August 31, 2014


Sharky is out sailing with Mr. DW today and Petunia should be home sometime this afternoon. I'm going to try and make a grocery list so they can do some shopping later today. Can't go tomorrow, the store is closed.

August 30, 2014


Petunia is over BB's house. She spent last night there and will again tonight. They are all going to a party at CORK. Lucky, it sounds like fun. We gave her permission as long as she comes home tomorrow and does all her chores without complaining. (And it's a 3 day weekend...)

Sharky took me out to a little place I found on Yelp (The Caboose) to get a burger last night. It was really, really good. I thought that would help the craving, but I think it just made it worse because I really want another one. LOL

I'm very tired lately. Can't wait to see the doctor on Tuesday. I'm sure its all this medicine that is making me feel loopy.

Insurance starts Monday but that is a holiday, so I'm ordering all my rx tomorrow and then on Tuesday, after the doctor visit, I'll go by the pharmacy and give them the new insurance card to ring it all up. It better be affordable. Just the smallest amount of stress makes my heart flop and I cannot stand it.

August 28, 2014

I hate diabetes


Petunia is doing well walking home. Sometimes she gets a ride home from BB's dad who picks up the older brother (senior).

I officially ran out of Lantus insulin last night. Instead of 20 units, I was only able to get 14 out of the bottle. Cannot get a refill until the insurance kicks in. Going to call the pharmacy later this morning to find out if they are open on September 1st, which just happens to be Labor Day. I'm afraid they might not be. If so, then I'll have to wait one more day to get all my Rx filled. I could already tell by my glucose levels this morning that it might be a hard time for the next few days. I was just getting happy because the levels were normalizing.

August 25, 2014


Well, school has been in session for a week now, and Petunia seems to be enjoying it so far - as much as a 14 yo girl can enjoy high school. LOL

No word from the school board on whether or not a slot opened up at Paxon. Tomorrow is the last day and then they close submissions until next semester. A little after the fact, in my opinion. I doubt we will ever get the phone call.

The first day of school (the 18th), Mr. DW picked me up and then I dropped him off at the high school so he could walk home with Petunia. He was going to do that the next day, but he called me that morning and said he was in the ER with a swollen elbow. They put him on antibiotics and sent him home, thinking it was a spider bite.

Tuesday, Petunia was picked up by Sharky. After work, he went to Metro PCS and had her cell turned back on so she could call us.

Wednesday, she walked home for the first time all by herself. She called me when she left, and I was on pins and needles until she got home.

Thursday, Mr. DW called, he had been admitted to hospital. He was told that if the swelling went beyond a certain point to come back in, it did and he did.

Petunia walked home Thursday and Friday. She's good about it, calls me as she leaves the building, but still on school property (don't want her using the phone and being distracted) and she gets home within 30 minutes. Still have my fingers crossed that I can get a small car soon.

I wore myself out on Saturday by going to both Wal-mart for school supplies and Winn-Dixie for groceries. It was the most I had done in a while without rest.

Mr. DW is still in hospital as of today. I do hope he gets to go home. Turns out it was not a spider bite, but some type of bacterial infection. Very scary.

August 20, 2014

Emailing sick people

If someone you love has an illness or a disease that they have to take medicine for, please do not email them urban legends and hoaxes about how dangerous that medicine is. Do not email them links to websites that state that the medicine will kill them or drastically shorten their lives. Do not send advice on "guaranteed" cures that are deadly in nature.

What to do? Let them know you care, because crap like that sure doesn't say you do even if you think you are doing a good thing.

August 17, 2014

Duval Things

Tangled kinky strands
Dances lightly across roads
Roll tumbleweave roll

August 13, 2014


Sharky's picking up the metformin from the pharmacy after work today so I'll start taking it tomorrow morning.

Finally received the new insurance card in the mail and when I opened it, it said to go to the website immediately and register. So I did. And it wouldn't let me. *sigh* Had to call and find out that I cannot register until the insurance actually starts, on September 1st. Geeze, it sure would have been nice for it to say that in the instructions. *rolls eyes*

Petunia is still grounded for lying to me last week. We found out that she had lied to LN's mom and told her that they could be dropped off at a mall unsupervised. Had a long, long talk with her and there were a lot of tears shed. We'll revisit the punishment this weekend and see how it goes. No computer, no phone, etc. Good thing, without distraction, she's really done a great job on her room and clothing (washing, organizing, etc.).

August 11, 2014


So much has been going on and I've lost a lot of will to blog lately. I've slacked off royally and need to get back on the wagon.

School starts next week. That is going to be a scary thing to deal with. We missed out on orientation last week, but MB (BB's mom) will try and print out a schedule for Petunia today for us. I don't know how we are going to handle the back and forth.

This is the 3rd week I've been calling the Magnet Office to find out if she has moved up the list to her preferred school, but they will not answer the phones. All I get is a recording stating that they are experiencing a high volume of calls right now and to please call back. There is no other number and if you call the School Board, they tell you to just keep calling the same number and eventually someone will answer the phone.

Around lunch time, I was able to actually get through and a human being promptly put me on hold. I was on hold for close to 45 minutes before I had to hang up due to call from doctor coming in. I called over and over and finally got another human but only had to wait for 10 minutes before she came back on. Petunia is now #19 on the wait list. Unfortunately, they only draw kids for the first 7 days of school. If you don't get in then, you have to wait until the 2nd semester - after winter break. I had not been informed about that. Crap.

Today was the first day that I was able to get someone on the phone at the doctor's office who acted like they could actually help me with the Lantus insulin issue. (I cannot afford the rx at $250 and will run out soon. Our insurance kicks in on 09/01, so I can get it renewed then, but I don't think I have enough to last.) This time, the young man actually wrote everything I said down, repeated it back to me and went and got the doctor. They said they'd investigate it and call me back. *sigh* I hope I'll hear from them soon. Ah, yes, the doctor himself called me and they are prescribing me Metformin (free at Publix) to tide me over during the gap when I run out of Lantus and then am able to get it again. *phew* What a relief. The doc said it's not a perfect solution, but it will be better than not having it at all.

Bug's birthday was last week. I forgot to send him a card because I've been so stressed and messed up with all these meds, and new routine, etc. We called and talked to him though and they are doing ok. Arguing about the baby  name. They were going the junior route, but TBoo decided she hated that and is now refusing any and all suggestions Bug has. *sigh*

My father is being an asshat. He was sending me "insulin kills" emails and now is sending "Obamacare kills" ones. I wrote him back and told him that without so-called "Obamacare" I would have no insurance at all and most likely would die without healthcare. He ignored me and is still sending the crap.

August 5, 2014


My heart is breaking. My Uncle Kerry died this morning all alone in his house, with no one around. A neighbor called and when no one answered, went over to check and found the door open and him dead on the floor - called my Auntie Sue who lives nearby.

Typical Florida death, soon swarmed with cops and coroners eagerly looking for foul play and treating friends and relatives like the enemy when they can't find what they want. They are thinking it was a heart attack because he had high blood pressure and was an insulin dependent diabetic and didn't take good care of himself after his wife left a few years ago.

My Uncle Steve is flying down to help out because both my mom and I live too far away and Auntie Sue is too old and mentally fragile (and in the middle of moving down to live in the same complex as my mom).

I can't say anything publicly because I don't know if my cousins (Uncle Steve's kids) know yet and my sister does not know (and I don't know when mom will tell her).

I was named after him. Kerry was his nickname, his real name was Curtiss (as in my grandfather and my son). He was only 67 but in my head, I always pictured him like in my avatar. He had a convertible when I was little and would drive me around, excited and half terrified with the wind blowing. He also used to give me sips of his rum & coke. Both things would probably get him arrested today. LOL