The threat of deadly infections

We've been hearing more and more about people who go into the hospital for even minor elective surgery and end up losing their lives to infections they get there.Now a new study says an estimated 48,000 people die each year of blood poisoning or pneumonia they come down with in the hospital, at a cost of more than $8 billion....more

Less Breast = Fuller Life! -Insurance & Surgeons

Saturday, February 20, 2010 Today is actually Day 5 of my recovery.  But I want to tell the whole story, because I've been in active pursuit of this surgery since September 2009, and the insurance approval was a little bit of a bumpy battle.  This is a novel of a monologue, but for those seeking an insurance-covered breast reduction, I'm going to post it anyway.  The process of choosing a plastic surgeon, getting insurance approval, etc. etc. ...more

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

Had Surgery in Canada? You May Have Also Had an Unintended Pelvic Exam

The headline screamed at me. It couldn't have been any louder: "Time To End Pelvic Exams Done Without Consent." You mean, pelvic exams without consent happen? Regularly? In Canada? ...more

I am absolutely horrified. How can they justify this?  There is something sacred about ...more

Elizabeth and her style

Here we go again.  Friday night I decided that I wanted to do something nice for Dogger. I decided that I was going to get her a new and improved E-Collar because I know she hates wearing hers and I thought it would be easy to go and fine a clear one that she could see through. The E-Collar that the vet supplies is opaque white plastic and pretty much like a huge horse blinder and I also think it effects her sense of hearing as well so while she's wearing it she's effectively Helen Keller Dog. ...more

Sick Puppy II

Sick-ish puppy  The vet removed the wire and hopefully the problem.  Dogger is back on antibiotics and is to continue her pain meds. The incision is smaller than the last one and shes scheduled to have her stitches removed in ten days, the vet wants good news from us then because his option if she's not recovering, would be to put a wire back in.  ...more

Get Well With Junk Food

 As you now know, my dad went under the knife on New Year's Day. Me, being of his flesh and blood, his only darling child, let alone being a freakin' girl....more

Makes sense for a 5 year old not to understand--but I'm afraid I might have had to stifle a ...more

Happy 2010!

Happy New Year! 2010! Woo! Where is my rocket pack? I got a late Christmas gift for Dogger and  tada! I got the  dog crate out of my living room! and replaced it with a dog tent. Huge difference. Really. ...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

At the Midpoint: Losses on the Road to Forty

It's nearly the midpoint of my final year before turning forty.  Now, this great project has been interrupted by a strange loss.  To put it tritely, I've said good bye to a part of my person that has, in some ways, defined me, as a woman, a progenitor of life.  The first home to my children.  About four days ago, I had a hysterectomy. ...more