Thursday, August 18, 2011
Here's an article for all of us who live with an invisible chronic illness. Accepting a condition doesn't mean liking it or thinking it is okay - it means understanding you can't control the condition but you can control how you deal with it.
When I mention gastroparesis or digestive tract paralysis to people then say I have it, they look at me and say I look great. "You don't look like you're sick." What I want to say is "Well you didn't look stupid until you opened your mouth." The truth is many conditions can't be seen with the eyes, only felt within the body or within the emotions of knowing a loved one is suffering.
I have received 7 medical diagnoses within the past year, none of which can be seen by looking at me. This is why I talk about it - no one would know if I didn't talk about it. Knowledge is my key and power - I hope others would want a little knowlege as well.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Once again, this is all in fun. Don't blame me if you lose, but I appreciate tips if you win!
So in follow up, share a few secrets with others and play modestly. Today I turned in the $5 ticket I won with on Friday, took $2 and got another $3 ticket; it sat waiting for me to scratch it for several hours until after I showered and got in my pjs. I took over 10 minutes to play this one and I finished with another $5 win. I like it! haha
Saturday, August 13, 2011
This is my attempt at a funny blog. This is not a guarantee for a win, so don't blame me if it doesn't work for you.
I never used to play lottery scratchers. My father doesn't like them - he says they're just a waste of money and that he gets a share of everyone's money when his taxes are lower - so I just tended to stay away. Then at my last job you could win scratchers for different things, so I kinda got into playing them. After losing around $100 on scratchers over a few months, I hit 2 wins at once to even out. After that I stopped playing other than rare times. If I come across a few dollars I didn't expect to get (ex: go to a car dealership to play a game to win a car and lose and get $2) I'll sometimes buy a scratcher. What I win goes back into more tickets unless it is over $10, then I buy 1 or 2 more and pocket the rest. So after all this playing, what have I learned?
If you splurge on a scratcher, keep it cheap - no more than $5. Do not scratch it there - take it home and let it sit for a few hours. When you have absolutely no intention of going back out for the rest of the day, or preferably for a few days, then sit down and scratch it slowly, playing the game. Choosing a scratcher that allows you to play a game that lasts for 5 or more minutes (bingo, slingo, crossword, etc) will allow you to have FUN! Play for the fun, not for the chance to win. Go into it assuming you won't win and that the fun is the prize. If a coin doesn't produce a winner, change to a different one - I find using a state quarter from where you live can be lucky (I've had a MN quarter that has won me like $30-40 over the past few months, and has won on about 2/3rds of the cards I've played with it). If you think you've won, don't look at the list of how much you won until you've finished! Doing so kills the good luck. When you win, if you're going to cash out take it to where you bought it (good karma, as they get a tiny percentage for selling winners), but if you're going to trade then take it somewhere else.
So there are my tips. Obviously, it doesn't always work. I'm just trying to be lighthearted and have fun (but I accept tips if you win! haha) so don't blame me if it doesn't work.
On Fri I gassed up and when I was inside paying with a coupon that saved me $1.10, some random feeling kept me from leaving. I looked at the scratchers, saw a new $3 Slingo game, and got one. I brought it home, changed out of my work clothes, had dinner, and started relaxing. I remembered the scratcher and since I knew I wasn't leaving the house until Sun or Mon, I started playing. I took my time - at least 5 minutes - and totally resisted looking at how much I won when the first win appeared, and then the second line showed up and I still had a few numbers left. I won only $5 on a $3 ticket, but that's a $2 profit and I had FUN. Next week sometime I'll drive down the road to a different gas station and turn it in for another $3 scratcher and pocket the $2. I probably won't win again, but it is all in the name of fun. That's my strategy and I'm sticking to it! It helped me win $100 a few years ago, so why not?
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I got something in the mail today. There was a tell-tale sign about it that gave away what it was. First, it was from a cousin I haven't seen or talked to in several years. Second, it was addressed to "Ms." plus "and guest". Third, she spelled my city wrong which shows it was done in a rush, not with great care. Of course, it's a wedding invite.
I don't really like my extended family. I'm nothing like them and they totally have no clue about who I am - let alone about my medical conditions. I'd kinda like to see them (I think it's been 5-6 years). But to drive there it will be 6 hours excluding any stops for gas or food, so it will be exhausting and will disrupt my eating schedule. To fly will be a few hundred bucks plus I'd either be at the mercy of someone driving me around or I'd have to pay to rent a car, and I'd either be at the mercy of family for a free bed, or I'd again have to pay for a hotel. Basically, I'm guaranteed to finish the weekend in pain and full of stress - which also means possibly in a GP flare and unable to digest food. Is it worth it? Considering the grief I'll get if I don't go (I was a bridesmaid in her first wedding and for her sister's wedding also) and the fact that I've been looking for a reason to take a few days off of work, I'm thinking I should go. But then I'll also have to be around my mother, who I'm still not speaking to - after I just told my father I wasn't coming down this summer to 'celebrate' (I use the term loosely) my birthday (that was 2 months ago) because it would be bad for my health.
Of course, the fact that she's getting married for the 2nd time, when I haven't even had a boyfriend in 11 years, is really stinging me. I'm going to have everyone asking why I'm not married and how come I don't have a boyfriend - and all that crap. Well, let's see - people like to hate me, I have serious medical issues that my life must revolve around, and it seems the only guys interested are too old for me or really not good guys. Is asking me what's wrong with me supposed to make me feel better?
I have a month to decide (it's going to be a small ceremony at their house, so no huge venue to schedule ahead and all) then it's in early October. *Sigh* I don't want to make this decision.
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