First Step of Moving

We placed some things in a storage box when we first moved into this apartment. We went down on square space and no longer had room for things.

Our dining room table went into the box. It’s a 6 seater and we had so much more room with it in storage. Goodbye table.

Little things went into the storage box. Like our winter clothing. Umm did we really need it for Cali weather. Nope the fleece we left out was enough.

We still don’t know how we are moving. If we are having the military move us or DITYing.

But the first step of moving is here.

Back Issues

A few weeks ago I was walking the dog. He wrapped the leash around me and got excited (oh look friend!) And pulled me.

He went one way I went the other.

I had tingling and numbness in my legs. Waited a few days before going to the doctor.

My husky decided to pull my back out of alignment. But I found out something in the xray.

I have degenerative disc disease (DDD) in my lower back. Over 3 vertebra have mild DDD.

DDD sounds intimidating. But it isn’t really a disease. It’s a fancy way of saying you have arthritis in your back. That the spacing in between has thinned.

I went to physical therapy and have been working on my back. The numbness went away.

That was a relief. I no longer had to look down when I walked. I had a deadness feeling in my legs. Like they weren’t there.

The tingling went away in one leg but stayed in the other.

The muscles in my body are tightening and no one has figured out why. They have been doing this since I’ve been in my 20s. I’ve had to fix my knees due to this so my knee caps would be in the correct place.

They suspected how I hurt my shoulder was due to the muscles tightening. All I had done was reach behind me to adjust a pillow and I tore my labrum (I so need a cooler story 🤷‍♀️).

But I can finally walk without excruciating pain.

One day at a time.

Losing your hearing

A few years ago I was told I was mild to moderately deaf in my left ear. I had my septum fixed and learned shortly after from the ENT.

We were getting ready to PCS. So getting further research as to what was going on had to wait.

It took a bit of time to get the correct referrals. But finally I was able to see an ENT here.

After some tests I was finally give a diagnosis. A reason to why I’m losing my hearing.

I have Cochlear Hydrops. A cousin to Meineres Disease.

I have ringing in my ear. My hearing comes and goes in waves. And every now and again it feels like liquid is leaking out of my ear. I have many other symptoms. But those are the major one.

Having TMJ in that side of my jaw also effects the Cochlear Hydrops.

There is no cure. I take 2 different medications to try to help the symptoms. I try to protect my hearing. Certain things can actually make my hearing worse. So I try to stay away from them.

I have good days and bad days. But I’ve learned to live with it.

It’s become frustrating at times though. I often miss things that are said and I have to ask people to repeat themselves. They seem put off. And when I mention I’m going deaf, that I actually didn’t hear them. It changes in an instant. Suddenly their displeasure of having to repeat themselves is gone.

Why?

If someone asks for you to repeat yourself. Don’t be put off. They might not have heard you. They could be going deaf like me. Or something else. It doesn’t matter.

I love when people talk louder. How about speaking clearer. That is a main issue I have. If you mumble 🤷‍♀️ Speak clearer.

I had to retrain myself. I don’t put the phone on my left ear. I’ll miss some of what you are saying if I do.

I get a hearing test often. Some times I’m below normal, mildly, or moderately. Due to what I have my hearing changes.

But we have to document it. Because if my hearing gets bad enough I need a hearing aid I need the notes.

So far I’m good. But on the days I can’t hear it would be nice.

Just an update on my life.

I don’t brush my hair

Shortly before my husband and I started dating I got a pixie cut.

It’s been growing ever since. Currently it is down past my elbows.

A few years ago I stopped brushing my hair. I threw out my hair brushes and switched to a comb.

I had taken a comb to it and had brushed out my hair quicker with the comb than the brush. So I switched to a wide tooth comb.

My hair is pretty thick. I kept getting the brush caught in my hair when I brushed the underside of it. And I got tired of pulling my hair free from the brush.

I don’t have that issue with a comb.

I tend to hold my hair at the top as I run the comb through it. Takes 1-2 swipes per section. Then after I’m done sectioning my hair off I comb the whole thing. I’m done quicker than with a brush.

I’ve noticed my hair is healthier now since switching to a comb. I have less dead ends. It has a nice shine to it.

I’ve switched to a shampoo bar. Or I’d have to do squeeze the shampoo bottle twice. Since switching my husband has fallen in love with the shampoo bar.

We still use the same conditioner. I didn’t like the bar version of it from Lush. Going to switch to their liquid conditioner once the one I have is gone.

Ladies throw out those brushes and switch to a comb.

Moving to California: Military Editon. Driving in Cali

I’ve driven in a lot of cities. From Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Seattle. Just a few places that is known to have some traffic.

Southern California is a different type of traffic. One I wish I could quantify into words.

It’s a place you can have road rage driving the speed limit. Where you wonder why the traffic isn’t moving at all. When you get paranoid something is wrong when there is no traffic.

Luckily there are several spots that if you look on the road it will tell you things. Like the speed limit. Or when the interstate splits into 2 it will say which lanes lead where.

Once you get it down it can be easy.

You have any where from 4 lanes to 8 lanes on the interstate.

The HOV is in certain areas. And be careful because at certain points they move. It expands or decreases the HOV (depending on which lane you’re in).

I’ve noticed that some people do not turn their neck when they merge. What do I mean by that? They don’t look and just merge. And they will either hit people or cause what I call and almost accident.

That is something I had to get used to. If someone has their turn signal on. Be cautious as they will merge right away even if a car is there.

After a certain point in night we won’t go out and do things.

Oh you want us to drive down and have dinner with you? That 30 minute drive just turned into an 2 hour drive.

“What is that person doing?” Is something my husband often says.

It seems not many people know how to zipper here. Many lanes merge down and there isn’t a lot of room. It would be easy if people zippered. But it tends to take some time.

One of my favorite is leaving the Naval Hospital. To get to 163, 3 lanes that are 2 each merge down to 1 in about half a mile. It takes me about 15 minutes to do during traffic. 5 if no traffic. It’s a joy when 3 lanes suddenly become 1 and everyone wants to merge into that 1.

Things to know!

Don’t stay in the right lane unless you are exiting or merging the interstate. It will be slow.

The far left lane is the fast lane. If you’re doing the speed limit people behind you will be upset.

In a lot of places the right lane is the exit lane, and will pick back up in the entrance lane.

If you have an manual car be careful. They don’t like to give space here. I’ve scared a few people when I roll back a bit (maybe 3 inches to be honest). Because they like to get right up on your bumper. It isn’t like that every where. It just seems in the places where you know you’ll roll back a bit (hello steep hills).

Know where the schools are. If you drive an area know. Why do I say this? Where my daughter goes the pick up spot is on the side of the road. So the right lane is mainly for that. If you want to get through without stopping go in the left lane.

Buses like to pull out right in front of you. 🤦‍♀️

If your GPS says 30 minute drive. Add 15 minutes to that. I tend to add more if parking garage. Say an hour. So I can drive, park in parking garage, and walk to where I need to go. I’m usually 5-10 minutes early. But on occasions I can be late depending on traffic.

Give it a month to get used to. And just know depending on where you go the traffic changes.

Moving to California: Military Editon. Welcome Post

Military|PCS|California

I will be writing a series about getting orders to California.

You’ve been waiting for a while. You picked a few places and prayed. And you finally received said orders to California.

The series will include moving to California. Driving in California. The different bases around. And more.

Welcome to my blog post series about getting orders to California. A series I made up for others who just received orders to PCS to California.

Currently we live in Southern California and have been here the past 2 years. I’ve learned a lot and want to pass it on to other spouses.

Hope you enjoy this series. The series will be released on Thursdays.