone call, and that finished my day. I may have some really exciting news about my job, but I don't want to say anything just yet until I know for sure what's going to happen. Just keep your fingers crossed for me!My computer reformat actually went really well yesterday. Things went a lot faster than I expected, and I really only ran into one minor problem. I didn't have a clue where my 20-digit authorization code was for JAWS, so I couldn't use the ILM authorization. I have a dongle for traveling though, so I used that to authorize until today when I called FS and got things straightened out. Are things completely back up and running? Nowhere near it, but I have a computer, and it's working very nicely at this precise moment. SMILE!Well, I think I'm rambled on long enough. I'm going to post this and then see if I can convince Cally to let me get up so that I can get some food. Otherwise I'm going to have to ask Jim to help me out. Later everyone.
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Yes, that's "stupid-sticious", and it was on purpose. SMILE! It's going to be one of those days and I can tell all ready. I woke up at 4:15 this morning and have been awake ever since. This is most definitely not a good thing. I guess this does prove that the Melatonin really does work for me. Usually when I wake up I can get right back to sleep if I've taken one of those pills. Oh well, I can sleep later today if I absolutely need to, otherwise tomorrow I'm going to be a total zombie.

So anyway, what's new in my life? How about we talk about the weather and get that out of the way. Here we are in the middle of October, and we just had our first freeze the night before last. It was only 30 degrees when I got up at about 7:00, and it didn't get much warmer all day. Right now it's 36 degrees with winds gusting as high as 30 miles per hour. To top all this off, they're talking about that absolutely terrible 4-letter S word... You know the word. It's that wet white stuff that tends to come around from time to time, masking landmarks, and deadening sounds; making travel quite interesting. Yeah, that stuff. So now my office is going to start to be cold again. Those of you who have been reading my stuff for a while will probably remember that last year I needed to put a space heater in here to keep warm. Well, this year I want a new one. The one we have is probably as old as I am, sounds like death warmed over, and scares me every time it goes on because I think it's going to start a fire. No, we didn't buy it. It was given to us 4 years ago when we moved in here because the heat wasn't working right away and it got cold early again. I'm thinking that it's time to give it back and buy something, um, a little bit more up to code. Let's not mention the fact that Cally is terrified of this thing, and she doesn't scare easily. Maybe she's afraid it'll burn her fur. I'd be afraid too if I were her. You should hear this thing!

The other big news in my life ... Yes, sometimes it's the little things. I cleaned off the spare bed the other day in preparation for any guests that we might get over the next few months. It's actually kind of nice because I can lay down in the middle of the day again if I want to. You can still hardly walk in here, but that's due more to the cramped space than anything else. The room itself is about 99 percent presentable at this point. SMILE!

Okay, my week. It looks like I haven't written since Monday. I keep meaning to, but then when I sit down to write I forget what I was going to say. Maybe I need to start writing when I think about it on my PAC Mate, and then I can transfer my stuff onto the computer or post wirelessly or ... Well anyway, you get the picture I'm sure. So anyway, my week. Things have settled down a little work-wise, but I think things are going to be picking up again soon. It really doesn't help much that I'm still going to the dentist at least once a week, but I'll get into that in a minute. So Tuesday I was attempting to do some research for someone, and learning how to use FSTTY, Freedom Scientific's TTY software for the deaf-blind. It's hard because I feel guilty for using the relay service because I could be taking time with an operator that could be better used by someone who truly does need the service. So, I was trying numbers that I knew would be out of service to see if I could find out what those TTY tones actually say when you hear them on recordings. I still never found out by the way.

Wednesday I was back at the dentist, this time for a cleaning. I asked them if they offered frequent visitor discounts. Unfortunately they don't, but I guess it was worth a try. I really like the people at this office. It's small, and the staff really take the time to get to know you. The dentist talks to me while she's working, and it's about every-day stuff. The coolest thing though, (and I think most of you will completely understand this), is that they never once freaked out about the blind thing. So many people in the medical profession, (okay, let's be honest, so many people), tend to get really worried about how to talk to me, how to act around me, so on and so forth, and it was never a problem for me at this place. I don't normally tell people in advance that I'm blind, but in this case I did since they originally took me on an emergency basis and I knew there'd be paperwork to fill out. The lady never flinched, and asked me if I'd need help getting in to the building, and it wasn't a condescending "she's blind, therefore she's helpless" attitude. They love my PAC Mate, and every time I pull it out to schedule my next appointment or to play a game while waiting they just find it fascinating. So anyway, this time was no big deal. I went in for a cleaning, which I was apparently way overdue for. I guess 8 or more years between cleanings is too long. Man, someone should have told me that a long time ago! GRIN! Actually though, I didn't do too bad. They only found two cavities. The bad part is that A, they have to be filled, and B, they're the very back teeth on each side on the bottom. That's going to kill my jaw!!!!!! I prefer opening and shutting my mouth on my command, not someone else's. Oh well, it shouldn't be too bad. That night I had a visit from Sas, and we ate this crock-pot spaghetti that I decided to try making, and listened to the audio-described version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. That's one weird movie! The audio was on Freedom Box, and they don't include any pictures with the movies, which of course is fine since the pictures really don't mean a whole lot anyway. SMILE!

Yesterday I was at the VA all afternoon doing a Freedom Box demonstration. This program still amazes me, and 99 percent of my posts here are now written from within FB because it's just so easy! I think I had about 7 guys there and a couple of wives and/or adult children. I'm sure that most people read the news story a month or so back about the guy who took a VA computer that had all kinds of sensitive data on it and it got stolen. Well, because of that they are extremely tight now with their security. I couldn't use my laptop on the network so I had to use a computer that I'd never seen in my life. That's the advantage of FB of course, but everything was disabled, so the auto-run feature on my U3 Kingston traveler weren't activated so I had to have help getting the program started. There were several things that didn't work as expected either due to the security issues, but I think many of the people found the program to be quite interesting, (I hope.) Last night I had a conference call for the Scholarship committee of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired My friend Snowflake is the chair of that committee, and after it was over she called me. While we were talking, I heard [livejournal.com profile] voyagerjc from the other room informing me that it was doing that afore-mentioned S word. I couldn't believe it! I yelled at him to shut up, and I'm sure that Snowflake thought I was telling her to shut up. Nope.

So now this brings me to today, Friday the 13th of October, the month of Halloween and otherwise creepy and strange things. I think many Milwaukeeans like Halloween, or the night before because it gives them an excuse to cause trouble. Not that they seem to need much cause these days. See [livejournal.com profile] voyagerjc's latest post for details. Anyway though, I'm rambling again. Today is the day of my oral surgery to remove both the last of the extracted tooth and the bone fragment that apparently got stuck at some point. It still rubs my gums some, but it has gotten better. It'll be nice though to completely get rid of it though and get back to what passes for normal. The one thing I really want is a nice bag of Doritos, and once the permanent crown goes on in a couple of weeks, and once the cavities are filled in, I'm going to get me one! My appointment is at 3:00 PM this afternoon, but I have to get there early to fill out paperwork. This was another place that seemed really willing to work with me. they asked me if I wanted the paperwork mailed to me in advance. I thought about it, but the place where we go to have mail read and things isn't exactly sound-proof, and I didn't want others in this apartment building hearing any of my information so I chose to do the paperwork there, and asked if that would be a problem. They said it was fine, so that's what I'm going to do. Now, the ideal thing would be to have the paperwork online as an accessible form and then I could fill it out that way, submit it, and be done. Hey, that's not a bad idea. Maybe it'd be something worth considering for the future, especially since everyone seems to want to get rid of actual paper documents. I think it'd be a great alternative! SMILE!

Anyway, I'm rambling again. Chalk it up to the extremely early morning and the fact that my fingers are getting cold and so are doing their own thing. Things should take about an hour or so, and we'll see what happens next. I think I mentioned that I'm supposed to work a conference tomorrow, but we'll see if that actually happens or not. My goal is to do it, so we'll see.

Well, I suppose I should probably get out of here for now. I've been writing this entry for close to an hour now, and I figure I should try to get some food, take a shower, and all that good stuff. Maybe I'll write more from bed or my recliner later this evening. Later everyone, and welcome to the weekend, almost!
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Well, here I am again. I wanted to write something here before I get too loopy and can't formulate sentences. Things with my teeth are continuing to be interesting.

Over the weekend the pain continued to get worse instead of better. I thought it was the temporary crown they put on and I was thinking that I'd just wait until my appointment on Wednesday. This morning though while I was trying to be somewhat productive, things just really started hurting bad and I couldn't concentrate. It's been hard to sleep too because things were hurting so bad. So, I finally decided to call the dentist. She said that she wanted me to come in. I was lucky enough to get a ride up there since I never would have gotten there in time if I'd called a cab. I had a couple more X-Rays taken, (at no charge this time), and then she told me that she suspected that due to the trauma that the tooth had been through that the nerve was dying. She removed the temporary crown and replaced it with some weird thing that apparently has medication in it that is supposed to help with the pain. In addition to that, she also wrote me out a prescription for Darvon, which is one of the few pain meds I can actually tolerate given my extensive list of medication allergies that I have. Jim's on his way to the drug store now to fill the prescription. On Wednesday I will most likely be having a root canal done in addition to the crown that they were going to do. Yeehaa!

On October 13, I'll be going to an oral surgeon. When they pulled my tooth last week there was a very small piece they couldn't get. Because I'm going to get the implant, they want to make sure that the entire tooth is removed, and my dentist says that she couldn't do it without removing quite a bit of the bone and she doesn't want to do that. So, I'll have the surgeon do it and I guess he'll be able to preserve more of the bone so that the implant will work out better.

Well, I think I'm going to go for now and relax for a bit before finding something to eat. Just thought I'd write an update to let everyone know how things are progressing.
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Here it is, 1:30 in the morning as I start to write this, and here I am still awake. I'm not at home, and I forgot to pack some Melatonin, so I've got a double strike against me. I'm in an unfamiliar bed that is most definitely different from mine and I don't have my wedge pillow that I have at home, so laying flat means I can't breathe right. Normally in this situation I just stack up several pillows so that I'm propped up in a semi-sitting position, but for whatever reason it's not working tonight. I'm going to be really super tired in the morning, and I can tell all ready. And, I'm still feeling the tooth extraction and I didn't take anything for it earlier because it wasn't hurting and I thought I'd take it a little later and then forgot. Now it is, and I don't have a clue where any cups are so I can't take anything for that. For some reason, the whole left side of my face is hurning, and I don't think that's normal, but it's really hard to actually pinpoint where the center of the pain is so I'm not sure if it's from the extraction site or from the broken tooth in front of it. Somehow I think it's the tooth in front because there's some swelling in the gum area. I've been trying really hard to watch what I eat, but no matter what I do I've managed to either get something in the hole or else start biting down on the other tooth.

I had planned to be out of town today, not for any special reason, but because I'd made plans quite a while ago. Then I realized that I had a thing to do for work, and I wasn't able to leave as early as I had originally thought I would. I did that and then got picked up later in the day. I had a great meal though. I had Chicken Wellington with extra mushrooms and a twice-baked potato. It was extremely soft and good, and it really filled me up. Once we finished eating, we went to Giggles Comedy Club. They had three guys perform, and I guess one or two of them actually have a show on the Comedy Channel or something. So overall I've had a good evening, but my night isn't turning out so well. At home I'd be able to take some pills, grab an ice pack, whatever. Here though, I'm pretty much stuck. Oh wait! I had a glass of water earlier that I used for a warm salt water rince. If it's where I left it I might just be able to get it again and get some water out of the bathroom. I'll have to check that out and see if it's still there.

Well, I think I'm going to go post this and then read my friends page. I haven't done that today, (or should I say yesterday), so I've got a days worth of entries to read. Later.
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No, I'm not talking about Paul Harvey, I'm talking about the entry that I didn't post last night. It's probably just as well that I didn't though because now there's more to it. So, let's get started.

Yesterday I did a computer delivery. Things didn't go all that well; (maybe I'll write more on that in a protected entry), but I was really frustrated by the time I got home. I had less than an hour to find something to eat before leaving again to teach my class. I grabbed a chicken pot pie, (fortunately microwaveable), and set the timer. I was doing some stuff at my desk waiting for it to finish.

While eating this very soft food, I started to notice some gritty stuff. I figured that it was maybe just a bad piece of chicken or something so I ignored it. A couple of bites later though, I felt more grit. I personally don't like grit in my food, so I started trying to figure out what it was. Turns out that it was part of a 20-year-old filling that decided to start breaking down. I lost a little of it a couple of years ago, but I really didn't think much of it and so never got it taken care of. This one though was different. I went and did my class but the sharp edge of the tooth was cutting into my lip, and I was bleeding a little. Since it was the last class we were reviewing things, and we let out a little early. I had asked Jim to start looking into places where I could go to get the tooth looked at, so when I got home he told me that he hadn't really had all that much luck.

I ended up calling 1-800-Dentist and they gave me the name and number of a dentist in my area who had Friday hours. I was told that they'd call me this morning and hopefully get me in today. So, this morning, at a little after 8:00 the phone rang, and it was the dentist's office receptionist.

I went in at 10:00 AM this morning. Prior to leaving though, I was sitting at my computer writing an email. We had some rain, but it wasn't bad. Right in the middle of the email message though, everything went dead, and I heard a really big bang outside the window. We've had power outages here before, but they normally last only a couple of seconds, When, after about a minute or two, the power hadn't returned, I called the electric company. I think it was out for a total of about 3 hours, which knocked out the computers, the Cable, and my business phone, all because of a blown transformer. So, I guess I picked a good time to go to the dentist because I couldn't have gotten any work done anyway. SMILE!

Anyway, the dentist. I'm not big on them when my teeth aren't bothering me, but when I'm having a problem it's even worse. Last night Jim picked up ice cream for me because we figured that it would be good since it was so soft. Unfortunately, it was so cold that it actually really hurt my tooth so that didn't work. I made myself some mashed potatoes and those ended up tasting really good.

So anyway, I was really impressed with this place from the beginning. As much as I hate having to have someone fill out my paperwork for me, the lady that helpped me was wonderful. she didn't get flustered or anything, and she tried to do it in a way that would protect my privacy. I also was given two financing options that I could apply for. Considering that I have no dental insurance, I was very happy to know of other options. So they started with an X-Ray of the tooth, and several minutes later I was taken back to see the dentist. She told me that from looking at the picture I might have two options. One was to rebuild the tooth and the other was to pull it. She said she wouldn't know anything for sure until she got into my mouth to look. She took a look and said that I had two strikes against me. First, believe it or not, this tooth was my one remaining baby tooth. There was nothing under it to push it out so I never actually lost it. Second, the filling was pretty deep and she felt that it would be better to just pull it and be done even though they don't like to extract unless it's absolutely necessary.

This left me with three options for treatment after the extraction. First, I could do nothing, and leave the hole in my mouth forever. To me this is not an option to even consider because I don't have a lot of teeth on that side of my mouth to begin with since I never grew all of them. Second, I could have them put in a bridge. This involves breaking down the teeth on either side of the hole in order to attach a tooth in it's place and have it attached on either side, and she said that those teeth were good and she really didn't want to break down two good teeth. So, my third option, and the one I'm most seriously considering, is an implant. By the time the bridge would be done it would only cost me $500 more for the implant, and the implant is permanent. It would involve surgery, but it's an in-office procedure so it's not like I'd have to go to the hospital or anything.

So, they started the tooth extraction. She numbed me about 4 times with a needle. The interesting thing about that is that to me, a needle in my mouth is nowhere near as uncomfortable as a needle in other places. Don't ask me why. Yes, it was a bit uncomfortable, but it could have been worse. I started sounding to myself like I'd had too much to drink, but it was kind of funny.

So, she started working on the tooth. Because this was a baby tooth, she had some problems grabbing it because she didn't have a lot of smaller tools. Add to this the fact that, despite possible evidence that says differently, I really do have a small mouth. She eventually did get it, but it came with an additional prize. The tooth in front of it broke. There was still a small part of the root left, and they did another X-Ray to see if it would be a problem or not. Apparently it's not, but she said that if it became a problem they'd fix it. Once the tooth was out she had to concentrate on the new problem. The tooth is fine otherwise, so the put a temporary cap on it. I have to go back next Wednesday morning so that the tooth can be rebuilt in preparation for a crown. I'm so excited! SMILE!

By the time I got home, the power had been restored and the numbness was beginning to wear off just a bit. As it continued to wear off my jaw started to get a bit stiff. I figured that it would be a good idea to relax for the rest of the day, which is what I'm doing now. I've been pretty much avoiding the phone because I like to have the phone on my left side, and it's a little uncomfortable at the moment. I'm taking pills for the pain. To be honest though, at this precise second I'm not really hurting all that bad. I'm a little uncomfortable, but it's nowhere as bad as it could be.

So, that's the end of my interesting week. Fun, huh? I'm eating soft foods, and chewing as much as possible on the other side of my mouth, but I'm hoping that it won't be too long before things get back to normal.

Well, I'm going to go for now and relax for a while before trying to find something else to eat. Later, everyone.

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