Originally posted January 12, 2014
Everyone with a chronic condition or conditions has had a day, or days where they just are not feeling “right”. I don’t mean the pain or usual symptoms that come with the condition, but a day when you are just not in balance, where your coordination is off, your brain is a fog, and just simple functions become confusing.
I call them sarcoidosis days. I usually feel like my brain is replaced by a mist, my focus is off, my coordination shot. When I have those days when I am working I really need to concentrate in order to get through the day. When it happens on my day off, I generally just try to go back to bed. Yesterday was one of those days for me and it was my day off. I should have stayed in bed, but I didn’t. I was restless. I was bored. I was in denial. So I decided to push through it and do stuff.
Our guest bedroom doubles as our office area and houses the desktop and printer etc. we also have a TV and a TIVO in there. The TIVO started to give trouble and then stopped working all together. I called TIVO, and it is out of warranty, and they don’t repair the units. I decided to take it out of the bedroom and just get a regular cable box for in there when we have guests.
As I was taking out the TIVO, it’s tuning adapter and cables etc., I remembered that the color laser printer was printing dirty smudges on paper. I learned that I had to replace the drum, but needed the part number, and in order to do that I needed to pull the drum out of the printer.
I opened the printer and pulled out the drum and in order to see the part number, I needed to see the back. Normally, in a cognitive state, I would know that to just turn it around. I was not in a cognitive state, and so instead, like an idiot, turned the drum upside down. In case you did not know, the drum holds used laser printer toner, and if you turn it down, it will empty. I knew that, but not yesterday. A cloud of fine black and colored dust. Made its way straight to floor onto the rug. I dropped the drum and ran out of the room so as not to inhale the dust and closed the door behind me.
I waited a few minutes to let the dust settle, and went back in with the vacuum and vacuumed it all up. I wiped down everywhere that any dust settled and then realized that the rug had some toner embedded in it that the vacuum did not get out. So I decided to use the carpet shampooer on it.
I let the machine do its stuff and when it was finished, took it to the kitchen to empty. I removed the reservoir tank of dirty toner tainted water and as I pulled the tank out, I have no idea why I did it, but I turned it upside down and all of the dirty toner water emptied all over the kitchen floor!
I should have just stayed in bed!
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