What happened when I went off my meds

Remember the day when the meds prices skyrocketed? I called Walgreens for a refill and was shocked to hear the price of a tube of psoriasis ointment, as far as I remember it was well over $100.

At the time I thought that Walgreens has lost all its marbles but quickly learned that this was a new trend. According to CBS Chicago, it now costs whopping $300.

All I could think of at the moment was how huge a hole this would blow in my budget. Mind you, I am happily retired on Social Security and my fixed income is recognized as low even by Uncle Sam. I decided there was no way I pay this kind of prices. And decided to stop taking all the meds at once and see what happens.

At the time I was taking a handful of meds yet none for diabetes.   I had to see my PCP doc every three months and have blood drawn. The doc wouldn’t prescribe a refill unless I come to see him. In other words, it was lots of unnecessary hassle  now topped with the high prices, let alone copays.

So I quit taking all the meds at once. And didn’t notice much of a difference. I am now having good days and bad days, but I had them back in the day when I was faithfully taking all my meds just as well. Since I didn’t need a refill, I didn’t make the next doctor appointment until about a year later. That was when I found out that my A1C had taken a dip from 6.20 to 6.0. Scroll up to 2018, and it’s 5.9.

6 June 26. My A1C Hx

Wow

According to my doc, I have officially snapped out of diabetes and upgraded to a pre-diabetes, and now have to be careful not to have diabetes. These are his exact words. Neuropathy however isn’t going away being a permanent nerve damage after all. Will have to live with it.

I however can’t take a full credit for this. Aside from dropping the meds, I didn’t do half of what is traditionally advised for the diabetes management. I was physically active alright but didn’t exercise per se. I did watch my carbs but my comfort food was and still is Ramen Noodles, 3 minutes in microwave. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that noodles are bad for diabetics. But the fact remains, my A1C went down and hopefully will continue this way. Maybe Ramen Noodles deserve some credit after all. 😉

In my humble opinion, dietary changes for sake of diabetes management are highly overrated. You can watch your carbs and do everything right but stop for a moment and take a close look at your current meds.  Most likely that at least some of them are a culprit; in other words, your medications might cause you to have high blood sugar or diabetes which is basically the same thing.

In my case, I don’t know which one caused diabetes but I don’t care to know.  For now, I am in the clear.

Am doing a happy dance.

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A bully cop and color-blind society

It’s unbelievable what some folks are getting away with.  I am talking about a cop who has abused his power. Google his name, John Kovach Jr, it’s all over the net.

This is how it started. Daddy didn’t approve of his daughter’s boyfriend and even threatened to use his authority to make her life difficult. Apparently the daughter didn’t heed so daddy decided to take the law in his own hands, and on April 16 set his plan in action. Daddy-cop tracked his daughter’s computer to a friend’s house, drove his police cruiser to the location and lied in wait.

As soon as he spotted the boyfriend’s car, daddy flipped on his flashing lights and made a traffic stop. Which by the way he didn’t report to the station, a violation at least theoretically. The police dash cam in the cruiser captured the entire scene.

Daddy proceeded to threaten the boyfriend with false arrest and going to jail. When the young man asked why, daddy told him he’ll make up the charges. Daddy then kidnapped the boyfriend and put him in the back of the cruiser. So far his daughter was nowhere to be found but a woman whose kids were riding in the boyfriend’s car, approached. Daddy threatened her with searching her home to look for his daughter without a warrant or a probable cause.

She in turn told him that he was abusing authority and bullying.  Daddy cop kept to his old script of getting her in jail if she as much as called 911. She called anyway, and daddy didn’t follow up on his threat.

Finally daddy found his daughter who was hiding inside the boyfriend’s car.  Quite predictably, he dragged her outside and pushed inside his cruiser despite her protests.  If this isn’t kidnapping, then what is?

Meanwhile the station dispatched daddy since he was listed as available. Daddy cop however was too busy fixing his family life while on the clock, and did not respond. Later on this was mentioned only briefly and likely this wasn’t a violation. Hmmm.  An equivalent of a false 911 call or too many 911 calls for which you can even get arrested.  Unless of course, you’re a cop.

Surprisingly enough, daddy’s actions were investigated. He was put on an administrative leave and a couple of weeks later even fired. But the story doesn’t end here. Enter police union who appealed the case on daddy’s behalf. Speaking of double standards, if anyone other than a cop impersonated an officer or kidnapped an 18-year old girl, he’d be in jail as soon as the police were involved, yet this guy is walking free with FOP trying to get him reinstated so he can abuse more people.

Fired, that’s all? No kidnapping charges for him, just termination? How about violating civil rights, wrongful imprisonment, making a false arrest? Act of terrorism? He shouldn’t be a cop anywhere, if you ask me, but likely will get hired in a small town where no one will check on him. Apparently as an old adage goes, cops are above the law aka our taxes at work. Yeah what else is new.  Too bad no code of ethics for the cops exist.

I have to say a few words about color-blindness. This isn’t mentioned anywhere but I  happened to notice. This is a bi-racial dating; the boyfriend is black while the girlfriend is white. Both of them appear just as happy together; what is wrong with daddy?

I bet this isn’t the first boyfriend she’s dating, and can’t help but wonder would daddy’s reaction be the same had this boyfriend been white. This is the question of the day.

6 June 25. Twitter

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What motivates me to write

First off, I only blog when I am in the mood to write. Unfortunately this doesn’t happen on a daily basis but I found a way around it. What I do is to write 2-3 posts and schedule them to go live in every other day. If I write say, 3 posts, I am covered for almost one  full week. Then I have some time to stop and think, maybe do a revision or two, and plan the next batch. I know I didn’t invent a bicycle here, but somehow this does wonders to my motivation to write. What can I say, this works for me. Kudos to WordPress for having this feature.

After having read a few horror stories how folks get in trouble for posting images from the net, I decided to concoct my own this time around. I opened a new blog window from the dashboard, filled in the title, took a screenshot and shrank it a bit. Now I am in the clear.

6 June 24. To Blog or Not To Blog

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A new car?

No, I don’t own a brand new car; I simply can’t afford it.  Someone however begs to disagree.  I am talking about Mary1 that I blogged about another day.  I am driving her around in my Volkswagen New Beetle circa 2002, snap orange color in excellent  condition, low mileage and no rust.  Somehow Mary1 thought it was brand new. She told me that she liked it and that it even  smelled like a new car.

I washed the dash with water and soap and vacuumed the interior, but other than that, I am not sure what exactly smelled to her like a new car. I don’t use any air fresheners so I am puzzled.

She asks, “Is this a new car?”
I say, ummm, no.

After a period of silence that ensued, Mary stated gravely, “You bought a used car.” This sounded like a verdict of sorts.

What exactly does she expect? Granted, she lives in an apartment that I would never be able to afford. I take it she is used to buy new cars, and new only, in her younger days. But she has hired me through a home care agency and not as a private driver. She really thinks that I’d be driving her around for a couple hours at $10 an hour while being able to afford a brand new car? Not happening. She should have hired a private chauffeur then, if you ask me. I however am keeping my mouth shut.

No more questions, I brought her back to the point A, end of the day. I’m headed home.

Here’s a picture of my Bug. Looks young, doesn’t it? Volkswagen has produced only 2,000 of these.  Everyone asks me if it has a stick shift, but no, it’s automatic.  Under 70,000 original miles.

6 June 23. PIC

 

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Think Friday

Friday is the best day of the week, mainly for the reason that the working week is over, at least for those who work Monday through Friday. For the rest of us who don’t, it’s still good as Friday is a payday. I for once get my direct deposit every Friday and am loving it. It makes a nice difference in my low income bracket. Yay

Happy Friday, everyone! Have a great weekend.

6 June 22-2. Friday F & woohoo

6 June 22-2. Friday happy

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All in a day’s work

I work a few hours a week for an agency that provides care for the older folks in their homes. I come to people’s homes and do whatever needs done. In this blog, I am not going to use the clients’ real names for the privacy reasons. I will collectively call all of them Mary. Another day I blogged about Mary1 in response to a Daily Prompt, and now I’m visiting Mary2.  First thing we do is prepping for the Laundry Day.

Mary2 is a perfectionist. She does everything perfectly; even her queen size bed is always made exactly the same way. The sheets and everything look precisely the same each and every day.

Mary2 is headed to the hamper, out which I pull a shopping tote with the laundry. She picks each and every piece of lingerie, underwear and whatnot, by the top of it, and neatly lays it on the floor. This yields three neat piles. Then she picks each pile and ever so carefully places it into a huge plastic shopping bag from Bed, Bath and Beyond, one on top of the other. Done, and off to the washing machine it goes.

You know how everything gets agitated in the washer and the dryer? So what’s the point of folding them so perfectly? I am however not asking this out loud; just watching in amazement.

Done with the laundry prep, we’re headed to the kitchen. Mary2 wants to make a cup of coffee for which she uses a little Melitta coffee filter placed on the top of a brewing cone which in turn goes to the top of her coffee mug. My task is to pour EXACTLY 2-1/2 cups of water from the water filter pitcher into the measuring cup. Per chance I happen to pour just a bit more water, she will catch up on that promptly and will pour the extra quarter of a cup down the sink.

What’s the point? She’ll still be using just as much water as it takes to fill her coffee mug. Again, I’m not asking this out loud, just smile sweetly and say sorry.

Then Mary2 sits down to the table for her morning coffee and offers me a Dark Chocolate Dole Banana Dipper. My carbs special. I try to refuse, she insists; repeat. And then she goes, some people can’t have it because they have diabetes.

WTF?

Again, I am not saying this out loud. I am screaming inside, like what is your business whether or not I have diabetes? You hit the nail right on the head, happy now? On the outside, I am smiling and thanking for the treat. I am just not in the mood for chocolate right now, Mary2. Maybe next time.

The working day was over soon, and I’m just as happy.

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So you want to buy a bedcover

Quilt or comforter or any bedcover for this matter. I will discuss mostly the former as this hits close to home.

Bedcover shopping can get complicated and confusing. Ever noticed how it looks in the picture and how yours turned out? You are not alone; I’ve seen a bunch of the negative reviews by the disappointed buyers who couldn’t achieve said look.
6 June 18. Big Sister, Little Brother — with source

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The problem is, there are bedspreads and then there are coverlets; these terms sometimes are used interchangeably, yet they mean slightly different things. The coverlets are smaller and the bedspreads are larger, even in the same size category.

Think about them as a big sister and a little brother. So a bedspread is like a big sister and a coverlet, a little brother. Similar to this picture that I found on Pinterest.

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It’s worth mentioning that nowadays everything is THINNER.  Like my quilt that I blogged about another day.  Argh. Mine is just a tad thicker than a top sheet. No, really.  I am thinking to (maybe) add more batting with a new liner to it to make it a bit on the heavier side.   This goes on my bucket list.

And as if this wasn’t enough, there’s more. It seems that every manufacturer has their own idea of the dimensions even in the same size category.  So ladies and gentlemen, grab you tape measure and take it to your bed, the results of which you then compare to the ACTUAL dimensions of your chosen quilt or comforter. Don’t rely on what’s in the picture. Read the specifications. If you skip this step, it will stare you in the face later on.

After all said and done, sometimes you might want to up a size depending on the final look that you’re trying to achieve, and whether or not you’ll be using a bedskirt.

By comparison, have you ever noticed how the insides of a comforter bunch up in the corners? Back in the day when I had comforters, this was driving me nuts. It happens because the insides are made of polyester. This phenomenon most likely is closely related to the price but I bet not always. Just another feature that you might want to be aware of.

Good luck with your bedding shopping. I hope that my post helps to make a difference.

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A is for assertive or a quilt story sequel

Back to my quilt.  As I blogged a couple days ago, it arrived without any shams.  It’s a  full/queen size so I needless to say, I was disappointed.  As I was unable to contact Macy customer service on the site due to captcha, I turned to the Facebook. At first Macy stated that an only option would be to have it returned. Hmmm.

This is precisely where I decided to get assertive and we had the following exchange:
6 June 18 UPDATE 2 — scheduled for the 18th
Of course I approved and subsequently Macy sent me this:

6 June 18 UPDATE 3

It pays to be assertive. All is well, now will have to figure out some shams. This goes on my bucket list.

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Happy Father’s Day!

6 June 17. Happy Father's Day PIXABAY

Source: Pixabay

Happy Father’s Day to all my readers and followers!

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Uplifting my mood

As I promised about a week ago, I am starting a series of my own prompts. The first one will be a short story about moods uplifting.  Not that I wasn’t writing short stories before, but this one starts a new chapter after reluctantly saying good bye to the Daily Prompts.

Speaking of uplift, google provides plenty of choices. Meanwhile, true to my DIY nature, I am discovering my own. Changeovers, I just love them, so dressing up my bed was my first step in that direction. And it even worked, albeit with a few bumps.  Well, nothing is perfect.   Here comes my new Nautica Quilt.  This isn’t exactly a patchwork quilt but rather something pieced together but I loved it regardless. I snatched one on special at Macy’s for $70; a great deal or so I thought.

Not so fast. First off, it’s THIN. And if this wasn’t enough, the quilt came without shams although I clearly remember seeing them in the picture. Speaking of Macy’s website, it’s quite something. Unlike the other sites, Macy wants you to manually enter your order number each and every time you inquire. Want to email customer service? Here’s your captcha. You know, the kind of captcha where you click on roads, cars and such?  Argh. This wasn’t required at the checkout or anywhere else, but only when contacting customer service. I of course flunked, but then again, there’s always Facebook.  I am offered to return it but decided to keep as I still love the pattern.  My google search yielded a possibility to add more batting and a new lining. This will be my next project.

And this is exactly what lifted my mood. Still love my new quilt unconditionally and the new look of my bed. Changeover, the mission accomplished.

Here now, see for yourself. The pillowcase doesn’t really match but this was the best I could do in absence of a sham. Everything is cotton though. Cool, isn’t it?

June 16. Quilt

Want more quotes and pics to uplift your mood? How about some Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/StephanieLira98/quotes-and-pics-to-lift-your-mood/?lp=true

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