Have a safe and happy July 4th.

I know we are all very tired of this COVID 19 pandemic stuff.

Texas opened back up way to soon we all knew this at the time but some of us still stayed home while many went out to eat or to the bars.

If people had stayed home we would not be getting this 2nd phase as bad as we are. This week Pearland, Manvel, Alvin, and Houston all have put in face mask orders so if you are in these towns in public you must wear a facemask.

Thank goodness they closed the beaches because everyone loves the beach and people would be migrating there this weekend.

We have been blessed and have not been sick. We have only been around our daughter, son in law, and grandkids, and my mother n law. We are avoiding most people.

My husband and I have been isolating as much as possible since the end of March.

All of our groceries are picked up on curbside, I get a few Amazon deliveries a week and a chewy and a Walmart or 2 every month. If by chance we had to go into a store we wear a face mask and use hand sanitizer and the wipes.

I spray the house with Clorox disinfecting spray every few days.

All the groceries are wiped down before being put up all the bags are tossed in the garbage.

We have only picked up food 4 times in 98 days and I am so tired of my own cooking. That is why I have been making new stuff lots and lots of new stuff. I even made a cornbread zucchini dish that was amazing.

I am tired of staying home but I know this is what is best for everyone.

I feel like we have done as much as we possibly can do for the last 98 days I just wish everyone would listen and do the same.

We still have plenty of disposable masks, some mask my mother n law made me and lots and lots of hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap from my auction wins.

Now only if I could find rubbing alcohol.

If you must celebrate do it with ONLY your household do not bring anyone else into your house be smart about this.

At this point, everyone who has been in contact with 10 people is sharing germs with those who have not been in contact with others. This is how the virus spreads.

If you have been around other people at work or at the stores do not risk being around the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.

We have shared over 500 cucumbers but we have been very smart about this. We place them in clear bags( I also won at auction) on the tailgate to my truck people text me when they are on their way to pick up their cucumbers. This has allowed us to share with our community but not interact with the public.

If everyone does their part we can get through this but it has to be all of us doing this together.

Happy July 4th – Stay Safe and wear your face mask.

 

Navigating Health Insurance

Has anyone been through the nightmare of having to find insurance on your own and you are not eligible for medicare yet?

My husband is retiring in 7 weeks and I have to find my insurance. His will be easy enough but I am younger than he is.

The first time I checked on this early last year I made the MISTAKE of giving the online form my phone number. I kid you not by the time I pushed enter my phone started ringing and I was getting 40 – 50 calls a day.

Now all those calls are blocked one by one I got rid of them.

I have a friend who suggested Humana insurance. Does anyone else have any suggestions?

What I would like is low monthly payments low deductable and prescription care coverage.

Please no Salespeople!

Dr. Appointments, Testing and Results

I have spent the last few weeks at Dr. Appointments, testing and getting my results on follow up visits.

I have had 3 EKGs, 1 regular stress test, 1 nuclear stress test, 1 echocardiogram and I wore a Holter monitor for 24 hours. The only results that are not back yet are the Holter Monitor.

I have mitral valve stenosis this was discovered about 12 – 14 years ago. Almost every year without fail I have gotten my yearly echo that is until I got breast cancer and then I had other priorities to take care of. No one should ever put off their yearly heart testing that was not very smart of me but I have no one to blame but myself.

Mitral valve stenosis is caused by Rheumatic Fever but I never had that as a child or an adult. This was verified with my parents. Think of stenosis as a hose that is being stepped on and blood can not flow through the valve properly there is leakage spewing and backflow.

My mitral valve is what they call Moderate/ Severe, there is moderate regurgitation or leakage, as well as my Left Atrium,  is now enlarged. There is an estimated right ventricle systolic pressure of 45 – 50 mmHg. I am sure this will be verified by a heart catheter in the very near future.

The symptoms that this causes me are cough, chest pain, and soreness like a bruised feeling as well as dizziness and fatigue.

The Cardiologist says right now we have to get my pulse rate down to around 50 it runs 74- 80. To do this we have decreased my thyroid medication, changed BP meds to a channel blocker 2 x a day. He even added Lasix even though I am not retaining fluid he thinks there is fluid we are not seeing. All these things will ease up the pressures around the heart and hopefully help some of my symptoms.

On top of all this, I have lung issues emphysema and asthma so my lungs are not in the best shape.

In order for me to have Mitral Valve Replacement surgery the heart and the lungs have to be in the best shape, we can get them with medication. With getting an artificial valve replacement I will have to be on 2 blood thinners for the rest of my life.

I have a pulmonologist appointment this Friday and we will see if there is anything else we can do for my lungs to get them ready for this surgery.

Hopefully, by January this surgery can happen. It is open heart surgery which means more recoup time for me. The thought of cracked ribs scares me to death as well as being put on a heart-lung machine but I am trying to stay calm and not overreact.

I am sharing my story with you all in the hopes I can help someone else. I want others to learn through my experiences and I will do my best to keep everyone updated as new things happen.

CT Lung Scan Results

I have 4 lung nodules from 4mm – 8mm in size they are considered small at this point.

The first lung scan showed 3 nodules the second one showed 2 and it said one was resolved and this one showed 4 but listed two as new ones.

I have always loved reading anything about medical stuff and sometimes that just ends up scaring me more. Especially when I read the descriptions of the nodules.

There is no way to know what they are until they can be biopsied. Lung nodules are not necessarily cancer.
Lung nodules have to be 1cm before they can be biopsied due to the dangers associated with them.

The pulmonologist reminded me that lung cancer stage 1 is very curable that is why we are doing these CT Lung scans this was my 3rd one in 1 1/2 years.

He changed my morning inhaler to a stronger version and now its morning and evenings this is because I have been experiencing some more shortness of breath.

I felt pretty good about this appointment he is so good to answer my list of questions and explain things to me and he never rushes you which is a big plus.

He is ordering some more testing and wants to see me again in the month.

Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Testing

Recently I did the Platinum Food Sensitivity and Intolerance Test with 850 Items Tested. The cost was $50.00.

The company I used was on Groupon and it was “Check My Body Health”. It was fairly simple you sent in a sample of hair. I advise letting someone else cut underneath your hair.
I cut way too much lol.

A few weeks later you are emailed your results.

Some of mine I already knew even though I was never allergy tested as a child.

It gives you food sensitivities and I have a lot of high reactivity ones and quite a few moderate ones.

Every Apple on the market, all varieties of bread, green beans, lima beans, mushrooms YUCK do not eat those things, butter, yogurt, sour cream all milk cow, goat or sheep, every cheese, Coconut, Lemonade, Lemons, White Wine, Red Wine, and Beer. Good thing I don’t drink.

Non – Food Sensitivities” Pine Trees and Scottish Pine, Ampiccilloyl and Penicilloyl, Mosquito, Colonial Bent Grass
I am allergic to 8 antibiotics so that makes sense with the Amp and Pen and the pine trees I knew since I was a kid.
A lot were listed in the moderate section.

Metal Sensitivities Nothing in the high but lots listed in the moderate to many to list.

Digestive Health – Amylase, Lipase, Pepsin It said no digestive enzymes were identified as being normal wow I feel so special.

Additives: Polydextrose, Brown FK, Stearyl Tartrate, Sodium Cyclamate

Gut Health- all my good strains of bacteria are all low which also makes me feel so special.

Vitamins A – K – Vitamin B6 Low

Minerals and other Nutrients it said I was low in Chromium, Magnesium, Phosphorous,
Beta Carotene, Betaine, Bio- Flavonoids, Bromelain, Creatine

For the foods, it says to try an elimination diet and slowly add things back in to see what happens.

I have a copy printed out for the Dr.s that way they can further test what they want to test.

I am taking the B6 and added Digestive Enzymes I started those on Monday.

I suggest anyone that has issues check out this testing there are several levels you can do but I wanted the whole picture.

Auction wins

This time at auction I think my best deal was two credenza file cabinets. They were 72″ long  4 deep drawers and they were solid wood. I was able to snag both of them for $50.00. They were very nice probably in the range of $600.00 new. I wanted one and our daughter wanted one.

I also was able to snag a case of 24 aluminum water bottles that hold 24 oz each they were brand new and said Delta Miles on them. I paid $12.00 for the case I have no idea what they are worth. These will work well for long walks or bike rides & they have a clip for attaching it to a belt loop.

A bicycle for our grandson Adrian who is 3 it was a brand new 16″ boys bike $70.00 regular price I was able to snag it for $20.00. Talk about one happy little boy. He was cruising that same day.

I was very pleased with everything I won.

Auctions are so much fun & online ones are even better but you have to be patient and watch them closely to win.

 

 

 

Registered Cane Corso Puppies

Our daughters wordpress site is Shady Acres Rosharon.

They just had their first litter of Registered Cane Corso Puppies all the information on the puppies is on her site if you happen to be interested in one.

Here are a few pics I took of the pups yesterday. They are 2 1/2 weeks old and already this big lol. These are all seven boys.

Shady Acres Rosharon

Cane Corso

Cane Corso

 

Auction wins

This week at auction I won a few good things.

Keter Base Utility cabinet these are the plastic ones for porch, deck and garage storage. Regular price is: $70.00 at Lowes I paid $35.00

Two sunbeam turbo steam irons regular price is $30.00 each so this was $60.00 I paid $19.00. Our daughter Jeanelle needed an iron too.

Bushnell Binoculars price on them is $60.00 I paid $21.00

Cases of clear plastic bags like the stores use I won 3 sizes but 4 cases totaling 2,300 bags. I found the price of one case for $ 50.00 so we will assume this was $200.00 worth of bags. I paid $23.00. Anyone need some bags?

Total winnings not counting the buyers premium was $107.54 for a total of $330.00 worth of merchandise. SCORE!

Since I have been doing so many smaller crafts I am hoping to sale the bags will come in handy for packaging.

That was it for this weeks auction.

Honestly, I would rather bid on the auctions than play the lottery this way I always win something.

 

 

Auction wins

The auction ended yesterday and here is a list of my wins this time.

Masterbuilt Electric Smoker 40″ regular price is $400.00 I paid $75.00. These things are actually pretty amazing you use wood chips to get the wood smoke flavor.

Magellan 22″ Queen size air mattress regular price is $50.00 I paid $14.00.

Simply Human Stainless Steel double step trash can the regular price is $200.00 I paid $45.00

California Basics Vacuum seal bags 15 pack regular price is $25.00 I paid  $7.00, $3.00, $4.00 and $3.00 there were 4 packages of them on 4 different lots. For $17.00 I had $100.00 worth of seal bags.

Grand Total $750.00 worth of merchandise for $151.00 I am very pleased with my wins this time.

 

 

 

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