Saturday, January 16, 2010

Rotator Cuffs, Self-Sufficiency and Cookstoves...oh my!

Dewey is still off work.  He goes back Tuesday to the orthopedic surgeon.  Ugh.  I just want some income.  It really does make a budget easier to work with.

Ok, here's the update, such as it is.  The orthopedic surgeon isn't filling out the work disability paperwork until he knows how things are going.


Makes no sense to me, but hey, what do I know?  Seems to me, with the doctor pulling him off work we could start the disability now and then when he goes back to work, which isn't until the doctor releases him, obviously the disability would end at that point.  But, like I said, what do I know?

His shoulder still hurts.  This doctor checked out the xrays taken before and said there are bone spurs around the rotator cuff. He doesn't want to do surgery unless necessary, which is fine with us.  Still, we need to know what's going on and what the plan is.  Right now, he's on some steroid packs and still having alot of pain, which is a big deal for Dewey.  He has a high tolerance for pain, and usually works through pain and discomfort.  That's not happening right now at all.  This is kickin' his midlife backside. 

We're trying to get the disability going and, prayerfully, back-dated to the start of all this.  This doctor's work notice clearly stated "totally disabled, unable to work" and hopefully we can use that, even without his filling out his portion of the disability paperwork.  We're just waiting to see what happens next.I'm not a good 'waiting' sort of person.

So, here we sit.  We wait.  Ahhh, yes...the bane of existence.  Waiting. This is exactly why you don't want to be tied to someone else and their agenda, trust me.  If we were more self-sufficient here, if we were more sustainable without relying on that income...if if if.  There's always a 'if' there somewhere, isn't there?  Being debt-free is a big deal.  Being self-sustaining is a big deal.

We have food stores here, but I'm seeing all sorts of issues there to work on and that really bugs me.  We are only a month in.  A month.  What kind of storage is it if there's just a good solid month there?  Not a very good one, that's what kind.  There are some good points to our storage, but boy do I see some areas of work.  Of course, I'm not exactly 'budgeting' the food stores either, and that makes a difference.

The bake element is still out in my kitchen oven and we're using the cookstove exclusively.  I'm getting much better at those fine adjustments on the damper control andhow much to keep the firebox loaded, etc.  We aren't eating cajun-style loaf bread anymore, but I still have a long way to go.

I've been reading everywhere, talking to are some sources I've used as well
Cooking on a Woodstove
ChimneySweep Online handouts
How to Cook with a Wood Cookstove
Granny Miller Cookstove Basics 
  her tutorial is worth printing off for your files, trust me.  Oh, can find Granny Miller here these days...and here...and here. And here are all her posts under the Cookstove label

Ok...well, there you go.  Broke homesteaders kicking themselves for lack of a much better plan.  We're far ahead in many respects compared to others, but boy, when the 'lack' catches up to you, it really stares you down.  We need work here.  Lots of it still.  Let's just hope that whole global collapse of the 'American super-power' takes just a little bit longer...


Dana said...

I am sorry your having so much trouble getting the disability taken care of. Sorrier more that your husband is down hurt like that. I hope things get in order soon as far as pay goes and that your hubby finds some relief from his pain.

I am with you on the stores and lack there of.

I canned and canned and bought and bought before our baby was born thinking that we would be set and I would be able to stay out of the grocery store and just enjoy being home with my family and the feels like "sub arctic temps", but now that I am living it there isn't enough stores to get us through and we have already had to go shopping. Its very dissappointing to me, I honestly feel like I failed like I did some thing wrong.

I guess I just misjudged, underestimated how much we would need.

So I am with you I am definately looking at how I/we can do better for next winter. Not that I plan on having another baby that I need to be prepared for but it would be nice to have everything "down cellar in a tea cup" than to have to be traipsing around in the cold with my littles just to get groceries!!

I have even already started working on Christmas gifts for next year just so I am ahead on that too!!

Anyway I hope things turn around for you soon!!

LizBeth said...

I've been wondering how Dewey was doing. Glad you are getting help. I know it's frustrating. You'll make it. I have no doubt. No fun, though, is it? BT/DT. My heart goes out to you all.


Rose said...

Good Luck getting that disability. It does take forever. By the time my sister's was approved, she was going back to work. said...

So sorry to hear things are tough for you right now. I pray things work out with the disability. And thank you for showing me where to find Granny Miller these days! I never even looked because I thought she was just finished with it all! Glad to have found her again.

Stephanie said...

Many prayers that the disability comes through. I have been there, with workman's comp running my life, and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.


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