Well! a few days ago, I had a "thing" pop up on my ankle. It looked like a blister, and it was very sensitive to the touch; even touching near it was uncomfortable. Well, I couldn't figure out how I got a blister there; it's wasn't where a shoe would rub, and I hadn't worn my boots for several days before it began to hurt. The only explanation I could arrive at as I watched this thing grow and look nastier, was that I'd been bitten by a spider, so I put Neosporin on it and covered it with a Bandaid. I remembered that a few days earlier, I'd had a few sharp pains in that area and figured a small spider had crawled into my sock and nibbled on me.
By yesterday, it was looking really nasty and was beginning to darken in the center, so I decided that I should see a doctor. Today I attempted to find a doctor who would see me, but almost all didn't take new patients, and those who did were booked until March!! Yeah, and if it is a spider bite, my leg might have rotted off by that time!
So today I made a trip to a clinic that takes walk-ins. Turns out this clinic was formed by a doctor and his nurse-practioner wife specifically for the reason that many doctors were turning people away for whatever reason. The physician has passed away, but his wife remains there with another doctor. And I'm glad that I went there. I liked them very much.
And my diagnosis is not a spider bite. I have shingles!!! Hey, I think I'd rather have the bite, thank you very much! I've started on medication for this virus, and will have a specially mixed salve tomorrow to dry the lesions. Oh, yes, there are two more small ones starting on the ankle, too. I've been fortunate that these have not caused me a lot of pain, only discomfort.
On a more fun note, my offer on THE HOUSE was accepted a couple days ago after one adjustment in terms. YAY!!!! However, now I'm fighting the battle of financing. My credit ratings are extremely good, but no one wants to finance a "single wide." Or if they will, they want to charge horrible interest rates, like 11.5 %!!! Ridiculous! The mortgage company I originally began working with lost the company they had planned to run my loan through as they decided to quit financing any manufactured homes. They are running all over town and making calls to as many companies as they can to find reasonable rates. I appreciate their efforts.
The reason for this is that something like 60% of loans on single wides are defaulted. But no one is looking at the fact that I am not one of those defaulters! I have owned the same home for over 30 years. My credit is without blemish. My financial resources are more than sufficient to carry me until death. But it doesn't matter to the big financial establishments (Patti Cakes, does this sound like crying cow bank??); they see all mobile home loans as poor risks without looking beyond those damn statistics.
Fear not! I WILL HAVE THIS HOUSE!!! Yes, I'm shouting!! This home is better constructed and better cared for than many site-built homes. I don't want a big expensive house (I don't want to clean 2500 square feet!! And I want to spend my "big bucks" in traveling!!), I don't want to live in a condo that won't even hold my meager furniture (I kept only the living room, one bedroom, office and dining room furniture)! I don't want a house that is the right size and price, but is so old that it will need constant fixing up (I don't mind reasonable fix-its, but I want to travel more than hammer nails)!! I want this house, the size I originally stated I wanted, with a view from heaven, and that's that! I refuse to be side-tracked! I WILL HAVE THIS HOUSE!!
Whew! I feel much better! Send out your good thoughts and prayers for my destination. I'll appreciate it!