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**Disclaimer** Not the happiest of posts but very informative...**
Let's start with a little update. If you are not part of my CarePages, you do not know that on Monday I found out definetly that I have a rare form of Brain Cancer and it is Stage 3. I also found out that my oncologist has a patient with Stage 4 Brain Cancer that is still around and it is 5+ years later.
We got a Nanny to help with the kids, but I'll talk about that when I am less annoyed about the other stuff.
If you live in CT and have insurance through Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield LISTEN UP. The rest of you can listen in and listen up in a minute... My family has been paying FULL PRICE OUT OF POCKET for health insurance through them for at least 5 years and I had them through work for at least an additional 2 years. They have a cap on prescriptions every year. My plan is $2,000.00. And normally, noone would go through that much money in prescriptions, here's where it changes... My Chemotherapy, that may prolong my life for my 5 little children, only comes in a pill form. Anthem has decided that at that point it is not a treatment but a prescription. That little prescription costs around $2,000.00 per week for at least 6 weeks, with follow up of 5 days per month for at least a year. (you should have seen our faces when we went to pick up the first set of pills and saw an $8,000.00 bill) I am not complaining about the possibility of death coming sooner than later, but how can anyone afford such nonsense. I have a 19 month, who I would like to remember me, so the chemo is imperative. (We are looking into other insurance, by the way, that will even take me and have no cap on lifetime benefits or prescription plans, but by the time it gets all set up, the bulk of the chemo will be done and have come out of pocket, so much for that trip to Hawaii) Remember I was an otherwise healthy 31 year old who quit smoking 6 years ago, started to take vitamins, and eat and drink organic and I ended up with a mysterious brain tumor. Please check out your insurance plans and I have heard that AFLAC is awesome and they have a great cancer plan, pay the extra few dollars to get it. I can't get it now because my tumor was deemed malignant, but I will be getting my husband and children on it.
Regarding the stash sale, I am so sorry for not getting my act together. The radiation and chemo are sapping my energy. I can only read when I close one eye. And I have headaches. Fear not, I am going to ask someone who wanders over here to help me out. They are seperated and I haven't forgotten and, of course, there will be surprises in the boxes. Thank you so much for your patience.
A quick hi and question. Do you want information on my care? Email me at email@example.com and I'll add you to the list. It is easier for me to do it on the Hospital site and I just don't know who wants to know and who doesn't.
Due to the seizures, I need to go where Harold goes, so as time allows I am getting to the rest of the yarny stuff. Sorry for the delay.
Sorry for the lack of pictures, posts, and communication. I had a seizure or five on this past Thursday. I just returned home last night and I am a little slow in the moving, thinking and general living, so I am going to take it easy for a couple of days. I am going through my emails. Those of you that I had packaged up already and have paid will hopefully get in the mail today. Those of you that I have to figure out will more than likely take until Saturday to figure out.
Today is my Anna's 8th Birthday! We are trying to make it as special as we can due to the circumstances of my health. My mom came over last night and we woke her up after midnight to get some presents. Lucky for me the school is having a book fair and she will be allowed to pick out anything she wants for this special occassion!
At any rate, I thought I would give a heads up as to what was going on... And I am okay, just slow.
Thanks for all of the support and I'll be typing real soon!
Edited to add: It doesn't look like I'll make it to the post office today, the doctor's office called and made a last minute appointment, but I will try to get as much of it boxed up as possible. Thanks for your patience!
Thanks Stephanie for the shout out. I promise to get back to everyone about the stash stuff during my early morning wake up. The brain is a little fried because I have been awake since 3am this morning. And I had some visitors this evening! If you are looking for the stash it is on the left in the album. I have an appointment with the oncologist tomorrow morning, so I will be away for a bit then too. MUST. SLEEP.
My friend Annie brought over her son yesterday to play and help me take pictures of my stash. The sale is coming, I'm just taking my time and having boxes and mailing supplies shipped to my house, then I'll need to make sure I can arrange for the mail person to come up and pick up the packages. We live in a town where they complain if you put too much mail in their mailbox at the post office.
When I went to the doctor (self professed shoe whore) to have the staples removed he cut back on my steroids. Side note: steroids suck, they make you hungry and hurt all the time. Seems that may not have been a good thing and he thinks my decline in motor skills may be because of it, so we are back to 3 times a day.
I know that some of you are still awaiting thanks from me and it is coming, I am just a bit of a perfectionist and want to be sure I haven't missed anything!
I wanted to take Halloween pictures of my kids, but left the camera with all the stash stuff upstairs and seemed to fall asleep in my recliner in the living room last night. So maybe some regular pictures tomorrow of the kids, I don't think you've seen them in while and they are getting so big.
Maybe I can learn how to crochet. In my tumored stupor (we'll just call it) it seems I may have purchased a crochet hook set and destructions on how to crochet. It seems many of my friends have had their babies and my plans for sweaters have been foiled. So maybe, just maybe we can crochet some baby blankies up. Are you wondering about the spindle spinning? Well, it is sitting on the couch at the moment, very lonely. I'll be by myself for most of the day today and plan on trying it out and not getting frustrated.
I also plan on attending the Granby, CT event of seeing the Yarn Harlot on Sunday. So come say hi. I'll be the one that looks tired, but definitely not like I had brain surgery. No hats cuz the hair covers the scar. And maybe, just maybe by then I can get a kicky little haircut. (Still trying to get the blood schmutz out so as to not gross anyone out) You can't see it, but someone washing and cutting would be able to. Come say hi. I don't bite (anymore).
If you know me, I am a go go go type person. Life flies real fast around here. It has been difficult for me to wait on doctors for information. Simple information such as being able to lift a teapot, etc. I feel strong and my balance is pretty good, but I am getting tired and not wanting to rest. And now it feels like my brain wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about what someone said to me hours ago and then I must wake said person (usually the husband) up and discuss why it made me angry, hurt, or just plain mad. I almost want some sleeping pills, so we can both have a little peace :)
Fear not, I will not be going anywhere. I plan on trying to spin tonight (with a spindle) and if that goes well, I'll get a wheel. I also would like to try my hand at sewing again. I promise the creativity won't be waining, just the knitting for now. And that is why I'll be selling my stash. To make room for other stashes :0)