WTF Wednesday, damn that wall, gotta catch em all!

MacGyver and I had to head down to Venice early yesterday morning because I had an appointment with the imaging center to have another MRI.  The second and third of the total 5 I’ll be having.

so lucky

Yeah, I know, right?

Anywho we should have actually made the trek down on Monday night but we didn’t because, well, let’s be honest, we were feeling lazy and decided to wait until Tuesday morning.  No worries because my appointment wasn’t until 12:30 and it only takes an hour and 15 minutes to get down to Venice from our house.   That’s why we promptly left at 10:00AM.  And we made it to the skyway bridge by about 10:50 just in time for this:

fire on bridge

stuck on a bridge

That’s a diesel truck on fire with 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel.  That’s a sign.  A big fat sign that says “Sister, you should have dragged your ass down there yesterday!”

So, I wasn’t going to make it because to detour around that bridge takes another hour at least and that’s when they actually let us off the bridge because we were stuck there.  We didn’t even arrive at our house in Nokomis until a few minutes before 2:00PM.  Fortunately the MRI place was open late and they agreed to see me at 5:00PM, see lucky. (That’s sarcasm kids.)

I arrived 30 minutes early as instructed but they had hit a few snags that day and were running a bit behind which meant I had to wait.  Normally I would have been annoyed because I’ve never been good at sitting still but that was before Pokemon Go.

my tweet


After the MRI I convinced MacGyver to take me to dinner at my favorite restaurant and then we made a random trip to Big Lots because we wanted to get some supplies and some things to drink for our stay down here.  (We will only be here a day but we need our Gatorade, obviously.)  I bought a bunch of junk while we were in there because that’s what you do when it’s on sale and it’s a random trip and you just consumed a bowl of heavenly fish chowder and the best damn pasta dish ever.

Up until yesterday I would have told you that I’ve followed my diet very closely and eaten extremely healthy for the last week and that I deserved a little treat but then I went too far.  I came home from Big Lots and had one of those mini vanilla ice cream bars coated in chocolate.  Apparently it wasn’t enough and I had a half gallon of vanilla ice cream drenched in root beer.  I called it a root beer float but it was more like a root beer barge.  And then because I take gluttony to whole new heights I ate 6 vanilla cream cookies before calling it a night.

And here’s a piece of advice….if you decide to run off all those calories the next day, be careful and pay attention just in case the massive amount of sugar the night before causes a big crash while you’re running and you feel a bit weak and out of it.  You might also want to put down the phone and watch where you’re running because you may not be at the top of your game.  I’m just sayin.


I guess it’s a good thing I’m having a few more MRI’s today.  WTF, it must be Wednesday!

When is the last time you walked, ran or drove into a wall?
Ever had an MRI?  What for? 
(Mine isn’t because I walk into walls, I swear.)

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.


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.


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!


Lacy lawn debris, the latest in yard decor!


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.



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!

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.


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?