This allergic reaction is still going on, despite stopping a certain medication that may have been the cause. It may take awhile for it to leave my system. The doctor prescribed another round of steroids. She keeps saying it’s something I’m eating or using. I’ve only ever had allergic reactions to medications, nothing else. I know exactly what I’m eating and using and was eating and using these things with no problems a month ago but she won’t listen to me. She’s going to have to refer me to someone who can help me with finding the cause if it isn’t that medication. I need to allow some more time to see if it clears up and stay off that medication permanently. It’s just really frustrating because being red and itchy is not fun.
As far as therapy goes, I’ve decided not to do it at this time. I was really put off by the last therapist’s behavior, and I can’t seem to find another one I connect with. Honestly, I’ve only had 2 good therapists. The only reason why I’m not seeing them anymore is because they left to take a job elsewhere. I also want to cut back on appointments since the transportation services are a nightmare half the time. Last week I had a doctor appointment and was left stuck outside after they closed waiting for someone to show up for an hour and a half. When I complain, all I get is a half-assed apology. If only I had the money to reinstate my license and get a car.
Update: A new therapist called and he seemed kind of rude. I get really flustered on the phone because of anxiety and agreed to an appointment I didn’t really want. I called this morning to cancel. I’m just not having much luck with therapists and am getting too frustrated at this point, so I don’t really want therapy right now.
I saw my psychiatrist on Tuesday, he took me off one medication because it wasn’t helping and prescribed something to help me sleep. It worked for one night so far. I miss the nights years ago when I could sleep normally. I think it’s related to my mental health and I have been going to therapy. I will have to switch to a different therapist because he kept bringing up sexual things and asking questions that I didn’t think were appropriate. I told him to stop making these comments and he made it seem like it was my fault because “everyone else talks about it”. I’m not really concerned with what “everyone else” is talking about, I’m not “everyone else”. It’s one thing if I brought it up, but I didn’t. It seemed like he was trying to make me feel bad about it. I asked a couple of people what they thought, and they thought he was out of line. He didn’t seem to like that I didn’t think his comments were appropriate and I want to see someone else. Oh well, I have every right to switch if I’m not comfortable.
Yesterday the regular doctor said the allergic reaction appears to be gone now but it could come back. She told me to pay attention to what I’m using (I haven’t changed anything). My skin has been really dry and it usually isn’t. I’ll have to wait and see what happens and go from there.
Anyway, I got a Snapchat finally. I know I’m really behind but it took me some time to get the hang of it. My Snapcode is on the sidebar.
I finally got the new theme up. Yes, it’s similar to the other one but at least it’s a bit of a change. I’m still having health issues and have been running to a lot of appointments. A couple weeks ago, I developed an allergic reaction to something but I can’t figure out what it’s from. The doctor prescribed some stuff to help alleviate the symptoms, but it’s still not improving. I have to go back for a follow up on Thursday. I may have to have allergy testing done. I’ve never been allergic to anything but certain medications and I haven’t changed any of the products I’m using. I’m really stumped. I’m also still struggling with insomnia, I hardly ever sleep and I hate it. I see my psych doctor on Tuesday, I’ll tell him yet again that I’m still dealing with it. I hope something can be done because I can’t be awake all the time it’s not good.
There are still more changes happening at my apartment complex. They were bought out in December and everything is changing. I got a notice on my door the other night saying they need to run new gas lines because the remodeled units have washers and dryers. Mine isn’t remodeled. The notice also said I could move into a remodeled unit when my lease is up (which I’m not doing because the rent for those is much higher). I called the office about it and the lady said I would have to move into a remodeled unit when my lease is up in July. I started having an anxiety attack after that because that wouldn’t have given me much time to find another place. The lady who has worked in the office for years called a couple hours later and said that what the other lady told me wasn’t true and she shouldn’t have given me incorrect information. She said I could renew my lease here in my current apartment. She knows I can’t afford a remodeled unit because we discussed it. That was a relief. I haven’t had much luck finding another place and with all these appointments I want to also focus on getting better. I really don’t want to move right now, but I will eventually. Since I’m not sleeping, I don’t have the energy right now to deal with moving.
On Tuesday I went to get the ultrasounds to check out the breast lumps, they turned out to be nothing. That was a huge relief. The follow-up appointment with my doctor is on Thursday. There are still several concerns that need to be brought up. I wish they had the time to get through it all so I don’t have to keep going back there multiple times. My back pain and stomach problems haven’t been addressed yet. I guess I’ll have to just keep going in until everything has been dealt with. I was seeing a crappy doctor before who wasn’t doing anything about the problems and they just got worse. They also did bloodwork, and only had the results for one thing which was my blood sugar. They said it was a little high but I’m not considered diabetic. I’m just tired of running to all these appointments but things need to be checked out. I’ve been really worn out because of my insomnia and not getting much sleep.
It’s Easter and I don’t have any plans as usual since the family is in Pennsylvania. I just want to relax honestly.
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I was going to put a new theme up, but I caught this horrible cold/flu virus thing that has been going around. Last Monday it started with a bad cough and got worse from there. I could hardly eat anything for several days and back pain was severe. It was hard to rest because of my insomnia. I’m finally feeling better and am trying to get caught up on things. I’m not sure when I’ll get to the theme.
Last Tuesday I saw a new doctor. She, unfortunately, didn’t have time to go over all the health problems I’ve been having. I did have an infection she prescribed me antibiotics for. I was supposed to go in today for bloodwork and to get urine test results, but the transportation service showed up an hour and 20 minutes late so I wasn’t able to make it. I had a similar problem with my last appointment. The cab called me, hung up on me, and drove off. I had to wait for another one to come and get me which took awhile and made me late. I had to reschedule today’s appointment for this Friday and chose a different company for transportation. I hope this one shows up on time. Unfortunately all the trouble I got into in 2015 with my arrest, I lost my license and vehicle so it’s been a huge pain to have to rely on these companies who can’t show up on time because it makes me look bad.
I have therapy on the 6th and I’m looking forward to that to talk about all my frustrations.
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I know I just blogged, but something happened that was really bothersome to me. Someone stole the patio chair outside my apartment last night and threw it in the dumpster. It’s not so much about the chair, but the fact that someone was taking something outside my apartment late at night while I was asleep. When I woke up this morning, I started to head out to take out the trash and noticed the chair was gone. As I was taking out the trash, I looked in the empty dumpster out of curiosity and there it was. I sent an email to the office about it, and they offered to have maintenance get the chair back for me which was really nice. I had to leave for an appointment and the chair was back in its place when I got home. I have a pretty good idea who did it, but without proof, neither I nor the office can do anything. The guy next door absolutely hates smokers, so it wouldn’t surprise me if it was him. What he doesn’t realize is, I’ve been under a lot of stress and was smoking/vaping a bit more than usual. He would stand in his doorway and stare at me which made me uncomfortable. I keep trying to quit so I don’t have to deal with stuff like this, but it’s just so difficult especially with what’s been going on. I think he waited until I went to bed (it was late) to do it to minimize the risk of him being seen. He could have just discussed it with me instead of doing that. I will be bringing in the chair as well as the doormat (just in case) before I go to bed so there’s nothing out there for him to mess with.
I’m just afraid that this will escalate, but if it does, I’ll have to contact the police.
Pest control came Thursday and everything was ok. I didn’t need a follow-up treatment and was told I could put everything back. I spent the weekend moving the furniture back, putting all the other stuff back, cleaning, and doing laundry. That was such a pain having to move everything out of closets and cupboards then moving it all back.
I see a new doctor next week, I have a list of concerns about my back, stomach, my now swollen foot, and a few other things. I don’t know why my foot is swollen when I haven’t done anything to it. It’s all a bit worrying. I’m sure a lot of these problems may be related to all the weight gain from medications. I really need to get more exercise, but unfortunately, the gym here is under construction. It’s also been really hot here and is supposed to go up to 90+ degree temperatures. The apartment complex manager still hasn’t turned on the air conditioning (this place has an old system where you can only either have heat or air conditioning, not both). They said that the temperatures were too low at night (they aren’t) and it’s going to take awhile to get the chiller systems up and running. It’s not supposed to be on until the 20th. My apartment gets so hot during the day that it’s almost unbearable. I have several fans going and it doesn’t help much. I really don’t understand why they think it’s too cold at night. If people are cold, can’t they just put on a sweater? I may have to complain to the city because 94 degrees is too hot to be without air conditioning.
The control panel was showing it didn’t expire until 2018, but that wasn’t accurate. It was actually going to expire April of this year. Customer service was really confused about it, but one person said I was right after they checked other things. Even Whois shows it expired in 2017. I didn’t want it to expire and risk losing it so I renewed.
I finally did find a new doctor, but it took a lot of phone calls. I will start seeing the new doctor on the 21st. I had other appointments scheduled or I would have made it sooner. The doctor I was seeing for 4 years didn’t take my new insurance and she wasn’t very good anyway. I last saw her in December and she ignored a lot of my concerns. Some of the health problems I’m having could be serious so I wasn’t happy about that. I really hope the new doctor will check these problems out.
My apartment complex is having an exterminator fog every single apartment for roaches. This place has had a lot of pest problems for decades so they’re finally doing something about it. Unfortunately, this requires a large amount of prep work (closets and cupboards have to be completely empty, nothing can be on countertops, all furniture has to be moved away from walls). I also have to stay out of my apartment for at least 3 hours after they’re done. I was just notified as of yesterday that it all has to be done by Thursday. I have a lot to do in a short amount of time. This is all going to be very difficult because of how small the place is, there’s not much room to put things. As much as I don’t want to do this, I have to or I’ll be fined $150 and will get an eviction notice. It’s not easy to do all this with fatigue and pain. I just have to keep working at it one room at a time. I may even have to miss another appointment on Tuesday, I may not have time to go because there’s so much to do. It’s just stressful.
My anxiety has been horrible lately and the only thing that seems to help is by distracting myself by binge watching movies and TV shows on Netflix.
Some of the good movies and TV shows I’ve watched lately:
- Stranger Things
- The OA
- Degrassi Next Class
- Fuller House
- Finding Dory
- The Lazarus Project
Unfortunately, I’ll be waiting awhile for new seasons. There are more to watch, though. At least I found a way to keep my mind off of things even if it’s only for a little while.
I received a 5-day eviction notice on my door this morning for non-payment of rent. I was mad because it was paid a week ago. I took the notice and went down to the office to see why I even received the notice. They couldn’t seem to find the payment and had to try to track it down. They finally did find it and it was in fact paid. I have lived here for 4 years, the rent has never once been late or not paid. Since this place was bought out, there is all new staff. Either way, they should have actually checked to see if it was paid before putting out that notice. The notice also includes late fees which I’m not paying because the rent was paid on time. If that wasn’t bad enough, the constant noise of the construction work day in and day out of this place has been leaving me with a lot of headaches and stress. Other people who live here are sick of it too. One neighbor said she used to like it here but with all these workers new management hired, the noise is just too much and she doesn’t like it here much anymore. I’m sure a lot of people are going to be moving out when their leases are up, some already have.
My mental health clinic has really been getting on my nerves too. My case manager never has time to even call me back, so peer support called me. I don’t really like her. She called me last Friday morning saying she wanted to do a home visit in an hour. I said no, an hour is not enough notice for me. So then she came in the afternoon. As soon as she got here, she ran straight to my bathroom. After that, she wanted to leave. She didn’t remember anything we discussed that day and told me things she was going to do that she never did. She doesn’t understand my autism or why I need advanced notice of things, and why I have difficulty with some things. She just doesn’t listen or remember anything I say. I hung up on her out of frustration. I’m just really stressed out and tired because I’m having trouble sleeping again. I wish I could just catch a break.
Anyway, I got this at Barnes & Noble to get my thoughts and feelings out. I still use the worry journal but this is for everything else.
This apartment complex was bought out by a different company, and pretty much everything is changing. It has a new name, they will be doing a lot of renovations and improvements. They’ve already started redoing the roofs and removing trees (because of the rats), tearing up the pool area for new additions, new pest control company, and more coming. The previous owners just didn’t have the money to keep this place going so it has been run down for quite some time. I have lived at this complex for 4 years now. The main reason I moved here and have stayed here as long as I have is because all utilities are included. This is Arizona, where it’s hot and air conditioning is needed most of the year. Today I found out that they’re going to start charging for utilities. I still have 6 months left on my lease because I had to renew it to transfer to this building. The rent is high enough as it is, and if they are going to charge for utilities on top of that, I won’t be able to stay. I don’t know where I’m going to go because this place was the cheapest. I already went through moving to this building from the old one where there were nothing but problems they wouldn’t fix. The office staff told me they wouldn’t know what the new rental prices will be until April. They aren’t able to tell me that now. They also said there would be a tax on rent (there wasn’t before because this place was owned by a religious organization) and renter’s insurance would be mandatory. The reason I don’t think they should charge separate for utilities is that management is in charge of when heat and air conditioning is turned on. It’s basically an HVAC system that blows hot or cold air. You can’t have heat and air conditioning at the same time. If residents don’t really have control over it, they shouldn’t charge extra. They seem to shut the water off a lot for repairs too.
I will start looking online for other places. If they can’t give me a rental price until April, that would only give me 4 months to find another place and move. I know they’re trying to improve this place, but too much change might drive people away. Some people are already moving out because of the costs of rent as it is now.
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I’ve been looking for a new doctor. The main reasons for that are my current one doesn’t take my secondary insurance, and she didn’t listen to me during the last visit. I got a bill in the mail for what my primary insurance didn’t pay. It’s not much, but I’d like to find a doctor who will take both. I’m still having back pain, and I’ve been having some pain and numbness in my right leg. I also am having a lot of stomach problems, it seems to hurt really often and I’m always running to the bathroom. The doctor thought it was because of anxiety, but I don’t think that’s the only reason. I’m always tired and have no energy.
I need a doctor who will listen and send me somewhere to have these things checked out. I’ve also gained a lot of weight, that might be because of the amounts of medications I’m on and the high doses. My depression has been bad as well. I thought that maybe it was because of the holidays, but they are over so I guess it’s not that. I see my psych doctor on Tuesday. I’m going to tell him that maybe it’s time to change my antidepressant to something I’ve never been on. It sucks feeling so blah and having no energy to get anything done.
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I saw this writing prompt entry and decided to do it.
Reflecting on last year
- A happy memory was having a period of time when I wasn’t feeling so depressed for a few months.
- I was challenged by figuring out how to do sponsored blog posts. It took me some time to learn how to do it correctly.
- I was surprised by the election results.
- I learned to just ignore my new neighbors, even though they drive me nuts.
- I regret treating some people poorly because of mood swings and depression.
- I accomplished one of my goals of writing more.
- I feel good about going to a new therapist.
- I took care of myself by going to regular doctor and therapy visits.
- I wasted time/energy on worrying about things I can’t control.
- I’m grieving a friendship I had to end.
- I’m angry about the results of the election and how it will affect people, and how other people tend to treat me.
- I’m grateful for a place to live.
Looking forward to the new year
- I’m excited about new series and movies coming to Netflix.
- I plan to just keep going.
- I’m worried about losing my insurance and other things.
- When things don’t go as planned I will research an alternative.
- I wish for better health.
- This year is going to be great because it’s a fresh start.
- My intention for this year is to make it better than the last.
- I will take care of myself by spending much needed time to myself.
- Every day I plan to do something I enjoy.
- I will show myself compassion by not beating myself up for my mistakes.
- This year I want to add more friends to my life.
- I will accept myself by embracing my good qualities.
- I will accept others by listening to them.
- I will focus on doing what I can do and be ok if some things don’t get done immediately. One step at a time.
On New Year’s Eve, there were fireworks but I wasn’t able to see them well with all the trees in the way. They were on the other side of the complex and this place is huge. The country club next door does them. I didn’t have enough time to get over there because they were over so quickly. The fireworks on the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve used to be good, now they’re not. Probably budget cuts or something. I really wanted to go to the music festival that was on Friday and Saturday night, but the tickets were very expensive and the transportation would have cost too much because it was a bit far.
I’m actually glad the holidays are over because they make me depressed. Today I spent most of the day in bed because I just felt so lousy. I met with my new therapist last week and he seemed really nice. He thinks I’m depressed because of the holidays too.
I got a notice on my door the other day that the water here is going to be off from January 3-6 from 8-5. That’s really crazy. Whenever there is a leak, water to the entire property has to be shut off. They’re doing this to fix it so that doesn’t have to happen. It’s still really inconvenient to be without water for 8 hours for 3 days. I will have to put water in containers to get by until it’s back on in the evening.
Anyway, I hope everyone had a good holiday. I hope this year is better. I’m terrible at keeping New Year’s resolutions, so my resolution for this year is to just keep going.
“It isn’t only a new year; it is a new chance for everyone to restart.” – Mohammed Sekouty
I recently bought a worry relief journal from modcloth.com that has inspirational quotes and exercises to complete.
I have another journal in addtion to this one. Sometimes it helps for me to write everything out.