Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Update to My Medical Mystery

I found this explanation of PMS on slideshare.  You can read the full slide show here.

When I last left you I was scheduled to have a venogram 3 weeks ago on my right arm.  The results came back negative for TOS.  This was very confusing for me especially when my physical therapist told me she thought I had positional TOS a few days later.  I have been hard at work with physical therapy and I finally had my follow up yesterday with the cardiothoracic vascular surgeon (although, I'm not sure why it took 3 weeks).  He told me that my MRI and venogram results are consistent with Pectoralis Minor Syndrome (which is oftentimes associated with TOS).  I have compression in my right subclavian which is why my right arm has been so swollen.  I am to continue on with physical therapy, try to lose weight (which is suppose to help a lot), and wear a medical compression sleeve for the swelling in my right arm.  I will follow up in 3 months to discuss surgery if needed but hopefully I won't need it and I will be ~20 lbs lighter.  Let me know if you have any suggestions.  Another thing that popped up during this process is that I had to get a mammogram.  I'm 40 and I haven't had one so it's a good thing to do anyway.  The doctor's office called and my initial scan had some issues to I have to return at the end of the week for additional testing.  Hopefully that will all check out okay.  Thanks so much for all your prayers.  I so appreciate them, every one of them!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Timberdoodle Blog Team 2018-2019

I'm so excited to be part of the Timberdoodle Blog Team for another year.  I'm really looking forward to sharing product reviews with you.  You can check out the whole team here and even sign up to see if you would be a great fit too.  Good luck!

Cow Appreciation Day @ Chick-fil-A

Cow Appreciation Day 2018

One of my favorite days is finally here, Cow Appreciation Day 2018!  When you dress up like a cow and wear it to your nearby Chick-fil-A you will receive a free entree between opening and 7pm.  The kids and I dressed up this morning for breakfast before D went to gymnastics.

 My A cow

My B cow with a G photobomb

My C cow

My D cow

My E cow

My F cow

 And Baby G cow

 Waiting for our food.

 Baby G loves Chick-n-Minis

 One of these cows is not like the others...

 All the kids

 Baby G with Mommy

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Pfun at Pflugerville Library

We recently moved and we have had a great time visiting our new library.  The last two times we have been they have had special events - a unicorn dance party and farm day!  The kids enjoyed petting a variety of animals - bunnies, guinea pigs, and the super cute hedgehog.  They also had a tortoise, chicks, and a bearded dragon.  Hope you had a great weekend.

C with the hedgehog and E waiting for an animal.

E with the white bunny.

 Bunny close up

 C with a guinea pig.

 I tried to get a guinea pig close up!


 D with the hedgehog.

Hedgehog close up!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Going the Distance & Creed II Movie Trailer

Creed II releases in theaters November 21st

Was there ever a time you struggled to "go the distance" - whether in a sport, school subject, or just overcoming a difficult challenge/time in life?  This November, Rocky and Creed, who on screen inspired us all to "go the distance," and fight for our dreams returns to the big screen to face their biggest challenge yet - both on and off the ring.

For me, I am inspired to "go the distance" with my children and in my parenting.  It is such a journey and I am so far from figuring it out but I see the worth in it.  I want to help shape, nurture and grow my children into amazing human beings.  There are times I want to check-out, I feel like I don't have what it takes but those are the times to press in.  Next time I see my children in a squabble or find myself in the throws of a parenting challenge I am going to hum the Rocky theme song and see if it helps me get my perspective back, just a thought.

Check out the trailer for Creed II below and let me know what you think.

Disclosure:  Thanks so much to Grace Hill Media for selecting me to participate in this campaign.  By sharing this information with you I will receive a $40 gift card.  All opinions are my own.

My Medical Mystery

G in C's batting helmet

Hey Guys!  I just wanted to give a bit of an update and ask for you prayer.  I posted a brief description on facebook yesterday but I have been dealing with a medical mystery for the past month now.  On May 21st I woke up with my entire right arm swollen (from the wrist to the shoulder).  I was able to get into my primary doctor who thought it was from packing boxes (WE MOVED, but that's another post).  She took some bloodwork and sent me on my way.  Hours later, the doctor's office called me back and sent me to the ER because they thought I had a clot in my arm.  After lots of testing (ultrasound of arm, EKG and X-ray of my heart) it was determined that I didn't have a clot and they really didn't know what was going on so they called it cellulitis and gave me an antibiotic (Cephalexin) and told me to take ibuprofen.  A few days later it turns out that I am allergic to that antibiotic (I'm also allergic to Amoxicillin, yay me).  My primary doctor switched my antibiotic (Sulfa) and gave me steroids (Prednisone) but she was at a loss of what to do or who to send me to.  The next week I went to see an amazing ortho doctor who thought I had an overuse injury, made sense.  I was given exercises to do and follow up in a few weeks.  A week later I went to see another general doctor to have my bloodwork rechecked because I just felt "off."  It's hard to explain but I knew that something wasn't right.  My bloodwork looked good except my WBCs were high.  I should also note that the swelling was also moving into my neck, shoulder and chest area - only on the right side.  When I followed up at the ortho they sent me to get an MRI STAT.  They called me that night and said that the MRI looked good and I should schedule an MRI for my shoulder and start PT.  I went to PT and they thought I should follow up with a lymphedema PT specialist.  The ortho doctor's office called me back the next day and said that my MRI actually showed a clot in my right subclavian.  They started me on blood thinners.  I saw a cardio vascular surgeon a few days later who rechecked an ultrasound of my arm and said I didn't have a clot, took me off blood thinners and told me I most likely have TOS, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.  He said the MRI showed an obstruction at the subclavian but not necessarily a clot.  Is your head dizzy at this point?  Mine was.  I got a second opinion with another vascular specialist a few days later and he agreed.  Two specialist in agreement makes me feel so much better.  So, I have a venogram scheduled Monday which will tell us for sure if I have TOS and help us know how to proceed.  I am so grateful to be close to a diagnosis because I have felt pretty miserable for the last month.  A few of the doctors that I saw treated me like I was crazy and that's a hard thing to go through.  Thankfully, most of them were amazing!  Please pray for this procedure on Monday - I would so appreciate it.  Instead of photos of my swollen right side I give you one of G in his big brother's batting helmet and Stevie Dawg at our new house (more pictures to come soon of this).

Stevie Dawg in our new home.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Smallfoot Trailer

I wanted to share a new movie trailer with you!  Warner Bros’ latest animated feature out this fall, Smallfoot.  Lebron James, Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Gina Rodriguez and Common are all voice characters in this super fun film!

An adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “SMALLFOOT” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think!