Sunday, September 21, 2014
I was pretty tired from yesterday, fell asleep in the chair reading mail.. I DID mix up the dishwasher soap recipe that CATUT gave me,, I just checked the dishes I had in the dishwasher: a couple plates had what looked like soot on them,, residue form the water I am guessing,,have not checked the cutlery yet, but everything else came out clean.
One thing I did though, was kind of fudge on the ingredients. I already had a canister of Ball canning/pickling salt. I am not sure if it has iodine in it or now.. also, the recipe calls for citric acid, the most important ingredient. The only thing I found at Kroger was good old Fruit Fresh. I use that all of the time for preserving fruit,but it is dextrose and citric acid. It is also very expensive!! Holy Cow!! $4.59 for five ounces,, the recipe calls for four ounces. I already had the borax and washing soda from making laundry detergent, plus I have been using 20 mule team for forty years.
The impact of NOT buying laundry detergent or dishwashing soap is tremendous!! The $$ I save in the difference of price in ingredients, I put in my savings account for vacation. Less trash, less hauling from grocery store. When I empty an oxiclean tub I have, I will store my laundry detergent in that.. I am using an empty zip-top cascade pillow-pac bag for the other. I have not yet used up all of my fabric softener, but I have the recipe for that too.. using vinegar and rinse out hair conditioner, water.
I love saving $$$ and keeping busy. NO nerve pain so far ,but it is only 6 am..
Saturday, September 20, 2014
My femoral nerve pain finally went away through the night, but I only got about four hours sleep, awake ever single hour. It is still very tender to the touch, but I am going to take the suggestion from a dear Sparker yesterday:Ice! A cool pack to it may help...
DD and I went to the academy this morning for haircuts. It felt so good to sit down and let somebody else shampoo and massage my scalp, style my hair!! One of life's little pleasures!! It is a splurge to pay them to color my hair too.. they just upped the price of coloring to $25. It was $22. For a cut, color, shampoo and style, I pay $32. The only reason I let them do it is because the manager of the school has been my friend for 27 years and she blends three different colors to get the exact one I like.
DD and I then went to do a huge stock up on staples for the winter. I have a dedicated pantry area in my basement like a grocery store that we rotate at certain times. DD is in charge of that department.. She goes down there to use the treadmill and bands and then works on our pantry.
We had two full grocery carts and I had $73 in coupons. We are now stocked up for everything for the winter except fresh produce, milk, eggs.
I detest hauling carts out in the snowbanks and icy parking lots in winter, so we just set up our own store in Autumn and utilize our winter shopping time in other ways.
We got our flu shots today at Kroger, so that is another thing checked off the to-do list. When I asked about the shingles shot, the pharmacist told me that the insurance company will only cover it if I go to a specialist or ask my family doc! The meds come from the pharmacy to the doc,,what the heck???
Friday, September 19, 2014
I was feeling great today, and suddenly about two hours before quitting time, my femoral nerve pain came back... lasted for an hour.. I tried to move my leg and foot to stop it.. finally they let me go home early, it subsided after about a half hour home,, now, three hours later, it is back,,just started again..
the pain was so great all at once, my knees buckled and I fell against teh end of the couch..
I just sat down here to move my leg to help it, but nada.. going to be a wimp and go take a half pain pill.. that will put me to sleep land,, got a hair appointment tomorrow morning, lots to do.. will be asleep until then..........
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Okay, this is not fun anymore!! People (not me!) wearing winter jackets, hurrying in from the weather!! It is cold, rainy, wet, windy,ugh! Still summer but late autumn weather!!
Today is phone call day. You know how you find things that need to be done, but when yo think about them, it is past business hours, or you are lying in bed, trying to relax and go to sleep? My list kept growing beyond my mental caacity apparently, because today I just sat down and started in on such things.
Make hair appointment, call Consumers Energy regarding light bulb replacement on street light across from the house; call HVAC company and set up appointment for annual checkup for furnace/central A/C; call regarding prices of certain things at fruit market, pharmacy, and local department store to compare.
Now that the calls are made, I sit waiting for HVAC guy to call back to actually set up the appointment with him. Each year I do this, but somehow last eyar with all the hullaballoo with my mom, I forgot until it was February..They send an annual reminder card, but I forgot that too!!! Fibro fog comes to the brain!!
One thing I also researched is,: the price of the special air filter for the furnace/A/C unit that I change annually. When Dan comes to clean and service the furnace, he always brings one to replace the old one..Each year the price goes up a few dollars, so last year, I saw some on sale at Menard's that were labeled as being able to replace MY furnace(Lennox) filter, so I bought one since they were on sale and about half the price of the brand ones from him...
It fit perfectly, looks identical,,so I then went back and bought two more.. Half the price of the brand name one from the HVAC store. I do realize that it may not be exactly the same amount of filtering microns or whatever, but so far, we are not sneezing any more or noticing any more dust or anything in the air. I am sure Dan will say the paper is not as thick, etc, but we will still use them...
I saved $18 on each of them,, bought three, so that is half price..
Certain things I will not skimp on, but this was an experiment and so far, no extra dust noticed,,no illnesses gotten from dirtier air.. My furnace is 92% efficient, so I am careful to follow things to the letter to get the most our of what I paid for..
So far today, no femoral nerve pain,, I never know when or how long it will strike.. random is the key word here... so grateful it is over for now.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Many Sparkers mailed me to ask about this pain.
I have had this for about two years now. It strikes randomly, but for me, it is always after I have been standing on hard floors(Duh, ever walked on SOFT floors??) ,concrete floors, hard tiles floors,etc.
It used to happen maybe twice in almost a year, but in teh past year it is now about every month or so.. Thi is the fourth time in a month,,
Teh pain fro me, can be described as similar to the pain of this: Have you ever bumped or slammed your hand and immediately, a blood vesel pops and the reis asearing, burning, knife-like pain? Wel, multiply that pain about a thousand tiems, put it in your groin, right at teh top of your thigh. Let it last about a half hour to an hour or more.
I thought I was dying of some sort of odd tumor when I first got it,, told doc about it and he said it is very common. I told him there should be a list of things a person COULD get,, not to make them worry, merely to ease their mind when they DO get it, so they do not start making funeral plans from teh absolutely crippling pain and wonder of it!!
When I was at work and went home, a manager told me she gets it, it is also the reason her mom walks with a cane!! She is afraid she will fall AGAIN from the pain when it happens next!! WHAT?? I thought she had bad knees, she is only a few years older than I am...???????
I am so sensitive to any medication that I took a HALF of a tramadol, pain pill for my fibro and arthritis, to relive the pain yesterday,, at 10:00 A.M. I woke up at 7:30 P.M. in the chair, DD sent me to bed.. I woke up at 5:00 A.M.,, groggy an disoriented!! The recommended dose is one to two pills for the pain!! I would be in a coma now if I did that!!
I went back to work, feeling like a big baby,,, it seems like such a dumb thing to have.. you cannot see anything, there is no redness, swelling or neon sign showing that anything is going on down there for cripes sake!!
I was doing great until the same time as yesterday and then I felt this burning feeling down there.. uh-oh!! I told Beth, the same manager.. I decided to just move my leg, go on a break and tough it out..It is very tender , burns like pouring salt on a cut!! WEIRD!
I am the type of person that does not go to the doctor until I can barely walk or talk. I self-treat, try not to go to see him,,even though he chews me out for doing it.. I know this stems from coming from a family that never got sick,,I mean: My two aunts, grandma never,ever,ever, had a stomach ache or headache!! EVER! My mom and Dad had one cold!! ONE! My mom now has only 12% kidney function, but no symptoms!! They all have the constitution of an ox!!!!!!I was always called a hypochondriac.. now I see that I just happened to be the one freak in the family that got everything they did not..
I have all of the inherited stuff that is serious..
So, if you feel like your family calls you a wimp, tell them to zip their lip! !If I could go back,I sure would..
Now that I have ranted, just want to say, if this helps one person, I am glad.. I was clueless.. I am always the last one to find out things..
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