Aww, you have my sympathies since you sound mature and responsible when it comes to buying your own stuff (seriously, the amount of spoiled kids who just get everything - not referring specifically to this site - irritates me, for some reason).
It sounds like your DS is pretty shot, but if you have any places around you that refurbish video games, it may be worth it to see if they can repair it for cheap. About needing to charge it - that just means you need a new battery, as they do start to crap out after about 2 years from constant use. The same thing is happening to me, but I've somewhat balanced it out by keeping my DS on the second brightness setting (if you haven't already done this, it saves some battery power).
Things made in China tend to do that.
my ds lite has a crack in it, and the L button doesn't work most of the times either (I use R whenever I can).
welcome to the club, the same thing is still happening to mine, except the L and R button thing is reversed, my R button went first.
and my right hinge is cracked (it seems thats the first thing to go on any electronic with a screen is the right hinge, example, the laptop im typing on has a damaged right hinge.)
it hasnt crashed at all yet and hopefully it wont because ill get a DSi for christmas , anyway mine has almost reached two years, it will this christmas.
I feel pretty bad for you, man. My brother's DS Lite started having difficulties after three years (wouldn't stay in place just like yours, the shoulder buttons not working.) He could still play it for a while, but he got a DSi for his birthday after the top screen on his DS whited out completely O_O
Dunno if I had it. I felt a little sick last week (which is a very rare case to me), so who knows.
Wow, it really sucks that you might have it. Personally, however, I'm not worried about it. I mean...okay, yeah, the Swine Flu may kill people. Y'know what also kills people? The regular flu. And a myriad of other diseases. I think what has people so scared is that this strain of Swine Flu is similar to the pathogens which caused the Black Plague and the Spanish Flu, both of which were MASSIVE outbreaks and nearly wiped out the human race, but...wash your hands, cover your mouth, and get a shot. The swine flu is all hype, IMHO.
Wow I hope for the best for your mom Dewgong, and you too Itsuki. I however live with my grandparents and I heard that people who are 60 or older might have an immunity to it because they were alive when it last broke out. So I'm really hoping that that's true.
I'm actually 90% sure I have it, since I'm living with my uncle and aunt right now and my uncle has it. And now I'm sick :I
My mom has it, and she's pregnant.
I'm sorry. That must suck D:
Anyway, swine flu does seem to be affecting Van Buren, Arkansas (which of course, is where I live). At least five students in my school have been stricken with swine flu, but no one's died yet. One of those students came back to school last Friday however.