Teal Tuesday because you are amazing

My mother in law is one of the kindest human beings I have ever known.  She is happiest when everyone else is happy and she takes pride in taking care of everyone around her.  I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say I am blessed to have her in my life and love her dearly.  Not only has she devoted her life to her family, she was also devoted to her patients as a registered nurse for over 40 years.

Other than a bout with shingles last year and a few colds here and there, she has never really been ill so when she was started losing her appetite and felt really full after only a few bites of food she went to see her doctor.

The doctor ran an x-ray and didn’t see anything so she prescribed antibiotics.  When my mother in laws stomach continued to bloat she went back to the doctor who ordered a CT scan.  We didn’t wait on the results.  She was getting weaker and we were worried so my father in law took her to the emergency room.  They told us they saw a bowel obstruction and we were relieved it wasn’t more serious and it could be repaired but that was just the beginning because we found out the next day that it was ovarian cancer.

teal tuesday

 

Unfortunately the hospital she was in wasn’t equipped to handle such a serious illness so after a few days we got her transferred to Tampa General Hospital and she now has a wonderful team of doctors helping her.

21,980 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year.  It is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women and there is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer.  A pap smear does not detect this disease.

Unfortunately most women who are diagnosed are diagnosed at late stages and only 19% of women are diagnosed before the cancer spreads to the pelvic region.  The symptoms of this disease are subtle and vague.

TEAL

Teal is the color for Ovarian Cancer and it stands for Tell Every Amazing Lady and that’s what I am doing.  I’m telling all of you the symptoms and the risk factors and I am begging you to be your own advocate.  Do not take no for an answer.  If you feel that something is wrong, insists that your doctor perform testing and if you don’t feel like the doctor is helping you, see another one.  When my mother in law was in the emergency room waiting to be transferred to Tampa General hospital her doctor called with the results of the first CT scan, which she had only a few days before entering the hospital.  She was told it was normal and that they didn’t find anything.

Trust your instincts because no one knows more about your body that you do.

No one fights alone

Ovarian Cancer Signs and Symptoms

  • Vague but persistent and unexplained gastrointestinal complaints such as gas, nausea, and indigestion
  • Abdominal bloating, pelvic and/or abdominal pain, and/or feeling of fullness
  • Frequency and/or urgency of urination
  • Unexplained change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea)
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Back pain
  • New and unexplained abnormal postmenopausal bleeding

Ovarian Cancer Risk Factors

  • Increasing age, with highest occurrence in women over 50
  • Family or personal history of ovarian, breast, endometrial, or colon cancer
  • Uninterrupted ovulation (having no pregnancies, infertility, low parity)
  • Presence of gene mutations, especially BRCA1, BRCA2, or Lynch

For more information on Ovarian Cancer, visit this site.

Do you know anyone who is currently fighting or has battled ovarian cancer?

I am faster than the speed of something slower.

I guess I kind of disappeared for a while huh?  Well I didn’t really disappear, I mean, I’m still here but things have been a bit hectic and I really haven’t had a moment to spare.  And let’s be honest, sometimes life is more important than a blog.  And so that’s what happened.  Life.

Crazy busy

A lot of things have been going on over here but I just wanted to take a few minutes to catch up and get this blog back to some regular updates.  I’m pretty sure y’all aren’t dying to know whats going on with me but I need a reference when I need to remember things.  And yes, that happens often.

First thing, I told y’all a few weeks ago that my mother in law had gone to the emergency room.  What we thought was a serious but easily corrected issue was actually much worse and I don’t want to talk too much about it right now because it is such a serious matter that it deserves it’s own post but we’ve been rallying around her with much love and many prayers and we feel confident that she is getting the best care around.  If there is a silver lining in any of this, it’s the fact that she’ll actually be here  year round this year and that means, we get to spend lots of time with her.

I’m still running but it’s summer and it’s ridiculously hot this year already.  It seems like it gets worse every year but it probably doesn’t, it’s probably just me.  Although the feels like temp with our humidity at 9AM is 91 degrees.  The only thing that gets me motivated in that heat is new running clothes.  These are two of the shirts that I’m considering right now.

Running Shirts

I think I need both of those shirts.

My sister in law was here a week ago and we went shopping one afternoon and I saw these sandals.

watermelon shoes

I did not buy them but I have to tell you, they smelled exactly like watermelon.  I kid you not.

Squeakers the Mohawk, the bluejay I rescued, is getting huge.  He is also lazy and does not want to eat on his own so I have to be a hard ass and drop his food in and walk away.  I hate it but if I don’t do that, he’ll never learn to eat on his own and won’t survive in the wild.  It’s also very hard but you have to refrain from touching him and playing with him.

I might have forgotten to send MacGyver the memo.

blue jay

The dogs also love the bird because like me, they are weird.

MacGyver and I were in Nokomis this weekend and we were able to hit a few garage sales over the weekend.  While we were shopping at one, this guy pulled up on a bike with tin foil and all kinds of weird things but when I saw the head, I got a little freaked out.

weirdo bike

And then I remembered that I’ve seen this guy and his bike a few times before.  And just as I wrote that I’m almost embarrassed by it because apparently we travel in the same circle.

I was running the trail on Saturday and afterwards I got a text from a friend saying he just saw me running.  It was our little friend Danny, who is in town from California for a few months.

Danny

Only he’s not so little anymore.  He grew up and he has the sweetest girlfriend.  They came over for a bit on Saturday night and then Danny and MacGyver went fishing for a bit on Sunday.  They came back with 11 fish and MacGyver is so happy to have his fishing buddy back for a few months.  And so am I because when they fish, I can shop. Wink wink.

We got Hank some new doggles so his eyes wont bother him on the boat.  Boomer doesn’t mind wearing a fishing hat but it’s hard to find one for Hank.  Fortunately, the doggles fit perfectly and he loves them.

Hank's doggles

I could really go on all day because there’s been so much happening but I can’t.  On top of all the things we have going on right now on Wednesday, my computer crashed.  Hard.  No matter what I did it would not come back.

I didn’t want to give up because I can almost always fix my computer but after 14 hours of trying all kinds of things I had to take it to a specialist who, surprise, couldn’t fix it either.  Instead, we rescued all the data from the hard drive and put it on my other laptop and then wiped the computer and reinstalled Windows.  Now it works but the neurotic and paranoid side of me doesn’t ever want to use it again.

hate work

The most accurate statement, ever.

How was your weekend?

Mondays, should you work or stay home with the dogs?

Friday, thank the Lord!

Hey y’all, it’s Friday.  I’m not sure how you feel about it but I think the shortest work weeks are always the longest work weeks!

#accurate

#Accurate!

Anyways, I don’t have much to say today but I have some motivation for you.

So get out there and run, jog, walk or whatever it is that you do.  Just get outside and move.  And if all else fails, do it….

Now, go let her out!

Have a great weekend.