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A Welcome Rebate

In August Ed and I traveled to North Carolina so he could reconnect with a college friend from Kenyon. I booked a hotel reservation with Expedia for the Grand Hyatt at Greenville S.C. Almost immediately I realized the Greenville I wanted was in Greenville, N.C. So I canceled it and rebooked with Expedia for a Hilton in Greenville, N.C. where we stayed. Imagine my surprise when my Visa billed showed a $400 charge for the S.C. booking. Expedia was not willing to dismiss the charge. I had used my New York Times Visa. They are super at running things down. And today I got a letter saying that the charge had been canceled. I will never use Expedia again. And I also wonder at the inanity of having two Greenvilles.

I have been struggling with back spasms since my hospital stay in early October. I am on medication and it works reasonably well but sometimes isn’t very effective at all. My doctor is not giving me refills, which means he has to reauthorize it every time I am near running out. At this stage, I don’t see how I can ever come off of it. When I am late taking it, the consequences are swift and severe.

I won’t be using the physical therapist who gave me the exercise that I believe triggered my collapse and am looking around for another one. Or maybe I would do well with a chiropractor. It’s a mystery. I do know that acupuncture did not work for my back. I gave that several months and it didn't help.

Today was the change to daylight saving time and I think we should just have it all year round and stop this constant shifting. You wouldn’t think one hour could screw you up, but it does.

xx, Teal

posted on Nov 4, 2018 8:46 PM ()


That's a strong reminder to check the fine details of reservations. Good thing you have a good cc company. My friend Mike takes cbd oil to help his back. He's had problems with numbness and pain for years.
comment by drmaus on Nov 5, 2018 11:57 AM ()
Sunday was actually the return to Standard Time, but if you're saying you'd prefer Daylight Savings time year'round, I agree!
comment by jjoohhnn on Nov 5, 2018 8:54 AM ()
yeah, that's what I meant ...
reply by tealstar on Nov 5, 2018 11:11 AM ()
Good consumer beware tip about Expedia. Thank you! I understand about back muscle spasms, and muscle spasms all over, as I have fibromyalgia. The med that solved my chronic spasms and chronic pain is Duloxetine/Cymbalta. I truly hope you find relief, dear T.
comment by marta on Nov 5, 2018 6:51 AM ()
Yes, T. I take it daily.
reply by marta on Nov 8, 2018 5:48 PM ()
My med is Baclofen and since it doesn't always work, I will ask about Duloxetine/Cymbalta. Are you still on this med? It seems to me that I must from now on always be on something.
reply by tealstar on Nov 5, 2018 11:10 AM ()

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