Saturday, August 20, 2011

Netbooks, Blisters and Blood Pressure

This week has been a pain in the ass. The only good thing is that I got a netbook from the Dell Outlet so I have a small portable laptop to use for stuff like this. My Dell Studio 15 is just too big, heavy and HOT to have it sitting on my lap for any period of time so it has been demoted to a desktop to replace the broken one. My new toy is a refurbished Dell Inspiron Mini 1012. So far I'm really liking it. I got it so I could spend more time on Lionbridge without being tied to the computer desk the whole time. The dogs hate that desk. :P

So... what about the pain in the ass part? Well. Last Wednesday Jake came home unexpectedly. His DOT medical card was expiring at midnight and he hadn't been anywhere for a new one. He went in on Thursday to get his card and failed the exam because his blood sugar was too high. OH GREAT! Diabetes! Just what we need. Insulin dependency is the ultimate death of a commerical drivers license. As long as you need insulin to control your sugar, you cannot qualify for a medcial card. You MUST find another job... Jake couldn't handle that. He's always been a driver.. a pizza driver, a mexican food delivery driver, a dump truck driver, a wrecker driver and a tractor-trailer driver. That's the only jobs he's ever had that he LIKED. Taking away his CDL would kill him. Possibly literally. So Friday he went to the doctor and they checked his sugar.. it was PERFECT! Not even close to being high. He called the office and they scheduled another appointment for Monday to redo his physical. But there was still a hitch.. this time, his blood pressure was high. So he also got an appointment to see a doctor on Tuesday to get blood pressure meds.

He'd been on BP meds before, but stopped taking them because they weren't working. Yeah. I know. Rather than going back and getting something else... he just stopped taking them. He got lucky the next time his card was up and passed (barely)... but not this time.

So Monday he gets his card, a three-month temporary card. They'll give him a yearly one next time if his bp is alright. Sugar was good. Tuesday, I take the day off to try to be as close to the action as I can because I know he's horrible about telling me what happens at these things. If I'm there AS SOON as he walks out of the doctor's office, it'll be fresh in his mind and I can get the details much easier than waiting 5 or 6 hours until I get home from work. He goes into the doctor's office and the waiting begins.

When he emerges, he hands me his prescriptions. I look and see Chantix! Yes! He's decided to quit smoking again! Now before you criticize the drug.. think about it.. it must be working for someone or else it'd be completely off the market by now, right? It worked great for him the first time he took it. He just quit taking the pills too soon (mostly due to cost) and started smoking again after a few months. The second time he stayed on it a bit longer but again relapsed due to stress. Then he went to the patches and had limited success with those. He quit for almost a year at one point, but got the itch one day sitting in a bar in Texas with some other Highway drivers and a pack of cigarettes was laying close at hand. Alcohol and nicotine... always go hand-in-hand ya' know. He's like me.. we rarely ever drink, but when you do... Smoke 'em if ya got 'em! I can't describe the feeling I had when he walked in the house that day with the smell of cigarette smoke wafting off his clothes. :( Damn.. he was doing so good!

So yeah.. he's on Chantix. He never had the scary side-effects that plagued so many people. His side-effect was crazy dreams. Not scary dreams, CRAZY dreams. Things that would never happen in real life coming to life in amazing clarity. HE LOVED THEM! HAH! He said he actually MISSED the dreams when he'd come off the Chantix.

So at this point I'm thinking we're heading over to the pharmacy (there's one right there in the doctor's office building! How handy is THAT?) when he diverts to the next check-in desk. What's up? "I have to get more blood drawn and a chest X-ray". Chest X-ray?? OH! OK.. Cause he told them about the coughing.. yeah.. just precautionary, right? Well, that's what I thought until two days later.. after he's already on the road again. He calls and tells me the doctor's office called and they want him to come back in next week because something was "off" on his blood work. And they're calling him in an anti-biotic because they saw what looks like pneumonia on his x-ray. Wha wha what? How does he have this and not know it. Just a cough.. no fever, no shortness of breath, nothing seemed out of the ordinary other than the cough. Figured that was just the cigarettes.. he ALWAYS woke up coughing when he was smoking. Shit. So now we wait.

And while I'm waiting... I'm covered in poison ivy! Three days into my15 day course of Prednisone and I'm still seeing new bumps appear. Shit. Will we ever catch a break? Ever?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Turn, Turn, Turn.

Got a reality check Sunday morning when our goddaughter's father called and told us his wife had tried to hang herself with a dog collar. Apparently they'd gotten in a fight and she decided to act on her previous threat of offing herself. While deeply saddened for them and horrified at the thought of their daughter being the one who found her... it also made me think. Alot. I've been there. While I never actually acted on it, I've had those thoughts many times. Once, not too long after we were married, Jake and I had gotten in a fight at a friend's house and I took off walking down the road to get away. When he came and found me, I was walking down the road with a knife to my wrist. I wanted to do it. REALLY wanted to, but just couldn't. I guess I'm a pussy after all.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Moving and more Spiders.

OK. So it's been forever since I've posted anything on here. But it's been a hectic, stressful and busy few months for me.

Most recently we've moved. This was brought on by a financial issue which I'll discuss later in more detail.. maybe. But we're giving up the house we "owned" and are now renting. We went from a 2 bedroom 1 bath house from the 1940s to a 3 bedroom 2 bath house built in 1997 and are paying about $30 less per month for rent versus our mortgage payment. And we're not stuck in a 40 year mortgage with 10.69% interest. (Another topic for later discussion, maybe, if anybody is really interested).

So as part of the move, we've been packing, unpacking and rearranging things. These activities are bound to result in spider sightings.

Thursday I actually saw my first live black widow spider. She was actually kind of pretty. Creepy, but pretty. The body of the spider was the blackest black I'd ever seen. And kind of shiny.

I'd been dumping some old water out of a cooler that got covered in ants. Apparently while tipping the cooler I disturbed an ant nest and in no time flat the cooler was covered with them. I tried washing them off with a water hose but they kept coming. So I went back in the house for some Terro (ant killer). I put some underneath a brick and as I was replacing the brick I noticed the shiny black spider legs. I grabbed a stick to try to move it so I could get a closer look. At first I thought it was dead. But it wasn't. And when it moved I noticed the BRIGHT red hourglass on the bottom of it's belly. It was such a contrast to the black that there was no mistaking it for a black widow. I'd never seen one before so I was actually kind of giddy to see it. Until reality set in and I realized I could not leave this thing out here where Sasha and Ralphie roam around. Sasha loves to investigate bugs and if this bit her on the nose... well yeah. I can't have that.

So I ran back in the garage and grabbed the first thing I could find.. a toilet plunger. I smushed it into the ground, dug it out and smushed it again. Problem is, I don't know if I got it. Never found the body. ::shiver::

Then today, this morning, I found this spider.
I have no idea what it is, but I'm hoping to find out soon. I sent an email to a local science teacher who photographs and identifies spiders. So hopefully I'll get an answer back!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The feeling of blah.

That is how you describe me. Blah. That's how I look. Its definitely how I feel and the reaction most people have to me in general. I just wish I knew WHY I always feel so Blah.
I think a big part of it is watching the world around me. People who work their asses off never catch a break and end up in the proverbial hole. People are lazy and refuse to work sit around collecting handouts and free money. Where is my share? Hell I would love to go back to school but can't afford it and don't qualify for a grant. Jake and I have a friend whose career is going to school. She has two kids and goes to school full time. Taxpayers provide her with an apartment and pay her tuition. On top of that she has extra money left out of her grant each semester to buy some new clothes to strut around campus in. I haven't bought new clothes in over a year, and even then it was a $5 polo shirt to wear to work. Splurged about a month ago and bought a new pair of sneakers to replace the ones with holes in them and the pair that kills my feet.
Then there's the folks who don't do a thing. No job, no school and STILL get shit handed to them. 3 kids by different men apparently qualifies you for free food, free health insurance and free rent if you want it.
A few years ago, Jake and I decided to try a fresh start. We moved to Sebring. Jake's hometown, in Florida. Cheap land, cheap housing and lower sales tax (including a tax exemption on groceries) sounded nice. Within a few days we each had jobs and had rented a duplex. It was small, but cozy and efficient. We loved it! After about three weeks shit fell apart and Jake's job was no more. Staring down the nose of a car payment and rent we went to see about getting on food stamps temporarily. They said no. Even though we were paying for the car (or at least trying to) they said it was an asset and its value made us too "rich" to qualify for help. I guess we were supposed to eat the car.
Anyway... yeah I get a little pissy when I see people getting along nice and easy on their goverment aid while I sit here trying to figure out how to pay my electric bill and still have enough money to eat.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

i LOVE April Fool's Day!

My favorite part of April Fool's Day, other than making up fake employees and sending out a newsletter encouraging everyone to go introduce themselves, is surfing the net looking for the hoaxes. I'm putting links here in hopes they stay active for a while. was reported to be taking reservations for rooms on the moon, although I couldn't find the actual reservation page. I'm preserving this as a screenshot since it won't last after today. Youtube was playing videos upside down... and ALL the wrinting, logos, etc were upside down as well. They offered handy instructions on how to better enjoy the new layout and a choice of viewing using the old layout as well. CADIE, Google's new sentient web search... even has it's own website... and apparently loves pandas. She also takes over answering your emails for you. How handy!

CRAP. Gotta get ready for work. Hopefully there will still be some left when I get home. Traditionally they only stay up until noon. :( Not fair.


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