Spinning My Wheels

Awoke with another bad headache, dizziness, and the like.  Fortunately, I have only one “required” trek today.  The problem is that it’ll put me in contact with a guy who’s nice, but incredibly loud – I mean, my eardrums literally rattle when this guy speaks to me – and I’m debating whether I’m up to…

Here We Go Again

Let me start with my familiar line: It’s been a month since my last post . . . but this time, there’s a legitimate reason. May was nothing short of being a whirlwind for me; I seriously can’t believe that it’s now June.  The end of the academic term is always a flurry of activity. …

The Cones of Spring

I’m still here. Why is it, almost every time I post something here, I start off by announcing that “I’m still here“?  I guess a better question is, “Why aren’t I writing something – anything – on a more regular basis?” Good question.  I only wish I knew the answer. So . . . what’s…

Venting

Having a day off means doing a lot of work. I have grading that has been accumulating – mainly because I scheduled three major exams in quick succession – and there were things around the house that could no longer be ignored.  I thought I’d be able to just sit back and relax a bit,…

A Forest Dark

Midway upon the journey of our life   I found myself within a forest dark,   For the straightforward pathway had been lost. Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say   What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,   Which in the very thought renews the fear. – Dante Alighieri, Inferno …

Cold

It is cold outside.  Heck, it’s cold inside, too. Between snowstorms and below-zero temps, I am struggling to find a coherent reason for why I remain in the Upper Midwest.  I just can’t seem to come up with one, yet . . . I know that I’ll never leave.  It’s just so daunting to deal…

The Green Chair

Well, the end of the term has finally arrived, and I couldn’t be happier. It wasn’t a bad term; no, far from it.  It went faster than it should have, to be honest.  It wasn’t the wackiest or the craziest or even the most obnoxious term I’ve had.  Yet still, I’m happy that it’s over. …

Under Pressure

I’ve been singing this in my head for months.  It just seemed appropriate for today’s post. After several months, I had my appointment with a neurologist. Finally. At issue here is the cause(s) of my violent and painful headaches.  My primary physician wrote them off as mere migraines, but as someone who’s had those painful…

Through the Looking Glass

A month.  That’s how long I’ve been gone from here. A month. At one point, I was writing at least three times a week, but no more.  Gone are the days of me thinking that such a thing is even possible – why is that?  I have ideas, but I don’t have the energy or…

The Medical Detective

It’s been two weeks since my medical exam and I’ve yet to hear anything about it.  I know that I’m not the only patient there, but you’ve got to be kidding me.  The only thing that I’m confident about as of this writing is that I’m not in any immediate mortal danger (although, the night…

Sunday Musings

Remember my afternoon in the ER six weeks ago? Remember how I’d mentioned that my physician wanted me to take a follow up exam? That happened Friday.  Six weeks later.  I should complain, but I won’t because I know that I’m not the only person on earth with problems.  I’m fortunate in the sense that…

Looking Forward

Recently, I was talking with my sister about who-knows-what. At some point, she asked me why I did something, and I immediately launched into what was to be a lengthy discussion – a history, if you will – of why I had a certain viewpoint.  I went back to the beginning, describing the scene, the…