It’s a very new year, but it’s already day five. I have a feeling if I don’t grab hold of it, it will slide away before I am fully “in” it. Garry’s had a difficult week, losing one friend (reason undetermined) and another having had a stroke. He has gone off to visit with the remaining old colleagues. Each time they get together, they look each other over — just in case there isn’t a “next time.” We are the older generation.
I’m having physical problems, though as far as I know, they aren’t lethal. Of course, having not yet determined the cause, I could be missing something but I think it is “old” issues going from passive passengers to active participants in my daily life. The two biggies are asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Both of these are autoimmune diseases. I was diagnosed with both many moons ago; RA when I was 27 and asthma when I was a child. I was wheezing before I was 9.
The RA has not bothered me at all until recently when it began flaring. The asthma has gotten very bad. Since I can’t afford the inhalers I need, it went from bad to worse. Struggling to breathe combined with the damage left from all the heart surgery — and the lung problems that also come with RA — makes life difficult. And I’m anemic.
In theory, it could be leukemia or some other blood cancer, but considering I’ve already got two (maybe three) autoimmune diseases that trigger anemia, I’m voting for my old friends, RA and asthma. The worst part is knowing if my suspicions are confirmed, there’s no solution. These conditions aren’t curable. You do what you can to make them easier to live with, but they don’t go away. If they would lower the price for the inhalers I need, that would help. Talk about “dream on!”
Among other oddities of this new year is we didn’t get any free calendars. We always got them in the past. This year? Nothing. So I had to order calendars. One — a small one for the bedroom — of local birds (Audubon), two of our National Parks via National Geographic. Then I ordered some stuff Garry needs to maintain his hearing aids and finally, paid the bill for oil. Then, I made an appointment with the AARP to do our taxes. It’s free and I’m hopeless with taxes. I was never able to do them, not when I was young and not now.
However, there are some new interesting and rather exciting other things simmering which I hope you’ll eventually see on Serendipity. It will take a while to sort out the technical stuff, but Tom and Garry are going to try podcasting their former “lives in the news biz.” It should work. When you get the two of them talking, the only thing (besides light, a camera and microphone) you need is a hook to pull them off the stage.