Next month, I will be heading to Portland and then to Kenosha to participate in some demonstrations and I will be taking my long rifle with me. OK, that was not funny at all, the country is a mess and nobody is safe in Donald Trump’s America, so I am staying home and most likely I will be blogging every day. It has been six months since I purchased my So Clean unit that I use to sanitize my sleep mask, so I have to change the filter and every month I need to change the nasal cushion, so both of these things are planned for tomorrow.
I am not a big planner, I often go grocery shopping without a list, but I do have a few things on my calendar for September. My great nephew has a birthday in the middle of the month and some time this week I will send his birthday card out. I have an appointment with my doctor this Wednesday for my Wellness exam and the day after my great nephew’s birthday I have an eye doctor appointment to discuss Posterior Capsule Opacification. The Wellness exam is a Medicare requirement, but it is mostly a waste of time for me, as my doctor is a numbers person and she does not give me a full examination. She is primarily interested in my lab results and she looks at my cholesterol, and blood sugar count.
Since I turned 50 seventeen years ago, all of my other doctors gave me a regular prostate exam as part of my routine physical exam, but in the 8 and a half years that I have had this doctor, she has not done this. She never asks me to drop my pants, bend over and spread my cheeks, not that I am looking forward to the exam, but I know it is important and she just doesn’t do that. In order to avoid any future complications, I realize that I should have my body checked out by a trained professional on a regular basis and that walnut-sized organ tucked away in my nether regions never gets examined, probably because it can only be accessed properly through my back door. I have had my rectum probed before by the lubed up gloved finger and other than feeling a little bit of pressure, and some mild discomfort, it is usually over in about a minute and then I get to wipe off. I have learned to relax and take a deep breath as the finger goes past my sphincter, as tensing up only heightens the discomfort.
Since she never does this, I will ask her for a referral to a specialist, as everything that I read says that this should be part of a routine in a yearly physical exam for men. My cat bit me two weeks ago as I was trying to get her into her carrying cage, so she could get her shots at the vet and I will ask my doctor when I am due for another tetanus shot. I will bring her the paperwork from my super flu shot that I got last week and the paperwork of my negative test result for Covid-19 that I just had done so she can update her records. My last doctor appointment was a virtual visit and I logged on to the portal online and we chatted with my cam on. I purchased a blood pressure monitor and a temperature tester and told her my results as well as my current weight.
I no longer need to wear glasses since my cataract surgeries, but my eye doctor scheduled an appointment for a checkup, as my vision was not that great right after the procedure. She thinks that I may have Posterior Capsule Opacification which can be treated with a quick, painless, outpatient laser procedure to make my vision clearer. I did have some discomfort in my right eye which felt like I had soap and an eyelash stuck in my eye, but I found some eyedrops to remedy that. I guess I will just have to wait and see what develops.
I did some whining on my blog about people not following rules on the Song Lyric Sunday challenge that I host and this has cost me some followers, which I regret. I am going to try and be more chill about the rules and not make any more rants in the future. I am happy with the two challenges that I am involved with and I will be writing about the Simple Minds song ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ this Friday for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge that I am hosting this Friday on September 4th, although I still have not figured out how to get Mr. Linky working with the new block editor. The next Song Lyric Sunday challenge should be different as I went with a Musical or an Opera song for this and I am going to write about song ‘Hair’ from the musical Hair.
I am sad that this is the final day for Fandango’s Dog days of August, because I felt that all of his prompts were very interesting, but I am sure that I will find other things to write about. I don’t require all that much out of life, as I only need basic sustenance, food and water and some rest and sometimes I wonder if René Descartes got it backwards by saying, “I think, therefore I am”, as I see myself as a being, and therefore, I think. I have mastered the ability to think and I enjoy writing, so I am a blogger even if nobody reads what I write about.
Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August FDDA #31 where the prompt is my plans for September.