Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ebbs and Flows

Life is like a box of chocolates; expensive, sickly and over too soon!!

I am having my ups and downs, as we all do. That is life.

I have barely read a blog in forever. Went to bloglines tonight and ran screaming at the sheer multitude of posts I have to catch up on. In reality it's just not going to happen. I will endeavour to get up to speed but if I've missed anything big please fill me in as some of you have over 40 posts for me to catch up on - you have too much spare bloody time on your hands!!

I am at my all time highest weight but I'm not going to go into that here, shoot over to The Geisha's Place for that news.

I have been discovering so much about myself it's bizarre. I recommend anyone who is struggling with things in life to get a bit of couch time in. It's like having a friend who has to listen to you whether they like it or not and then they have to say wise things to you and help you see the light. It's brilliant.

I've been working long hours, I really enjoy it. I'm flying up to Auckland in the next couple of weeks for the day and will be doing some training on a computer package we use at work to make me an expert. Then at the end of the month I'm off to an Excutive Administrators Course to learn things like image importance, how to manage different boss's, how to be the middle man etc. I'm really enjoying it all.

As far as Aussie goes, who knows. At the moment it's in the pipeline but that pipe is bloody long.

Kids are great. Off to see the famous Dr Gluten next week for Phoebe. She is having some real issues with ezcema and pale floating stools. Poor wee toerag. Thing we may be looking down the barrel of a dairy free gun as well. She has just started Kindy and is loving it, but we have to get an EpiPen for her peanut allergy and that is going to cost over $170 and only can be used once. It's a bit rough when a common food can kill you and Mum and Dad have to use a third of Mum's weekly income to pay for the 0.2mls of adrenalin that could save your life. And you live over 40mins from the nearest hospital. Anyone, I'm not after any free lunches, I just think Pharmac needs to get it's priorities straight. Over 200 million spent on a meningitis B vaccine that as been found to be near to useless and only lasts for around 7 months and was incidentally never tested on humans before dosed out en masse to our unsuspecting population. How many people die from allergic reactions to foods etc a year compared to meningitis (prior to vaccination)? How many woman die a year from breast cancer compared to meningitis? Don't see the 200 million being shelled out for herceptin? I know there are a million arguments for and against but I feel that this country is run by a pack of pillocks who push their own agendas and go for the big media hitting pity votes.

Have apparently done my rotator cuff in my right shoulder. Don't know if I have mentioned the neck/shoulder pain I've had for the past couple of years but I usually grin and bear it. Yesterday I finally brought it up with the doc and apparently I have quite a problem there. Hopefully will find time to get to physio this week.

There's an update for you!!

More soon.

11 comments:

hawkeye23 said...

EpiPens at $170 bucks in Kiwiland? Come to Aussie. Mine only cost $30... Which reminds me, it's expired, so I need to get a new one.

Glad to hear you're enjoying your job, Jules.

Linda said...

Bloody hell Jules - i got 2 Epipen's on the weekend on 1 script and paid $31... Mine had also expired. Hopefully you'll sort out Phoebe's allergies soon.

Chris H said...

How the hell come you are expected to pay for the Epipen for a wee kid? That should be covered cos she's under 6! Whatever, the health system sucks. End. of. story.
Update on us... we sold, we bought, we move in less than 3 weeks! I had me surgery ... tried to die twice! Got a totally reconstructed fanny.. have tried it out... it hurt... won't go there again for a while! That's about it! Glad you blogged again, have missed ya.

Hippygal said...

Bugger about the epipen and yes they should be funded.... Another bugga about the shoulder hope you don't need surgery on it.... Glad work is going well and nice to see you back :-)

Miss Beck said...

Busy, busy girl!

Can you get epi-pens sent over from an Australian chemist website?Just curious..

All the training with your work sounds terrific, I bet you're loving using your brain for things other than children and a house right now.

P.S. How is Blair doing as a house hubby?

Cazzie!!! said...

Wow, what a catch up! Ouch at the rotator cuff, I did mine also a few years back, same side too, it has its ups and downs, a good physio can strap it and let u in on the exercises to do to correct it.
Take care :)

Tania said...

So glad that things are going well with the job.

Don't even get me started on the food allergy thing - the government over here haven't gotten it right either. I spend a small fortune on private immunology appointments, dermatologist creams etc without even thinking about the massive cost of allergy-free foods on a weekly basis - it's rediculous!

Middle Child said...

e if you can tie in with a GP who practises integrative medicine...they can sometimes do things which lessen allergies

this is the link to some integrative docs - not all are docs...but they do exist
this is their home page
http://www.acnem.org/modules/mastop_publish/?tac=1

this is a list of practitioners in NZ

http://www.acnem.org/modules/mastop_publish/?tac=37

I can't guarentee, but without these people our daughter Alison (30) would still be lying in bed unable to function.

but you would have your own word of mouth good docs there.

It is expensive... and will be to her when she grows up, so as well as she can leave childhood, means it will be easier for her as an adult, physically and financially

Middle Child said...

e if you can tie in with a GP who practises integrative medicine...they can sometimes do things which lessen allergies

this is the link to some integrative docs - not all are docs...but they do exist
this is their home page
http://www.acnem.org/modules/mastop_publish/?tac=1

this is a list of practitioners in NZ

http://www.acnem.org/modules/mastop_publish/?tac=37

I can't guarentee, but without these people our daughter Alison (30) would still be lying in bed unable to function.

but you would have your own word of mouth good docs there.

It is expensive... and will be to her when she grows up, so as well as she can leave childhood, means it will be easier for her as an adult, physically and financially

Steph said...

Why do you live there????? Gah!

Jayne said...

...........was just going to ask the same as a couple of others who've commented; can you not get the epipen sent over from Oz?
Nice to see you took a breather hon & did a post. Glad the couch time is helping - I'd like to do it here but the woman I saw in Feb made me feel like there was a 3rd person in the room, when she kept saying 'yanni' (Lebanese word for y'know or some such thing) so it's put me off going back. *sigh*
Keep yer chin up darlin & don't stress too much about the weight.