Author: smilesinthetrials

Two-A-Day of Doctor’s Appointments & 8 Little Magic Words

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A couple days ago I had two appointments.  Not my favorite, but at least I only had to get all ready and leave the house once. First up, falcon doctor (also known as nutraceutical and genetic doctor).  Sad news, he is currently falcon-less.  I asked where Mr. Fritz was and he said, “He’s gone.  He took off for the ladies.  Bros before hoes man.  He totally broke bro-code.”  That’s a direct quote, obviously.  He makes me […]

The ABC’s of Hockey; From the Hockey Mom Point of View

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Hockey, the Other Best Medicine / Smile Makers

Well since my brother and I each wrote up a little ABC’s of hockey, my brother challenged my mom to write one up from the hockey mom point of view.  In case you missed ours, here are the links to mine and his. Also, side note, this list is really basically my childhood summed up.  It’s great.  Enjoy! ABC’s of Hockey By: Dannell Rasmussen A- Adversity: All players face it; watch a post game interview […]

The ABC’s of Hockey; My Brother’s Version

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Hockey, the Other Best Medicine / Smile Makers

Just leave it to my brother to show me up with his creativity and wit.  You might remember my post the ABC’s of Hockey I recently made.  I posted it and my mom replied and told me it was ‘cute and clever’.  I told her to just wait until she sees her son’s responses. Just a little backstory on my childhood.  I danced through mine while my brother skated through his.  He played hockey for several […]

I’m Doing a Thing- Slowly

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Deep Thoughts About POTS / Hold My Gatorade and Watch This

A valuable lesson I’ve learned since this whole POTS diagnosis and life change is this: to see growth, we must look at a larger section of time.  Everything is trickier and harder and takes longer.  Even the POTS specialist I saw said I could gradually add minutes onto my recumbent biking over years.  He said the word ‘years’.  That should have struck me at the time as just how slow any change happens with my […]

A Weekend of Firsts

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  We returned home Monday from a weekend of spring break fun at the ranch.  It was a lovely little getaway.  One of the benefits of going there is that the dogs can come too and oh boy do they have fun.  They have been asleep since we got home I’m pretty sure. I said a weekend of firsts because I’m pretty sure we each did something new. Carter learned to play CLUE.  I loved playing […]

Spring: Blog Refresh & My Spring Standoff

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Welcome to Spring.  I’m pretty glad to see it.  Look, don’t get me wrong; I LOVE winter, but even I thought it was a long winter. **Sidenote: what do you call these purple wild flowers?  Where I grew up they were always called Purple Eyed Grass, but my husband grew up knowing them as Soldier’s Spears.** I wanted to switch up the design of my blog a bit.  (Note: I don’t make money blogging, it’s […]

Goats Don’t Get a Lollipop or a Sticker

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So unfair.  It’s hard to be a goat on doctor day, but there is one plus; the vet comes to your house and you don’t have to go out. Earlier this week our goats had their yearly checkups.  They were very interested in what the veterinarian had and what she was doing until it involved poking them. We are thinking about breeding Maizy, which means that all three of the girls need to be tested […]

Pretend Good News

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Don’t get your hopes up.  This isn’t actually good news; it’s just pretend good news. I got my first denial.  In a way I feel like I fit in a little bit more better with my other chronic illness friends now. Yes, I still have social security disability.  I was working to also access my retirement fund since they have a ‘disability retirement’ option.  Since I’m fully disabled according to the social security people, I […]