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I figured that I should start today off with a little update from yesterday’s post. My appointment with the physiatrist went as well as could be expected. She was a wonderful physician with a great bedside manner, and that’s always comforting with you’re inevitably receiving bad news. It turns out that she has been intending to send me straight to a surgeon since she first saw all my notes. It was obvious that she had looked over my past medical history in detail before the walked into the room. It’s so nice when you don’t have to retell your story for the umpteenth time. She just needed to perform and document some provocation tests, which I passed (or failed?) with flying colors. Apparently I’m about as perfect of a candidate as you could find for this surgery.

Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers yesterday – I think they worked in some way or another because usually it takes about 8 weeks to get an appointment with the surgeon but he had one available next Wednesday. Instead of waiting two months, I’ll only be waiting 6 days. 

Just because I’ve been referred to the surgeon doesn’t guarantee that he will accept my case. In the end, the surgeon is responsible for determining if a patient is an appropriate candidate for a procedure. Any responsible surgeon takes that seriously, because they bear the fault if something goes wrong. That said, because my case seems to be straightforward and I’m relatively low risk for complications (especially compared to the more senior population that he’s probably used to operating on…) I suspect that he will have no problem taking on my case. Assuming that’s the case, he’ll present my options. There are three different manufacturers of the rods that are used to fuse the sacroiliac joint, so I’ll have to pick my hardware. Fun, right? This is the point where I appreciate my background in health care, because I can really understand what physicians are telling me and I know what questions to ask. 

So am I still scared? Yes, but not as much as before. Having more of an answer and a clear-cut direction puts me a bit more at ease. Plus, I found out that I’ll only have to stay off my leg for one week, not six weeks like I was originally anticipating! 

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Enough about me, let’s get on to some Blogger Love….

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7 Ways to Manage Anxiety by the new wifestyle – Chelsea has some great advice for anyone who has ever struggled with anxiety. I’m a pharmacist, so I understand anxiety and mental illness from a provider and a patient perspective. Being a pharmacist, I’m a nerd and I love drugs, but sadly we don’t have a medicinal cure for everything. Some people can manage their mental illness without medication, while other people require medication(s) to balance the chemicals in their brain and allow them to lead a “normal” life (if anyone actually knows that “normal” is, please let me know). Despite a person’s choice or need to use medication, there are a lot of non-drug therapy options that can and SHOULD be utilized to help control your symptoms. Chelsea’s list is AMAZING and she has some great ideas, some of which I’ve used in the past and some of which I should probably use more often! I would actually add one more to her list to make it “8 ways to manage anxiety” and the 8th way would be animal therapy. Seriously, even if you can’t own a pet, just interacting with animals can be SO beneficial to human health and healing (and that’s a fact, people!). I always loved seeing therapy dogs around the hospital when I was working – I swear they did just as much good for the staff as they did for the patients!

Dear Fashion Industry by Chicken Scratch – Val said what I have been saying for years….the fashion industry needs to bring back flared jeans! Actually, she made the point that the fashion industry apparently is bringing back flared jeans. Hallelujah! If you’re a super model, or you happen to be one of those people blessed with a “stick” figure, skinny jeans are awesome. They look fabulous on you. For the rest of us….not so much. I’ve been trying to not wear pants for the past 5+ years because of the skinny jeans trend, but honestly I’m not always a huge skirt / dress kind of girl. I have hips, and a really big butt, and they don’t tend to fit into skinny pants. Even if they do fit into a stretchy pair, they don’t look too good. I’m also tired of looking at other girls with hips and butts trying to squeeze into skinny pants. Enough is enough. Thank goodness the flares are coming back!

Sharing Pregnancy on the Internet by Sage – This is such a difficult topic, and one I’ve wrestled with a bit myself, even though I’ve never been pregnant. Cassie mentioned about how Meagan handles sharing her kids on her blog – and I also think Meagan does a great job. Meagan refers to her kids by their first initial, and blurs or crops their faces out of pictures for their privacy. It seems like the perfect solution to balance acknowledging the existence of your kids but also maintaining their privacy. BUT – Meagan started blogging well after her pregnancies. That’s such a huge milestone event, and I think every blogger is tempted to share it on their blogs. How far do you go? Do you share their name? Their newborn pictures? No pictures? Do you talk about it at all? I think about it terms of “what would I have wanted?” kind of situation. My parents have plenty of embarrassing pictures and stories about me that they didn’t share on the internet because the internet wasn’t really around when I was that young. Don’t my future offspring deserve that privilege as well? Then again – I know I’m going to be so proud of them that I might just not be able to resist sharing a few pictures here and there! Continue reading Five on Friday

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Youth Lesson: Dealing with Difficult People by Kelly at Southern Komfort – Kelly and her husband may have created this lesson for her youth students, but they put together an awesome message for people of all ages. Go read it and give it some thought…it’s well worth your time!

Explaining Bloggers on Instagram to Non-Bloggers on Instagram by The Daily Tay – As usual, Taylor has me laughing. She tells the truth about how we bloggers are downright crazy. If you blog, go read this and treat yourself to a smile. 

How Anxiety is Affecting My Marriage by Chelsea at The New Wifestyle – This post is candid. The title of this post gives you a pretty good idea of what it’s all about. Talking about anxiety, and how that anxiety affects relationships can be tough, so major kudos to Chelsea for being so brave and opening up. How many of us can relate to Chelsea’s struggles? (hand raised)

My Favorite Blogging Resources by Anne at Love the Here and Now and Christine at The So-Called Homemaker – I don’t think a week goes by where I don’t learn at least one thing from Anne’s tutorials. Ridiculous. Go read this one, you won’t regret it. 

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I’m going to start this post of right with sharing my Blogger Love. Get ready, there were several great reads this week!

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Overcoming Our Insecurities by Melissa from the Rambling LLama posted at Life with Mrs G and the Artist – If you read one post this week, this is the post it should be. Melissa is brave in so many ways, but especially for sharing her story of childhood abuse. 

Journal Swap Creative by Sage the Blog & Love the Here and Now – Cassie and Anne came up with the brilliant idea of a journal swap. This is open to anyone on the internet, not just bloggers! I’ve already signed up, and I’m already looking at different journals. The deadline to sign up is March 9th, so head over to either one of their sites to sign up now! I’m excited to find out who I’m paired with and swap a journal with them – it’s just a really fun idea. Plus there are a million cute journals out there. I’m waiting to find out who I’m paired with and learn a bit about them before I make my final choice!

5 Easy and Small Changes to Make Your Blog Better – Seriously, Sarah? – I love posts like these because I inevitably learn something I didn’t know before or figure out a way to improve the layout or look of my blog. Sarah had several great suggestions and I’m updating my blog accordingly!

Thoughts on Being an Only Child – Cupcakes and Cashmere – I’m an only child. Dave’s an only child. My only cousin is an only child. I’ve had many wonderful friends who are only children. I don’t know if I’ve met an only child that hasn’t loved being an only child. Given that Cupcakes and Cashmere has a huge (gigantic) following, it’s nice to know that Emily is touting the awesomeness of being an only child. Only children have gotten such a bad reputation…it’s actually been used as an insult towards me. Like I had any control over the matter. It’s a stereotype I would love to see come crumbling down.  Continue reading Five on Friday

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Time for another Five on Friday update. It seems like this week just flew by! 

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Let’s talk about bathing dogs. 

Katie-dog is generally 90% angel, 10% imp….for me. For Dave, it’s a different story. Maybe 50% angel, 50% imp? I swear she does things just to irk him. She throws bones into his electronics, chews bones on top of his electrical cords, tries to destroy his copies of the Harvard Business Review (thankfully the cover is very durable), gets underfoot whenever possible, and screeches when he tries to cuddle with her. The exception to all this is bath time.

When I brought Katie-dog home for the very first time from the Indianapolis Humane Society, she was in desperate need of a bath. Ok, she was in desperate need of a bath and a haircut, but I needed to get her shots up to date with the vet before I could take her to a groomer. So the first thing I did with her when I brought her home was throw her into the bath tub. It didn’t go very well. She kept trying to escape, which resulted in me getting very wet. She finally did escape, and rolled herself dry on the couch. I haven’t had very much success bathing her ever since.

When I met Dave, he kept making comments about how she needed a bath and that I must be exaggerating about how horrible she was in the bath tub. Despite the fact that she’s generally much more impish for him than for me, she turned out to be a little angel for him in the tub. She doesn’t even try to escape. I don’t get it. So – Dave became the official dog bather. Unfortunately he doesn’t particularly like this role.

I should probably mention that Katie-dog has a condition called atopic dermatitis. She gets really itchy, then she licks. The licking can lead to bacterial infections, which then require a trim to the vet and giving her antibiotics several times a day for a couple of weeks. To try and prevent all that hassle (and make sure she’s comfortable) we have to give her medication, and a while ago our vet suggested that we bathe her with medicated shampoo every two weeks or so. Groan.

Lately Dave’s been trying to hand the dog bathing ole back to me. Sigh. Don’t get me wrong, she’s my dog, I love her, and I enjoy taking care of her….except in the bath. He had been bugging me to give her a bath all week, so yesterday afternoon I grabbed her out of a peaceful slumber and threw her into the tub. It was a general disaster. We have to let the shampoo sit for about 5 minutes, then rinse it off, condition her up, let that sit, then rinse her off again. I tried to take some pictures of her to put in Instagram while we were letting the shampoo sit. She had no desire to sit still because she kept looking for an escape route…

Katie Bath

Katie Bath

 

Everything changed when Dave got home. He came into the bathroom while I was conditioning her, and she sat still like a little angel. That’s when I was able to get this gem of a picture….

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen the picture of my brand new iPhone 6! If you don’t follow me on Instagram, and want to rectify that problem, you can find me here  😛 

The phone arrived yesterday. We were expecting it on Tuesday, but it got stuck in Tennessee because of the winter weather. I’m super-duper excited about it. I’m loving the thinness and the big screen. Unfortunately the SIM card in my iPhone 4 did not fit into iPhone 6. Sooo Dave had to run out to the AT&T store last night to get us new SIM cards while I made dinner. Anyway – I still need to find a cover. I had a soft silicone cover for my iPhone 4 and it served me well. I’m not particularly hard on my phones – I’ve never broken one or had water-related accidents with them (knock on wood). I’ve been having trouble finding soft silicone cases for the iPhone 6 online, and now that I have the phone I can see why….it has so much stuff on the bottom and the button is also close to the bottom so it would be difficult for a softer case to envelop the phone like they did in the older model. So I’ll probably be switching to a hard case that snaps on the phone. I don’t know how I feel about that….we shall see! 

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Today I’m going to jump right in to Blogger Love, because I found so many great posts out there this week. I think most of these were posted on Monday. Was something in the water that day?

Responsible Blogging: Write from Experience – Seriously, Sarah?

Blogging Basics: Choosing Where I Sponsor – Flowers in My Hair

Plan a Fun Night In | Favorite Things Party – All the Joys posting at The Rachel Way 

What I Read Last Month: January – Seriously, Sarah?

10 Ways You’re Driving Your Spouse Crazy – The New Wifestyle – I think Chelsea is somehow spying in our apartment from halfway across the country. It’s nice to know that these marriage complaints aren’t unique to us! Dave is so guilty of #1 (I BOUGHT a place for us to hang our keys and he STILL puts them on the kitchen counter. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT!?) and #5, I’m guilty of #7, and #10, and we’re both guilty of #2 (me more than him though), #3, #6. We don’t often have problems with #4 or #8, and thankfully we have zero problems with #9. Obviously you have to go read the post to know what I’m talking about

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Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge vaccine advocate. In fact, I don’t know a pharmacist that isn’t a huge vaccine advocate. Anyway, with the recent measles outbreak, I thought I would share this short little video I found that does a really great job of showing why people should vaccinate their kids.

I’m more than happy to talk to anyone about their concerns with vaccinations, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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Norwex came out with some awesome new products in January. I got to hear about the new products back in December, and one of the most exciting announcements (in my opinion) was the release of a new line of personal care products. There’s a body lotion, hand lotion, and….shower gel! I had actually been wishing Norwex would create a shower gel, and my wishes were answered! I’m going to be ordering a bottle within the next month, and I’m really excited to test it out. 

Shower Gel

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It’s time for Five on Friday again, and I’m not quite sure where this week went! I’m pretty sure it was just Monday yesteday…right? Apparently not. Anyway, here’s my Five on Friday list for you this week…

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Let’s start out with Blogger Love this week….

Responsible Blogging: An Introduction – Seriously, Sarah?

I don’t know why someone hasn’t done a series like this before. Maybe someone has, but I haven’t seen it. Sarah blog a lot about her medical conditions, primarily cervical dystonia. She does a great job bringing awareness to the condition, describing her personal symptoms, and explaining what therapies she’s tried and how they’ve worked for her. It’s obvious from her writing that she’s done a great job educating herself about her condition, and she’s very clear that she’s talking about her personal experiences, and that her experience might not be what everyone else experiences. That’s responsible blogging. Unfortunately, other people who blog aren’t always as responsible, and it can be dangerous. The sad thing is that we both happened to come across two different posts this week that were prime examples of irresponsible blogging. Their original content contained content that could hurt people if they followed the advice or suggestions given in the post. That is irresponsible blogging. In my opinion, there are many kinds of irresponsible blogging, but posting any kind of medical advice without finding (and preferably citing) good scientific sources is probably the worst kind of irresponsible blogging. Ok, there….end rant. Here’s a great quote from Sarah’s post that pretty much sums things up:

“If you want to write something controversial or even insulting, that’s your prerogative, but there are a few things that you can do to prevent dangerous,  irresponsible, and potentially damaging posts.”

What to say when someone’s told you they’ve miscarried – The “Florkens”

Is it just me or have there been a lot of people in blog-land posting about infertility and miscarriages lately? I feel like I’ve seen as many infertility / miscarriage posts as I’ve seen pregnancy announcements lately. While it’s unfortunate that so many women and their families are struggling with these issues, the fact that I’m noticing something like a 50/50 ratio of infertility to pregnancy announcement posts probably sheds some light on how common infertility and miscarriage problems are for women. Kate’s post about what not to say (and what to say) to someone who miscarried is enlightening, especially for those of us who have never tried to get pregnant and have no first-hand experience. 

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Several years ago, when I was working at Safeway in Kenora as a summer pharmacy student, I met Bill. We quickly discovered that we both shared a love of dogs. In particular, Bill really loves Bernese Mountain Dogs. When I met him, he had two – Traveller and Jack. Traveller was the older and mellower dog, while Jack was still young and energetic. When Traveller passed away, Bill decided to get another companion for Jack – a Bernese Mountain Dog he named Dylan. I love all dogs, Bill’s “Berners” definitely hold a special place in my heart. 

Dylan as a puppy
Dylan as a puppy
Jack
Jack
Thanks to Bill for taking such a great picture!
Thanks to Bill for taking such a great picture! That’s Jack on the left, in front of my mom, and Dylan on the right in front of me.

You might remember that my mom and I actually saw Jack and Dylan when we were in Kenora doing some shopping this summer. Bill had left the dogs briefly to run into the farmer’s market, but of course we went over to them to say hello. They’re such beautiful dogs that people kept coming over and asking their names, ages, and breed. I kept answering them, and I think people kept thinking they were our dogs! Oops! Oh well 😉 Despite looking happy and healthy when we saw him, Dylan passed away a couple weeks later. I was so sad to hear that news. Of course, that meant that Jack was left without a companion again. So – Bill is getting another dog! For the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed seeing all the puppy pictures Bill has been posting from the breeder. It was a litter of two – both boys – and Bill has named the new pup Levon. Here’s the thing – the breeder is in southern Ontario and Bill lives in northwestern Ontario. It’s a big province, and it’s not that easy just to go drive and pick up his new dog. It would be a couple days to make a road trip there. Instead, the breeder planned to fly Levon to Winnipeg, which is only a three hour drive from Kenora – a much more reasonable trip for Bill! Levon was put on a plane as scheduled this week….and didn’t arrive in Winnipeg. I can’t even imagine how Bill felt, especially after the airline told him that Levon had been STOLEN! Thankfully that wasn’t really what happened. Eventually it turned out that Levon (who was in the cargo hold) wasn’t unloaded in Winnipeg. The plane then continued on to Calgary….with 8-week-old Levon still on-board. For those of you not familiar with Canadian geography, it’s about a 2.5 to 3 hour plane ride from Toronto to Winnipeg, and about another 2 hours to Calgary. When it’s all said-and-done, the poor puppy would have spent well over 5 hours on the plane! 

Apparently the breeder knew someone in Calgary who went and got Levon from the airport. This good samaritan has a Berner and from the pictures I saw it looked like Levon was completely at rest with his new friend after his long journey! Yesterday Levon was flown from Calgary to Winnipeg (poor guy!) and got to meet Bill for the very first time. So, all’s well that end’s well, but Levon is now a famous pup…he made the news in Canada! You can watch one of the news videos here and read about it here. And yes, there are some very adorable puppy pictures with the article! Continue reading Five on Friday

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Ok, I know I’ve posted enough about our cabinets here and here, but I have even more updates. The guy who was designing and ordering our cabinets gave me a call yesterday, and that definitely helped ease my mind even more, because I know that he knows what he’s talking about. He gave me more details about our kitchen cabinets. Turns out we weren’t notified about the back order of our cabinets because he thought our order got put in early enough not to be affected. He realized I probably had a near heart attack (I did), and apologized, but he didn’t even know we had got the back order substitute until my e-mail to the builder was forwarded on to him. Turns out the bathroom vanities were his mistake. We’ve decided to keep the sarsaparilla in the Jack & Jill bathroom. Our master bathroom has sarsaparilla, and we’re using the same granite and paint colors in both areas, so I know it will still end up matching all of our other selections. Unfortunately, the sarsaparilla will not work in the basement bathroom, so an umber replacement has been ordered. 

In other wonderful cabinet news, Dave went out and checked on the house yesterday and found that all the cabinets for his wet bar have been installed! (Before only the lower cabinets have been installed, not the upper cabinets). He’s thrilled with how they look, and from the pictures, I’m thrilled too. 

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