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Mr. Blue, Mr. Grey [U]

Posted 2011.09.26 9.13 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Time to meet my two constant companions, who’ve been with me for the past seven days.

Messers Blue and Grey

Mr. Grey is not too bad, he’s smaller, a lightweight, and more managable. On his own, he’s fairly easy to handle. Mr. Blue on the other hand is bigger, and while not much heavier,  he’s more of a handful to keep track of. It’s the bulk, I think.

Mr. BluePresently, the final two IV bags that were prescribed last week will be installed into my two friends here. Today I need to find a doctor to make the call as to whether those last two hits of drugs will be enough. Will my two companions be leaving me tomorrow? Or will another RX be issued, so my Blue and Grey comrades can remain with me even longer?

Mr. GreyI’ll try my regular doctor first, and see if she will make the call. Otherwise, it’s back to the hospital (and the long wait that will entail) to get someone to decide what course to take.

To be honest, I won’t be sorry to see these two nylon fellows leave. They have a job to do, of course, but they are so clingy and demanding.

Naturally, I have gotten to know them over the course of the week. Not intimately mind you – it’s quite easy to ignore the urge to take things apart, when said things are directly wired into your bloodstream and are playing an important role in maintaining your health. I’ve even refrained from button-pressing. Mostly.

Through simple observation, I have figured how to reload them – removing the empty bag, spiking a fresh bag, resetting the reservoir volume counter. That came in handy yesterday when the nurse didn’t come by, and I suspect it will come in handy again today as well.

One ought to be proactive in one’s own healthcare matters.

Update: sounds like my friends will be staying an extra two days. Instead of parting ways tomorrow, they’ll be hanging around until Thursday.

Pissed Off About The Bag Tax

Posted 2009.07.07 16.29 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I stopped in at my local A & P today on my way home. Just for a few quick things I needed to pick up – not a full blown shopping expedition. So naturally I didn’t have a handy supply of reusable canvas shopping bags with me.

Yeah the local shops here have started charging 5 cents for the plastic bags, and advertising the reusable ones they charge you $2.00 for. Which is fine. The canvas ones are more comfortable on the hands anyways, and a nickle is pretty meaningless small change now.

I don’t care if the retailers get to keep the nickle or if it goes to the city or province or whatever. It doesn’t make a bit of difference where the money goes – it comes out of my purse, and its levied at the register like all the other taxes. It’s the bag tax. But whether it goes to the retailer, the city, province, nation, the united nations, or they melt them all  down and make a giant rocket and launch them to heaven, I don’t really care about that. Its still just a nickle.

What really pisses me off about the bag tax is that the cashiers seem to be programmed to use as few bags as possible. A few months ago I thought they were wasteful for using 6 plastic bags where 4 or 5 would suffice. Now they’re trying to squeeze 3 bags worth of stuff into a single bag.

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