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Help… again

So many of you kindly helped me out recently with my medical expenses. Guess what? Now there are even more, because it turns out that my 2018 Obamacare policy went from a $750 deductible to… $2500. So I owe an extra $600.

And just to keep it interesting, my radiator kept losing water and overheating. Turns out the water pump in my car is going, almost gone. My mechanic will fix it for the cost of the parts ($300) and let me pay off the balance, but I have to come up with the parts money by the weekend.

I worked some extra hours and can cover part of it, but it will be very tight. If you can help again, I’d appreciate it. Thanks!

P.S. I’m starting a business because I’m so sick of being broke, but it will take a few months to get it up and running. I swear, all I want is to never have to ask anyone for money ever again.

Help me if you can

In the past week, I’ve had to spend $30 on doctor co-pays, $98 in co-pays for blood tests, $67 for an asthma inhaler, and $20 on prescriptions. My doctor wants me to have follow-up tests ($98) to make sure the antibiotics work.

If any of you can afford to kick in a few bucks to help, it would be much appreciated. Thanks!

So far, not great

treading real careful like..

This year needs to get better — soon.

In addition to the flu and the car troubles, I’ve had a problem stabilizing my core temperature — sweats and chills for no apparent reason, without fever.

So I went to my primary care doctor, who sent me to an outside lab facility to get tested to see whether I have some kind of infection.

As soon as I got home, I slipped on some remelted ice and fucked myself up pretty well. (Now my good knee hurts!) It feels like I pulled the ligaments behind my knee; it’s really difficult to stand up or put any weight on it. So today it’s back to the urgent care.

Just sayin’. 2018, please get your shit together soon.

Fun with viruses

walk in clinic in Massapequa and Amityville

You know, if they really want poor people to use urgent care instead of ERs, they might want to make it illegal to demand a credit card up front for any costs not covered by insurance. Just sayin’!

Anyway, I went to the local center the other day because I started to have asthma attacks with my cough, and it was a little scary when I couldn’t breathe. Fortunately, I was the only one in the waiting room and got seen right away.

The doctor told me I didn’t have the flu; he said you have to have a high fever, which I didn’t. Whatever. He said I had your basic upper respiratory infection, and told me to stay in bed for three days because I was run down. (Uh huh.) “I can give you a note for work,” he said, but I explained I worked from home. He gave me an inhaler for the cough.

Well, I tried to sleep all day yesterday. The contractors working downstairs were apparently cutting hardwood flooring at one end, and banging on something else at the other. But I did get a couple of naps, I stayed off Twitter and I didn’t watch any news. Yay for me!

It’s been a rough week

365 Project 2017-352

I got sick right after Christmas. The first three days, it was a stomach bug with a sore throat that felt as if I’d swallowed razor blades; the sore throat then became the main attraction, with chills and a low-grade fever. Everything tasted weird. Then it turned into more of a cough, and laryngitis. Ten days later, I still have the fever. I take a lot of naps. Yes, I got the flu shot.

I left the house to pick up some food and flu stuff at the local Rite-Aid the day before yesterday, and my car’s temperature gauge was all the way in the red zone. So today (a relatively balmy 30 degrees), I checked the radiator and didn’t see any antifreeze. I filled it up, and came back inside. My mechanic told me to check it after I filled it, but I said I felt sick again and I’d do it the next day.

It’s so weird. Even though I wasn’t outside for long, and yesterday was a lot warmer than it’s been in days, I felt like I’d “caught a chill” (as they say in Edwardian novels). Even my bones felt cold. I jacked up the heat, filled up a hot water bottle, and curled up on the couch under an electric throw. I was still cold!

I feel okay now, but that was weird. Oh, and everything still tastes awful. I had some mac and cheese for dinner and it tasted like antifreeze, even though I’m pretty sure it didn’t have antifreeze in the ingredients. Yuck.

Technology hell


I spent hours trying to dig myself out of a technology hole yesterday. The “check engine” light is on in my car; a year ago, I bought this code reader you stick into your car’s port and it tells you what’s wrong. I decided it was finally time to set it up. Of course, first you have to install an app on your phone and get it to pair up via Bluetooth.

Well, that didn’t work. I thought maybe my phone was out of memory, so I deleted some apps. Still didn’t work. So I decided it was time to set up the new old phone I got from my friend.

Hahahahaha! I kill myself. It took the entire afternoon, and it’s still not set up, because OF COURSE I DON’T REMEMBER MY PASSWORDS. Every time I would try to sign in, I’d get a “you have used that password recently” message.

“You must update your Google account to sign in.” Google account? Is that my gmail, or is it something else? Arghh. Maybe today I’ll have better luck.

On the road again

New Jersey Turnpike

Checked the oil and the coolant, put in some more wiper fluid and I’m headed to New York today to see my adorable grandson. So if any big stories break, they will have to wait until I get home.

Hopefully the car and I make it back in one piece!

Public service announcement


This is the optimal week to get a flu shot. Your insurance probably covers it, and you can go to any local chain drugstore.

I’ve gotten a flu shot every year since that time about 15 years ago the flu turned into bronchitis, and then to pneumonia. God, did that suck. I couldn’t work for a month, and I was so, so sick. Plus, I hated that freaky crackling noise your lungs make when they’re under water. I never want to go through that again.

So I’m motivated. You may not be. But if you are someone who doesn’t have a problem with flu shots, go get it soon. I’ve already heard of three cases of flu in the past month, and it sounds like a bad one.

Almost four days


No watching the news, no checking email, no deadlines, no phone calls. I got to sit and watch a thunderstorm, breathe salt air, eat fresh tomatoes from a garden. It was glorious!

I really needed that.

Fervent thanks to Boohunney and Ron, who held the ship upright until I got back.

And thanks for the donations. Thanks to all your generosity, I can breathe until that check finally comes in. How do people even survive these days?

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