Saturday, October 13, 2007

car woes

well, I knew that there was a minor oil leak. I need to get my oil changed, and figure out where it's leaking from, but I didn't expect today's problems to happen. I took a neighbor's girl down town (ick! Football traffic home comming weekend.)

Talk about weird timing. As I pulled in by the Corner Room, the car filled with odd smelling smoke. She went in to check in with her mom as I popped the hood. All my coolant was gone from the reserve. I also noticed that it was dripping inside in the passanger's foot well.
I had no idea. I just new I had to get it somewhere where I could talk to someone.

SOOOOO, with hazard lights blinking, I very slowly drove to the Exxon station at the bottom of Allen St. A quick chat with a guy there and he confirmed that it could be drivable if I filled it with water. He let me use the hose on the side of the garage. I got it filled and started back home. Down by the recumbant bike shop, it started smoking again. I realized I had part of a bottle of water in the trunk, so I filled it up again. I then went into the shop to ask if I could fill the bottle up again. The guy working there was *really* nice. sooooo, I got almost it back home with only one more minor stop at the one gas station here in Boalsburg.

I have to thank KlrWombat for getting Q back to Lewistown. He also hung out with me for a while once we got back. We must have spent an hour or so poking, prodding, and looking at the car to try and figure out where it might be leaking from. *sigh* I really won't know till I can get it to a garage, maybe Monday if I'm lucky.

Of course, then the issue of having the funds to fix it become the next HUGE hurdle.

The only thing that I have to say 'hey! my good luck is working again!' is the fact that it happened on a cool, sunny day down town instead of on the way to Lewistown, during driving rain and 95 degree weather. I have to find something positive or I'll go crazy(ier?)

It also looks like I'm going to have to replace the right front tire. there's a pretty sizable gash in the sidewall that goes clear down to the steel belting. SO, I'm without working wheels again.


Friday, October 12, 2007

long time no update...

Nothing much exciting in my world, other than some messages from people I haven't talked to in a long while (*wave* Hi, Elise!). I've started the Lyrica, and it's helping, but considering that I went off the neurontin, anything would help at this point. ;-)
Seriously though, I'm still in the middle of a pretty big fibro flare-up. I've managed to do something horrible to my lower back (L5-S1) again, and my right neck/shoulder/arm is screwed up. My knees hurt, no surprise there, but for the most part, they're just background noise compared to my back and right side. Some weird things have cropped up since going off the Neurontin, including more muscle spasms and a weird sensation when I drove though sun-lit trees. I see Dr. Derstine Monday and Dr. Pro Friday next week, so we'll see if anything needs tweaked. Mentally, I'm doing pretty well beside the hurting.

For the most part, there really isn't anything noteworthy going on. Finances are tight, but that's the norm for me anymore...