The curse, send bubble wrap please.

I’m still alive.  And also feeling much better.  My stomach issues were caused by antibiotics which my pulmonologist had prescribed the previous Thursday.  I don’t know why I didn’t think about the antibiotics causing the stomach problems but I didn’t, anyhow, after several days of rest, I feel much better.

dancing

I feel good, so good, so good!

Despite feeling like crap for several days and barely leaving the bed for at least one of those, life continued on.  MacGyver was great the first day that I felt bad and he catered to me accordingly while I tried to work from the lazy boy.  Unfortunately, the catering didn’t last.  By day 2 MacGyver had his own trauma.  Don’t worry, I’ll fill you in.

In case you don’t know, MacGyver and I have a curse on us for the 4th of July.  It’s been going on for years.  From dog bites, to shoulder cuts, to uveitis, to a gun blast to the hand, we have a really bad track record.  That’s why on July 3rd through the 5th we cover up with bubble wrap and pray for the best.

This year, it threw a wrench in our plans and started a few days early.

On Thursday, MacGyver went to the bedroom to get something and tripped on the bench at the end of the bed and hurt his little toe.  Of course, I laughed because he moaned about it the entire day and I was all like, ‘dude, it’s a pinky toe, I had a fever of 102 and you made me go get my own popsicles!’

He showed me the toe and I asked if he could move it so he grabbed it and then he said he heard it pop.  I’m not even kidding he was literally like this for the entire day:

So he went to the doctor the next day and they said it just looked like he dislocated it and he probably popped it back in himself when he moved it but they did an x-ray anyway.  While he was waiting on the x-ray he called to tell me what the doctor said and I made fun of him for crying over a dislocated toe.

Then the x-ray came back and guess what, yeah, it’s broken.

men are babies

Thankfully he could still walk because he had work to do.  The next day he had to go work at a commercial site he’s doing some work for and the company doesn’t want them there during the day so they have to go in at 8PM and work til they finish.

That night he wore a flip flop on the broken pinky toe foot, and a regular shoe on the other foot.  I guess it was good he had on a regular shoe because as God is my witness, the man picked up a door and dropped it right on his healthy foot.  On his big freakin toe!

Dear Lord

By some freak act of nature, it did not break his big toe however, it did turn it black and it’s swollen so now both of his feet have jacked up toes.

It’s not even close to July 4th.  We are so screwed.

How was your weekend?

Any plans for the 4th yet?

Tuesday, running, heat, otters, projects and James.

It’s June 4th already and I left the house to go for a walk this morning and it was 81 degrees…AT 6:45AM!  Here is an accurate representation of what it’s like to run in Florida in the summer.

Im on fire

Yes, it’s that bad.  I have been running a little though.  I get 5 miles in every day now.  Sometimes I run half of it, sometimes more but I am running and it makes me happy.  I’m also walking a lot and as long as I’m moving without pain, I’ll take it.

And here’s a shocker, I’m still weight training!  I got in 6 days of weight training last week and even worked my core on 3 days.

who am i evenI know right?

Does anyone else watch Jeopardy?  It’s one of my faves.  I’ve literally been watching it for years.  The kid and I used to watch it together when he was itty bitty and I still watch it to this day.

I was really enjoying the last month or so watching James Holzhauer  annihilate every opponent that faced him.  However, I felt like he wasn’t really trying anymore after teachers week and then came last night.  Thanks to leaked footage and the stupid internet I already knew what was coming down, but did anyone else feel like he threw that game?  I’m telling you, I’m convinced he did.  It’s almost like he didn’t want to break the other guys record or maybe, just maybe, he made some bets in Vegas about how long his run would be, like under an assumed name or something and he HAD to lose.  There’s something more to the story.  I just know it.  Dammit James, I was rooting for you!

James

Last week I got the pneumovax vaccine.  It didn’t hurt but my upper arm was sore for a few days.  Now we just have to wait until mid June and then I go have my antibodies tested again and if they’re still low then we have a problem.  If they are higher than they were before the vaccine, then I do not have a primary immunodeficiency.  It sure does take a long time to find out about the immunoglobulins and why they’re low.   I mean, I’m glad they rule everything out but jeez, they started testing me in October of last year.

I’m not sure if I mentioned it but we’ve got an otter in our pond.  And I’m in love with him.  He’s so stinkin cute.  He plays in the tall grasses and scratches his belly like a dog and he comes up into the yard and chases the ducks around.  MacGyver tried to get a few pictures of him but they weren’t very clear.  I’ll keep trying because you have to meet him.

In the meantime,he looks a little like this:

river otter

Not much else going on around here except I was going a little crazy without any projects so I spent a little time this weekend taking this:

old night table

And turning it into this:

night table new

What do you think?

Tomorrow is Global Running Day, got anything planned?  I think I’m going to run 3 fire filled miles.  That’ll be my max in this weather.

Thursday things, running, shopping and fighting with insurance companies.

I ran 6 miles this morning, and yesterday morning, and the day before that, and the day before that.  Our weather has been awesome, cooler, especially in the morning but awesome nonetheless.

running weatherPerfect weather.  MacGyver doesn’t feel that way though.  Yesterday the high never made it past the 60’s and he was in hibernation.  He didn’t leave the sofa until after 3 in the afternoon, Amateur!

I don’t remember if I told you that we finished our river resin table but anyhow, we did.  On Sunday I searched Craigslist and found some chairs that I thought would be perfect for it so we drove out to North Port to get them.  MacGyver isn’t really all that happy with them and constantly mentions it but everyone else has loved them.  We had to touch up the paint on them and I recovered them and I think they’re perfect.

Here is the table that we bought at an estate sale but it didn’t look like this, it was actually in pieces and laying on the ground.

table beforeThe picture came from the lady hosting the estate sale.  She gave it to us so that we could see what it was supposed to look like when put together.

We had no intention of putting it back the same way, instead, we made this:

New tableAnd here’s a better picture of the whole table and a close up of my awesome chairs.

river resin tablechairI’m in love with all of it.

I meant to post the pictures yesterday but instead any extra minutes that I had I was fighting with my health insurance provider.  Why, you ask?  Well, apparently they have decided that they are more skilled at handling my health than my actual doctor so they have decided to use an independent reviewer to determine what tests are medically necessary and so far they have denied all of the recent tests my doctor has ordered and deemed them medically unnecessary.

One of the tests is an echocardiogram and the other is an MRI of my brain.  The doctor is trying to determine if I have new lesions in my brain or if I have any signs of damage to my heart from the sarcoidosis.  The independent doctor reviewer doesn’t feel any of these test are necessary.

So, I called the insurance company to find out how exactly he determined that they aren’t necessary and all they would tell me is that they have a ‘formula’.

whatSo I tried to reason with them and I asked them what I could do since I really need these tests and the nice lady told me to ‘go ahead and have them and pay for them if you’re that worried about it.’  Seriously.  Over 5,000 dollars in tests.  Sure lady, I’ll just pay cash.  So I asked her what exactly my 734 dollar payment to them every single month actually gets me and this bitch tells me, ‘piece of mind that you’ll get the medical care necessary.’

As determined by them apparently.  Anything else, I have to pay for.

So I end the conversation by telling this lady that I will file an appeal and I also tell her that if anything happens to me in the interim, they will be hit with a lawsuit and she tells me that they are protected because I’ve been giving the option of paying for the tests myself.

are you kiddingI don’t think I’ve ever been so mad in my life.  And all the while that I’m fighting with them I was thinking how glad I am that I’m on steroids and have the energy to do this.  Imagine if I was debilitated. It’s ridiculous.  I’m still angry about it but I filed an appeal and we’ll see what happens.

We’ve got less than two weeks to get Christmas shopping done.  Are you finished?  I finally started yesterday.  I’m doing 95% of it online and hope to be finished by the end of the day tomorrow.

overachieverI’m such an overachiever.

How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

Have you ever been denied a test or treatment from your health insurance provider?

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping?