So I’m still dealing with the cold that I woke up with out of nowhere on Saturday. My poor lips are all cracked and split, my nose is red and scaly and now everything is turning to chest congestion so I’ve added coughing up nasty crap to my runny nose. Super fun and oh so sexy.
But I’m still thankful that if I was going to get sick, at least it’s late enough into my recovery that I can cough, sneeze and blow my nose without pain. My abdomen is being a total trooper through all this exertion and it’s not even hurting so that is awesome.
Got a couple sales (yay!!) so I was able to use some of that money to write out six, $10 checks to six different providers I owe money to for my medical bills. I know it’s not much each, but that’s $60 total which IS a lot. Add that to $40 I paid towards my OB/GYN doc last Thursday and that’s $100 in payments this month. So hey, I’m trying. I wrote out all the people I owe money to in a journal and am keeping track of my payments and my balances to help me not lose track of any of them. There’s actually about a dozen total so it’s a lot to try and stay on top of.
Speaking of sales, I remade two items that have previously sold. Both are available again in the shop and ready to ship.
February Tree – Tree of Life Pendant in Amethyst Gemstone and Sterling Silver Wire
Tree of Life Pendant Chrome Diopside (Siberian Emerald) Wire Wrapped in Sterling Silver
As always, there is tons more in the shop and I also gladly take custom orders.
Oh! Speaking of work… I didn’t even blog about it yet but I got a letter from some guy I’ve never heard of who’s apparently in HR at my company. Basically said that I’m on “personal leave” (uh, sorta, but more medical than personal) and that I don’t qualify for FMLA so they don’t have to hold my job and now that I’ve been out longer than the “agreed upon 12 weeks” (uh, again, no agreement – just you told me I couldn’t come back until I was cleared post surgery which I only was last Thursday) that they can’t hold my position and to call if there is any other information pertinent to my case.
You know, you strung me along this whole time where I couldn’t even get unemployment while I was out and now you’re saying I defaulted on some “agreement” of time off? If you’re going to fire me, just fire me already, you know? Stop with the drama. Let me get my stuff and leave. Jeez. So I need to call him apparently. That should be an awesome call. Especially sick and hacking up a lung. Festive.
Anyway, that’s the week so far. Hoping to be better by Thursday because we’re supposed to go to Mom’s. But if I’m still sick (or if Love is) then we’ll have to stay home. We have a 14lb turkey in the fridge but the damned thing is still freakin’ frozen (bought it Friday) so it better be thawed by tomorrow so we can brine it Wednesday.
Out for now.
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:: about ::40 year old Pagan woman who lives in Florida with her guy and two cats, loves Disney, reads fanatically, tinkers in photography and runs her own handcrafted artisan jewelry business.
Inadvertently became the face of Healthcare Reform in America by posting the (in)famous "I am Obamacare" image and sharing the story of her hysterectomy at age 34. Now runs her own small business, PhoenixFire Designs, specalizing in handmade tree of life pendants, full moon tree of life necklaces, family birthstone jewelry, wire wrapped jewelry and more full-time.
Our best friend passed away suddenly March 13, 2010. Five years later, it's still hard. The full story can be read here.
Hysterectomy FundOctober 2013 Update: Happy 2 Year Anniversary!! I'm amazed at how different life is two years later. Though the hardest thing I've ever been through in my life, I've grown so much as a result of having overcome such terrifying and daunting medical issues. In a weird way, I'm better for having experienced these hardships. I'm more sure of myself these days and more confident I can face life's challenges better.
I have tried to turn this medical challenge into an opportunity and using this as a means to push forward with my small jewelry business and as a way to support myself again.
Your continued support is appreciated right now and even links to my shop are appreciated. Thank you to everyone who's helped and spread the word. All of you helped make it possible for me to be here and healthy.
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