Saturday, October 31, 2009

I can't believe reading week is over!

+I did manage to get some much needed rest, but rest does not necessarily equate to sleep. For the past while I've been having trouble falling asleep, even when I'm on my machine. I'm going to see my doctor on Thursday so it is something that I'll definitely need to discuss with him when I see him.

Yesterday I went to the movies with my friend. We saw the movie Good Hair. It's basically all the things black women go through to maintain their hair. It was all quite funny. Much of it applied to me...except for spending $1000 on a weave/hair piece. Not I, said the fly! I'd never spend that much money on stupid hair. Dumb!


After that, I caught up with a friend of mine and we went for sushi. I haven't seen him in about 5 years or so. It was great to catch up with him. I hope another 5 years won't pass before I see him again.

Yesterday I went to the pharmacy and was very annnoyed with the service. They had called my doctor to get a prescription refilled for me exactly a week earlier, so I went to pick it up. First, they had filled the prescription but couldn't find it. So, I had to wait for them to fill it again. Then, they told me that they were going to give me 25 days worth. What the heck is 25 days? Why not 30? They told me that was the amount my doctor had authorized. \

Lies.

So, I went to the bank across the street and stood in a 20 minute lineup to get some cash. When I went back to the pharmacy, much to my chagrin, they hadn't started filling my prescription. I stood there and I stood there for about 15 minutes. I got tired and sat down for another 15 minutes. Then, one of the pharmacy assistants walked by and says "Uh, your medication is ready." Why the heck didn't they tell me??

By now, there was a lineup of 3 people. Oh, this shouldn't take long, I thought. So I waited. The lady at the front of the line had asked for 3 months worth of medication so she wouldn't have to come back to fill her prescription every month. She told them this earlier in the morning to drop off the prescription. Much to HER chagrin, they only filled it for one month. So, they had to do it again. This took about 20 minutes. I was exhausted.

After they FINALLY finished up with her, the gentleman in front of me waited and waited only to find out that they did not know which medications he needed, even though his wife had called them in, as they were for her. Since he didn't have a cell phone and they didn't offer up a phone, he had to leave. What a waste of time!!

When all was said and done, I spent over an hour in that pharmacy. Ugh.

Anyhow, I'm going to go an "Fall Back" before I connect myself and go to sleep so that my clocks are all the right time when I wake up.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Be careful where you enter your info!

This coming from the girl who works for a BANK!

On saturday night, i went online to purchase the UFC fight so I could watch it. Sure, it's pricey, but I really wanted to watch that particular fight card. So I googled "watch ufc yahoo". I clicked on the yahoo website and entered in my card information.




Little did I realize until it was too late that this wasn't even the yahoo website! Look at the picture i just posted. The website says "YAOOO" instead of "YAHOO"! How could I be so dumb to fall for this scam!
I called my credit card company immediately to inform them what had happened. They immediately shut my credit card down. I emailed the company to tell them what happened, but the response was some canned reponse telling me how to use their website, which was a website for accessing tv online, some obviously illegally. I responded again and told them that I had NO interest in their service!

When they responded again, they offered me a discount off of the membership price. What?? Didn't I just say that I didn't want this service?? They then went on to say that there was a strict 7 day policy, after which no refunds would be granted. If I still wanted a refund at this point, they would deduct 9.99 from the cost refunded to me for "administrative costs". What the??

I emailed back, more angrilly but calm, and told them that I had NO interest in there and to refund the FULL amount back! They responded again discussing their 7 day policy and the 9,99. They told me the 50% off was still open to me, and if I didn't want it to email back. How long was this back and forth business going to go on?

I finally called them today, and after much discussion, the lady finally agreed to refund my credit card. I'll keep an eye on it...and if I see the refund then I'll call my credit card company and inform them.

The name of the charge on my credit card is marketbill.com. The website I went to was liveyahoosports.info. I wish I had paid more attention and not have gotten myself into this nonsense! I'll report back if this company does refund me the FULL amount back, and also which steps I take if they don't!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Reading Week!

This week is reading week. That means no school all week! That also generally means that I am pretty much at the half way point of the semester. I couldn't be happier to be progressing.

I went to work today from 10am-1:30pm. I used some over my banked overtime hours so that I could sleep in this morning. I want to savour reading week as much as possible. Work was busy today. Even though I got there an hour and a half later than usual, I still felt like I was there all day!

After a long day at work, I got on the bus and headed home. After being about half way home, I noticed that some of the people on the bus were looking out the window, looking shocked. I got up and moved to the back of the bus, as at that very moment a lady with a baby carriage, a baby, and a toddler got on the bus.

As I headed back and also looked out the window, I noticed a man stumbling up the sidewalk. He swayed from side to side, dangerously close to the flow of steady traffic. I gasped out loud as I saw him step right into the street and in front of a now abruptly stopped taxi cab. The obviously intoxicated man put his hand up in a "Stop" motion to the cab. Other cars in the lanes near the cab screeched to a stop also, unsure of what this man's unpredictable next action would be. By that time, my bus, which was travelling in the wrong direction, started moving. I noticed the taxi cab driver talking into his walkie talkie. I hope he was telling his dispatcher to call the police, as that man was on another planet! I just hope he didn't step into traffic at the wrong time and get hurt.

This week will be a week of utter relaxation for me. I plan to catch up with friends, sleep in, etc. I will also do the other important chores, like bloodwork, laundry, etc.

I have this weird bump on/in my right knee. It's not huge, but it is quite big. It's perhaps the size of a medium sized marble. It moves around and sometimes it seems to sneak under or behind my knee cap and I cannot find it! I first discovered it about a month ago...then I "lost" it, then just this evening when I got out of the shower I found it again! What the heck is it?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Just one more day

I wish words could describe how much I'm looking forward to my week off. I'm so looking forward to it that the anticipation of it might actually be even sweeter than the experience itself. These weeks at school seem like they've been dragging on endlessly. I think it's the idea of having to wake up SUPER early to disconnect myself from my machine and actually be somewhere that is an hour and ten minutes away by 8am.

During rush hour.

It ain't easy. Dialysis is a tiring process, but imagine getting onto a crowded bus with a backpack full of books only to find out that there are no seats anywhere. *sigh*.

There is so much that I want to do next week. I want to continue to organize my dialysis supplies room. I want to see that Chris Rock movie about hair. I want to get MY hair done. I want to get a manicure and a pedicure. But above all things..I want to SLEEP!

I only have 3 more hours of class tomorrow...then freedom for a week! I like school, but I don't like having to wake up early. But then, I must say that I will not be heartbroken when I'm finish school and can (hopefully) have some more normality in my life.

I wonder if that kidney pager will ever ring?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Waiting for my machine to rinse

So I'm gonna take some time to write a short post while I wait for my machine to post.

School's going well. In spite of all the tests I've been doing all at once, my lowest mark so far is 74% in economics. I was actually pretty happy with that as I walked out of that test not feeling very confident.
I got 94% on my Business Communications assignment which is pretty rad. I have a Business communications test tomorrow. It's an open book, use all of your assignments/powerpoint slides test. How does one study for such a test? Do you need to??

I got a blackberry. I've had it for 1 day and I feel that it will come in great handy. I wish all of my friends had blackberrys so we could BBM each other instead of text message.

I can hardly wait for my machine to be done rinsing and such so I can connect and SLEEEEP. I feel so depriaved. And, next week is reading week so I'll have a whole week to relax and work on assignments and such. CANNOT WAIT!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Exhale...

This most stressful part of this half of the semester is done. I just wrote my Training and Development test and all I can say is that I'm glad it is over. I studied hard, had little rest, and now the only test I have left is business communications...and it's open book! So that test should be ok.

Now, I'm just gonna relax as next week is reading week! I can refocus and get ready to do it all over again!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Things that make you go "Hmmm..."

I've been thinking of creating a post about this a long time ago but I have been way too busy. Well, as they say...there is no better time than the present!



This post will simply be a ranting and complaining post about things that irritate me while on the bus.



1.- People who stand right at the front of the door.

Why do people have to stand there, ESPECIALLY when the bus is empty? I cannot count how many times I've stepped on a bus and had to shimmy my way past a large bag carrying person who chooses to stand right in the front! Why can't they move to the back? And what's with the people who stand right beside them, making it virtually impossible to enter the bus altogether?



2.- People who WON'T get up for others.

Let's face it- I have an invisible illness. People won't look at me and think "wow, that girl has lupus and is a dialyzor...she's probably tired. Let me offer her my seat". Ok, I get that. But, when an elderly man steps on the bus with a cane, what's with people looking down/avoiding his gaze because they don't want to give up their seats? It's so rude! This also applies to people with small children and/or baby carriages. I can't count how many times I've gotten up for people on a full bus when I wasn't even sitting at the front of the bus...more like the middle. I distinctly remember one woman (in a nurses outfit) putting her head down and closing her previously open eyes right after she saw the elderly man I mentioned previously get on the bus. Really??



3.- Smelly Stinkies!

Yes, it's definitely your choice to smoke. What I hate is when you sit down beside me and I have to choke on the smell of stale cigarette smoke permanently imbedded in the pores of your clothing and probably your skin. It's so gross! I remember once actually getting up and sitting elsewhere because someone who smoked sat beside me. Ugh!



4.- Listen to how cool my music sounds!

Why do people have to blast their iPods/cell phone music players so loud? Honestly, I really don't care if Beyonce thinks you shoulda put a ring on it, or if Kanye West thinks you're being heartless! Yes, I also listen to both artists on my iPod, but at a normal volume! There is no reason for me to be on one end of the Subway and I can hear your music when you're on the other side! And nevermind irritating me...that's bad for your hearing!



5- aaAAAaaaaCCHHHOOOO!

Ugh! You are so gross! Don't sneeze on me! Haven't you seen the commercials? Sneeze in your sleeve! That goes for coughing too! I can't say I'm a big fan of you yawning in my face either. I mean, sheesh! Let's be considerate here!

6- Mmm...tasty!

People get hungry. It's a fact of life. But if you're going to eat on the bus...or anywhere for that matter, do you have to eat with your mouth wide open? I can smell what you are eating...do I really have to see the partially digested food in your mouth? Yuck!

7- *YAWNNN*

Yup, like anyone else, if the bus is empty, I put my backpack on the seat beside me. However, once it starts to get even slightly full, I remove my back, not waiting for someone to look me dead in the eye before I subsequently ROLL my eyes and slowly pick up my bag. There was a lady on the subway today who had her leg stretched across two chairs as she sat in one. So, in total, she was occupying three chairs. It wasn't busy on the bus at first, but after a few subway stops, it was to a point where the subway got considerably busy. Nobody asked her to move because she looked slightly older (maybe mid-late 60s). She had a cane as well, so I kind thought that her leg was hurting her. But when it was her subway stop, she popped out of her seat like a heated popcorn kernal and skipped off on her way. Really??

8- "GIVE ME MONEY"

There are a number of people who hang around the subway and ask for money. I am happy to spare some change if I have any in my pocket. But there is one scary looking guy who gets in your face (he doesn't speak english) and he says "GIVE ME MONEY" then starts motioning to his mouth as though he wants money to eat. He's really quite scary and he gets right in your face! He scares me and I am afraid to give him money to be honest.

Ok so I know I sound like a complete and total whiner, but I know there are plenty of you out there who feel the same! What are some of your pet peeves when you're out and about in your city?

Friday, October 9, 2009

TGIF!

The week that I prayed would end is finally over. I'm not sure why I'm so excited that it's over, as I have to work tomorrow and try to finish two assignments and study for an economics test! Then, the week after next I have to worry about 2 more tests - English and Training & Development. I wrote my Recruitment and Selection test today. I'm pretty happy with the test I think. The prof gave everyone a review sheet, basically telling us everything that we should study. Boy, was that study sheet ever helpful. There were so many possible things to remember in just three chapters...it would have driven me crazy. I hope I did well...but I feel like I did. Some of the multiple choice was tricky. Don't you hate those "All of the above" questions? There were a few tricks in some of them and I am sure that some people will get caught with some of them.

I am looking forward to hitting the hay right after this post. The sooner I go to sleep, the sooner tomorow will come, the sooner it'll be time to go to sleep again, therefore allowing me to sleep in on Sunday! Hehe.

Monday is thanksgiving (here in Canada). I'm working from 8-4. I know, I know...it's thanksgiving! But who could give up double time and a half?? I'm glad I get to work during the day and not in the evening like some others have to. But then again, not everyone celebrates thanksgiving so it probably isn't a big deal for them.

Well, that's all for now. Let's hit the hay, get some decent rest, and head off to work tomorrow! I'm actually kinda looking forward to working tomorrow as my manager is working tomorrow and we sit right next to each other. She's a nice lady. :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tests, Assignments, and more tests!

I'm feeling even better than I was before, but still super tired and rundown. This change in weather (wet, soggy, etc.) is really hard for everyone to deal with health wise...nevermind the immune compromised. A lack of sleep due to studying doesn't exactly make the situation any easier either!



I've written a few tests over the past few days, and there are more to come. So far I've written a quiz in my training and development class. I wasn't too pleased with my mark-I got 22/30, or 73%. I hate it when I write a test, get it back....and then realize my silly mistakes. Myself and two other people did a group assignment for that class as well for which we got 77%. Not exactly thrilled with that either.



Today I did my online managerial accounting test. It was a multiple choice test worth 30% of our final mark! I walked into that test with my knees shaking. I managed to bang out a 26/30, 87%, so I was pleased with that, considering the fact that I felt like I had so much to remember and couldn't seem to remember anything when I tried. It all kind of came back to me when I got into the test. I'm glad I did well, as the median mark for the class was under 50%! Yikers! I hope I continue to do well in my other classes.


I have a test worth 15% in recruitment and selection on Friday. I think I'll do really well in that...I hope! Then, the following week I have an economics test. I really need to study hard for that!

Speaking of studying hard, I must go now. I have to study for a few hours, set up my machine, and dialyse!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

I'm ok!

Sorry for my lack of posting these days. I know how unsettling it can feel when a lupus/dialysis blogger posts about not feeling well...then neglecting to post for several days.

The truth is that I am still feeling slightly unwell. I'm also quite busy with school. In fact, this will, unfortunately, be a short post as I have an accounting exam to study for...and exam that is worth 30%! (Wowzers).

Thank you for those who sent me messages/comments to check up on how I was. I have the best virtual friends ever!
 
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