I was never good at test anyways….

On Friday I got the results of my test from earlier in the week.  I was happy that they came back so quickly and I may have been a bit anxious because I called my doctor’s office literally 5 minutes after I saw the email that the tests were back.

Am i dying?

So, the results of my tests are…..

I need more tests!  Oh Joy!

My blood work was all perfect except for the C-Reactive Protein which was high.  The sed rate was at the high end but still within the normal range.  According to the doctor’s office, the CRP is a much more sensitive test and is indicative of inflammation in the body.  I didn’t need a CRP test to tell me that!

The MRI was another story.

my brain

This is a picture of my naked brain.

I think my MRI has confused doctors for years and since they can’t figure out what the problem is, they give up.  Basically my MRI shows the same thing it has showed for the past 6 or 7 years, just slightly worse each time.

The gist of the finding is something like this:

Several tiny foci of T2 signal predominantly within the subcortical white matter of both cerebral hemispheres with a single lesion adjacent to the anterior horn of the left lateral ventricle.  The differential diagnosis would include nonspecific changes of migraine headaches or vasculitis.  Small vessel ischemic disease and a demyelinating process cannot be ruled out.

and yada, yada, yada.

And then they go on to list out each of the sinuses and mention that there is chronic sinusitis, another thing I’ve had for over 20 years.  If anyone has any idea what MRI’s mean, by all means, I’d love to hear what you think.  I’m doing my best to stay positive but it would really help to know what the problem is so that I can plan my battle and develop an attack.

In the meantime, running is still going just slow.  I ran 6 miles on Saturday but that was all I managed.  I ended up with another migraine that afternoon and so Sunday, I decided not to push it.

A couple of things from this weekend that were pretty cool.  Because we live near the ball field we can see the fireworks during the home games and they put on a hell of a show.  This weekend they had a game on Friday and Saturday night so we had two nights of fireworks.  I took a short video because I’m a nerd.

I also realized that April showers bring May flowers, except we didn’t have a lot of showers in April so I wasn’t really expecting any flowers. Well there’s that and the fact that I didn’t plant any. Anyway, I went outside yesterday to get something from the garage and noticed that my gladiolus have bloomed!

gladiolus

And they’re pink!

And last night MacGyver and I watched Fear the Walking Dead and then Naked and Afraid. Did you catch the episode of Naked and Afraid?  Jesus Christ, the dude from last night was talking about how the whole experience was making him go to a dark place and making him want to hurt people, after like FIVE FREAKIN DAYS!  It was one of the weirdest episodes I’ve ever seen.  And, I can’t seem to get it out of my head.  Who thinks like that?

What’s on your agenda for today, got a run planned?

Have you ever had an MRI?

I’m over here just as slow as a turtle

This morning I only managed to pull off 3 miles. My legs are still sore and I mean really, really sore from the barre workout of Tuesday, but I’m determined to do another barre workout this week. I can’t help but think that if it made me this sore then there must be some progress happening, right?

woo hoo
I certainly hope so.

Yesterday around lunch time I ventured outside to water my plants. I have a double purple angel trumpet that is full of beautiful flowers right now.  Unfortunately, they are highly toxic and can cause severe allergic reactions but my main concern is their reputation as a hallucinogenic.

Because of all these things, I keep the flowers hidden behind some other shrubs and greenery but I wanted to show y’all the pictures because they are quite beautiful.

double purple trumpetangel trumpet
After I watered the plants, I noticed the mallards were out and wanted some food so I went inside and got some bread to feed them. By this time they were on the pond and as I threw the bread into the water I noticed something else was eating it.

Are those turtlesWhy yes, yes they are.  They are slider Turtles.

Slider Turtles

I love turtles

Really?  So do I.  they are so cute.  Within about 10 minutes, there were at least 40-50 of them around me.  They were all over the place.  Some were green sliders, some were yellow bellied sliders and some were red eared sliders.  I knew we had a lot of them but I had no idea we had that many.  And they were so hungry!

I had been feeding them for around 10 minutes or so when I heard a large splash in the pond.  Very. Loud.

I looked over and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  I saw an alligator snapping turtle and it wasn’t a small one. This thing had to be at least 80-100 pounds, I kid you not.  And it was hungry. I know this because it made a beeline for the bread.

Big turtle
I quickly got out my camera but by this time it was moving toward the other side of the pond. I still managed to get a few pictures of his head and one shot of him from across the pond but nothing close up.  (That would have been way too scary anyway).

alligator snapping turtle headSeriously.  That is just his head.  It was huge.  And keep in mind, these things are aggressive.

I still love turtles

                  Of course you do.

But did you see his massive head?

I tried like hell to get a close up of his entire body but I just couldn’t but in case you’re wondering what an alligator snapping turtle in Florida actually looks like or how big it was, this picture I found on Google is a very close resemblance:

angler-catches-100-pound-turtle
After watching it for a bit, I went back inside but when MacGyver got home, I told him all about it and showed him pictures of the head. He had to see it so we headed out towards the pond.

On the way over, we saw the mallards and I bent down with a piece of bread and one of them took it right out of my hand. Of course I got a little cocky about that because it made MacGyver jealous.

When we got to the pond we threw some bread out for the turtles.  Unfortunately the snapper never came, only the slider turtle, and not to be outdone MacGyver decided that he was going to one-up me.

This is what he did:

Feeding turtles
In case you can’t tell in that picture, the turtle is eating out of his hand. Here’s a close up because I’m pretty sure he’d want me to show it to you.

turtle

                                          Now that’s a guy who really does love turtles.

I love turtles everyday

              Shut up Kim!

 

We’re regular Dr. and Mrs. Doolittle around here. I’m going to go ahead and end the post here because I want to get my workout in and finish work so I can go look for that snapper again. It was amazing and hopefully I’ll get a close up picture.

Do you like turtles?
Ever had a wild animal eat out of your hand?  What kind?