Monday, June 7, 2010

Catching Up

WOW! I am SUCH a slacker. I have totally been neglecting this blog AND the Munchkins' blog. But, the rest from blogging was definitely nice. I stress when I feel like I have nothing to post so not worrying about it for a while was GREAT! The only problem is having to catch ya'll up on what's going on. So, this post is going to be a hodge podge of stuff. Sorry!

First I'll start with hubby. He had to go see a specialist last week and they decided to scope him. His deductible on his medical insurance hasn't been met yet so $800 later we don't really have any concrete answers. The doctor "thinks" he has Eosinophilic Esophagitis (say that five times fast!) which basically means that his esophageal wall becomes inflamed with an accumulation of white blood cells. During the test they took several samples bor biopsy and we should have those results by next week. So far the tentative diagnosis seems to fit all of the problems he has had this year. It explains his chest pain, his digestive problems, his trouble swallowing, his frequent heartburn, etc. No ulcers were spotted but they would like to follow it up with a colonoscopy. In the meantime, they prescribed him some medication (a bottle of $50 meds...yikes!), and right now the medicine is making him feel worse instead of better. We will probably need to decrease the dose or find a different medication.

The munchkins are doing well. Lexi had her wellness visit a few weeks ago and everything looks great. The vet even remarked that she should be a tooth model! Ha ha. If you don't know, Chihuahuas are notorious for having horrible teeth. I do have a small hand in it since I brush their teeth every night but I think genetics play a large part too. I guess we got lucky with them both. I have recently had to begin changing their food. When I heard about Procter & Gamble (the makers of Iams and Eukanuba) buying out Natura (the company that produces EVO), I immediately went out in search of a different kibble. I have a hard time believe P&G won't make changes to the manufacturing facility and ingredients so I wanted to take preventative measures before the buyout actually took place. Now they are making the transition to Orijen and I couldn't be happier with the results. (Feel free to email me if you want to talk dog food. I am more than happy to be of service. This is an issue I am adamant about and that I research constantly. Only the best for my babies!)

As for me, I have been busy busy busy! I got new materials in for studying for the MCATs and I have been working on that. (I promise to devote a post to this soon.) Work has been keeping me busy. When I'm home, if I don't have a debilitating migraine (they have been occuring with increasing frequency as of late), I am studying until dinner and then going to bed. Oh how exciting my life is! Ha ha. Last weekend we went to hometown and spent time with family. We had a graduation party to attend and a day at the pool on Memorial Day with my family (pictures to come soon). I also got to meet Dru's Dad's half-brother, who lives in Maryland. Dru hasn't seen him in at least 10 years and this is the first time I've met him. I got to spend time playing with their 22-month-old soon and holding their sweet 2-month-old baby girl. Be still my heart! Can I just tell you how good it felt to have a baby in my arms? Of course the in-laws couldn't help but remark at how natural I looked cuddling a little baby. I have to admit that I agree with them! :)

Yesterday, we had to go to hometown to eat with hubby's family for his grandmother's birthday. I believe she turned 77. We had a nice day hanging out, catching up with his cousin who is visiting from Georgia, and talking wedding stuff with his sister.

Speaking of wedding, SIL has everything all planned out. She is on the ball! She hasn't been wasting any time, especially since we have less than 6 months until the wedding! I'll tell you more about that later since this post is already too long.

In very sad news, our hometown lost one more person to suicide the week before last. A well-known man who owns a prominent business in town with his brothers, left behind a wife, daughter, and baby granddaughter, not to mention a whole town who thought very highly of him. I pray for his soul and for his friends and family and I hope that some of you will be so kind as to join me. (Thank you.)

That is all for today. There is lots more to tell you but I don't want to bore you death with one post! Hopefully there will be more posts to come this week.



Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Glad to see ya back!! I was just wondering about you the other day! I hate to hear that your husband isn't getting any definite answers. I hate when that happens and it seems to be the story of my life! I will be praying for y'all and the family of the man that took his life. It's so sad to hear about that. :(

sprinkles said...

I wondered where you were but I figured you were just busy, unlike me. When I don't post, it's usually because I have absolutely nothing to talk about.

I hope Dru gets the answers he's looking for soon. I know from personal experience just with my hip how annoying it is to have test after test or to try drug after drug and still not get the relief you're looking for.

My Shiver has great teeth but Chico, not so much! The vet told me Chico needs to chew on more hard things but every time I get him something to chew, unless it's a rawhide which Chico will fight to the death for, Shiver steals it from him.

That's sad about the suicide.

Amy said...

A lot can happen when you are gone. Glad things are going pretty good.

Jane said...

I highly recommend examkrackers for MCAT study ... I took the test twice and the first time I used kaplan and got a 26. The second time I used examkrackers and got a 32. Big difference!!!

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

I was hospitalized with esophogitis, when I was 24. SO NOT FUN!!! It was so bad I couldn't eat or drink anything for over 6 days! I certainly feel for him. Hope he gets his results and gets the right meds soon!

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