I was able to obtain my lab results this morning. I got them before the doctor, which was a little bit of a surprise. They are at the doctors office but he just hasn’t read them. I sent them in a secure email to him and was concerned about one of the results. He told me that it was a lab error and that it’s okay. The liver is doing well, just as I suspected. I knew turning down the ultrasound was the right thing to do. My diabetes is a little out of control so he is going to up that medication. I just hope that I don’t drop from lack of blood sugar. That was some good news and I am glad it’s done with. Even though both of my arms are still sore.
Tonight begins my on-call week. I realized when it was too late on Saturday that I forgot to go pick up mommas medicine. So I have to do that tonight, hurry home, feed the children, get the trash out and then maybe have some time to wolf down dinner. All of that in a 1/2 hour or less. I don’t think so but I am sure it will work out. I just hate this part of my job. At least now we are doing things by the old method so not a huge responsibility but that all changes next week. I will experience it in two weeks. Then I am good until May and who knows what that schedule will say but were supposed to be spread out to about every 13 weeks – which is about 4 times a year. Not terribly bad but still it is an inconvenience. I stress out about it ahead of time … it’s simply fear of the unknown. I have no idea who will call, what problem they will have, if they will be screaming or nice. Afterwards when it’s all over with I easily go back to normal mode and life goes on.
On a different note, I have a UPS in the living room for the TV. AT&T provides you with a Belkin UPS that is supposed to backup their equipment, this is standard and you don’t have to ask for it when you order Uverse. With the cable company you have to ask for it or you don’t get it and then if you do get it, they charge you for it. Well the installer plugged their UPS into my UPS. You are not supposed to daisy chain UPS. I found out why. I unplugged the power to test fail over and all of my stuff stayed alive but AT&T’s UPS died and I lost TV & Phone instantly. It takes a few minutes once power is restored for their modem to reset and for things to come back to life. So I plugged their unit directly into the wall like it should have been. Gave it time to reset and made sure everything worked. Then I went over and pulled the plug and it failed over just like it was supposed to. The installer also had disabled the UPS alarm. It beeps rather loudly when the power is out to let you know it’s on battery. For computer equipment this gives you time if things are going to be out for a while, to gracefully power down to prevent system damage. In the case of Uverse it’s supposed to give you 6 hours of battery life for telephone so that you can call the power company and tell them you have a problem or to call 911 because a tree fell on the power pole. I am glad the UPS unit is there but I hope not to rely on it. If things fail and there is no power and the phone goes out, I have it setup to default calls to my cell phone – so it’s not like I will miss a call. Then again no one really calls me.
I am still frustrated about the pen I gave to my late partner that I can’t find. If that would just happen to be some place where I could discover it, I would feel way better. It’s not the answer to all of my troubles but it would be a step in the right direction.
So I think I told you a while back I got a Withings health monitor. It tracks how many steps I take, my sleep, calories burned, elevation, etc. Well it’s been working just fine. You can’t totally power it off, which I kind of think is a design flaw, because what if you decide you want to take a break, you really can’t unless the battery dies. It’s super efficient and a charge will last me 2 weeks. I don’t constantly take my pulse or measure my oxygen saturation. I carry it in my pocket at work and when I am out. Once I get home when it’s time for bed, I put it in to a watchband case and strap it to my wrist like it’s a watch. Then you tell it your going to sleep and it does the rest. Tell it when you are up for good and it will great you with Good Morning. Kind of neat. Once it syncs up with your phone you can see all of the times you were awake in the course of an evening and it’s been dead accurate. Even if you don’t get out of bed, somehow it knows. The pulse and o2 sensor is blocked by metal so it can’t tell by that. It is kind of interesting to see how many hours you had of sleep and how many were deep and how many were light. Plus I never realized that I took so many steps in a day on the days when I am running crazy around here (at the office) it reflects in my stats. I have found that the device works best if you leave the app running in the background on your iPhone and don’t close out of it. Then it can sync periodically which is how it was designed. A neat app but there are times when I need a break so I just let it sit on my dresser. Then I get hate mail from it and pop ups on my phone telling me that I can do better. You get feedback at low and high points which is nice, but I tend to respond better to positive feedback, as do most humans.
I haven’t heard our Raccoons in a while. I saw one of them last night. I kind of think the other one is dead because they were inseparable. I hope that I am wrong. I like them but so long as they stay on the outside and don’t bother anyone on the inside. I don’t like the chatter when they play but outside of that they are good guests.
So that’s it. I guess I should get back to work, since it sounds like I am going to live! Hope all is well in your world. Take care.