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birthday

June 5, 2009

Wednesday, June 3rd, was my 31st birthday. Dave and I went to Disneyland. We had a BLAST!

First off, I got into the park for free because it was my birthday. I immediately felt special from the moment I collected my ticket. They had a special button just for me. The woman in the booth drew my name on it and even added little mickey mouse balloons on it in different colors. Later in the day, I noticed other people with birthday buttons and they just had their names on them, nothing special like mine.

Throughout the day, many of the Disneyland employees wished me happy birthday, as well as various park guests. I was made to truly feel special.

Disneyland itself, is an impressive theme park to visit. They have their shit together! Of course, growing up in OC, I am very familiar with the park. There was a time I was going on a weekly basis but that was YEARS ago. It had been about 10 years since I last visited. It’s good to see things are just the same if not better.

The parking is just as impressive. They know how to keep the traffic flowing and in an orderly way. The entire park is CLEAN and the employees are always friendly and helpful. The only disappoinment we had was our lunch. We got burgers at one of those serve you at a window places in Tomorrow Land. They were pretty bad. Just tasted like meat that had been sitting out under heat lamps. However, dinner was MUCH better. We went to an actual restaurant in the French Quarter. Dave had clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and I had some really good chicken with amazing mashed potatos.

It was a fantastic experience to be able to bring Dave to Disneyland for his first time. It was a lot of fun to be able to share a big part of my childhood with him. We both had a wonderful time and thank you to Disneyland for giving me a Happy Birthday.

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On another note…. I am going back on my depression meds. I thought I wouldn’t need them any more considering I am unemployed and life is generally, less stressful. But I find that I am uninspired to do anything around the house and I hate that. The only thing I have been good at is getting the dog out during the day and working out. As far as getting the house cleaned and starting to organize the mess in our garage, I am failing. Don’t get me wrong, the house isn’t a disgusting mess or anything, it could just use a little wipe down in the kitchen or an extra bit of dusting. I’m just not motivated.

The garage has a lot of stuff in it…a lot of it being mine… a lot of it I am sure I can let go of now… I just need to get in there and sort it all out. *sigh* When I lost my job, I said that was the biggest thing I was going to work on. I still haven’t cracked the garage door open. *frowns*

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OK.. on a brighter note, Dave got me a couple of hats while we were at Disneyland and I think I look cute in em… Here is one of em. What do you think?

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sick day

November 17, 2008

I was up for most of the night. My new cold would not let me sleep. I tossed and turned, made frequent trips to the restroom, ate something at 2 in the morning … I knew at about midnight last night I would not be going to work today. I finally got some sleep sometime around 3 in the morning and woke up around 7. 

Dave went to work and I made the necessary phone calls to work to announce I wouldn’t be there. 

My day was pretty lazy. I stayed in bed till about 11:30. Hunger finally made me get out of bed. 

I spent a good portion of the day not only watching tv but also playing with the Nintendo DS. Dave bought me nintendogs and I am liking it a lot. I am taking care of a little dalmation I have named Sam. It’s kind of funny really, since I do have a real dog. I drove Mattie crazy today because I actually have to teach Sam voice commands. I must have a certain lilt to my voice when I call a dog, because Mattie was right there with me when I was calling Sam. Oh and asking Sam to sit… yeah… that really drove Mattie up the wall. 

I also played around a bit with Yoshi’s Island. It’s just one of those fun little action/adventure games where you go through worlds and kick butt till you reach your destination. 

The only “work” I did today was clean the guinea pig and rat cages and make some sweet tea. Taking Mattie out for her walks left me exhausted. It was a good thing I stayed home from work today. 

Speaking of work, yeah things were still going today. I got a phone call from the woman trying to help make the pig move happen (it’s a daily thing these days). She was going to be visiting with the people who were interested in taking our farm pigs. I am kind of bummed to have missed that. But oh well, what can you do? Tomorrow I am going to have to make some phone calls and find out what is going on. Who stays and who goes? 

Need to make arrangements for Mattie to have a baby sitter this weekend since Dave and I are going out of town. 

Taking things one day at a time. 

sleep study

November 8, 2008

So Thursday night I had that sleep study, let me tell you what that was like. …

First off I had a hard time finding the place but once I did, it made me say “duh!” The whole set up was exactly like a regular doctors office. The only difference is there is a main control room with all this equipment in it and the individual patient rooms had beds in them. 

There is a main bathroom down the hall. Should I need to use it after I am “wired up” I would have to call someone and they would unhook me so that I could use the restroom. 

The room itself was nothing special. There was a computer in the corner which never got used by anyone, a big chair, which was used for my overnight bag and a bed. The nightstand was there to hold the box that all the wires plugged into. 

After I went to the bathroom and changed into my pjs, my female technician came in to wire me up. I had for sensors on my head. One behind each ear. One on each temple. One on each lower jaw. One on my chin. 2 on my chest and finally a small mic on my throat. I also had a sensor on my index finger, oh and one on each calf. I also had an airflow sensor. It’s one of those oxygen tubes that sits below your nose, only this one was not pumping oxygen into me, but rather monitoring my breathing. 

After she had me all wired up, the technician helped me into bed. The bed itself was firm and had a plastic sheet covering on the mattress. You could feel and hear it. The sheets were standard hospital linen. There was nothing warm nor inviting about this bed. 

Once I was all tucked in, and after they ran some preliminary tests to calibrate their machines, she left and turned the lights off and closed the door. I was left in bed thinking.. “Oh so I have to go to sleep now?” I don’t know, I thought I would have the option to read for a little while or something. 

So I laid there, on my back, waiting for sleep to take me. Only it wouldn’t. I could hear the other patients in the other rooms. I could hear the staff members walking around and wheel their equipment from room to room. And then I could here my phone buzzing. I knew it was the reply from Dave after I told him I had made it to the clinic. Only, I never got a chance to say more. And now I could hear my phone buzzing at me. Only I couldn’t get to it, because it was on my chair, in my bag and I was stuck in bed, all wired up. Every 5 minutes my phone buzzed, reminding me I had a text. I thought that I would obsess over it, but instead it became a sudden comfort. 

Every time my phone buzzed, it made me think of Dave and I was able to relax a little bit more. I did eventually fall asleep, but I woke up continually. Every little sound woke me up. Being wired didn’t help either. The dam tube on my nose was the most uncomfortable. 

So it would have been nice to actually have gotten some sleep during the sleep study. But hopefully the amount I did get would be enough. I know I did manage to dream, so at some point I managed some deep sleep. If anything, this study will show just how much of a light sleeper I am. 

When they released me at 5 in the morning, I drove home. Dave was still in bed as I got home at 6am. I crawled into bed with him and I have to tell you.. it was the most comforting feeling ever. His warmth welcomed me as well as our oh so wonderfully soft and comfy bed. I was so thankful to be back home and it truly felt like all was right with the world once more. 


IBC

November 7, 2008

I was going to write a post about my Sleep Study. Let me tell you it’s worth writing.

I was going to write about how the first time ever, I was actually excited to hear our President Elect speak at his first press conference. That I actually went into my office and turned the radio on just to hear him.I never cared before for any president in the past… but suddenly, I care.

But just moments ago, as I was sorting through my email, I came across one from a friend of mine. She sent it to me at the end of September. I just now got around to viewing the attachment. I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner. Especially since October was breast cancer awareness month.

The email attachment was that of a video report on IBC. Haven’t heard of it? That’s because a lot of people are not informed. Even breast cancer facilities often do not know. IBC stands for Inflammatory Breast Cancer.

So I post this today, in the hopes that it will get seen by many women. So go ahead and forward the video to every loved one. It could just save a life…

View the video here