Month: March 2016

Turkeys, Porcupine & Moose Oh My!

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Funny Farm Stuff / Smile Makers / Uncategorized

It’s Spring time at our house and with each season comes more nature.  I thought I’d share a few pictures of our nature. First up: turkeys.  Male turkeys are called Toms.  Usually we get a group of turkeys and only one Tom in the group.  He brings in his harem of ladies.  Carter calls him the king turkey.  When they use the turkey call they can get him to poof up all fancy (thanksgiving style- […]

I’m so Vain… I Probably Think This Song is About Me

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Well, really this is a post about a vanity, but if I think, say, or type the word vanity then I have to sing the lyrics, “you’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you.” In my life of POTS some things are a guarantee to make my heart rate soar and end with me laying down either by my choice or by gravity’s choice.  One of those triggers is the getting ready process.  […]

Best Effort

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Some days I feel like my body understands life and is really trying.  Other days, it’s like nothing remembers how to work.  My legs are completely confused by the thought of walking.  I want to remind them that they have been doing this for years and used to be old pros.  Then I try to pick something up and realize that today is not a day when my arm muscles are going to cooperate.  My GI […]

Tremors, Including Almost PG13 Video

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Big Medical Words / Hold My Gatorade and Watch This

  One of the symptoms of POTS is tremors.  I started having tremors long before I was diagnosed and before my freeway nap and 5 day hospital visit.  The first one happened the night we got home from taking Carter to the urgent care to get stitches (which was the first time I passed out).  Most of my tremors start in the abdomen region and essentially cause what feels like a violent ab workout.  That’s the best […]

Bye Bye Upright, Welcome Seated

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Hold My Gatorade and Watch This / Physical Therapy & Exercise

New changes everyday.  I said goodbye to my faithful elliptical a couple days ago. I’ve logged so many hours of sweating over the last 5 years on that thing.  We’ve always had a love/hate relationship, but it was still sad to see her go. In exchange I brought home a recumbent bike! A new machine that I’ll surely soon enough develop a love/hate relationship with too. I had previously been so hesitant to make any ‘permanent’ changes […]

Pinewood Derby Vs. Kentucky Derby

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There are some differences, my friends. Today was my first experience with the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby. It was supposed to start at 9, which meant that we planned to be there by 08:50 and we were, but we didn’t quite have time to get coffee and still be there by then.  I figured that first of all, it’s a cub scouts event so surely they will have coffee there.  Secondly I thought, how long […]

Mystery Time -Not Just a Hat Rack

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The Brain Gym

Ok I’m pretty sure it’s Saturday morning. It’s time to wake up that brain! In the words of Joey Tribbiani- not just a hat rack, my friend. Get some coffee and a bowl of wheat bran (or a donut with frosting and sprinkles, I’m not judging) and let’s solve us a murder. Ok before you say you don’t know, read it through a few times and think about it. I’ll post the answer down below. […]

I’ll Take it on the Rocks, and Filtered

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We all know how important water is. I’ve mentioned it and probably every doctor you’ve ever talked to has as well.   I’ll add a graphic to remind you why it’s important in case you forgot.  All the good for your body nonsense, plus if you have POTS it helps keep you conscious too.  Also semi-important. I’m 29 but I’m not really a grown up.  I believe that the water that comes out of the bathroom sink is different […]

Frozen Yogurt Bark

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Cooking with POTS & Pans

I’m doing my best drunken karaoke-background singer in a bar for Sweet Caroline… SO GOOD, SO GOOD, SO GOOD!!!! (I hope you sang that!) But really, it is so good. It takes less than 5 minutes of building to put it together. It includes a mandatory rest period while it’s in the freezer.  Put your feet up. Have a glass of water… or 9. It can be customized easily. Delicious and full of protein. I’m […]