Tap-Dancing Gremlins On My Chest, and A Week 2 Hiccup

Green Coffee Cup Shot (2)

I have some mugs that go with my dish set, and these can hold 355 ml, or 12 fl oz for Americans. The green mug over here holds a touch more, but I notice it comes out if heavy duty work needs caffeine.

My plans yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that, turned to dust. The reason involves the dust in the air around Winnipeg. After the snow leaves, sand accumulates on the sidewalks and roads, taking flight with the rush of traffic or high winds. We had some high winds last week, while traffic around my the campus makes the grit visible. It also makes it breathable no matter how much I hold my breathe to pass through the worse of the clouds.

After two days of stuffy nose, itchy watery eyes, my chest still dealt with a tightness like a gremlin sitting on my chest, refusing to move. I went home early on Friday, and yesterday went to Urgent Care at Misericordia Hospital. The clinics near my home had limited hours, and I needed a decent shot at an X-ray to see if the pneumonia returned. The clinics did not have access to X-rays unless it’s serious enough to transfer a patient to an ER.

Urgent care has that happy medium between a walk in clinic, and immediate care facility. In their words:

Urgent Care specializes in handling non-life-threatening emergencies, providing assessment and treatment for urgent health concerns. It plays a strong role in providing support for city emergency departments, helping 43,300 people a year.

Minor accidents, pain and illness can happen anytime… Urgent Care is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Whether you’ve broken an arm, your baby has a fever, or you are living with mental illness, we’re here to help.

The Canadian health care system is not perfect, but I can go here without declaring bankruptcy later. My work plan covers things not under the Canadian Health Care Act like dental. As a person with a gremlin sitting on her chest, it makes me proud as a Canadian to have access to it…for now.

We take breathing for granted.

I intellectually know we take breathing for granted, but sometimes the lesson requires practical supplementation, or a prescription for two different puffers. It sucks either way. Also sucking are the people saying ‘lose weight’. Thankfully not the doctor I saw, but many people get ‘lose weight’ as a substitute for medical practice. To those doctors I say your brethren are onto you with studies on weight bias. In order for a person to even do 10,000 steps, THEY NEED TO BREATHE. They also need a universal health care plan, a living wage, access to affordable healthy food, and a government giving a damn about people in general.

The symptoms started at the worse possible moment: Week 2 in coding class. Week 2 in any class gives a sense of the instructor, and the class in general. I think my turning point on distance versus in-class has begun. My instructor seems like a decent guy, but his teaching style and my learning style may have trouble meshing. If a class ever needed a flip it’s this one. Let’s do the readings at home, and do the exercises in class. I almost had it right. I just needed a reference sheet with the following:

  1. use .htm (always use it when saving)
  2. choose ‘All Files’ in the drip down menu in note book
  3. Choose UTF-8 under the coding drop down menu

I would also employ 3a to read please tell the woman next to me I cannot listen to two people at once, including one used to leading people. Remember to do so in a polite and affirming manner as I like her.

It took me years, and sometimes I miss getting the handle; If things go quickly,or I feel a person doesn’t acknowledge I have half a brain, I check out. I not only check out, I turn into Unikitty from The Lego Movie:

At least on the inside. My voice as I express those feelings take on a steely edge. Again, it took years just to get a handle on doing THAT. I have faith in myself to do the work, and finish the course successfully. It just take one step at a time, and one breath as well.

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