Mar. 9th, 2012

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It's 8:30 am and I have been to the doctor and even stopped at McDonald's for a celebratory sausage biscuit, got caught by a train and had to wait for.ev.er and now I'm home ready to start my day!

The cute doctor does not want to see me for 3 months!! It's not the 6 I was hoping for but he pointed out that I skated by my annual checkup so I owe him an extra one anyway. He was delighted at my progress and did not even mention Dr. Asshat. Yahoo! He says my lungs sound beautiful.

He told me to stop taking my cholesterol pill for two weeks to see if that eases up the hand and foot muscle cramps. If they go away, he'll switch to a different pill. I told him I'd been mainlining bananas in hopes that would help. He said that was only good if my potassium level was low which it isn't. I really am getting sick of bananas so this was great news.

And he's totally cool with the cataract surgery. I explained about the deductible and he allowed as how doing it this year sounded like a great idea and that 'you should really be able to call the shots on when with a cataract'. Nice.

All good. 3 months. Until last October, I saw him once a year maybe. Now everyone in his office knows me on sight. It will be nice to get back to 'who are you again???'

Today I'll call the other cataract surgeon's office and get their cataract story and then decide who gets the first appointment.
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I love Dropbox. It's saved my bacon over and over again.
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I am a telecommuter and I know this is not a fair representation... .I never wear socks!
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Bruce10 L (Do you suppose he has 9 older brothers named Bruce????) is coming to fix my dryer today... I will be able to watch his progress all day long. I sure hope he has some fix it juice left by the time he gets to me. I should get a beer cold for him, doncha think?

eyes r us

Mar. 9th, 2012 10:08 am
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Notes so I don't forget...

I called Dr. Field's office first. He's the guy that Ann Brown says I must go to. His office is fairly inconveniently located but they do provide transportation before and after which I think is pretty cool. Anyway... I called.

They had a telephone tree that was very annoying. After punching in several rungs I was told my wait time and what space I was in the queue. LOVE the personal service so far...

But once there, the woman who answered had a lot of good information.

The initial appointment is 1.5 hours to 2 hours and they would dilate my eyes.
Then if they deem the cataracts ok for removing, they apply with my insurance company for approval of payment.
Then if approved, they do.

First available appointment is Tuesday, April 10 at 10:30. Insurance application is 3 weeks. Then it's another 2-3 until surgery.

I got the distinct impression that they were way too big an operation. I'd be #xxxx with lots of opportunities to fall through the cracks and little chance of fruitful communications.

But there's something to be said for economies of scale and automation so it's worth a shot as a backup.

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Then I called Dr. Choy's office. A very nice and helpful person answered on the first ring.

First available appointment is April 2 at 3:10.

My current plan is to go to see Dr. Choy and hear what she has to say. I'll keep the Dr. Field appointment depending on how it goes with Dr. Choy.

Given the lead times, I'm glad I got the process started now instead of waiting until later in the year.

Truthiness

Mar. 9th, 2012 10:46 am
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One of the very few things I remember from high school history was a discussion about Joseph Flether's book Situation Ethics. What I took away from there is that what is that an opinion, an action, a belief may not be written in stone. It may, in truth, vary from situation to situation.

That coupled with my years (few as they were) in journalism taught me to be a card carrying skeptic always looking for the not so obvious reasons behind stuff.

Two guys - professional fact checkers - have written a book just for me.

We're With Nobody - http://seattle.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2750671030_were_with_nobody is fascinating and I haven't even finished the first chapter. (When they appear at county clerks offices asking for records, they are often asked 'who are you with?' meaning what newspaper or whatever... their answer is We're With Nobody.)

These two guys are guns hired by mostly politicians to dig dirt. It's like reading The News Behind The News. I'm loving it.
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This is cracking me up and Bruce10 is making some fine headway today. Earlier it looked like he'd never get to me but now I'm feeling hopeful.
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Ooops... We just lost power. no clue why
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Cool... no power and I see that the dryer repair guy is now at the stop before mine. Hope he gets hung up there for a while. arugh.
Thank goodness for my cellphone hotspot and a nice stash of cellphone batteries.
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a peek at twitter allows as how the power outage extends way south and a little east of here - Pioneer Square, International District, Beacon Hill through Sodo and down to Georgetown...
seattle city light is reporting 0 outages on their website
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@westseattle says: almost 3700 customers affected - says Scott at @SEACityLight
they just amended that to nearly double it
misery loving company?
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Now seattle city light says 28,000 and power back by 5.
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I have been meaning to crank up the CR-48 for a while now just to give it some love and had not gotten around to it.
Power outage seems the perfect time for this LOOOOOONG battery life beauty. Also I still have some months left on my free 100 MB a month Verizon connection. I'm saving that, tho, and working from my phone's hot spot.
If they truly get us connected by 5, I've got computing battery to go that long. Whew.
But, I think my dryer repair guy is going to be SOL. He probably can't get here anyway cause I'm guessing there are no street lights to the traffic must be a mess.
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And... she's back. It's like she never left, isn't it??!!+Bill Schubert cam working, yes?
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At 1:20, we lost power. It was weird because in the olden days when the power quit, everything got instantly quiet. Now, between smart appliances and laptops that don't even blink when they lose juice, it's not immediately obvious. I noticed the TV (with Front Door TV Network) was off. I kept pushing the power button but got no action and then I noticed that nothing was on, except the aforementioned laptops.

Soon I learned via Twitter that I was one of about 30,000. Thanks to the cellphone, I could get my computers connected to the internet and depending on how long the power was out, I could last a while thanks to more than one laptop and a pile of cellphone batteries. But, I was hoping it would not come to that.

The next worry was the dryer repair man. Due here at 3. My first thought was how mad he was going to be having to climb up all those stairs and then I realized that was not the crux of the problem.

I am so rational and logical without electricity. I figure since I can't get on the internet, I'll watch TV. Ooops, since I can't watch TV, I'll listen to the radio. Fuck. Well, maybe I'll bake some muffins...

Seriously, I have zero as in NO off the grid skills.

Then Twitter - which was brimming with outage tweets - said that Seattle City Light said the power would be restored by 5. And minutes after that, they changed it to 6. And minutes after that the power came on.

Whew.

Just after 3, Bruce10 L. arrived. He opened the dryer door, stuck his arm in up to the elbow and held down the button (which closing the door normally engages) and asked me to hit the power button. He gave the drum a yank and bingo FIXED!! Seriously, that was all it took. YEAH! I was so relieved and delighted to pay him the $92. Really. I figured I paid for his expertise and it was totally worth it.

He whipped a netbook out of his toolbox and took down my credit card info and sent the invoice/receipt to my email. Delightful, efficient and skillful. I don't ask for much more out of my repair people.

Shortly after he left he called me and said that they had an deal where the technician who gets the most good survey reports gets a $30 restaurant gift card. He didn't ask me to even fill out the survey or give him good marks, he just laid out the deal which I thought was kind of classy. I told him he should start worrying about what he was going to order cause I was filling out the survey right now.

And I just got a note from Sheri that she got confirmation from Building Manager Scott that he has made his official approval and we are good to go on Monday!

Whew what an afternoon! But, all seems under control now. Yeah!
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