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Prompt for the Day: “Countless”

The optimistic people at the Daily Post division of Word Press thought we should  create our plethora of works of art based on the word “Countless“.

I Enjoy Counting

Have been given countless blessings during my life.  Have a best friend that turned out to actually be my second cousin (I don’t hold that fact against her!).  We now reside in different states of the country, but we leave each other voice mail every day and share posts on the internet with each other.

Married a handsome young man I met while in college.  We married the day after I graduated.  Have been together for over 20 years now.  Have lived in several locations of the U.S.A.  Not planning on moving away from our current home until I pass away.

Have adopted 3 cats during our time together.  The first two while we lived in the Chicago metro area.  We took those 2 with us when we moved to Colorado.  Lived 7 glorious years in that beautiful state.  Then we moved them and ourselves to a place I refer to as HELL, most people know it as Wisconsin.  Only lasted around 8 months there.  Starting us on moving as far away as we could get from our loss of happiness.  We picked ourselves back up slowly and started regaining a stable income.  Relocated back to the place we had originally met.

My health was sliding away much too fast.  Had to start taking a new medication that was just released known by the brand name of Tysabri.  It made me feel like shit, it was taken off the market since I was not the only one having problems with the drug.  One of our cats had to be put to sleep, because it was getting sick all the time.  Had a great time meeting up with a former co-worker from my first networking job.  My husband got fed up with his work and packed  me and the remaining cat up and had his step father come down to drive me and my cat up to WI where he and his wife were living.  The rest of our belongings were driven up in a U-Haul truck driven by my husband.  He dropped the U-Hail off in the parking lot of an apartment complex my in-laws had found for us to live in located in MN.  We were told it was a handicap accessible apartment.  (Not sure what the people who said that had been smoking or taking, but it was NOT ACCESSIBLE for my electric wheelchair!)  Thankfully still had the manual one we had purchased back in 1996 with us.  Had been through much abuse during the moves, but was still functional.  Lived about seven years in the complex from hades.

Then we relocated one final time to the home we are currently purchasing here in Minnesota.  Am not counting on any moving in my future.  Like the neighbors here too much!  My counting days are at an end.

Please Help Fight Terrible Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for the Day: “Pensive”

The prompt suggested a few days ago by the deep thinkers at the Daily Post division of Word Press was “Pensive“.

Deep Thinking Frightens Me

These days, I try to avoid getting stuck in my memories of days long past and severely missed!  Wish we still lived in Colorado with the two cats we had adopted in IL.  Unfortunately, neither them or me took well to being relocated to the evil state of WI.  They missed the ability to safely sun themselves each day, and I missed the friends I had made in CO.

In WI, I was unable to find decent employment.  What I did find, with the wicked retail establishment drove me to literally prepare to commit suicide!  The only thing that stopped me was a police officer pounding on the front door.  He placed me into a mental hospital in Duluth, MN.  At least he got me out of the state I was living in!  My husband was not too happy, to say the least.  Took years to repair the damage between us I had caused.  We lived in that dreadful state for about 8 months, total.  Too long, for my health, in my opinion!

We packed back up and retreated with our tails between our legs to southern IL to live in my dead grandparent’s house.  The house was infested with fleas by my aunt who had been living there.  Our cats ended up having to be covered with a flea killing powder to get rid of the infestation.  Took the cats with me to my parent’s home so my husband could set off a flea bomb in the house to kill the pests.  We stayed at my mom’s for the rest of the day, even though she is allergic to cats!  My husband was able to find a job in an evil retail company in a neighbouring town.  With the little income he was pulling in, we started to get back on our feet.

So we relocated to the state in which we had originally met.  MO this time around let me reconnect with my friend my first real networking job.  I loved being there, but the villainous place my husband had transferred into drove him nuts.  Basically, without any real warning we packed up and moved to the nightmare of a city in MN.

Hastings, MN is not a friendly place.  Too many people there doing hideous things to feel safe.  Pretty sure there were drug deals happening in the apartment complex we were forced to reside in.  It was supposedly handicap accessible.  Having lived in a real handicap accessible place back in MO, I could tell anyone I could find to listen that it WAS NOT!  Only one elevator in the entire building.  Going up and down stairs in a wheelchair is a terrifying endeavour!  Had an electric wheelchair provided by my social security disability back in MO, but it would not actually fit in the apartment in that evil city.  My manual chair that I had purchased back in the late 1990’s was all I had to move around in now.

After living there for a few years, got a new manual  wheelchair placed on order.  The only problem was getting it small enough to fit through the doors of our apartment.  For some unknown reason, I desired the ability to go in and out of the bathroom!  I must have been spoiled as a child, to expect to be able to get in to use the toilet or take a shower.  We ended up residing in that complex for around eight long lonely years.  We started looking for a home to purchase.

After visiting several locations with a realtor’s agent, we found one that in my mind’s eye held definite possibilities!  We closed on the deal and moved in five days later.  (Had truly never unpacked since leaving CO!)  There was no way to get my wheelchair in and out of the home.  My husband purchased two metal pieces to help get me in and out.  Not a safe option, but it was all we had at the time.

Started doing some research on what it took to get an actual ramp for me to be able to get both in and out of the house safely.  There are A.D.A. building diagrams on how to build safe ramps for wheelchairs.  Stumbled across a agency that is devoted to helping the disabled gain accessibility.  Contacted them.  They looked over our past tax returns for the last two years and decided the ramp would not cost us a dime!  Their employees where all respectful and were amazed that I let them use our downstairs bathroom (had a real door on it, the upstairs only has a curtain over the doorway).  Only took them little over a week after construction actually started to complete it (would have been sooner if the weather had cooperated)!

Please Help Fight Terrible Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for Today: “Crossroads”

The indecisive people from the Daily Post group of Word Press decided to make us face our indecision points in life by using “Crossroads” for today’s prompt for our artistic works.

Had Many Crossroads

The first major one was leaving the state in which I grew up to attend college alone.  Turned out the new site let me be introduced to many new cultures and people.  After a few years there, I met and fell in love with the man I would end up marrying.  We moved in together for about two years before our wedding occurred.  Had promised my grandpa that I would not get married until I had graduated from college, so the day after graduation was our wedding!

Had a full time job before I graduated, was happy with it at the time until a co-worker passed away.  He literally was the voice of the company that was familiar to all employees, customers, farmers, and every one else that had contact with the place.  I could not handle the man they hired for his replacement or the empty desk.  So I went looking for a new job else where.

Our new family (my husband and I) would have to relocate.  Wound up landing an interview with a consulting firm based out of Texas’s Chicago location.  Caught a flight from Springfield, MO to Chicago’s O’Hare airport.  The manager I was supposed to meet actually met me with a sign with my name on it welcoming me.  He had a limo waiting to take us to his office!   Met a few of who would become my co-workers there.  He had some people do face to face interviews with me.  Ended up liking them all and had a great time.

Later that evening, we went to what I would learn happened ever month a team meeting.  Since I would be the first female employee on the team they were all trying to be too damn polite around me.  So I told them a dirty joke completely straight faced.  Had them rolling and breathing better.  Became one of the guys on the team.  They took me to my hotel where I could get a little sleep.

Was picked up in the morning to receive my offer letter for the job I had been given the chance to accept if me and my husband would be willing to relocate to the area.  Caught a flight home to Missouri where my other half picked me up at the airport.  He called his employer to turn in his notice of resignation as I contacted my boss to warn him I would be resigning at the end of the week.

This would begin our relocation phase.  Would end up adopting 2 wonderful cats.  Moving to Colorado.  And the story just keeps going!

Please Help Fight Terrible Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for Yesterday: “Disappointment”

The unhappy people from the Daily Post division of Word Press, dragged themselves out of their own funk long enough to select yesterday’s prompt of “Disappointment” for us to sharpen our artistic talents on for the day.

Been One After Another

Since we left the place we were in the process of buying in Colorado back in 2004.  My husband and our two cats relocated by driving to a new state of the U.S.A.  We had shipped our household and my vehicle to the new house by way of a  moving truck.  So all we took with us was a change of clothes for a few days and sleeping bags.  Also had enough food and water for all the travellers on the trip.

I had not seen the new home except on the internet.  Had to rely on his interpretation of the site since he had actually seen the house.  Once we finally got there and walked inside let my husband know that since I was asthmatic and allergic to smoke, a wood burning stove in the basement was NOT a good enough source of heat for me!  The house was way too small for all of our stuff to fit into, considering we had a 3 bedroom house before.  One of the bedrooms was only used as an office, but my book shelves had to be placed somewhere.  Our dressers would not even fit in the bedroom with our bed in it!  Talk about cramped!  We ended up living there about 8 months.

Then we started relocating in other places in the Midwest.  Took 4 more moves and the passing of both our pets for us to end up here in our home in Minnesota.  Do not plan on moving again until the undertaker comes to take my body away for cremation!

Please Help Fight Malicious Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for the Day: “Closet”

The secrecy seeking people of the Daily Post group at Word Press chose the word “Closet” to light our creative fires for the day.

My Closets

Miss the old walk in closets we had at our house in Colorado.  Had a mirror on the door in which you could make sure you were suitably dressed for the day’s scheduled events.  The closets were HUGE!  Plenty of room for our clothing and other storage needs.  The master bedroom there was a big as the closets contained with in them.

The closets in our current house are a pretty flimsy affair.  My husband and I are forced to share a single tiny closet the has no doors!  It had curtains over the door way when we moved in.  The curtains were so annoying to get in the area with, had my husband remove the one on my side and put it up to cover the entrance to the upstairs bathroom door.  The actual door had to be removed so I could get in and out of the room using my wheelchair.  There is another smaller closet in the spare bedroom.  Neither of the two closets offer much above the hanging racks for storage.

Please Help Fight Evil Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for the Day: “Breath”

The people who apparently do not suffer from asthma at the Daily Post group of Word Press selected “Breath” for the daily prompt to make us take someone else’s breath away with our artistry.

Wish My Breaths Came Easier!

Having been diagnosed with asthma around my fifth grade year in grade school, my breathing tends to be erratic in nature.  The doctor back then prescribed me with a Primatine Mist inhaler.  He made no mention of the possible side effects.  Think I experienced each of them at least once!  My grandfather who suffered from emphysema was very familiar with the product and hated it.  I was just a small child with breathing problems, fortunately the local school gave me no trouble with keeping my medicine with me.

Was stuck keeping that evil drug at my side until I moved out of state to attend college.  In the new place, saw better medical physicians who were appalled at a young female using this antiquated drug!  Needless to say, they tried several different medicines before finding one that would let my breath come more easily.

The day after I graduated from college, I married a man that literally took my breath away.  He has been by my side now for over 20 wonderful years.  During that time my health has deteriorated steadily, since less than a year after our wedding I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  That took the breath right out of both of us.  Moved away from that state to pursue my career as a network engineer.

That career would relocate us to my dream state of Colorado, eventually.  We tried buying a house there with breath taking views of the Rockies from my office window up stairs.  Went skiing with just the two of us and then with the company I worked for.  Had a blast playing on the mountains.  The air up there was thinner, making breathing tricky at times until my body adapted to the altitude of being a mile above sea level.

Please Help Fight Malicious Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for the Day: “Fearless”

The brave people working at the Daily Post division of Word Press chose “Fearless” as the prompt for the day to cause us to create inspirational works of art.

Am a Chicken Now!

With all the problems I have survived in my life, I am no longer as brave as I was back when I was a network engineer in Colorado!  There I could face the CEO’s of major companies since I was able to fix their networking problems with the help of the team of people I was with.  I had the router knowledge they needed to move their data safely all over the world!

When my husband and I relocated to Wisconsin back in 2004, I basically ended up losing my mind.  Was living with excruciating pain in my legs from lack of my medicines that I used to get from my doctors back in CO.  Tried finding employment there, but no one wanted an engineer.  Tried working for a retail company that failed to follow the ADA laws.

Ended up trying to commit suicide.  With that incident, all my computer knowledge disappeared as well.  Can no longer face people now like I used to be able to do so easily.

Am no longer able to write legibly, so I type so I and others can read my works.  Started blogging using my laptop to keep my language skills from vanishing as well.

Please Help Fight Vile Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes