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Road Blocks and Impediments

Before Ed’s accident, my printer started printing on an angle and then jammed. Ed tried to fix it and it totally stopped working. I needed to print some schedules I designed and tried to e mail them to myself, thinking I could call them up on Ed’s computer and use his printer. They wouldn’t copy. I tried to redesign them from scratch using Ed’s computer but the auto programs that worked on my computer aren’t working on Ed’s computer.

My computer tech came this morning and pronounced the printer dead. At least he was able to clear out some malware that was driving me nuts. Dozens of repetitive pop ups that interfered with the work. After visiting Ed at the rehab center, I stopped at Office Depot and bought a new printer. This one is more sophisticated than the last one, and has a paper tray. The cheap printer I had been using had a stand up tray that only held a few sheets. The store guy put the new one in my trunk and Annie-next-door helped me get it into the house. She also took the dead printer to the curb and it will be picked up tomorrow which is trash day. Nadine-down-the-street, will install it for me on Friday, since I don’t trust myself to get it right. Nadine’s computer smarts are amazing.

Ed called and wants new bedding for his side of the split king. I now pin his sheet to his comforter because if I don’t. it winds up in a ball. I said let’s wait until you are re-settled and he had a snit and said, “don’t bother.”

When he gets home from rehab, he wants to use my side of the bed as it is nearest the bathroom. So I will switch with him until he is feeling a lot better. But my desk is on my side of the bed so I am hoping that won’t be a problem. I use a heated blanket and a weighted blanket and these do not present an elegant made-up look for the bed. Tough, they help me sleep.

Ed and Nadine are leaning on me to use Uber instead of driving myself. My eyesight and reflexes are excellent and I think they should back off. I am willing to use Uber to go to Fort Myers – over the toll bridge. I’ve done it. I don’t like it. I can use Uber for that. But when I take the car I don’t just do one thing. I make several stops, different stores. Sometimes I’m in and out. Uber doesn’t wait. I like the flexibility I have with the car.

I am also getting physical therapy for my bad back and I am told it can ease the pain of neuropathy that is now a major problem for me. It is helping my back, but the neuropathy is resistant.

I have been exhausted for several days but felt better today. For the first time, I felt I could cope.

The staff at the rehab is really great and they have been extremely nice to me.

xx, Teal

posted on Jan 22, 2020 9:16 PM ()


The combination of heated + weighted blankets sounds like a great idea. When I have bad sore muscles, a heating pad feels better if it's weighted down as well. The pressure helps for some reason.
comment by drmaus on Jan 24, 2020 4:48 PM ()
Before I got the heated blanket I was using 3 heating pads. This is so much easier. I love the heat, I love the pressure.
reply by tealstar on Jan 24, 2020 8:21 PM ()
My comment got put in the reply to John. Oops!
comment by traveltales on Jan 23, 2020 9:02 PM ()
If you don't mind me asking, why do you use a weighted blanket? Apparently there are uses that I'm unfamiliar with.
comment by jjoohhnn on Jan 23, 2020 4:22 PM ()
My ole lady complains of poor sleep but she hasn't tried this. Thanks,
reply by jjoohhnn on Jan 25, 2020 11:47 AM ()
A weighted blanket has sleep benefits. It combats stress, alleviates restless leg syndrome, aids in sensory processing disorder. helps ADHD patients with focus. All these benefits aside, I like the way it feels, really like it. Combined with heat, it's perfect. It mimics being held. It isn't for everyone. Claustrophobes probably wouldn't like it.
reply by tealstar on Jan 24, 2020 8:30 PM ()
Commented in the wrong place - hah!
reply by traveltales on Jan 23, 2020 9:03 PM ()
Oh, goodness! What excitement. Your strengths will shine. Make them hang onto him until he's able to get around well so he doesn't come home an invalid and take it out on you.
reply by traveltales on Jan 23, 2020 9:01 PM ()
When does Ed leave rehab? I hope he does not come home cranky. I love Uber but we use it for shows downtown where parking is a problem. I have limited my driving to our suburb. It is the mall, the grocery stores and the library. All within several miles of my house.
comment by elderjane on Jan 23, 2020 3:58 AM ()
He'll be in rehab at least another three weeks to a month. We called our friend, Joan, who was to visit in early February and hope she can reschedule for March or April. Ed has a patience problem. He doesn't have any. It is what it is. When he is impatient with me over some simple request, I tell him "I can't teleport".
reply by tealstar on Jan 23, 2020 5:39 AM ()

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