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.