National Doctors’ Day and [infographic]

National Doctors’ Day and [infographic]

Today, March 30, is National Doctors’ Day. I am very thankful for some of the wonderful doctors that have helped me this year! Dr. Blair, my primary doctor, is extremely kind and understanding. She never makes me feel rushed during my appointments and just has a wonderful caring nature about her. Then there is Dr. Minkin. He is the one who did my vertical sleeve gastrectomy and my gallbladder removal this year. He is also very kind and understanding and encouraging. Dr. Minkin also has several doctors in training that he works with and I love that he is not … Continue Reading →
WebMD Pregnancy App and Giveaway

WebMD Pregnancy App and Giveaway

In the past I shared with you about the WebMD app and the WebMD Baby app. Now they have also added the WebMD Pregnancy app. I had a chance to speak with WebMD’s expert pediatrician, Dr. Hansa Bhargava, the other day to find out more about this new app. Gosh do I wish this app would have been around when I was pregnant with my son 18 years ago! There are tons of pregnancy apps available, but the biggest plus about the WebMD Pregnancy app for me is that doctors, like Dr. Bhargava, are on the team for these apps. … Continue Reading →
2 Month Update After Weight Loss Surgery

2 Month Update After Weight Loss Surgery

Well it has been two months since I had my weight loss surgery, a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, and while I have been able to tell a big difference in how I feel already, I wasn’t sure if you could tell in the way I looked. Hubby took several pictures of me before my surgery and so the other day I put on the same clothes and took the pictures again. I can see a difference finally. It is hard when it is yourself and you see you ever day to notice these small changes. I know the clothes are getting … Continue Reading →
FREE Allergy Screenings at Sam’s Clubs This Saturday

FREE Allergy Screenings at Sam’s Clubs This Saturday

Did you know that Sam’s Club offered a different monthly free health screening each month? Plus, it is for members and non-members! This month it is free allergy screenings. I love the idea of this since there are so many without health insurance right now. The screenings do not replace a doctor, but it is a way for you to keep check on your own health instead of just guessing if you have a problem or not. WHAT: Free Allergy and Health Screening WHERE: Sam’s Clubs across the country (find your nearest location here) WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 2013  11am-3pm … Continue Reading →
Hearing Loss and Musicians [infographic]

Hearing Loss and Musicians [infographic]

This week’s infographic (I do them each Saturday now) is about hearing loss in musicians. Hubby has a considerable hearing loss in one of his ears (I still always forget which one). Part of this is from chronic ear infections when he was a child, but Hubby also grew up around loud music since his dad was a musician and Hubby himself played in bands as a teen. I thought this infographic was really interesting since it hits home for Hubby.   Thanks to Herzan for this great infographic. You can find the original and more information on hearing loss … Continue Reading →
Weight Loss Surgery 1 Month Later

Weight Loss Surgery 1 Month Later

Today I had a follow up with my wonderful surgeon, Dr. Minkin. It has been just about a month since I had the gastric sleeve surgery (the weight loss surgery on January 10), and it has been 12 days since I had my gallbladder removed. January was a rough and tumble month for sure! The doctor is very pleased with my progress. The photo to the right is me today waiting to see the doctor. The official weight loss per my doctor’s scale today is 42 pounds down. Even though that is a significant amount, I still have a way … Continue Reading →
Free classes for those caring for kids with mental illness

Free classes for those caring for kids with mental illness

I mentioned that NAMI offered these free classes in the past, but I wanted to put the information out there again since new classes will be starting in the near future. While these are in the St. Louis area, don’t worry, the classes are done across the country and you can find local chapters on the NAMI site. The NAMI Basics class is for parents and caretakers of children and adolescents who live with mental illness. The classes are free and they will provided child care during the class if needed also. Learning more about the different issues your child … Continue Reading →
Good Riddance Gallbladder

Good Riddance Gallbladder

Yesterday I had surgery again, this time to remove my gallbladder. Good riddance! I did not even know I was having gall bladder problems, but apparently they have been there for a while. Once I read about some of the possible symptoms a lot of them fit. Compared to when I had my gastric sleeve surgery on January 10 I felt better when I woke up in the recovery room. It felt like I wasn’t as foggy for as long at all. I was sent up to a patient room after that because you know how they want you to … Continue Reading →
It is not just fat…

It is not just fat…

Now I know there are many of you out there who may understand the things I am going to talk about already and that is awesome, but even though I consider myself a very smart person I really had no comprehension of this. So I am fat. I have been fat for a long time – actually I fall into the “morbidly obese” category right now. I have tried various things over the years to try to lose weight and would lose some then gain more back. It is a vicious cycle. Some are able to lose it and keep … Continue Reading →
Back to the hospital

Back to the hospital

Ugh. Late last night Hubby took me to the ER, I was admitted and am still here at the hospital. I assumed it was something with my sleeve gastrectomy surgery, but it looks like it is my gall bladder. Oh joy! Plus I have a cyst on one of my ovaries they noticed during my cat scan. When it rains it pours. I started feeling bad again late Wednesday night and it was kind of off and on in waves. I was able to go to my first support group meeting for my weight loss surgery Thursday night. Even though I … Continue Reading →