A different approach to dealing with illness that isn’t going away.

This is the second in a series about being a caregiver for better or worse as a man in his late 20s. It’s to raise money for my mother who isn’t doing too hot after a lengthy stint in the hospital that probably shouldn’t have ended quite yet. Check out that link here: http://gofundme.com/HurtByUSHealthcare

My mom and I recently spent a long time in the hospital. She also hates when I take picture of her because she lacks a thyroid and, thusly, doesn’t really have a metabolism.

So, I added some stickers on the photos and added some pictures of cats–both ours and some of the street cats around the hospital–because everyone loves cats.

Also, there is a colony of kittens around the hospital. But, that’s a different story.

The important part is that my mom actually spent much of her life caring for other people. As a YMCA director, as the campaign manager for our little cousin with terminal leukemia, and even yesterday as she demanded I go donate clothes to Goodwill.

So, go forth and re-blog/share this link. No one in our family has caught a break for the past handful of years. Maybe help me make one for her?  Continue reading A different approach to dealing with illness that isn’t going away.

From the Draft Pile: Fun-employment 2017

Have you recently found yourself in the state of unemployment, love? Looking for things to do that are both productive and fun? Well. I’ll have none of that. Follow my lead and have some fun doing all the worst possible things you can do while unemployed. Here are my current top 5 funemployment tips to get you back on your feet faster than that squarespace site you promised your best friend you would build her before your slow decent into depression will get built.

  1. Showers are for closers.
  2. There are so many YouTube videos of drag queens around.
  3. Avoid all media related to your old job so you’re completely out of touch with your former world.
  4. As your subscription video accounts expire, make sure you forget and leave all your shows in  mid season, preferably in a cliffhanger.
  5. Listen to podcasts about tv shows you do not watch.

The picture is of a kitten outside of a hospital. Note, I wrote this in March and am still unemployed. You can read more about mitigating circumstances and why I was at a hospital to take a picture of a stray cat here.   

Living in a hospital. And being a guilty caregiver.

Like the world's worst summer camp.
A reminder of the Arterial Blood Gas tests.

This is the first in a series about being a caregiver for better or worse as a man in his late 20s. It’s to raise money for my mother who isn’t doing too hot after a lengthy stint in the hospital that probably shouldn’t have ended quite yet. Check out that link here: http://gofundme.com/HurtByUSHealthcare

You know that episode of Roseanne? The one before the show gets crazy? The one where Dan has a heart attack at Darlene’s wedding?

That’s what I always pictured when a matriarch or patriarch takes a fall from health. The family gathering around in the waiting room hoping for the best kind of result.

And, in a way, that’s how it was when my mother had a heart attack an hour after I got home from the last day of my junior year of high school. She had a minor heart attack followed by an induced one at the hospital. She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Life went on. We moved to a house with a pool. Times seemed good. Continue reading Living in a hospital. And being a guilty caregiver.

From the Draft Pile: My 5 New Year’s Q1 Goals

The following post was written (obviously) in January as a abortive New Years resolutions goals post. I have accomplished 1 and 1/2 of these and it is about 2 quarters through the year, Not one. Predicting this, I attempted to make the goals easy. I’m good at life. 

It’s closer to the end of January than the beginning. And, that’s how I like these posts. Resolutions are stupid. Unfortunately, the calendar year is just so damn convenient or organize things around.

As to not even try and think on the unachievable, huge, life changing goals, I’ve decided to focus on only the first quarter of 2017.

So, here I am writing up my my short term goals for the quarter. Here’s the list and I’ll come back for a post I’ll keep updated on each.

  1. Read the X-Men comics I’ve been putting off for what seems like forever but lead into the books I love the most. First up is The Phalanx Covenant so I can grasp Gemeration-X better.
  2. Buy an Nvidia Shield TV box and use it as my gateway drug back into gaming. 
  3. Figure out a way to make my cat, Rose, get along with his new friend and roommate… my parents’ cat Violet. 
  4. Make at least one trip to visit a friend who lives in a state I don’t currently (or recently) live in. 
  5. Figure out a way to make my living situation work. I live in a room that has the laundry room… as a closet

If you’ve made it this far, you deserve to know that I accomplished #3 because that just happens naturally over time. I also read the Grant Morrison run on New X-Men (again), so that gets a half.   

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