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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gobble Gobble!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I know what I am most thankful today, my Mom. She's my best friend in the whole world. I don't know what I'd do without her. No one else I know can make me laugh even when I feel like crying. She's the most special person in the world to me.

And of course, I'm thankful for my two sweet kitties. My oldest Pudge, who limps around like she's injured if she gets her paw wet, and my youngest Spatz who likes to knock everything off the shelves so she can sit there. They make the world seem a better place.

So, whether you are celebrating today by eating too much turkey, or you have already had your Thanksgiving a month ago, I hope you all have a wonderful day and never forget the blessings you have in your life. Have a great day everyone and Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I Can See!

I picked up my new glasses yesterday. They were finally ready and I spent this morning doing something I haven't been able to do in awhile without severe headaches. I read a book from start to finish. It was so great.

And the first book I have read in a month is (drumroll) All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. I totally enjoyed it. The book was sensational and it was just great to be able to sit and read. I have a whole bunch of books to get to. I'm just taking a break to blog and get a bite to eat.

All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks is available now and it was a great first book to read after so long a dry spell. If you'd like to check out any of her other books click on my list list of links. Her vampire stories have as much humor in them as they do romance. I love her vamp series.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Rings Of Fire

When dealing with the medical community, do you ever get the feeling that you have to jump through rings lit on fire to get anything done? I do, and it's over something that should be so simple. Let me explain. I have all four of my wisdom teeth still at age 32. They didn't grow in impacted, crooked, or jagged. I have never had a problem. At least not until recently.

My lower left wisdom tooth is becoming a bit of a problem. The problem is minor compared to the usual troubles associated with wisdom teeth. Every so often I bite down on the surrounding gum which causes minor inflammation and pain. So, I went to my dentist who referred me to an oral surgeon. I meet with the oral surgeon and am told to my face that he doesn't like me, I'm complicated.

I can see your jaws dropping. Yep, that's really what he said to me. So I go and get a referral to another oral surgeon whom I saw today. She's leaving her practice and according to her, none of the people who are replacing her are qualified to handle me. Another dead end. I call my mom on my way home and ask her to make me an appointment with a new dentist. The dentist won't take me until next month but strongly urges my mom to go somewhere else because they really don't want to handle me either.

No I am not done yet. I get home and try to set up an appointment with a hospital that has a dental department that specializes in high-risk patients but they say they don't take my insurance even though my insurance says they do. By now you are probably wondering what makes me so complicated that no one wants to deal with me over a simple extraction. Here it is. I have seizures. I have grand mal seizures that are not controlled by medication.

I'm one of those lucky people for whom anti-seizure medication doesn't work. I also have a lot of seizures. I'm talking multiple seizures every day. This means, unlike most people, I can't sit in the chair in the oral surgeon's office, be given local anesthesia, and have my teeth pulled out in twenty minutes. Nope it couldn't be that simple.

To extract my wisdom teeth, I have to be admitted to the hospital and be put out completely just as if I was having major surgery. It's the only way to prevent me from having a seizure while very sharp, pointy objects are in my mouth. Ergo, no one wants to touch me. So bring on the rings of fire that I obviously need to jump through just to get one problem tooth taken care of. You know, I was first diagnosed wih seizures at age 4. You'd think that by now I'd be used to people treating me like I have the plague. But believe it or not, I'm not. Especially not from people who deal with serious health issues every day.

I guess even the medical community has its phobias and people with seizures are persona non grata. Who knew?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

History Has Been Made!

3 states are still, at 3 am EST, in contention, but the race for the White House has been decided. With 349 electoral votes so far, Barack Obama wins. 270 electoral votes are needed to win the White House, and one minute after 11 pm EST, immediately following the closing of the polls on the west coast, Obama shot past 270 to 284.

Some may wonder if there is still a chance for McCain, the answer is no. McCain gave his concession speech in Arizona congratulating Obama on his victory. President Bush and Vice-President Cheney have also called Obama to offer their congratulations. And at this point, no matter what happens in these last three states, there are just not enough electoral votes left to boost McCain. For the first time in the history of the United States, we will have an African American president.

I am so proud of how far this country has come. From the dark days of slavery, to women's sufferage, to the Civil Rights movement, this country has proven it can and will change for the betterment of its people. Barack Obama, the Senator from Illinois, is now the President Elect of our country. On January 20, 2009 he will become the 44th President of our great nation. Congratulations, Mr. Obama.

This victory was truly an astonishing achievement. Obama managed to take key swing states like Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. But on top of that, he won states that are usually considered Republican strongholds like Virginia and New Mexico. The entire Northeast, all three west coast states, and many northern mideast states went to Obama. Not surprisingly, many southern states went to McCain, but what is surprising is that many of them were very close, hard fought races. Obama came in very close in a lot of them and nearly took several.

For a time, it looked as though Obama would get Missouri, but then it tilted just slightly towards McCain. But they are seperated by only a little over a thousand votes. That shows just how tight this race has been. Montana, North Carolina and Missouri are still being counted and considered too close to call, but again, the race for the White House is over. Barack Obama is the President Elect and will become the 44th President on January 20th of 2009. Again, congratulations!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Election Day!

Tomorrow is Election Day here in the United States. Believe it or not, your vote REALLY does count, especially this year. Your vote is your voice, your chance to tell Washington D.C. what you think of the job they are doing. And, no matter what, we will have a new president at the end of January. Bush's 8 years are up. It's up to you to decide who will take his place.

I voted already. Because I am disabled, I get to vote early by absentee ballot. But for most of you, tomorrow is voting day. So, if you are a registered voter, get out to your local polling place and vote. Every vote counts.

Saturday, November 01, 2008


I am so sorry that I didn't get to finish my Fright Month special. I got really sick and just wasn't feeling up to it. I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween though. Don't eat all your goodies at once.:-) The weather here is turning cold. Just the other day we only just got into the thirties. Now it's time to get ready for Thanksgiving. I probably won't be blogging this month all that much. I just had an eye appointment and need new glasses but my medical insurance won't pay for them until the middle of the month so I won't have new ones until closer to the end of the month. In other words, I can't see too well. LOL. Have a good one all.