A dictionary by your PC is not cheating, it is smart! I just don't have a light one and I don't have the space by my laptop.
I am sorry to hear about your husband's surgery. So many folks have the idea that if you are self employed, you are in "the money!" How far from the truth. My income has helped supplement the lean months. And although I am receiving Temporary Disability, that too will end soon.
We live South East of San Diego in a beautiful small almost rural, but not quiet, older established community known as Bonita. And, talk about being messed up, I live in California!!!! We are taxed probably as much as you in NY.
I am not out too often and I was with my hubby and we were out and needed gas....that was a shock! $49.99 to fill my 10 year old Ford Taurus! Just two weeks ago I filled it for 36.00! Tony, my hubby, told me that his truck takes about 150.00 2 to 3x per week, yikes!
He is also in the Construction industry. He was a drywall hanger for many years, started a home inspection business, got a contractors license and we have a retro-fit window business. He no longer hangs drywall, but he would like to only be selling windows, but he juggles all three to make ends meet.
Although I am vegan he is not and I have managed to implement healthier choices in our meals, but when he goes shopping ....forget it... cookies, white pasta and canned vegies are his choices....LOL! I thought the transition would be difficult especially because I love dairy, and may favorite is, no, was non-fat milk. I told my doctor that I did not think I would have a problem not eating animal protein, but dairy???? Are you kidding me? Well, I read the book, watched the video and I was convinced to try it for 30 days, and I made up my mind to try it. And I was a "steak 2x per week" minimum type of gal. But I am on month 6 or 7, I would have to look it up to tell you, because I do not remember ANYTHING!.
My daughter recommend I watch 2 documentaries on NetFlix: "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" and Food Inc. and that solidified my decision to stick this out. It is easy now and try many types of foods and there are enough left over hippies from the 60's here in the San Diego area that have some decent /desent (seriously? But I refuse to look it up on Dictionay.com) restaurants.
Well, I am going to sleep for a couple of hours and I will be up by 2: a.m. PDT for sure..... I'll check in tomorrow.
Good night and God bless, and don't be over critical with my writing/spelling and grammar.... :)
Between the Neurologist, the Rheumy, and the PM doctor they agreed that the SLE was under control. How they figured that out is beyond me. So all the meds I previously listed are to treat the fibro! Too many for me.
Coco- Thank you so much for the nice words! So funny you say what you did: I am also a perfectionist when it comes to grammar and spelling. Though not anymore with Fibro ! It's so funny that you say that; 5 minutes ago I was reading an article in a national magazine, and the grammar was wrong in a few places. I got on my soap-box and had to tell my husband how that is totally unacceptable! And I keep a dictionary and thesaurus open on the computer all the time. Is that cheating? My husband is a self-employed Electrician, who had Rotator Cuff surgery 3 weeks ago. So, needless to say, he is working what he can, with his arm in a sling. So I understand perfectly. NY State is a mess--but I think it's tough all over right now. $100 for gas for my husband's truck alone. I'm glad I'm not commuting 50 miles each way anymore!
When they stopped the Plaquenil, did they replace it with anything specifically? I'm wondering how they would handle a flare-up of Lupus and Fibro at the same time. And when you see your doctor this week, don't forget your notepad! Someone told me to put a rubberband around my wrist to remind me of things--but I could never remember why it was there. Right now, if I really have to remember something important, I use an on-line reminder service. It's worth the 10 cents or whatever, just for the peace of mind. I hate feeling oblivious and foggy all the time.
Good luck on Thursday, we'll be waiting to hear from you!