I managed the fasting blood draw and appointment without any problems. The receptionist at the clinic was fretting a bit about how long I sat in the waiting room, but I arrived more than an hour before my appointment, so I was expecting to sit there for that long. If they’d put me in a room, I’d have had to wait there for the doctor anyway, and at least in the the waiting room, I could stay dressed.
Some of my test results were in by the time I saw the doctor. My thyroid is apparently quite a lot out of whack. I can’t remember what the thing she was talking about was, but it was over seven when it ought to be under two, so she’s trying me on 75 mcg of levothyroxine now. I’ll go back in early July for another blood test to see if that’s resolved things or if we need to tinker further. She suspects that the intestinal troubles I’ve been having are thyroid related (though probably still with an anxiety component).
It had been five years since my last pap smear, so we had to do that. Fun times.
She’s concerned that we’re not trying more medications to treat my anxiety, but I think she understood the idea that trying new meds just now isn’t a great idea. My suspicion is that she simply wants to do
Yesterday, Scott and I walked around downtown for thirty or forty minutes. We played Ingress while doing it, but that wasn’t really the point. I think we walked more than I was really up to. I just barely managed to get myself dinner last night.
Scott and I are inching our way through season two of Continuum. The slowness is more me than Scott. I just can’t do more than one episode of the show in an evening right now. My attention span truly sucks at the moment, and no matter what I’m watching, the urge to get up and do the dishes or otherwise just plain get away is pretty powerful. That’s another anxiety thing, but I’m pretty relieved that most of the shows we watch together are on hiatus. I’ve got some library DVDs that I think will be easier for me to watch, and I can always go back to Steven Universe or Danny Phantom.
’s prompting, I pushed Scott a little on the subject of our websites. Part of our difficulty with internet service is that we need a static IP address in order to have our websites hosted in our house. Comcast and AT&T won’t do that unless we pay business rates (we also hesitate because everyone we know who has either service locally is desperately searching for a better alternative). Right now, we have Earthlink DSL. The customer service has been great, and 95% of the outages we’ve had have been issues with the physical phone line (most of the reason we still have a landline is that, as long as we do, AT&T will maintain the lines as part of that. We haven’t had anything but local service in years, so it’s not more than $10-$15 a month. The rest of the reason we still have the landline is that nothing will convince my mother or my father to use my cell number. I’ve been trying for fifteen or sixteen years), but DSL is pretty slow. If we’re thinking about doing all of our TV watching online, that’s a huge deal. It’s not a problem during the day during the work week, but it gets iffier on weekends and in the evenings.
Changing from Earthlink would be a PITA, though, because those emails are attached to 90% of our online financial stuff. I’ve been working on moving everything I deal with to Gmail. I think that the local parenting Yahoo list is the only thing I still use the Earthlink address for (but my parents and Scott’s parents use it all the time).
At any rate, two of our three websites ought to be pretty easy to host anywhere because they’re mostly text. The third, though, is kind of sprawling and holds thousands of photographs from both sides of the family and a lot of digitized videos that we want available for the whole family. There’s a home movie, for example, that my grandmother made of her, my mother, and the oldest of my mother’s three brothers when my mother was four or five, which puts it around 1950. There’s no sound. It was intended for my grandfather while he was in service. I have no idea how he watched it. We want our own website for this content because we want it to be up to us whether or not the platform continues and because we want control over formatting, access, etc. without having to scrutinize terms of service and changes in terms of service. But that’s a heck of a lot of data.
The origami paper is still available, but if no one here asks for it today or tomorrow, I’m going to offer it to Cordelia’s art teacher. I’m sure she’ll have some use for it— Maybe the kindergarteners can cut it up and paste it into pretty patterns.