Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
the ER my doc prescribes me an antibiotic and I start taking it,
wishing and hoping to feel better before the multitude of studying
piles up. In fact, I did get better. One week into my 14 day antibiotic
treatment I was feeling 100% better, no more sinus infection.
On that day, I was at work, carrying on with my duties when I starting itching pretty consistently. I had just taken a patient upstairs who was, well let's
say, lacking in personal hygiene. So I chalked the itching up to
that, washed my hands really well, and got busy working. A few hours
later I noticed red spots popping up all over me: my arms, my legs, my
stomach, my neck. And they itched like crazy!
Not wanting to scare my patients I asked to go home early. There’s something
about your care giver having red spots all over her body that just doesn't
send that comforting feeling. So I went home with prescriptions for
steroids and antihistamines in hand. I kept taking my antibiotic.
A few days later I still have the spots, I'm distracted at school, I
can't sleep at night, they were driving me crazy! And the medicine
prescribed for the spots made me sick so I wasn't taking that anymore.
I was still taking my antibiotic.
I called my mother one day walking home from school. I mentioned the
fact that I had spots and they weren't going away. I also mentioned
that I was taking an antibiotic for my sinus infection and that I have
been taking it for a week. Mom replies by telling me that of
course it is the antibiotic and that none of us kids have ever been able to finish
an antibiotic without some sort of reaction.
Apparently, this is the first antibiotic that I have had to take in my
entire adult life. So, all of that to say: listen to your mom. Ask your
mom. She probably knows your body better than any doctor around, and maybe even better than you!
Aren't mom's great?
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
- If you whisper, people get very quiet.
- If you whisper, people get closer to hear you.
- If you whisper, people whisper back to you! (even the cashier at 7-11)haha
- Men don’t mind long periods of silence (in fact, I think my guys are rather enjoying this!)
- It is slightly difficult to teach new math concepts with no voice
- It’s next to impossible to talk on the phone (NEXT to impossible, but not IMpossible)
- A lot of things don’t need saying at all….hmmmm
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
· You don't really feel you're on a "diet"
· You’re not restricted on what you can and can't eat
· It’s really a lifestyle eating change
· It mostly focuses on portion control
· It works!
My husband and I have been eating this way together for the last two years. We are amazed at how much we used to eat and how little we actually need to feel full now.
If you've been thinking about starting a weight loss program this is one to consider.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Camping actually begins with a food-planning lunch the week before we leave, and the making (and testing) of a LARGE amount of trail mix.
This was our first time to camp at Lake Skiatook. It's a beautiful lake, only about 1-1/2 hours from our house with a beautiful drive along Highway 33. If you ever go, check out campsite #53 at Twin Pointe. It's a great corner site with plenty of tent room....and it will never be the same :)
All the grands! Many hours of fun spent at the park. Uncle Kody and Uncle Jacob took them to play many times!
Watching for mermaids. Lily was convinced they were in the lake.
Throwing rocks at the mermaids? Oh, and notice the shoes. Perfect for a princess on a campout!
Our kids love games. A few games of cards and dominoes.....until it was time to eat again!
Grandpa showing off his campfire making skills.
Drinking coffee (and hot chocolate and apple cider) around the fire. It was pretty cool on Saturday morning.
Gotta have that flavored creamer with our coffee....even on a campout!
One of our camping favorites....biscuits on a stick.
Camping as a family is a great time of focus. No outside interruptions, plenty of campfire talks when the kids are asleep, lots of playing time, great food, reading and napping.
Does your family camp?
Monday, October 20, 2008
Communism is the form of government that embodies socialism. It's the forcing of those socialist thoughts on the people.
As kids, we saw it at work. There was an Iron Curtain. On the other side of that "curtain" people lived in fear of their lives unless they obeyed the mandates of their government. If they tried to leave, they were shot. Christians had to live in obscurity. We heard all about it. The people had the jobs their government chose for them. There was no incentive to work harder....everyone made the same amount of money. It was a sad existence for those people. And we always saw it on their faces during the Olympics. We teased that if the Soviets and East Germans didn't win gold, they would be sent to Siberia. But it really wasn't a joke. Their government owned them. And we were sad for them, but happy that we lived in a free nation, the USA.
We got a tiny taste of that during this past Olympics. Our newscasts softened the hard-edge of Communist/Socialist control of China, but it was there and not pretty.
For many years we have seen some of these same ideals creep into our own American government. The government wants to tell you where to go to the doctor, wants to take almost ½ of your income to spend on things you would never agree to. They want to take more money from corporations and job providers and give it to people who don't have as much. And then prices escalate and guess who gets to pay more? You. And me. They have put limits on how much money you can save and then choose where they want to invest your money. They want your money to go to someone who can't pay his own bills. It's pure socialistic thought and process.
Are we really aware? Or are we the frog in the soup pot and don't even know the temperature is getting hot until it's too late?
We still vote people into office to represent us in law and policy making. Do you know who is making those choices for you?
Friday, October 17, 2008
Last year, Jon was in Iraq, and Abbi wasn't yet a part of our family.
Read about last year's trip here and here.
It looks to be great weather. And even if it's not it will be a GREAT time!
Have any special Fall Break weekend plans?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
"...sin is not wrong doing, it is wrong being, deliberate and emphatic independence of God."
Now, this may not be any new information for you, but it has been great help in explaining some things to my boys this week, and has brought some renewed clarity in my thinking.
It's not about what we do or don't do; it's about where we stand.
This distinction helps me to know that I don't teach my boys to focus on staying away from pornography, drugs, alcohol, swearing, deceit, sexual promiscuity, etc., although we do talk about those things.
Instead, it reminds me to focus their attention on the connection they have with God. On the relationship that is severed by sin. The choice of deliberate independence of God and the resulting consequences.
In the past, I think I directed my kid's focus too much on what not to do, rather than on having a relationship with a loving, living Christ.
I hope this truth will bring the same clarity to your own thoughts!
Do you read "My Utmost for His Highest"?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
After busting our humps (and lumps!) for another week, Erin and I are starting to feed off each other’s energy and enthusiasm. I am convinced that having a compatible workout buddy is the secret to fitness success. Use the steps below to find a buddy that’s perfect for you.
Steps to Finding a Good Workout Buddy
1. Choose Someone with a Comparable Schedule
Obviously, if one of you has a 9-5 job and the other is on the night shift, scheduling workouts will be difficult at best. Find someone with a similar schedule so you can get together on a regular basis. You might even be able to share a babysitter if you both have children!
2. Choose Someone with Similar Goals
If one of you wants to train for a marathon, and the other wants to lose weight and build muscle, your workouts will be very different. Find someone with goals that match your own. It’s much easier to encourage and motivate your buddy when you are working towards a common goal.
3. Choose Someone Who’s in Better Shape Than You
Working out with someone who is a step or two ahead of you pushes you to work harder, rather than slack off or make excuses. They’ve chartered the course and know firsthand how hard it can be to reach goals. Their support and encouragement will help you strive further than you would on your own.
4. Choose Someone You Respect and Trust
Sometimes getting in shape requires tough love. You need to be able to ask questions and feel vulnerable with your buddy if you want to reach big goals. It’s important to choose a workout partner who can honestly (but gently!) point out areas that could use improvement. It’s crucial that you respect your buddy enough to listen to their advice without getting defensive or hurt.
Monday, October 13, 2008
no internet until after noon
major headache for me
the power supply to my lap-top quit working
we bought a new power supply
we got Kody a cell phone (he turns 16 on 10/28)
Anna was mentioned at www.perrynoble.com!
tacos for dinner
Ali does my hair tomorrow!
Life is good!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
But it's just time to come clean about something.
There is a nasty little thing that Mimi Meadows has cursed the future generations with. This addiction, if found in the genes of one of the Meadows, will take over and consume many a moment. (And I know Mimi Meadows just doesn't want us to air our dirty laundry on this blog - I mean I had to hack into the system to even get this little story posted. So please read this as fast as you can and tell everyone to get over here quick before she deletes this very important cry for help.) Ok, here it is . . . this bothers me to even say it because yes, I am a partaker in and carrier of the curse as well.
We are a family of . . . hold your breath . . . nail biters. There. I've said it. I feel better now. We have tried many conventional and unconventional techniques in trying to break this disgraceful little habit. Many a triumph has occurred for periods of time only to fall off the wagon and right back into the nibbling addiction. I am happy to say that personally I have been doing quite well and only pick at my cuticles now and then and only bite when a nail "needs it" if you know what I mean. Oh, and only if I've washed my hands recently, because over all, that's really the worst of it, the germy nature of this habit . . . eww!! Now if you were to take a look at Mimi Meadows' nails you would see those poor things just chewed down to the nub . . . it is quite a problem.
Recently I've become aware of the ghastly horror that my children are now nail biters. At first I thought, "Oh they've played outside a lot that's why the weekly nail clipping has not been necessary. Or maybe they're just not growing as fast since they've gotten older." But no, I have now caught them in the act of gnawing unmercifully on those unfortunate little protectors-of-fingertips. Just the other day one of my little guys said his toe was hurting. When asked for the cause of this pain he answered that he had been biting his toenail and hurt it in the act! Horror of Horrors!!! What do I do?
Do you have any help for breaking this chewing curse?
Friday, October 10, 2008
Start now, you can still save your spine!
This week I did my clinical rotation in a cath lab. A cath lab that also does a lot of interventional radiology, spinal stimulation and kyphoplasty.
Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves insertion of a balloon into your spine and then cementing portions of your vertebra together, a very cool procedure to watch, but trust me, you don't want to have it done if you don't have to!
The spine is one of the most important parts of your body. It hold you up, supports you, lets you go about your daily business. How do you treat it?
Think of your spine as a wife, to you, the husband (work with me here). She helps you, is always there with you, reminds you when you're getting tired ;) But, if you treat her poorly for years and years, she's gonna give up on you. So I'm writing to keep you off of the surgical table and help you restore your relationship with your spine.
This happens more commonly in women, because we already have trouble with bone density as we age. But whatever age you are it's never too early to start these practices to keep your spine healthy as you get older
1. Your mom has told you since you were little. Listen to her! Sit up straight! We often slouch over when we are at work or school and guess what, over time it sticks that way!
2. Lifting wrong is the fastest way to mess up your spine. I'm guilty of it too. There is no one around and I just need to move this very large item a few feet. DON'T DO IT! Get some help! Even if you are lifting light things in the wrong way you can damage your spine. So be careful and always be cautious of the alignment of your spine.
3. Build up your bone. Ladies, our bones are degenerating. Let's do something about it before it's too late! Older women may need to take a calcium supplement to maintain their bone density. Younger women start with drinking a glass of milk or adding calcium fortified products in your daily diet. You will be thankful for this later!
It is important to invest in your relationship with your spine now. If you take care of her, she will be with you for the rest of your life.
What other techniques do you use for spine health?
How many of you are already experiencing back pain?
Thursday, October 09, 2008
It's this girl's birthday today! Hop on over and leave her a message. :)
This girl is starting her own business.
Ali (Meadows) Ruhman brings her 6 years of experience as a stylist to:
Sherri & Company
109 South Broadway
Call for an appointment: (405)808-4256 or (405)340-6135
She keeps us all looking good!
When's the last time you had a new hair style?
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Mental Health Nursing by Karen Lee Fontaine. They are really exciting although I don't think I would recommend themfor light reading. They weigh about 8 lbs each.
I am reading: Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 7th Edition by Daniel C. Harris,and Physics Demystified by Stan Gibilisco and Kaplan MCAT 2008-2009.
This is a fiction novel based on the true story of, you guessed it - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's sister. It is actually a very interesting read that has led me into further research to see how accurate it is in its portrayal of the barely-mentioned Mozart girl. She did a good job of making the story entertaining while giving a close-to-accurate account (with as little information as there is to draw from) while also teaching a fair amount of historical significance. It is unfortunately rated "R" for one "scene" in the book.
Love in the House by Chris and Wendy Jeub
This is a non-fiction book about the true story of a christian homeschooling family of 15 kids who were featured on a reality show on TLC about large families. I can closely relate to this book for obvious reasons, and while there are some things in the book that for now God is not calling our family in, I respect them for being so passionate about the way they believe. It has given me some things to think about and can help any family large or small.
For my Early Childhood Education graduate course, I am currently reading Pianta & Cox's "School Readiness & the Transition to Kindergarten in the Era of Accountability" (sounds fascinating, huh?). Although the style of writing is similar to 'legalese' and often hard to follow, the content is quite interesting (and good for a heated debate!). The book discusses the strict standards and assessments that now face early childhood education in settings such as public schools and Head Start programs. Children as young as 3 are affected by federal mandates requiring testing and assessment, upon which efficacy of school programs is judged and funding is subsequently based. All this talk of governmental requirements makes me wonder: 'What happened to the days when a kid could be a kid?!'
Are you an avid reader?
What do you have open right now?
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Words and attitudes escalated to the point that it was just easier to bring Principal Meadows in to help work things out. Besides, he was still home.
Principal Meadows sat down at the table with both boys, one, with a smirk on his face and the other, visibly frustrated. This is what I overheard:
"Right now you are in competition with one another. But one of these days, I think there will come a time where you will fight for and take up for one another. It's not there right now, because everything is "what can I get over you" ? That will change over time, because I hope you'll see that isn't worthwhile. When you learn to prefer each other, that's what will make the difference. When you know that you love each other enough to sacrifice for the other and learn that not everything is about you; that you're not centered on yourself. Like Jesus was---He wanted what was best for everyone beside himself. I hope you'll choose to prefer and uphold the honor of your brother."
Their response? They listened. It looked like gears were clicking. Maybe it was just hunger...it was nearing lunch time.
Whatever it was, there hasn't been any school-place stealing since that day. Not a whole lot of extra-special-brother-love, either.
But, they're learning. They're growing. We're not done yet. I'm sure glad I'm not at it alone.
That Principal Meadows sure has good principles. And I think he's pretty darn cute, too!