Monday

Check Up: A Medical Update

Test results for virus, bacteria and parasite came back negative.

Which means it is recommended that I have a Colonoscopy. Otherwise know as the arm and leg proseguir for those without healthcare.

I stopped by the Fan Free Clinic to see how long a financial screening takes, about a month. In a month I will be vacationing in Colombia, so my colin plans, as of now, are to seek care in Colombia, or take care of my body until I return to the US.
Either one sounds fine to me.

It should be noted that I am feeling better, and that my "movements" have changed to a more solid, less blood, state. They are now also occurring less regularly, perhaps too irregularly. I am also eating less, my appetite has suffered (but this could be from the mental stress). None the less, I am feeling more healthy.

Also I acquired some knowledge recently, from my friend Jet, explaining that some people who were on a heavy acne medication, at some point in their lives, had intestinal issues. Seeing as I was once on Accutane, a very powerful, plenty of side effects, drug for acne, this self diagnosis has not been ruled out.

However we will never know for sure, without a Colonoscopy.

So if anyone knows a doctor, who needs some home repairs, or a new deck, or a live in nanny, maid or cook in exchange for a colonoscopy. Let me know.

- Jameson

Sunday

Birth stone: Topaz

Recap: by Jameson

Last weekend was my birthday, I am now 26, which means I am no longer invincible. sigh.

My mother made me this cake for me.



It is the continent of South America, my mom is great.


Right now we are in Richmond, living in a shed and working some temp jobs, nothing steady.
You would be amazed though at our ability to transform a shed into a cozy space.

So the other day I went to the doctor, which is a big deal for me, seeing as I lack insurance. Without going into details I have had some digestive, slight bleeding from the ass, problems. This has been going on for about a month now, needless to say I have been putting it off because of cost.
Finally, out of fear, I went to the ER, where they told me there was a 10 hour wait. No joke.
Sort of made me laugh at all the argument against "socialized health care" because of long lines, don't think it could get much worse for people.

So the next morning I went to Patient First. I got 4 lab tests done and explained to my doctor my situation, not having health care, being scared. He was great and dropped the doctor fee. So the bill ended up being around $300, which, for me, is still LOTS of money, but it could have been double that.
Basically the doctor said we should hope for a bacteria infection or a parasite, which seemed to be an odd thing to hope for, but here is the break down.
If it is a parasite or infection, then he writes a prescription and it dies, hopefully water boarded first then a painful death, for it, not me.

If it is not a parasite or infection, then it is an intestinal issue, in which case I would need a colonoscopy.
Average Colonoscopy cost: A 5 pound diamond and a pirate chest full of gold.

Two test results have already come back negative, remember we want positive. I will get the results of the other two in a few days.

Keeping my fingers crossed for parasite, because if they all come back negative I don't have the ability to pay for a Colonoscopy.
This uncertainty, the way this healthcare system works, terrifies me. I was crying when I left the doctor thinking about how something like this could completely wipe out my bank account. I know it is just money, but it is a security issue. It makes me feel unsafe, not knowing how this could affect my life.

Options:

- Luckily for me I have a support system, my family, Laneys side and mine, who love me and want me well.

- I can apply for financial aid at mercy hospitals, though it's ridiculous to me that hospitals distinguish between mercy and non mercy, at least our country has this option.

- I can seek healthcare when I go to Colombia, they actually have universal healthcare. I know this is a scary word in the US right now, but after seeing this system work in Chile, I'm not to worried.

Example: While living in Chile we stayed with a guy from Chicago (not a citizen), who became very sick. He went to the public hospital, waited for two hours and didn't have to pay for ANYTHING except medication, which was less than $20. He got better in a couple of days.

So there are my options.
If I get worse, keep an eye out for a "donate money to Jameson's colin" post.
It's going to be a blast!

Saturday

Fall in the Blue Ridge






Jameson, my mom and I went up to Great Uncle and Aunt's home in the mountains to enjoy the end of the leaves turning. The next day my Grandma called to make sure that Jameson and I hadn't gone roaming around in the woods. It's hunting season and she heard that there have been mountain lion sightings in the last couple of days. We wandered a bit, but were not eaten.

My Great Aunt's Owl Collection



The House was full of Owl's and White Horses
Here are some of the owls, owl towels, owl candles, wooden owls, glass owls, ceramic owls, painted owls, sticked owls...you get the idea.

Tuesday

Halloween

























Here we are on a porch during Halloween with our friend Lindsey.

Laney is: A giant Day of the Dead Skull head with accordion

Lindsey is: Jennifer Lopez in Anaconda

Jameson is: A green hill with a shrine and spot light on top (I zoomed into the shrine so you could see it)

We were in Richmond for this holiday, and honestly there isn't any other place in the world I would rather be on this day.

Reasons:
- All The Saints Theater company, a radical puppet group aligned with Bread and Puppet, puts on a HUGE parade, open for anyone to march, completely absent of city government help and consent. Proof of power in numbers.

- Gallery 5 puts together a Carnival of 5 Fires, which includes seances, fire dancers and burlesque.

- A neighborhood in the city designates an entire street to children to come Trick or Treat, its called "Hell Block". Parents decorate their houses like pirate ships or human butcher shops.

- A haunted party ship floats along the downtown canals

- There are parties EVERYWHERE!

And this is just the stuff that occurs on Halloween DAY. It does not include the month long festivities that build up to this night like maize mazes, pumpkin patches, hard cider brewing, fire pits, haunted houses, confederate ghost tours and candy.

Though it rained and our vision was limited, peripherally. It was an awesome night!