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The contractor came in to do another examination of the bathroom ceiling today. The water in the insulation was, apparently, the result of a tub overflow very shortly before the ceiling was opened up. One of the people upstairs was home - she said there hadn't been an overflow, but she's not the only one who lives there so she may not have known about it. There is no mold in the ceiling of my bathroom. No running of water in the upstairs bathtub, sink, or toilet produced any dripping water. There was no water in the plastic that had been put up Saturday. None of the woodwork inside the ceiling was wet. All is well, and repairs will continue as anticipated, so this was very good news.

Someone came by to see the place today, and I have an appointment for somebody to come on Thursday at 1pm to have a look as well. No idea if there is any actual interest, but things are progressing. While waiting for the realtor and client to come and go today, I took the DoDC+3 outside up to the dog area and sat in the sun on one of the benches for a while, just soaking up the sun.

I got my brother on Skype today for a little while. We talked about the idea of him coming to the consulate with me, which he says he's willing to do if it won't interfere with his work, so that shouldn't be a problem. He doesn't think it would be too necessary, though he agrees that modifying how I look temporarily will probably help. The largest thing that he may be able to do for me involves dealing with the money end of things. He's got quite a bit saved up from when he was in Baghdad a year and a half or so ago; it might be enough to deal with the monetary requirements the consulate wants fulfilled. He needs to ask some questions to find out how it has to be arranged so as to work best for us, and if we can do this before early next year it would be for the best, as his current Active Reserve contract ends around the end of the year; he's going to have to wait again before he can sign up with them, and the economy over there is no better than it is here, so he'll be living on that money while he tries to find work.

That said, if I can sell this place and get through the visa application process reasonably quickly, I'll be able to help him out once I get there, given that I have an actual substantial monthly income that isn't going away. I was grateful and relieved, because it's that monetary aspect that concerns me most about this process.

I did some more work on my Italian language online, sorted a little more of the kitchen stuff, and hauled the sorted items out to the garage until I can figure out how to deal with it.

Today I also called mom and talked with her for a little while. She's got bronchitis again but is dealing with it. Her husband's diabetes complications are ongoing, but they are dealing with it as best they can. The herb that I'd mentioned to her as being recommended by my neurologist for migraines has apparently (possibly in combination with the co-q-10 she has been taking) resulted in a drastic reduction in the number of her migraines. She usually has 15 or more of them in a month. This month, her grand total of migraines was ONE. She is thrilled and hopes that this continues.

I have not had any particular success with the herb so far, but I will see about adding the co-q-10 to the regime and find out of that will help at all. It's gawdawful expensive in the stores around here, but apparently you can get it a lot more cheaply online. I'll have to look into it. The past few days I have been headachey again and, though it wasn't too bad, I did have a headache again today for a while. This one was more transient than the usual migraines, more like just the combination of stress and fibromyalgia that sometimes hits me and leaves me with pain in my head.

Once again I am left feeling like I did very little today, but actually got a fair bit accomplished. It's strange how so much of the progress in my life right now comes in what feels like nearly invisible increments.

Tomorrow, shrinkage. Tonight, deal with the dishes before I crash. Limbo is uncomfortable, but I have to live in this and muddle through as best I can.

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Date: 2013-08-21 09:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] varushka.livejournal.com
Which herb is it? My bestie from my childhood in Chicago has a Masters in Herbal Medicine, she and her partner own a small company producing herbal products, and she's also an RN. I can ask her what she knows about the one you're taking, and whether there is a more potent form of it you can take, how to get it the cheapest, and whether taking it with CoQ10 could make a difference.

Or, with her permission, I could you put in touch with her directly.

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Date: 2013-08-21 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
It's butterbur, 75mg twice a day. My neurologist at the VA suggested it. It doesn't seem to be doing much of anything for me, but apparently it worked miracles for my mom.

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Date: 2013-08-21 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfrecht.livejournal.com
Question for you: we'll be coming down to Seattle to pick up my brother, nephew, and aunt at the airport on Fridayin the later part of the morning. Would you be up such that I could stop by real fast, pick up those items I wanted set aside from you, and pay you? We'd be talking like 10:30 to 11ish, depending on traffic and such.

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Date: 2013-08-21 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
I could be up and about by 10:30, yeah.

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Date: 2013-08-21 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfrecht.livejournal.com
Cool! Barring some disaster, then, we shall be there, and I will see you thus Friday morning! Hurrah! ;)

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Date: 2013-08-21 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] man-of-snows.livejournal.com
Living in limbo is retched. I am sorry you are feeling all stymied these days. Remember the mantra I used in Idaho "Any progress is PROGRESS!"

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Date: 2013-08-21 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
Yes, I need to keep reminding myself of this.

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