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Wednesday and Thursday - Time Flies When You're Sick...

Wednesday, October 18:
Home sick. Feeling crummy. I'm dealing with constant pain from my left knee flare-up. Annoying. Aside from feeling lousy... And poor Marilyn has been so sick.

But get this: We DID manage to go out in the evening to the annual Clown Corps Award Dinner. Hard to believe, right? You can force yourself if you try hard enough...

The other 'highlight' of the day? Sister Sue FORGOT the appointment with the furnace guy! She was out at Larry's house. Nobody could get there in time to let him in (and even if we'd felt up to it, we don't have a key to the house!), so I had to cancel.

Then I'm told they don't have another appointment until November 5 at the earliest!

Both Candy and Larry beat me up verbally for not making sure they knew about the appointment. I was trying not to bother either one of them, believe it or not. If Sue had been there, I wouldn't have contacted them at all. But it was my mess...

So when I'm next talking to Deluxe Fuel, they offer to 'fit us in' on Thursday!!! What a break.

Yeah, we watched a bunch of TV, but I'd have to ask Marilyn in order to list things...

Thursday, October 19:
Sue is home, thankfully. But very confused when I talk to her. Not a good sign! But I get her up via the phone for when Rick will appear.

Marilyn talks about going in to the office, but she's still not feeling well enough. So she stays home, thankfully.

I chat with Rick and ask if the furnace CAN BE FIXED without fixing the heat pump outside (which is many thousands of dollars to fix). He says yes, he'll call me. It was under $500, happily, so he fixes it. With the other time he was there it puts us around $700 total. Both Sue and Candy want to pay for it -- but with WHAT MONEY??? So Marilyn pays and it's a done deal. (Well, they're going to bill us here at our house. We're trusted as long-time customers.)

You have to use the 'emergency' setting on the thermostat to get the furnace to work. When Rick leaves the heat is on. Later on Sue is confused by her instructions. So tonight there was no heat. I think I can figure it out if I can get over there. I researched it for a couple of hours tonight. Rick is good at fixing things, but a lousy communicator. And Sue is confused, period. We need things spelled out very clearly and WRITTEN DOWN very clearly -- which is my job!

Marilyn is going to work tomorrow, so we'll go over after work and fix things...

Sue is back to not being able to pick up messages on her home phone, so...

Time for bed. I just did the recycling and composting -- it was raining. Made me think of Dad. (smile)

Sweet dreams. I hope you're all staying healthy. (I hope I feel better tomorrow! Marilyn, too, of course.)

A Good Day: Dinner and Visit

Marilyn and I had a good day. We went and got our pedicures AND manicures out of the way.

I also phoned and set up a dental appointment for tomorrow (sister Sue is kindly taking me) at 11:15. I'm in a lot of pain tonight, so I hope Mary can do something for me. But I suspect she won't actually drill or whatever tomorrow. Anyway, I'd love some serious pain meds, to be honest!

I also phoned our oil/furnace company and set up an appointment about our air conditioning. Someone is coming out Wednesday. We just hoping it won't be too expensive.

Actually, I'm hoping my dental work won't cost that much... (sigh)

As for my dental coverage, the Oregon Health Plan supposedly started to offer more coverage as of January 2013. I've been suspicious the entire time, though. I asked Shannon about it today. It turns out that they don't accept CareOregon, which is what I have (of course). There are two options they DO take, so I tried to phone and find out about making a change. First I tried one number. I held for 18 minutes, and quit at 12:30 (their lunch break). So I tried a second number, but gave up after holding for 30 minutes. I'll need to try again tomorrow morning, I guess.

I wish I could say positive things about Obamacare, but I'm not sure it's had a positive effect on the Oregon Health Plan, which I feel should be an example for the entire nation.

OHP used to cover dental work years ago, when I first went to Mary, but that hasn't been true for years. My recent dental work has really been difficult for Marilyn -- very expensive. (sigh) I do try to take care of my teeth. But being diabetic makes it worse. Anyway...

Marilyn really wants to get a new TV for our living room. The one there is 24 years old (!!!). We got it when we first moved into our last house. It's old and bulky and can't display the full width of an average show, but it still works! Zenith makes good TVs. All these unexpected expenses are messing with our potential TV budget... Well, I'm praying they won't cost much!

The evening was great! It was wonderful getting our Writing Circle group together again: Angel, sister Sue, Dick, Marilyn and me. We started with dinner at The Burrito House (which Marilyn kindly paid for), then came back here for drinks and catching up. Dick read from the book he helped with, Marilyn had me read from my short story I submitted in the contest, Marilyn shared the Facebook post she wrote that went viral and Angel shared a poem he'd written. All five of us are excited to get the group going again and to get back to writing regularly. We set our next meeting, so that's a step in the right direction.

The heat in the house was pretty miserable. Our visitors were really suffering. What a pain! Can't wait to get this FIXED!!! Thankfully there's supposed to be some relief from all this 90-degree-plus weather!

Anyway, off to bed soon. Marilyn has work tomorrow. I hate not going in, but the dental appointment is more important...

Oh! And Henry is doing really well today! He's far from 100%, but much improved.