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Going to the doctor, now, we’re gonna get harried…

Monday was ridiculous.

The stupid secretary had me down as a PHONE consult, so when I arrived (even after confirming my visit as, you know, PHYSICAL), everyone was all pissed off because it meant they had to stay there longer.

Anyway, here’s the biz:

My doc is impressed that I managed to get off of Lexapro and Neurontin in 2 months’ time.  He said, in all of his years of medicine (20 years plus), he’s never had a patient do that.

Well, this is what happens when I’m motivated.  Also, when you don’t have an addictive personality.  I win?

He wants me to take another 2-3 months to wean off of the Cymbalta and the trazodone.

I’m on a new, special diet, too.

The list of things I CAN eat is shorter than the list I can’t.  Or, maybe they’re the same length, because they’re all basically food groups.

I can eat: Any meat (no sausage ), any vegetables (aside from corn and potatoes), beans, water, and green tea.

I can’t eat: Soy, bread/grains of any sort, ANY dairy, nuts (something about some sort of fungus that develops on them or something that most people’s immune systems can handle), soda, juice, coffee (because I only like it with milk and sweetener), fruit AND fruit juice, sugar, sugar substitute (Well, I can, but it’s a negligible amount), and…well…anything else you can think of.

I hope to be completely into the diet by the end of next week.  There are still things in the house that can only be eaten by me (in other words, I can’t pawn it off to Forrest, because he has issues with it), but they’re not getting replenished after they’re gone.

I’m also supposed to drink a concoction of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and water (to dilute) in order to assist my body with digestion.  The problem, aside from it tasting terrible?  It gives me heartburn.  Which I take Pepto Bismol to counteract.  Which also slows digestion by reducing the acid production in your stomach.  So THAT’s a fun happenstance.

You may notice a new link on the left sidebar about Hunter Safety Classes.  To the FTC, I was paid for that ad.  To everyone else, it looks like a decent site.

I made another independent decision regarding income, until I can find a job.  I haven’t heard back from either Banfield or the psych place.  The ESL tutoring that I’m doing is going okay, but I need more than $200/month.  So far, it looks like it’s going to work out.

I’m also totally going to donate plasma soon.  They run it through a cleaner, so anything in my system shouldn’t be a problem.

Yes, I’m desperate for money…why do you ask?

Sallie Mae has been calling me nearly constantly, so I finally got a hold of them during their business hours (they leave me computerized messages on my voicemail telling me to call the back ASAP…but, of course, the line goes over to the “please call during our regular office hours” message, so I finally just called them today at around 6pm to make sure they were there, and find out what’s going on.  Basically I’m filing another forbearance. They’re sending me a disability form, so that hopefully I can get my doctor to let them know that my situation right now isn’t for lack of trying.

Also?  Having withdrawal from Lortab is a partial definition of hell.  My doctor didn’t call me in enough refills, so I have to go at some point next week to remind them that I exist.

In HAPPIER news, I got to sing some 90s grunge-era music with an old friend from high school, who brought his guitar over to oblige my need to sing lately.  He has a studio, too, as does another friend of mine.  I want to do a demo.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, I have the connections to do it, and there’s no good reason for me NOT to try.

I don’t write lyrics any more, but I’m going to give it a try at some point soon.  Otherwise, it’s covers-only.

What I’d include:

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow (classic Garland and punk version)
  • Halleluiah (Cohen version)
  • Edge of Glory (Lady Gaga – don’t judge me, plskthx)
  • Back to Black (Amy Winehouse)
  • Comfortably Numb (Floyd)
  • Pinch Me (Barenaked Ladies)
  • Closing Time (Semisonic)
  • I’m No Good (Winehouse)
  • You Wanted More – Tonic
  • Anything (Grey Daze version with correct lyrics)
  • *fin (Anberlin)
  • Carpenters song of some sort

I’m trying to include a mix to show how versatile I am.  I’m thinking of throwing a country song in there, and possibly one of Ellen Reid’s Crash Test Dummies tracks where she’s the lead vocalist.

Also, I’d like to have a song where the vocal part is high, so that I can show off my range, too.

Anyone have any suggestions?

I renewed my domain and Whois for another year, so you’re stuck with me.

Okay, my restless legs suck right now, so lucky for you, I’m stopping.


12 comments to Going to the doctor, now, we’re gonna get harried…

  • gamachinist

    Can you hit the high notes in “The Star Spangled Banner”?

    I don’t know much about music, but I do know that seems to be a hard song to sing the way I consider correct.
    I often wonder if the reason so many artists foul it up is because they can’t do it correctly and just “make it their own” to cover their lack of range……

    I wish you the best of success with the demo ( and every thing else). Lord knows you could use a boost these days.

    • I can sing the Star-Spangled Banner, hell yes. It’s funny – I keep thinking it’s too cheesy to do, but for the 4 years I’ve had this blog, I’ve wanted to just sing it a capella and post it here on July 4th.

      You don’t have to know music to know when someone’s screwing around with a song. The reason singers mess around with our National Anthem is because they think it’s too boring to sing the way it was written. They want to “make it their own” to keep themselves interested in it, while thinking that makes it interesting for everyone else, too. I’ve NEVER in my life heard a good version of The Star Spangled Banner from after the 80s. On TV, live, at sporting events…even in high school, with the so-called “honor choir” singers doing solos, it’s always been…well, I have perfect relative pitch. We’ll leave it at that.

      I’d have to find my key (it’s changed since high school), but that would definitely be an interesting thing to include, a capella, on a demo. Heh. Range (2.5 octaves), clarity of tone, pitch, ability to stay in the same key without any musical cues…hm. Yeah, I’m going to keep that in mind.

  • Tracie

    For that upper range…”Dream On” by Aerosmith?

    • Yeah, to get THAT high with volume, I can’t scream like he does. So it would sound like a musak version. Otherwise, I love that song, so it would seem like a good choice. Thanks!

  • Rush baby

    When you say no sausage (insert Anthony Weiner joke here) did he say no pork? Just wondering so you don’t go for chops and have problems. Also lamb’s okay?

    • Oh, god, the Weiner scandal – yeah, I haven’t been paying attention to that, and I’m so happy to be ignorant.

      He said “any meat is fine, as long as it’s not fatty or cooked in grease”. I’m not much of a fan of sausage, anyway, but it having fat and other mostly-unknown stuff in it ground together makes it a prime target for an unwanted food allergy. Because it’s pre-mixed, I’m not eating it.

      I don’t have much opportunity for lamb, but I assume it’s okay, too. I’m mostly sticking with chicken and fish. I have a chili base that’s just beans and sauce right now, and I’m probably going to add beef to it…since I know all the ingredients (made it myself), I know it’s safe.

      It’s ridiculously simple, but stupidly complicated to follow. I asked, specifically, if I could eat beans, and he said yes. Everything else I asked, he said no. No grains of any sort. No dairy. Eggs are fine. Bacon’s fine, as long as it’s cooked in a way where the grease drains. Etc.

  • Rush baby

    That’s it, I’m tucking it in. Guess I’m a tranny now.

  • Joe

    Be prepared for the plasma donation to take a LOOOOOONG time. Not because of the donation, because of the company. You probably already knew that, but just a word to the wise since you seem to have had enough surprises lately.