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. 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.

It’s the belief that gets you there

I grew up believing in Santa.

But what your Jewish. So true. I started converting when I was 16.

But I grew up with the belief in Santa.

For me it’s all about the belief. Whatever you want as long as you believe that is all that matters.

I found out a friend wouldn’t have much money for Santa for her kids. And they are at the age where the belief is the greatest.

I didn’t want that taken from them.

Why take away a belief too soon. Especially when it can be cherished.

So we are providing Santa gifts. We will be Santa this year.

Not to be a good friend. Not to be a good person. But so those little kids can have one more year of Santa.

Growing up is hard. Don’t need to push it. One more year of Santa isn’t too much to ask for