2018 Life Logs, Day 52—Taking Care of Business
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Weather: Overcast and Foggy AGAIN; High 54, Low 38 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA
I persisted and stayed up last night until the last woman skated (and fell) in the short program. If you did the same, then you know that was well after mid-night. I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow, but then for some inexplicable reason, I woke up at 4:30 am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I kept my eyes shut until the alarm went off at 8 am and have been on the move since. It was a day for taking care of business. First, it was off to Heather’s to feed the guinea pigs. Then it was on to a 10 am appointment with my primary care physician. He insists on twice yearly blood tests to check my cholesterol and glucose numbers. I join the ranks of too many Americans with a slightly elevated glucose level. I also join the ranks of too many Americans who need to watch their cholesterol. My total cholesterol number has been high, yet stable, over 25 years. Thankfully my ratio is excellent, so I don’t have to be on meds. I just have to have twice yearly check-ins with this doctor. The doctor appointment was in Sandwich, about 30 minutes from here, on a road that runs along the north shore of the Cape. I drove that little two-lane road from Sandwich to Hyannis today so I could drive through the salt marsh. It was foggy again today, but a drive through the salt marsh on an overcast, misty winter day was beautiful. I was driving to Hyannis to have my new eye glasses (new the first of January) adjusted. I’ve never had so much trouble with glasses, and in trying to make an adjustment, the woman actually broke off one of the arms. I had to wait to have that replaced and to have the lens attachments tightened. The new glasses are rimless, so the lenses are drilled where they attach to the bridge and held together with little plastic tabs that don’t do the job. I think I chose a frame that is too narrow and the plastic attachments pop out of the drilled holes about once a week. I can get them back together, but I have to carry my old glasses with me all the time in case reassembly is not easy. And then there is the problem that I seem to be allergic to them! They make my eye lids extremely sensitive. So much so, that after wearing them for a little over a week, I have to take them off for a few days to give my eye lids a break. A very nice gentleman came out to talk to me today and suggested I give them another week. If things are not better, then I should return and choose another frame. The current frame has a rubber coating. I’ve always had just medal, so that’s what I’ll get if these need to be replaced. I was going to stop at the AT&T shop to have them deal with a number of issues that have arisen when I switched from my phone to Mark’s phone on Sunday. But I just didn’t have the stamina to deal with another problem. I’ll go there tomorrow. After a late lunch, I did take my bike to the bike shop for an “almost spring” tune-up. I also bought a tire pump and ordered some panniers. Finally, it was home for the evening where I have been watching the Olympics alternately with watching some health-related episodes online. It seems there is always an informative series running and I try to take advantage of them when I can. No matter what the topic of the series, there are certain life style recommendations that are made for all, and one of those is getting quality sleep. So, I am going to bed and skip watching the Gold Medal women’s hockey game between Canada and the US. Hopefully I can watch it On Demand tomorrow.