|Logan and Pam on the ATV|
We are supposed to head off to Peru to visit Holly and Ryan in two weeks. We're hoping to have a wonderful time with them visiting Machu Picchu, the rain forest, and their coastal village of Huanchaco.
One problem is that my passport expires this week, so I filed a renewal application on May 30. I have heard nothing since then, so I am getting a bit nervous. I know they cashed my check on June 3, so I would assume that it's being processed, but when I went on their website today, they didn't have a record of it in the system! Yikes! I decided to call my congressman to have him look into it, but in the meantime, after calling about a dozen times and waiting on hold for a half hour, I finally talked to a human being! He told me that my passport was sent out in the mail today! Hooray!
Now get this. He gave me a tracking number for the USPS website. This is the longest tracking number I have ever seen: 4200198500009205596900893491581302. OK, let me ask you, why the hell do they have to have a 34-digit tracking number? I mean seriously. Again, WTF? Who comes up with this shit? Anyway, after laboriously typing it in, I got the response that it is on the way and should be here by Wednesday. Yippee! I guess I (we) get to go to Peru after all.
I finally got approval from the Farber to get my yellow fever shot before we go to Peru. I have scheduled it for July 17, just before we leave. However, I have been having second thoughts. I went onto a website that said that there have been 4 cases of yellow fever in South America from unvaccinated tourists since 1975. That's one every ten years. Hello! So why should I take the chance of an adverse reaction to the shot when the probability of getting YF is almost nil? I may just skip this appointment! I mean really...why does the CDC recommend getting this shot when the probability of getting YF is so low, especially since the shot itself can give you YF? Hello again!
I'm meeting with Dr. Richardson on July 20, the day before our trip. I have a number of questions for him, since I haven't seen him in a long time. The Farber just installed a new computer system, which means everything is pretty well fucked up. I have to keep on top of all my appointments, medication schedules, clinical trial paperwork, etc., but in the end, it will still probably get messed up Oh well. That's life. I learned a long time ago that you have to take responsibility for your own medical care. Even at the world-renowned Farber, you have to stay on top of things all the time.