The perfect place for general chat (non-writing related). Please, no political discussions.
Hey Guys...mes been having HORRIBLE memory problems with mes computer....BUT, think I fixed it. Windows snmp file (which I think is mainly for routers that I no longer have) was taking ALL of my memory. Anyways, I disabled it and now am able to get onto Internet. BUT...if I disappear for awhile it's because of my computer!
K...just a quick hi and buy...gotta get outta here and go to work!
Oh....and HELLO Miss Sadie! Glad to see you here and look forward to another kooky misfit hanging out with us (there's strength in number you know).
Oh and Oh...one more thingy....Pupperoni...nah-ah! Can so call Allison "Short-stuff"...it's just tooooo gol darn cute, it is!
This is just pretty and soothing and refreshing
I've been absent due to my computer being fixed in Ohio; it needed new IR LED boards. My nurse was my hands, she brought her laptop.
I'll do google+ hangout with ya all. PM your emails to me.
Zoom chat is another good one - seems more stable.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
"Why sweat the small stuff when it's really not a big stink" - my quote
Had a slow day today and didn't do much other than fill out papers, a few business calls, make dinner, and chill with Ryan. And a good 55 minute Wii workout. I've had two days of very poor sleep. Thankfully I am finally able to afford a chiropractor with my new insurance plan, so I will be seeing her later today. I know my pain isn't anything compared to those with fibro, but the last few days have given me a taste of what it might be like. My neck hurts like crazy, my lower back is super sensitive to touch, I can't get comfortable in any position, and sleeping just isn't working. Even Ryan trying to tickle my legs doesn't work - it hurts.
I have the next three nights scheduled...hopefully we won't have any of the ridiculousness that happened last week. I need to keep working. The tuition reimbursement policy basically states that they won't reimburse me until after I get my grades for the class. Which means I have to save up enough to put the money down to pay for the classes. Sigh. And so, I must work like crazy to save up to start my classes by June so they'll be done and graded before the end of the year. I'm also going to double check that doing the education route will be reimbursed - i.e. that I don't have to go the management route. It seems to me that education makes sense, though; they need educators in the hospital too.
Looks like they approved my time off request for the Faithwriters conference, so I'm going to figure out with Ryan what we'll plan to do. I think he'll be in the thick of doing his math class, so he may want to sit it out; however it's only 4 hours from Seattle and my family may be willing to meet us there, so it may be good for us to make the driving trip. My dad's cousin lives in Portland, and my sis-in-law went to school there and has friends in the area, so it's not like they wouldn't have other reasons to make the trip. It's about a 15 hour drive from here; doable in a day and a half.
Sigh. Gonna wind down and get ready for bed. I know it's not even chilly around here compared to some places, but strangely enough I'm feeling pretty cold. There's a hilarious video circulating about the way people in So Cal complain about the "cold" of winter: Los Angeles Overreacts to Cold Temperatures
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Well I can see why they might complain. I mean really, that 60 degree weather can be waaaaay chili. Makes me want to grab a sweater.
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.
In my prayers and in my heart, as always.
See why I don't mess with doctors? I think my biggest REAL fear is going to one, having them run all kinds of tests and have them tell me that I am..... scary thought... normal.
Yay, it looks like I do get to keep my doctors after all. Ironic, since a couple of years ago I badly wanted to get out of Kaiser, but now that I can, I don't want to anymore.
And Pup, if you're anything like me, there's no way doctors would ever find you close to normal. My body is so abnormal that I can't even have the normal rare diseases.
For me, though it sounds silly, I just don't want to go to doctors. They will tell me what's wrong, alright, but then what? I won't do drugs, even the corrective meds, so... I will know the correct term for what is wrong with me, and have to pay big bucks to know it, but still not do anything about it. I figure I already know it hurts, why do I need a doctor to tell me. I mean besides the fact that it helps him pay for his trip to the Bahamas.
Oooooo maybe I could have myself committed by telling people about the aliens that abducted me and how one of them looked a lot like Obama.
Hey, remember me? I'm abnormal too!
I'm doing 3 Bibles studies - Healkick group (with Amy n Andy), Challenged For Christ, and a group with muscular dystrophy. When can I work on my book!?
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
"Why sweat the small stuff when it's really not a big stink" - my quote
Leah, I'm glad you're going to get to come to the conference!
Amy, sorry you didn't get may answers, but I'm glad he's still trying.
For those that stick to this forum, I'd love some prayers. I posted on the prayer request forum, but the gist of it is that it's one month until surgery and I'm kind of freaking out. Again. But today was better.
Also, I apologize if it feels like all I ever do on here is post requests for myself, direct you away from your lovely rest stop, and the like, because it sometimes feels that way to me. :rolls eyes:
Maybe I'll have to share some of my works stories with you, or something. Like my stories of being hit on by ex-cons at work.
Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV)
THANKS short-stuff! It really is cute and Pup forgets that even tho I post things that make me look like I'm blind (ring any bells Barb?) , I do have my 200+ reading glasses, so I could tell that you weren't like six feet tall or something.
And as for you Mr. Pupperoni...see I can so call her short-stuff.
Oh yah, Oh yeah, oh yah, oh yah, oh yah!
Well, I have had a busy week and will have an even busier weekend as my friends are having their committment/wedding ceremony so mes been running around like jiminy cricket on steroids.
Don't have time to catch up on posts yet, but I did see that Jaybird posted! YIPPEE...Hi-ya buddy!!
And, I did catch short-stuff's remark about being hit on by ex-cons while at work and it gave me a greaaaaaaaaaaaaat LOL!
Love you guys!
SMILE AND Beeee Happy!
It's been a while since I did the prayer requests and now that we have members that are new here, I'll start it again. Please forgive me if I forget anyone. But just mention your prayer concerns and I'll add them to the list.
Amy--Dear Jesus, please grant Amy a sense of peace as she goes through the different changes this year. Grant her energy, bless her doctors with empathy and wisdom. Allow her to be at peace Thank you for her ability to welcome and love people. She has helped me so much when I have struggled and I'm grateful for her presence in my life. Thank you for giving her some answers from her doctors.
Allison--Please bless Allison with a sense of peace. Wrap your arms around her and assure her that with you by her side helping her she will make it through this surgery. Rebuke any negative thoughts that might be floating around her head. Give her strength to deal with the pain. Thank you for bringing her into this little wacky corner that we have. Thank you for the doctors and nurses and all the medical crew that will be guiding her through these next few weeks. Thank you for family and friends who she can lean on when she needs it. Give her a sense of peace that knows no boundaries let it wash over her and blanket her with your love and healing touch.
Becky-- Bless Becky with the strength she needs to get through her days. Wrap your arms around her and protect her from hurtful words and people. Help her find relief from the pain when she is having a bad day. Thank you for her delightful sense of humor and for the ability to tackle Pup head on. Thank you for the times she has comforted us. Thank you for bringing her to us and remind her that she is loved and wanted by us all.
Barb-- Please Barb with good health for the rest of the winter. Thank you for seeing her through her last illness. Grant her the ability to get her work done without stressing her body too much. Thank you for her quiet calm nature and for the knowledge that she is always here for us, even if we don't hear from her everyday
DeeJay Bless DeeJay with good health and grant her the opportunities that she needs to flourish. Thank you for giving her a safe place to live and for roommates and friends that she truly cares about Thank you for adding her to our REST STOP family
Holly-- Thank you for bringing Holly home to us. We have missed her dearly and are so glad she is back where she belongs. Bless her with strength and stamina to be able to do her job. Also bless her with the wisdom of knowing when she needs to slow down and come back into your arms for a quick refreshing break. Thank you for the way she loves us and truly cares for us.
Kara--Bless Kara with energy to keep up with her little guy. Keep her safe and happy as she and her family answer your call to Thailand. Remind her that the Rest Stop will always be her home. Even if it gets shuffled around the boards a bit, poke her and let her know we need her with us. Thank you for her love and sweet ways. Thank you for keeping her safe in a country that seems so foreign to the rest of us. Thank you for the way she lights up the boards when she enters in.
Jay- Thank you for keeping Jay relatively healthy so far this winter. Bless him with good health as we work our way into spring. Thank you for his desire to participate in the Bible Studies and to pass on what he learns to those who need to hear it. Grant him inspiration and time for his writing. Thank you for his gentle sense of teasing that brings a smile to our faces.
Leah-- Bless Leah with the strength to accomplish all she does in one day. Bless her with the discernment she needs as she considers what you are calling her to do. Thank you for her job during these rough times. Grant her a sense of peace in the knowledge that you do have plans for her and that you will guide her through tough times. Thank you for the energy she brings to the Stop. Thank you for the way she inspires us with her words.
Laura--Bless Laura and her family as she has been struggling in many ways. Wrap your arms around her and remind her that she is loved. Let her know we miss her and are so grateful for getting to know her a bit this year.
Pup-- Oh thank you for Pup. We just don't know what we would do without him. Bless him with good health or at least a less stubborn heart so that if he needs to he will seek out medical advice. Wrap your arms around him and keep him safe. Soothe his aches and pain but also remind him that pain does have a purpose. You designed our bodies in such a marvelous way that we are able to know when something is really wrong. Thank you for his wonderful sense of humor. Let him believe what we all know--that he is a lovable old goat and makes such a difference in our days. Thank you for his support and encouragement.
Seema- Thank you for Seema, even though she hasn't been in lately we can still feel her love as she watches over us. Grant her good health and patience as she deals with her monkeys and their parents.Take away any aches that may linger in her heart. Let her know she is a big part of the foundation that holds us all up. Thank you for bringing her into our lives.
Shelley-- Bless Shelley as she goes out and explores the world beyond our little Rest Stop. Let her know the doors are always open if she needs us. Thank you for her many talents that she uses to glorify your name.
Sadie--Thank you for bringing Sadie into our little family. Bless her as she explores the site. Give her what she needs and is looking for when you sent her to FW.
Tiara--Grant tiara the strength and desire to fulfill her goals for this coming year. Remind her that we love her and miss her. Show her your plan for her life. Thhank you for the way she has of making us laugh while rolling our eyes. She has this exuberant way about her that blesses everyone she comes into contact with
Tim--We pray that you will watch over Tim and keep him healthy. Thank you for getting him through his surgery safely. Cover him with your love and mercy. Bless him with the strength he needs to fully recover. Thank you for his witty sense of humor and the way he has of bringing a sense of peace with him. Remind him that we love and miss him.
Bless those that I haven't named and who haven't popped in in a very long time. Watch over Ivy as she finishes her studies. Guide her in her next steps. Bless Cynthis and grant her the strength that she needs to get through these hard time. Keep Kate and her husband safe through this winter. Keep them healthy and help them decide what the next step in their lives may be. Bless Leonie and her family. Though we may have lost touch with her we are so grateful to know that you know her every need and we lift them up to you now. Keep Patty healthy and warm this winter. Bless her as she tries to figure out what her next step is. Remind them all that they are loved and missed. Thank you for all who have passed through the Rest Stop. We have been blessed by them all even if it is a short time that we were able to spend with them. Guide each one of us as we work to bring glory to you. In your precious name we pray AMEN
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