I did not get to sleep until almost 2:00am this morning so my alarms were a very rude awakening when they all went off. Things went wrong here and there as I prepared for the day which I knew would be crazy. As soon as I got here, David was in my office and we talked about the new hire that I needed to do safety training for this morning and all of the general and safety paperwork that needed to be done. One form, the I-9, was missing the second page so I had to go online, find and print it out for him. I grab all the paperwork I needed for the safety training and head back to the desk and computer that I do the training on and the keyboard is gone but the mouse is still there. What? This is after the fact that when I checked the computer Friday, Microsoft Office had completely disappeared and I needed PowerPoint to do the training. Contacted IT and they reinstalled everything. Anyway, I go get another wireless keyboard that also had a mouse but left the old mouse and set up the new keyboard. The keyboard worked but the mouse wouldn’t. So I switched out the old mouse with the new mouse. The new mouse didn’t work either. I came back to my office and opened up another new mouse and finally, it worked. We started the training and we’d finished the PPE portion and he was taking the test when Rhonda called me and told me that we had a COD check to process and I always have to help her with it. We only get checks from one company and fortunately the kid that comes in is pretty cool because the process is kind of a nightmare even when it actually does what it’s supposed to do. Today, it didn’t do what it was supposed to do. She finally got into the program and it said the scanner couldn’t be detected. The green light was on, I checked the USB cable and it still said it wasn’t connected. I screwed around with it for a bit and finally just unplugged it for 15 seconds and plugged it back in…it was detected. We ran the check and it was approved. 10 minutes. We used to pick up the phone, call the check approval company, get the approval and it took about 2 minutes. But that wasn’t good enough…we had to go high tech even though the new tech is slower and less reliable than the low tech way we used to do it before. The company keeps making “improvements” that are no such thing. They make our lives more difficult but they look cool so they have to be better. We sell to utilities construction companies and they couldn’t care less about the latest gadget. They just want to get in and get out and have their order be correct. At least I’m done with the training and I have all of his paperwork so I’m feeling better about the day. I still have a city bid to work on, deposits to do, and I still need to get to the municipal court and get approved for taking defensive driving this week. And I have a long doctor’s appointment tomorrow…my retina specialist. It’s about 40 minutes away because of traffic and the process is just so involved once I get there. First, I go in and they check my vision, find out if I’ve changed any meds, check me for glaucoma, and then put hardcore long-acting dilation drops in my eyes. I go back out and sit until my eyes are really dilated then they call me in for the scan of both eyes. I go back and sit while they look over my scans to see if I have any issues. I go in and Dr. Chong examines my eyes very closely in the dark with an extremely bright light for a long time looking for tears, bleeds, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, or some other problem. She’ll also take these metal things that are about as big around as the tip of your little finger and press hard on my actual eyeball. If I do have a tear, that means they will laser it back together. I hate that because I always just know that I’ll blink or move my eye somehow and ZAP I’m blind in one eye. After they do that, you have your fully dilated eyes and everything you see out of the lasered eye is a neon green color. It kind of sucks! The green goes away after about five or ten minutes but the dilation will last the rest of the day. I actually have to wear a pair of these rolled up really dark sunglasses that they give away because of the dilation under my regular sunglasses to be able to drive back to work. I have to go to the retina specialist regularly because of my diabetes and I also have to have my eyes checked twice a year because I’m on Plaquenil for my RA and it can damage your eyes but right now I also have some floaters and there’s some blurriness in one eye so I’m a little concerned. Dr. Chong is awesome and she really knows her stuff so I know I’m in good hands. Knowing that helps a lot. Well, I need to get that bid started. I’m still waiting on pricing from someone else who is dragging her feet and it’s not making me happy! But it will all work out. One way or the other.
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