November 20th, 2018

White Tuesday

It is so foggy here this morning that seeing the apartments across the narrow street out my living room window is almost problematic. The football stadium next to the apartments is totally missing. Getting to the pool this morning and then back home again was dicey.

Today feels kind of settled. Yesterday was unsettled. All my days are the same so it's interesting to me when one feels so much different than another. No bigggie. Just interesting.

My ear continues to threaten to be a problem. Periodically, it really hurts and then it doesn't. Mostly it doesn't but the threat is annoying. At least today it no longer feels blocked up like it did yesterday.

I've got no big plans today. Not even a todo list. I might stroll up to Starbucks later for one of those holiday drinks. But, I might not. I might do some sewing. I absolutely will do some crocheting. I have a new project in the works. I got started on it last night and so far - excellent.

I do need to pick up things around here. The house cleaner comes tomorrow.


A different way to fix the problem...

Years ago, I had an earache that I just ignored. I was busy with work and I didn't have a doctor and it was too much trouble to do anything about it. (Ironically, I was working, at the time, in Rochester, Minnesota, home of the Mayo Clinic. It was a small town with probably the highest percentage of doctors of any city.)

Anywho, one night, in the middle of the night, my eardrum finally just ripped and OMG was that ever painful. I mean really really really painful. Plus, it fucked with my hearing and it leaked. I had blood and stuff dripping from my ear. It turned out not to be fatal but took a long time to heal and not hearing is annoying.

So, I'm kind of over sensitive about ear issues. But, what if my current issue is just like a zit in the ear. Just a tiny little annoying but small little sore that will heal up on its own. Why go to the trouble of bothering the doctor?

But, what if it gets bad. Really bad. Tomorrow. Too late to get an appointment.

This is the conversation I've been having with myself on and off all afternoon. Until just now when finally I had an attack of the smarts. I went to the Humana website and finally figured out how to see if there are any urgent care facilities that 1. are covered and 2. are near me and 3. are open good, long hour and 4. do ears.

BINGO!!! There's one right not far at all that meets all the criteria. In fact it's even on the trolley route. (The trolley stops a block from here.)

So, if my ear goes south, I'll take it into that place. No appointment needed. Covered. And WHEW. The end of that problem.

I did take a walk up to Starbucks. I am not a Starbucks person. I have no beef with them, I just make my own coffee. But holiday drinks. So, I've had occasion to visit recently and I must say, those people are really nice. I mean really really nice. I can see how people get sucked into that habit.

However the salted caramel mocha? Not my thing. Way too sweet. I still have 2 or 3 others to try before I give it up for another year.