Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Round 3 of 4 and it's another Chemo Tuesday

It's another August in the hot humid South. We had a huge rain storm yesterday, the temperatures plummeted. This will be short lived. When the sun hits all these wet trees and grass, we will be struggling to breath.  September is peeking it's head around the corner and I'm ready to embrace any month that heralds the end of summer and the beginning of fall. 

Today is Chemo Tuesday for me. This is round 3 of 4. There may be more but only after testing is done after round 4. 

The waiting room blasted cold alr down upon us. I was relieved when the lab person called my name. A CBC was ordered along with the tumor markers and the CEA. These tests are over 570.00 and my insurance company had been denying payment. When I contacted them, the insurance person assured me that these tests if done on the day of ftreatment would be covered. Until I see that actualized on paperwork I will proceed as though these labs are not covered. When I visited with the P.A. this morning, I mentioned this to her and she said "it's not a definitive test and we don't have to do them each time you come in. We can space them out so she cancelled the ones drawn for today. Ya  gotta be on your toes and watch everything with these insurance companies and hospitals. I'm sure there are a lot of patients that would never question what was being ordered. I"m not one of them. As with the chemo pills that were ordered at a cost of 5000.00 per month and not covered by my insurance company and my choosing to have it given by infusion which my insurance company would cover saved me a charge of 5000.00 a month. I wear a pump in a fanny pack that infuses that chemo over a two day period. The chemo is called 5FU while the pill is called Xeloda. Both are the same medicine but one is liquid infusion while the other is in pill form. 

As soon as we are seated and the medi port is accessed, the chemicals are started. We eat a Klonopin. I dig through my purse and extractr the Klonopin. ONe for the daughter and one for myself. We toss one down our troast, toast each other with a can of Lemonadi aaand tip our cans to swallow that litttle bit of relaxation. W need this Klonopin. by the time we leave here, both of us will be ready for a nap and won't understand how that can be as we will have forgotten about taking that Klonopin.

Right now my eyelids are getting heavy. The chemo running will be finished in about an hour and a half. Iam finding the button that areclines this chair. Covered in a warm blanket, I'm ready to take a nap.
I'm out of here.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

What You May Ask.........

has kept me so busy that I haven't had time to post? I've had a ton of mail (a lie) inquiring about my laxness related to this blog.

I've been cooking and cleaning (another lie, partially). I have been cooking and if yard work counts as cleaning, then I have been cleaning. I had such wonderful plans to clean this house. One room at a time, dusting and wiping down all the furniture and then cleaning the floors before moving on to another room. I vacuumed and mopped the floors. The dust still surrounds each object that sits on the shelves and table tops. I'm very stressed if things are out of place in this house, or the floors are sticky or dishes aren't done and the laundry too. That gets done.  I never stress about dust which is probably why it still holds it's position on all the flat surfaces. The only time I notice is when house guests arrive.

This morning I attacked the storage building better known as "The Little House". When the husband hauled the table saw out of it for the fascia and soffit repair job, he had to move items out of the way to get to the saw. Those "items" were left strewn all over the floor. It was a hazardous path around bed frames, chairs and paint cans. I'm making a trip to the Goodwill to drop off some things and later this afternoon I will go back and sort through Christmas decorations. I now have a nice clean and swept out storage unit.

Ribs are simmering in the crock pot and the hot rolls are rising on the counter. Baked beans and cheesy potatoes will be cooked later today for dinner tonight.

I'm going to catch a movie this afternoon. I've heard The Butler was a good choice.

Chemo will be on Tuesday so I'm trying to get a few things done before then. I might get that "tired" feeling after the chemo which leaves me sleeping all day for a few days.

It's time for a shower and some fresh clothes...and that, folks, is what I have been doing with my life lately!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I'm a Car Rider, Gumbo and Cooking

Carrie is proud of her new status. She is a car rider. No more big yellow buses for this little girl. We've decided this in the last two months of school last year when we heard about the children on the bus shooting staples at each other. HEY! You could put an eye out with that kinda stuff!

Carrie spent the night. That's two nights in a row she has stayed with me. The evening goes by much too quickly. By 2030 hrs. (8:30pm) she has to be in bed. Lights out, television off, I wait the 10 minutes it takes her to relax and fall asleep. It's time for me to get out of bed and make my way to the living room where I either Skype with a friend or watch TV for a while.

The morning arrives; I've been awake for at least 2hrs before I make my way to the bedroom to wake Carrie. This morning I placed the laptop where she could see it and I gently nudged her awake. As soon as her eyes opened, I hit the link to the video showing a dog and his owner talking to each other. The dog's voice was a lip synch and I listened as Carrie broke into giggles watching this video.

By the time the video was over, she was awake and in such a great mood to start her day.

We have a routine and it never varies. She knows this routine so the mornings are stress free. Everything she needs to wear or take to school is laid out in exactly the same spot the night before. To the living room coffee table, her first stop there is to get her uniform and get dressed. She goes to the kitchen where her milk is poured into a short green tumbler. Carrie is not a big breakfast person but she did have a light breakfast this morning. Her hair and teeth get attention, her shoes and socks are last. She usually puts these on while in the car on the way to school.
Her book bag by the door is grabbed on the way out and we are off!

I have to be this organized and have a routine. I get too stressed if I don't have a plan. Carrie does better, as any child does, with a routine. There is no questions about what she is supposed to do in the morning, nor what she is wearing  or where her clothes are.

After delivering her to school I returned home and doctored up the gumbo. More chicken and sausage was added to it and I let it cook for another twenty minutes. The daughter will be by later to pick it up and serve it to her family and house guests tonight.

I've spent another hour or so on the phone with family. My big brother calls daily to check on me and make sure I'm feeling fine; the niece in Germany called again for another nice conversation. I'm thankful for unlimited minutes on my cell phone and on her international calling plan that allows her to talk and still be frugal.

Chicken and dumplings are on the menu for tomorrow night. I'm in a cooking mood lately and since I'm alone here. The food gets directed to the daughter and I get to clean up a messy kitchen. It's time to do just that. I'm done with cooking for today and it's only 1030!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ambien Will Getcha

Is it really fatigue or could it be the Ambien I swallowed before I decided I might not be ready for bed. The Ambien encourages me to not take that straight path but instead aim for the one full of corkscrew turns, narrow paths and filled with obstacles. If not for the Ambien, I believe I could conquer this silly course.

Right now I  might have trouble just ambulating to the bedroom and finding the right plane to coordinate with the plane of the bed. I really shouldn't be up and about after swallowing that Ambien. Judgement is off. Right foot in front of left foot, left foot now repeats the same maneuver.

See how easy this is? Bouncing off the hall way walls to get to the bed was planned. This has happened before and I've made it a point to always be beneath the sheets before I swallow that Ambien. It must be time for me to zig and a zag, a wiggle and a waller to get back down that hall to my bed.
This is  a good night to all. I'll check for bruises tomorrow!

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Pigeon Has Flown or Part 6 of Scammer story

I've lost my bird. She appears to have given up, at least on me. I'm sure she is busily answering correspondence from other potential buyers.  After my request (see post #5) for another Ebay Invoice, not another word was heard. Was it the fact that questioning Ebay tipped her off or scared her off?
Or maybe she moved on to EASIER pickings.

Craigslist is still sprinkled with more of them. Sometimes they get flagged by the readers and get removed. I've found a car on the Lafayette, La. Craigslist and then gone to another state  and searched their cars and found the same car listed there.  Craigslist issues warnings on how to detect these scams  though I doubt many people make it to that area int their reading. I might have to find another one and tickle the keyboard to make their life a little less profitable. Ending this with "Buyer Beware" and bury that greed. If it sounds to good to be true.............

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Scammer Mail #5 or Let's jerk her chain a bit more

9:36 PM

To: Annemarie Hurd
This is the email I sent to her. I did receive an invoice but I don't want  her to know that. Let's see if she invoices again.
From:Ann Tellez (
Sent:Sat 8/17/13 9:36 PM
To: Annemarie Hurd (

Annemarie, I haven't received an invoice from Ebay. Can you check to see what the hold up is? My plane leaves tomorrow morning and I'll be too busy for the next week. I'm hoping I can get this money to you asap.


Scammer Post #4

Ah the end is near..or is it? My scammer requests I submit my full name so Ebay can finish the invoice. Below  is the scammers' emails.
Annemarie Hurd (
4:05 PM

To: Ann Tellez

Picture of Annemarie Hurd
From:Annemarie Hurd (
Sent:Sat 8/17/13 4:05 PM
To: Ann Tellez (

I will need your full name too
And my reply was with my full name.

then I received this from Ebay:
  • eBay Buyer Protection (Case ID 99C4T158L3W86)‏

  • eBay Motors (
    6:18 PM


    Picture of eBay Motors
    From:eBay Motors (
    Sent:Sat 8/17/13 6:18 PM
    Outlook Active View
    1 attachment (79.7 KB)

    Download eBay Buyer Protection (Case ID 99C4T158L3W86).html (79.7 KB)
    eBay Buyer Protection (Case ID 99C4T158L3W86).html
    Dear Customer, You have in the attachment your invoice for 2006 Chevrolet Impala SS. Thank you for using our services! Sincerely, eBay Team --Forwarded Message Attachment-- PageBreeze
    eBay sent this message to Charlotte A.Tellez. Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay.
    eBay Buyer Protection (Case ID: 99C4T158L3W86)
    Dear Charlotte A.Tellez, Thank you for shopping with eBay. More details about how to make payment are included below:
    Item Title:
    Estimated delivery:
    2006 Chevrolet Impala SS 3 days1
    Shipping and handling:

    Name:Annemarie HurdName: Charlotte A.Tellez
    Address:2387 U StAddress: 1152 Gotya Way
    City/State/Zip:Omaha, NE 68107City/State/Zip:Hadme, Wisconsin
    Country:United StatesCountry:United States
    How to make the payment:
    Go with cash at any MoneyGram location and transfer the funds to our Financial Agent below.
    Through MoneyGram Transfer we can guarantee you 100% protection and insurance in this transaction.
    For security reasons the MoneyGram transfer needs to be completed in person at the a MoneyGram location.
    If you have any other questions please contact our Customer Support Center for more information: +1(402) 509-7054. Or contact us using our email address:
    We do not accept credit cards.
    Ready to pay for your item via MoneyGram Transfer? Contact eBay Customer Support Center by calling the number above to receive further instructions.
    eBay's Financial Agent:
    First Name:Albert
    Last Name:
    Address: 1434 North Dickinson Drive
    City/State:Rusk, TX
    Country:United States
    Please contact our Financial Department at +1(402) 509-7054 after the payment is complete.
    Payment Guarantee Policy:
    How it works:
    eBay 's Payment Guarantee Policy is a unique benefit that offers you protection from unwarranted refunds, allowing you to accept more high risk orders. For all eligible transactions, we will completely reimburse you for any refunds resulting from claims of unauthorized purchases and non-receipt of goods.
    Verify an order's eligibility:
    eBay sends an invoice to a buyer only after our Financial Department has verified all the following information: -paperwork of the vehicle, including ownership and clear title -seller's information and proof of ID -Possession of the vehicle that is being sold. We do not initiate a transaction until we have the vehicle stored in our warehouse with all the paperwork. The item is currently stored in our storage facility number 11 in Omaha, Nebraska.
    eBay Buyer Coverage:
    Buyers who pay for qualified physical goods using eBay are eligible for a coverage up to $20,000.eBay has built up a base of millions of satisfied customers over the years through an intense focus on being responsive to their concerns and acting quickly to resolve any outstanding problems. The vast majority of customers never need to use the A-to-Z Guarantee reimbursement program, but for those who do, the guarantee claim gives customers a greater sense of trust and confidence in shopping from the broad range of sellers.
    Protection and refund:
    Once the vehicle is delivered, the buyer has a 5 days inspection period. After the inspection period is over, the buyer will contact eBay with the results of the inspection. If, for any reason, the vehicle does not pass the Purchaser's inspection, it will be returned to the seller, on seller's expense and the funds will be returned to the buyer, in full in within 24 hours, using the same payment method, MoneyGram transfer. For safety reasons the payment details will be dealt with the utmost security and will not be handed to any third parties. eBay will be in full control of the funds as soon as it reaches our trust fund account, so we will be able to protect and guarantee your funds. Once the funds have been sent to our trust fund account, no one but the Purchaser will have access to it. eBay will release the funds to the Seller only after the Purchaser receives and agrees with the item. Should the Purchaser need a refund for this transaction the amount received will be sent back via MoneyGram transfer. The account is managed and supervised by eBay's Financial Agents.
    For any questions contact eBay Customer Support Department: +1 (402) 509-7054 We are available at the following hours: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM Pacific Time
    And that my friends is how realistic a scam can look. Now I will go to EBay's real page and copy and paste the warning back to my scammer from Ebay Motors on how they do NOT operate this way.
    Or I may just have a little more fun with this one and give some excuses on why I won't be able to finalize this deal for a while yet. Here is her reply after the fake Ebay posting:
    Picture of Annemarie Hurd
    From:Annemarie Hurd (
    Sent:Sat 8/17/13 6:18 PM
    To: Ann Tellez (
    eBay already contact you with a invoice,please let me know when are
    you able to pay for it.
    Thank You
    *you can detect that this person's native language is NOT English by the way they structure their sentences.