This morning I woke up and fed the dog as I do every morning. Lately I haven’t been sleeping very well due to frequent urination during the night or simply waking up @ 2:00 or 3:00 AM because my mind starts to race about what I’ll experience in prison. This usually lasts for 1-2 hours or more before I can go back to sleep.
After I feed the dog, I usually open the blinds in the living room and kitchen and settle down in front of my bible. I get a cup of coffee, drink my vitamins and start reading. Sometimes I read the bible for several hours, but today, I needed to call a Urologist to see if I could get an appointment. A couple of weeks ago, I found a rather large lump on top of my left testicle, which is resulting in some discomfort. I went to my primary care physician and they recommended that I get an ultrasound. I did that and the results were provided last week. Now I have to see a specialist, however I’ve called two different urologists offices, and they cannot accept any new patients until December. I have to report to prison on November 7th so it now becomes critical that I find a doctor that can tell me what’s going on with my body before incarceration.
This morning I decided to go onto the prison professors website and review Michael’s podcast on Make Progress in Federal Prison by Preparing for surrender. I found out that it will take an entire day to go through the orientation of the prison, and that I will need to surrender between 9:00 and 10:00 AM on the 7th of November. Because I’ve been assigned to the FCI Jessup FSL camp in Georga, which is 4 + hrs. away from my house, I texted my brother-in-law who’s supposed to drive me up there along with my wife and her sister, to inform them that we will need to leave the day before (Monday the 6th). The wives will get together and find a hotel sometime today for us to stay.
My wife wanted to know if she should keep me on her medical insurance plan this morning. I am not sure if the prison will accept my medical plan, so I texted Joseph G. (one of my advisors) to see if he knew if I needed healthcare insurance in prison. I also posted the question on SKOOL to see if anyone there could answer this question.
Yesterday evening, my wife opened a letter from our insurance company, Farmer’s Insurance, and they stated that they will no longer provide coverage for our home here in Florida. More than likely, I will need to find us a new insurance company to cover our home today.
I don’t have any plans for today. Usually I take care of the garden and/or greenhouse, do some sort of yard work, or somehow keep busy. Yesterday I mowed the lawn, even though it really didn’t need it. Cucumbers are not growing as expected, however; we did manage to obtain a couple of cucumbers from the garden. Zucchini has a couple of zucchini, but the squash plant only have flowers on them. Lettuce is growing rather nicely, and radishes are also coming along. I planted some broccolini, cabbage, and cauliflower which seem to be growing rather well. I planted some peas a couple of weeks ago and they too are coming along. Potatoes and tomato’s are also coming along. The best crop that continues to produce is eggplant. We’ve gotten quite a few of them from the plants that I planted at the beginning of summer.
My brother-in-law just texted me to see if I want to go for a motorcycle ride today. The weather is absolutely beautiful and I need to get away from the house for a while. Additionally, Julio from the pantry just texted me also asking if I can go with the driver tomorrow and Friday for food pickup. Amazing how God is working.
Thursday’s are usually reserved for golfing. I play at the Brooksville country club which is a very difficult course. I have been shooting rounds in the high 80’s which is kind of high for me. I took a lesson this past year that seems to help, but I think that if I golf more than once a week, I’d get better.
The motorcycle ride was spectacular! Usually my brother-in-law leads, however this time it was my turn to take the lead. We went through some really beautiful country on the way over to Brooksville. We stopped at a bistro for lunch where Dennis (my brother-in-law) got a pizza and I got a fantastic Italian sandwich. We rode for a little while, then ended up at Rookies bar and grill for a couple of beers. I came home and took a nap. My wife cooked crab legs for dinner and I watched TV until bedtime.