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Early in October, my wife slipped on some stairs, getting a nasty bruise on her hip . It turns out there was moss growing on the top step. We would have probably sued the property owners, except they were us.

Yeah, we replaced our front steps when we redid that porch. But the back steps are in dire need of repair, something that might have made this year’s list of things to do until the boiler conked out.

The Daughter missed three days of school in September, until we found medicine that could help her with what ailed her. When she got ill the week of Columbus Day, I was home with her and called her primary physician’s office.

The person, not the doctor, who treated her last time said I COULD bring her in again. But her lungs were clear last time, so she wasn’t sure what they could do for her. She expressed ta theory she was stressed about homework; well, she wasn’t before she got sick again, though she sure is now.

More than being irritated, I’m frustrated that I don’t know what to do for my child. My wife took her to the allergist the next day, who tested at 25 – 25 what, I don’t know, but it was extremely low. The allergist gave her a combination of meds the primary’s office told her not to take together. A week later, her breathing score was 100, which is good.

I’m just tired. Stayed up talking to an old friend until after midnight one day, and the next met with some Times Union current and former bloggers, then worked on the Albany Public Library Foundation’s gala for some hours, planning Black History Month at church, extra choir rehearsals for our Randall Thompson performance, et cetera, et cetera,, et cetera.

I have probably more topics I want to write about but don’t have the time than any point in this blogging. Writing relaxes. Not writing gets my subconscious mind working in overdrive.

I WILL have days off on Election Day and the day before Veterans Day. Any port in the storm.

6 Responses to “Family Health Report: October 2017”

  • Leslie says:

    Sending love and prayers for your daughter’s healing and for you to get the much needed time to write and rest. Love you.

  • lisa says:

    It is absolutely frustrating when a child is ill and no one knows what to do about it. Peanut has been experiencing headaches with no known cause. She’s scheduled for an MRI next week. Needless to say, my imagination is going to places I don’t want it to go. I hope she feels better soon.

  • fillyjonk says:

    Also, allergies are super frustrating, because they can be so hard to diagnose. (Ask me how I know). Doctors say “Avoid what causes the allergy” but when you don’t know what that thing is – or, if it is something like mold in the air that’s impossible to get away from – all you can do is treat the symptoms.

    Moss on the back step? I have heard that putting lawn lime (to raise the pH of the substrate) will kill moss. I have never have had to try that but I have heard that. Pouring boiling water over it and then scrubbing might do the trick for a while.

  • Chris E says:

    Does everyone seem insanely busy to you? Because it feels like the whole world became really busy about a year ago.

  • Roger says:

    I figure that when I retire, I’ll only be sanely busy

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