Monday, November 24, 2014

Good News, Not-So-Good News, and a Monthly SNAFU

The good news is that, thanks to today's medical knowledge, I can keep my brain in good working order.

The not-so-good news is that I must jump through a few bureaucratic hoops every month to get a particular prescription filled. I understand why this is the case, but it's still a tad frustrating.(March 18, 2014)

I goofed last month, and didn't get the process started until I was down to — I think it was just under a week's supply left. That, and a longer-than-usual delay in the mail, resulted in my going without methylphenidate for nearly a week.

The NIH says that this drug "can be habit-forming," which I knew when it was first prescribed. I had the choice of struggling to maintain control of my brain, with only moderate success, or not. The choice was fairly obvious.

Not long after running out of that particular prescription last month, I experienced withdrawal. Happily, it only took a week or so to recover.

Finally, some good news. This month's prescription re-order process went a bit more smoothly: so I won't go through withdrawal again.

Some of the horror stories about 'cold turkey' probably aren't true: but on the whole it's an experience I prefer to not repeat.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Baptism: Elizabeth Grace

Our new granddaughter, Elizabeth Grace, was baptized today. The house was a great deal less quiet than usual this afternoon.


Elizabeth Grace, waiting: fairly patiently.


The baptismal candle,lit from the Easter candle.


Family and friends talking after the ceremony, at Our Land of the Angels in Sauk Centre.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Our First LED Light

We got our first LED lightbulbs today. One of them is in the upstairs bathroom, where it serves as nighttime illumination for the hallway and stairs. The other hasn't been placed yet.

The things are pricey, but since they're rated to last for years: over time, the cost will be much less than running and replacing incandescent lights.

My son tells me that the LED lightbulb is significantly brighter than what we had: and apparently yellower.

Aside from that, and getting ready for a baptism this weekend, life has been quite routine: which I don't mind one bit.
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