Homer's Travels: Weekly Ephemera #6

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Weekly Ephemera #6

  • Went to a Gastroenterologist on Monday.  An MRI back in November to examine my prostate (due to a high PSA from my last blood test) showed indications of intestinal inflammation.  I've been suffering from on-again off-again back pain that spreads up my right side since September.  I thought it was muscular but, since it wasn't getting better, I suspected it was something else and a gastrointestinal issue may be the culprit.  Blood tests from the doctor's visit came back normal but, just in case, I'm scheduled for a colonoscopy next week.  I've have two colonoscopies before and the procedure is a real snooze but the prep for it is crappy.  Next week is going to be one of restricted diets, lots of fluids, and a day and a half of not feeling well.  Whoopee!
  • On Tuesday I visited Mom and helped her sign up for social security survivor benefits.  I didn't do much since Mom had it under control.  Afterwards we did some shopping and went out for lunch.  I think I ate too much but it will balance out with the lack of eating much next week.
  • On Thursday I swapped out my old LG phone for a Samsung Galaxy A32 5G.  My LG's battery appears to have been fried during our roadtrip in the south (a couple times I had pop ups saying charging was halted due to high temperatures).  It ended up cutting the battery capacity nearly in half.

    I spent most of Thursday afternoon and Friday configuring the new phone.  It's one thing going between phones of the same brand.  With different brands you have to figure out all the different ways to do things that you already knew by heart on the old phone.  One thing I discovered is that I really don't need to turn on WIFI.  It turns out that 5G data is two to three times faster that our cable fed WIFI.  I think I've got most of it figured out and hopefully this will last for a while.
  • I did only one walk this week.  Monday's walk was prevented by the Doctor's appointment and Friday's walk was … I just didn't feel like it.  On Wednesday I walked 11.6 miles (18.7 km) which is under the 20 miles a week goal I was trying to meet.  Next week I won't be walking at all.  Walking makes me hungry and since I won't be able to eat my usual snacks (nuts, seeds, fresh fruit, fresh vegis) I'll just not walk this coming week.
  • On Friday, instead of walking, I finished setting up my phone apps, vacuumed and dusted, and watched the Book of Boba Fett.  I've also had the Olympics on in the background.  I must admit I'm not watching the Winter Olympics as much as I did the Summer ones.
Next week is going to be strange and somewhat busy, especially next weekend so the next Weekly Ephemera update may be postponed … we'll see.

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