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Recharge is the Prompt for Today

The insomniacs from the Daily Post division of Word Press chose the word “Recharge” for us to create various works of art about.

People Who Need a Recharge

Most likely could just use a run of a couple of good nights of undisturbed sleep!  Insomniacs have problems getting any or enough sleep on an on going basis.  Shift workers fall into this problem due to their work schedules that fail to let their bodies develop a natural circadian sleeping pattern.

Made the Mistake of Working Second Shift Once

Would have made it through that mess better, if I wasn’t the shift manager which forced me to attend a weekly meeting a few hours after my shift ended.  We worked 10 hour days each shift.  On the days all shifts met for a meeting ended up being about 14 hours before I stumbled out to my vehicle to head back home (another 1/2 hour to make it there).

You ever Worked a Shift Job?

Favorite Job Ever

Working for a D.S.L. company named Rhythms Net Connections. Got to work in my position of choice, Layer 3 networking!  Solved a multitude of networking routing problems every day.  The people on the teams with me were a great educational resource.

Unfortunately, after a few short wonderful years of my employment with them, they laid all of us off due to the company defaulting on creditors.  For the first time in my life I was unemployed with a huge mortgage to pay! My husband and I needed to resuscitate our income.  There were no jobs in the area that would hire me due to being overqualified for their positions.  Eventually my unemployment benefits threatened to cease.  So I was forced to try working for Home Depot.  While there, I kept my job searching up.  Eventually received a bite on an application to work for a contract position for the Department of Homeland Security.

Went to my first interview in a long time.  Like most people, I was extremely nervous, even got a pair of falsies to stuff in my bra!  Got hired at that interview.  Started getting paid to stay home and research specific technologies we would be using once the center opened in Colorado.  After about 2 months, met the new team I would be working with.  Did not get along with them very well at first.  Then we spit into shifts.  Since my husband was currently working 3nd shift, that is what I applied for.

Working 3rd shift was a new experience for me.  Went to work each day in jeans, since no one else was around, anyway!  They were black jeans that most of the rest of the team mistook for dress pants.  Got promoted again to be team lead.  I always took meticulous notes about who said what and network addresses.  Started creating a world wide network map detailing machine types and network addresses.

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The really scary thing was I never received my security clearance, even though I was controlling huge routers that serviced places all over the United States of America.  Talk about a major flaw in D.H.S. itself!  Sort of why I jokingly refer to it as the Department of Insecurity, these days.  Resigned to move out of the state.

Please Help Fight Energy Stealing Disease

Found out I had the disease a little over a year after graduation from college.  The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis currently 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. If you would like to contribute to my fight against this mind stealing disease, please contribute by visiting  my personal website at http://saintpblogging.com/wp/ and seeing the copies of my writings located there!

Twinkle was the prompt for August 7th

The night gazing people of the Daily Post division of Word Press selected the word “Twinkle” for us to create various works of art around.

Kid’s Music First

The prompt made me think of the children’s nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Who Didn’t Look Up At The Sky

In awe when they were little?  On clear nights where I lived out in the country, there was a moon, many stars, and the occasional falling stars.  The two dogs and I would stand there looking up as long as my parents left us alone out there.  One of the pair was my protector.  She was a German Shepard – Golden Labrador mix who watched over me since my birth.  She literally walked me down the lane to the highway where I caught the bus to go to school each day.  She would be waiting there for me upon my return home.  I was her first “puppy”.  She had her own puppies later on the only one we kept was her son. The rest we gave to other people who were looking for dogs to adopt for their own.

What were you looking for in the sky?

I was always looking at the moon.  Watching for the occasional  falling stars.  What were you looking for?

Did the sky answer your wishes?

Did you Pursue Your Sky Dreams?

I went off to college to follow my dream of being an astronaut.  Turns out in my freshman year, I learned that there was a height requirement I had no chance of ever reaching.  So I simply gave up my dream and studied computer science, my other interest.  Found in that discipline a second career choice that suited me better than I could have ever imagined.

Network engineering became my final calling.  How else could I not only tell data where to go, but also how to get there?  I loved it!  Ended up meeting a wonderful man while in my junior year there.  We married the day after I graduated.  Have been together ever since!

We moved to different states here in the USA following our employment options.  Do not plan on ever moving again!  This place has everything either of us could wish upon a star for!

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Please Help Fight Evil Disease

Found out I had the disease a little over a year after graduation from college.  The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis currently 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. If you would like to contribute to my fight against this mind stealing disease, please contribute by visiting  my personal website at http://saintpblogging.com/wp/ and seeing the copies of my writings located there!

Prompt for the Day: “Island”

Prompt made me think of the old song popular while I was in high school : Islands in  the Stream

Being Handicapped I Avoid Water

Means I do not visit Islands now.  Used to be a registered Red Cross certified life guard in junior high school, before multiple sclerosis eventually confined me permanently to a wheelchair.  Am now terrified of being in or near water, since I will not be able to save even myself!

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Basically, these days I type on a computer since my handwriting is no longer legible because of shaky hands.  At least my writings get put out where the whole world has a chance to read them if they desire!  My writing may not be the greatest, but it is my contribution as a work of art.  Humor is necessary for survival these days.  It is all I can give to the greater world population at this time.

Got my first real network engineering job by being able to tell a joke!  How absurd a qualification is that?  All it proved was I would be able to survive in an all male environment, since it was what was considered a “dirty” joke back then.  It is mild by today’s standards.

Please Help Fight Hideous 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 from Wednesday was “Faraway”

The people from the Daily Post division of Word Press must be fans of the second Shrek movie by DreamWorks.  The recently married couple had to travel to a place Far “Faraway” in the movie.

Growing Up

Used to dream of leaving the planet as an astronaut.  That dream remained with me as I entered college.  Doing research for an assignment in one of my assignments in my English class, came across the physical requirements for an astronaut.  Was a few inches too short!  Blew my dreams out of the water entirely.  Had been trying to grow taller all my life, but no luck ever gaining even an inch!

So my major changed from aerospace engineering to computer science.  Felt faraway from my life’s dreams, but had to find a career I might succeed in doing.  Took one independent class in which I focused on what a computer programmer actually did for a living.  Turned out to be pretty boring mundane work.  So was not looking forward to a programming position anywhere!  Next semester took another independent class in which I focused on networking jobs.  Loved that type of work.  Now I finally knew exactly what my life’s calling was.  I would spend an exciting life directing network traffic.  Got to tell data not only where to go (if it was even allowed) and how to get there!  My network engineering career would lead me to manage some of the biggest networks in the world.  Got to help some of the largest banks in the U.S. survive the year 2000 data scare while I lived in the Chicago, IL metro area.  Moved on to the Denver, CO area where I landed a job with the Department of Homeland Security (or should we say the department of insecurity?)

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 “Because the Night”

The wide awake people of the Daily Press group of Word Press came up with the following prompt of “Because the Night” for our writing inspiration for today. They also asked us the following three questions: “Are you a night owl or are you the early bird? What’s your most productive time of day? When do you do your best work?”

Was a morning person growing up by force. Had to be wide awake to travel to the main farm to help with the daily milking of our family’s dairy herd. Once I left for college, became a night owl. Had never been allowed to stay up late, due to work.

While in college starting my sophomore year I worked while attending school full time. Sleep became whenever I got time for it. Managed to short myself on sleep so bad, I came down with the kissing disease (more commonly known as mono or Mononucleosis). Lasted forever it seemed, but I still had to attend all my classes and work. Was a walking zombie for months!

Got an internship with the headquarters of a country wide dairy company. Cut my work schedule down to two jobs while still attending school full time. The internship took me on many trips throughout the Midwest. Made wonderful contacts in my field of choice, network engineering. The field does not encourage getting too much sleep. Tend to be on call twenty four hours a day. Upon starting my senior year, they offered me a full time position with the company, if I agreed to cut my other jobs from my daily schedule. So all I had was work and finishing my college classes on my schedule.

Upon graduating, I married my husband the next day. Was given an entire week off to get our honeymoon in and get the legal paper work taken care of.

After living together as a married couple for a year, woke my husband up because was suffering from a feeling of the room moving constantly. Any movement mad me vomit several times. After several hours of being sick had lost everything I had eaten in my entire life by puking it up in the toilet. He had me get dressed, because he made a flying trip to the hospital. They gave me an injection of what basically was Dramamine and sent me home with a prescription for it if I continued to have problems.

Started to loose my ability to walk, because my legs would give out. Not being coordinated, kept tripping over a cane when I gave that option a try. Went to see a doctor and he wrote me a prescription for a wheelchair, because I had already tried using a cane. Went to a store that sold wheelchairs and they had one from last year’s inventory in my size on sale. We purchased it and took it home. My boss told me to take the day off to learn how to use it. (They were getting my workstation altered so I would still be able to preform my work!) My husband and I went to a mall that was not normally crowded to learn the in’s and out’s of being wheelchair bound. My hands were getting sore from wheeling myself around. Met a handicapped gentleman there that told me how he dealt with the problem. I needed to get gloves, he uses weight lifting gloves. So we went in search of the gloves he had described to me. The gloves were very bulky and not very professional looking. There was a leather store in the mall. There we found a couple of pairs in my size. Black finger-less leather gloves I could wear anywhere I needed to go. We were both pretty tired after a long day of learning the ropes.

Had been seeing a chiropractor since college due to my neck and back getting out of alignment. He began to notice that I was not responding as well to his adjustments anymore. He thought I might have a slipped disk or something, so he sent me to have an MRI preformed. Lets just say, I do not like being closed up in a noisy tube to be pulled out of the tube t have a nurse approach me with a weird shaped needle. With my head strapped down to the table I tried jumping off the table sideways to try to escape! That move made them have to consider starting the whole process over, I just wanted out NOW!

A few days later, went to my scheduled chiropractor’s appointment to find an empty waiting room. Was normally full of people, so I checked in and paid for my appointment like normal. Was immediately called into one of the exam rooms. The nurse told me I didn’t need to take my shoes and stuff off like normal. The chiropractor would be in to speak with me shortly. When he came in, he told me I needed to have another MRI. Because I did not allow them to inject me with the medicine that would allow them to see the contrast in my spine area. Without the contrast information all he knew for sure was he was no longer able to help, because I had either spinal cancer or Multiple Sclerosis. So he got me another MRI scheduled and a prescription of Valium to take so I would sleep through it. One problem, the medicine had absolutely no effect on me. Was not a good experience, but they put the IV in before I went into the tube. So other than screaming the entire time I was closed up in the tube, was able to get the MRI with contrast completed. My husband took me home, was not talking because I had lost my voice from screaming.

Went back to the neurologist to be told that I did not have the death sentence of spinal cancer, but simply relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. He didn’t understand why I started crying. Had been told all my life I was nuts, because my body would experience strange symptoms like numbness or a sunburn like feeling when I had no sun burn. He gave me information on two different treatment options I needed to read and consider before my next appointment. First option was a drug called Betaseron, the second option was a once a week injection of a medicine named Avonex. Considering my fear of needles, once a week was the best option to me!

Now, my sleep started being sporadic due to worry. Was lucky to get any sleep at all. The dairy company I was working for started to experience problems due to lack of money to support it’s customers. People were getting laid off. My appointment with my neurologist set up my first injection of Avonex to be done at the neurologist’s office. Made me sicker than a dog. The nurse trained both me ans Jason on how to administer the shots. We were never successful at getting the shots done.

Got a job offer in a different state. Took the job since it was a better paid network engineering job than the one I had. Sleep became more erratic due to strange noises from the nearby airport. At least my work schedule became more stable. Started reverting back to waking up early in the morning each morning!

Am at my best first thing in the morning each day. So am a morning person after all!

Prompt for the Day-“Sorry, I’m Busy”

The extremely engrossed people at the Daily Post division of Word Press came up with “Sorry, I’m Busy” for today’s prompt.  They included a single statement of direction to inspire us further “Tell us about a time when you should have helped someone… but didn’t.”

Having grown up in the middle of nowhere USA, helping people was what we did everyday!  Guess was brought up to help those in need from a young age.  Remember helping classmates in first grade doing things like learning to chew with your mouth closed so you didn’t gross the rest of the lunch table out with “SEE food”!  After that grade we were bused to a different school, because the old building was no longer deemed safe.  Now in a much bigger (small town class size of 40+) school, still helped my classmates get by each day.

Once I moved on to follow my career in network engineering, met people from all over the country.  Still tried to help the people I met.  Not a good trait for the only female working in your career of choice in a male dominated profession, but I still tried to help where ever I could!

Please help fight my disease

The medicine my neurologist has me on for my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri.  Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is impossible.  I remember when I first started on it , the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500.  There was no way my husband and I could afford that every 28 days!  Biogen (manufacturing drug company) 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

All help will be greatly appreciated.   Thank you for your generosity!

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