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Prednisone Helping Plus Some Grocery Shopping

January 23rd, 2019 at 07:01 pm

I am starting to feel a little difference on the prednisone, quite a bit more energy, which I am taking advantage of, but I made the mistake of eating takeout last night and woke up with a very sore throat. I think someone has changed their recipes and added MSG or soy. Another restaurant to tick off the list of safe restaurants. And yes, I know I was trying to get through the whole month with no eating out. I made it three weeks.

Today I started back on my diet. I bought 2 rotisserie chickens and roast beef slices at Whole Foods to help me with that. The only seasonings they use are salt and pepper, and the beef is a real roast they make onsite, so no fillers. I also got some zucchini. I am going to use my veggie sheet cutter and make some zucchini, roast beef, and cheese roll ups for lunches.

I also got some uncured soppressata and some white cheddar and some sharp cheddar, some soups, and sushi rice (but that was for my daughter, I seldom eat rice). I ended up spending a little over $71.

I have really noticed a change in how my body feels since I quit buying only organic or pasture-raised meat. I was trying to save money to use on paying off debt, but I am not sure it has been worth the trade off to my health. I don't know if anyone else would notice it, but with my auto-immune disease, I think it does make a difference to avoid the chemical fertilizers and GMO fed meat.

I don't think I've been in Whole Foods since we started on Dave Ramsey in April, not that I went there often, anyway. I usually went to Trader Joe's, because it is far less expensive. April is when I started buying conventionally raised meat, too. Now that we don't have to worry so much about medical, since that account is fully funded, I think I am going to raise my grocery budget back to $1000 so we can have organic meat and be fully organic on produce again. That will have us adding $600 a month to the medical account instead of $800. In the long run it is an investment back into my health, which does affect medical.

I have an appointment with the rheumatologist tomorrow. I did finally get the approval for enbrel from my insurance company, but nowhere near enough time for her to see how I am doing on it, because I haven't started it yet. That was the original plan before my insurance company got all stupid. That's going to be fun to explain.

I took DD to the sleep doctor today. Because of the nerve pain medicine, she may not need as high a dose of one of her sleep drugs, so she is going to try to wean down to a half dose of it and see how she does, and if it is okay, then wean off it. Since the nerve pain drug has a sedating effect, the other may no longer be necessary. She'll still have to stay on the other one, though.

I was able to make a double batch of breakfast burritos (2 lbs chicken sausage, 24 eggs, 24 tortillas, 2 cups of shredded Mexi-blend cheese) with the help of my son. I taught him how to do the cooking part. He's helped with the assembly since I first started making them. It will be good for the men folk to have those ready in the freezer for breakfasts again.

I also got about half of the counter on the right side of the sink cleared off and deep cleaned. The crockpots are now being stored on the upper shelf of a lower cabinet next to the sink instead of on the counter. I will be able to put my Kitchen Aid stand mixer back over there now. The other half is mostly clutter from plastic containers that have not been stacked together and put away yet. I did get all the lids organized last night. The Costco protein drink boxes (DS drinks these) are the perfect size for that so I used two of them to organize my lids and measuring cups into. I may end up covering them in contact paper to pretty them up, though.

I saw an idea on youtube on using a shallow drawer to store all your spices instead of on a shelf. We use a lot of spices and I was always having to mix the around to find them. Now they are all laid out flat in the drawer with their labels upright and the ones I use the least towards the back. It was big enough to do three full rows, and then a row in the other direction along the ends. I can already see how much it is going to help.

I'd like to eventually just have the mixer, the Keurig, the lid boxes, the knife block and the toaster on that counter. I just have to reorganize the two big drawers and then stack the containers inside each other like they should be. And if I move the knife block over there, I then have room to put the new blender on the left-hand side of the sink. It is too tall to fit under the counter, but there is just enough space for it to fit in the open area next to the sink.

So, yeah, the prednisone is definitely working.

7 Responses to “Prednisone Helping Plus Some Grocery Shopping”

  1. alliecat79 Says:

    Do you have an Aldi near you? They have really stepped up their organic game. Plus, they've been doing a great job of updating their stores. Just a thought...

  2. Lucky Robin Says:

    No, there are no Aldi's in the Pacific Northwest. The closest one is two states away in California. Trader Joe's is the closest thing we have to an Aldi's. They are sister stores, but TJ's is a little more expensive. Still fairly reasonable, though. We do have a Winco, but they have very little in the way of organic food.

  3. DW Says:

    Congrats on your loans reduction on the other post.
    I have a thought for you. You have lived at your mother’s house for awhile. Have you ever thought about buying the home from her?
    You done a lot of sweat equity to the home. Also you have been organizing and trying to make it work for you.
    Just a thought.

  4. alliecat79 Says:

    That really stinks, Lucky. I thought they were international!

  5. Lucky Robin Says:

    DW--We have thought about it, but it is worth $550K and we need something more in the price range of $350K as we don't have the income to support a mortgage that would be that high. There's also a lot I don't like about this house, things that are wrong with it, like a basement that floods despite being sealed and having French drains outside, and things that are not set up well for a disabled person. It's also near an elementary school and a hospital, which makes traffic really bad at certain times of the day (to the point of not getting out of the driveway) and there are so many little kids that run around in the streets without supervision, it can be dangerous when driving. As we get older we tolerate little kids outside screaming at night in the summer less and less as well and I don't imagine that will get any better. This is a good neighborhood for raising kids, but not really for your older years.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry about the reaction. I hate it when restaurants change stuff because then a meal that was to be a treat turns out to be a nightmare.

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I've done that with most of my spices too - put them in drawer laying down. My most used ones are still out, but now I don't have to worry about 20 spice bottles falling on my head when I open the cupboard!

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