Colin Hay Concert.
This weekend my husband and I have a date in Chicago to see one of our favorite singers. Not that I need an excuse to go to Chicago, mind you. I had an opportunity to live there a long time ago, but life took on another path. It’s only fair that I live close enough to go there whenever great music or new art comes calling.
If you’re looking for great music, hilarious stories in an intimate setting, I highly recommend going out for a night with Colin Hay.
Consultation. Next week is my surgical consultation and the reality of that is now starting to move into the foreground of my thoughts. I am not ashamed to say that I am feeling more and more anxious about the idea of a hysterectomy actually happening to this body of mine. Not good for a woman known to have issues with anxiety. My list of questions for the gynecologist is growing so I’m sure I’ll be an encyclopedia of knowledge the next time I blog about this (which most likely will be at some point next week).
Yoga has been a lifesaver for me this winter. I’ve been doing it less than a year, but my flexibility has improved so much over the past few months, and my practice has helped reduce my anxiety, as well as strengthen my muscles. Recently I’ve mastered Crane pose. This is huge for me, especially since I’ve always felt a weakness in upper body strength. There are a few other poses that I am getting better at, and I suppose I should post photos of me actually doing them. While I am confident in many of my poses, I have a sneaking suspicion that I wouldn’t look nearly as graceful as the practitioners in my yoga magazines, with their effortless way about them. One of these days though, I promise.
Contraception. Several years ago my treatment options for endometriosis were becoming slim. In between surgeries and injections it was still believed that using a birth control pill was the least invasive and most effective way of treating this disease. My insurance company refused to cover the medication and the brand I needed was quite expensive. After several phone calls with the company I was told that my ‘situation’ would go before a board and might be covered if my doctor wrote a letter stating that it was a medical necessity. My doctor obliged with a detailed letter describing why this medication was being prescribed. I waited for a response from my insurance company and heard nothing. After several more phone calls I was told that my doctor’s letter had been ‘misplaced’ and that he would need to send another. After several more weeks I was told that I hadn’t heard anything because the board was still in the decision-making process. Nearly 5 months and countless phone calls later I was finally approved for the medication. This run-around technique is not uncommon with many insurance companies.
In addition to preventing pregnancy, the pill is often used to treat many health-related problems, such as dysmenorrhea, anemia, Polycystic Ovarian Disorder, amenorrhea; even acne. Do I support the idea of contraception being offered to women under all health insurance plans? Absolutely.
Creativity and Cards
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was working on setting up a shop so that I could sell notecards that I’ve made which will include reproductions of my artwork and photography. I’m about 80% done with my project and am hoping to go Live with it within the next month. In the meantime, I’ve also been creating more art on canvas – mainly to take my mind off of my upcoming surgery. Here is the latest work in progress:
Generally, I like to have several things working at once. I currently have 4 or 5 paintings/drawings unfinished in the basement that I work on at once. Not sure why this works for me because I cannot function this way in any other aspect of my life; usually, more than one project at a time is too overwhelming for me.
Well, that’s all of the ‘C’s that I have for today. Interesting ones, that is. I could drag this post out to include what’s in my crock pot for dinner, or discuss my very strong craving for chocolate cake, lately
(Seriously. Does anyone have a good low-cal recipe for chocolate cake?)
Have a good Hump Day, everyone.