My Journey With:

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) ~ Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) ~ Focal Impaired Awareness (Complex Partial) Seizures ~ Fibromyalgia ~ Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP) ~ Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) ~ TMJ Dysfunction ~ Bipolar Disorder Type I Rapid Cycling With Psychotic Features ~ Migraines ~ Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) ~ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) ~ Keratosis Pilaris (KP) ~ Complex-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) ~ Panic Disorder ~ Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) ~ Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) ~ Self-Harm ~ Bilateral Piezogenic Pedal Papules ~ Hashimoto's Thyroiditis ~ Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ~ Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) ~ Specific Phobias ~ Chronic Daily Headache ~ Eczema

Friday, March 22, 2013

Feelings hurt, in pain, no gas, & no money for meds

Where do I begin with this blog entry?  I guess I'll start with why my feelings are hurt.  I had a good friend with very good insurance insist that I should feel sorry for her because her co-pays are high at the pharmacy. The thing is, her parents pay her co-pays, and they always have enough money to do so.  She pointed out my low co-pays and acted like I was really lucky, when often a $1 or $3 co-pay is all my money or is more money than I have.  I have to pay my co-pays myself, and those "tiny" co-pays are a lot to me.  She knows all of this, so that's why it hurt my feelings so bad.  When she said it I actually cried, and I cried later that night, too.

Which brings me to another topic.  I'm out of one of my main medications, and even though the co-pay is under $3 I can't afford it, so that means I can't get it.  People who don't live in poverty don't seem to understand how much $3 can be if you just don't have it.  It might as well be $3 million dollars, because I just don't have it.

Which leads me to my next point.  We have no gas money to even get to the grocery store to buy food, though our food stamps came in today. It's 2:23 pm and I'm getting hungry.  Fortunately I have soda and another Powerade Zero in the fridge (not much else is in there!) so I can fill up on liquids.  There's been a lot of times in the past few years that I've had to go hungry, and the best thing I've found to keep hunger pains down is to drink lots and lots, to fill your belly with liquid.

Which brings me to my final point--pain.  I started off in pain, but then started feeling better.  Always one to overdo herself, I cleaned and now am under my heated blanket in lots of pain.  It's not a surprise that I overdo myself cleaning, I have been overdoing myself as long as I can remember.  I am happy, though, that I got something done.  Afterwards the pain was bad enough I ran to the bathroom, ready to be sick, and splashed ice cold water on my face over and over to keep from vomiting up my vitamins from the night before.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Stuff I won in February blog contests

I haven't entered many lately, but sometimes I enter a lot of blog contests.  I won two contests in February, earrings and a Dramamine package.

The earrings are from the blog Mami Talks, it was described in her entry Stella & Dot Soiree Earrings {Giveaway} from the #3AmigasGuide.  It was the first time I'd read or entered anything on Mami Talks, and I really thought it was a cute blog.  I subscribed and will be reading it in the future.  It's bilingual, so I wish I'd seen it when I was trying to learn Spanish, but I switched my focus from Spanish to learning Italian.  The earrings are lightweight, which is really good, because I don't wear earrings often, so when I do my ears get sore easy.  I don't have that problem with these stella&dot earrings.  They're very pretty and would go good with jeans or dressing up.

stella&dot earrings

stella&dot earrings
I'm wearing the stella&dot Soiree earrings I won!
The Dramamine package was from the blog Confessions of a Frugal Mind, and is described in her blog entry Travel Made Easy with Dramamine ~ Prize Pack Giveaway.  My favorite part of this giveaway is the bag, because it is large and has a zipper.  I put my crochet things in it: my books, hooks, yarn, etc.  I like to put my ball of yarn in it right under where the zipper closes, leave it open a little, and have a steady tension of yarn coming out of my bag, without worrying about cats getting in it, or it rolling off my lap.

Dramamine bag, 2 Dramamine boxes, & 2 Kids Dramamine boxes

My Dramamine bag with my crochet supplies inside

All this has reminded me that I haven't really entered any blog contests this month, which means I'd better start entering some if I want to win anything in March.


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