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My grandmother used to say that all misfortune came in three’s. So, if four bad things happened to you it meant that there were at least 2 more things that would shortly follow. Now, I’m not sure how true it is but it certainly seems that bad things seem to happen in clumps.

We have had a lot going on in regards to my mom, that seemed to start the ball rolling. Then, I had to bring my daughter in for her immunizations and they found a mole that they thought was suspicious so I brought her to a dermatologist. I also have a mole that I figured I’d have checked. I really though she’d look at us both and say it was nothing to worry about but we each need to have them removed and tested. That was a $260 visit. We go back in 2 weeks to have them removed and who knows how much that will cost. Then a couple of weeks ago I got really sick. I can only assume that my immune system is shot from stress. I didn’t want to pay to see a doctor so I self medicated and figured it would go away on it’s own. After about 4 days I felt a little better. The day I started feeling a little better, I woke up to my right hand being completely swollen and so, so painful. I couldn’t move it at all. I have no idea what it could have been. After 3 days I woke up and it was fine. Bizarro. THEN, a couple of days after the hand episode, I got really, really sick again. This time I was running a fever and had a severe sore throat so I thought it might be strep. Of course it was now a Saturday and the only option I had was to go to urgent care. That was a $175. Turns out I have an upper respiratory infection and they gave me a steroid shot and antibiotics. I am still not better so I had to go back to the doctor yesterday and that was $60 plus more steroids and antibiotics.

I’m tired y’all. I’ve missed a lot of work and I’ve spent way more money in the last few weeks than I wanted to. I’ve also completely fallen out of touch here. I haven’t read anything in weeks and I have so much catching up to do. I hope Ashley, Jim, Hope, and all of you are doing so great and that since I’m getting a lion’s share of grief, that means that everyone else is getting it easy right now. I know that’s not the way life works but Oh, it’d be so great if it did. Things are going to get better, and I know that things could be so much worse. I just have to get to the end of my three’s.


  • Reply TPol |

    Stephannie, so sorry about what you had to endure. Hope, all will go away fast. Wish you better luck in the coming days and a fast recovery.

    • Reply Stephannie |

      Thank you, TPol! Things will get better, I just have to keep thinking happy thoughts!

  • Reply Mary from SC |

    You have been missed. Concentrate on the things at home and we’ll be here waiting when you are better. Praying for better and brighter days!!!

    • Reply Stephannie |

      Oh Mary, thank you! I’ve missed this community so much more than I would have expected in such a short time of writing here!

  • Reply Kili |

    Sending positve vibes your way, Stephannie. Take care of yourself and your family.

    • Reply Stephannie |

      Things will get better, just hopefully sooner rather than later! Thank you for the positive thoughts, I need ’em!

    • Reply Stephannie |

      It’s so great to be back, I’ve really missed being here and interacting with y’all. Thank you!

  • Reply Angella |

    Great to see a post from your Stephannie! Sometimes a break is needed, so I hope you take all the time you need to feel better and get through every thing that’s going on. My family has a similar saying, about bad things come in 3’s. It’s been hitting us hard lately too. Although I swear it’s more like “bad things come in 20’s” since it’s never ending. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply debtor |


    please please please, take the time to do a proper check-up. Don’t dismiss random flare-ups like that as “one of those things”. It’s always better to catch stuff earlier than later. If i remember correctly, you are self-employed/freelance? is that why each visit costs so much? because there is no insurance? or is this among AFTER insurance? (shivers).

    Hope this is all behind you soon!

    • Reply hannah |

      debtor, we have insurance, but thanks to our most awesome and intelligent president messing with the healthcare system and ignoring all sense, our deductible this year is $12,000. Yes you read that right – Twelve Thousand.
      Last year it was $2500.
      So even though we have insurance, everything is out of pocket expense. And yes, a dermatologist visit would be easily in the two hundreds even with an insurance “discount”. My husband’s oncologist runs over $200 a visit. Our regular family doctor is over $100 each visit.

  • Reply dojo |

    Get well soon.
    Just take care and rest, we’re not leaving anywhere, nor does the blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Connie |

    Hi Stephanie,
    How are you feeling now? I read regularly (religiously!) and got behind so I was surprised to see that you haven’t been back since July 3rd. Since Jim bombed out, I am rooting for you to jump back into BAD and make it a gleesome threesome. Seriously, I really hope that your health has improved and that you are doing well. Readers like myself start thinking that we know you bloggers and we miss you when you don’t post any more. Anyway, just curious.

So, what do you think ?