I have some good news-(drumroll please) I finally got Medicare ( woo hoo!!!!)!!! I went 3 years with no insurance after I lost my job. The amount of money I owe for medical bills is astronomical. I think I can safely say that my credit isn’t credible anymore. No one will be giving me any loans in this lifetime, ha! Good thing I have The Big C. I told him if he tries to leave me I’m grabbing on to his ankles and he’ll have to try and run with me holding on.
Anyway, back to the Medicare. My primary care doc has given me a referral to be seen at the big state teaching hospital. Yeeeee hoooooooo!!!!! I finally have some kind of coverage that gets me in the door. I am so happy. For the past 3 1/2 years I’ve had doctors scratching their collective academic heads and going hmmm. Then I get a diagnosis, and I get it taken away. Peek-a-boo! It’s here and then it’s gone… The only one that hasn’t been taken away is the small fiber neuropathy. That’s because I had a biopsy and they could actually see it and diagnose it. It sucks that so many autoimmune diseases don’t have one clear test. It’s more of a symptom game and then you have to have a rheumatologist who’s willing to put their neck out and actually diagnose you before the average 6 to 11 year time-frame. As soon as I told my rheumy that I was going to be seen at the teaching hospital
, he backpedaled on the Still’s and dermatomyositis. Even though I have the rashes and skin issues that go hand in hand with each and solid bloodwork. I just can’t wait to be seen at this hospital, I’ve been too sick for too long. I’m going to be seen in the rheumatology clinic but was assured that they would take a team approach on me and try and figure out what’s causing my Cushing’s and chronic edema before I explode. It wouldn’t be pretty that’s for sure. I am flaring with my RA right now ( I mean UCTD again) so I’m in a lot of pain in all of my joints and it makes it worse from my hips down because of all of the water pushing the bones in my feet apart and the pressure in my knees. As me and C would say, Oy! My pancreas! It’s what we say when we realize that either one of us is going on and on and on about body parts. It means, shut up, you sound like one of those people that like to tell you all about all of their aches and pains when you say hello. If you could feel your pancreas hurting, your pretty much hurting everywhere.
Change of subject: Here’s kind of a happy thing, for me anyway- I finally got Photoshop elements 8!!!! I am a digi scrappin fool I tell ya!!! I also got a few new kits from a wonderful designer and friend. And, I bought My Memories Suite. Yeah!!! That’s where I’ve been spending my free time lately. I am hooked. I could spend days just cruisin the online shops for kits, actions, or just elements. But-I don’t have much free time, or not as much as I would like that is.
The other day I was searching for the video camera. Our house is a little ‘cluttered’ now that I’m on a break from housework, ha! I was going through stacks of stuff in the corners of our family room and I found my bag of knitting. I just stared at it and was like, oh wow. When is the last time I’ve seen that bag and how did I ever have the time to knit?? I remember sitting on the loveseat upstairs at night and going through new patterns. What life was this in? I swear there aren’t enough hours in the day now. And I’m home all day so I don’t get it. It seems like I had more time when I was working full-time, but how can that be? Maybe it’s like money. The more you make the more you spend. The more time you have the more you need. I don’t know but I felt a little sad just thinking about it.
I’m off to check on some websites and figure out which ones I’m going to drop. I have way too many social media sites and I’m thoroughly addicted to those too so this is going to be hard. I know for sure I’m keeping my Christian women sites, all of my photography sites, and facebook. The rest is going to be hard to choose. I’m leaving you with a few shots from this time last year. Right now we are having a cold spell (12 degrees at night brrr) and at this time last year we had this freak snow-then-ice storm that left us without power, freezing, and me taking a million shots of the ice. Enjoy and until next time
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