April 12, 2008

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Welcome back! I used this graphic today because I'm very old this cold and ready to surrender and just get rid of it. I'm the type of man who hates to be sick. I hate even worse when someone tries to baby me. When I'm sick I just want to crawl in a bed, sleep and be left alone. See even I have my bad days!... LOL

So I did stay in bed again today until almost noon before I stumbled out of bed to get ready to go see the doctor. Finished a hot steamy shower, threw in my contacts, brushed my teeth and dressed in gym shorts and tennis shoes.

I decided to walk while listening to my IPOD to AIDS Healthcare Foundation where my HIV doctor's office is located. Luckily, it's only about a mile from the house and it's a pleasant walk. It was sunny day today with highs in the mid 70s with a slight breeze so the sun felt great on my skin. It also made for a good walk which I really needed.

I checked in at the front desk and waited until my turn. I spoke with a woman and a couple guys in the waiting room. Then it was turn to get my blood work done. The workers at the clinic are great... very personable and nice. Unfortunately, one of them found out she may be getting laid off due to budget cutbacks. I hate to hear that because she's excellent with the patients and I enjoy seeing her during my visits. We joked around until it was time for me to leave. I stopped at the pharmacy window to pick up my prescriptions. Unfortunately, Gigi has left due to personal reasons so it was sad not seeing her friendly face. I was only able to get my HIV meds today and will have to pick up the rest next week.

I met a woman who was waiting on her son in his doctor visit. We talked about this website, the support group I run at Lutheran Social Services, Heather and the HIV community monthly luncheon. She seems very loving and I hope to see him at our next meeting. She definitely cares about her son and wants the best for him. Too many of my friends had their parents turn their back on them when they disclosed their HIV or homosexuality. He's one of the lucky ones. I also told her about PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.) She could use the support in dealing with all this herself.

I then had to go to Publix which is only a few blocks away to pick up some groceries. We call this the "gay Publix" since it's in my neighborhood which is Riverside/Avondale. Not that we're the only gay neighborhood in the city... but we're probably the best known and most visible part of the community here in Jacksonville and where most of the gay and lesbian bars are located. I picked up the few items I needed while running into a couple of friends. This was mid afternoon so the store wasn't that busy and crowded like during lunch, right after work or on the weekend.

I ended listening to music on my way home with the groceries. Waved to my friend at the dry cleaners on the way home. I would have stopped in but she was busy with a client anyway and I had groceries I needed to get home and in the refrigerator. Cheese and frozen goods tend not to do well on long walks home... LOL.

I spent the rest of the evening talking with Gary after he got home from work. He's still stressing out about his new job and is having to see his doctor to have his medications adjusted. Hopefully that will happen next week for him. It's hard watching the effects it's having on him. Gary's worked very hard to change his life around from the drug addict he was three years ago.

I also heard from Lindsey with Divided We Fail and AARP about some upcoming events I probably will be doing. We always have a great time working together and managed to keep it fun even during the stressful events. It's just amazing how grabby and rude people can get over a few simple free items on a table. We have to laugh about it not to get upset and mad which wouldn't do any good anyway.

So now I'm working on this blog right before bed time. I'm so glad the weekend is here. Have chores to do around the house and other things to work on... but at least there are no meetings for a couple of days.

I hope you had a fantastic week and an even better weekend. Do something special for yourself! Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab