A purchase that will give great relief, but little joy…

Before I went on holiday, I asked papa to think about possibly getting a spa to help with my health. I felt, and still feel, that this is something that will improve my well being immensely and quite possibly reduce the amount of pain I’m in on a daily basis.I told him that I wouldn’t bring it up again but that I wanted him to think about it.

When I got home, in true Papa “I’m thinking about it style”, he’d set up an appointment with a Spa dealer that’s approved by the Arthritis Foundation and is made primarily for the use of people like me, people who are struggling to make it day after day with chronic pain. I thought that this would be a blessing. We both had some savings and we decided that this would be our Christmas gift to each other, a little early.

After going thru everything last night with the salesman, I just feel all un-done.

There is no doubt at the quality of the product. The quality of Resin they use for the actual tub is far and away much better than any I’ve ever seen. They parts are all first class, above and beyond what any other Spa/Hot Tub offers. They have a 10 year warranty on EVERY part on that tub. Every single one. We just call them and they come out and replace the problem and that’s it. No fixing, no questions, no problem.

One problem. The price was very high, for us anyway. I was surprised, I used to sell spas. Ok, so it was for 3 weeks between this job and the last when I had to have an income to survive, but it was selling spa’s dag nabbit. Nonetheless, my guess price was a significant difference. Papa’s guess price was not. I’m forever an optimist about everything from human nature to money estimations. Papa is not and optimist about everything from human nature to money estimations.

Two calls to the office later, I did end up getting the Spa I liked, with some conditions. We didn’t get a choice of color because I was getting a spa that a woman had changed her mind on last week. We got delivery and the Ozonator included. The Ozonator helps keep the spa ultra clean. I have to get a prescription from one of my Drs for a Spa so that I can get the state tax back. I also have to send a marketing letter stating why I got the spa, a photo of the spa and how much better I’ve been feeling since we’ve gotten the spa. I can do that, no problem. I’m more than happy to do that if it works and I start feeling better.

In the end, my problem is that I felt like I was stealing Papa’s hard saved money. I know, as my Papa, he’s not worried about that and he’d do it for me because he understands the amount of pain I’m in on a daily basis. But, that doesn’t take away from the fact that we were wrung out, we had a lot less money in our pocket and I know he’d worked very hard to save that money. And that something I need was taking that money away.

I know… my logic is messed up.  My friend said this was buyer’s remorse. I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced that, so it could be.


© ‘Fizz’ 2009


About Fizz

*I'm a Northern Girl livin' in the South. *I graduated with a BS in Geophysics from Michigan Technological University (MTU). *I have critters: 2 dogs & 1 cat. *I love thunder and rain days. Too much sunshine gets on my nerves. (How I survive in Texas I do not know!) *I'm trying to remove swearing from my vocabulary (Good Luck!). *I'm the last single in my group of friends. The rest of the turn coats got married. *Sadly, the above friends are now procreating. Now the world will have yet more strange and twisted individuals that will have to go to an Engineering School to survive. *Yoopers do exist. Look on a map. *Marvin the Martian and I have a lot in common. We're both cranky when crossed and generally like our own way. *I will never be a model! (Thank god, that starvation stuff has GOT to be painful!!!). *I am not Fat! (Even though that little voice behind my right ear might tell me that every single day). *I am normal. Whatever that means! *Yes, you can be smart and not be a geek. *I've been told I'm not boring. We'll see. *Much to my irritation, I have been described as Eccentric. *I cannot spell! *Being Single is a frame of mind. *Who said life was fair?
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8 Responses to A purchase that will give great relief, but little joy…

  1. Dana says:

    The good thing about this purchase is the quality of time you’re going to get with your husband, with less pain. For him can you imagine that joy of working so hard and alleviating your wife’s pain? You know for a man that is a great feeling to know the hard earned money goes to a person you love and especially helping them to feel better. Allow the joy of the gift from him to fill you. And remember money is only paper with dead men’s pictures on it. Enjoy your spa and let your husband see your joy from his gift!


  2. Joe says:

    We used to have a spa back in the day and used it somewhat…none of us had chronic pain or anything and eventually the cost outweighed our desire to use it however I’ve heard people swear by it. Who can place a value on it if it really helps you? I know that for me as a dad I’d give up the world for my kids and I know your dad is the same way. Seeing them happy fills me up in a way that nothing else can…that my friend is priceless. I wish you the best my friend…I pray that if you go ahead with this you don’t feel one ounce of guilt.


  3. Shelly says:

    Set up a PAPA account and add a some coins and bills when they are left over from the week before and then at the end of each year, give it to him. He’ll not allow you to give it to him, but you can figure a way. If he will use the spa then I say enjoy it both of you. If it’s just for you, then I say go with the account.Hope it does help with the pain. ttfn


  4. Ann says:

    I hope your new spa does all you hope it will. I wish you the very best.


  5. Beth says:

    Oh yes, I have had buyer’s remorse and it ain’t a pleasant thing. However, I doubt that is what is troubling you. You love your papa so much and he loves you. Look at it the way I look at things when I do something for my kids. I am giving them something now that I can watch them enjoy. Your ‘papa’ will have the pleasure of knowing that he is helping you to have something that will benefit you healthwise instead of your having the money to spend after he is gone.


  6. CAROL says:

    HI.. I am happy for you both. I hope he gets some use of it too and you both see lots of improvement in the way you feel each day. Take care : )


  7. ♥ Aimee says:

    i say enjoy it and invite him over as often as possible…and me too!~*:.♥.:*~ because you shared a smile :o) someone’s day got brighter… ~*:.♥.:*~


  8. Leona says:

    I do hope you get relief from some of the pain. I look forward to hearing about your progress, hope you have a good weekend.


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