Happy Thursday everyone! I cannot wait for the weekend to arrive! Remember that Positively Tuesday post? I swear the second after I hit the "publish" button, all hell broke loose! Everyone here is okay so not to worry there. Just a trying few days for sure!
Anyway, let's check out how I did with Gas & Garbage this week....
Last week I said I would be putting $30 in my tank (which I did) leaving me with $38.85 to stay on budget for gas for my car. Due to some unexpected "extra" driving I had to do this week, I had to put an additional $20 into my tank. I have half a tank and $18.85 left to last me through next Tuesday. Barring any extraordinary circumstances, I *should* be able to stay within budget - which makes me extremely happy!
I had three kitchen (13 gallon supposedly) bags of garbage this week....But, as with last week, two of them needed to be double bagged due to flimsy construction. The good news is that the horrible bags are now completely used up! LOL But, seriously, such a waste. I'm not sure why our garbage literally doubled this week as I have been fastidiously recycling where I am able. Could just be the ebb and flow of our house? No matter what, I am going to continue to keep track and strive to do better.
So, before I get to our horrid bedside manner account, there are a few things I need to admit...
1. I haven't gotten much sleep recently since I can't sleep well when Papa isn't home - he came home at 2am yesterday from work (remember he works at the hospital so no normal business hours). I worry about him falling asleep while driving home and that keeps me from getting solid sleep until I know he is home safe and sound.
2. I realize I am pretty protective over the Guppies. This story is about G1 -who currently has anxiety and depression. She also had anorexia between seventh grade and freshman year of high school and almost needed to be hospitalized for it. While she has overcome the anorexia (thank God), she still is very insecure about how she looks.
Okay, onto her doctor appointment....
She has some acne scarring that she is very self conscious about which is on her forehead predominantly. This morning she had an appointment at a local dermatologist to see what they suggested be done. G1 had a TON of paperwork to fill out (and included all the information above) since this was her first visit to this doctor.
The doctor came in the room, took a quick glance at G1's face (and I mean less than thirty seconds and in natural lighting), and proceeded to tell my teenage daughter that she has the "worst type of acne scarring possible" and "nothing was going to help it". For the record, the scarring that G1 is uncomfortable about isn't that noticeable that much in my opinion. She went on to say that for $2100, the doctor could do three laser treatments three months apart but it would only make it "25 % better" at most. The doctor spent less than five minutes with us!
Now, G1 is holed up in her room feeling like the Phantom of Phantom of the Opera....
First world problems? Absolutely.
But, what kind of doctor is so freaking blunt to a teenager girl who is on anti-depressive meds with that kind of medical history?!?!
I told G1 we would get a second opinion. Her pediatrician is back from vacation on Monday and I'm going to see if she will refer us to the adolescent dermatologist at Yale....and hoping Papa will be able to find a connection within the hospital to get us in sooner than later. I am counting on the fact that an adolescent derm will have a better bedside manner with teenage girls.
But for now I need to try to find a way to do damage control.