Thursday, February 25, 2010

Planning Ahead

I have so many things I'm trying to save up for, and so little funds, that every time I do get a tiny bit of extra cash, I have a hard time deciding which "fund" to put it in. There's the pulmonary rehab fund, which has been deemed the most important one. I will need to start dipping into that fund by November, so I'm trying to add most of my money there. I also have a TV fund. It's not a huge necessity, but it might be if the little fuzzies and sometimes white lines get any worse within the next year or so. I've had my tv since I moved here 11 years ago, and it would be nice to get a new one, but that fund is going to take awhile to grow. I'm also trying to save up for contacts and a new pair of glasses by the fall. I refuse to spend a fortune on glasses because the most I wear mine now is maybe 15 minutes a week if I'm lucky. But the prescription in them is so old that I can't wear them during the day unless I feel like puking every 3 seconds because I can't see well. So that's on the list of things to save for. I also put aside money to get my car inspected in April, and I want to get a new cellphone fund started since I think I'm going to be switching my service when my contract is up in May 2011. Then in September 2011, I need to get my license renewed, and I would like to get the enhanced driver's license to cross to Canada if I need to, so there's another fund that I have yet to start. I wish I knew where all of the money was going to come from to be successful in saving up! Living on Social Security disability isn't easy, and I don't sell my jewelry by the thousands. But if someone thinks I'm nuts for trying to plan this out so far ahead, there's a reason! I don't have a money tree growing out back!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

What Is This?

I've spent this week feeling rather cruddy. Monday I was fine, and Tuesday morning before rehab I felt ok. But after getting off the elevator at the hospital to get to the rehab gym, and still feeling like I was on it for the rest of the day, the remainder of my week didn't go so well. In fact, I felt dizzy and nauseous for most of the week. I could be up for awhile, but then I'd have to go lay down and hope that later when I got back up, I'd feel a bit more decent. Thursday was especially bad. I decided not go to to rehab, and tried to walk on my treadmill. I didn't last too long, and then I tried to vacuum. I got it done, but it took awhile. I felt a few times that I might pass out, and glad that I never did. While I felt all this for several days, I knew the reason why. At least, I was pretty sure. That time of the month is never a fun ride, but this time it just made me wonder if that was completely the reason for my crappy days, or if I was getting pulmonary hypertension symptoms that I'd never really had before. Dizziness and fainting spells are a couple signs of PH. I've never had them growing up, well at least the fainting spells. Dizziness usually meant something was up with my right ear. Aha, so possibly that could have been the culprit to how I've been most of the week?? No, not really. Feeling yucky isn't fun for anyone, but it's especially no picnic for someone living with a chronic illness!!

Today I had a decent day, despite a headache almost half an hour after I left the house to run some errands. The dizzies didn't happen at all, which was nice! So, I guess I really knew the cause of them, and while I don't like it, I'm glad that it wasn't anything worse. It's a worrisome feeling when you think your condition might be slipping a bit!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Smoke!

My aunt, uncle, and 2 cousins came up today so that my uncle could play in a poker tournament at the casino. I wanted to know what they were doing for dinner, and they said they were going to meet my uncle at the casino for dinner at the buffet. It's been several years since I've been inside the casino, so I wanted to go, too. While I had fun at dinner, and the food was extremely good, the worst thing was the smoke in the entire building. It was disgusting! The casino is run by the Seneca Indians, and the land is considered theirs. So, being they it's Indian property, they do not have to follow NY state No Smoking laws in restaurants and public places. It's so disheartening to know that I'll probably never go there again because my lungs just couldn't tolerate it. I also can't believe that smoke didn't bother me that much way back in the day when I used to frequent the local bars every weekend. Being that I've been on oxygen for almost 10 years, my lungs can tell there's smoke somewhere a mile away! YUCK!!!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

A Puzzling Situation

It's been so long since I've done a puzzle. I did many of them years ago when I changed my computer room into an ocean-themed sanctuary for myself. Five of the pictures hanging on the walls are actually puzzles! I find putting them together to be relaxing. So before the holidays, as I was shopping in Ollie's, a discount store that carries items that might never be seen again, I found a Christian Lassen 3D spherical puzzle. It was only $6, so I got it! I hadn't had much time to put it together until now, and it was fun to do! I guess I spent maybe a week working on it. There were two ways of putting it together. One was the traditional way of doing a puzzle, using the images on the pieces. The other way was by using the numbers on the back of each piece, which was supposed to be the "easy way out," but I did it that way, and it was still rather difficult! Ever the Virgo, I sorted pieces by numbers: 1-99, then the 100s, 200s, etc. There were 540 pieces to the puzzle. My table looked as if I had just thrown random pieces on it, but believe me, it was an organized mess! I took progressive pictures as I went, and the results are below. I'm kinda sad that I'm finished now. It was something that took my mind off things, even if for a few minutes! Guess maybe I'll have to find another one soon!