Fidget Fadget

If you own a fidget spinner, raise your hand.  Or a fidget cube.  Or any other type of fidget toy that is pissing off parents and teachers across the nation.

What the hell are these things and who came up with the notion to profit on things like autism, ADHD, and anxiety?  Thanks a lot.  You’ve managed to break the piggy banks of many children whose parents have told them no.

I’m not one of those parents.  I tend to give my children more freedom and allow them to have things.  Why?  Because I was raised by a mother with an iron fist.  Cool things like fidget spinners didn’t exist.  I had Barbie dolls and a fucking 10 speed bicycle.  My fun consisted of seeing how far I could get into town before my mother noticed, and grounded me for a month.

Now, as a 46 year old mother of 2 teenagers, my eldest mocks me because I do childish things, like play online video games, and even play with and collect toys.  Not a lot, mind you, but a good fair share.  You don’t need to know how many plushies I’ve purchased in the past year.  Go ahead.  Shame me.  I don’t give a rat’s ass.  They’re soft and cuddly – unlike my husband.

Speaking of husband, last weekend, my husband and I watched Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2.  Groot was just so damned cute, I had to go to my local Game Stop to get a Pop Groot collectible.  It now sits next to my fidget spinner – which I can’t use because my freaky fingers are too small.  I need to get a mini spinner.  It’s still on backorder at the local mall.

But fidget spinners aren’t the only fidget toys out there.  OH NO!  If clicking or whirling sounds aren’t annoying enough, I’ve discovered begleri balls. Oh no…. another thing that requires dexterity.  I used to be really great with doing things with my hands.  I still may give them a try, but given my lack of flexibility – many thanks to aging – and recent extremity edema, I have limited range of motion in my hands.  Not to mention carpal tunnel.

Will these things cause repetitive motion injury?  Who knows?  I’m not about to find out.  I can’t sit still long enough to have something in my hands for that long.

Wait.  Isn’t that what these things are for?  To help a person focus?  I kind of have mixed feelings about that claim.  While some people swear by the calming effect and improved focusing, I tend to get antsy and discouraged very easily when I can’t pick up on what looks like should be a simple and easily learned skill.

Oh well.  At least I have crochet and adult coloring to fall back on now and then.

ADD sucks sometimes…

Sad Review

I don’t normally like to leave a negative review, but I feel the need to at least make the public aware, before they spend hundreds on something they might not be able to use, due to sizing issues.

In the past week, my husband and I have purchased a Fitbit and a Samsung smartwatch – totaling over $500.  Both of us wish to monitor our health and activities more closely.  So we figured why not hop on the technology bandwagon, and purchase ourselves some fancy newfangled fitness watches?!

Given the price of these devices, one would expect them to be almost flawless.  I’m not saying they have to be 100% accurate in monitoring your daily steps, or even your sleep patterns.  But at least make straps that fit and don’t cause chafing and sores.  I currently have 2 very large sores on my wrist, caused by my large (the straps come in small and large sizes) Fitbit silicone strap.  I’ve tried every single notch within the ‘comfort’ zone.  No relief.

My husband and I are FAR from ‘fit’.  BUT, based on reviews across the world wide web, even the skinniest of fit people are having issues with the straps fitting correctly.  I mean, my best friend who weighs what she is supposed to for her age and height is even complaining about her Fitbit strap.  She had to order a large leather one.  She’s a skinny minnie for crying out loud!  Why should she need to order a large?

My poor husband, who has always had big fat wrists even when he was skinny, has always had trouble with watches fitting him without cutting off his blood flow.

One would think that these companies would make products to accommodate ALL of their customers.  Not just the bean poles.

MY Fitbit large strap is causing sores on my wrist.  And I’m not exactly Porky Pig!  I’m close, but most jewelry and regular watches fit me without issue.

My husband can barely wear his smartwatch.  It is on the very last notch, and it squeezes the living hell out of his wrist.

Dear Samsung and Fitbit,  PLEASE START MAKING XL WRIST BANDS FOR YOUR DEVICES!  NOT EVERYONE HAS AN 8 INCH OR SMALLER WRIST.

Am I Rude and Insensitive?

I’ve recently come under some harsh comments in response to my comments on various news articles.  I’ve been told I’m rude and insensitive.

The last time I checked, raising awareness by talking about my own health experiences isn’t rude.

Example 1: I made a comment on the sudden passing of a young man who passed away from a heart attack. I made a general comment about how ‘you’re never too young for things like heart disease’.  I continued by sharing my own experiences with heart disease.  How is that ‘getting on my soapbox’?

Example 2: Another comment was about the incorrect uses of beauty products, and how they don’t belong anywhere near the female genitalia.  I understand things are causing cancer, and people suffer and lose their lives to this awful disease.  But doesn’t it make sense to NOT USE anything scented near or IN any bodily orifice? They’re chemicals for crying out loud!  And how is that statement insensitive and uncalled for (NASTY?)???

I’m only trying to make a point.  An honest and frank one.  I’m not an asshole.

I’ve had my fair share of losses, and have almost died had it not been for an emergency quadruple coronary bypass surgery.   I’m about as compassionate and sensitive as a person can get.

End of discussion.