Planning on the hoof

Well folks, I feel it's time to come clean -- 2007 has so far been a very strange trip for me. First, I'll explain that statement, and then I'll tell you how my Hipster and other small planning tools have really helped me out this year.

Back about the beginning of January, I started having some really odd episodes. Really, really, odd. After the first few, I started to make a few notes about them in my Hipster - time, place, how long they lasted, etc. When I saw my doctor, I told her about them. This turned out to be kind of a mistake, because it led to immediate appointments for an EEG, MRI, and to see a neurologist. In the end, it turned out that I've been having temporal lobe seizures. Yep, here I am at 40, and I start having seizures. The doctors don't know why I am having these seizures; the MRI didn't show any bad stuff like a brain tumor or anything. The worst part of all this, though, is that I have lost my driving privileges. I have to be seizure free for at least six months before I am allowed to drive again.

Let me tell you, not being able to get around really sucks. I live quite some distance from the nearest bus route, and it's up hill both ways. Instead of 15-20 minutes in the car, it now takes me about an hour and a half to get to work. And then another hour and a half to get home. I’m getting loads of exercise walking to the bus, however. I even found my bicycle and am trying to remember how to ride it. (BTW, they lied when they said you never forget how to ride a bicycle! Just ask my leg muscles.)

Because of all of this, not only is it important that I really plan my days, but it has become very important that I travel light. I now leave my laptop at work instead of bringing it home every night. Fortunately, I had already adopted a top-punched Circa PDA format, and I have kept that format. The new Levenger Weekly and ToDo forms are really nice. I use the Weekly forms to plan out the complicated series of medications I have to keep track of now, and any additional seizures that I have as well as brief notes about sleep, diet and exercise. I admit that the Bluebell Leather Circa PDA cover wasn't exactly a necessity... but it added a little sunshine to my days.

As I mentioned, it has become even more crucial that I really plan my days, and especially any opportunities that I get to run errands. I have the relevant bus schedules printed and punched for my Hipster. I keep my grocery list on a Circa PDA card so I always have it with me and can add to it. I have numbers for all the Taxi cab companies in my Hipster, too, just in case I get stranded somewhere.

I also keep the Slim Wallet Writer in my front pocket at all times. That way, if my Hipster is out of reach or in my backpack, I can still jot down whatever is in my head before I forget it. This new mini pocket jotter from Levenger is just what I had been wanting when I posted about them a few months back. It has several slip pockets for cards; I keep my bus pass in one of the slip pockets to keep it both readily available and safe from getting torn or scrunched. My only complaint about the Slim Writer is that it doesn't come in the Bluebell color. *sigh*

So that's my story. At some point, I'll get around to taking some pics of Bluebell, my Hipster PDA, and posting them on our new Flickr site.

- Sarah

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all the best

Hi Shris
Though I am mostly a lurker here, I wanted to say something to you now. I enjoy your comments. And I am sorry to hear you have health problems. I wish you the best.
I know what it is not to be able to drive, I have never been able to do that because of my bad eyesight. Take care of yourself.

Mistaken Identity...


It's Sarah who posted, not I. :)

I enjoy Sarah's comments too, and am very sorry to hear of her health issues. I hope the medications do what they are supposed to do with a minimum of side effects.

It sounds, Sarah, like you have set up your planner very well for your new lifestyle. You are fortunate to have alternatives available for your transportation, though I expect you don't feel all that lucky.

I hope you are well soon.


Good thoughts and energy

Good thoughts and energy sent your way, Sarah.

"It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy." -- Steve Jobs


Sorry guys, I mixed up your names. Please read it the right way.

prayers headed your way

I'm always sad to hear about people with serious health problems. My thoughts and prayers are going your way. Do the doctors have any idea at all what is causing the seizures or know if they will go away? My wife's name is Sarah and she's dealing with some crazy health issues too.



Sarah, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this life changing event. We are all here if you need to "chat."
Smiles sent your way,
nay nay

Shared pain is lessened

Shared pain is lessened ;
Shared joy, increased -
Thus do we refute entropy.

If you like science fiction and very nasty-bad puns, try reading some Spider Robinson, one of my very favorite authors.
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)


to the thoughts, prayers and concerns. We may be spread about this globe, and unable to help in a physical way, but we hope and pray we can help and support you in what way we can!


Thanks everyone

Thanks for your kind words, everyone. I edited and put my name at the end (whoops, forgot to do that!) so that it's less confusing.

I am lucky to have online friends like everyone here, and I am fortunate to have some transportation options. I *am* very very lucky that I have a job that doesn't depend on, say, driving a vehicle!! (hysterical laugh)

And thanks to DIYPlanner, I've got boatloads of templates and things to help my poor brain keep track of project details! I'm about to have my midyear review at work, and it is actually more complimentary than my previous one as far as problem solving skills and so forth. I attribute this to the fact that I have worked very hard to compensate for my bits of memory problems and brain farts by using the various templates and forms on this site and setting up my planner in a way that works best for me. It has taken many iterations, but it really seems to have paid off. I was really amazed to see that my boss actually thinks that I've been performing better in the last 6 months, since I know for sure that my brain hasn't been!! (another hysterical laugh)

At any rate, I hope that my experiences can someday inspire someone else who may find themselves in a similar situation to mine.


Sorry to hear about your

Sorry to hear about your health problems, and hope you will make a full and speedy recovery. I am also sending positive thoughts. And you certainly deserve the lovely blue planner. A little happiness is good medicine, so indulge.

take care


So sorry to hear of your health problems. I'm so glad you found ways to deal with it all, but it has to be rough. Great news about doing so well at work. It is good to see you use this planning stuff in such a way as to help. I'm glad you got the bluebell as well. Can't wait to see some pictures.



You are in my thoughts... If I could send you a package of warm wishes and cleansing karma I definately would :o) You are a joy to interact with here and I wish you the best...

<3 Sara <3

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Bluebell?... :D

Hi Sarah, I am glad to see you are coping well with this rich tapestry we call life. Remember, if you want your feet rubbing you know where to find me. ;)

[edited to add a *hug*]

Promises, promises...

Yeah, I named my hPDA "Bluebell". Original, huh? But very apropos. I've always named things that way. When I was a kid I named all my stuffed animals things like "Dog", "Kitty", "Bear", etc. You get the idea.

I think someone put the "May you live in interesting times" curse on me or something. I haven't been bored lately, that's for sure. It has actually been something of an adventure. The diagnostic/waiting/worrying period was the worst part. Once I knew what I was dealing with and what I could and couldn't do, it was easier.

I decided early on to be open about my situation, including at work, rather than try to hide it, so I joke about it a lot. I joke that maybe I should wear my bicycle helmet all the time, or joke that our new departmental logo, which SUCKS, is going to make me have one of my little episodes, and stuff like that. Some of them will laugh with me, a few won't. I'd much rather laugh than not!

And ygor, I am a scifi fan, lifelong. :)


They say laughter is the best medicine... I know that telling everyone about my depression and agoraphobia was very difficult... I figure its better than the whispers.

Keep on smiling girlie, you have a great heart~!

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Laughter as Medicine

Sara is right, laughter is good medicine! (I know that from my own medical stuff.)

Sarah, what is so SUCKy about that department logo?

I've put you on my prayer list, too.


Well, I'd post it here to show you, but that would probably be very bad form. It's really badly designed. It's done in some crappy, made-up font that looks like a kindergartener did it. It's just black and white, no depth, no shading, no color, nothing interesting. It just looks... awful. It looks like they spent about 3 minutes on it. When I first saw it, I thought someone was pulling a joke on me... but sadly, I was wrong.



I do graphics work... and I'll help you out if you are interested... just contact me :o) I can make pretty one-of-a-kind-non-sucky logos :D really i can~!

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I believe you

I believe you. But our "PR Department" won't let anybody touch their territory. That's part of the whole problem...

heheh mischief

howz about i design a new logo and print it on adhesive back material... then you can "accidentally" cover up the old one ... heheheh.

I cringe everytime I print a poorly designed thing here at work... its painful...

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Wow, Sarah! So sorry to hear that you've been through so much lately! I hope that they can figure out what's going on.