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Where have I been?!?

Lost & FoundI was going to originally title this piece, “Where’s Waldo”, but was afraid of a trademark infringements. There was also the thought that someone would think my name was Waldo, or people would be looking for a photo crowded with people and hopes of finding a guy with a red hat and glasses. I however must stop with my pitiful attempt at humor (if you laughed YIPPEE) as I’m sure many are about to stop reading about now. So let me get down to what has been going on since the end of last year.

I’m going to be sharing some medical information and do my best not to turn this into a pity party type of post. It’s just to show that life has its own plans for us as what we may want to do can be very rudely interrupted by what life brings at us. It’s a fact that many of us know but at same time something many cannot overcome. They instead find ways to let the bad make things worse over finding a way to dig their way out. It’s why I write posts like this to share that with strength the bad things of life can be overcome if you try.

I had to stop and thing where to begin with this post. I will start that after a pretty normal Christmas season, wow it has been a time, I saw my primary physician not long after the New Year and that is when things started. The doctor felt it was time to maybe change up my diabetic medication. I had no problem with this request as I had good things about the drug. I could handle the need to urinate more frequently as I knew there would be a vicious cycle. It was a case where you would have to drink water to avoid being dehydrated but at same time all that liquid you have to go. I will say I wore out a bit of show tread there for a while.

It was about two to three weeks into taking the new medication; it was Invokana, when I started having some problems. My vision went blurry at times and I had some trouble walking. All listed side effects of the drug with the vision being one of the worse ones. I called my doctor and was instructed to stop taking, which I happily did. I was getting tired of feeling so bloated and then dry from that cycle.

I know those who are familiar with Multiple Sclerosis will say are you sure that wasn’t the issue going on? I did call my neurologist and they stated from the issues I was having it was more than likely the medication, and since they went to school for neurology I listened to them and put it down to the Invokana. So, yep there I was a bit of vision problems and unstable walking. I got to say trying to read after a long day at staring at a computer with occasional blurry eyes made reading difficult.

It was about this time I had brought up some pain I have been dealing with in my hip for at least five years. It was never too bad but it was starting to get worse and figured about time to have it checked out. So, here we go we have X-rays done and told to see a specialist. It’s off I go to another doctor and shockingly nothing is wrong with my hip or the joints. I’m a big man and to me that was a WOW moment but yeah this didn’t help the pain. This new doctor decided nothing he could really do so he sent me to a pain specialist. Ok, wait for it as there is a joke coming and it’s a bad one so move along to next paragraph if you choose. So, yep off to a pain specialist I went and this whole thing was giving me a whole new pain in my head. I did say bad joke.

I went to the pain specialist and he ordered the one thing I fear and that was an MRI on my back and hip. You’d think that having Multiple Sclerosis I’d be used to MRIs but I’m the opposite. I’ve had so many of them that I don’t want them anymore, but this needed to be done. I was lucky that they could put me in feet first and with help of a nice pill I was very comfortable. The outcome of this MRI, you guessed it, NOTHING was found. UGH! To finish this long story the pain doctor called for an outpatient procedure and had me get a steroid shot in my sciatica. I got to say it was kind of fun as I was wheeled in face down and a female nurse grabbed my scrub bottoms and yanked them down to expose some cheek. I think it was the first time I got to partially moon a room with four women in it.

I have to say there is more going on and as I see how long this is getting I’ll stop with the jokes and wrap up things pretty fast. It was early February when much of this was coming to a close and the issues from the Invokana had not gone away. It couldn’t be just the drug then so after seeing my neurologist on a six month check you’ll never guess what’s happening in a few weeks from this post writing. I’m sure some have an idea, well if you guessed another MRI you’d be correct. Oh and during all this a few dentist visits as I am approaching the end of a long process and the day that ends is the day I get my MRI.

So, if you have been reading along you can see I’ve had a lot of things going on. I have authors waiting for book reviews and I feel absolutely horrible that I have been delayed due to all the personal items going on. I have readers of this blog I also feel like I have let down but sometimes in life you need to look to what is important. This health crap that has been going on at least has met its three if you are one who believes in trinities. The diabetic medication, the hip and now a potential MS flare up. My hopes are it’s done for the year and I can get back to normal. I will say I have begun reading again and should have some reviews out soon.

I want to thank the authors who have been so kind and understand all that has been going on and are not upset. They get that life happens and are not holding any of this against me. I also want to thank any readers who have checked back for more content as well. I of course must thank my small inner circle for putting up with all the doctor visits and fun that has come with the stress levels and small mood swings. I’ll close out by saying new content is on the way just be patient as all this fun is coming to its end and I cannot wait to get back to normal.

I at least did not go into the cold and snowy weather that has been felt here in Wisconsin and the shoveling that has come with it. It’s just another fun factor from the last months. I’m sure I’m not alone by saying bring on Spring.

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Posted by on February 15, 2016 in Personal

 

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Halloween, Share the Fear–Open Call for Stories

thI’m getting the word out a bit earlier this year as I do love this time of year. The season brings out the fall colors as the leaves turn as summer has ended. A warm fire is a way to chat with others and share stories. Those stories can be timid to frightening and of course TV will have many horror movies on the airwaves.

To me what makes Halloween great is the ability to use the imagination to create that stand out costume or decorations. Even more important the ability to give a jolt or scare to others as it’s the time of year all expect to be scared, no want to be scared. So, I want to give readers of the blog a chance to share something that could give someone that feeling of creepiness like bugs traveling down their body. The feeling of was there something they just saw out of the corner of their eye or was it a shadow. The sense of foreboding like there is someone right behind them about to attack. Those feelings that drive every hair on the body to quiver in nervous energy and is about to activate the flight or fight reaction.

This is why I’m opening the blog up to ALL, from the authors to fans, who wish to submit a story. The story can be from your real life, or completely fiction. My only requirements that it activates the imagination and creates imagery in the mind that will shock the reader. It can be something simple from a ghost sighting or dark like demonic possession.

Rules:

  • Provide a Title to the Story
  • Name of author or “pen name”
  • No longer than 5000 words, although if a bit longer I will still post.
  • Submissions due by 10/23/15 as publishing happens week of 10/26/15.

If interested all you need to do is write the story and submit it to me at knightmist72@gmail.com with a subject line of: Halloween 2015.

You will be notified of the date on which you will find your story posted.

Below are links to stories I’ve written the past few years.

 

Any questions please contact me, and to all good writing and Happy Halloween.

 

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Short Stories

 

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Help Wanted: Honest Feedback

question-mark-faceI thought after a few years of the blog I’d take time and put a post together asking for honest, and I mean HONEST opinions of what you think.

The past contest saw some record one day visits but the number of entries had me wondering if it was the reviews, or the books themselves.

I’m thus putting out a poll asking for you to answer the questions and help give me some ideas on the blog and may be on how to progress.

You are also free to leave comments, or use the form to send in feedback. All is welcome and most importantly welcomed and it is being requested. So don’t be shy let me know what you think.

There are a few poll questions so vote away. Note that on a few you can pick more than one answer and add comments. Please do not be shy I want things to be honest.  The results will not be shown as do not want other votes to influence a potential vote. Results will be shared in a future post.

 

 

 

 

Lastly if you do not wish to have a public comment posted use the below Contact Form to send thoughts. Email is NOT required but appreciated if you wish to discuss your thoughts.

Thank_YouA thank you in advance to all who take some time and provide some Honest feedback.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2015 in Personal

 

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