Hello, hello! First and foremost, I want to once again thank J. R. Dawson for her awesome guest post last week. If you haven’t read it yet, go and do the thing. Now, on to this week’s post! Since December is speeding toward its end, I thought I would take a moment to look back on the year. Don’t worry. I don’t plan on getting all insightful and nostalgic. But I do plan on sharing five memorable things that have occurred this year in no particular order.
1. The great wheelchair debacle of 2018. As many of you know, I recently got my new wheelchair after months (about 7 months) of fighting for it. Technically, Dad did most of the fighting, I was just stubborn about what I wanted. Instead of telling us up front that they didn’t normally deal with Quickie chairs, the company we were getting the chair through assured us they could get one, then proceeded to try pushing an Invacare chair on me. They talked me into trying a molded seat despite the fact that I’ve always hated that type of seat. All along they said it would work with a Quickie, but when they went to send it out, chair and all, they told us it was an Invacare chair. They tried to convince us that’s what we agreed to, which went over like a lead balloon. After much arguing and being punished by not getting a seat I didn’t want in the first place, I have my Quickie and it even has the motors I wanted (though we had to pay the extra for them out of pocket, which is fine). I just don’t have any pictures of it to share yet.
2. Getting published (and getting paid for it). I know you’re probably tired of hearing about it, but it was an exciting part of my year. We even went down to Port Neches for the book launch, which was a nice little vacation for us even though the seafood was severely disappointing. And, of course, I can’t write about it without dropping a link where you can purchase the book. So, if you haven’t read it yet, you can find my story “Lying Eyes” in Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers Vol. 3. You can find purchase info at the bottom of the linked page.
3. A new Thanksgiving tradition? I don’t know if it’ll become a tradition or not (we’ll see what happens next year), but we had a lovely meal at Texas de Brazil this year. After 32+ years, Dad wasn’t up for cooking the usual feast, so we took our neighbor to the Brazilian steakhouse. They had a few Thanksgiving staples alongside their normal menu. It was delicious as ever. The only sad thing was there were no leftovers.
4. Saw the Moody Blues live. I admit that 2018 wasn’t the best year for concerts, but with everything going down in Deep Ellum, it didn’t feel like a good idea to go down there too often. Plus, there weren’t many bands I actually wanted to see. But back in January, Dad surprised me with a trip to the Toyota Music Factory to see the Moody Blues play. They are an amazing band with some awesome music. Seeing them live was a real treat!
5. Dad’s hernia surgery. Most of you already know, but Dad had hernia surgery on the 11th. His primary doctor finally confirmed he had one last month even though Dad had been vocal about pain and swelling for the last 6 months. The doctor acted like the swelling was something new. Then again, this is the same doctor who forgot he put Dad on a diet. So, Dad found a place called NTTC Surgery Center, which provides routine surgical procedures for a flat (affordable) rate. It’s basically a collaborative effort from local doctors to provide affordable options for people without insurance. The facility is nice and the staff was wonderful. Though, it was a bit of a surprise when the surgeon required his portion in cash, which we weren’t warned about. But other than that, the whole experience was smooth and everyone was very reassuring. Dad just had his post-op check up and is healing well. He’s getting a bit antsy to get back to his normal routine, but he has to take it easy for three more weeks.
How was your year? Feel free to share some memories (good, bad, scary, exciting, or otherwise) here or on my social media pages!