Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
My brother and his whole family has had covid. I believe everyone in his family had their shots and their cases were mild. They are all feeling better now. My daughter and her whole family also had covid. Only my daughter and Ladybug had had their first shot a week before everyone became sick. The younger kids are not old enough yet. Our guess is someone caught it at school and brought it home. Kentucky currently has a very high rate of covid cases. When I talked with my daughter this morning everyone is feeling much better. They were tested a third time yesterday afternoon and the tests were finally negative. My daughter was the sickest one and I was very worried about her. I’m thankful they are all well again.
I thought maybe I had it too but I knew I hadn’t been around anyone at all for about two weeks. I believed it was just another episode of my fibromyalsia from emptying the shed so it could be moved. I always have an episode after physical efforts. Three days in bed and I felt better. I’m staying in a self-imposed quarantine until the Kentucky numbers are down again. I’ve had both Fauci Ouchies but won’t take any unnecessary chances of being exposed to some variant.
Maybe it wasn’t covid or fibromyalsia after all but something entirely different. In early August I had a CT chest exam done because I’m an ex smoker. Its a preventative screening test paid for by Medicare after 10 years smoke free. Apparently my lungs are fine but an abnormal growth showed up on both of my kidneys. My NP’s office referred me to a kidney specialist several miles away. I know there are specialists just a few blocks from where I live so I called for an appointment. Its been four days and the Nephrologist is still waiting for my records to be faxed over from the NP before they can give me an appointment. I’ll call on Tuesday when the NP office opens to ask again. Our health systems are a total mess these days.
I’ve had problems with my kidneys for years. The last episode of what I believed was kidney stones was in September. I posted about it then. Over the years I’ve had kidney stone surgeries and numerous passing of stones all of which required a CT scan for verification. As many times as I’ve had a CT of my kidneys done this is the first time anyone has said anything was abnormal growths. It wasn’t the NP but the CT technician who recognized a problem and reported it.
I had planned to start couponing again just to see if I could do as well with digital coupons as I did with paper coupons. I had someone’s referral code ready to sign up with Ibotta too until I remembered how easily a low income person can get sucked into purchases that are not needed just by believing we are saving money.
There are many who think of rebates as “extra income” from buying things. Of course in the past that was true when everything was done without computers but not anymore in this age of digital everything. Its like this; consumers can’t beat the advertisers and the producers at their own game. They spend millions of dollars every year to find ways to trick the public. Coupons and rebates being only one of those ways. Let me say this; coupons and rebates are not income. Coupons and rebates are enticements to spend money to fatten the pockets of the 1%. If I find a coupon for an item I already intend to purchase I’ll use it but I won’t buy an item just because there is a coupon and/or rebate on it.
I expect to be quite busy for awhile as I learn more about my kidney issue. It will most likely require healthier eating. But how? By rethinking my foodbank foods and very careful planning of course. Reading and research are time consuming. I’m also fairly sure the doctors will want to do more tests. Aren’t there always more tests? Tests are the medical money makers.
I’m also preparing for winter as best I’m able. The Old Farmer’s Almanac just announced that my area will be very snowy and cold for the 2021-2022 winter. They are calling it the “Year of Shivers” winter. Someone sent me a pair of warm house shoes from my Amazon wish list just in time for my winter prepping. These are a tiny bit snug but being made of cloth I can stretch them. There wasn’t a note or anything so I don’t know who sent them. I want to say thank you to whomever it was. I’m going to have some toasty warm feet this winter.
Take care and stay safe everyone.