Kicking Our Butts . . .

With Fever, Aches, and Chills, Oh My!

I mentioned in last night’s blog that Jan and I had received our second  (and last, thank goodness) Shingrix Shingles shot.

We both commented to each other last night that we were surprised to not notice any problems. But that all changed overnight.

Both of us had trouble sleeping last night, and then it went downhill all day. I had trouble at work keeping awake, and by the time I got home I was experiencing the above-mentioned fever, aches, and chills. Oh, and dizzy, too.

All in all, this is worse than our first shot. Or at least I told Nick that I was thinking that these symptoms were not as bad as getting the shingles, but I was beginning to reconsider that.

I did gather up enough energy to call the Houston Museum of Fine Arts to order our tickets for the upcoming Van Gogh exhibit. Although it is on exhibit until the end of June, we’ll try to get there before we leave on our trip.

Jan’s Shooting Star earrings came in today, but she felt so cruddy when I got home she didn’t even try them on.


But they should look great on her on the ‘elegant casual’ or ‘casually elegant’ nights on our cruise.

I did talk to Chantelle Nugent, our travel agent today to tell her that I had already moved the money into my checking account, and she could go ahead and pay off the last part of our cruise, the Paris-London Land part.

Actually, as cheap as I am I normally don’t like to give anyone my money any earlier than I have to, which in this case would be the upcoming Saturday, the 16th. But the Chase Checking Account I moved it into, doesn’t collect interest, so I told her to go ahead. And I’m glad I did.

I figured she would just pay it with a wire transfer like she did before, but this part needed to be paid by credit card. So I gave her my PayPal card, but it didn’t go through. TWICE!

Since the PayPal card pulls directly from the Chase account, I then gave her my Chase card info, and Chantelle again gave it a go. And it was again denied . . . TWICE. So then I was on the line to Chase. Only to find that they had recently changed their daily withdrawal limits . . . apparently without telling anybody, especially me.

When I ask why this was done without letting us know, I was told that if they did that then the criminals would also find out.  Like I was going to tell them?

And when I asked why would happen if we were in Europe in the May, and for some reason went over my unknown limit, it got really quiet on his end.

“Well . . .”

But I did tell him how much I was trying to charge and he did raise my limit. So our total trip is now paid for.


Thought for the Day:

Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Except for bears. They’ll kill you a little, then eat you alive.


4 Responses to Kicking Our Butts . . .

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for the update on the result of the shot, Greg. I surely do hope you both recover and not fall ill again at all with this!!

    We had a terrible time the last trip we made overseas. It DOES help to have more than one credit card…and from completely different places.  Yep, one of ours was “fouled” and several other ways we had to get money failed as well.  Somehow we never figured out quit what happened.  Even our small bank account in that country that we had set up the last time we were there, tied up what money we had and it pretty well ruined the trip. We had some cash…but not as much as we planned on having, thinking of course, we could withdraw from our account there in the country. We have not gone anywhere overseas since. We have been too busy to do so…but frankly, I am not sure HOW we could be sure to have enough money for a trip again…I mean how safe are we carrying cash anyway??  I am glad you will be on a cruise so at least your lodging and food ought to be covered!!

  2. William Duke says:

    Can not open your web page. It tells me I can’t open the page because it could not establish a secure connection to the server. I can open the page from the email.
    Thanks Bill

    • gregwhite says:


      It should be working now.

      Let me know if you’re still having problems.

      Thanks for reading our blog. We appreciate the comment.


  3. Bobbie Chapman says:

    Hubby didn’t have any problem with the second Shingrix Shingles shot, but it put me in bed for a day with chills and sleepiness. But it’s better than shingles…

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