Epithelium Epitapth


My vermillion border has been permanently trespassed.

Busy times come with your first Medicare card. Right now, I’m still on the heels of some pretty substantial physiological changes and waiting to see my neurologist — the follow up will be in May, but I’ve got an MRI on Monday that needs to prove/disprove an exacerbation-in-progress (re: substantial physiological changes). If this runs like my apparent medical MO, nothing will be found because this whole process of discovery-before-steroids lasted too long to catch anything “live.”

My phone is back at the factory for a warranty-covered repair, I’m waiting on a replacement debit card (for the one I thought got lost at Family Dollar but was ultimately found stuck behind the driver’s seat), the plumber never showed up yesterday and I find myself in a bourgeois bind…

IMAG0587But then I think, “Hey, at least when Cowboy bit me in the face today, it happened after my Medicare card arrived.” Silver linings, I remind myself. With so much to be thankful for right now, it’s nonsense to wail and gnash my teeth over temporary inconveniences. #firstworldproblems


  • I am grateful to have finally begun receiving SSDI — it brings with it an end to many of the problems a married couple faces when only one can retain a job.
  • I am grateful to be able to see even a little beyond that light at the end of the tunnel.
  • I am grateful for Medicare — it’s my first health coverage since 2008.
  • I am grateful for Cowboy — truly, everyone is to blame for the first time in over eleven years of daily kissing having resulted in blood. He was tunneling out from under the comforter and I snuck up for a kiss before his eyes were out or he knew my motherly love was approaching. Nobody who’s just woken up takes kindly to surprise attacks from behind, y’know? So one that comes from an exterior place of proprioception should logically expect an unfriendly reception.
  • I am grateful for my wife, who took me to an Urgent Care for stitches, to fill an Rx for antibiotics, got home, showered, and made it to her shift at work. On her way out the door, she urged me to take it easy today.
  • I am grateful for a refrigerator full of food and $0 balance on the electric bill.
  • I am grateful to have warranty coverage on my phone.
  • I am grateful that getting a replacement debit card is possible.
  • I am grateful that the community organization that requested my design for their 2013 annual gala has requested it again this year.
  • I am grateful for successful naps — I don’t always feel better when I wake up from one, and today’s was certainly not planned (but apparently mandatory after a dog bite).
  • I am grateful I cleaned the house yesterday for a home inspection that ended up not happening because today didn’t go quite as planned.
  • I am grateful for skin glue and needles in the face that numb the places they touch.
  • I am grateful for the internet. Thank you, internet.
  1. You are champion of having a positive attitude. Super-glad you’ve got the medical coverage you need now, and a wonderful spouse who treats you well. I hope both of our MRI adventures work out.*hug*

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