Lost in Bed: Transitioning into an Adult Care Facility

Reporting from a Supersaturated Covid Jurisdiction
Symptom Status I'm fine. Or at least, in most instances I am getting there. Since early this morning (Monday) my chief complaint is a semi-regular cough. So that's not much to complain about. The fever, elevated blood pressure, sinus / facial pain, and body aches, are no longer much of an...
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Covid-19. Yay...
Yep. I just tested positive. There's no way the experience could be as bad as last time, right? My fever is at 102.3 degrees. And of course, all the rest of the symptoms. But I should fare better this time, right? I've had it twice already. And I was outside in the direct sunlight yesterday...
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Murdered by Heat
Thought I would share something silly with y'all - Background: it's 418am and it's really warm in here! So I just sent this off to management via email. And no, this is not a crisis situation. But I thought you might find this communique amusing on some level. Good morning, Once again I...
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Visiting My Mother (obstacles and orientation)
He exited I-10 instead of going straight, which put us on the outer fringes of Tempe, instead of Ahwatukee. No, it wasn't a fatal error, but there would be several more "errors" to come. Upon entering the chosen apartment complex (15 minutes later) the driver angled to the right instead of...
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Finally, Something Good
After being rejected, deflected, and neglected for so long, something positive has finally happened. No, it really hasn't been all that bad of late. Just mostly that bad. Anyway, Valley Metro Transit approved transportation for me. What this means is that I can cop a ride anywhere in and around...
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The Decline and Fall / Silencio / Broiled and Baked
My application for disability was rejected. Again. And already. Heck it's only been three weeks. Talk about fast rejection. I don't even know how to react at this point. Supposedly, they're going to send me some sort of documentation within the next two weeks that shall explain in grave detail...
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Sick …and Not Tired Enough to Sleep (Friday Edition) -
I came down with something Monday morning. But in the meantime I did test negative for covid-19 and the flu. And now it's Friday. I think. And my symptoms are on the wane. Just some leftover congestion. You know what I mean? But sleeping? No. That's not a thing that's happening (I realize I...
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Song: Human is Bred / Dead Piano Keys
It may be difficult to contend with this new song at first, but after a period of time it settles in - awkwardly. Because there are guest vocals you don't have to listen to me sing. An added bonus! Yes, the vocal renderings originate in India. The vocalist's name is Dabra. Or perhaps not...
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Real-time / Efforts Made / Gimme Drugs etc.
Sure. Sure. Sure. I can sleep any old time I want to. I mean, I don't have a job. I never need to be anywhere. And heck, I've spent the past seven years in bed (besides my newfound freedom in the power chair). So why exactly am I so angry? Well, it's 3:39 in the morning, and the ruckus - nope...
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Meth(od) Meditation / Doctoring in Disarray / Deprivation and Deceit
Because my roommate is snoring as loudly as he is, I am afforded the rare opportunity to voice text into my phone at this late hour. Not much has changed here. Except my clothing. Yes. I am now wearing warmer things out of necessity. Even in my room. Of course, the air conditioning is on...
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Yes, I'm finally offering up the fruits of my chosen labor of love. My expression to the masses. Well, not very many of the masses will be watching or listening. But I've never let that stop me. And neither should you. Don't stop. Unless you're doing something bad. So you know, bad things should...
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Obstacles and Anniversaries -Featuring Unnerving Conduct and Room Sharing
I am finally able to write again. Numerous factors have come together and efforts to prevent my normal writing efforts. I will list them with exacting details. Okay, yeah… details won't be exact and perhaps not even clearly defined, but I will offer some details in regards to this. First off...
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Pictures from Out There (around the nursing home exterior)
I've been meaning to write of late, but time is conspiring against me. Well, it's actually a toss up. The lack of time available versus the distraction of pain. Do I have time available? Why yes I do. Each of us could squeeze in dozens or hundreds or perhaps even thousands of words per day if...
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Weather Images (colorized version) - P.E.M. Friendly, containing fewer words!
Our monsoon season may have gone out with a whimper, but radiant sunlight shone vividly across the horizon in one last gasp effort. When I came back down from atop the pedestrian bridge, I showed several staff members these sunset images… and their initial supposition was that I used filters...
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Weather (you like it or not) - Views from Here to There in My Power Chair
This installment has everything to do with black and white images. Mostly, clouds. And as some of you may already know, I am practically obsessed with weather phenomena. Or perhaps I am impractically obsessed. Either way. I like clouds. Certain types of clouds. The clouds that have three...
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Above and Beyond (w/pictures): from Here to There in My Power Chair - Bridges and Overpasses Edition
In this first installment, we'll cover my local gateways to more extensive freedom. Basically, I am hemmed in by a highway and a major thoroughfare (plus, I am not yet comfortable traversing main roadways). However there are ways around these obstacles. At first, I thought this ascent would...
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Truth and (Outdoor) Consequences / Not Naked, and Not Afraid / SSDI 2022
I am incapable of being unhappy right now. I have a power chair. I can move about as I choose (mostly), when I choose (except at night, because I don't have a lights on my chair….. yet). So much due to my constant giddy-ness, any and all negative outcomes mentioned herein have virtually no...
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Seven Years Later - Out of Bed on My Own Free to Roam (illustrated)
"It's here!" The voice in the hallway said. And that voice belonged to Betsy. She's been my dedicated CNA since last December. And within seconds after making that impossible declaration, she came angling through the doorway with my wheelchair in tow. "Yes, it's really happening!" … my brain...
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Psyched Out - Unknowingly Committed to Insanity / Deluge / (Imminent?) Freedom
Not Redacted, Not Retracted I discovered on Friday that my medical diagnosis in my personal medical file includes the following gems: personal history of covid-19, personality disorder, somatization disorder, general anxiety disorder, delusional disorder, other hallucinations, and artificial...
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Keystrokes Amongst Old Folks
I've written nearly 7,000 words in the past seven days, so clearly the inspiration to string a series of words together is still there. Or here. Or somewhere. So yes, a flurry of activity utilizing virtual pen and paper… some of which I shall reveal here, right before your eyes. By the way, I...
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