I’ve already covered the list and the progress, so now it’s time for the final wrap.
Sort out two submissions (well – 90%, but they will be done tonight)
Pick Julia up
Cup of tea, TV, nap. The nap went particularly well, as did the TV
Cook stir fry (excellent meal, though cooked by Julia as I was exploring all the possibilities of napping)
Write post (500 words) about how hard I’ve been working today – doing it now
Write more (the last post counts towards this)
Write haiku/senryu – was 15 minutes early for Julia so did a few then (note I didn’t say they had to be good)
I also rang the garage to discuss the flashing lights on the car dashboard (it is going in tomorrow so they can empty my bank account)
Not Done Yet
Start two poems I have notes for – fell victim to procrastination
Research for article – Bomb Disposal
Research for article – RNLI
I’ve done more than I was expecting. I’ve been putting off the two poems for a few weeks – doing a note here and there, but I’d like them to be good, and they aren’t living up to expectations so far. THe research was listed to make sure I do something about it, rather than in hope that I would get any done today.
Do lists do any good? I think they do. They keep me working and they preserve focus. Without a list I would have done less today. I would have browsed the internet more, wasted more time, and have done less of the things that needed doing. Which reminds me, I need to get in touch with the doctor. I forgot to put it on the list.
I just went away to contact the doctor.They want me to use the online ordering system for medication, but they keep changing the system. last month I was able to request Methotrexate. This month I’m not able to order it so I’ve had to put in a written request. Apparently it can only be ordered by a clinician. I’m not actually sure what a clinician is, apart from someone who works at a clinic. I’m also not clear why someone who hasn’t spoken to me about the medication needs to get involved in the supply. You would think that in the middle of a pandemic they would have better things to do than mess about with the way I reorder prescriptions.
This, of course, reminds me that I need a blood test for the Methotrexate to see if it is dissolving my liver. As I have not yet turned yellow I’m probably OK. I hope so because it’s a very effective drug for the arthritis. I’d better do that tomorrow as I want to try and coordinate it with the Warfarin blood test in two weeks time. Despite what they keep telling us, I see no point in going where there are a load of sick people if I don’t need to. One day and two tests is better than going down on two days. With any luck I will be able to get it done at the hospital too, as the nurses at the surgery don’t get the practice, and are not as effective as the hospital phlebotomists.
If you are going to be stabbed in the arm it’s better to get it done by a professional.
That’s enough writing now. I will probably discuss our new lockdown when I write again. Yes, we enjoyed the first two so much that we are having another one.
I had forgotten about the blood tests that go with Methotrexate. I was lucky in that our local vampire was a wizard with the needle and I never felt a thing.
The hospital phlebotomists are very good, but the practice nurses have trouble with my tricky veins and it often feels like they are digging it out with a trowel.
You have been unlucky.
Unfortunately I have difficult veins.
We have been using on-line ordering for some time now. It started well, then they began the tinkering. We needed a password which our pc could save. Now, in addition we need a memorable word. We have to enter three random letters from that. In a service only used once a month how likely, given the average age of the users, is it likely that that will be remembered? I failed at the first attempt so had to choose another. Now, what was it?
I was talking to Number One Son about this – we both ask for new passwords with most things rather than remember them. The NHS is an exception as it’s such a faff getting a new one from our surgery – I just write it all down, despite being told not to. 🙂
I would think they could schedule two tests in one day. That would be better for you, as well as the phlebotomist to see you only once.
It would be nice to think so.
Always good to note if you’ve turned yellow yet…