Need an answered prayer?

JMJ Do you have a prayer request? A special need?  Well, I spent all night placing a live webcam to Lourdes, France on my website, including a little mailbox to their prayer request email.  All kinds of weird computer problems kept cropping up, and I kept offering them up as a prayer, which did help to keep me from being annoyed.  Then... This morning I got an email from a friend who told me that today is OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST DAY!  Wow.  I had no idea!  That is just so cool... ...more

Sex Education That Works

I always thought that I was pretty old when I had sex for the first time (19), but Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that I was completely average. It turns out that 70% of unmarried teens in American have sex by the time they are 19. (OK, fine I was on the older end of the spectrum, but whatever.) I waited, despite intense pressure from a boyfriend in high school, because I wasn't ready and I knew it. It was a good decision for me. Other girls may be ready earlier, and those are their decisions, too....more

You often write about what I am thinking/reading/talking about... Thanks for ...more

I Drank Barium

While we were on vacation, something crazy happened that led me to call my doctor once again for the Mystery Abdominal Thing. Long story short? We scheduled a CT scan!Lady at Scheduling: Your test will be on Thursday at 3:30, but we'll need you to be here at 2:30 for registration. AND, you'll need to stop eating and drinking at 11:30 so we can get an accurate result.Me: Okay and okay! ...more

The only way the idodine injection does any good is if you first run around the hospital ...more

À AIMER: The Joys of Getting Sick in France, Part Four

 Today the Washington Post reported that the Senate Finance Committee's health care reform bill, if passed, "would require people to buy insurance or face penalties ranging up to $1,900, to be assessed on their income tax returns."...more

Parenting with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Long before I had Sarah I was diagnosed with a condition known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This condition is indeed real. Interestingly, my husband has it and so did our late cat Maggie. ...more

Chronic Pain: Should there be a ban on narcotics? What about acetaminophen?

Should there be a ban on Vicodin and Percocet? Darvocet or other narcotics containing acetaminophen? What about over-the-counter medications with acetaminophen? This is what I think... We can't just ban every medication that has serious problems associated with overuse. It seems to me that educating people who are taking these medications would be more helpful, than making them totally unavailable. Don't get me wrong, I'm not denying the seriousness of Acetaminophen overdose... ...more

In 18 years I have been on and off medication. The times I have been off pain medications, like ...more

In which I find out I'm pregnant and fall down in shock.

Nine Months to Life   ...more

Dating & Chronic Illness: Is it possible to be in a relationship when you are chronically ill?

As a person living with chronic illness, I was intrigued to read a post on dating with fibromyalgia. I can totally understand how complicated relationships can be - especially when you are living with an illness that isn't easily recognizable to the average person (an invisible chronic illness). It seems to me that "dating" isn't the real problem, it's trying to have a "relationship" that can become complicated. ...more

It's hard enough to maintain friendships with regards to chronic illnesses.  I have friends ...more

Why are old people the only ones guaranteed health care?

Seriously? Why is it that in order to be guaranteed health care in this country you have to be in the last third of your life? The most expensive part of your life in terms of medical and healthcare? ...more

Thank You Senator Hagan

You know, we don't say thank you often enough. I wrote and called and encouraged others to write and call and you listened! You voted with all of the other democrats in the HELP committee to address real health reform and you should be proud. I don't know how Senator Burr voted (continued) ...more