A, E, I, O, POO

Happy July 1st, otherwise known as National Postal Worker day, or in my case, time to finally see the neurologist day.

brains

Except for mine, mine isn’t all that awesome.  Zombie’s take notes.

In case you’re new here a few months ago I had to have an MRI and since getting the results back I’ve been waiting to see a neurologist.  Eight weeks later and the day has arrived.  It’s a good thing my insurance was quick to approve the initial appointment, right?

Unfortunately since this morning was the initial appointment, we just spent two hours going over all of my test and symptoms and now they need to run a bazillion more tests before I know anything.

waiting

So I get to spend the next few hours calling the lab and setting up multiple MRI’s, blood work and Electroencephalograms(say that once three times).   Oh joy.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some texts that my niece sent to me because, well, they’re hilarious.  She was here a few weeks ago on vacation and that’s when this first text dialogue happened.  It’s a gem.

funny text about poo

In case you didn’t know this, we like talking about poo.  It doesn’t matter if it’s human poo or dog poo, all poo is funny poo.

 

This week I got this text from her complete with pictures.  Let me lay the groundwork for you.  She has a dog named Bella and she is very much loved and adored, but the dog is nuts.  (It’s okay Bella Boo, we love you anyway.)

funny text

lawn debris

Compliments of Bella!

lawn

Lacy lawn debris, the latest in yard decor!

LOL

And this next meme was also inspired by my niece and the stories she tells me about her neighborhood.

It’s not about poo but it’s still funny.

tumbleweave

Bwahahhaha

All right, it’s time for me to get to scheduling.  Here’s to hoping I get back to running tomorrow.  We are in Nokomis after all and the Legacy Trail is calling my name!

What are your plans for the weekend?

What’s the best text you’ve gotten recently?  Please share because I love a funny text!

Thursday, think before you speak

Yesterday I realized that I had run out of thyroid medication so I had to go over to Wal-Mart to refill it.  I spoke with the pharmacy tech and told her what I needed and she looked me over like I was a piece of beef and then she said, ‘Thyroid medication is typically given to people with thyroid problems and they’re usually overweight, you’re too skinny.’

excuse me

I took a minute to collect my thoughts because I really don’t want to be known as the girl who constantly argues with people in the Wal-Mart (unfortunately, it might be too late for that) and then I said, “Thyroid medication is a replacement for people whose bodies do not produce enough thyroid hormones and even though weight gain is sometimes a side effect of a low thyroid it isn’t always the case.”

hair whip

Science, beeyotch!

And she said, “You’re still too skinny.”  And then she walked away!  Just walked. away.

I was dumbfounded.  I turned around to the elderly lady behind me and she looked at me sympathetically and said, “Some people are just rude and speak without thinking.”

I told the lady that I wasn’t just upset because she was rude but that she totally judged me without knowing me or my situation.  She developed an opinion of me on first sight regardless of what the truth was.  I told the elderly lady that it really irritates me when people judge a book by its cover or make assumptions based on a past experience, or worse,  on misinformation.

That’s when the little old lady said, “Oh well, she is a foreigner.”

some days

I’m staying out of Wal-Mart for a while…..

I’ve been drinking a lot of fruit smoothies lately and although I typically make them myself, Checkers has a strawberry smoothie made with minute maid products which is really good.  The fact that it is so good makes me wonder how many calories and how much sugar is in it.  Especially after seeing this article.

smoothiesClick on the image above to read the full article.

And in case you haven’t read this next article, it’s not just about exercising because that won’t help you lose weight, no, according to this article, it’s all about what you eat.

food vs exerciseClick here to read the full article

Thankfully, this real housewife realizes it’s all about calories and that is why she’s keeping hers under 500 calories a day! 

Vicki housewifeI personally think that’s insane but what do I know.

What do you think about a 500 calorie a day diet?

Has anyone ever made a comment about your health based solely on your appearance?

Bloody eyes and MRI’s

MacGyver has my cold now and he didn’t really feel like coming down to Nokomis but we had to, and if you have to be sick all week I guess it doesn’t hurt to be sick in a place like this.  It’s pretty much our paradise.

Nokomis

That’s me or rather my fishing pole hanging off the dock because… why not?

Anyway like I said, we had to come down.  I had an appointment and after running 5 miles on the Legacy Trail yesterday morning, I went here:

Doctor office

A few weeks ago I was having some pain and tightness mostly in my back and it wasn’t going away so I went to see the chiropractor.  While I was there he took my blood pressure and I don’t think anyone was more shocked than I to see that it was critically high because typically it is seriously low.  My heart rate was actually lower than normal and it caused some concern. Those two things may not seem like such a big deal but there have been a few other things too.

For the past year or so I’ve been dealing with occasional blue toes.  The thing is that once they turn blue, it takes days for them to go back to normal and there is no rhyme or reason to why it happens, it just does.  The other alarming thing is my eyes.  I’ve woken up several times with broken blood vessels in one or both eyes. Oh, and there were those two times I woke up with a blue bottom lip…. You would think that those three things combined would scare me into seeing a doctor but they didn’t.  If I have a tingle or a pain that I think may prevent me from running or a cold or the flu, I turn into the biggest hypochondriac on the planet but blood in my eyes and blue toes, meh, it’s nothing.

It was ultimately the migraines or rather my family’s reaction to them that scared me.  They’ve gotten worse than ever before and I’ve begun to lose my speech during them.  The last time I lost my speech and my vision became very blurry, and then one side of my face went numb.  It was scary.  MacGyver said it looked like I was drunk but I lost all memory of what happened after I got the headache.

And that’s why Monday morning, I was here:

The doctor will see you now

Answers can never come quick enough, especially when it comes to matters involving multiple issues with your health.  I spent a lot of time with the doctor yesterday and even though my blood pressure is starting to normalize naturally, we need to get to the root of the problem so that we can fix it.  Obviously there is a reason these things are happening and that’s what we’re looking for, the underlying cause.  This is where that saying patience is a virtue comes into play!

So while the answers will be slow at least were headed in the right direction.  Today, I’ll be going to the lab for lots of blood work.  They’ll be doing the usual CBC, Metabolic Panel and such.  They’ll also be testing my Sed Rate and my C-Reactive protein and there will blood work to test my kidney and liver function.  The blood work is just a starting point.

The next step is an MRI of my brain.  I’m waiting on the insurance company to approve the MRI and the imaging center but  I hope I can have that done asap because my doctor would like the results before I go back to Clearwater later in the week.  Besides, there’s nothing like dealing with your stupid insurance company when you’re having brain scans, good times.

doctor testsSo, that’s all we know right now.  I’m telling you this because I said I would talk about it when I knew more but really, I don’t know anything.  The doctor has an idea as to what she’s looking for but until there are more tests, I don’t want to speculate.  So, that’s where I am and why I am where I am.  Make sense?

Don’t worry though, it’s not all medical tests and blood work, in fact, I’ve spent every spare moment on the trail, running, fishing or canoeing and I’m loving every minute of it.  (The doctor said slow running is actually helping to lower my blood pressure and that it’s good for me.)  It’s been therapeutic really because if all I had to do was sit around and wait for doctors and my insurance company to get on the same page, I’d go crazy(crazier)!

This is my 'it's time to fish' face!

This is my ‘it’s time to fish’ face!

See, I’m having fun because, fishing!

Last night MacGyver and I took out the little canoe and he caught a small redfish right at the end of our canal which only made me want to fish more.  Unfortunately, this is Florida and no sooner than I got the fishing fever the noseeums starting biting and we had to head back home.  Plus we were in the canoe which is really boring if Mom isn’t there. Nobody canoes like my Mom. She brings the party hard, trust.

the canoe

What this boat needs is a mom!

We will definitely try fishing again today.  MacGyver is feeling a little bit better and once the blood tests are over later in the afternoon, I’m sure some fishing will be just what the doctor ordered!

When is the last time you went to the doctor?
Ever had an MRI?  What part of your body did they scan?
Do you have high blood pressure? If you do, does running help you?