July 7th, 2014

pigtails

When your puppies fly the nest, or something

Yesterday the YoT left home. Like, properly. With a trailer and taking his bed and lugging furniture up stairs to his Typical-Wellington-Low-Income-Housing flat and everything. You know the type, built in the early 2000s, monolithic cladding, two flights of stairs to get up there. But his room is large and north facing, and it looks like it may have missed the leaky building problems and will be insulated because it's new enough. He emailed me this morning to tell me they failed to get his bed up the internal stairs but that his computer is set up. Good to see he has his priorities straight..

I do feel a bit weird about it, mostly in a 'hope he'll be ok' kind of way. But mostly I'm just damn proud of him. He's come a long way from the angry kid that turned up at my place in early 2009. And realistically, we've seen stuff all of him the last few months between his night shifts and his girlfriend. So yeah. He knows the door's always open but it looks like my offspring is, well.. off.

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On the pain front, this morning was morning 1 without voltaren, and it was straight back to having problems putting the undies on, and being overtaken by little old ladies as I walk down the road. Doctor appointment revealed that she wants to test me for rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and lupus* among other immuno-inflammatory type things. If it's not any of those, I have the choice of continuing with osteo/voltaren for a month, then trying to get in to see a rheumatologist without a referral.**

I'm kind of hoping for it to just go away by itself to be honest.

* It's never lupus, right? The doctor did a double take and added it to the list really fast when I told her my maternal grandmother and one of my cousins had it. Eek.
** This is where the NZ health system gets expensive - when you don't have obvious indicators to qualify for publicly funded specialist treatment. I could go on a waiting list that may be over a year long, or pay to go private. With a referral, I'd be in within a couple of weeks and it'd be minimal cost.