Frazzled…that’s how I feel today–among many other things. I simply don’t have the energy or peace of mind to write a regular post today, so this will be a random one.
First of all, I got my wish, and we had a “Rainy Night In Georgia” on Wednesday night! We didn’t get a lot of rain, but anything was better than nothing. The grass and plants looked refreshed on Thursday morning. I’m grateful we didn’t get any of those storms that our meteorologists were “on watch” for. We’ve now plunged from the 80’s to the 40’s.
The wind and rain of Wednesday evening knocked a new bunch of pecans out of our trees, so my daughter and I had the chore of picking up pecans on Thursday afternoon. Thank goodness for those “pecan picker uppers”! It’s nothing short of a miracle that I was able to pick up nuts, considering I was barely able to put one foot in front of the other for the previous two days!
In addition to the stomach issues I’ve been having, I’ve also developed a major case of fatigue, which has now turned to the awful stiffness which happens when I have to get off my Nsaids (due to the stomach issues)…welcome to my world.
The other day, I was talking with my daughter about our symptoms (she has them, too), and she described her stiffness as being like the squeaky “Tin Man” on the Wizard of Oz. What a great analogy! Do you remember how stiff and squeaky he got without his oil? Without our arthritis meds to help control inflammation, we both turn into the squeaky Tin Men. What a great pair we make these days!
Speaking of illness and symptoms, here’s another interesting medical experience of late...I asked Ed to go by the pharmacy to see if I had any refills left on my old medication Prevacid. I haven’t taken prescription strength Prevacid since our insurance changed and the co-payment for it became eighty-six dollars. Instead, I’ve been taking two capsules of over-the-counter Prevacid–in between trying various other (cheaper co-pay) medications which the doctor has prescribed for me to try (none of which I’ve been able to tolerate, unfortunately). Lately, the Prevacid OTC hasn’t seemed to work as well either, so I decided to give the prescription strength another try...just hoping for a miracle.
Anyway, Ed went to the pharmacy, where he was promptly told that our insurance would have to “pre-approve” the prescription before it could be filled–which was not a new prescription, by the way! Ed says to the pharmacist, “Just let me have it, I’ll pay for it instead of filing on insurance.” The cash price for the Prevacid? Sixty-four dollars–that’s twenty-two dollars less than just the co-pay would’ve been! And we wonder why healthcare is getting so ridiculous in America…
Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox now, and try to do something productive with my day. I still owe Ed a German Chocolate cake as part of his birthday gift. I’m not sure today will be the day he gets it. We’ll just see how the day goes.
Oh, one more thing before I go! Speaking of Ed…I found a recipe over on blog friend, Debby’s blog, Just Breathe, for potato soup. She posted it on this week’s Wednesday’s Hodgepodge. It sounded good–and easy–so I made it last night. Ed loved it! I mean, he really loved it. So if you are looking for a simple, delicious soup recipe, that’s a “man pleaser”, here’s a good one from Debby:
1 bag frozen hash-brown potatoes…(30 oz. bag)- I use cubed!
2 cans chicken broth…(14 oz can)
1 can cream of chicken soup…(10.75 oz. can)
1/2 cup chopped onion – I use flakes!
1/3 t. ground black pepper
1 pkg cream cheese….softened…(8 oz.)
In a 6 quart electric slow cooker, combine potatoes, broth, soup, onion, and pepper. Cover, and cook on low for 5 hours. Then, stir in cream cheese…and cook for 30 more minutes…stir occasionally until combined. If you desire grated cheese or crumbled bacon. that’s OK, too! Serves 4
Thanks for sharing, Debby! You made Ed’s evening 🙂
Have a great weekend, everyone, and forgive me if I haven’t been by to visit in the past few days. I haven’t felt like spending much time on the computer. I’ll get caught up soon.