Saturday, January 19, 2008

All Stressed Out

The learned Doctors have told me that I do not handle stress very well. This is why I suffer from gastro-intestinal problems.

I disagreed with the Doctor, saying that I really don’t have that much stress in my life. So my Veterans Administration Belly Doctor sent me to the VA Shrink

My first two visits to the Shrink were basically spent filling out paperwork and taking a personality test. The third visit consisted of a question and answer session. For the most part I told him the truth, but was evasive on some of the questions. I’m usually totally honest with my doctors, in particular about my drinking and tobacco habits.

Two weeks later I received my evaluation. I was a borderline psychotic that needed to take a stress management course; he also gave me a pamphlet about stress. I still disagreed with the diagnosis. That was nearly eight years ago. I still haven’t taken the class.

Today I wish that I had heeded the learned Doctor’s advice.

I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress since my last Blog on Wednesday. And have not been dealing with it very well. My hiatal hernia began to act up on Wednesday and I had a full blown attack on Thursday. If I didn’t know better, I would have diagnosed myself as having a Heart Attack.

The cause of my stress is my BIL (Uncle John).

His latest tirade concerns his cell phone. Or should I say his lack of a cell phone as of Thursday. His 88 year old mother will not sign him up for one. Uncle John does not have a credit rating. He has no income and relies on a monthly allowance from his mother. He complains if he only gets a couple hundred more than it takes to pay his monthly bills. The old lady also gives my daughter money to buy his and his dog’s food. He is 55 years old.

I usually don’t talk or listen to Uncle John. I try my hardest to ignore him. But on occasion I feel compelled to make a comment because of the lunacy that I have heard spewing from his mouth.

The latest Point/Counterpoint was an hour long debate about the necessity of having a cell phone.

His Point being that a cell phone is a very important tool in today’s world. And that I am living in a George Flintstone World because I have never owned a cell phone and have no desire to possess or use one. Also I’m living in the “third world” and have a “third world” mentality toward modern technology.

My Counterpoint was that it was not a necessity but a convenience. A very expensive convenience for many people (my eldest daughter has had cell phone bills as high as $400 per month). We have a house phone with unlimited long distance with no extra charges. This cost less than $60 per month.

His Counterpoint was “what if I’m out and someone is attempting to call me with an important call”. Or “what if I am on the road and my truck breaks down”.

A lot of shouting and berating occurs in between comments, raising my stress level and my stomach acids which assault my hiatal hernia. Pain follows and I leave the room.

But not before making my final Point.

If one only uses a cell phone for important messages and emergencies that is fine and it is a valuable tool. But how do you accumulate an average of 800 prime (before 1800 hours – Monday through Friday) minutes per month.

For a guy that doesn’t work Uncle John sure has a lot of important calls and roadside emergencies!

The Beach Bum

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Tell him to get a pre paid phone. No credit checks needed. have him do some homework on the various packages, some are better than others.

I believe Virgin has a good package. After $100 spent you will enjoy rollover minutes. Many take your minutes if you don't use them within a set time.

Do your homework on plans and quality of hardware.

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