It's interesting to read how vehement some people are in how others on assistance should spend the money allocated to them because its all part of
everyone's tax 'contribution'. It's too bad the thread is filled with such negativity, but that's what one gets for daring to post.
It seemed to me this was the OP's cry for help, essentially. He came to post where he felt most comfortable and obviously knew at least some of the
risk of posting here, but did it anyway. There were a lot of good posts here that will hopefully help him. I even copied and pasted more than a few.
The gods know I could sure use a better education when it comes how to buy stuff, look for the right stuff on sale to buy.
I'm not very domestic by nature and find it all a bit overwhelming and frustrating and so I just buy what I know. It's a bad habit a lot of people
have and it's very difficult to break, especially when you are on psychotropic drugs or suffer from various levels of OCD and don't have a strong
support network to help you.
So I want to start off by saying, I have severe diabetes and high blood pressure -- from a kidney disease that will eventually do me in if one of the
first 2 things doesn't beat it. I do the doctor things periodically, but the medications for all of it make me so sick and so sick with side effects
that I can't function and so I make the executive decision to skip a year, do a year, skip a year, etc. I know I shouldn't but I can function well
when I'm not on them. But it's the only way I feel I can have any kind of quality of life. I know the OP doesn't have that choice at all.
Anyway, the whole thing about the soda and pie. I find it petty to condemn someone over a picture, especially without all the important
information...etc. Some medications (like the OP mentioned) and like my diabetes medications cause low blood sugar attacks out of the blue. Mine
always happened at 2 or 3 am and sometime in the afternoon.
If you've never had one of these -- it's terrifying. I felt like my skin was going to boil off and I craved, needed, had-to-have something sweet. I
couldn't walk straight, I couldn't see straight and I couldn't think straight. I learned to keep small sodas and small sweets around because if I
didn't I would gorge uncontrollably on whatever I could get my hands on. (I'm in the green weight zone for my height/weight/build, fyi) I've never
experienced anything like that, so when the OP said he craved sugar, I believe I understood what he meant.
Just because you are a diabetic doesn't mean you are supposed to eliminate all sugar when you are on your meds...you need to keep it in balance. That
means you need to have quickly digestible sweet things around. Seems like the OP said the meds caused the craving, so that seems like a generally
justifiable expense since he needs to keep his sugar in balance too. Maybe he can learn to make a cheaper pie? I don't know how much pies cost
premade vs handmade. Soda though, is a good and cheap solution to a sugar craving brought on by meds.
So hopefully the OP has gotten a bit of an education learned to shop better and cook a bit more to make his money stretch and hopefully he doesn't
take any of the narrow-minded-hate posts personally. Just because you have the Internet, doesn't mean you really know what to search for and what
questions to ask to better educate yourself. That's why we have communities.
To the OP: I hope you are doing well and will come back to let us know if you've improved your situation any. Some of like to know how the story
continues or ends