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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #700 on: August 18, 2017, 10:11:57 AM »
I spent over $800 on two pair of custom orthotics. I saw an podiatrist to check out an issue with my achilles tendon. He pointed out that my left arch was collapsing and I was getting bunions on both feet, and recommended orthotics. I'd noticed the slight bulges at the joints of my big toes, but because they never hurt, I thought they were just part of the normal shape of my foot. Did some research on bunions and got scared. They can be quite debilitating, and the there's a long recovery time from bunion surgery. Researched orthotics, and decided to go for the custom jobs. My insurance doesn't cover them, so I footed the whole bill. I can certainly afford it, but after I got them and used them for awhile, I got a mad at myself. I think I could have bought generic foot beds and got the same result. But I let fear get the best of me, didn't want to mess around with foot problems, and figured that more money would mean a better result.

When I went for my follow-up with the podiatrist, I mentioned that the orthotics don't fit well in my work shoes, they take up too much room. He then tried to sell me a more generic set with thinner pads for my work shoes for $100. That really ticked me off!

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« Reply #701 on: August 18, 2017, 10:24:53 AM »
I spent over $800 on two pair of custom orthotics. I saw an podiatrist to check out an issue with my achilles tendon. He pointed out that my left arch was collapsing and I was getting bunions on both feet, and recommended orthotics. I'd noticed the slight bulges at the joints of my big toes, but because they never hurt, I thought they were just part of the normal shape of my foot. Did some research on bunions and got scared. They can be quite debilitating, and the there's a long recovery time from bunion surgery. Researched orthotics, and decided to go for the custom jobs. My insurance doesn't cover them, so I footed the whole bill. I can certainly afford it, but after I got them and used them for awhile, I got a mad at myself. I think I could have bought generic foot beds and got the same result. But I let fear get the best of me, didn't want to mess around with foot problems, and figured that more money would mean a better result.

When I went for my follow-up with the podiatrist, I mentioned that the orthotics don't fit well in my work shoes, they take up too much room. He then tried to sell me a more generic set with thinner pads for my work shoes for $100. That really ticked me off!
I see what you did there. Seriously, I'd bet that anyone who's needed bunion surgery (I'm looking at you, DH) would have preferred to go the orthotics route. Since foot health is important to your whole skeletal structure, I'm good with engaging professional services. Your future self will consider it money well spent.
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« Reply #702 on: August 18, 2017, 10:55:31 AM »
I dunno if that's a facepunch thing so much as a "life sucks" thing. I've spent easily over $1000 on orthotics and special shoes and etc. plus several hundred on PT, and none of it worked well enough, so I'm having surgery on  both feet. But what else can you do?

Medical stuff is expensive, but you can't blame yourself. That's why it's good to be mustachian, so you have money to spend on your health without having to beat yourself up or agonize over whether it's worth it. You made the best choices you could.
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« Reply #703 on: August 18, 2017, 11:19:49 AM »
Thanks Dicey and Dollar Slice. I'm at that age (55) where damage I've unknowingly done to my body is starting to show up. Had two shoulder surgeries last year, plus a heart procedure (twice!) for an electrical problem I never knew I had until I got older. Yes, it is nice to have the money to take care of these things!

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« Reply #704 on: August 18, 2017, 11:36:37 AM »
I spent over $800 on two pair of custom orthotics. I saw an podiatrist to check out an issue with my achilles tendon. He pointed out that my left arch was collapsing and I was getting bunions on both feet, and recommended orthotics. I'd noticed the slight bulges at the joints of my big toes, but because they never hurt, I thought they were just part of the normal shape of my foot. Did some research on bunions and got scared. They can be quite debilitating, and the there's a long recovery time from bunion surgery. Researched orthotics, and decided to go for the custom jobs. My insurance doesn't cover them, so I footed the whole bill. I can certainly afford it, but after I got them and used them for awhile, I got a mad at myself. I think I could have bought generic foot beds and got the same result. But I let fear get the best of me, didn't want to mess around with foot problems, and figured that more money would mean a better result.

When I went for my follow-up with the podiatrist, I mentioned that the orthotics don't fit well in my work shoes, they take up too much room. He then tried to sell me a more generic set with thinner pads for my work shoes for $100. That really ticked me off!
I see what you did there. Seriously, I'd bet that anyone who's needed bunion surgery (I'm looking at you, DH) would have preferred to go the orthotics route. Since foot health is important to your whole skeletal structure, I'm good with engaging professional services. Your future self will consider it money well spent.

Now I'm nervous...I broke one of my big toes a few years ago and never went to the doctor. It doesn't bend or support weight like it's supposed to. Now I'm paranoid that this is going to cause serious issues down the road.

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« Reply #705 on: August 18, 2017, 11:42:32 AM »
Now I'm nervous...I broke one of my big toes a few years ago and never went to the doctor. It doesn't bend or support weight like it's supposed to. Now I'm paranoid that this is going to cause serious issues down the road.

Get it checked out! I hurt my shoulder several times in my 20s, and never went to a doctor. Paid for it last year. Some professional care at the time of injury might have lessened the damage, which now includes arthritis.

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« Reply #706 on: August 18, 2017, 01:00:56 PM »
I dunno if that's a facepunch thing so much as a "life sucks" thing. I've spent easily over $1000 on orthotics and special shoes and etc. plus several hundred on PT, and none of it worked well enough, so I'm having surgery on  both feet. But what else can you do?

I had surgery (metatarsal lapidus+Akin osteotomy+4th toe hammertoe correction) to fix the congenital bunion on my left foot when I was 23, after several years of worsening pain. Never bothered with orthotics because the doc said I'd have to get surgery sooner or later, so why prolong the pain and risk further damage and complications? Plus the young recover from surgery much better. No regrets at all.

My right foot, on the other hand, also has a congenital bunion and has never gotten as bad. But if it starts to threaten, I will definitely try orthotics first because it's not nearly as painful as the left foot was.

I spent over $800 on two pair of custom orthotics. I saw an podiatrist to check out an issue with my achilles tendon. He pointed out that my left arch was collapsing and I was getting bunions on both feet, and recommended orthotics. I'd noticed the slight bulges at the joints of my big toes, but because they never hurt, I thought they were just part of the normal shape of my foot. Did some research on bunions and got scared. They can be quite debilitating, and the there's a long recovery time from bunion surgery. 

$800 is definitely cheaper and less painful than surgery. That said, depending on the bunion and surgery type, recovery can be fairly quick and (comparatively) painless. I had a teacher who was weight bearing in 2 weeks. (I was non-weight bearing for 10 weeks and partial for another 3.)
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« Reply #707 on: August 18, 2017, 01:37:42 PM »
I dunno if that's a facepunch thing so much as a "life sucks" thing. I've spent easily over $1000 on orthotics and special shoes and etc. plus several hundred on PT, and none of it worked well enough, so I'm having surgery on  both feet. But what else can you do?

I had surgery (metatarsal lapidus+Akin osteotomy+4th toe hammertoe correction) to fix the congenital bunion on my left foot when I was 23, after several years of worsening pain. Never bothered with orthotics because the doc said I'd have to get surgery sooner or later, so why prolong the pain and risk further damage and complications? Plus the young recover from surgery much better. No regrets at all.

My problem is degenerative. Every doctor I consulted wanted to postpone surgery and try different shoes and orthotics first to keep it tolerable as long as possible. I'm hoping it wasn't a mistake to wait this long, but I saw two different surgeons (fall 2015 and spring 2016) and neither thought it was time to operate. I figure if someone who operates for a living doesn't think you need an operation yet, they're probably right.
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« Reply #708 on: August 18, 2017, 01:58:30 PM »
I dunno if that's a facepunch thing so much as a "life sucks" thing. I've spent easily over $1000 on orthotics and special shoes and etc. plus several hundred on PT, and none of it worked well enough, so I'm having surgery on  both feet. But what else can you do?

I had surgery (metatarsal lapidus+Akin osteotomy+4th toe hammertoe correction) to fix the congenital bunion on my left foot when I was 23, after several years of worsening pain. Never bothered with orthotics because the doc said I'd have to get surgery sooner or later, so why prolong the pain and risk further damage and complications? Plus the young recover from surgery much better. No regrets at all.

My problem is degenerative. Every doctor I consulted wanted to postpone surgery and try different shoes and orthotics first to keep it tolerable as long as possible. I'm hoping it wasn't a mistake to wait this long, but I saw two different surgeons (fall 2015 and spring 2016) and neither thought it was time to operate. I figure if someone who operates for a living doesn't think you need an operation yet, they're probably right.

Agreed. Lots of people (without medical degrees) told me not to go for the surgery without trying orthotics and other non-surgical avenues, but I went with the opinion of the guy who specializes in feet, thank you very much. (Incidentally, I had the same non-medical opinions about my debilitating gallstones. Maybe my social circle is afraid of surgery?)

If/when my right foot decides it's done behaving, I'll probably do the same as you--keep it tolerable until surgery is required. My left foot was not anything near tolerable.

Back on topic. Facepunch me: I ate McDonalds for dinner last night and breakfast this morning. My inner 8 year old demanded it.
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« Reply #709 on: August 28, 2017, 01:27:29 PM »
I went to see Wonder Woman yesterday with a friend and spent $24.  I didn't get any of the overpriced goodies at the concession stand.  I enjoyed the movie I hadn't seen one in the theater since The Hobbit Part One.  Please facepunch me..



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« Reply #710 on: August 29, 2017, 10:34:29 PM »
I went to see Wonder Woman yesterday with a friend and spent $24.  I didn't get any of the overpriced goodies at the concession stand.  I enjoyed the movie I hadn't seen one in the theater since The Hobbit Part One.  Please facepunch me..

Why?

Did you take out a payday loan to afford it or short your MIL her medication this week to make the dollar stretch?
Please tell us why $24 matters to you and why it is facepunch worthy.

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #711 on: August 30, 2017, 09:21:46 AM »
We had food delivered last night.  And it was fantastic. 

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Re: FacePunch Me
« Reply #712 on: August 31, 2017, 06:37:19 AM »
I was picking up a prescription and paid with a regular card. Got to home, and realized my HSA card was in my wallet the whole time. Could have saved $3.50 in taxes.

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« Reply #713 on: August 31, 2017, 08:05:55 AM »
I was picking up a prescription and paid with a regular card. Got to home, and realized my HSA card was in my wallet the whole time. Could have saved $3.50 in taxes.

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« Reply #714 on: August 31, 2017, 09:54:42 AM »
I just hadn't had a facepunch in so long I felt unloved without one. 



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« Reply #715 on: September 02, 2017, 03:53:45 PM »
I went on vacation and just decided YOLO. I went to Busch Gardens from the moment it opened to the moment it closed, I paid for a snorkeling boat tour and I shelled out $275 for sky diving and I went cloth shopping (Okay, I actually needed the clothes, work pants, a cardigan and a button down shirt), but I also bought about $60 worth of makeup that I absolutely didn't need, not because I hoard makeup, but I rarely wear it!

To be fair, I did stay at a cheap ass air Bn'B for 5 days at $190, but get this, I had enough travel points to pay for this crap, I could have stayed at an even better place for free, but I did drive there as it was only 4 hours away and on my Honda fit that was $15 worth of gas.

Also, vacation messed up my cooking time and I haven't cooked in three weeks and I am ashamed at how much I have spent at starbucks.

Conclusion: Not one bit of regret. I did not realize how much I needed to just let go and not worry about anything. I enjoyed being by myself, letting my mind be at ease and just thinking about my future in the sweet company of myself. I also had a blast.

The starbucks part, I am ashamed. I normally buy a pound of coffee and just use my French press.

 


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« Reply #716 on: September 06, 2017, 01:14:22 PM »
Rimu05, it sounds like you're completely out of control. Let's meet at King's Island Theme park for a Mustachian intervention.

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« Reply #717 on: October 07, 2017, 06:27:41 PM »
I've been spending a little bit of real-life money on Pokemon GO. Pokemon is very near and dear to my heart (I met my husband through Pokemon), and spending a couple bucks to make sure we have ample opportunities to catch rare make-believe pixel monsters makes me genuinely happy (plus extra exercise and quality husband time). But I will accept face punches because I swore I'd never spend real money on a phone game.

Same. Technically it deserves a face punch, but playing Pokemon Go has kept me sane this year as well as got me into far more exercise than I would otherwise have done. (for eg I once accidentally put a 10k egg in the wrong incubator which pissed me off so I walked 10km in one day just to hatch it and free up the incubator for 2k eggs)

I've also become part of a local Pokemon Go community (there are about 500 of us all connected on FB Messenger) and that has been a lot of fun meeting randoms for legendary raids.

Edit: I was never into Pokemon before this but PoGo is excellent.

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« Reply #718 on: October 10, 2017, 08:15:01 AM »
I was picking up a prescription and paid with a regular card. Got to home, and realized my HSA card was in my wallet the whole time. Could have saved $3.50 in taxes.

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« Reply #719 on: October 16, 2017, 12:52:00 PM »
No use complaining when all I have to do is find that receipt. Face punch accepted.

Meanwhile, the investment side of my HSA is *Killing it*. And I don't even have it invested aggressively. I'd have made more money if I'd put it in SP500 instead of Vanguard Wellington.

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« Reply #720 on: October 17, 2017, 07:56:38 AM »
I spent over $800 on two pair of custom orthotics. I saw an podiatrist to check out an issue with my achilles tendon. He pointed out that my left arch was collapsing and I was getting bunions on both feet, and recommended orthotics. I'd noticed the slight bulges at the joints of my big toes, but because they never hurt, I thought they were just part of the normal shape of my foot. Did some research on bunions and got scared. They can be quite debilitating, and the there's a long recovery time from bunion surgery. Researched orthotics, and decided to go for the custom jobs. My insurance doesn't cover them, so I footed the whole bill. I can certainly afford it, but after I got them and used them for awhile, I got a mad at myself. I think I could have bought generic foot beds and got the same result. But I let fear get the best of me, didn't want to mess around with foot problems, and figured that more money would mean a better result.

When I went for my follow-up with the podiatrist, I mentioned that the orthotics don't fit well in my work shoes, they take up too much room. He then tried to sell me a more generic set with thinner pads for my work shoes for $100. That really ticked me off!

FWIW:  the thing that has saved me is custom inserts from the running shoe store.  I have unusually high arches, and I had a whole series of foot and knee issues that got so bad I had to stop running.  Went to a podiatrist, who at least started me with the cheaper inserts.  At best, they were meh (e.g., the gel heel insert helped cushion the heel pain, but it didn't fix the achilles issue). 

Then someone told me I should try the running store.  The one near me does this whole workup where they look at your gait and take an impression of your foot, etc., so they can direct you to shoes that are designed for your particular body and issues.  But if the shoes themselves are not enough, they will sell you a custom insert: they take a firm orthotic, warm it up, and then conform it to your foot.  I was highly skeptical -- it's firm, not soft, so I didn't understand how that was going to help the pain in my foot that felt like it needed cushioning.  But wow -- I haven't had a foot or knee problem since (and it's been probably 6-7 years).

They are not cheap -- generally run about $80 for the pair -- but I now religiously put them in all of my shoes that I can fit them into.  Freaking miracle.
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« Reply #721 on: October 17, 2017, 08:23:28 AM »
As you all know I finally switched from Android to Apple.  I ordered it through eBay assumed I had set up monthly payments through PayPal Credit for $40 a month for about 10 months then settled down to enjoy the SE and catch up on my games while smirking over all the RAM and no need for SD cards.  But I forgot uncheck automatic payments under the options for paying PayPal Credit so imagine my surprise when I saw I had no balance because they were going to take it all out at once in the next week!  After mumbling and quivering a little since I had scheduled another bill to be paid which would have sent the checking into eternal overdrafts until the next payday which would have shorted me even more I decided to make a savings withdrawal to cover it.  On the upside I owe nothing on the phone now but I think I deserve a facepunch for not making sure payments didn't come all at once.  And yes the box has now been unchecked.



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« Reply #722 on: October 17, 2017, 03:38:17 PM »
I made a stupid mistake with the dates of a flight and just called and changed the tickets to the correct date for a whopping $195 dollars.  fuuuuuuuuuugh.

Nothing to blame but myself. 

Was just gonna roll with it...  but it was too risky, visas and travel bans and language and hours gained and lost...

It's all good now. 

but, ouch.

and now I have to figure out how to actually get to a rural airport with little public transportation on a Monday when everyone I know is at work.

ouch.



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« Reply #723 on: October 19, 2017, 09:33:53 AM »
After my initial mumbling I should be grateful to the folks here for constantly reading about the joys of emergency funds had I not had it I might have been in greater Dutch than I was.  At the end of the day it's just cash.
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« Reply #724 on: October 20, 2017, 10:13:02 PM »
Just paid for a couple new shiny Pixel IIs for hubs and myself. They are going toward the spend on a 50k points offer, so at least they're not technically full price. I've never had a brand new, not-yet-obsolete, flagship phone before, and I'm totally stoked.
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