Same ‘Ole Excuses

I had great plans to revamp my blog this week and really kick my blogging back into high gear, but as usual something else came up.  Between a trip to Greenville for my new doctor (only to find out old doctor still hasn’t sent my records over!), and lots of sickness things just haven’t gone as planned.  Oh well.  That’s kind of the new norm around here.  I’ll work on finding a new layout and searching for the best suite of analytic tools for this blog later.  Right now I’ll give a quick update on what’s been happening around here.

I had my first appointment with my new doc on Thursday, and I feel so much better now.  There are a couple things I’m going to have to get used to about this particular doctor’s office, but the good definitely outweighs the bad.  For the first appointment I didn’t even see the doctor.  It was basically supposed to be the appointment to establish me as a patient, do the initial blood work, and a pregnancy test.  The NP took me into her office, and we sat down for some one on one time so she could find out my history instead of rushing me through paperwork and out the door.  As soon as I said my previous delivery was by c section she started trying to sell me on a VBAC.  That made me feel great, and I let her know that was the whole reason I had been transferred to their office.  I want the opportunity to try to VBAC so badly.  

What we both discovered was that old doctor still hasn’t sent my records over.  I really don’t know what’s going on with old doctor’s office, but I’m feeling really glad to be away from there now because something is definitely up.  The NP tried unsuccessfully to get someone on the phone to fax my records over, so there really wasn’t much that could be done. 

She started asking questions about my visits with old doctor, and after finding out I’ve already had my blood work, drug panel, thyroid panel, pap, and initial ultrasound at old doc’s office new doc couldn’t do anything that day.  My insurance won’t pay for the same tests to be ran twice, so I basically drove all the way to Greenville for nothing.  

She scheduled me to come in this Friday for my initial exam with the VBAC doctor, but I’ll have to reschedule.  We’re all sick again, and I highly doubt I’ll be able to get there on Friday.  Besides I would prefer to keep our germs at home instead of sharing them with lots of other pregnant women, especially since this is the office that sees all the high risk patients in the area.

We spent this morning at Ellie’s doctor waiting to be worked in for a flu test.  The good news is the flu test was negative, but my poor little girl is seriously sick.  It started with Ben, moved to me, and now it’s her turn…only Ben is now on round two, so I have 2 sick “babies” in the house.  He really is worse than Ellie when he’s sick, but you don’t have to tell him I said that! 😉

Time To Buy?

So much is changing right now, and I’m so surprised by all of it.  I never expected us to talk about buying a house right now, but it honestly looks like we’re finally moving in that direction.  We’ve been discussing our options, and I spent some time this morning looking at what’s available in the area we want.  

As much as I love living in my hometown I know it would be better for us to move to Pickens county, closer to Ben’s parents and closer to his job.  It wouldn’t completely cut out his commute, but it would make it a lot more affordable. 

Ben is also contemplating the idea of moving farther downstate to the area where he works.  The upside to that is the amount we’d save on the commute would cover half of our house payment.  The downside is we would be over an hour away from family and friends, so I’m not sure I want to move that far away.  We’ll probably be sticking with Pickens county, and I’m seriously surprised at the price difference.  The homes we’re looking at drop by about $40,000 just by moving across the county line.

 We don’t want something brand spanking new. I don’t need to find indoor floor fountains  and tennis courts.  We want something small that has good bones but needs a little work.  We’re not talking anything major, but if it’s got 70’s wallpaper and flooring it’s right up our alley.  I didn’t marry a carpenter/handyman/harry the soon to be homeowner for nothing.  We can save ourselves a lot of money by buying something that needs updating.  We also don’t need something huge nor do I want to live in anything huge.  I like living in a smaller house.  It’s less to clean, less room to acquire lots of useless junk we don’t need, and less to maintain.

So, yeah, that’s what’s going on right now.  We won’t be rushing out to buy anything right this minute, but the search has begun.  Hopefully one day soon I can announce that we’ve finally become homeowners.

A VERY Big Thank You!

I want to say thank you to all the wonderful people who have stepped up to help us provide as much as we can for the people of Mount Hope, Alabama.  I’ve had people contacting me all day wanting to know how they can help and where they can drop off goods. I have a nice collection of food and paper products stacking up right now, and there are so many more donations pouring in.

Lighthouse Food FarmI want to extend my gratitude to Farmer Jim and the Lighthouse Food Farm for donating 6 cases of water!  Farmer Jim runs the Lighthouse Food Farm because he is on a mission to help feed the hungry.  The Food Farm provides fresh organic fruits and vegetables that are grown locally to soup kitchens, food banks, shut-ins, elderly, and families trying to make ends meet all across Upstate South Carolina.  Just recently the Food Farm has expanded to providing fresh fruits and vegetables for others across the nation.

Even though fruits and vegetables aren’t something that we feel we can provide these families right now (many do not have homes, some are still without power), Farmer Jim quickly donated a staple that is needed immediately, fresh uncontaminated water.  We know residents do have water, but many farm communities rely on well water, well water that can quickly become contaminated by chemicals and toxins seeping into the ground after a disaster such as this one.

For more information on all the wonderful things Lighthouse Food Farm is doing to help those in need and how you can help, too, please check out Farmer Jim’s Lighthouse Food Farm website, Facebook page, and Youtube Channel!

*Update*

Check out the SFNToday.com interview with Farmer Jim about the Lighthouse Food Farm!