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Highlights…tidbits from my weekend (6/18/2012)

My iPhone:  I purchased an iPhone in April as a b-day present to self and to step into the new era of phones.  I wanted to be cool too.  The battery life was horrid.  I went back to the store where I purchased it and they showed me how to turn everything off and told me to call Apple.  So I gave it a few days then called Apple, they sent me an email that basically had me dumb down my iPhone to a basic phone to ‘preserve’ battery life.  It didn’t work.  The phone would not last throughout the day, and I’m not a heavy phone user.  I would send three text and open an app and half my battery life would be gone.  I knew I was going to STL for a doctor appointment, so I decided to go by the Apple store.  They ran some diagnostic test on my phone, said they could see the battery life was low on it, and asked what I wanted…I just want a phone that will make it through the day.  They replaced my iPhone with a new one right there on the spot.  I specifically overused the phone the next two days…I now have a phone that will last through the day!!  Yeah Apple!!

My gas mileage:  My car broke about two weeks ago, and we dad had to replace to fuel filter.  My gas mileage this weekend averaged between 26-30 miles to the gallon.  I haven’t seen those numbers in quiet some time.  I was excited, every little bit helps.

My Food:  I had some great desserts this weekend.  From Cheesecake factory to O Red Mango.  The most memorable meal would have to be my Sunday brunch with a friend in COMO.  It consisted of Pepper Jack cheese slices, stale Cheddar/Sour Creme Ruffles (just opened, just a little out dated), chocolate wafer sticks, and popcorn.  I was asked if sardines was an option…I said I didn’t think I had ever had sardines straight from the can, they were left off the menu.

Alarm Scare:  I was in the parking garage of Barnes Hospital, on my way to see/check on a friend that had been taken there.  I parked next to a stairwell, and knew that the crosswalk was above me.  So to get some exercise I entered the stairwell and took off.  Four flights later, I come to the exit door.  I slapped the panic bar, expecting to walk out to the above street crosswalk…and SCREECH and alarm blares off.  I kinda freaked, shut the door back, and went back down my four flights of stairs and calmly walked out the door hoping no one was watching.  I then decided to walk through the garage and out onto the street to gain access to the hospital.  It was a good kick-start to the ol’ ticker, and I’m sure their security guys got a good laugh at the crazy lady in the parking garage stairwell. :)

Crazy Little Girls in a Nissan Altima:  On my way to COMO it was raining off/on, and my windshield was nasty.  So I used my windshield washer at 70 miles an hour.  I happened to look in my review mirror after cleaning my windshield at the car behind me, and they were also cleaning their windshield.  Apparently, it was because I had cleaned mine.  They were a little upset…so they sped-up and went around me.  Then they proceeded to get in front of me slow down and clean their windshield…twice…all the while looking in their rear-view mirror.  I did not give them the satisfaction of me cleaning my windshield.  The off spray was not bad enough to cause obscurity to my view, and it dried quick enough that there was no problem.  I hope it made them feel better for their ‘retaliation’. :)

Doctor Visit:  Doctor was pleased with my strength, and ‘non-advancement’.  Most doctors want progress, but in my case no progress is good.  That means that things are staying at bay.  There are new drugs on the horizon that will hopefully allow me to get rid of the shots I take weekly, and also one that is being tested in Europe right now that will regrow the mylan.  Which is a good thing…it would possibly take way the numbness in my arm.  It’s a waiting game on the release date of the medications…but we have time. :)  Waiting on blood results.

Found some cute clothes, enjoyed my time doing nothing…it was a good weekend.  Now to face the reality of my life for the summer…crazy work days and review for next semester.

Life is good…ERM


Randomness…my life :)

This post is going to be random…full of thoughts that are flowing through my head in no particular order.  Stick around for the ride, or go elsewhere for more enjoyable informative reading. :)

Random #1

May 27, 2012, was my two year anniversary for my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis .  I was blessed to catch mine early, though I still have symptoms (unseen), it has been kept under control.  I was asked about a month ago if I still had it, like it would just disappear (yes, I know, God can heal me if He sees it in the overall plan).  When I said ‘yes’ the person looked at me and was like, ‘you don’t act like it’.  I’m not sure if they wanted me to get a cane and walk around like I was on death’s door.  I’m sure they meant well, but I didn’t know how to respond.  They don’t see the fact that my arm goes numb at random times if I get hot or stressed or just because, the night sweats that wake me up totally soaked, the irregularity of body systems that used to work well, the feeling of my scalp peeling off or that there are a thousands bugs running across it when trying to exercise, or just the basic truth that you have to deal with daily that your body decided to revolt against itself and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it.  But I live with it.  I give myself shots three times a week that cause ‘flu like symptoms’; you become achy all over and feel like poo (and yes, as a nursing student I do know how poo feels like); and nice purple/pinkish bruises at the shot sites.

I try to stay healthy, I don’t always succeed.  I need to get my diet under control and exercise on a more regular basis and stay true to it.  Some days I just don’t feel like putting forth the effort.  But I try, and I know that in order to live a full life, I must stay active…MS cannot win.

Someone asked me last week if I had it…they said someone told them I did and they didn’t believe them.  When I said yes, and the date that I was diagnosed they were surprised they hadn’t found out before now.  I said that I hadn’t made an announcement about it.  It may be my crazy independent streak, or the fact that I want to be ‘normal’…but it’s just not something you broadcast.  Which I guess this blog takes care of that. :)

Random #2.

I go to the doctor today (Monday, June 18) for a check up.  My neurologist is in STL, so I came up early to make a weekend of it.  I got to spend time with friends in Columbia (it’s a lot closer to go from STL to COMO, than from Doniphan to COMO).  It was great to see Dusty, Mike, and I got to meet some new people.  I just kicked back relaxed, got addicted to a new TV series, and did absolutely nothing.  I did find a cute jacket and a great skirt while hitting some discount stores on Saturday.

I ate my way through the weekend…

1 – The Cup : a cupcake place.  It was ok, but I honestly think I like Jilly’s better.

2 – O Red Mango — GREAT frozen yogurt

3 – Chic-fil-a — we don’t have it in Doniphan :)

4 – Andy’s Custard — @ 12:00 am, after a night out on the town with friends in COMO

5 – Cheesecake Factory cheesecake – tried the Lemoncello Cream Torte

Yes, all my food was junk food and carb loaded…but I’m an addict.  It was good, and spread out over three days, I’ll just work extra hard at the gym next week. :)

Random #3

I’m blessed.  I know that I can complain sometimes.  I can be a crazy lady on a mission that causes people around me to wonder if I’m sane or not.  But I’m blessed.  I’m blessed with a great family.  I’m blessed with a great church.  I’m blessed with my health, it could be a lot worse.  God has been good to me, though I sometimes fail Him and fail to be what I should be.  I fail at being an example for others to follow.  I fail at being a good friend.  But I am blessed…He loves me, and I’m learning to accept that at face value.

Random #4

School is quickly approaching.  I go back the second week of August.  Part of me is afraid, part of me excited.  I know that I’m cresting the hill and going to have a down hill run after December.  I can do this.  It will be crazy.  But it will be worth it.  I have a lot of pre-study to do before August, and I need to get it started.  I’m currently watching ‘A Baby Story’.  All pre-class work.

Random #5

We moved the pharmacy over Memorial Day weekend.  Changed our software.  And tried to get settled in.  The DME department was viewed by the accreditation company.  We’re working on getting all our ducks in a row.  It’s been CRAZY.

That about wraps it up for now.  I have a mini-vacation to Chicago planned for July and I’m looking forward to that.  Until then…I’ll continue living my random life.