Greetings from a nice cool breezy morning from South Texas! But this will be short lived as humidity will return by Monday! When I was growing up in San Antonio, the first real cold front that would start our winters would be on Halloween, which happens to be my birthday, and I always received a new coat. It has been years since that has happened. Each year I hope that it will happen again, maybe this will be the year since we are still in above average temperatures in October.
Now for some insight as to where I have been since last Tuesday (6 Oct). As most know I have Meniere’s and Fibromylgia. I deal with it, but stress will impact how those immune issues will be wide awake or sleeping.
This year was highly stressful for Clay and I. Our year has consisted of gun shot wounds, surgeries, aorta valve replacement, eyelid surgery and a multitude of doctor visits, I a bad decision in July to change ENT doctors. The new doctor wanted me to be retested for Meniere’s and BPPV. Once a person is tested for Meniere’s they never want to go through it again. It had been 25 years since I was first tested and I swore I would never do it again, but I did. I am paying for that decision. They have changed how they do the test and it is a torture test and will increase flare ups for a couple of weeks. I have had more episodes in the last 10 days that I have had in 5 years. It has also increased my stress levels and affected my Fibromylgia. This year has turned our normal quiet lives upside down and my ability to work on any projects OR even enjoy my days. The stress has lasted longer than I ever envisioned.
One of the projects that I wanted to make was the 3030 quilt which is geared for Paper Piecing. I am not a paper pieces – I am a traditional quilter and If I cannot get it right that way, then I go to the pattern to see where the problems are – me or the Designer! Then I make a decision whether or not to continue on with the quilt. PP technique is not the use of more fabric, but dealing with the paper, plus a technique that I never developed a desire to perfect. I love the challenge of sewing quilts and applique the old fashioned traditional way.
After finishing all 14 SAG blocks (another post on that) on Sunday afternoon I planned to start working on the 3030 quilt project, but Monday consisted of dealing with a severe Meniere’s attack that lasted over 12 hours, so that day was GONE. On Tuesday I did work on 3030 – the first block! When I completed the block there were 2 or 3 star points that were going to be cut off when sewn together. I followed the pattern 100% and was extremely careful on sewing. That did it for me – I had invested over $200.00 for fabric for this quilt – it was time to cut my losses and try to lower my stress level.
For some good/bad news, on Wednesday I had my hearing aids adjusted to the new hearing test I was given in late July. I have lost 10db in the left hear and 5 in the right ear. Amy told me that it could be attributed to stress and of course Menieres. The adjustment is great though because I can hear better! A PLUS!
Yesterday I was able to submit my last invoice from BAMC to my Medicare-Novitas contact through email. I do not think they want another Congressional from me. There is a very strong indicator that we will not be reimbursed close to $3,000 if Medicare will not process/deny the hospital facilities charge from BAMC. My point of contact now has that problem and the last invoice and it is their problem! I have done all I can do. This problem will continue on through January of 2021 because Medicare has not processed this claim correctly and taking longer than I thought to process the entire claim (almost $7,000.). To reduce this stress I am not going to be concerned anymore. I will wait for Medicare to do the correct thing and then I will have to do a smaller package to BCBS. I pray to God we never have to use BAMC ever again for any treatments. No pity party here on the $$$ – because Clay is doing fine and we are still together. Clay and I are so blessed because we both worked 38 years, found each other when we were 51, and have great insurance and financially secure. So there is no need for us to stress on this issue EVER!
I have now reset my To-Do Goals and will do a post on that also. Looks like today will be a day to get caught up on goals and status on projects.
I know that this time is so difficult for all who cannot get out and about like we all used to. It concerns me that we no longer can have physical contacts such as a hug from a friend because of the Chinese Virus. I feel for the children who cannot go to school and enjoy their friends. I wonder what damage this will do to them in their adult years because trauma that happens when a child is young, will stay with them forever. They must be taught to be strong and that these challenging times will pass, but others will come again and they must learn to go with things as they come.
Well, anyone who got down to this point in my post deserves a medal. I do believe that documenting where I am and how I am going to begin the process of DE-STRESSING from the last 9 months is so important. Thank you for listening.
Enjoy life – By the way did you know what the word BIBLE represents? Here it is:
Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth!
Have a wonderful week-end and enjoy each day go with the wind (if possible)