Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thursday's Recap of Wednesday

Well, friends...

I survived.
{{If you have no clue what 
I'm talking about,
read here}}

Not that I had any thoughts that I wouldn't...

but my visit with my lady doctor went well.

She thought everything looked normal {phew! wink..}

However, there was one thing that didn't really look too great...at all....
as in a scary way.

I have always had blood pressure readings on more of the high side....
like borderline hypertension.

However, my old primary care physician I was seeing never really mentioned 
wanting me to go on any type of medicine to control it.

In my Confession's post, I spoke about being nervous.

I have to say it wasn't really about getting the exam done.

I really hadn't told anyone I had and have been experiencing chest pains 
for close to a month....
{crazy, I know} just for the simple fact 
I didn't want to create a mountain out of a mole hill.

**When I say chest pains, it's not a pain you would think would be with a heart attack.
They aren't sharp, just more of a pulsing, throbbing, flickering kind of pain
that makes me want to rub the pain out of my chest. 
{That's really the only way I can describe it}**

The possible fact of hearing something pretty scary made me nervous, 
not the actual exam.

So there at my doctor's visit, 
when it came time to take my blood pressure, 
it read 208/114.

Normal is 120/80....so in other words I was basically at stroke level.

During this time, I wasn't feeling bad...
I was feeling more like I was in a foggy zone, 
like I could have slept for days.

I wasn't experiencing a headache, and
I wasn't experiencing any nausea....
I was just feeling very fatigued.

Since I wasn't currently experiencing any symptoms there in the room, 
I didn't take the offer of my doctor calling an 
ambulance for me to go to the hospital.
Instead...I checked out and went back to work.

Several hours later, I decided to stop by our local grocery store,
and recheck my blood pressure at the pharmacy to see if anything had changed.



Hardly any change at all.

With plans to lay down, I headed home, spoke to my hubs and
headed off to cozy myself up in my bed.

Right then it was decided that I might should go to the emergency room.

The nurses got me right in, plugged me, and 
did an EKG on me.

Thankfully, I didn't have a stroke...and everything looked fine.

Unfortunately, I wasn't out of the woods at that point.

After some waiting, they got me in to a room and started 
taking my blood pressure every 30 minutes or so.

It still was reading high...

205 over something high {I saw so many readings, I kind of lost track}

With an Xray and some blood work, everything came back normal.
No clots, my heart, lungs and everything looked fine.

My hubs was of course with me the whole time, and 
my mom Tami came and stayed as well...which I was thankful for.

After several hours and doses of medicine through an IV, 
my blood pressure got below 180....and we were able to go home.

We still are uncertain as to why it spiked so high, and what is going on with the
chest pains I've been experiencing.

I am hoping to get in with a primary care physician {I'm making my appointment tomorrow}
to get some information on what's going on,  and from there if doctors feel I should, 
I will be seeing a Cardiologist.

So, as of today....

I'm tracking my blood pressure everyday...


I'm drinking my water with lemon {out of my Copco cup, of course!}...




and I'm walking whether my hubs goes or not around our neighborhood.

Tonight, my love went with me along with the two puppies....and I really enjoyed it.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

7 / 52: Time

{via}


A million and one minutes have passed...
but countless minutes ahead.

Confession.

I have a confession.

I'm sure it's completely normal...

and a little bit silly,

but I thought I'd share.

Tomorrow is my very first appointment with my new women's doctor.

{sigh}

Just thinking about it, I get a huge ball of butterflies...

Why? I don't know.

I have a bad habit of thinking the worst in all things.

All the symptoms I have had...

create all those far fetched what ifs that send my brain in to a panic.

And when I say I have a huge ball of butterflies in my stomach...

I totally mean it,

because all those butterflies almost caused me to cancel 

my appointment and reschedule for a much later date.

But then my co-workers friends told me
how much I needed to go....

to put my mind at ease.

So from blog friend to blog friend....

please say a little prayer...

because at 10am central time

I will be there.

{sigh} 

{via}

Monday, April 25, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters 

1. The wind began to switch...the house began to pitch.... 
Weather has been crazy lately here in Tennessee. 
It's kind of scary. 




2. I love this tree.
Our back yard is coming along. I have planted several
shrubs, trees...and some monkey grass.
My favorite however is this huge tree we have. 
I got a hanging plant this past weekend, 
and I love how it looks.


3. A baby squirrel. 
Cute, isn't it?
Amazing what you'll find in a
bank's drive thru.


4. Painting. 
I love that I am making time to sit
down and paint! Pictures to come :) 


  
Happy Monday, friends! 


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday Morning Scene

Even though there's not a link up with Katie...
I'm still gonna go ahead and do the usual
{I'm such a creature of habit}


Saturday Morning Scene

I had such a fun day today!

With a few garage sales, and a few pit stops 
{at Lowe's and Wal Mart},
the majority of it was spent at a Dog Park
that is in town.

On nice days, there is usually a decent amount
of dogs that come out to play.

Buck seemed to have a great time running
around like a mad man dog.



 I can't remember this little guy's name but he was so
full of life!
At one point he decided to take a little mud bath...

 And sweet Lily cooling down in the dirt...

My sweet Buck...


Maybe, just maybe...my next few posts will be other
than the subject of Kaci and/or Buck dogs...




Make that Cake Batter with Fruity Pebbles, Please!

The weather is amazing here in Tennessee...

and there's nothing quite like beautiful sunshine

and some yummy soft serve yogurt.

There's a place in town called Sweet Cece's...

where they have various flavors of yogurt and toppings.


My choice?
Cake Batter with a splash of Fruity Pebbles, please.


13 Years

A while back my love and I stopped by my mom's grave.

I have to admit it's a place I don't visit too often.

But when we did go...

I snapped a few photos.






Today marks the 13th year of my mom's passing.

13 years...but not a minute missed.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sharing...

I have loved this song since the first time I heard it....

It's one of those that after a stressful day, or a day that's full of doubt and worry...

listening to it calms them all down...

and when it's all done, you know no matter what....everything will be okay.



I hope that if you have had a bad day, or if you're struggling with something...

that this song will do for you exactly what it does for me!

Happy Weekend, Friends!

Frustrations.

What a day.

I'm frustrated right now.

I'm frustrated because we goofed up. Apparently, I hate goofing up, because when I realize we goof up, that's all I think about, and it gets to me.

I know I shouldn't because we're only human, but I still do.

When I begged my hubs for a puppy, I thought I had everything planned out.

I thought I knew the basics, and the parts of training a pet that I wanted to bend, well that would be okay...because our pet would be totally fine and obedient, no worries.

I instantly fell in love with our Kaci. I practically treated her like our baby {and I still do...remember, I'm that crazy dog lady}.


She went everywhere we did...everywhere I did for that matter, even to work with me everyday, which in that aspect, my boss was a Saint for allowing that.


I thought getting her socially adapted would override everything else...such as not crating her, allowing her on the furniture...allowing her to sleep with the hubs and I every night.

But I was wrong...we were wrong.

Because of that, our furniture looks worn {it's only 2.5 years old}...I'm constantly having to wash our sheets because of the shedding...and seriously as I type...it kind of grosses me out all that dog hair, and it's all been because of  the love we have for a pet.

Then one bright, sunny day...while browsing breeders online...I find an adorable male puppy of the same kind as Kaci.....a 7 week old American Eskie.



Not even thinking that my hubs would be interested, we decide to check out this adorable guy {and his siblings} which in turn ends in an addition to our family of 3.




It's not that I regret having our two fur babies....I don't at all.

I regret in the fact that we didn't do what we should have in preparing ourselves for the outcome.

If I would have known we would have had two pets, we probably would have leaned more to getting "gently used" furniture...rather than brand new. We would have looked into having outside dogs rather than permanent inside dogs, and so much more.




Right now, we have the issue of our "pretty much still new living room furniture" being ruined because of the choices we made in training our dogs.



We have several options:

  • Start crate training them, but I know that would be a pain considering how old Kaci is already {almost two, and Buck is almost one} but I do think it's worth it.
  • Buy new seat cushions from Rooms to Go {where we got the furniture} which is 50 bucks a pop...and needing five of them, well doing the math...that's 250 bucks not counting tax.
  • Find a slip cover which will be pretty pricey considering the sizes of this furniture...they're pretty big.
  • Or check Craigslist and sites like that for a used set of couches.

Those are the options that I have thought up.

Either way, we have to think about what will end the chewing that these two puppies Buck tends to do....

because we're getting really tired of dishing out the dollars.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I Love....

...making my husband smile.

Every day, I wake up...and try my best to bring a smile to his face.

Whether it's putting some pop-tarts in the toaster....

laying his boxers and socks out...

or writing him a quick note on a paper plate from my lunch time...


It's my mission that I try to achieve.

And yea...

I do sign our puppies names to everything.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Randoms


  • We had some severe storms last night that kept me tossing and turning for quite awhile. Once my love gets home, this girls going to bed!
  • I really want to brag on my hubs right now....but I promised him I wouldn't when I found out this wonderful news. Just a hint : Work + Husband = Recognition 
  • I deactivated my Facebook. It has been something I have been debating on doing, and finally today...I did it. There's too much drama, gossip...you name it, it's on there...and I'm first to admit I was guilty of every bit of it...well, I won't say every bit of it, because some of that stuff on there, I couldn't imagine doing. Hopefully you see where I'm going with this.

    • My lovey told me for our vacation this year we will be going on a Cruise!! I am so excited! Last year we had a blast
    • A while back I mentioned how I wanted to find a woman's doctor that I could really feel comfortable and at ease with. One that I could stick with when we decide to have a baby. Well, with some high recommendations from several people, I made an appointment with a doctor for the 25th of this month. Hopefully everything goes smoothly.
    • Yesterday, I watched my recording of Sunday's episode of Coming Home. I had my box of Kleenex's ready, and believe me...I used them!!
    • Tonight, for the first time ever....I left Hobby Lobby empty handed. My love would be proud.
    • I mentioned a couple posts back about the neighbors behind us apparently setting their yard on fire. I don't know what it is, but the few issues we have had while living in this home...our fence is involved. I don't even want to think about what could have happened if the fire would have kept going. Thank you, Lord it stopped.
    • When I got home tonight...I found this on the kitchen floor.
     
    Some body's gonna be poopin' out a pen....

    Poor bird.

    Wee Bit Wednesday



    {one} how often do you do laundry?
    Way too much! It seems I'm always in our 
    laundry room way more than I'd like to be. 

    {two} what is your favorite type of cookie?
    I love Girl Scouts Mint Chocolate Chip

    {three} what would you do with an extra $2000 per month?
    Hire someone to clean my house, and put towards the hub's 
    truck.

    {four} what was/is your favorite subject in school?
    Art :)

    {five} have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon?
    No...but I do think it would be fun!

    {six} what was your high school mascot?
    Mt. Juliet Bears

    {seven} if you had the chance to go into space, would you?
    I don't think so.

    {eight} how often do you go dancing?
    Just about never.

    {nine} would you rather drive or fly?
    I am flying for the first time this coming May...
    I'll tell you then! :)

    {ten} have you ever been caught re-gifting?
    No… I don’t think I’ve actually ever re-gifted.

    Tuesday, April 19, 2011

    Almost Wordless Wednesday



    When one can't mow.....

    This is from my phone when I peaked over the fence

    Singe!

    Story to come later...
    as in this evening.

    {yawn}

    Ps. This isn't our yard.

    Pps. This isn't our crazy oil neighbor. (surprisingly)


    Quote Love

     

    I love this quote.
    I love this quote so much...

    that I want to take it,
    paint it on a big white canvas...

    and hang it in my house.

    And not to mention...

    share it with you fine folks.

    Monday, April 18, 2011

    Miscellany Monday

    Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters
    {via}



    1. Giving in to Temptation. I goofed. I goofed big time. I would like to
    say it was all worth it, but I don't think I can. I mean
    Sonics Mozzarella cheese sticks with a Dr. Pepper..
    that ain't that bad. 
    Right? Who am I kidding.



     2. FxCamera. I really do love this app on my phone.
     I took this while lounging in the bed. 
    I'm a goofy girl.



    3. Fancy drinks. This looks like it would be loaded with alcohol.
    And by the looks of the picture, it looks like I'd be in a drunken
    state by all the glasses. 
    Berry Lemonade - Alcohol free. Yum.

    3. Scary foot. I found this on my phone earlier today.
    I don't really know when it was taken, but it's kind of wicked.
    And my foot looks even wicked-er
     

    That's all I got for Miscellany Monday! 

    Love and hugs!

    6 / 52: Red

    {topics}

    Non stop phone calls at work.

    Sunday, April 17, 2011

    Getting to Know You

    {via}



    1. what's something you've eaten and liked, but didn't think you would?
    Layered salad. I hate peas...but of course in the salad,
    that's the majority of it. Guess everything else in there
    makes it better!

    2. plastic surgery..yay or nay?
    Each to their own....I know I'd like to remove
    some of my tata's as soon as we're done
    with babies!

    3. 2 things you love about spring are.....?
    warm sunshine...and the beautiful flowers

    4. when's the last time you went on a picnic?
    Not one lately. That may have to be a weekend
    must do with my love sometime soon!

    5. what's your favorite app?
    FxCamera on my Droid.

    6. who does the grocery shopping in your house?
    I do...but my hubs is starting to attend more so lately.
    I haven't fully decided if I like that or not. ; )

    7. would you rather take a spin class or zumba?
    I would love to take a Zumba class...but haven't yet.

    8. how often do you go out to dinner?
    Way too much it seems...but I will say very rarely 
    during the week. However, either Friday or Saturday night we 
    tend to grab dinner, and sometimes on Sunday morning we'll wake up
    and eat breakfast somewhere.

    Their Life


    After bath time...

    with a bone in the bed....

    they lead such a hard life.



    What have we created.

    Saturday, April 16, 2011

    When I'm Itching for a Change...

    So I gotta share with you something I find easy, somewhat entertaining...and cures all my itching for change.

    It's kind of like loving to rearrange your furniture....

    seeing the endless possibilities and looks for your room.

    It's the same concept I have towards my blog.

    When I'm itching for a new look....I change the look of my blog.

    You have probably seen that I will change the pattern or design on here like over night.

    Well...luckily it's all free and I don't pay a dime so the hub's isn't asking why I'm buying these layouts and only using them for a week or so.

    If you head on over to Yummy Lolly...she's affiliated with Suck my Lolly designs.




    She has listed a free template {under her design gallery} called BYO
    background.

    She even lists the directions step by step with little pictures to see in reference {for people who are visual...like me!}.

    I have found numerous patterns and designs throughout her recommended sites...and even through my own research.

    But in honesty...she has listed the best sites already in my opinion.
     So don't think I'm wacko or even kind of crazy being so indecisive...

    I just find it kinda fun...

    Saturday Morning Scene

    Good morning, friends!

    I'm linking up with Katie for Saturday Morning Scene....

    a fun way to get the day started!



    Saturday Morning Scene


    As you can see, when I eat my Brown Sugar Pop tarts...
    I'm not one for the edges. 

    {Wasteful, I know}


    One of my lovely customers gave me this "recipe" to make for my 
    hubby and myself.

    It is an at home remedy for nose spray.

    I'm thinking I might try and mix some up...


    Hope everyone has a wonderful day!