Sadie, welcome! Glad you popped over here. I'm from up north a little in Washington state. Did you hear that we're having the FaithWriter conference in Portland, Oregon this summer in June? I finally talked them into having it on our end of the U.S.!
Leah, I have a close friend who is a dulah and is wanting to complete the training to be a midwife and she says the same thing--that she'd never do it in the U.S.
Well, I saw the sleep specialist today and as usual, my sleep study showed lots of things that were horribly abnormal, but none of them fit the qualifications for something specific like narcolepsy. But he wants to try a stimulant medication to see if that will lessen the daytime sleepiness enough to at least fiddle with my sleep schedule and try to fix my Circadian Rhythm a little, so I'm not awake all night and sleeping all day. Right now if I fiddle with anything or try to sleep less, then it just makes it so I can't even drive safely. I'm a little worried that the med will raise my heart rate even more though, so we're waiting to get the okay from my cardiologist before I start it.
I guess by the end of the day it was only taking me like one minute to fall asleep during my naps. That's very abnormal and fast, and my sleepiness just got worse throughout the test rather than getting better as the day went on, like would be expected if it were just a Circadian Rhythm problem.
I really like my sleep doctor and am pleased with how he's actually listening to the issues and not steamrolling me with just standard stuff. But since I'm on Medicaid now I don't need Kaiser insurance anymore, but the problem is that if I don't have Kaiser then I don't have access to any of my doctors. So I'd have to start from scratch again finding all the specialist I need who will actually listen and care about my rare disease. I'm going to try once more tomorrow to find a way to stay with Kaiser without having to pay monthly premiums that Medicaid would pay if I went with a different insurance. Please pray I can find a way to keep my specialists. I actually hate Kaiser, but have spent the last five years switching doctors and finally have about four specialists that I'm pleased with.
I still don't have any interpreting work this term.
Looks like for the first time I won't have any regular jobs for the next three months. I was looking forward to my next classes, but I have to admit I'm too tired to be too bummed. Maybe this will let me spend my little bit of energy on writing.
Plus it might make my schedule flexible enough that I might be able to go visit Andy sometime soon.
I actually entered the challenge for "flat" and have an idea for this one, so might get another written tomorrow or maybe can tweak it to fit the next topic after that.