Mid-October Check-in

I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that. Usually it’s related to books, TV/movies, and music – and sometimes about what’s going on in my life otherwise. Today, I thought I’d talk a little more about about the latter with a mid-month check-in while also checking in on y’all.

This past week has been mostly about my health, physical and mental.


Two Fridays ago, I had a doctor’s appointment for a sore left forearm (no fall or injury, just sore). After determining that it probably is a mild case of tendinitis, she gave me a prescription for a brace, which after making sure I had the right one, I got on Thursday afternoon. I am supposed to use it for a couple of weeks to see if it helps, along with extra Aleve. So I’ll keep you posted.

While at the doctor’s, I also received a flu shot and asked her about getting a covid vaccine booster, and she recommended based on where I work (at a public library) that it might not be a bad idea. So, yesterday afternoon, I received my third dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

My wife Kim got hers this afternoon.


On Monday, I had my monthly virtual therapist appointment. I started therapy “pre-pandemic”, but it has been a lifesaver throughout the pandemic. In comparison to others, including some of you, I don’t have it that bad or really bad at all. Yes, it’s mostly in my head, especially wrong assumptions and not dealing with muddled thoughts. But as I’m learning, none of us really know what’s going on with other people you meet throughout the day, from coworkers to clients or customers to even family members, whether near or far. Practice compassion toward others as you do for yourself too.

Last Sunday was World Mental Health Day. I did a meditation with Eve from Headspace and tomorrow afternoon (for me), I plan to join her again, if not to clear those muddled thoughts I have, to at least keep them at bay or look at them without judgment. Again, I’m learning it’s okay sometimes/often to see a thought and not latch onto it and let it control you. “Ah, there it is…now moving on.”

She’ll be at Headspace on Instagram Live, if you’d like to join us for your own check-in.


Tomorrow, as has been my custom during many Sundays the pandemic, I plan on having my own personal Sabbath. The plan, as always, is to “tune out of the news and social media and turn off my ringer and all notifications on my phone.” Tomorrow, I plan on continuing to read the next book in the Rabbi Small series by Harry Kemelman and probably watching some more Castle, with all seasons now available on Hulu.

So now checking in with you…how are you doing physically and mentally here mid-October? Reading, listening to, or watching anything good lately? Please feel free to share in the comments.

22 thoughts on “Mid-October Check-in

  1. How did your third dose go? I got mine on the 4th and I hardly had any reaction, which is good. Got the flu shot too back in September. I’m glad to hear both you and your wife will be able to get your third doses!


  2. I’ve never gotten a flu shot and don’t plan to start getting them now. Haven’t decided on the COVID booster but it’s not time for me to get that anyway so I don’t have to decide now. I am still masking up but I think I’m the only person in Arkansas who does.

    I hope the brace helps your arm. I’ve got a thumb brace, a wrist brace and a finger brace because over the past few years I’ve had tendinitis (or something) in one of those places or another and I can tell you the brace has worked every time!!!! I was the most worried about my index finger and was amazed at how quickly it healed after being forced not to move for a few days. So anyway, I hope you can say the same about your arm soon!


  3. I got my flu shot at my last doctor’s appointment. Because I work for the hospital, I can get a booster shot. I missed the last window to get it, but I think I will make sure I hit the next one.

    As for tendonitis, I have been attending PT for the last week because my tendonitis got so bad that my tendon started deteriorating. I have a splint for sleeping and a brace for during the day. Plus so many exercises that I lose track of all of them. If it means I can hold my phone without pain again, I have no issues with any of it. All this to say, I know exactly what you are going through with that.

    Speaking of therapy, I scheduled my first mental health therapy appointment for November. I am excited to finally start this process. With everything still going on with Connor and increased anxiety thanks to the pandemic, it is time I get more help outside of medication.

    Have a peaceful Sunday and great week!


  4. Lots of good stuff here! I get my flu shot on Wednesday, and I am going to ask if I am eligible for the Covid booster while I am at it. And good for you for taking care of your mental health as well! During the start of the pandemic I took advantage of online therapy and it was so helpful.


  5. We got out flu shots a week or so ago, and plan to get the Moderna booster as soon as it is approved. I’m reading Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, Crossroads, now and loving it. Hope your arm feels better soon!


  6. We haven’t gotten our flu shots yet, but are planning it. We are also going to continue to mask up during flu season to help it just in case the shot doesn’t. We have Sabbath every Friday night after candle lighting and onward into Saturday with no outside influences and oh my is it nice. However, we have spent the past two Saturday afternoons getting out as a family and going to some pumpkin patches.


  7. Good for you for getting both your flu and booster shots. I got my flu shot a couple weeks ago and will get my booster (as a teacher) in another week or so. I am not messing around with getting sick!

    I am proud of you for doing therapy and taking care of yourself. I agree that we don’t know what others are going through and showing grace and patience will be good for all for all of us.


  8. My husband and I got our flu shots last week, and I plan to get my Moderna booster in two weeks after I turn 65.

    I read about happiness and I take notes, so I tend to think that I can self-treat. I focus on a few key ways to improve my happiness by getting out in nature often, exercising a couple times a week (walking), meditating, keeping a journal, and keeping in touch with people. I’m an overthinker, so I’m especially focusing on that. It sounds like your techniques are working well for you.


  9. I’ve been thinking a lot about finding a therapist. I have some shit I need to work through that I think could really be helped with a good therapist. I just need to “get off my ass” and make the phone call. I’m glad it’s helping you. 🙂


    1. We had a program with our insurance that helped me “get off my ass”, and while we don’t have the program, insurance still pays (with a small copay) for the teletherapy, and for that, I’m grateful.

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