Chronic pain and fumbling for a diagnosis

Originally posted on The Leading Edge of Chaos:

   I have migraines (since 1974), back pain (since 1980), crushed vertebrae (since about 2005), and a myriad of other less serious, but still frustrating, symptoms.  My current Dr, bless his little black heart, keeps treating these chronic conditions as injuries.

   He’ll give me 30 day prescriptions and be surprised when the condition returns when I stop taking the pills.  He says pain is subjective, and everyone gets back pain.  I have tried to explain the difference between my constant, never ending back pain and the flares of other pain, or unusually high pain. But he doesn’t seem to get it, as he tells me to make another appointment to discuss my pain, he doesn’t have time.  Sure, no problem.  I haven’t slept in 2 years, can’t walk a city block without crying, can’t make supper without 1/2 dozen breaks to rest, fall over at random intervals when my…

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Sales for May 2nd to 8th

So, I’m back!  We spent almost 2 weeks in NB visiting my mom.  I wish I’d gotten to see a few more relatives, but we had a great time just relaxing and reconnecting.  And shopping in the States.  I mean, seriously…. 500 aspirin for $2.97!!  Seriously?

I stocked up on aspirin, decongestants and cough syrup.  My darling man and I have been sick all freaking winter.  I think my nose has been running since October. And now that Spring is finally here, my mold allergy has me sick again… still… both. 

We also got 2 BBQ chickens for $2.98 each.  WHOLE chickens!  They are on sale this week at Superstore for $8.98.

I will soon have good news (I hope) about my Laurie’s Ultimate Goods line.

But we’re back and there are bargains to be had.

No Frills:  Armstrong cheese 500g/ $3.77, GREAT price.  Pork spare ribs $2.88/lb, LESS than 1/2 price.  Welch’s frozen fruit, 600g/ $2.88, GREAT price.  Red Rose tea bags $1.97/ 72, the ONLY non-organic tea tested by Health Canada and found to have 0 pesticide residue.  No Name evaporated milk $.97/ 370ml, Real Canadian bottled water 24-500ml/ $1.97, PC Salsa 650ml/$1.97, Russet potatoes 10lbs/ $1.67 GREAT price, baby fresh artichokes 4/ $1, bartlett pears $.97/lb.

Superstore: mangoes 4/$5, kiwis 2 1kg bags/ $5, Unico beans (540ml) and tomatoes (796ml) $1.00/ can, PC Great Cdn Coffee 930g/ $7.88, GREAT price.

Metro:  Minute Maid juice boxes 10/ $1.88, Selection butter $2.88/lb (ends sunday), mangoes 4/$5, Shiritaki noodles (tofu) 226g/ 4/$5,

Udi’s Gluten Free Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns, Dinner Rolls or Pizza Crusts $4.99 great price

Food Basics, anniversary sale!  Cashmere tp 12 dbl rolls, $3.97 (save $6), 2 whole fresh chickens $10, Black Diamond cheese slices 500g/$2.99, Red Delicious apples $.88/lb, Sweet peppers $2.44/lb, tomatoes $.97/lb, Minute Maid frozen concentrated juice or smoothies 4/$5, TASSIMO Nabob coffee pods, 5 X 14 pods $25 (save ($15)


This week’s sales!

Coming to you long distance, from my Mom’s house in NB.  We’re flying home tonight, but I wanted to give you a chance at the ribs before I got there to clear them out.  lol

No Frills: Cobblestone pork back ribs, 680g $4.97.  Less than half price!!  Sunlight laundry detergent 4.43l for $7.97, save $9.00!  Windsor table salt 3X1kg boxes for $2.00, but be aware there is sugar in their salt.  Atulfo mangoes 5lb case for $7.97 and apples 4lbs for $2.49.


Week of Apr 7th.

This week’s sales, and just for my artist friends, Michaels is having a great sale on supplies.   Well, likely for everyone but my artistic types will appreciate it.

Michaels art store; 3 for 1 on Artist’s Loft wrapped canvas, levels 1-3;  Strathmore 300 series paper pads,  excludes pkgs of 3. 60% off frames. 50% off shadow boxes and display cases. 50% off easels and colour pencils.

No Frills: lean ground beef family pack $2.44/lb. (Save 2.08), Sweet Source pure cane sugar $1.97/2kg,  Nestle Pure Life water 24 500 ml bottles $1.88 (save 2.09), Lactancia butter $2.97/lb (save 2.80), fresh chicken legs,  back attached $1.77/lb. Silent ricotta 300g or mozzarella ball 260g $1.97, Clark beans 398ml $.67.

Giant Tiger 1 lb chocolate bunny $1.99. Nature Vally granola bars $1.63/8 bars. (Save 1.64) limit of 5.  Primo pasta (WHEAT) $.50/ 454g,  no limit posted. Europe’s Best frozen berries $2.99/6 00 (2.00 off ).

Spring must be here, and food sales

There is a flock of cold weather sleepy ladybugs in my office, and a freezing rain outside.  My weather is weird.

No Frills: has frozen chicken breasts $1.97/lb ($4.32/kg), and potatoes 10lbs/ $1.77. Bartlett or Bosc pears .97/lb.  And it’s No Name week so most yellow No Name stuff is marked down a little.

Metro:  Whole chickens $3.39/lb buy one get one free… so… $1.70/lb.   Cashmere toilet paper 16 rolls $2.99. Kraft Singles or Cheez Whiz $2.94/ 500G, Summer Fresh Grain Salads $1.74/ 150-200G, 1/2 price.

Superstore:  Boneless blade pot roast (jerky anyone?) $2.48/lb (save $3), Sweet Source granulated suger (made from cane, not GMO beets) $1.78/2Kg, limit 6. 

More tomorrow.

Sales this week March 14-20

No Frills:  Seasoned BLSL chicken breast $1.88/lb, Real Canadian Natural Spring Water 24 x 500 mL /$1.97, Tetley Orange Pekoe Tea 144′s /$4.97 (save $3.02), Sunlight Laundry Detergent 6.8-7.19kg/4.43L selected varieties / $9.97 (save $7), no name® Lasagna (WHEAT) 2.27 kg frozen, Club Pack® /$5.88 (save $3.09)

Metro: Gala apples .99/lb, onions 2lbs/ .99, Catelli Smart, Healthy Harvest or Bistro Pasta 99¢ ea. 300 – 375 g, Sealtest White Milk $3.97 ea. 1%, 2% or SKIM, 4 L

Experimenting with Amazon

I signed up for associates, selling books through links on my blog a year ago.  Then promptly forgot to ever link to any.  D’oh!

I got my tax receipt this week, and sadly, all of those zeroes had no numbers in front of them.  It was not millions, it was just zero.  lol

So today I am trying to link to a few books that I feel are relevant, and really belong in every well prepared kitchen.  These are books I own, or wish I owned.  I’ll put a little review with the ones I own.  If there’ no review, it would be a great birthday gift….

Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today I have several incarnations of this book, they publish a new one every few years.  It contains the basic instructions for BWB and pressure canning, as well as both simple and more elaborate recipes for jams, chutneys, and pickles.

Put ‘em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook, from Drying and Freezing to Canning and PicklingPut’ em up!  This book also contains drying and freezing instructions.  Yummy recipes and almost everything you need to know to preserve your garden.

<a href="All American 921 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner“>A pressure canner, Gods’ gift to those who wish to become more self reliant about their food.  This is the one I have and it’s great.  I can do up to a dozen 500ml jars at a time.

More links when I see how this works!  And after I go through my vast collection of cookbooks.