gettinghealthy: (paper cranes)
So I will say now that posting two days in a row was not something I was expecting to do and posting what I am posting is out of the sheer joy and excitement I got from how events unfolded near the end of the day for me.

Click to read about me getting what was probably over excited, but I don't care, I'm still super excited about it... )
gettinghealthy: (paper cranes)
I've been feeling the need to post something for a few days but I never knew what to write about so I didn't.  Unfortunately I still don't know what to write about so if this makes no sense, I apologize but sometimes my want side of my brain over rides my logic side of my brain.

So I let the SimCity game for DullsVille run on its own up until 1987 or something around there to see what would happen, like if it would tell me that I won, and it didn't.  Then I realized that I had let it run without turning off disasters and part of the city was trying to flood itself, but it didn't tell me I had lost, which it had done in a prior to this series of posts attempts at playing one of the challenges so I am guessing I was still doing well enough to win.  My plan is it let it run one more time, remembering to turn off disasters (I exited without saving), and give it until 2000 and see what happens.  Once I have done that I will move on to the next challenge and we'll see what that one is all about.

The makeup love is still going strong.  When I talked to my mom about it she said that for a while, after college I had gotten really into makeup wearing it everyday, and she never really understood why it stopped.  I actually didn't remember this, I remembered buying some makeup because I like pretty colors, but I didn't remember really wearing it all that much, but maybe in a weird way the reason why this is helping me with my mood is because it is something I was missing.  The other day Kevin took me to a Daiso store because they sell cheap, from Japan and we are kind of obsessed with Japan, products and this one actually had makeup at it, I don't remember the other two that we have gone to having makeup so this made me really happy because everything was $1.50 per package so I got some eye shadow and some lipgloss.  I haven't tried any of the new stuff yet, but I spend a lot of time sitting and staring at the colors and sometimes turn it over and read the badly translated English and laugh because there is only actually one sentence in English on the back of the package and I think it sounds funny.  Sentence on the package: "Attention of the use: If something happen the trouble on your skin using them, please stop using them."  I don't know why but that makes me smile every time I see it and it only cost $1.50.  They had some really nice shades of eye shadow, very wearable, and while I have been favoring more of the crazier colors lately because I am trying to expand on what I feel comfortable with, it is always nice to have some basic colors as well, like light tans and light pinks.

The paper cranes are still going, I don't have a new picture yet, because the next 24 haven't been strung up yet, but I have made another set of 24 and I am now working on a smaller batch of 14 from some special paper that Kevin got me that says it has Kimono patterns on it so I have really been enjoying those.  Still have four more sheets to finish that set and then hopefully I can get both sets strung up and take some pictures to share.

Starting to get dizzy and the screen is swaying back and forth, but at least I got something posted.
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Let me start off by saying that I do not expect special treatment because of being in a wheelchair or because of having to wear sunglasses indoors  due to being super light sensitive; I do expect people to treat me as they would treat someone who can walk more than two feet on their own and doesn't get light triggered migraines from normal indoor lighting.  

Now on with the story...

Yesterday Kevin took me to the mall, something we don't do often because it is loud and it is bright and between the two I don't usually do so well pain wise shortly after getting in there.  The plan was to go to one store specifically for an eye cream and an eye makeup remover that I had found on the store's website because I prefer shopping in person; I also wanted to "sample" the smells of some of their scented products because I have been hoping to find a sent that helps wake me up because I don't seem to be able to stay fully awake for more than a couple of hours at a stretch.  

As we were heading to the store I noticed another store across from it with an OPI display and asked if we could go in just to look since they are considered some very good nail polishes and I only have one very dark red from them.  They were busy and there were only two employees there at the time but they both made sure to say hi to us while they were helping other customers.  We were looking at the nail polish which was well above my head and difficult to see.  Once the employees had finished with the customers they had been working with they both came over to us separately to help and one of them even noted that I was wearing pink nail polish already and suggested some other colors I might like that were bright and/or pink and they both pointed out all of the limited edition sets since they are limited edition.  We weren't planning on buying any of the nail polish but then one of then started pulling down the nail swatches they had of the stuff that was too high for me to see and going over all of them with me, and I do mean all of them, and Kevin ended up buying three different polishes for me based on my reactions to what she was showing me which was probably the best way to go because I just cannot make decisions.

After we went to the store we had planned on going to and it was completely devoid of customers and also had two employees standing around in it, one in the middle of the store, the other behind the counter.  We headed toward the one in the middle of the store and she looked directly at us and then immediately turned away and didn't do anything, just tried really hard to not make eye contact.  So we went down one side of the store and to the counter and the girl who was there looked directly at me and then practically ran into the back room.  By this time another customer who could walk came in and the girl in the middle of the store jumped over to her and started helping her.  So we kept looking around the store and really did need help because I couldn't find what I was looking for, we went up and down the store at least twice very slowly looking at everything on all of the shelves and did managed to find one of the things I wanted from there, but I told Kevin not to buy it because they obviously didn't want to help me.  He thought maybe they were afraid to help me because the wheelchair and the sunglasses.  I told him that since this store's main products were all scent based it shouldn't matter if they thought I was blind because you pick soaps and fragrances based on smell because they all do the same thing.

Today we went to Target, a box store that the most I expect from their employees is to tell us what the total is when they ring us up.  It just so happened that where the eye creams and eye makeup remover there was an employee who had been helping some other customers and when she saw us she said hi.  Then when she finished with the people she had been helping she came back over to us and helped me find a hypoallergenic eye cream and eye makeup remover and said that if I didn't like it to keep the receipt because we could return it.  We made our purchase and after we left I told Kevin it was sad that a store I wasn't expecting any employee help from gave better customer service than a store I have always loved and always had great service from until yesterday.  

The other store I have gone to in various locations for well over a decade and yesterday was the first time I had left one of their stores without buying at least one thing.  I am sure this is just a fluke and that their employees are not normally like this which is why I am not mentioning the name of the store here.  I don't know if any of my friends who will read this are in a customer facing job, but really, if you see someone in a wheelchair or wearing sunglasses indoors, using basic common courtesy that you would use for someone not in a wheelchair or sunglasses indoors will go a long with that person.  Seriously, if someone in the one store had said hi to me we probably would have stayed until one of them decided to help us and purchased five different things because I had actually planned what to buy based off what was on their site, I just had to decide on which of three scents I wanted to get that wasn't the eye cream and eye makeup remover.  Either way, I am over it, but just in case this made someone think about how they treat someone who is disabled then I will consider this a worthwhile post.
gettinghealthy: (beach)
A few days ago I got to go to the beach, Kevin wasn't sure it was going to happen so he hadn't told me about the possibility, but some how I managed to wake up on the day doing well enough he decided to risk it. So with sunglasses, lots of sunscreen, and a large hat in hand, we went with his parents to the beach.

The first thing Kevin did when he got there was make a heart in the sand, then I put in our initials.




Kevin then went to look for sand dollars while his parents went on a walk and I stayed put sitting in a chair watching the waves. After a while his parents came back as did Kevin and we all sat for a while. Then Kevin decided to walk in a different direction for the sand dollars and I am not sure where his father disappeared to, but his mother and I continued to sit and watch the waves.

After a short while a father and daughter (young, maybe 5 to 6) came by, he was trying to fish in the ocean, she was just running around collecting things off the beach and shoving them into his pockets. After a while she sat somewhat near us and started talking; it was windy enough we couldn't hear what she was saying, but that didn't stop her from having a rather long running conversation. And then after she finished her story she walked a little ways a way and then started rolling in the sand and for some reason I can't explain, I all the sudden realized what I should be doing. My vision of this little girl changed and it was like she was an angle telling me what to do, reminding me of who I really am.

Once Kevin got back I asked him if it was okay to lay in the sand directly since I knew the shirt I was wearing was new, but I wasn't there when he bought it so I didn't know if it was something he would get terribly upset over if I messed it up laying on the beach. He said he was fine with me laying on the beach, he didn't think it would be a problem. So, much to the amusement of everyone I am sure, I laid down on the sand a few feet from everyone else and focused on the sound of the waves. I must of entered a meditative state because when the waves eventually got close enough to touch my feet it didn't feel cold and when Kevin had first gotten me onto the beach he had held me up so I could put my feet in the water and it had been freezing.

Afterwards I sat up on the beach, but still on the sand and just continued to watch the waves.




(The most of me you will likely ever see on this journal.)




(I just liked this picture.)

After a while longer we realized that I had been out in the sun for well over an hour and even with sunscreen I was risking sunburn because I burn easily (I had a really mild one a bit of both arms, but it wasn't too bad) so we went back inside and I changed to long pants and a sweater.  But I told Kevin, that for the first time, since the migraines started, so over three years now, I felt like myself, for about 30 minutes, while laying and sitting on the beach directly on the sand.  Unfortunately once we left the beach the feeling went away, but 30 minutes after 3 years was quite amazing so I will be happy that I even got that much time. 

It wasn't much longer after this that I ended up feeling nausea again and a migraine came on and I was basically non-functional for the rest of the day although they did wheel me around in the chair for a while outside on a "walk" but by then I was so light sensitive again I could only look where the sun wasn't and had to shut my eyes a lot.  But I enjoyed the day and hope that we can go again so I can get a few more minutes of feeling normal for a little while.  Now Kevin is trying to figure out how we can afford to move to a beach town so that he can get me on the beach every week since he knows I haven't felt like myself for a very long time.

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