February 10, 2010

February 10, 2010

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and we have made it to the middle of another week. I hope you are having a safe and great one right now.

While the weather is mild here in south Florida, I know many of my friends in the US and Canada are dealing with huge amounts of snow and freezing temperatures which is just one of the reasons I decided to move to the Fort Lauderdale area. Yes, I know we have to deal with hurricanes but luckily this area is hit very seldom and we usually have at least a few days warning before they hit.

Mentally, I am still getting used to being here. Things are still brand new to me. Since I still have the slurred speech and balance problems, I am subconscious about going out in public much right now. Hopefully both with improve with time.

The rest of this week I have a ton of calls to make. I need to find a local AIDS Service Organization first of all. There are two in this area: Broward House and Care Resources. I have heard good and not so good things about both so I guess I will need to meet with both before making my decision. The deciding factor for me will be which provides the services I currently need which are Ryan White, AIDS Insurance Continuation Program and occasionally HOPWA help. Hopefully my work for our community for the past three decades will help me with getting into the right one.

I would like to thank all of you for all the wonderful, caring and supportive messages I have been receiving. Moving is stressful and rough when you are in great health. When you are not in great health, the whole process can be totally overwhelming. One thing I learned through this move is material possessions do not really mean much to me any more. I donated almost three quarters of my possessions to Lutheran Social Services where they are going to use the proceeds to keep the HIV/AIDS support groups I was facilitating ongoing. I know they have already raised enough money to give scholarships to all of the group members to the Positive Living Conference which makes me happy. Heather, who is head of the HIV/AIDS program at Northeast Florida Lutheran Social Services, is a great friend and I know she will use the proceeds wisely to help the support group members. I know how much I will miss our twice a month meetings.

Not sure yet if or when I will join a support group here. I have heard of a couple of them but have not had a chance to check out much about them yet. Not being able to drive right now will be hinder my participation unless they are close by. But I will check into them more after I have a week or two to get settled and rest up.

It will also depend which AIDS service organization I decide to join for my doctors. From what I have heard each ASO has their own doctors. At least the pharmacy I will be using (AHF) is only a block from the house which is convenient for getting my medications. I have been up there a couple of times and the manager seems cordial.

I need to get back to unpacking my stuff. But wanted to get a blog out so all of you know I am doing okay and to wish you a great rest of the week.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab