Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Day Without Spending Money

In this day and age it's absolutely impossible to go a day without spending money.

Everyone couple of years it seems that I get into some sort of financial "trouble" and it usually comes in the form of an astronomical bill that I didn't see coming (usually medical or automobile related). When this happens I, of course, start to think of ways of cutting back and wondered if I could go an entire day with spending any money. The conclusions is, you can't.

While you might not be pulling cash or a credit card directly out of your wallet in a store, just by existing you're spending money. You turn on a light, you're spending money. You take a shower, you're spending money. You watch television, you're spending money. You get on the Internet, you're spending money. You cook dinner, you're spending money. It can't be helped.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Blessings Happen

They really do and I have proof that they do. Here's the back story: About four years ago I was diagnosed with Meniere's' disease. It's basically a disorder that affects the inner ear and, for me, causes severe and debilitating vertigo episodes and, to a lesser extent, dizzy spells. The exact cause of Meniere's is unknown and there is no cure. And a side effect is hearing loss. When I was diagnosed I was told I had 40% hearing loss in my right ear. I saw an audiologist about getting a hearing aide but because my insurance doesn't cover it, the cost would be $2,30o. That's $2,300 I don't have. So for the last four years I've made adjustments, like always trying to be on the right side of people and leaning into people with my left side to try and hear them better. I've also been saying "What?" a lot.

Here's where my blessing comes in. About two years ago a woman named Christine started coming to the Bible study I attend. She has a great personality, loves to laugh and is very joyful. It wasn't until about a year ago that we developed a common interest and became friends. Christine is married with two boys. her youngest one is completely deaf but now has a cochlear implant and no longer has to use hearing aides so Christine offered me one of his. I asked my doctor if I could use a "used" hearing aide and how much it would cost. I was told that all I'd need to do was have a new ear mold done and adjustments could be made so that I could use it. And the best news: it would cost less than $125!!!!

Now if that isn't a blessing then I don't know what is. I know God brought Christine into my life for a reason and I am truly thankful. So one week from today I should get my new hearing aide. Thanks Christine, I love you!