Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Just checking in.

It's been a while since I last wrote. Life has been crazy these last 5 months. Since then I got a job, had my heat go out, had car problems, had a fire in my home, and got fired from my job. On a good note, my wife graduated from nursing school and is now working at a hospital.

My health has been okay, I've actually never felt better. I took up running as a hobby, I like it. It's one of those hobbies that is cheap since all you really need is a good pair of shoes. I've been consistently running 3-4 times a week. I have a favorite spot I run at in downtown Memphis that is beside the river. Other than the sheer beauty of the Sun setting over the Mississippi River, this park has a lot of other runners that run there too. It also has mothers pushing their children in strollers, people walking their dogs, exercise & yoga groups, as well as the occasional kite flying. I'm actually thinking of running a 5K there next month if I have enough money to attend.

One thing that sucks the most is my air conditioning going out. It has been hot lately in my house, sometimes in the mid 80s. I have a box fan and portable a/c to help cool me and my wife off temporarily until we get our cooling fixed. My face has been becoming numb because of the heat, but other than that I feel okay. As long as my legs don't become numb again I'll be happy.

The job I had was being a copier technician. I learned how copiers worked and also I learned how to put them together and troubleshoot problems. I met some nice people there. The main purpose for working that job was to support my wife long enough until she graduated nursing school, but the more and more I learned how to do my job the more I liked it up until the day I got fired. I was not very dependable due to my car breaking down so much and having to miss work. Every so often it would shut down and not start back up for hours or even days. Each time me and my father worked on that vehicle and replaced parts it would eventually die on me again. I really had no other vehicle I could drive since my wife drove my SUV to school, sometimes she had to drop me off work and pick me up after I was done which used a lot of gas that we didn't have much money for.

Although I truly understood why I was fired, I was not prepared for it. But at least at that time my wife finished school and I was able to attend her graduation. Now that she is working, I can find an easier and less stressful job to do. I won't have to slave away to work a backbreaking, dirty job in order to live the bare minimum for bills, food, and gas only. But I guess I could say that I'm lucky enough to be able bodied to be in the work force compared to most MS patients.

I haven't seen a neurologist in a long time, not that I'm relapsing or anything. My current one is just a doctor to have in my back pocket in case I have a really bad exacerbation. He's one of those doctors that will rush you out if he can unless you have something serious going on. Once my wife gets health insurance from her job, shes going to add me onto it. When that happens I'm going to see a MS specialist I found that practices right here in Memphis. It will be good to have a doctor again that understands or actually gives a crap about me.

Life looks like its going to get better now that the hard parts are over. I think my next goal is to make life happier and easier. I may just find a part time job, so that I have more time to take care of the house and pets, and also have more time to do my favorite hobbies. More free time for being outdoors, going to concerts, and exercise. I may even join a running group to make new friends. The possibilities are endless.

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