"making the world smaller" since 1994-ish

Hey Folks,

I haven't contacted you for a while... How's it going? :) I decided December through February I was going to check on my medical things from the 2011 strokes etc. I wanted to get off the seizure medicine, and I had the filter and I wanted to see how it was doing.

Also, I wanted to see if I was eating poorly, mostly because I eat a ton of fish (no meat or birds), and I never knew much about it.

So, remember how January 4th was a blizzard, and most people stayed at home? I had appointments for the day, an MRI and an EEG, and I kept them! So many people had canceled that I was able to get them one after the other. It was actually kind of amazing! The trains were running to and back, and there was almost nobody on them. Woo hoo.

Then in February, I had appointments for a CTA before I went to see the vascular doctor, on the same day. So, before that, I spent 24 hours collecting my Pee to be dropped off before I went to the CTA. I spent the 24 hours at home, peeing and transferring it into a big red bucket. Hysterical.

The vascular doctor took a look at my CTA and we discussed it. The filter was put in one month after I had had the stroke, originally thought it can be in my body for the rest of my life, but apparently after about a year I got a note saying I needed to have it removed. I started seeing people about removal and then I had a second stroke. When everything was fine with my head/brain etc. I looked into getting it removed, went to three doctors and it was decided to leave it in.

Here, check this FB of the filter Filter FB

Then, I had February 8th. I wrote more about the EEG/video... you should read it. about my dad.. it's pretty funny.

After I had my first stroke, I started having seizures and was given a medicine taken twice a day to stop them. I was told that after 5 years I could go off it. My neurologist wanted me to have an EEG and an MRI before the decision was made. Unfortunately, the EEG showed some stuff going on, not that I feel it, I guess the medicine is doing its job (and I have no side effects taking the drug.) But I'm sad I have to continue taking it. Oh well.

So, that's about it on the medical side of things.

February 10th was my birthday, I was in Philadelphia and had a blast. Came home Sunday and met a bunch of people at The Drink to celebrate. Sadly, when I got home to my cat, it was clear that he had to go to the veterinary. So at 5 AM on the 12th (Anna by friend, my aunt Barbara and her father, my grandfather's birthday...) I had to have Springfield put to sleep. It's been a wild time since then. :(

Oh! And I wrote a bit about my low income housing apartment...
and this is instagram...

It's all very strange about the apartment, (partly because is different from what I was used to, one floor of a three decker floor. And of course, because now I'm low income and disability etc...) But I have gotten information that makes me feel more at ease. At least one year...

I had a bunch of meetings MHA, JPNDC, and Peabody Properties. And they went back and forth, and I went back and forth. And I'm not typing it right now :) but it seems as though everything is ok, and I'll take care of more of it when I get back from my trip. (I know a lot of people were reading the posts about the apartment ... Thank you for your help and the support !)

So, hopefully this is all of it! I am hoping to put more time into video and trying to put out Xray Aims. I cannot really get my head around Dr. Sketchy's, so I think that's on hold. Also, there I say it... I think I'm going to take a break with Constant Contact....$$$. So no notes for a while.

best, Aliza

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