Remember World Magazine?
I LOVED that magazine as a kid. It's National Geographic Kids now, and Kevin loves it as much as I did. What a great mag - the articles, the pictures, the creative ideas. Kev saves all of his issues and rereads them (just like I did. In fact, I have that issue in the picture up there - from 1978 - in a box in the garage. I'm a packrat and I'm proud).
But I'm kinda miffed at them right now. So I wrote 'em a letter that explains the source of my miffedness:
I recently received a notice via U.S. mail to renew my son's National Geographic Kids subscription for the price of $19.95. I decided to do the renewal online and visited the National Geographic website. There, the price for a subscription is only $15.00.
Why the difference in price? I would think that National Geographic would offer a slightly lower price to current customers as an incentive to renew their subscriptions, not punish them by charging them more.
Is it me or is that just sneaky and wrong? I understand offering a lower price if subscribing online, but current subscribers should be notified that there's a lower price by subscribing online. Shouldn't they? Dadblameit.
I'll let ya know if/when/how they respond.
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So, there's stuff going on.
My family doc has been battling my anemia since September and not getting anywhere, so she sent me to a hematologist a few weeks ago. Did you know that, often, hematologists are also oncologists? I didn't. So imagine how much I freaked out when I called to make the appointment and realized I was calling an oncology office. ::: insert music of doom here :::
Dr. Bloodguy says I ain't got no eye-ron and that my red blood cells are small (well yeah...they're cells. Ba-dum-bum). He asked if I'm extremely tired and my response was, "I'm fat and I don't go to bed early enough. Of course I'm tired." Heh-heh I can't say there's a real noticeable difference in how much energy I have, and he said that's because I've been anemic for so long that I perceive how I feel as normal. Makes sense.
There are a number of possibilities for the cause, and Step 1 of solving the problem is for me to have 5 weekly iron infusions - which means I get hooked up to an IV every Monday for a big bag of brown stuff. Hooray. Just did the second infusion on Monday. Do I feel any better. Nope. But Dr. Bloodguy said I likely won't notice a difference until the third or fourth. If this doesn't work, we move on to other things, like scopes and biopsies. I'd rather not have any cameras up my arse or prodding of the insides of my bones, so let's hope these iron infusions do the trick.
Oh and for those who are wondering, Mr. Spectacular is still quite spectacular. Moreso as time goes on. I'm pretty dadblame lucky.