Friday, September 19, 2008

You are invited to a party!

Don't get too excited. It's a pity-party. Join me, won't you?

1. I can't find the bike pump in the garage. Oh, and I guess I haven't mentioned that the garage is so filled with crap that we can only park one car in the two-stall garage. But I searched hi-n-lo for the bike pump all to no avail. I have chalked it up to one more thing that has gotten stolen from us by the crappy neighbors down the street. Of course we have no proof of this. It could be ANYONE stealing the stuff, but we also got my daughter's scooter stolen, and our neighbors on both sides of us got their potted flowers stolen (who steals those? I mean really???) The neighbor 2 doors down got his tools stolen, the neighbor across the street got his air compressor stolen. This is because occasionally we will forget to close our garage door for a few hours or even overnight. I never in my life have lived in a place where robbery runs so rampant. And, I'm tellin ya, we live on a nice street with pretty houses. Unfortunately, there is a not-so-nice area at the end of the street on the other side of a fence. The fence has a gate because the not-so-nice people have to send their kids down our street to catch the school bus. There's your easy access to the suckers (a.k.a. us). Anyway, yes it is my fault for not closing our garage door, but it's just one more thing that I'll have to replace.

2. My husband might have Lyme disease. Or he might not. We can't get a straight answer from our doctors. We've seen a general practitioner, a rheumatologist, and an infectious disease specialist. Hubs has had many vials of blood taken from his arms, and he's not so good with needles. We keep waiting, and asking questions, and talking to friends and "experts", and wait some more. Texan Papa has already missed a month of work and really isn't back to 100% but he can't miss any more work. Basically, he went from feeling just normal and fine on August 2, to having such severe joint pain and swelling in his knees, hands, elbows, ankles, and shoulders that by August 6 he couldn't get up from a sitting position. By August 10, he was in so much pain that it hurt for him to lie in bed. He would have to lie on something that was hurting, then eventually roll over onto something else that was hurting. The only medicine that helps with the pain is covered by our insurance at 50%, which means over $100 per month. That's just for one prescription, not counting all the others and the doctor visits, and the lab tests. It's not that we have crappy insurance... we chose this plan from about a dozen that we were offered because the monthly rate was low. We knew ahead of time that we could've gotten better coverage from, say, United Healthcare or Blue Cross Blue Shield. But when you don't know what's coming in the future, health-wise, it's just a gamble.

3. I can NOT seem to get a handle on my household duties. Every time I turn around, I see one more job that isn't done. One more thing to add to my never-ending "to do" list. Probably my blog doesn't exactly help matters. But I don't know how to reconcile that. Writing gives me a lot of pleasure, but so does reading and so does Bible Study. The latter two are taking a back seat right now and I am not okay with that. But I'm not quite motivated to change anything yet...

4. My body image is in a slump. I am not unhappy with myself, per se, but I am not fitting into the same clothes that looked great on me 2 years ago. Having my 4th child has just done in my body from about my armpits down to my hips. I do sit ups. I do crunches. I do leg lifts. I run on the treadmill. No change. What happened to my twenty-something metabolism???

5. My #1 most hated chore in the whole house is paying bills. I hate it hate it hate it! So, of course, I put it off until, inevitably it is too late. Two of my credit card bills are overdue. We always pay them in full every month, but I hate calling them and trying to say, in my nicest sweetest, most naive voice, "Um, I don't know how this happened, but my due date just came and went right by. I completely forgot to send my payment. Can I pay it now with you? And, by the way, can you please waive the late fee and finance charges? Please??? I promise... this won't ever happen again." Until about 4 months from now when I forget again.

Now, I guess I can't just leave this post all gloomy. Here goes;
My Blessings
1. My husband has something, though painful, not terminal. Well, not that we believe to be so far anyway. We're keeping our fingers crossed.
2. While Texan Papa has been off work, he was able to take advance sick leave that he hasn't even earned yet. His employer was REALLY understanding. No worries about income.
3. We do have health insurance. We have a really big network of doctors to choose from.
4. We just got a jogging stroller free from our neighbor. It had a small crack on the axle, but I fixed it with Super Cement, a few cable ties, and a scrap piece of metal.
5. To get the credit card thing straightened out, Texan Papa has to be the one to call since it's his card (I didn't want one that he was applying for - Cabela's Visa - I don't need any Cabela's stuff!) so HE is the one who has to call and do the grovelling with the non-American phone jockey. Sa-weet!
6. I have been blessed with so many wonderful new friends and church acquaintances. They are attentive to Hubs' illness and have been praying for us.

So, have your own pity party if you must. But mine is in Texas and you know, everything is bigger in Texas. But if you come you must bring a dust cloth because my #2 most hated chore is...


Mandy said...

Hope everything turns out Ok!

Bridgett said...

Oh my, that is bad news (sick). I don't know a dang thing about lyme disease except that it comes from thsoe ticks you can barely see...but I hope it's that or something else doctors can take care of (instead of just a mystery).

Bills? Dusting? Laundry still wins for me.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Hope he is OK!

I am right there with you on household chores--I am getting the kids to do more but the house never seems clean--always one more thing to do!

I am pretty sure a 4th child ruins your body so you won't have a 5th because a 4th child likes to be the baby of the family ;)

Rachel said...

With the exception of the Lyme Disease, do you live my life?

Just curious.

Many prayers to you and yours hon.

Bills, suck.

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Thanks for all the well wishes everybody. Texan Papa is doing much better and we hope to be getting some answers early next week with some results of the many vials of blood that were stolen from my husband!

Karly said...

Oh, I hope you guys are able to figure out what is going on with your husband! That's horrible to be in so much pain for so long and not even know what's wrong!

~Sheila~ said...

Hey, I live in Texas too. I think your party milled over to my party. It was a pretty big party, huh?

I hope everything turns out alright for your husband....and....PAY YOUR BILLS.

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Yes, I should go pay my bills, I know. I have a big pile lying right here in front of my face. They'll keep.

Denyse said...

I love parties! Thanks for the invite. Found you as a fellow Texan on BATW :)