Friday, March 29, 2013

A few updates on my health issues and how we spent part of our tax return.

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I know it's been a while since the last time I posted anything. Actually, I think it's the longest break I've ever taken from blogging.

First, I want to thank you all for your kind comments and get well wishes. I'm so blessed to have all these amazing friends like you. I wish I would have some awesome news about my health but alas :(

Just like I planned, I went to see the doctor on Tuesday. Well, I don't have strep (I guess, that's good news) but I do have a sinus infection. But that's not all. After having a lengthy conversation with the doctor, he has suspicions that I might have low thyroid issues and, possibly, anxiety too. I've been having shortness of breath on top of constant exhaustion and many other symptoms that made him suspect it.  Nothing is confirmed yet. I had blood drawn but because they have to send it to a separate lab, I'm yet to know the results. Keeping my fingers crossed that I will get some news by the end of this week.

And because of other possible things, he didn't give me anything for the infection. So I was pretty miserable most of this week. Constant headaches wouldn't even allow me to use the computer, and I missed it (yes, I'm an addict!). I think today is the first day that I feel a little bit better and can actually partially breath through my nose. But the Baby is not doing very good. He was running a fever all night, so we are heading to the doctor later today :(

Because of a sick household, we ate mostly junk all week. And I mean junk like frozen pizza, hot dogs, chinese takeout and McD's. I can't wait to start eating normal (read, healthier) food again. Especially, because now I have something new to cook it on:

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Yes, we got a new (WORKING!!!) stove!!! I wish we could get gas, but we can't do gas in our house :( But it's very nice, and did I mention, it works properly???? I love it!

And of course, we got a good deal on it (I know, you are not surprised :). After looking at many different places ( we actually got it last week, before we all got sick again), we ended up at Best Buy. This stove was originally $649 but last week it was on sale for $489. But when we got to the store, turned out that they were so back-ordered that they couldn't even order us one. So they offered us the floor model with a 10% discount. For a floor model, it was in very good condition. Actually, the only damage it had was a little scratch on the handle.

But we still didn't like only 10% discount, so we negotiated another $40 off which brought the total price down to $399. You just can't beat this price! We still had to buy a new cord (which was  another $28) but overall, after taxes and everything, we spent only $457.30.

Plus Best Buy was offering free delivery and haul-away of your old appliance if you make a purchase of $429 and higher. Well, with the new adjusted price, we couldn't get it any more (and delivery alone is $69.99!!). But it kind of erased all the purpose of the discount, so the manager waved it all for us.

So all in all, we got, well, at least $250 discount. Not bad! Not bad at all. And I love my new stove. It's not fancy but it works great and gets the job done!

At first, we wanted to use most of tax return for savings but after some discussion, we realized that there are a few things we need. I mentioned before that we'll use part of it to pay for any old and new medical bills. Then we really need to buy a new mattress for the Baby's big boy bed. Also we need a new door for the back of our garage because ours is all rotten and nasty. I don't know how much we'll have left from our tax return after all these purchases but if there is anything left by the end of April, we'll move it to savings.

So here's what's happening on our side of the world. How was your week??? I missed you all!!

24 comments:

  1. I hope you get good news from the doctor! Try a warm compress over your eyes and nose, probably won't help but it always makes me feel better.

    As for anxiety. I have issues with that. I was diagnosed with ptsd after a serious car accident a few years ago. I have a prescription I fill it once a year, a whole $4! And I rarely take them. Just knowing I have them makes me feel better...yup, I am weird.

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    1. I'm so sorry about the car accident but I'm glad you don't need to take any medication for ptsd right now!! I would have my prescription filled for some peace of mind too :)

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  2. Hope you're feeling better soon. Hypothyroidism is easy to treat if you have that. It may take a little while to get the medicine adjusted, but you'll feel a lot better when you do.

    Love your new shiny stove.

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    1. Looks like I don't have it after all. Now I just need to figure out what causes my symptoms...

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  3. Hi Lena. I am do sorry about your health problems and hope your Dr. gets you a good diagnose and you are feeling good soon.
    Hooray for the new stove!

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    1. I hope so too! I'm tired of being always sick and tired :(

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  4. That's a great deal on a new oven. Sorry you haven't been feeling good. I can't imagine the doctor not giving you a prescription. I often suspect I have thyroid issues, but it has never come up in a blood test. I hope for a good result for your test.

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    1. He just didn't want to mask any symptoms in case it was something different. But he told me to come back in a couple of days if it gets worse.

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  5. The new stove looks beautiful. And for being sick all week, your kitchen looks so clean! Hoping for good news and health at your home.

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    1. Well, I took this picture last week lol :) But honestly, our kitchen is fairly clean. Unfortunately, can't say the same about the rest of the house :(

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear that you were feeling so bad! I can so relate!! I hope the blood tests come back okay, and that you just have a sinus infection to deal with. It can be so frustrating waiting. Shortness of breath can be scary. Hope the baby is feeling better too!!

    NICE stove! We, too, have been eating JUNK since I've been sick. Time for some healthy fare!!

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    1. I desperately need to go shopping to buy some normal food. But now that it gets a little warmer outside, it's not that bad to go out places. I'm glad you are feeling better too Sharon!

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  7. Congrats on your new stove!!! I know you are going to love playing in the kitchen as soon as you are back on your feet. Our family too has been sick with headcolds, ear infections, sinus, the works, sure hope things get back to normal on your side of the world soon!!!

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    1. Oh, I so hope everyone in your family gets better very soon too!

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  8. Your new stove looks wonderful in your kitchen. This was a great update! Hope your little one gets to feeling better, and keep us posted on your thyroid.

    XOXO,
    Meredith

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  9. Hope you are all feeling better soon.
    Nice new cooker
    Carolx

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  10. Sorry you have been so sick:( Not fun! I can say that from experience after having gone through it myself just last month. Read about GABA for anxiety--natural and inexpensive.

    Your new stove is beautiful! And what a great deal! Enjoy!

    Have a blessed Easter!

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    1. I will definitely check it out, thank you Kathy!!

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  11. Awesome looking stove (and how cute is your kitchen, by the way!) and you got a wonderful deal. I would expect nothing less, you guys are so savvy!

    Feel better! We are all ailing here as well. Not fun, esp. when you don't know what is going on. Thoughts and prayers your way!

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    1. Thank you Erin! Most of our kitchen is DIY - countertops, back splash, spice rack :)

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  12. So glad you got yourself to the dr's, Lena! Sorry to hear about the Anxiety, etc... I deal with that as well. It's tough sometimes, but I find with our Faith, it truly helps! I hope things settle down for you and you're on you way to health soon my friend! Hugs!!

    LOVE the stove! What an awesome deal!! Good for you on using that refund on what's needed! It's a nice help isn't it!? :)

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    1. It definitely does :) We adjusted our taxes and don't get as much as we used to any more but I'm happy we got some money back. It was an unexpected and pleasant surprise :)

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