Since the medication that my pulmonologist prescribed for me during this pandemic (Symbicort, which comes in an actuated inhaler) gave me an actual gum infection, I had to make an appointment with my primary care doctor to… you know, sort that mess out. Without going into detail, the symptoms exacerbated themselves in a matter of days, and I knew that I needed to be seen by someone to get on medication for it. However, my primary care doctor is doing Telehealth consults for all consults that he can do this with, and mine fit the bill for that. It may have taken him an hour and a half longer than my appointment time to get to me because of the people that were “ahead of me in line”, or however you might want to word that, but because I have a smartphone I was able to be seen by him without actually having to come into his office. He prescribed me some medication to swish around in my mouth to get rid of the infection, which I am hoping actually gets rid of the infection, and went over my most recent bloodwork. Since corticosteroids have begun to do a number on my body, I’ve been prescribed some medication to ameliorate the effects that they have been having on me so that they continue to remain open to me to take as needed, which I do like.
Meanwhile, I’ve been working on a manuscript in the event that I ever do decide to self-publish — and if so, when, which is the second big thing that I would have to consider — to see how many words I am able to “crank out” when. It might be a bit hard to participate in NaNoWriMo given that so many people shoot for approximately 1,600 words per day to get to 50,000 by the month’s end, especially since I want to write on non-fiction topics, but I’ll continue to think about throwing my hat in the ring for participation this year to see if I can actually swing it and write about what I want to write about during that time span! I don’t want to “sell myself out” and not write about what I want to write about, but if it’s something that would involve biting off more than I can chew, it might be best for me to plan accordingly, not participate this year, and/or figure out what I want to write in coming years that would allow me to hit the “daily average” and still have a reasonable shot at making it to 50,000 words by month’s end. But seriously, I’m glad that I know this now!