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One Busy January

Your #1 Fan post on January 16th, 2014
Posted in Fifth Grade, Friends, Medical, Novalie, Snow

I find January to be long, cold, dark and dreary.  You are coming off your Christmas high and New Year’s optimism and for me personally, I just want the cold and snow to go away.  I feel this way every January as I settle in for a long and cold winter.  It just lasts for what feels like forever.   This January, however, is going by quickly thus far.

We started off the year with a new insurance deductible, so I thought we might as well start getting that ridiculous amount down a bit.  I noticed Novalie holding her back a lot during tennis lessons and during breaks in hip hop.  She was complaining of lower back pain at night so I would rub some Aspercreme into it.  I made her a chiropractor appointment not knowing quite what to expect as I have never been to a chiropractor.  I am so glad that I did.  The first test he did showed me that her left leg was shorter than her right leg.  X-rays revealed a titled pelvis that was pulling her spine in a curved line with it.  I found it all to be fascinating.  The adjustments were intense at first.  Three times a week, now three weeks later, we are at one adjustment a week.  Novalie hasn’t complained of back pain since the first treatment.  Success!


After her adjustments, she gets 10 minutes on this hydro-therapy bed.  Heated waves, so jealous.

Novalie also went to the dentist.  No cavities.  Lucky girl.  We are really close to braces though.

Novalie has long been plagued with stomach issues.  She has been tested for everything under the sun and treated for several things that have not worked.  I decided it was time to drain the bank account with another visit to the pediatric gastroenterologist (those specialists are e~x~p~e~n~s~i~v~e!).  She is now being treated for a spastic intestine.  If that doesn’t work, she gets to have a gastroscopy.  Not fun, but I am determined to get her tummy figured out.

After having a dentist appointment, 3 visits to the chiropractor and a visit to the tummy specialist all in the same week, she deserved to play hooky from school one day.  Really, her tummy appointment was 45 minutes away in the morning, so she would have missed half a day anyhow, so why not just make a day of it?!  And we did!

Novalie collects Build-A-Bears and they are always coming out with such cute new ones.  She has to buy them herself now with money that she earns, but after the week she had, I decided I would contribute half to a new one.  I mean, they just put out their new Valentine’s Day ones and they are cute!


Making her wish.  I am sure it went something like…..stop with all the doctor appointments!


She choose the lion.  Which she made into a girl.  Female lions with a mane, it is a new breed.  This fluffy cutie is Theresa Onion.


We were out and about during a snow storm and the flakes were coming down fast.  I am glad she still stops to catch a few.


After lunch at In-n-Out, we went home and played in all the new snow.  While I was shoveling, Novalie made a sunkist snowcone.  I let go of all my reservations about eating snow (because she really, really, really wanted me to try it) and it was tasty.  I did put my foot down when she wanted to sell them on the corner.  I will not be responsible for someone getting a disease from eating snowcones made from the snow, sorry cute little entrepreneur.




We made a snow castle with a minion ruling it in front.  Why he had to be holding a banana, I am not sure of.  But, Novalie insisted on it.

We played in the snow for a good 2 hours and we were soaked to the bones.  Minus the doctor’s appointment, it was a perfect day playing hooky.

In other happenings thus far in January, Novalie started piano lessons.  I have always wanted her to learn the piano, but I know her personality well and I knew if it was coming from me it would be a nightmare.  I have patiently waited for her to say she wanted to learn how to play and she finally did.  We found the perfect piano teacher for her whom she adores.


I don’t even have to tell her to practice.  I love hearing her pounding out little songs.


Novalie is not a real girly girl, but she is going through a painting nails phase.  She likes to come up with little designs. These are her nails with flowers on them.  I am currently sporting a cupcake on my fingernail and a sun on another.


It has been a rough week for Novalie’s social scene.  Friends one day, enemies the next which all confuses Novalie greatly and breaks her little heart.  Novalie’s last 2 teachers both told me that one good thing about Novalie is that she is a loyal friend.  While other girls flip flop back and forth, Novalie is consistent and loyal.  I knew this about her, but it is always nice to have an outsider observe the same thing.  Because she is like this, she doesn’t understand the behavior of her friends that are flip floppers.  She is so brave though and doesn’t shy away from confronting the problem and having face to face conversations about it with her friends.  I listen to her everyday and help her work things out in her mind and let her come up with solutions.  Sometimes, though, the only thing that can help is to get giant blizzards.  Ice cream always makes everything better.

Now, we are looking forward to a 4 day weekend and catching up on missed sleep because of the above friend situation.

~~Happy 1st half of January!~

Just what did the doctor order?

Your #1 Fan post on May 17th, 2010
Posted in Medical, Personal

I really like my new doctor.   He took the time to listen to me and order the test that I knew I needed, but dreaded….MRI on my brain.  After my second visit to him when he couldn’t put his finger on my symptoms, he asked me what has been going on in my life besides the physically symptoms.  I did the whole, “my life is really good, nothing too much going on.”  But, somehow he got it out of me and when I started, I couldn’t stop.  At the end of my life summary of the last few months, I thought to myself…”WOW, that is a lot of CRAP!”  (couldn’t think of a nicer word)  And the doctor thought the same thing.  He said, “now it is all coming together”.  Only took me 2 weeks of having zero balance and a TON of headaches (one that lasted for 6 days with no relief…not fun) to go see the doctor.  But, hey…I am fine right?

So, the MRI results were good.  I didn’t have a tumor, swelling or infection in my brain.  I didn’t have a stroke which if you read the symptoms of a stroke, I had every last one of them.  I did have a small bright spot show up in the front part of my brain that shows up in people who get migraines.  I don’t get migraines, which is what I told my doctor on visit #2.  At my appointment, he said, “yes, you don’t get migraines, instead you get stress/tension/migraine headaches.  All three wrapped up in one!  Oh come on, my life is not that stressful….which my doctor replied with, “did you just hear all the things you spouted out to me.”  Ummm, okay, I will be quiet now. 

He gave me 2 medications which got rid of my 6 day headache.  Thank goodness!  And thank you Doctor!  He asked me how much caffenine I drink.  I down played it with a couple of cans of diet coke a day….hey, at least I don’t drink coffee!  He said, no more diet coke!  I quit diet coke in December and started again in March when things just weren’t going my way.  It is now day 4 with no diet coke and it is all that I can think about.   The heat doesn’t help because I want a perfect diet coke from McDonald’s for only $1 and they fill the cup with ice just like I ask.  Anyway….that is not going to happen because I will not give in.  The doctor said no foods that induce headaches, especially chocolate.  That one is easy for me.  Exercise 5 times a week.  My appointment was on Thursday and I did the treadmill Friday and this morning and bike ride Saturday.  Doing good there and I know I have to keep it up.  The doctor also told me to eliminate as much stress as possible from my life.  Can’t do much about that one because life is life and I function better under high stress, but I have been doing a lot of reading and praying to react differently to things that happen. 

Basically, I am trying to make some big life changes without the changes being stressful.  I will be healthier and I won’t have a stroke or a brain aneurysm.  I can do that.  I will do just what the doctor ordered. 

3 things I am thankful for today

Your #1 Fan post on May 12th, 2010
Posted in Medical, Novalie, Personal

1.  Warm sunshine!

2.  Good friends!

3.  Doctors and Surgeons – Kevin’s surgeon did a picture perfect knee surgery on him.  My doctor who will hopefully have some answers. (No pictures of that – thank goodness!)


Sprinkler Fun!

On Monday, we had every intention on going to the Moscow Aquatic Center, but never made it there.  We were walking home from a friend’s house and I was pushing Novalie’s bike up the hill and I was not paying attention to where I was walking.  My foot got caught in a little opening of the cattle guard we have in our drive way.  As a result of that, I have a chunk of skin missing right below my ankle.  Ouch, yes, mega ouch.  I told Novalie I would take her, but I couldn’t get in the water and that didn’t sound like any fun to her, so we stayed home and she had fun playing in the sprinkler’s while I rested my foot.

Here are the cute pictures:

The Dentist :(

Your #1 Fan post on November 28th, 2007
Posted in Family, Medical, Personal

I took Novalie to the dentist for the first time today. I walked into the dentist office and with one sniff of the smell, I started to panic. I HATE THE DENTIST! My teeth started to hurt and I started to sweat and I thought for sure I was not going to make it out of there without them drilling me first. I had to focus because Novalie was asking me all sorts of questions and then the pile of paperwork to fill out. I somehow managed to tell Novalie that the dentist is fun and it would just tickle her teeth. Of course Novalie did perfectly and sat still and did everything they asked her to do and she liked it and got all sorts of toys, toothbrushes and floss. She had no cavities. She is so brave! I believe I had 7 cavities the first time I went to the dentist and it has never stopped. Not that I don’t brush and floss my teeth because I do, just bad teeth–why I hate the dentist. I think next time Kevin is taking Novalie to the dentist.