Month: July 2016

Come Fly with Me- Come Fly Away

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Big Medical Words / Oxygen-y Stuff / Uncategorized

Flying. For those of you who don’t know me, let me mention real quickly that I’ve flown a LOT in my little life. My dad is a pilot. We grew up being extremely exposed to flying.  Before gas prices got all crazy back in the day, we used to rent a 4 seater plane and fly to another city for the day. We’d eat lunch and fly back again. My dad would let either my […]

Drink Up!

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Big Medical Words / Deep Thoughts About POTS / Smile Makers

It’s officially time for the countdown to begin for my first air travel since all the POTS fun began. Maybe I’m a touch nervous about flying.  I’m making my lists of medical supplies I need to have with me for any different symptom or situation.  I am starting to feel more prepared. Hydration is huge.  People who don’t deal with dysautonomia are more likely to become dehydrated on an airplane.  Since those with dysautonomia dehydrate even […]

Life is a Goat Rope

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Funny Farm Stuff / Hold My Gatorade and Watch This

Goat rope definition: A confusing and disorganized situation, often marked by human error. Goat rope definition from urban dictionary: When good intentions go bad, messily.  Example: Man, that’s the last time I help you move; what a goat rope. So ya, most of life really is just a goat rope if you think about it.  These last few days have been marked by me choosing to do things that I know I can’t really do without […]

Your Brain Shouldn’t be on Summer Break!

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The Brain Gym

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything in the good old Brain Gym category.  Even though it is summer time, I feel like we ought to still be using our brains probably.  Making this graphic was a ‘Two Cup O’ Coffee’ kinda thing! Growing up, each summer while my brother and I were out of school my mom would pick a specific subject of study and all summer we would do tasks, keep a […]

10 Things I’ve Learned as a Professional Patient

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Big Medical Words / Deep Thoughts About POTS

I’ve decided to share some of the pearls of wisdom that I’ve learned since becoming a full-time professional patient. In the last 10 and a half months, excluding my hospital stay, I’ve been to 25 doctor’s appointments, tests or procedures, and 56 physical therapy visits.  I’m pretty sure that qualifies me as somewhat of an expert on the subject. 10. Never go to the doctor without a list of questions or topics that need to be discussed.  I walk into the doctor’s office and […]

Passing Out + Water Activities

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Hold My Gatorade and Watch This / Physical Therapy & Exercise / Smile Makers / Uncategorized

I was born and raised here in North Idaho.  I’ve always loved the lake and river.  We have had a family boat for as long as I can remember.   I learned to swim on my own when I was one, but as a toddler I was swimming end to end in any pool without a life jacket.  As far as boating, I was allowed to swim off the boat in the middle of the lake without a life […]

“I’m too Young for this Sh*t”- Social Security Website

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Deep Thoughts About POTS / Uncategorized

I get my disability checks once a month, which is a new payment plan for me.  I’ve always been an every two weeks kinda girl, so I’ve had to change up some budget things.  Well, since it is supposed to be deposited on the 15th and it’s now the 18th, I started to get a bit antsy.  I figured I better check in on this. I knew that there was a way to access things […]

My Official Retirement from Law Enforcement

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Deep Thoughts About POTS / Uncategorized

Ouch.  That hurts just to type it.  Yes, I’m officially ‘medically retired’ and ‘disabled’ now. This was not my plan for my 29th year of life.  I’m constantly reminded though that I am not running this show.  I’m just along for the ride and all I have control over is how I react and handle the twists and turns. Today my coworkers and supervisors threw me a fantastic retiring party,  complete with delicious cake and ice cream.  […]

Beer Me Strength

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Deep Thoughts About POTS / Uncategorized

Where to start? Yesterday I cooked lunch and baked brownies, which of course ruined my body.  No big surprise there. I had a hair appointment in the afternoon and I was determined to go.  I thought I had calmed my body down enough to drive.  I didn’t.  I pulled over to throw up, pass out, and cry.  So that was fun.  I regained enough strength to drive to a gas station after I texted my […]

Zombie Attack or Goats are Inside

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Deep Thoughts About POTS / Funny Farm Stuff / Smile Makers / Uncategorized

These were the only logical solutions that Tom could come up with when he awoke to that screaming noise in the night. Well, rest assured.  No zombies were attacking and the house was goat free.  Just me, screaming in my sleep again.  Poor Tom. First off, this is going to be my new response when someone asks how I slept. I went to bed around 9 and I couldn’t get to sleep until about 1 […]