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Sick and Exhausted

June 29th, 2017 at 10:31 am

I've come down with a stomach virus of some sort and it is really dragging my energy levels on the ground. DH has been back since Friday, so I am not taking care of Mom all by myself anymore, but there are some things I do have to do, even with a fever of 100 and the inability to keep my food down. Like help her shower, which is quite an ordeal, and help her change her clothes. Fortunately she is doing a lot better three weeks post surgery.

I got my daughter's ER visit bill yesterday. It is $2333.48. Ouch. That is really going to be a hit. I'll have to take money out of the Emergency Fund for that. DH will be working 4 extra days at the end of his next hitch, so all of that money will go to replace some of what I take out of savings. I am not sure it will replace all of it.

I saw the rheumatologist on Monday with a $50 co-pay. She is putting me on a medication that is supposed to help, but might not show any improvement for a couple of months. It can do damage to the retinas, though, in 30% of people. With my medical luck, I will be in that 30%.

I saw the eye doctor on Tuesday with a $50 co-pay. He said the retina has healed nicely and I will go back in 3 months and then he will take a baseline map reading of the retinas so that we can monitor whether the new medication is affecting my retinas. If he sees even the hint of damage I will stop the medicine. I can't have my eyes getting worse. I'd rather deal with the pain in my joints than my vision getting further damaged.

I just want to get past all this stuff and get back to feeling normal (for me, anyway). I have 3 weeks before Mom gets out of the sling and then starts full on physical therapy. The stuff we are doing now is pretty light as she is not allowed to move her shoulder away from her body. It takes about 10 minutes 3 times per day and DH has taken over the morning shift.

I went to Trader Joe's today to stock up on a few things and spent $128.97. I also went to my own physical therapy which cost $90. I probably shouldn't have done either thing with being so sick, but we really needed to pick up some food and the massage part of PT was sorely needed.

7 Responses to “Sick and Exhausted”

  1. PatientSaver Says:

    I'm so sorry you're having all these health issues. Feel better soon.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    LR, you are a very strong woman. I hope you find time to relax.

    Did I already mention Tumeric for inflammation and joint pain? It probably could be added to what you already take. I have heard of people taking about eight capsules a day daily. Just a thought and something to research on your own.

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    Geesh. That's the worst! Needing to rest but not being able to because you have to take care of others. That's us whenever we get the flu.

    I hope you feel better soon and get a chance to nap.

    I also feel you on being the 30 percent that gets the side effect. That's the story of my famly. We're healthy as horses until something big happens, then when they try to medicate us for it, we get the 10 percent side effect. Grrr...

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    CCF--What's relax? Seriously, I want to go to a hotel and check-in and have really good room service and an in-room jacuzzi and stay there for 48 hours.

    I think you did mention the turmeric before because I bought some capsules the last time I went to Costco and then promptly forgot about it. I do cook with turmeric some and use it in my homemade mustard. I'll need to start adding more into the recipes that it complements.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:


    Thrift--Yeah, the side effects can be frustrating. Hopefully I won't have any this time. I live in hope.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    So sorry you are ill; hope you feel better soon. I sure hope the meds don't cause the side effects with your retinas. You've had more than your share of troubles with health issues.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sorry to hear you're not feeling well.

    I put turmeric in my daily smoothie, as well as any bean recipes I make.

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