Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February Recap

Happy Tuesday and 1st day of March. It definitely came in like a lamb here. We have been enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures for over a week now with more to come. I am loving the warmer weather but not all the dryness that comes with it. A little rain would be nice. Hoping we won't get hit with a huge blizzard later in the month like we have in the past since my tulips are starting to come up but I am going to enjoy the nice weather while it lasts though.

The month started out pretty quite but by the end it was a real nightmare. It all started one  Wednesday afternoon when Rich called from work to tell me he was not feeling well. I had a bad feeling then that it was not going to be good. When he got home he was definitely sick and was worse the next day so I made him go to urgent care where he was diagnosed with the flu and given Tamaflu to take for it. When he went to the pharmacy to pick it up they told him they were out of it and they sent him to Wallgreens. When he got there they had it but after seeing his insurance card they told him they did not take Cigna. I thought that had to be a mistake but it wasn't. Turns out it is true. I never even thought about that being a problem with we picked it. Anyways he didn't want to pay cash for it so he left, went back to the pharmacy he was before and had them order it which meant he had no meds for another 12 hours, I begged him to let me find another pharmacy that had it in stock that day and took our insurance but he wouldn't let me do it so he dealt with it. He is a terrible patient when he gets sick but thankfully he was better in a few days though.  In the meantime. Emilia and I were trying really hard not to catch it but it didn't work. Emilia work up sick on Saturday morning. The new doctors office I picked for us refused to see her so we went to urgent care again. After waiting over 2 hours and sitting with lots of other sick people her flu test came back negative which surprised both of us and they were not going to do anything to treat her but we insisted that they give her Tamaflu anyways which they finally did. When we got home I gave it to her with some food but about an hour later she started feeling really nauseous and throwing up so we stopped it. She didn't have the same symptoms as Rich anyways so I guess the test was right. After a rough few days with her I started feeling sick on Sunday afternoon but once again my symptoms were different mostly in my ears and throat. I called our new doctors office again to complain about not getting any help the last couple of times I talked to them and was informed that the female doctor we wanted to see is resigning. The best they could do was have another PA call me which she did a few hours later and was very nice and helpful but the next day I was even worse. When I called to get a appointment with her I was told again there were none. Instead of going back to urgent care again. Since I needed someone to look in my ears. I decided to try a new service I had heard about called Dispatch Health. It is like a mobile urgent care. I downloaded the app and had a call back in minutes. They arrived at my door less than 1/2 and hour later. The were very nice and helpful. The best part is I didn't have to leave my home and sit and wait with other sick people. Thank goodness it was a slow week in my Etsy shop because Emilia and I were too sick to do much of anything. Emilia was doing better but ended up getting sick again the end of the week so instead of going back to urgent care I decided to use Dr. On Demand again since I had used it for her before and had a good experience with it and she didn't have to be seen in person. This time we saw a different doctor but he was great too.They ended up putting her on antibiotics for a secondary infection. Her cough ended up getting worse though so we had to have another call to get more meds. With all the meds we are both taking right now we could start our own pharmacy.
Thankfully we are both starting to feel better now but whatever it was it was really awful though. I just hope this it the last of the sickness. Now I have to start looking for another primary care doctor for both of us. The problem is internists here will not take Emilia until she is 18  and I am done with family practice so we have another 5 weeks left to go. Hopefully we can make it until then. With as much money we are paying for healthcare it should not be this hard get good healthcare. Healthcare in this country sucks!
Right before all this happened my printer broke again. Thankfully I had a backup but then that one broke a week later. Now I am done to 1. The kind I use the Canon Pixma MX892 has been discontinued so they are really hard to find in good condition. I need that kind because it feeds from the back. I think I found another model to replace it but have not had a chance to try it yet though. Will let you know what I think of it when I do.   On top of that we were having car problems where it would not start. Rich thought it was because we did not drive it enough but even after jumping it, it still continued to die. I found a mobile car repair service to come and look at it. Turns out it was a bad battery and a new one seems to have fixed the problem but that was another fiasco trying to get it though. When I talk to them on the phone they said the could do repairs on site but when they decided it was the battery the guy told me he did not have enough money to go get a new one. What kind of company is that?? Thankfully I was able to order it online and have him go and pick it up but needless to say I won't be using that service again. I signed up for AAA right after that so if it happens again they can deal with it and I know they are a reputable company.
If you are still reading thanks for listing to my rant. Now on to something more positive.
I made this race car themed photo prop set for an Etsy customer this month.
Emilia is continuing to work on finishing her senior year. In the meantime she has had a few sales in her Etsy shop. These Lovey's seem to be the most popular right now this is the boy one. She makes them for girls as well. They make great baby gifts. She can make matching blankets and pillows too.

A customer shared this great photo of her son wearing my boy penguin party hat.
If you like strawberries here is a great recipe for you to try. I ended up only make half and putting it in individual ramakins. It was just enough for 3 servings that way.

That's all for now. I hope your March is a good one and I will be back with more to share next month. Hopefully it will be a quieter and healthier one. 

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