Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Still here - really :)

Thanks to those who have checked in on me during the past few months. No real reason I haven't posted except that life has been crazy busy as always and I never think I have much worth sharing. I have been keeping my numbers updated, though, and I read all of y'all's posts. So that counts, right?

So what's been happening around here? About the only excitement was a trip we made last minute to Dallas TX for a medical conference for DS. We hadn't planned to go as that's a loooong drive, but DS decided he really needed to be there for his job. On the upside, he brought his caregiver with us, so they had a room and we had a room and truly, we didn't have to do much except enjoy a few days doing whatever we wanted. We did some sightseeing around Dallas, went to a ballgame and, at my request, spent one day wandering around Waco seeing what was up after all the Fixer Upper and Chip and Joanna hoopla. That turned out to be my favorite day. We had breakfast in their restaurant and while I'm not much of a breakfast person, oh my word, that was one of the best I've ever had. Clearly nothing frozen or pre-packaged. Fresh from the farm. Anyway, we went to the Silos and window-shopped at their store. It was a fun day. And I've never seen DS so happy as he was during the conference. He made a ton of friends his age, they spent evenings at the bar (imagine 26 wheelchairs around a table!). It was a good trip. 

I spent a good many of the lazy days of summer going through every drawer and every closet and getting rid of, well, crap. I'm not a hoarder by any means, so this shouldn't have been that big of a deal, but it's just astonishing how much stuff we accumulate in a short period of time. 

The other days I spent in physical therapy. I have arthritic knees and I was getting desperate. When I saw my orthopedist in May for cortisone shots, he suggested I try PT and see if that helped. Hey, I'm game for anything to hold off the inevitable surgery that's in my future. So twice a week, I spent an hour doing things I haven't been able to do for years. I learned how to tape my knee and found out what I was capable of physically. No one is more shocked than I am at how much it all helped. Every step isn't painful anymore and I have a ton more flexibility. Of course, it's not a permanent fix, but I'll take it. Now that I've finished PT, I've been trying my best to keep up with home exercises. That's hard - really hard for me. But I'm trying.

I also caught up on all my routine doctor appointments - physical, vision, dental. I'm good to go now. 

My daughter started back teaching this week, so I have my granddaughter again. She's 20 months old this week and, gracious, is she busy - and fast! Keeps me on my toes. 

On the money front, we took a loss in pay of about $800 a month, so have had to adjust the budget accordingly. It means that even though our debts are still decreasing, we still don't have anything left over at the end of the week. 

I was reading a story about the Colorado man who confessed to killing his wife and young daughters. It said the couple was in dire financial shape. They earned $90,000 a year and had $70,000 in debt. The story implied that the debt was so horrible that it may have pushed him over the edge. Wow. Our debt was more than twice that at its worst and our income wasn't that high. It was awful, but I have never thought of giving up. Neither has DH. It's just money, for heaven's sake. 

So if you're still reading, that was a long rambling to get through. Thanks! 

Sarah
 

17 comments:

  1. So glad everything is going so well!!! I have the same problem with my knees - just waiting until I can't stand the pain anymore before having it replaced - maybe we can get a B1G1F :)

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    1. Yes!! And we can recover together! Seriously, I am dreading surgery so I will have to be almost not able to walk. I felt like I was almost there this spring and can't believe PT has bought me a little more time.

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  2. Good to see an update! Glad your debt is still going in the right direction. So, on your trip did you happen to see Chip or Joanna? From what I've seen of their show, they look like a super fun couple.

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    1. I wish we had seen Chip or Joanna! They've had quite an effect on that little town. It was fun to see.

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    1. Jenny is plugging along - thanks for asking! Her grand babies have moved down the road, so she stays busy helping with them. Financially, they've moved past the bankruptcy and are still paying off the kids' student loans, but are in a better place than they were years ago. And their little car just passed 400,000 miles!!!!

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  4. I hope your knee feels better! I am having knee replacement surgery on my right knee in September. Two years ago, I was having PT for this knee and then paused to go through breast cancer treatments and surgery. The chemotherapy drugs actually helped the knee pain, but now it is full blown again. I am actually looking forward to getting this done and over with. After talking to many others who had this surgery, they wonder why they ever put it off! I know I will be back in the saddle again.

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    1. Gracious, you are a warrior to survive cancer and then look to knee replacement! Please let me know how it goes. I'm more worried about the recovery time than the surgery itself when I get to that point. All the best to you!

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  5. So good to hear from you Sarah! It's wonderful to hear how independent DS is becoming and has such a great life of his own. Re the man who killed his wife and daughters - he should have just killed himself! You have paid off more than $120,000 which is astounding!! Amazing what can be accomplished with sheer determination!

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    1. Thanks, Jane - you are always so upbeat and positive. I want to be like you when I grow up! And you are so right about that man. Prison is too good for him.

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  6. I am so glad to read this post. I really miss you. Debt payoff is becoming boring for me even thought I keep limping along. Knee replacement is no joke but it can be worth it.

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    1. Boring here, too. You have sailed past me on the payoff just as I expected. You'll be at the finish line in no time now! I've been keeping up with you even though I've been silent. Yep, just can't get excited about the recovery time following surgery so I'll keep putting it off as long as possible.

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  7. Good to hear from you and pleased that things are going so well!!

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  8. So great to hear from you and what fun going to Dallas! So sorry to hear about your knees.. praying for pain relief.

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