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Monday, September 23, 2019

Progress, nonetheless

I had an appointment with my cardiologist this morning, at 9:50. By the time alone, it is apparent this is an annual appointment and was set a year ago. 

I used to make subsequent annual appointments at nine, leaving much of the day open. Then I began making them at ten. Sometime this past year I moved to eleven. At the counter today, I hesitated, then selected one in the afternoon. How I've aged this past year!

There was an order for blood work in my hand when I left. Like many of us, I take a statin. It's not the responsibility of my cardiologist. However, my primary care physician left the end of July, and I still take the statin. The replacement PC ordered a refill without ordering overdue blood work. 

Then the replacement PC "left the practice". No idea. But my cardiologist cares about blood, so he sent me away with a fasting blood order. And yes, 9:50 was a good ninety minutes too late. I get out of bed to eat breakfast.

It was near lunch time when I got home. I looked at the loom, and went straight to the kitchen table to read some more weekend edition of my friend Lynn's New York Times. And lunch (a thick cucumber sammie), and an acetaminophen, because my back hurt so badly. If that appointment had been for one, I could have spent the morning at the loom!

I wove a total of four bobbins, about three towels, and quit at four in the afternoon. Progress, nonetheless.


My phone camera has a feature I'm supposed to appreciate, because it shows me pictures I took one, two, three, five years ago at this time. Actually, it irritates me when I notice it. And what was I weaving one year ago? Orange towels.


Isn't this pretty! Loops of threads, falling down from the back beam, as I as tying on. They resemble very long hair meeting a curling iron. Think Princess Kate.

44 comments:

  1. I always try to book medical appointments first thing in the morning too, before the doctor has a chance to get behind in seeing people. I hate waiting forever in the doctor's office.

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  2. I prefer early appointments too, though in fairness it's been years since I've been ill enough to warrant seeing a doctor.

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  3. Yes! That last photo is gorgeous!
    Sometimes when I'm searching for something on my blog and go back and read old posts I'm vastly weirded out to realize that my life is basically exactly the same, day after day, year after year.
    Sort of depressing but it's reality.

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    1. Weirded out is fair. Not old enough for "depressing".

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  4. Yes, I love that last photo! It sounds like you're well underway with the new towels.

    It's good that your cardiologist picked up the slack left by the PC.

    I don't do mornings well, so I make as many appointments as I can for mid-afternoon. Like my almost-90 year old mother, I can only "do" one thing a day! What in the world will I be like if/when I hit 90 myself??

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  5. Three towels in a sitting? Colour me awed.
    And add me to the list of those who are blown away by your final photo.
    I try and arrange appointments for the morning because what energy I have is decidedly morning energy.

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  6. Most of our doctor's appt's are in Bakersfield, about 40 miles to the west of us, so I schedule appointments for 11:00 and when we finish with the dr., we go to lunch! Works for me! I find your loom absolutely fascinating... do wish you lived closer so I could visit and watch you work.

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  7. Lovely to see your tablecloths on the loom. But I also noticed the beautiful tapestry seat cover. Fabulous.

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    1. It's a piano bench I bought at the thrift store. Perfect height for a shorty at the loom. And yes, it was a steal.

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  8. I've been using one of your towels to cover the plastic bag I fill with ice to ice my fractured knee as it heals. Your towel is soft, but still allows the cold to come through quickly. It is also beautiful, and made by someone I admire. I use it all the time as a kitchen towel. Who knew it would have a second purpose providing comfort to my sore and broken body? Many thanks.

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  9. My doctor has finally been convinced that I will only go to see him twice a year. He doesn't need more blood than that.

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  10. It's tough aging without a consistent GP. I seem to have trouble keeping one too. It's coming up two years since I've had one. Attending the ER for a simple renewal on my arthritis and thyroid meds is a pain in the backside.

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    1. I am feeling her loss. I see the annual questions add stability.

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  11. I am amazed at people who weave.
    Coffee is on

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  12. Seeing all set up and ready to go is good to see. The white three flowing looks like a frozen waterfall.

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  13. I am so in awe of all your artistic weaving. And yes, those loops of thread are beautiful.

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  14. I make my appts. at about 1pm. I have too much insomnia, too often, to rely on waking early with energy anymore. I have a great piano bench I bought for $10.00 at a thrift store (the Treasure Loft in Richfield when it still existed) and use it for my CPAP equipment. Lovely weaving photos.

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    1. I found it at Abby Anns. I went looking for a tall stool, and there it was. $10. I don't recall my piano bench being so tall. It's perfect.

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  15. I do like those loops of thread! I always made appts first thing in the morning to get them done with minimal waiting.

    betty

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  16. The loom threads are beautiful.
    Going without food for so long can cause cramps and such. I understand the reason for fasting blood work. I don't understand why there's no small snack immediately after the draw.

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  17. The looping threads look so pretty. I cleared out a drawer last weekend and found paperwork for bloodwork I was supposed to have done last November. at a reading last month my blood pressure was holding steady at 130/85 as it has for about seven months now, so I'm not too concerned. I hate missing breakfast too, so I usually carry a small snack to eat as soon as the blood is drawn. Most often a plain bread roll, sometimes a banana, depending on whether they look decent or too green.

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    1. Fortunately, the clinic is only fifteen minutes away.

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  18. Your towels still make me happy in the kitchen every day, I don't allow anyone to use them, just for beauty, and I want them to stay for many years.

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    1. Well, OK. But maybe the towels are unhappy. Use them once and wash them. They will look the same.

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  19. You keep on keeping on quite admirably.

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    1. I must kick myself in the backside many days to get going.

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  20. When I worked, my appointments were either the first in the morning or on my way home. Now, with time on my hands and not wanting to be out there in rush hour traffic, I schedule all mine right after and before the roads crowd up with cars and school busses. It helps keep my blood pressure down.

    That last picture, Joanne, is indeed lovely.

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  21. I like early appointments. The doctors don’t get far behind if you have an early one. Late in the day you could be waiting forever.

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  22. I go to a clinic and they keep us moving along.

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  23. My cardiologist is the one that monitors my cholesterol, nags me about it and prescribes the statin. I like first thing in the morning appts - gets them over with.

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  24. I try to schedule only one doctor's appointment a day. When I am heading to this surgeon, I get an exray first then see him.

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  25. I generally prefer mid to late morning appointments because I'm not an early riser and I don't eat breakfast til around 10. unless of course I need fasting blood work. then it's as early as I can get in. generally my PC has me come in a week before my appointment for the blood work. that way she already has the results when she sees me.

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  26. And I have one of those orange towels hanging in my kitchen as I type this Joanne - I love it.

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  27. It is pretty.

    I like a later appt. as public transport is more manageable at 11 than it is at 9am. I don't like to be in competition with commuters for seats!

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  28. We are lucky that our clinic is five minutes walk downhill (gently) and is the main centre for the six villages covered by the practice. First thing appointments preferred here..then you don't waste a whole day on them!
    Good to see you weaving. That image is a cracker....looking at ordinary things from different angles can surprise and give fresh insight

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  29. Yes, the orange towels are indeed lovely, and feel so soft it would be a shame not to use them.
    I'm impressed that you managed to fit weaving in with an appointment. I hung about the hospital for hours today, trailing about from radiology to orthopedics and back trying to keep a polite and friendly smile in place at all times. Just to learn that I've got to wait till Thursday to have the pin taken out.

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  30. I schedule doctor appointments at 10 am if possible. Gives me time to get myself together and miss any rush hour traffic. Since I don’ eat breakfast (sometimes toast), I don’t mind fasting for bloodwork.
    And yes, your towels wash wonderfully and still look great!

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  31. Oh I do love that last photo, and I'm like yourself, I am at my best in the mornings and tend to fail in the afternoon.

    XO
    WWW

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  32. I'm always bemused when I hear about "bloodwork". It's quite rare in the UK and usually only happens if you are already ill. It would be better if our NHS was more into prevention than treatment.

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  33. Have you considered weaving table runners?

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  34. I like the curls of thread picture. Those fasting tests can be a problem if you get stuck without food afterwards.

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  35. I admire how you can use a loom to create things and like the photo of the curling threads.

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