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Archive for March, 2010

Validation

Posted by wendyburnett on March 31, 2010


“Millions of individuals with chronic illnesses bear the extra burden of family, friends, coworkers, and even healthcare professionals who don’t believe these patients are ill because they don’t “look sick.”” Read the rest of this entry »

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Eeeeek, the Internet is Down (and Other Random Bits)

Posted by wendyburnett on March 20, 2010

ACCCCCCCKKKKKKK!!!! We’re offline, and it’s kind of freaking me out. I can’t get online, but am I taking advantage of that to do any of the thousand things I need to be doing? Nope. I’m not washing dishes, or sleeping, or cleaning the bathroom, or any of that. Instead, I’m sitting here obsessing about all the things I CAN’T do.

Things like updating the blog, checking my email, catching up on Farmville . . . Hell, I can’t even do laundry until I’m back online because I’m out of laundry detergent and I can’t make any because the recipe is bookmarked on the puter, not written down. I’ll be fixing THAT as soon as we’re back online, too. SOME things should NOT depend on internet access.

Oh, that reminds me. I’ve found a wonderful way to reduce the amount of time and energy I spend on personal care, too. (Plus, it’s gonna save me a TON of cash!) I was reading “A Month Without Monsanto” the other day, and someone mentioned the “No-Poo” haircare method in one of the comments. I looked it up, and it sounded interesting, so I tried it the next day. I LOVE it. No shampoo, no conditioner; and my hair was still clean, soft, and shiny after 3 days. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Chronic Illness, coping skills, Fibro, Fibromyalgia, Health, Opinion, Pain, Personal care | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments »

Bipolar Rage: Am I the Only One?

Posted by wendyburnett on March 15, 2010

I had one of those horrible days today (actually, it seems to be a bit of a pattern lately.) I’m normally pretty calm at home, but shortly after I walk into work I’m furious, and I stay that way until well after I leave.

I work in the deli at a grocery store, which probably isn’t the best kind of job for someone who’s bipolar. It’s extremely stressful when it’s busy, but I don’t have much choice if I want to eat. The real issue for me is that we’re expected to wait on customers; price, rotate, and stock product; mark down anything that’s approaching expiration; pull, scan, and throw away expired product; make deli trays for special orders; cut and package block cheeses; slice meat for the department that makes the custom subs; help customers find things, answer the phone, and keep everything clean. (Oh, you have to drop everything and update the temperature log every 4 hours, too. )

We NEED two people working during the busy times, one to slice and wait on customers, and one to work on everything else; but they never schedule more than one person. It is absolutely impossible for one person to keep up with everything they expect you to do. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tattoos: Skin as Commemorative.

Posted by wendyburnett on March 14, 2010

Have you ever considered getting a tattoo? Do you have one or more? If so, why?

In a few cases, the answer will be, “I was young and stupid.” In others the answer will be, “all my friends were getting one, so I thought I would too.” In even more cases, the answer is, “I was drunk.” None of these are valid reasons for modifying your body for life. These are the people who end up, at some point, regretting their decision and wanting to have the tattoo removed. It may be because they did it on impulse, or because their lives have changed so much that the original reason they had it done is no longer valid in their life (think names of former lovers here,) but the actual reason is that they didn’t really THINK about what they were doing.

On the other hand, among my friends who have tats, the answer to that question is usually that the tattoo commemorates something important in their life. Read the rest of this entry »

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I Didn’t Sign Up for THIS

Posted by wendyburnett on March 6, 2010

Sometimes I hate my life . . . (honestly, most of the time I hate my life.) It’s been a particularly bad week, and I’m having a LOT of trouble coping with the pain levels. That means I have trouble sleeping, which increases the stress, and that increases the pain levels even more. It’s a vicious cycle, but it’s gonna have to break soon, unless you can have pain levels higher than 10/10. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Chronic Illness, Depression, Fibro, Fibromyalgia, Health, Invisible Illness, Pain, Stress | Tagged: , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Customer No-Support

Posted by wendyburnett on March 3, 2010


I’m going to do an off-topic rant . . . I know there are tons of people out there that are going to agree with me, and many that won’t, but I’m VERY frustrated at the moment. I’m sorry if it sounds like I’m a prejudiced bitch – my family immigrated to this country, we’ve just been here a while and lost the accent. I really don’t have issues with anyone who’s trying to make their lives better, I’d just like to be able to UNDERSTAND what’s being said to me. If someone is being paid to speak English to native English speakers, they need to speak it clearly.

Have you had to deal with out-sourced customer support yet? Not only are most companies outsourcing their support, the majority of those are off-shoring as well. That pisses me off for a multitude of reasons, but the biggest one is the fact that I can very rarely understand what the hell these people are saying. For heaven’s sake, you’re selling your damned product in the United States, so why is it that the people you hire to provide your customer support can’t speak clear English? (Question for our native Spanish-speakers: do you have the same problem? When you request Spanish, do the customer support folks you talk to have such a heavy accent or such awkward phrasing that you have difficulty understanding them?)

The online support isn’t much better, either. I don’t have to deal with an accent, and in most cases the support folks spell well enough that I know what word they intended, but the phrasing is still awkward so interpreting what they MEAN isn’t always easy. If someone is supposed to be helping me fix a problem with a piece of equipment I purchased, they can’t do their job if I can’t understand what they’re telling me to do to resolve the issue.

It wouldn’t be so bad, but if I have the nerve to say, “I’m sorry, I’m having difficulty understanding what you’re saying, could I speak to someone with less of an accent?” they get insulted and hang up on me, so I have to start all over. For heaven’s sake, I’m getting older, my ears don’t work as well as they used to, and then you throw in a phone connection to another continent – I’m already having trouble, and that’s if I’m talking to someone I KNOW and talk to all the time. Throw in an unfamiliar accent, and I’m screwed. I have no hope of getting anything useful accomplished under those circumstances. I really don’t intend to insult these folks, but if I can’t figure out what they’re saying, they can’t help me; and the next time something needs replaced, I’m NOT going to buy that brand.

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