Journaling (from Evernote)

As I start a new Evernote notebook, it only makes sense to record my observations about how well Evernote works as a Journaling tool for my life. This is not the first time I’ve tried this approach, but I hope to draw some useful lessons this time.

One advantage for Evernote is that it is compatible with all of the platforms I use. This is especially important to me at times like this, when I’m in the hospital and attempting to connect to less than reliable networks. Waiting for my Surface Pro to configure its network settings takes forever, or do it seems, but I can still make updates to my notebook via my iPhone without difficulty.

The Surface Pro is certainly taking its own sweet time to update. There’s nothing I can do except to wait for it to complete all of its updates before attempting to use Evernote on there. Even though the Surface Pro says “do not turn off”, I’m thinking that something is hung up and it needs a reboot. Sadly, it won’t shutdown at this time. I might have to wait for the battery to drain completely before I can try a restart.

Eventually, I had to restart theSurface Pro. It had locked itself up and was not responding. Once it completed its reboot, it cam back on without incident. The next adventure was turning on thehot spot from my iPhone to connect to the internet. Now that is done, I am up and running and ready to test this thing out.

Hospital (from Evernote)

I’m becoming quite the expert when it comes to my local hospital. I’ve certainly spent enough time here, and today is no exception.

I have been in the hospital here five times since Labor Day. The doctors are still trying to determine what exactly is wrong with my lungs. I used to smoke, and that certainly has a lot to do with my problem, but I quit over five years ago the problems only started this summer.

Last night I was home and doing well, or so I thought. Suddenly, my breathing became labored, and slowly deteriorated. I knew that trouble was brewing and I started taking oxygen and measuring my blood oxygen levels. Sure enough, the levels were dropping and I wasn’t able to bring them back up.

At this point, I asked Hal to call an ambulance to get me to the hospital. I was in the Emergency Room for approximately five hours until a room was ready for me. At last I wasn’t in the Emergency Room all night.

I got to the room and met with the doctor on call. Luckily, he is a doctor who has seen me here before and was familiar with my condition. This made the encounter much easier to deal with. I feel confident that he will take the proper steps to get things rolling later today.

I expect to be here in the hospital for the rest of the week. This is the typical pattern I have gone through over the last 3 months. I don’t see things changing now. I am so used to this scenario now that it would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.

The next thing I have to look forward to is breakfast once they come around to let me place my order. Getting my med routine back into swing will be the obstacle I have to overcome as the day moves along, in addition to getting more sleep.

More to follow.

Deja Vu

I’m back in the hospital again. I had another episode of difficulties with my breathing. This is an ongoing issue that seemingly has no solution.

This marks the fifth time I have been in the hospital since Labor Day and always for the same problem. I got a pulse oximeter and my numbers dropped at home last night after a say when I felt absolutely perfect.

Hal called the ambulance and I’ve been here in the Emergency Room for almost five hours now waiting for a room to become available. Thankfully, the Covid test was negative again.

I expect to be here for 4-5 days at the least and once again I’ll push the doctors to solve the problem for more than a week or so because I don’t want to come back here again.