A History of Amazon  Orders

Inspired by a tech writer a follow on Twitter, I thought it would be interesting to look back at my Amazon history. I got started way back in 1999, when there were still dead tree books and little silver discs that held music files. Nowadays, my online shopping has shifted to “everyday” items. As technology has changed, so have my habits. I think there is revelation to be found in looking back at something like this. How my life has changed, reflected by what I found valuable to me (in my purchases). And also how my life has been changed by products and services and technology. This is probably interesting to no one but me, but hey, it’s a fun exercise.

1999 – 2 orders: book and CD

  • I’ve long since sold all my Star Wars books on resale sites and the CD is a soundtrack I have ripped and still have in a playlist.

2000 – 3 orders: movies

  • Two of the orders were gifts. I still have the third but have literally never watched it. It is the CNN recap of the worldwide celebrations of 2000 New Years Day.

2001 – 4 orders: books and movie

  • Again, the Star Wars books are resold. The movie is still on my shelf.

2002 – 2 orders: book and board game

  • It’s a party game, not one I have any more.

2003 – 2 orders: book and board game

  • I have absolutely no recollection of buying the board game, Axis and Allies. I’ve never played that game. Maybe it was a gift?

2004 – 2 orders: CDs and how-to book

  • The music is digitized in my library still to this day.
  • I don’t remember ever trying to use Adobe Premiere Pro for video editing. I’ve always used Final Cut. Weird.

2005 – 1 order: book

2006 – No orders. Huh…

2007 – 2 orders: TV and movies

  • I had this TV right up until last October. Crazy, I knew it was an older TV but not that it was 10 years. I donated it; not sure where it ended up.
  • Looks like this is also when I decided to go blu-ray. You’ll remember there was a format battle between blu-ray and HD-DVD. I placed my bets on blu-ray and that’s what ended up winning out!

2008 – 6 orders: movies, books, gifts

  • I still have 2 of 4 movies. Well, one was a TV series box set that I don’t have anymore. With Netflix, what’s the point of owning TV shows?
  • One gift was an under-counter CD player my mom asked for Christmas. I actually think I saw that sitting in the living room this Christmas. Not sure if it is still used, but it is out where it can be!

2009 – 10 orders: books, gadgets, gifts

  • This is the year I read the enormous Wheel of Time series.
  • Looks like I also upgraded my dash radio in my old truck that year.

2010 – 6 orders: clothes, Kindle, video game

  • Ahhh, so here’s where I switched to e-books. Oh my, I opted to try the giant 10″ Kindle DX. I remember being really hung up on not wanting to turn the page so often on the smaller screen. But the big Kindle was just too much and I sold it to a guy internationally.
  • Team logo apparel for Texas Longhorns and Dallas Stars. Still have those in my closet, although the Stars have since rebranded.

2011 – 30 orders: board games, video games, movies, gadgets, bike accessories

  • Bought the PS3 this year and several games. The PS3 has found a great home at a friend’s.
  • Looks like I bought the Macbook Air that year because there are a few accessories and cables for it. Also a couple iPhone accessories for the car.
  • I settled on the smaller Kindle early in the year, passed that on to a family member, and upgraded to the first touch screen Kindle. The case I got, I still use.
  • Apparently I tried to be more mindful of exercise this year. I got a bicycle and some basic home gym accessories. I ended up liking to ride on pavement more than trails so I sold my bike with the intention of switching to a road bike, but never did. And I definitely never worked out at home. Haha.

2012 – 37 orders: kitchen gear, movies, gadgets, board games

  • I’m starting to get really fascinated by looking back at all this. This is the year I got into cooking. There are all sorts of orders, from chef knives to stand mixer.
  • At this point I’m upgrading my DVDs to blu-rays more consistently, despite saying I wouldn’t do that.
  • The board games I bought are now the ones I play with my group of friends. It would be the start of a multi-year streak of playing on a weekly basis. Some good memories there. Hate that life took its turn and we play much less frequently now. Bummer.

2013 – 23 orders: movies, travel gear, board games, gadgets

  • Quite a big order of one particular board game, Star Wars X-Wing. I ended up hating it and sold it all for probably half what I paid for it. Ugh.
  • The travel gear was purchased in preparation for my first baseball stadium tour vacation. I’ve been on two of those. Hope to get another one in this year! Thinking of heading due north.

2014 – 31 orders: movies, video games, gadgets, kitchenware, board games

  • The year of the PS4. I remember having to purchase a headset a few times because Naomi loves to chew on thin wires. Not only my PS4 headset but my iPhone ones too.
  • I started changing out my plates and bowls to Fiestaware. Very fun and colorful. Still use these today.
  • Among the gadgets I bought, there is small bluetooth speaker I still use in the bathroom when getting ready.

2015 – 37 orders: gadgets, movies, hypoallergenic products, board games, kitchen gear

  • I upgraded my car’s dash system with an Apple CarPlay touchscreen and a backup camera.
  • I tried out a new Kindle called the Voyage but it was plagued by a pesky two-toned screen issue. Unresolved, I ended up returning it.
  • This year I got super snobby about coffee and started doing the pour-over method with Chemex. I’ve done that since then until just recently.
  • I started allergy treatments this year when I finally went to an allergist to see why I was having such trouble, particularly at night. Turns out I developed allergies to cats. Despite most people telling me to get rid of Naomi (which would really piss me off), I pursued treatment. Got hypoallergenic bedding and a HEPA filter to help. Treatments are going well, by the way!
  • I also started getting into smart home products this year. Started out with a video doorbell that I can answer from anywhere. I’ve upgraded since the original.

2016 – 36 orders: gadgets, movies, household items

  • Added several other smart home devices like thermostat, lights, door locks, and (most recently) garage door opener. Really fun stuff when I can just say “Hey Siri, I’m home” and my whole house adjusts the way I’ve set it.
  • Amazon came out with Dash Buttons for household products, like detergent, paper products, etc. I wanted to try them out. You stick them somewhere, set it up to the item you want, and when you need it, you just push the button. Two days later, it arrives. I’ll never have to shop at a store like an animal again!

2017 – 40 orders: movies, gadgets, board games, household items

  • Despite it being a pretty bad year for me personally, once things started turning around, I celebrated by making it the year of the upgrade! New TV 4k HDR TV and audio receiver. PS4 Pro. Some upgrades to the home network.
  • Got me a really nice coffee pot by Oxo that is highly rated as replicating the pour-over method excellently. Been doing that to this day. Sure is nice to wake up with it ready!

Summing it all up, it started out for me as a book- and music- store, but books and music have become downloadable content. I still hang on to physical media for movies because I find them superior to streaming them, but the end is nigh for blu-rays too. I bought into a lot of technology (and a little ashamed at how much I’ve spent, but let’s be real, am I going to change?). As Amazon made it easier to order routine items that would previously require going to the store, I’ve largely started having them delivered to me. Lots of retail, grocery, and restaurants are trying to stay viable by doing the same now. I once heard that the invention of the garage door opener led to greater isolation among neighbors, because you no longer had to get out and chance greeting people next door. I wonder if we’re going to isolate ourselves even further by having everything we want and need come to us. It’s a cautious thing, but as our society just continues to increase pace and busyness, and is more connected than ever, I doubt the issues will outweigh the convenience.

A History of Amazon  Orders

Net Neutrality

Yesterday, the FCC rolled back some regulations that protected an open, free internet. So called “net neutrality” rules. On the outset, less government seems like a good thing, especially in the state of things these days. But sometimes we as consumers do need to be protected by some rules. The commissioner’s propaganda he’s selling that less regulation will mean more innovation is simply a farce. (Sorta like the idea of trickle down economics. Cutting corporate taxes will put more money in the pockets of the middle class because of how much companies will save? Yeah right!) Here are the three things that are going to happen now.

1. We’re going to start paying for access bundles. Take a look at this REAL service plan from an internet service provider in Portugal after their government got rid of net neutrality rules.

2. ISPs will have the ability to block content that competes with them. Here’s a hypothetical. Let’s say Comcast NBC-Universal as the big conglomerate decides to start their own streaming service (a la Netflix). They will now be able to slow down your access to, say, Disney’s streaming service. Or, more likely, block it unless you pay extra. They can also force Disney to pay a toll to access a fast lane of distribution, which they’ll do because no one will subscribe to them if the quality of their streaming is terrible.

3. Small businesses will be unable to compete. Think about it. Why haven’t the likes of Facebook or Google come along as a loud voice of advocacy for the consumer, lobbying to protect net neutrality rules? Because they can afford to pay for the fast lane! And they want to be the primary place you go. Go back to the scenario. Let’s say some innovative entrepreneurs want to start up a new streaming service. But they don’t have anywhere close to the billions–with a b–of capital in their coffers. They can’t afford to pay for a fast lane, so their content is throttled. People who check their service out get low quality content. They don’t bother subscribing and they don’t want to pay the ISP another $5 bundle. And the business is dead before it can even begin.

This is is our reality now. The telcom lobby is strong. The FCC refused to look into fraudulent comments made that supported the rollback of these regulations. They ignored the will of the people in our democracy, fooled others with the story that “deregulation is better”, and filled their campaign accounts with sweet telcom contributions. The commissioner has stated that if we don’t like what our ISP does, we can simply choose another. This is incredibly stupid, as so much of America only has one choice for an ISP. Two at best. It’s virtually an unregulated monopoly (and in my opinion, internet service deserves to be looked at as a utility. Electricity, gas, water, internet).

We can only hope the lawsuits are numerous and this ruling is tied up in litigation for a long time until someone can actually represent us and undo this tragedy.

Net Neutrality

Our Representatives Are Not Representing Us

Forget the environment. Forget our privacy. It’s all meaningless. What a week. I’m not party line supporter–and not interested in being described as conservative or liberal–and it is a very rare thing indeed for me to even broach politics, but this has been a very bad week. I can’t stand the level of irresponsibility I’ve seen in these past few months, I don’t care who what party it comes from. When legislation is repealed that would protect against climate change, albeit in a small but measurable way, and a climatologist is attacked–yes, attacked–by our legislators when he meets with them in committee, I have a hard time saying our representatives represent us. 90% of the scientific community, I’ve read, agree that humans are irreversibly altering our climate, but our GOP politicians refuse to believe it. Coal and oil pockets run very deep.

Then there’s the issue of congress selling out our online privacy. Earlier this week, both the Senate and House–strictly on party lines–votes to allow internet service providers (so that’s your AT&T, Comcast, etc) to collect and sell our personally identifiable information from their networks to companies who want it WITHOUT OUR PERMISSION. The sponsor of the bill lied about how it was unfair competitive advantage for companies like Facebook and Google to have and sell that data and ISPs can’t, but that’s apples and oranges. Those are about specific ad networks that are connected to those services. Which is why when you visit, say, walmart.com and browse for a cleaning product, you may see that very same product as an ad on Facebook. ISPs get EVERYTHING. And they have your personal information, such as contact info and maybe even your SSN. And instead of offering an opt out, now they can sell it all off unbeknownst to all of us.

Why is this an issue? Let’s play out a scenario. Let’s say the same said congress was successful in repealing the ACA and pre-existing conditions became a thing again. I just had a horrible illness. I’m also now paying for my own health insurance (at enormous expense). So Big Health Insurance Company A buys the data from my ISP, Comcast, and can see I’ve been researching “viral meningitis” for 3-4 weeks. Now they have information that can be used against me to deny me coverage.

That’s just a what-if. How many countless real situations will there be? Employers looking into potential hires. Some other kind of car, health, or life insurance able to see the kinds of things you look at and run their algorithims to say you are more likely to do this or that, and use it to raise your rates. The invasion of your PERSONAL, IDENTIFIABLE habits, locations, purchases.

I wrote all three of my representaties in the House and Senate, urging them to not vote for this. To not blindly follow their party into this terrible act.

Rep. French Hill has not replied, but he supported it. (Only two GOP representatives opposed it.)

Here is Sen. Tom Cotton’s reply (or his staffer/intern):

As you know, in December 2016, the FCC released a new set of rules which claimed to provide increased privacy protection, choice, and transparency in how internet service providers (ISPs) use consumers’ personal data. The rules provide broadband consumers an option to “opt out” if they no longer want ISPs to share their personal information with businesses for advertising purposes. Earlier this Congress, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced a congressional resolution of disapproval of the FCC’s data privacy rules. I proudly supported this measure as it would nullify the flawed rules which allow the FCC to regulate ISPs, while keeping the most important consumer privacy protections in place. I share your concern for strengthening our laws to ensure American citizens’ privacy is protected. As technology evolves, it’s imperative that our laws are updated to protect constitutional rights and reflect the modes of communication most commonly used. 

So get rid of the rule that enforced opt-out but that’s somehow ensuring our privacy is protected. What? If his claims are true then the vote would not have been strictly by party line. What Sen. Cotton doesn’t mention is the $70,025 he received from telecom. That’s nearly twice the median household income in Arkansas.

Here is Sen. John Boozman’s (staffer’s) reply:

I believe in protecting an open, free and vibrant Internet. Congress has a duty to see that our laws are fair, not only to the companies involved, but also to citizens across the nation that use technology every day. I believe the FCC should focus on removing barriers to competition and allowing the private sector to more effectively allocate our broadband resources. While we may not see eye-to-eye on this issue, please know I appreciate your feedback, and will keep your thoughts in mind should S.J.Res. 34, or related legislation come before the U.S. Senate for a vote. 

Barriers to competition? Allocate resources? My personal information is not a resource for my representatives to allocate by allowing these companies to have my personal data without my permission. He clearly does not have have an understanding of this issue if he bought into the lie it is about competition. And the $56,450 he received from telecom I’m sure had no sway in his “opinion”.

There is no justification for selling out your constituents. There’s no argument that can be made in defense of this bill other than that the Republican party believes that increasing the profits of telecom companies is more important than protecting the privacy of people.

Our Representatives Are Not Representing Us

Bacon, Egg, and Biscuit Casserole

I was getting ready to make breakfast this morning with my typical fanfare when I remembered I had a can of biscuits and wondered if I could do a little “monkey bread” style breakfast casserole. This certainly isn’t something I made up, but I did put it together myself and it turned out pretty dang good!

1 5-count can of biscuits

4 large eggs

4-5 slices of bacon


Shredded cheese

2 tbsp melted butter

Cook the bacon slices and as that is going, beat your eggs and milk together, along with some salt and pepper to taste, like you are making scrambled eggs. Tear apart the biscuits into quarters and add them in. Then add some cheese to taste. When the bacon is done chop it up and add that. Pour the mixture into a greased round baking dish and then drizzle the melted butter on top. Bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes, or until tops of biscuits are brown.

Bacon, Egg, and Biscuit Casserole

Health Update

I’ve been on my own since Tuesday morning. That’s when Mom headed back home, which was tough for us both. I saw my primary care physician the day before and he said it was time for me to start gaining back normal life. But let me tell you, it is not coming easy. I’m struggling physically and spiritually. But the support of all my family and friends has just made all the difference. I’ve been taken such good care of through prayer support, housework, meals, and more! There have been plenty of tears produced in the last few weeks for bad reasons but the ones that come when I think about how blessed I am are happy ones.

I returned to work on Wednesday but I’m only cleared for partial days. I made it about three hours that day and then four on Thursday and Friday. The problem is my head really starts to swim with any stimulation or activity. I have to go back home and lay down. I’m basically resigning myself to live with this “new normal” for the long term. My stepdad, a retired RN, rightly thinks I’m still recovering from the meningitis. Offers the hope that one day I’ll just wake up and, in going about my day, realize I haven’t been light headed any more. That day can’t come soon enough, even as well as I’ve been doing. I just can’t seem to shake that woozy medicine head feel.

I have been getting a little better every day. I can see improvements, however small. Going to go to church tomorrow and enjoy the Christmas musical, though I’ll not be taking on my usual duties in the sound booth. I’m not all that sure I can commit to full work days come Monday either. If not, I’ll have to contact my doctor again for a work excuse but he is already prepared for it. I’m the one who actually talked him into just putting partial days through yesterday. That was dumb. I have my final follow up with him on the 19th.

I’ve had a trip to Dallas next Saturday planned for a while now but as of today, I don’t know if I’m up to making it. I booked an AM flight to Dallas, going to see my first home Dallas Stars game at 1 pm, then taking the last flight back to Little Rock. Worked out a little more than driving and staying overnight, but it’s much more convenient. I can’t get a refund on the flight if I don’t feel up to it but I can change it. Can always go to a game next spring. I just don’t think I’ll know until it’s time, so we’ll just have to see.

I’m dealing with so much right now in just recovering, but also another issue of adversity that I’ll not go into here. It all threatens to overwhelm me. My heart rate really hasn’t settled down with this distraction. And I know the answer is to take each day at a time. God is my source of strength, peace, and wisdom. I pray for those three things every day. Multiple times a day. It’s just hard when it doesn’t feel like there’s any resolutions. But James 1 stays at the center of my mind, that trials are given to produce endurance of faith. And Psalm 73, that God is my portion when my flesh and heart fail. And so I trust, I wait, I take it a day at a time, and I set my eyes on the Father. It’s all I can do.

Health Update

Pneumonia, Meningitis, and Spinal Fluid Leak

I’m laying in bed as I write this, my head only slightly propped up, my laptop angled on my legs. I’ve pretty much been in a completely flat position since last Wednesday, so this is a little progress.

That little illness I posted about on 11/21? I thought I was getting better that day. Then Tuesday I took a nose dive. Wednesday morning, I decided to go back to the doctor because I woke up and threw up. Fortunately, he was able to see me early. They ran some blood work and I had a chest x-ray. He decided I needed to go to the ER. So I called up a close friend. Larry and Wanda came and got me and took me to St. Vincent’s. The longer I was sitting up, I remember the worse it felt. I was uncontrollably shaking. I got back and the medical staff ran the full gamut of tests. More extensive blood tests, blood cultures, flu swab, strep swab, pneumonia tests, another chest x-ray, and a head and chest CT scan. When they sat me up to take me, tears would just fill my eyes. Wanda stayed with me until my mom got there. I remember my pastor, Allan, coming at some point too. Preliminary tests weren’t causing anything to leap out as to my illness. I was miserable and confused. An internal medicine doctor was called in and she wanted a spinal tap to test for meningitis and they decided to keep me overnight for fluids and observation. So now for the first time in my life, I’ve been hospitalized.

Within the next couple days, I was officially diagnosed with a spot of pneumonia in my lower right lung lobe and viral meningitis. My own opinion, what had me sick since 11/15 was the pneumonia and that had just about cleared up, but then the meningitis took hold. The spinal tap was uncomfortable but not awful. But unfortunately a serious complication arose. It caused a leak of my spinal fluid, so when I was allowed to sit upright again (you have to lay flat for 4 hours after a spinal procedure) I was racked by the most excruciating pain in my head that is imaginable. Thursday morning–Thanksgiving–I threw up twice in my bed. That’s a very humbling experience. A neurologist was brought in and he determined I had the leak and ordered a blood patch. This is where a radiologist draws some of my own blood, goes into the epidural space around the spinal cord, and injects the blood back in. This essentially promotes a scab to seal the hole and is supposed to bring immediate relief.

Once again, after I was allowed to sit up after the blood patch, I was rocked with unbearable pain. My nurse pretty much had to sedate me with alternating injections of morphine and demerol, which really only dulled the pain. Friday night was easily the worst night of my life and I tear up just thinking about how much pain I was in. Saturday, the neurologist ordered another blood patch, but I didn’t end up getting in due to the lower weekend staff. Late Sunday afternoon, I was taken down. The radiologist took a pressure reading of my spinal fluid. He explained it like this: the fluid helps keep the brain buoyant in the skull and should have a pressure of 10 mmHg. Mine was <5. Because of this, my brain essentially comes to a rest on the base of my skull which results in the pain. He said it was “very unusual” to repeat the patch. He pumped in 15 cc of my blood into the space. It hurts like you wouldn’t believe to have that happen but honestly, it’s nothing compared to the headache itself. Fortunately it doesn’t last long, 10-15 min for the whole procedure.

After 4 hours, I incline just about 10 degrees but it’s as far as I can go. The next morning–Monday now–I work my way up to about 45 degrees. The neurologist came to see me. I described how the pain was gone but there was still a tremendously loud whooshing sound in my ears. It was completely disorienting. Plus the longer I was sitting up, the heavier my head would feel. He reiterated that it was unusual to not have gotten full immediate relief from now two patches and would consider a third but the leak would eventually heal itself. I asked him what it would take to go home. He said if I could get up and walk, I could finish recovery at home.

I waited for my stepdad (a retired RN) to arrive and around 1 pm, I got up. He said I walked about 100 ft. I’ve seen plenty of patients at that “first steps” moment after an illness, including family members, but I really had no idea what the experience was actually like. The best way I can describe is that I felt like I forgot how to use my legs. By 3pm, I was discharged, still extremely woozy from the low spinal fluid pressure, but determined to go home.

I haven’t been able to sit up for more than a few minutes at a time still, but here and there, I can make it to my kitchen table, eat, and then go back to bed. I tried to lounge back in my chair and watch a hockey game on TV last night, but that didn’t work out at all. At this point, it just a matter of time for the leak to finish sealing off and the fluid pressure to return. I’m told once the hole is sealed, the pressure should rise pretty quickly because the  fluid is generated rapidly, promoted by plenty of fluid intake and, of all things, caffeine (which they had been feeding me a steady diet of in pill form every 4 hours).

So this is where I get emotional and somehow thank all the people who have extended their prayer and practical support for me. First and foremost, my parents for coming and sitting with me every day. My mom has essentially moved in with me for as long as it takes. My goal is once I can stand to take a shower by myself (which I haven’t had a proper once since being admitted…ugh), I think I can be back on my own. My brothers, sister, and family for their encouragement and prayers. Larry and Wanda who got me to the ER, brought food, and regularly checked on me. They are family to me. My pastors who I count as close friends. The coworkers I also count as friends who sent texts of encouragement. And my social friends who did the same. I wasn’t always able to respond being in so much pain or sedated. Sometimes my parents replied with updates for me. I know a lot of people were worried and praying.

My church family is also amazing. The prayers and, now that I’m home, the meal support are so greatly appreciated more than words can express. This is truly a “when you do these for one of your brothers, you do them for Me (Jesus)” moment. My neighbor brought over food Monday night! How blessed I am to have this home and such a wonderful lady beside me.

Certainly not least, many of my medical staff were exactly the compassionate caretakers I needed. Foremost is Nico, my day nurse over the weekend. I remember her telling me during those two painful days how much it hurt her to see me hurt. That so many patients abuse pain meds when they don’t really need them but she could tell I was in great need of relief. A couple of night nurses, Shari and Cassie, were awesome too. The tech, David, who did my CT was actually a graduate of my x-ray tech program! Great guy. The neurologist–sadly I can’t remember his name–and the radiologist–Dr. Schultz–who persisted in figuring out how to repair the hole. My personal doctor, Dr. Ford, who sent me to the ER and personally called one day to see how I was doing.

Never in my life have I gone through something like this. From start to today, it’s been 15 days since I felt normal and I don’t know how much longer it will take. When I think about the worst days of pain and despair, I start to tear up again. Or every afternoon when it set in that I would not be going home again and having to spend another dreadful night in the hospital room. So I don’t dwell on it. I know I have a lot of people rooting for me. I know God is for me, and even though I had extreme doubt and question of why in those moments I wasn’t finding relief despite my own desperate supplications and the hundreds of prayers on my behalf, I focused on His blessings, many of whom I just listed. The healing is coming. He gives and He takes away. But my heart will choose to say, “Lord, blessed be Your name.”

Pneumonia, Meningitis, and Spinal Fluid Leak

Sick and Tired

I’m sitting here eating a wonderfully warm and delicious bowl of chicken and dumplings that I was able to make yesterday. I prayed God would use this blessing He gave me to restore more energy. That’s because I got hit with the single-handed most severe illness I have ever gotten in my life. I’m not even talking hyperbolically. I can never recall a time in my life I was hit this hard.

It started last Tuesday with light headedness and congestion, which I attributed at first to my allergies because I had missed my shot the week prior. But by lunch I was done for and headed home. Wednesday and Thursday saw my condition just get worse. Full body aches, racked with coughing fits, and in and out fever. I’m pretty stubborn about doctors but I went on Thursday, partially because missing three days requires a physician note at work but also because I was continuing to get worse. They did a flu test, which I just knew if I had I’d get all sorts of heck about because I don’t typically get the flu shot. But flu test was negative and he simply told me it was viral and it had to run its course, which would take 7-10 days.

I was able to eat alright but standing for much longer than it takes to pee and that was it for me. That was pretty much my Friday and Saturday. I marathoned the Hunger Games along with all the hours and hours of extras on the discs. My new Macbook Pro came. So that was fun to set up. Sunday, I was able to be upright long enough to cook the aforementioned lunch and even do some house chores. (Wow was my house nasty.)

I want to thank my mom and stepdad for their constantly checking in on me. Means a lot! She kept asking if they should come but I declined them not wanting them to get sick off me. Coworkers who checked in and brought me textbooks so I could maintain my classes. Alex and Joel who brought me food and sick supplies. And of course the other folks who, through not hearing from me for so long, suspected something was up and checked in. I appreciate that more than you know! I have to laugh a little because everyone that brought something I asked to just leave it at the door. I didn’t want to expose them. So I never actually saw anyone. But I couldn’t have done it without y’all.

Still not 100% but Sunday marked the first day I started to feel better, weak as my body is now. Nice thing it is fall break this week so I don’t even have to fuss about work. Hopefully, I’m back to it by Thanksgiving.

Sick and Tired