This and that..

Well, you never know what you’ll get here. It’s Friday, and I think I’ve had all the excitement I need for one week 🙂

We had a sudden drop in temperatures earlier this week. The result – even with mittens on – I had a huge Reynauds syndrome attack at the grocery, which is always cold. Do you have this unlovely issue? it’s painful, and when I got home I put my hands under running hot water. Ah – better. I keep mittens in my handbag and my car, but it still can get me.

Oh, the drama…. I was looking for a renewal of a medication subscription, but neither I nor CVS could get it going. I turns out that my PCP moved her practice, did not notify me, and, worse, did not respond to my or the CVS renewal request. I have spent hours on this, finding a new PCP and working with my AdventHealth care advocate on getting a refill. It gets worse – I will have to go to a ‘establish new patient’ appointment next week, for which I and/or Medicare will be charged. Even though my prior PCP is part of the AdventHealth network, and before I can even schedule my annual exam. Yes, I’ve submitted feedback. Could someone just transport me back 50 years to when my family doctor really did manage everything, including delivering my babies. I only see ‘specialists’ now, 6 of them. Aarrgghh…

More fun, almost on the same note. I am so cold most of the time, and I always wear a cardigan, even in the house. With time, cotton and cotton blend cardigans get so scratchy and worn. So – I decided to try a new fabric, mostly because I like the color, maybe because I was feeling like ‘why not’. This is Denim Steel Waffle Rayon Spandex Open Knit Fabric from Stylish Fabrics. I love it! I’ve ordered and trashed cotton waffle fabric in the past, it shrank and got contrary, even for baby blankets. So this was a real departure for me.

It laundered beautifully, does not ravel, and did not shrink. And it is incredibly soft. More later when the first cardigan is complete.

Short post, I hope you are well, loved, and looking forward to a nice weekend. Coco

14 thoughts on “This and that..

  1. Ugh, what a hassley day, Coco. I have that Raynaud’s thing too. I feel like it’s triggered by stress as much as cold.
    That being said, I put on a few pounds over the last year and I haven’t had any Reynaud’s moments . . . not sure if the two thing are related. I actually kind of like my new weight and I’m going to keep it that way 🙂
    The new fabric looks promising. Looking forward to seeing your new cardigan!

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  2. I keep an external cell phone battery bank that doubles as a hand warmer. It has come in handy for both cellular low battery charging and for cold hands (keep it in my purse). Maybe it would help you too? They’re widely available and easy to charge.

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  3. I have never heard of Raynaud’s syndrome. It obviously is very painful. I have been seeing my PCP since moving here in 2018. Fortunately, she has been pretty good about responding to my patient portal messages or phone messages. I find it very unprofessional for a physician to not give a patient notice of retirement or move to another practice. Hope you get this resolved soon.

    Love the pastel blue waffle knit. I will have to check out the source!

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  4. If you are cold, and especially if you have Raynaud’s syndrome, what are you doing in cotton sweaters? Wool is what you need, it makes a huge difference

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      1. Have you tried Merino wool? I’ve heard it’s washable and non-allergenic. A merino sweater lined in silk would be yummy, maybe that would work for you.

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  5. I had the same issue with my gynecologist. I’ve been going to her for literally YEARS, and when I called to reschedule my appointment, no answer, and I found out by an online search that she retired. It would have been nice to have been given some kind of notice. I thought I had an annual appointment. I’m still looking for a new gynecologist. The one my PCP referred me to was brutal. Ugh!

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  6. Winter is about to hit Australia cold snap this weekend after a very balmy few weeks of autumn. I too suffer Reynauds even in summer I’ve even taken Viagra! On specialists recommendation. My Scleroderma only effects my gastro intestinal tract and I’m increasingly finding that I have less and less choices of food that I can eat without feeling stomach irritations. However that not withstanding, im still upright, working 2 days a week, passionately interested in fashion, sewing, and recently renewed my love of knitting. I’m 71 had 1 Covid jab awaiting my 2nd in June and so far touch wood all is reasonably good. All the best.

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    1. Scleroderma is such a weird disease, isn’t it. I, too, find my GI tract getting picky, and I’ve had nutritional challenges as a result. But it sounds like we are both blessed in many ways. Hugs.

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  7. So sorry for your medical woes. My PCP just up and quit practice. I did receive a letter giving me the option to get my medical records, so that is something. But I agree, give me a family doc of 50 years ago that you see for everything and let them send me to a specialist if necessary (which is NOT necessary a lot of the time).

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  8. Hi Coco, My mom and one of my brothers have Reynaud’s Syndrome. They live near Buffalo. Mom has a terrible time in the winter. You have all my sympathy – even more so over the doctor issues. Such a pain; mostly driven by insurance protocols.
    Thanks for the information about the Rayon waffle weave fabric. I have been watching (although not actively searching) for waffle weave fabric to make a cardigan and/or light jacket. It did not know the issues with cotton. I will look for Rayon! You are a treasure!

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  9. That looks so painful and your insurance/doctor woes are even more stressful. Our health insurance includes one “free” wellness visit a year which was done over the internet this year. Upside: my self medicating through food and drink wasn’t mentioned because I didn’t get weighed. Downside: I didn’t get weighed so no pressure to get back to healthy habits.

    Your cardigan fabric looks like a hug. I can hardly wait to see the finished product.

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