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Megan Marie [19 Mar 2009|06:52pm]
Annnnnnd a picture of my niece:

Isn't she tiny??
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Best Day! [17 Mar 2009|09:07pm]
Today... I drove to Orlando to take my pharmacy tech test... I was terrified about it.. and kept checking and re-checking answers because I was sure when I hit submit test it was going to come back as "fail" buuuut I passed!!!!!

Theeen I got Backyard Burger.. which.. I never get... because the closest one to here is Orlando...

And theeen while I was napping... my mom called to tell me that my sister had her baby this afternoon!!!  One month before her scheduled birthday (to the day!  She was scheduled to be born April 17th!) Megan Marie was born!!  She weighs 4 lbs 11 ounces and she's breathing on her own.. she just couldn't wait to be born... my sister was at school when she went into labor... but she waited until the end of the day to go to the hospital... buuut... I have a niece!!!!  Now I just need to finish her blanket.. and the billions of socks that are no where near ready for her!
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[10 Mar 2009|11:43am]
[ mood | frustrated ]

Loki just got attacked by a large dog..

We were taking our morning walk when this woman come along with this largeish brown dog.. and she dropped its leash!!  The dog came running after Loki and tried to latch onto his throat.. I tried to get in between them.. and eventually she got hold of it again.. but then he got free of his collar and came after us again.  I ended up yanking Loki up by his collar and the dog kept coming after us.. it was ridiculous!  If you can't control a large dog you shouldn't own one.

Loki seems okay.  He was really shaken up at first but now he's running around.. I huge scratches on my leg and I'm not really sure where they came from.  I didn't notice them until awhile after.

But ARGH!!!

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[06 Feb 2009|07:49am]
We celebrated Loki's first birthday (January 29th!) over the course of 2 days last week... with biscuits and Frosty Paws... and presents!!!  Thursday was his real birthday, so we had a "family" party... but on Friday we invited all the dogs in the neighborhood for a playdate.  It was hysterical...

Pictures!Collapse )

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[25 Jan 2009|07:05am]
The next time I say... Hey I live right across the street from the Daytona 500 racetrack that's great!!  Remind me of tonight.  When there's a 24 hour race.  So for 24 hours all I hear inside my apartment is cars speeding around the track.. the vrrrrrRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrRrrrrrrrrrrrRRRRRrrrr....... Can you tell how much sleep I've gotten?

At least there's a big giant blimp circling overhead?
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[04 Dec 2008|09:03pm]
Future new baby is.......... a niece!!!!!!!!!!!  She's having a girl!  I'm so excited... now I need to go buy lots of pink and purple and girly things... :oP
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[15 Aug 2008|08:36pm]
Last night, I found a Dingo bone (small rawhide {*shudder* I hate rawhide, swore Loki wouldn't have the stuff, but he loves it and came to me with some and my mom buys them for him} bone with meat wrapped in it) under my pillow.  All I can think of is he's making little offerings to me.. as he has his own bed to keep things in.. in fact, he stores all his toys and his current chewing bones, or he wanted one close by in case he got hungry in the middle of the night.
But the last thing you want to close your hand around in the middle of the night is a half chewed piece of rawhide.
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[05 Aug 2008|06:29pm]
Loki finally has a name!! Now.. we just have to go to the vet..
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[01 Aug 2008|10:01pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Loki is nuts... I guess I should have known better when I was naming my puppy after the Norse god of mischief.. but.. there you go.  In the past two weeks he's destroyed a lot of paper products.  He's smart.. which is entertaining, but a pain when it comes to trying to keep him out of trouble.  I'm signing us up for obedience classes in September.. I need to look into what level he needs to be at, because we've already covered all the basics.

I had an MRI last week and they found that I have muscle spasms in my neck.. so now it's off to a chiropractor.. buut it could be an answer for my migraines which would mean instead of upping my meds every time I go in, I could be reducing them.. which would be wonderful.  Although, it's sad that I'm really happy to be upped this time, because it means I get to take one pill a day instead of three.

Now.. Loki wants to play..  he keeps shoving his ball in my lap.. :oP

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[18 Jul 2008|06:52pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Loki's hoooome!!!

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[15 Jul 2008|07:51pm]
Loki comes home in 2 days!
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[08 Jul 2008|11:04pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

I'm in Hilton Head right now.. it's nice to be at the beach, although it's killing me because being here is why I have to wait so long to get Loki home. As of tomorrow though, it will only be 8 days until he comes home with me.. fully taken care of and everything. I just hope he and Pip get along alright...

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[02 Jul 2008|06:32am]
I need to sit down and write about the park we went to yesterday (it was amazing) but I will once I get the photos uploaded.

My family's here.. and Ben has gotten soooo big! He's moving around a lot more now, and he's definitely gotten a lot more demanding :oP But he's adorable

The biggest news is that as of yesterday, I'm officially getting a PUPPY!... :o) I've been watching the breeder I'd selected for chis for awhile, and this puppy finally came up on the older puppies page for a price I could swing.. and he's adooorable. I wanted an older puppy because since I work 3 days a week, he'd be better able to withstand it (even though I'll have someone check on him) and he's house trained. Anyway.. he's a long haired chihuahua.. he looks kind of like Te only he's blue and white instead of black. He's about 5 months old right now, and he's going to weigh 6 pounds when he's full grown.

We're leaving on vacation next week, so he won't be coming home until the 17th. During that time though, his current owner (the woman who owns his mom - he doesn't live with the breeder) is getting him neutered for me. I'm soooo excited and I can't wait to get him home!

This is the photo of him from the breeder's webpage.. I'm sure there will be plenty more when I get him home:

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[19 Jun 2008|06:59pm]
[ mood | tired ]

So.. while I was at work yesterday I started feeling a little lightheaded, and the next thing I knew I had passed out. It's great fun when you pass out at work and they call in the paramedics (not). They found my blood pressure was a little high and my blood sugar was kinda low, but there was no real reason for why I had passed out. I tried to work a little longer but one of the other techs took me home and then my parents drove up to take me to the doctor who sent me to the ER, where they ran a ridiculous amount of tests just to tell me that I'm normal, they have no idea why I had what they call a "common faint.. Argh!!!!!

I don't know if it's because my neurologist upped my Topamax at my appointment Tuesday but I have yet another appointment with him to follow up next week so I guess we'll see...

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[30 May 2008|12:05am]
[ mood | happy ]

This week has been nothing short of wonderful.. Becca's here and we've been doing all the touristy things - Epcot and Magic Kingdom and all those fun things... it's been greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeat!

But today I had the weirdest experience.

We went on this ghost tour in Orlando where the first half is a standard walking tour and on the second part you get to go into a building and use their meter things to 'test' for activity.  We went into the building (what used to be the courthouse) and in the first room - the trial room - I started getting readings right away.  The lights kept going off and following me and I was feeling lightheaded.. which was weird.. and the guide said sometimes the ghost attaches herself to one person, so it was normal.

We moved into the hallway and I started feeling really reeaally sad...to the point where when we got into the last room I was on the verge of tears.  It was awful!  But shortly after we'd been in the room, the lights on my meter started going nuts again.  The strangest thing was I was feeling really euphoric by this point.  Like.. all I wanted to do was run around the room and play.  Apparently, the ghost in the room is a little girl named Emily... and our guide brought out stuffed animals for us to play with her... when I sat down and started playing with them (he told us to make them dance, but I started putting the bears together because I thought it had to be boring for her just to watch them dance) my meter started going nuts.. at one point the lights blinked on and off which he said meant that she was drawing energy from the batteries?  It was weird... weirdest being the way I was feeling in there.. honestly I felt like I was a kid and I wanted to run around the room and play hide and seek... it was kind of ridiculous...

It was really kind of cool... aside from the overwhelming tears at the beginning, the laughter toward the end was amazing... although I guess disorienting.  I can't remember the lights being off.. though Becca tells me they were off through our entire time in the room (I swear it was lit up in there while we were playing)...  It was a great experience..

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[23 May 2008|10:07pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Becca arrives in less than 18 hours and I'm sooooooooooooooooooooo excited!!!!!

But... I did get sent home from work today, which is not so exciting.  About an hour into my shift I started feeling a little wonky, but I ignored it.  A little while later I was talking to one of the pharmacists when my vision suddenly started getting foggy and I was a little disorientated.. and then black spots were everywhere and I had mostly tunnel vision.. at which point the pharmacist I was talking to made me sit down - I guess I went really pale.  I sat down for a minute.. and one of the other techs got orange juice (I tend toward super low blood sugar, and the medication I'm on for migraines makes me eat less than I probably should.. so I guess this is something I need to be really careful about), and I thought I would be okay, but I continued toward really dizzy/nauseated/hazy vision with a minor headache thrown in.  So they sent me home.. with our OTC manager following behind me to make sure I made the trip okay.

About five minutes after I walked in the door I got slammed by a massive headache.  So I took some meds and spent the rest of the afternoon on the futon.

I'm still a little dizzy with a minor headache but I'm feeling better than I was before at least.  I'm a little nervous because I don't have another appointment with my neurologist until June 17th, and if this is a sign of what headaches are going to be like from here on out.. I'm not sure if there's something else I need to be doing....

But... until then.... I'm just going to be happy that for the next week I have a visitor :o) And I'm going to Disney! Annnnnnd that I get to see Becca for the first time in foreeeever!  

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[17 May 2008|09:24pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

Today at work... I was inputing someone's prescription and there was a huge crash.. and I looked up and saw Ami looking confused standing next to the box that the order came in, so I assumed the box had fallen over and went back to my screen.  When I finished, I looked up again and actually studied the soggy mess on the floor and asked what happened.  Apparently, the ceiling tile collapsed... we spent the rest of the afternoon with water pouring in through the ceiling :oP

It was craaazy today... it seemed like everyone needed something, but I think I learned a lot.  It was slow enough that I could take the time to go through things as we did them instead of passing them off (not that there was anyone to pass them off to today).

I went home for a few days to get some photographs of the buffalo before they move them.  For awhile they've been on "display" (in publicly accessible paddocks) in The Villages, but because of increased interest and people stupidity (claiming injury from aggression when they rush the fence for carrots) they're being moved soon.  I got some great shots of the adults... and some adorable of the 3 week old babies that they've had (after the cut in a minute :o) )

Tomorrow I'm deep cleaning the apartment and trying to find a home for all the stuff I haven't put away yet... Becca arrives in Daytona Beach a week from today!!!!  We're going to Disney!!

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[06 May 2008|10:37pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Today I had my first "neurologist" appointment... in quotes because in actuality, I didn't met with the neurologist at all.  I was processed in by a nurse and then seen by the Physician's Assistant who talked to me for a little bit about the symptoms that I've been experiencing and what I've been doing up until this point to deal with them.

I have to go back again next month to meet with the actual neurologist, but in the meantime they're weaning me onto Topamax, which is anticonvulsant.. essentially it's a seizure medication that's been approved for use to help with migraine prevention.  While anything that a) recommends the use of a medic alert bracelet, b) states that sudden discontinued use could spark seizures even without a history of them, and c) must be gradually started is a little frightening... I'm hopeful that maybe this will mark an end to the crazy headaches I've been having, or a least a smaller number of them.

I've taken my first half dose.. and so far no adverse affects.  At least not that I can tell... I'm not sure if my faint dizziness is a mark of the medication or a holdover from my earlier migraine.  The laundry list of side effects is almost more frightening than the migraines themselves, but my fingers are crossed.

Although I've got to say... medication, especially medication that has no generic, is ridiculously expensive.

Annnnnnnnnnd Wendy I SWEAR I'm sending a packed to you and Ben tomorrow... :oP Only about a month late....

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[25 Apr 2008|09:44pm]
[ mood | nervous ]

For a long time I've been dealing with headaches... but in the past year things have gone from bad to worse.  Lately, I've been having headaches that last up to three days and even the shorter ones (like 8 hours) leave me curled up in bed with a a variety of other symptoms.  I went into urgent care last month and aside from being given a narcotic and something to help with the nausea, I wasn't given anything else, no explanation, and the vicodin did little to lessen the effects of my headaches.

I finally made it in today for a follow up with a regular doctor.  While it was nice because I finally got a tentative diagnosis of migraines with aura and a bag full of samples of a medication strictly for treating migraines, I'm still a little nervous, because I have to go in next week for bloodwork and a CT scan of my brain to make sure there's nothing else wrong that could be causing my headaches...


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[28 Feb 2008|06:55pm]

One of my Sox Stix needles broke this morning while I was knitting before my piano playing mid-term.. which makes me sad.. I absolutely loove these needles but can't complete the sock I'm working on with just 3 needles.. and I can't afford to buy a new set right now..

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