Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The SUCKY Price of Gas, Bowling On Memorial Day, & Tube Stuff

I HATE the Arabs or the Chinese or whoever it is that I just (more or less) purchased my gas from. The price of gas is getting really ri-gosh-dang-diculous. Can we just talk about this for a minute? I mean, I went to fill up Agent Mulder’s 14 gallon tank this morning, and the total came to $57.84. I thought someone was ripping me off. I’m used to paying a lot for fuel, (hell, we all are) but I’m so over this. I know this is debatable, but I reallllllllly wish us United Statians could start digging for our own oil. We can build atomic bombs, we have a kick-ass armed forces, we are the brain children of incredibly lame shows like The Bachelor and The Girls Next Door, our unemployment is fairly low, we enforce laws and are otherwise not barbaric, so why must I go to the gas station and leave sans 60 bucks? (I bought a soda and some Famous Amos Cookies, too. Kinda regretting my lunch now. Can I even afford it?!) So, you know. I’m just saying. This blows.

Moving on. I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day, yes? I didn’t go to a single graveyard, but I did, however; go bowling and beat my old high score. I bowled a 153. Shut up, jerks. That’s good. That was like, three strikes and four spares. I’m pretty sure my bowling magnificence is due to
a) my fluorescent pink pimped out ball, Cade’s Mama
b) my Boost fortified limbs with strength anew
c) a whole lotta skill

So I was happy. What better way to support our veterans than with a high score of bowling? I’m not sure.

I’m also optimistic, because I think I’ve worked out a way to not rip out my NG tube and strip off all my clothes and run around my neighborhood going crazy and screaming curses, having gone mad from being tubaged for so long, and also I’ve figured out a way to not get the PEG tube, either. Who wants icky surgery? I’m going to run it by the old treatment team today. But even if they say no, I’ll still do it anyway, because it’s brilliant. Take out the tube every morning, and place it myself every night to get boosted up. That way no one will have to see this nasty tube anymore except husband and me in the privacy of mi casa. Perfect, yes? Why didn't we think of this earlier? (Thanks, Courtney, for the tips...:)

14 comments:

jana bananas said...

It sounds like a good idea, as long as you don't cheat and skip nights or whatever. If you're only boosting at night, why bother having the thing in all day if you don't have to. However, can you stand having it placed every night? Are they going to think that's not a safe idea? I imagine it could start hurting your throat. Maybe it's worth it! Anyway, I hope they go for it because it seems to me that it would make for a much happier Brie!

brie said...

Bananas, I think they'll go for it - what I'm proposing to do is not uncommon. I talked with a girl who I wasn't personally in treatment with, but she was in with my friend, and she had to get an NG tube outpatient, and that's what she did, and she said it worked out fabulously for her. So I'm really excited, it seems like a happy medium for the whole PEG tube vs NG tube thing, you know? And...getting it placed every night will certainly be a bit unpleasant, but I'm willing to do it if it means I don't have to have the tube during the day. And Brandon did a really good job placing it, and also -- don't worry --I'd certainly try to be tricky and not put it in one night, but Bran has made it more than clear that he will make sure it gets put in every night. Ah. What a good hubby! ;)

PS Eye circles SUCK and I'm getting to that email! ;)

KC Elaine said...

congrats on your bowling score and your new idea! - Ky

jana bananas said...

I imagine your team might not be thrilled with your lunch of soda and cookies. ;)

Abby said...

Brie, you a brave and committed tube person... if I ever had to get one of those things shoved up my nose and down my throat again, I think I would probably try to AWOL even if I wasn't in treatment at the time. Although it does seem better than the PEG tube... oh, just the thought of that makes my toes curl! Anyway, enough tube talk; I just want to say that I'm glad you're fighting the dreaded Ed.

And... I'm not terribly opposed to your lunch as long as the soda wasn't (yuck) diet. Diet soda makes my toes curl, too. Okay, I'll stop grossing myself out now.

Love you.

kristin said...

Congratulations on your awesome bowling score! That's amazing that you got a 153!

Doing the tube at night sounds like a good idea to me. Stick to it! I hope that you and Bran get the tube in every night OK. That sounds like the only complicated part! He must be an expert by now, though, right?

I'm glad that you're optimistic and positive! If that's contagious, do you mind spreading some? ;)

Krista said...

The thought of having that put in everyday makes me cringe, but then again so does a PEG tube. I hope whatever is best for you works out.

zubeldia said...

brave girl, I hope it all works out for you. Petrol is for sure going up.. since I am from the UK I am pretty used to high prices. Now, over there, they're paying almost 11 bucks a gallon. Ack.

Lovety love. Z

Emily said...

Hey Brie! CONGRATS on your bowling score! I suck at bowling. My highest score ever was like in the 120s... so I am totally admiring your awesome score! :)

I tink that's a wonderful idea re: your tube. I really hope your team goes for it! I hear PEG tubes are incredibly painful, and I think it would just suck extra bad in general.

These days, I'm glad I don't drive. I could never afford gas!

Penny said...

Its such a good day except for the fuel purchase. I guess everything in context seems better than it is. Four bucks a gallon is better than $9.00 however I think if our gas was $9.00 a gallon, I guarantee we would all be out digging in our yards!!!You know, bloggers could solve so many of the world's problems. I'm amazed at the wisdom of all of you people!

brie said...

Hey all, just a quick update: I saw M, my therapist, this afternoon, and she thinks it's a great idea. She spoke with my dietician on the phone afterward, and they're both on board, pending I make sure to do it every night and get all my feedings in. So, tomorrow morning, this sucka is SO getting pulled out! I've had a great day, but I have another therapy sesh tomorrow, so I'm going to go to bed, for I'm sure I'll need all the strenth I can get. :)

And Jana, yeah...it was kind of a lame lunch, wasn't it? ...I actually didn't even end up opening the cookies. I suck. BUT now that the tube is going AWOL during the day, it'll be easier and more enjoyable to eat, since it won't feel like I'm swallowing a giant pill with my burger. :) Does that sound like an excuse? Maybe a little bit...

brie said...

Z...11 bucks a gallon? I almost crapped my pants when I read that!

Tanya said...

I am so happy to see that you can take it out. I know your hubby will make sure its in every night. You are lucky to have someone who can put it in for you every night like that. I hate my PEG tube, it drives me bonkers. (I like to sleep on my stomach and it gets difficult sometimes). Gas prices do suck...but when I saw the news tonight and the protests in Spain and Europe regarding 10 dollars or more a gallon my jaw dropped and suddenly I don't feel so bad about our 4 dollars a gallon. Yea its a pain in the butt and it makes things more difficult since food and everything else is also going up. Its not going to get any easier. I wish we could find some way to make water run cars...that would make driving so much simpler and more affordable...and I am sure create less pollution than our oil method...after all they made steam run a train, why not a car? Sorry its late and I am both ready for and not ready for sleep.

eventerjazz5 said...

does your health insurance pay for the ng tube? i am thinking that would be helpful in my recovery but i know that because i have an eating disorder, they would probably not want to pay for it, because of course "i couldn't be trusted with putting food in it" but i don't know. i see the doc tomorrow, so i'm gonna ask him about it, and see what he says.