Back in December, I went to my orthopedic dr and got shots in both knees for my arthritis and bone spurs and one in my right heel for bone spurs I have there. Ahhhh....they felt so much better, though I am not even going to tell you how much that shot in my heel hurt
when I got it!
In January, my left knee and right heel started hurting again. What?! Before, the shots had lasted about six months. And they wore off in a month? I was not happy. But I didn't go back to the doctor as I know I can only get shots once every 6 months. So, what could he do? I hobbled along taking LOTS of Excedrin, ibuprophen and even tried plane old aspirin and naproxen. Oh, and due to a sinus infection I even had a couple rounds of steroids. None brought total relief, so I broke down and made an appointment.
The dr gave me a prescriptions for some pain meds, but wanted me to have MRIs done as my arthritis is not advanced enough to hurt this much. She said I might have a torn meniscus. Just great! But I won't worry about that yet. So I started on the pain meds and waited for a call to schedule the MRIs.
The medication I am taking is tramadol hcl and it is working pretty well. I need to boost it sometimes with some Excedrin, but I am still not taking as much OTC pain meds as I was. I walk a lot at work, so weekdays are especially painful and I am grateful for the meds that reduce the pain so that I can walk without crying.
Oh, and before I even got the MRIs scheduled, I had my little fall last week, so gave the doctor even more to look at on the MRIs. LOL!
Yesterday, I went to have my MRIs. I love that I could have it done on a Saturday and not have to miss work. I am a dedicated employee that way. Hubby has had a few MRIs, so warned me about the noise involved. I was not to worried. I figured I can stand anything for an hour. Especially if it will lead to getting me pain free.
The noise didn't bother me so much as having to remain still for so long. OMG! I kept thinking, "I have got to move." Since it was my lower body, I could move my arms and head, but I was so worried about moving my legs. LOL! It was crazy stressful.
I never thought I was claustrophobic, but I just don't think I could ever go head first into one of those things. I hope I never need one! Now I wait until I hear from the doctor who should have the results on Tuesday.
In the meantime, I hope everyone is staying warm and being safe. We are getting a cold front tonight as is much of the country.
I normally do not consider myself a klutz. Most of the time, I am pretty graceful. But I was klutzy last night and today I am paying for it.
I have told you all about my arthritic knees and getting shots that helped with the pain. Usually, the shots work for about 6 months. This time, the one in my left knee wore off in about a month. So, I hobbled around for about a month, then finally went back to the orthopedic to see if I could get a different anti-inflammatory. I have been taking Celebrex and it does not get rid of the pain. I figured there must be something that can help. Hubby regularly offers me some of his pain meds, and he has good ones, but I won't take them as my company instituted random drug testing. I don't want to get busted. LOL!
So the orthopedic did give me some pain meds that are helping, but she said that my arthritis is not advanced enough to be causing this much pain, so she wants me to have a MRI to see if there is some other issue. So I am waiting to hear from the imaging center to set up an appointment.
I am just happy that she gave me something that is working better than the mass quantities of ibuprophen I was taking every day.
The klutz issue???? Last night after I got off the bus after work and headed to my car, I bumped my foot on one of those concrete things in the parking lot, lost my balance and went flying into my car. I ended up on the ground on the knee that has been hurting. I landed HARD. A gentleman did get out of his car and ask if I was okay. I told him I was as I was a little embarrassed.
Then I pulled myself up and got in my car. My knee didn't hurt too much. Sure it didn't....it was numb. I got home and kept an ice pack on it all evening. And have had one on it all morning. Ugh!!! It hurts.
AND, I volunteered to take our son grocery shopping this evening as he is really poor right now. I will be drugging up and carrying on, since that is what a good parent does, right?
I am not a klutz....I am not a klutz....I am not a klutz.
Since I am a Purex Insider, I recently received a bottle of Purex
Crystals Mountain Breeze to try. Right out of the package this stuff smells amazing!! Well, my regular readers know that I do rarely do laundry as I have a hubby that spoils me rotten and does almost all the laundry. I CAN do it and do on occasion if he is indisposed, but it is not a regular occurrence. Since we received some Purex Crystals Mountain Breeze to try, I thought I would be nice (TeeHee) and do some laundry, so stripped the bed this weekend to wash linens. I loaded them in the washer along with our regular Purex detergent (No plug here...that is just what we use.) and poured in some Purex Crystals Mountain Breeze. This scent is wonderful! I went in to the living room to do something. Yes, I have forgotten what I was doing, but it is not important. What is important is that when the washer started agitating, I suddenly started smelling the Mountain Breeze scent in my living room. In my living room!! I thought, "It did not seem that strong when I poured it in the washer." But it made my living room, kitchen and laundry cubby smell great! When I finished the laundry, the scent was still in the linens, though not in an overpowering way. It is a nice scent that seems to last a while and I just love it! Purex was nice enough to send me some coupons for a free bottle of Purex Crystals Mountain Breeze! And I am going to give 2 coupons away. How nice am I?! Entering is easy! You can do one or all of the following:
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*Purex provided me with a bottle of New Purex Crystals Mountain Breeze so I could review it. However all of the opinions expressed
here are, as always, my own.
I don't know if you all were concerned about the reports of a possible Velveeta shortage that were floating around the internet a couple of weeks ago. We weren't really worried. Hubby buys Velveeta on occasion when he is in the mood for chili con queso (cheese dip)...he makes really GOOD chili con queso. (Now I want some!) But he does not buy it all the time. And said if there were a shortage, we would just wait it out and live without queso for a while.
Last Saturday, we went to Kroger to pick up some groceries. We also went to two other stores...but not my beloved Aldi...to pick up some deals. Look what I found at Kroger:
And this was a two sided display! And the other side was full! And this was the Saturday before the Super Bowl! I don't think there is a shortage of Velveeta where I live. LOL!
During our shopping trip, Hubby said he needed bread crumbs. (Yes, I know we can make our own, but we don't.) We headed down the aisle and I picked up a package of bread crumbs and started to put it in the cart. Hubby says, "No. I need panko." WHAT?! I didn't even know he knew what panko breadcrumbs were. LOL! When did my Hubby develop the need for specific breadcrumbs?
Oh, and he has discovered Nutella. I tried to stay away from it, but now we have it in my house. That stuff is hard to ignore, but I am trying.
I know so many bloggers that track their spending.....all their spending. I track SOME of our spending but not to the level that a lot do. I really only track spending for 3 main categories as I feel they are the ones that we can change if needed. They are Groceries, which includes all HBA/cleaning/pet supplies; gas for the cars; and cigarettes for Hubby. Yes, he still smokes, but he has cut back.
I was not really that excited to compare 2013 totals to 2012 totals, assuming that since a lot of prices have gone up that our spending did, too. I was WRONG! I love saying that in this instance!
Our expenditures went down! In 2012 the total for those 3 categories was $9,141.56. Total in 2013 - $7,872.48. $1,269.07 LESS! An almost 14% decrease. I am pretty impressed with us! Even if I missed a entry or two..which I am pretty sure I didn't, our spending still went down about $100/month.
We also paid off a car loan 5 months early and just let that $300 payment go into the credit union account, giving us a nice little fund. I intend to leave that money and let the auto deposits continue to be added to that account so that when it is time to buy a new car for Hubby....some day.....we will have a hefty cash amount toward the purchase. It should be hefty as he plans to drive his car until it won't go anymore and it IS a Honda. LOL!
Our medical expenses went up a LOT, but I am not even going to compare them. So, despite the fact that we may get hit by another Winter storm tomorrow, today is a GOOD day!
Have you missed me? I know I have not been too busy to update, but it feels like it most days. I have been working about 9 1/2 hour days at work plus 2 hour round trip commute and by the time I get home, all I feel like doing is vegging out. You would think that I would be catching up after 4 1/2 months of working extra hours, but the work just keeps piling up. Oh, well, at least I am being paid well for it.
On other fronts, I had my cataract evaluation last week and though I CAN have it done now, I am choosing not to. The cataract in my left eye is JUST too the point that insurance will cover removing it. And insurance would cover the one in my right eye even though it is really small. Neither are imparing my vision, so I have decided not to do it now. Especially after I found out how much my part of the cost would be. The least expensive route would run me around $1000, though I could only be given doctor's rate and not the facility's. So, it could have run more. Of course, the adviser tried to really upsell....the "better" procedure would cost me about $4000. That would be to treat my cataracts and my astigmatism. Funny....my astigmatism has NEVER been treated before. Every eye doctor has told me that I am so near sighted that the astigmatism isn't even a consideration.
Of course, the "best" option would be to have my astigmatism treated and have multifocul lenses implanted so I would never have to wear glasses. For the amazing price of only around $6000. Yeah, I can get a lifetime of glasses for a lot less than that. So, no thanks. And though everyone kept talking about "getting you out of glasses", they failed to understand that I don't mind wearing glasses. I have worn them since I was seven. I just don't mind them a bit. (I did wear contacts for quite a few years, but still wore glasses some.)
So I decided to just order some new glasses. Hubby and I went Saturday to order them as I wanted him to help me pick them out, since it is hard for me to see them. LOL! I did take digital pics of myself to see what they looked like, but still wanted his opinion.
We finally settled on a pair and got all the measurements taken and they guy brought over what my cost would be after insurance. $509!!! What!!!!!! I have never paid more than $200 for a pair as we have had really good vision insurance for years. He started breaking it down the cost and I happened to pick up the frame and look at the price. $349!!! I had never even SEEN a pair that expensive in this store.
You all know how cost conscious I am, but it is so hard for me to find glasses frames that I like that I usually don't even worry about price on the frames. Our insurance covers $160 of it, so I don't mind if I pay some over to find what I like. But I learned my lesson and I will never not look at the prices again. Fortunately, before we settled on that pair, we had settled on another pair that I liked okay. Hubby liked them very much. I guess I was being finicky. So I settled on the original pair we had picked out and the price came to $373. I was still a little shocked, but found out that my insurance no longer covers the full cost of my progressive lenses which it used to. Plus it used to cover transition lenses and doesn't any longer. I still got discounts on those and I did not want to switch to lined bifocals, so I sucked it up.
Could we afford the $509? Yes, we could have. But Hubby and I agreed that those glassed did NOT make me look $136 better than the ones I ended up ordering. If they had, I would have gotten them.
In other news, I recovered from my most recent illness which really sucked. I was out of it for quite a bit. On the down side, the steroids did nothing for my knees this time. Ugh! And it seems like the shot I got only 2 months ago is wearing off. I hope it is just that I was using some generic Osteo Biflex for a while that is the problem. I got back on the real stuff and am hoping to be able to walk pain free soon. If not, I will go back to the doc for better drugs.
I am married to the man of my dreams and we are happy empty nesters. I have always loved looking for deals and have found that since our kids moved out, we have a LOT more money thanks to my deal hunting. So I keep doing it.
I love reading other blogs and finding new, and old, ideas on saving money and making life better.
The best part of "blog world" is all the fabulous, funny, witty, people I have found!