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

Wait.....seriously? I'm A Mom??

Well world....I'm finally a mom. Truly a scary thought. I never thought this would happen to me. I mean I have dreamed about becoming a mom since I was 5, literally. If you were to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was always: A MOM. See?...more

It Used to Bother Me, But I Take a Pill for That Now

The last week of the month is always exciting around here because - in addition to our normal bills  - it's Prescription Time! (Sorry, I'm not savvy enough - yet! - to have catchy game show music playing right after you read those words, so you'll just have to imagine it.)...more

My experiences with Anxiety

Bedtimes have never been easy for me. My Mom always says that since childhood I have "always had a hard time letting the day go". I was a really creative, energetic kid. I loved making art projects, building things, reading books and playing imaginary games. There was always so much stuff I wanted to do. I never wanted to go to bed. If there was more of the day left I wanted to keep experiencing it. Also, I was a bit afraid of sleep. What scared me most was the idea that I was losing control of my body, that it was slipping into the unknown, an unconscious state. I blame part of this fear on Catholicism. "If I should die before I wake"--although my family wasn't really religious, that prayer always scared the crap out of me. A lot of nights I would lie awake in bed fearing that moment of letting go. I'd figure out a million reasons to get up out of bed: another glass of water, another 5 trips to the bathroom, did I remember to brush my teeth? These behaviors just increased my anxiety. I'd start to worry that I hadn't fallen asleep yet and that I'd be tired for school in the morning. Because of my nocturnal activities I'd often wake up with puffiness and little dark circles under my eyes. I was deeply ashamed of my puffy eyes (which seemed way worse to me as a 7 or 8 year old than they probably ever were) because I felt like all the other kids could read on my face that there was something wrong with me, that I wasn't normal, that I didn't get as much sleep as a kid my age should. Worst of all I felt like my behavior was out of my control....more

What To Do When Your Doctor is a Jackass

What To Do When Your Doctor is a Jackass   I’ve been going to the same family practice doc since I was 16 years old.  That was a long time ago.  I’ve stayed with him for a few reasons: ...more

Tired of Toxic Soup? Try Homemade Cough Syrup

Do you have a cough right now or know someone who does? Then I want to talk to you. In December, I caught a cold and towards the end of it was hacking pretty badly. Now, I realize that you don’t want to suppress a productive cough. But this cough was bad enough to keep me up at night, robbing me of much needed rest. So I polished off two plastic bottles of cough/cold medicine: the remainder of a bottle of Nyquil that I bought years ago (yeah, it still worked) as well as the last couple of doses of yummy Prometh cough syrup with Codeine. And by yummy, I mean I held my hose and chugged it down, trying to bypass my taste buds as much as possible....more

@Virginia @CherylK maybe just the honey will work.  There are a ton of comments on my ...more

The gift of your physical afflictions

A wave of understanding washes over you when you realize for the first time that something in your body is broken and probably can’t be fixed. Repaired, remodeled, or medicated maybe, but not fixed. At least not in a way that puts it back as it once was. ...more


The 12 Days of Christmas  You better still have your decorations up. Christmas is not over. Today is the Forth Day. This year I did not hear the song even once. although I did hear a  "We hate the holidays" version over and over and over - Thank you lamo Raleigh radio! Not once did I hear a straight version. ...more

Generic Drugs Are Not All Created Equal

Whenever possible, I try to use generic medications over brand names.  For me, it's all about money.  Why would I want to pay more for my medications if I can get the same thing for less?...more

But how insurance companies regulate them.

Some insurance companies will require that ...more

In sickness and in health Vol. 2

Same bat infection, new bat  antibiotic. After spending a weekend with a  completely pathetic and practically bed fast Dogger I did what I said I was going to and called the vet first thing. They let me drop her off at lunch and pick her up later. ...more