Monday, March 31, 2014
I did the YMCA today,had a great workout :)!This week my goal is to make it all three times :)!Tomorrow I've got hics,we have someone from MR!C coming to give a presentation which means tree food! I do have to advocate to everyone I can from MRC! They closed my case cause of no affordable transportation back when I lived in Scituate!I said back then I'm gonna move to a place that does.Will you reopen it then?I have it now and have asked many times but they won't do it :( !That's all I can do now is make some noise and that's what I'm trying to do!
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Lisa helped me set up one of my new cordless phones last night but I've got another one I want to put in my bedroom, it came with two.It's kinda a phone system!I've just got issues with bending over and reaching for things like cords!Lisa has a bad back, I wouldn't want her to make it worse so we both figured it would be a task for KJ to help me with! I used my cell phone to book all my rides this morning cause I don't have "the rides" phone number programed in my new cordless phone yet plus I like to use speaker phone when talking to "the ride" cause of being on hold for extended periods of time! I've still gutta figure out how to get my new phone on speaker phone 2!So many things but they all work my brain,it's better than doing crossword puzzles or any other brain stimulating activities! I have yet to decide if I'm gonna do laundry today! I checked my card last night and I think I had enough funds on there to do it but that's my issue with being tbi,I'm not sure of much!I've got some cash if I need to add funds to my card anyway :)!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Lisa was over and she helped me to get my new cordless phones working :) .It was something with both of my new phone,I really don't know but they're both working now I've just gutta get the one for my bedroom set up in there,lots of fishing cords around, probably safer to wait for KJ to make a home visit! We've gutta do something about a new cord dangling around too!We have it so its pretty much out of the way now but,it needs to be secured and more out of the way, NEATLY!
I get so confused sometimes,I've got in my pocket calendar that KJ was taking me to marathon sports on Friday to get some orthopedic sneakers so maybe my corn wouldn't keep coming back so quickly or make it bearable to wear with a corn!I don't remember what happened! I know I didn't get sneakers but,I just don't know what happened :( ! God blessed tbi! Today I don't know what I'm gonna do. They said rain but its sunny out now, what do they know, its New England, just wait a minute and the weather will change.I think I'm gonna call Lisa and see if she wants to go to D&D's 4 lunch and coffee!The thing that makes that a challenge thou is,my cordless phone has her number stored there and it's not working!So I can try to remember the number or use my cell!Living with tbi you get so many thoughts rushing through your head,it's really hard to focus on one!I've still got my new cordless phone to try and figure out too!Sometimes I've just got to take a step back and not think of anything, give my brain a rest!
Friday, March 28, 2014
I didn't do the YMCA today, I forget why but I did attend a tenets mtg here at the office.My internet wasn't working well!So I did all my utilities and its working okay now!I used to be able to go to my network places and click on the wireless network I use,I'd get an option to repair it! I don't get it in windows 7 so I did an error check,it seemed to work, I'm connected! My problem solving expertize :)!Its getting late but I'm going nowhere tomorrow so I'll stay up till my eye lids get heavy :) !
Thursday, March 27, 2014
I finally got my new cordless phone out of the box it came in but I can't see where the line feeds into the phone!These kind of things used to be so easy for me!The hot water heater would go in my house in Squantum,I replaced it myself a few times!I had never done that b4 but I was good working with my hands!This is really hard for a man like me to accept!I did all my home repairs myself in Squantum!Every year I had to figure out how to take apart new year cars to get at the glass then how to get the old glass out and put the new in!Now I can't even figure out how to set up a new phone!Yes I'm real frustrated!
Today I've been able to do a successful scoot 2 Wg's and only forget 1 item but I have back up for that item :) ! I completed my peapod order and its being delivered Friday btw 7-9 pm.I also placed a Walmart order!I got an air freshener and a potato masher. The af cause I live in a bld that lots of people live in and you can't be too careful and with the pm, I'll be able to make some Jamie's cheese mashed potatoes!:).Oh and they had a cordless phone too! I've got to set it up though! That presents a whole list of challenges!Me bending over and trying to fish cords around obstacle's, I'll rest a bit b4 I get involved in that task :)!
One thing I had to do 1st thing this morning is make sure I had a trip scheduled 4 tomorrow 2 the YMCA! I didn't so I did that and its a little more challenging to do cause my two cordless phones aren't working, they have the numbers in the phone book on the phone!I had 2 use my cell and we know the challenges that brings forth.I'm gonna see if Wg's has cordless phones lifeline told me that Panasonic phones don't work well with lifeline to look 4 an At & t or a V-tech but I guess at this point I'll get whatever I can!I'm putting together a Walmart order,they've got V-tech there but I gutta get something in the meantime!Plus I need some other stuff 2!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I lost power this afternoon for about two hours!It happened around my pick up time to go to hicks,the elevator doesn't work when power is out so I couldn't go tonight :( !I guess I could have used the stairs but for a guy with balance issues its not the safest alternative!Now at least I can make some dinna :) !
KJ has been over and again she helped me complete so much :) !My Iphone was screaming at me to update but the last time I did I lost everything I had on it!!!She did it just through my phone,the last time I did it through my computer, I could have clicked on the wrong thing! Imagine that, I don't remember, go figure :) ! My printer was beeping at me saying there was a paper jam! I couldn't see anything wrong,she freed my printer so its not beeping at me anymore :) !Now I've got the YMCA then after that I'm gonna go to hics for casino night!I'm gonna win BIG too :)!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I've had a great day so far! Jeff spoke at hics and it was just so so good to listen to a peer! He knew how to make us understand the points he wanted to get across to us! We knew we were listening to a peer when a few times he lost his train of thought!I think everyone knew then he was a real peer :) !We all have concentration issues and I think that is when all the survivors accepted him as a true tbi survivor! Jeff tried to explain to everyone that even with a head injury you can do anything you want to taking in to account our physical and mental issues!Like me,I couldn't go out and run a road race right now but,I'm not gonna say, I can never again run a road race!We talked how the public perceives us now and Jeff brought up a very good point!Think of what they see, many of us look like anything but disabled! Its much better now, more people are learning about traumatic brain injury and that is a major reason why I use my fb page to try and spread brain injury awareness but yes back in the 60's,70's and 80's no one knew very much about brain injury! You've probably said yourself b4 "oh,just got his bell rung,now they are taking it more seriously just look at the NFL and NHL! Head injuries no matter if mild like a concussion or severe like mine, is not to be taken lightly!
Monday, March 24, 2014
Tomorrow ay hics we are having a guest speaker come a talk with us!Jeff Seball www.tbisurvivor.com will talk with us about living with tbi.I met Jeff years ago online reading his blogs, he is the one who truly made me realize I was not alone!It will be great to finally meet him face to face!I'm gonna get an Iphone pic,if I remember!The only thing is the one survivor I thought Jeff could help be more positive doesn't attend anymore !
I had a great workout at the YMCA but I'm feeling it though! Too many missed times going.I'm gonna do my best to get back on track and go 3x a week :) !I got home and noticed an add on fb for affordable life ins!I've been researching life ins online but I think this was the most inexpensive quote I've received! I'm getting a snail mail and an email on everything that transpired :) !
Sunday, March 23, 2014
I had to call Lisa and say I can't make church this morning cause I couldn't get any sleep last night!It seemed my muscles and joints were all causing me discomfort! Similar to what my fibro friends say it causes them :(. I got a few hours extra sleep and now feel much better :) !
Saturday, March 22, 2014
I get so sick and tired of this place (ramblewood bld.144) people talk about people behind there backs!Lisa is one that is badly maligned by so many and all she tries to do is help so many here!She has earned my respect and my trust unlike others in this bld!The first day I was here Bobby hit me up for $ then a few times after too,still have yet to be paid back!All the crazy people here too!I just keep to myself if people find the need to talk bad about me,let them cause I know the truth!I try to lead my life the way Jesus showed me!
Friday, March 21, 2014
KJ made her weekly home visit this morning and she was able to help me post a video on my fb page! She helped me with other stuff too but I just can't remember what, thats my memory, I'm memory impaired! I'm not gonna do the ymca today. I need some supplies at Wg's and there is a tenants meeting tonight at the office !Next week I've gutta make it all 3 days 2 the YMCA!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
I've been thinking about my issues downloading my vids off of my cam. I was using the program that came with my cam.I'm thinking maybe I should let the computer pick what program it wants to use.The program I was using didn't give me a "save as" option!I'm thinking if I let the computer pick the program it will be more cooperative,just a thought computers are strange,they don't like to be told what to do when they have multiple options!I've got hics today then if my solutions don't work, KJ is making a home visit tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I couldn't do the YMCA today cause my feet were causing me grave discomfort! I know no excuses but its a longer walk to get up to the gym, I just don't want to risk loosing my balance! KJ has convinced me to look for another pair of sneakers! I've got to force myself to get to the gym on Friday! I just saw my podiatrist too and its already bothering me! Tonight is karaoke night a hics :) !
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Tomorrow I've got the YMCA and I've gutta make it no excuses!No KJ she's got prior commitments she is coming over on Friday.After the YMCA its karaoke night at hics! I'm gonna do some styx :) !I wanna try "come sail away" and "lady"! Two great songs by styx,I only hope I don't "F" them up:)!
Hics was great today :) !I don't know how we got to this subject but in one of our groups we started talking about modern technology. I'm so happy I was able to get involved with home computers in 1993!I was able to have all three kids get involved at a very young age too! I'm sure by now Kenny can do much more than I but, back in the 90's I was the one to fix and figure things out on our home pc! Prior to that all the computer experience I had was at work with the glaspac system. Basically a dos os!
Monday, March 17, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
I forgot to do a trim job on my beard this morning!I didn't do laundry either but I'm gonna see if I can skip this week. There is not much I could always have my homemaker do it tomorrow but that's not me!I take pride in the fact I handle all my domestic issues all by myself :)!I had left over steak and cheese calzone tor dinna and there is still enough left for another meal :)!I joined this group on fb about growing up in the 70's!I made one post,"the best rock bands come from the 70's".That was this morning and there are already over 50 likes and comments!I did check to make sure there was enough value on my laundry card to do a wash and there was a little over $20 left!Tomorrow I gutta make sure I do a trim job on my beard 1st thing!Then I've got the YMCA to go to!I have to put a string of going without missing any!Pool season will be here soon!I've got to get this 54 yr old body in good shape!Not for anybody else but for me!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
My streak of not falling came to an end tonight :( !I fell while putting the stuff I got from S & S away :( ! I didn't hurt anything except my pride :( !It was a combination of too much stuff in my arms and the empty bags on the floor! Time to start a new streak! I've got to chuckle at myself though, my meds went flying everywhere cause I grabbed on my table to try to prevent the fall.
I was very disillusioned by the fact that the owner of Settles glass would go back on his word so I read the want ads of the local newspaper (the patriot ledger) and that night there was an add for an auto glass tech!I called and said "I am a national glass association certified master auto glass tech and a graduate of the Carlite school for auto glass techs"! At that time there were very few of us who had those kind of qualifications so the guy who took the call said "wow,the owner will probably want to meet you"!We made plans to meet at some hotel and restaurant someplace near Woburn Mass!Dennis Drinkwater explained what the company was all about and his lead man says to me "I bet any one of my guys can beat you replacing a windshield".I then said to him "well then I hope you have a lot of money" Dennis started to chuckle about that statement that's when I knew the job was mine if I wanted it.I still wanted to learn more about how they did things so I went out with one of the guys for a day to see how they do things.He did all the installations using whats called the quick method,not scraping the pinch weld down to bare metal which I now believe is the best way cause you don't put scratches in the metal and have less urethane to cure creating a faster safe drive away time!He made me an offer and I said I wanted to think about it!A week goes by and Dennis called me and said "well what do you think?"I said "it sounds like I'm moving a little too laterally so then he said "I'll up it $100 a week and give you your three weeks vacation, I said "when can I start" !I really liked working there but who knows,I can't say I'll never again, I can do anything :)!
I got involved in a discussion on a friend's wall on fb about unions!My experience with unions was not good!In 1988 I tried to change the pay scale in glazers and glassworkers local 1044!It was at a time when the autoglass industry took on a big change!It was when a windshield became part of the structural integrity of the automobile!It got very sophisticated and difficult to install a windshield to all the specifications you must now by law !Also it was a time when there was no deductible on glass and I could do a windshield in under 30 minuets!You could bill out a windshield for 3 hrs labor and list price for the glass!In 1988 we at Settles glass were up for a contract renewal!At that time the auto glass guys were carrying the componey!I believed we should be paid accordingly!I tried to convince the union of this and got NOWHERE!The owner of Settles glass had a meeting with a few of us and promised us the same pay as a union guy without the union dues if we came back to work!I had just bought my house in Squantum and had three small kids seemed like a no brainer to me so I crossed the line and went back to work!I had the members walk a picket line in front of my house in Squantum!I stood strong though cause this is America and I've got the right to choose!The industry started to decline when the 90's hit and the company did everything the union said it would, cutting pay and benefits so I thought it was time to move on!Thats when in 1993 I started with Giant glass!The owner is a great guy who paid his guys based on what they could do!The best move I ever could have made!
I'm still thinking back 2 the 90's when Kenny and I started our journey through the end of jr. high on to high school. He had a guidance counselor who was also a physcologist so I asked him to look in with Kenny to make sure he wasn't living with me just out of pity cause of the divorce! I even remember his name, dr.Wolf! He said "he is where he wants to be"! That was a big relief cause the kid had already been though so much he didn't need any more!
I don't know if its the tbi or just something that happens. I keep thinking back to the 90's when I went through my divorce! I'm constantly in visioning my lawyer coming up to me and saying "I got you physical custody of Kenny"! That was one of the happiest days of my life! It was at a crucial time in a young boys life and I believed he belonged with his father! I'm sure Nise would have done a good job raising Kenny but it was what he wanted! I'm just so glad it turned so great :) !
Thursday, March 13, 2014
I was kinda freaking out!I scheduled a peapod delivery to come Friday 6-8pm!Then I got confused that I also said on that night I'd go to a tenant's meeting with Lisa! I called Lisa and the meetings not till the Friday after this one! I'll just count that as a true tbi moment :)!
I'm feeling much better now!I had the lingering affects of a migraine headache!Those were the only thing that would make me miss work at giant glass!It wasn't as sever as I've had but still wiped me out the morning after!I just remembered, I got my ssdi check that means I gutta pay all my bills so I'm gonna dwindle my checking account down :(!
I got up today not feeling very well, definitely not well enough to deal with a snowstorm so I canceled going to hics today. There are days I'm just not able to deal with all this world makes you deal with. Today was the bowling tournament at hics, I don't like missing that but you can only do what your mind and body allows you to, you've gutta know your limits!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
I got a script for a med through the snail mail that I think really helps me a lot! This med can't be called in I've gutta take a script to Wg's and get it filled! I've been watching the weather channel to see if or when its gonna start to snow!They were saying,rain this morning turning to snow this afternoon!I can scoot in the rain,its only water but, I've had many bad experiences in the snow! I thought it would be best if I cancelled going to the YMCA and scoot to Wg's 2 have the script filled!Now I don't have to worry about getting the script filled or scooting in a snowstorm :) .
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I've been to hics and I'm just trying to remember the most stimulating group! Today it was peer tbi! We talked more about an article I turned a staff member on to! From a facinating web site, www.brainline.org!I needed something at the tobacco store and I always park my scooter then walk in without any assistance, a staff member saw this and said to me. What if you fall? I couldn't think quick enough to give him the right answer so I said I won't fall. The right answer is, I'll just get up! I learned early in therapy how to get back up if I fall! When I showed my pt he was very impressed!:)
Monday, March 10, 2014
I've had a very busy day :)!My podiatrist appointment went very well! He shaved off my corn and callus, instant relief :) !I got home and had to add value to my laundry card!The machine wouldn't take a $10 bill again so I had to use a 20! Tomorrow I'll have to go to the tobacco store and use the atm they have.My homemaker was here too! Now I gutta think about making dinna :) !Oh yeah,I got all my laundry done too :)!
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Twenty-nine yrs ago on this day I became the happiest man in the world!That's the day after Denise went through a hard labor,Kenny was born :).Its like that creed song "with arms wide open".I did kneel down and pray but I hope I did show him everything :) That was extra special too,cause Nise and I said we would name our 1st boy after my father who passed shortly b4 Kenny's birth.Wow,it only seems like yesterday to me now!He is proof that I was the man I had 2 be though,he turned into a FINE young adult!I'm thinking laundry can wait till tomorrow cause I can't go to the YMCA cause I've got a doctor's appointment! I go to my podiatrist and I'm looking forward to getting some relief from my acking foot
I've booked all my trips 4 the week, checked my bank accounts,maybe I'll have some breakfast now but,I don't usually eat a breakfast but its Sunday! I've got plenty of time to do whatever!Later I do need or want to scoot to Wg's and get some ice cream!Just to have to cool my thought down at night
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
I'm up a little late tonight cause I don't have to get up for anything tomorrow :) ! Lisa and I were talking about going to Wg's and D&D's but I don't have to get up till around 9am :)!I'm looking forward to spending qt with the long blond haired babe :)!
I was doing a trash run, all the boxes my karaoke stuff came in, and if fell out of the basket on my scooter! This nice lady stopped and helped me gather everything up the SHE carried them all to the dumpster 4 me! I've met so many nice people being disabled!
Ya know I've got to sit back and laugh with myself cause otherwise I'd go crazy or fall into a deep depression! I knew what the date was today cause I blogged earlier and booked Monday's trip to my podiatrist! I went to create this blog and couldn't think of what date it was! That is an issue I've learned to live with though!I've got many ways to make sure of the date! Mostly my phone and pocket calendar!I booked Monday's trip to my podiatrist cause that's one less worry I've got to deal with!Will see how the pick up times work out then I'll see if I can make it to the YMCA!I've got a 10.45 appointment so I booked an 11.45 return! That should work if I later book a 1pm arrival at the YMCA but you neva know
I couldn't do the YMCA today cause my foot wasn't just causing me discomfort, it was causing severe pain! I don't even have to be on it, just sitting it throbs with excruciating pain :( !I've been through worse though! The most pain I ever felt was when I broke my neck and there were two surgical steel bolts threaded in my head holding an 80 pound weight to make sure my head didn't move! I still quiver when I remember that!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I calmed myself down listening 2 my favorite tunes! That really doses piss me off though! Nobody came and rang my buzzer or anyone's in this building! I don't want to think about it anymore, I just want to smile and be happy :)!I think I'll call joint venture after 9pm and talk to a supervisor 2 say what happened today! I generally don't complain much but I feel my character has been assaulted!
I know the drivers 4 "the ride" have a very stressful job so I try to be as cooperative as I can! I go 2 the front door of my building and wait 15 minutes b4 my pick up time! Tonight it was getting past my time so I called them and they said "nobody was home", all the apartment buzzers are right there where I'm waiting! I would have seen a driver if he came to this building! This driver is a liar then! I wish I could confront this liar cause now I've got to change how I get my trips! There was a call on my caller Id from joint venture (the co. that services me) !That means I should no longer go down and wait 4 the driver, I must wait inside of my apartment 4 the diver to buzz my apartment! I'm an honest person and I don't know if I'm more po ed about not being able to go tonight or being associated with a liar tonight! I wish I still had the email to lodge a complaint, I don't like to complain or get anyone in hot water but this time I'm protecting my character! I'm sorry for all the good drivers there cause they appreciate me being downstairs waiting but because of this liar I've got no other choice but 2 wait upstairs!
KJ has been over and she left just in time 2 greet a delivery driver that had my order from Walmart!I got my karaoke machine! I took a pic and posted it on fb!It gave me a little challenge opening it up and making all the connections (hands trying to work together) but I did it :) !Now I've gutta think about having a little karaoke party up here!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I shared an article I found in one of my fb support groups with a staff member and today we spent a whole group talking about "10 things you should never say to a brain injury survivor :) !I'm very thankful I don't have to hear those things anymore living alone!Our brains get overloaded sometimes too!I can remember too saying to a person to get out of my room cause my brain was on overload!His response was "you can't kick me out, I own this house"!That was very hard cause my brain needed a break from all this shxt!Now I'm not living in fear of the chance of that happening at anytime :)!
Monday, March 3, 2014
Ya know I'm very proud I've been able to beat the odds and skeptics and very successfully been able to be totally living independently! I proved many of the finest doctors wrong when I was able to finally talk,stand on my own,eat solid food from my mouth and not a feeding tube!That felt so good,to be able to eat again :) ! I've got a grip on my money,and if I need help KJ is right there :) !I had many people who didn't think I could do this as well as I have or at all!Former supports, and one family member!I used to say to the fm all the time, it will be easier now cause I've only got myself to think about and not raising a teenager!I was already used to living on one paycheck a month, my salary check went to child support,only enough left to stop at newbury comics every week to pick out a music cd and a dvd to add to my collection!So you see I was already trained to live on one paycheck a month, although its much less than what I was used to, my needs and wants are also less! I don't have a high maintenance girlfriend anymore to help diminish my funds too!Thats both good and bad!I miss the companionship among other things :)! I lost my train of thought,where was I going with this blog,oh,I guess my mind just started to reminisce about how things were b4 my tbi. So I guess I'm continuing to prove people wrong!Beside my young adults,Jan was the only one who had faith that I would be as successful as I am and that's only one reason why she is my bestest friend :).
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Peapod arrived with my order, its like rediscovering what I ordered cause naturally I forget all the things I ordered :)! I smile cause I've got to be able to laugh at myself otherwise I'd just go crazy with frustration! I put all the stuff away and not too bad a time with freezer space but now my foot is killing me so I'll rest it 4 a little bit b4 I start laundry!
I got up this morning knowing I had some tasks I had to do and I've got peapod delivering my order btw 10-12!I booked all my trips for the week. Wednesday I'm going with hics to grumpy whites restaurant in Quincy for planning and I had to book a trip directly there, so I just goggled grumpy whites to get the address :) !I've also got to do laundry today!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I've had a successful scoot to Wg's and the store!My Iphone was saying it needed an update so I followed the instructions, I guess everything went good but I turned it on and I had lost all my contacts,favs, everything! Then an option came up to restore all my settings so I clicked on that!I got everything back,my tunes too:) !I didn't have to get much food cause peapod in coming tomorrow btw 10-12 I think but I've put the time on fb and my online calendar!When you live with tbi you've got to make sure you have a backup system,and I've got a great one :) !