Bon Voyage Mom & Dad!!!

Carnival Freedom

Today has been bitter-sweet as my parents arrived in Galveston, TX to sail away on the Carnival Freedom cruise ship for a well-deserved vacation.





I am so grateful that they arrived safely, because they were involved in a minor accident on the drive south near Houston, TX.  Apparently a truck driving in front of them was carrying a large box containing a water heater, which fell off into the highway.  Mom tried to swerve but couldn’t because there were vehicles in the lanes on either side of her car.  They collided with the water heater, which damaged her almost new, beautiful car but thankfully the damage was mostly cosmetic and there were no injuries.

As I’ve likely mentioned before, traveling is one of my passions and going on cruises with my parents have been the best days of my life.  We have been on 3 together and I cherish those memories like no others. Continue reading

FurBall Friday : Brach is NovaCat’s Hero

I woke up yesterday morning to our dog (aka moose) acting very strange.  He kept looking at me, jumping up in the window, wincing, and running around the house.

I couldn’t figure out why our normally calm pooch was acting this way so I began looking around the house for anything strange.

I soon found our eldest kitty, The Bitty Bit, curled up on her favorite spot; the warm dryer, while my clothes were fluffing for the workday.

Not long after, I noticed that our other kitty, NovaCat, was no where to be found.  I called for her over and over to no avail.
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Warming Buddy

I ran across this cute little giraffe at Aldi today and wanted to share my new friend with everyone.  He is a warming buddy that you heat up in the microwave and use in place of a heating pad.

I know my Endo Sisters can relate to having the extra appendage of a heating pad.  I also use heat and/or ice during facial pain flare-ups.  I rarely leave home without a heating pad or ice pack.  I use them every day and carry them back and forth between work and home.

I thought this little cutie might bring a smile to my face when I’m struggling with pain and battling the inevitable flare-ups.

I probably wouldn’t have splurged by spending $9.99 for myself but since my Mom was with me and will do anything to make me smile, I got to bring him home.

I look forward to trying him out soon.  :mrgreen:

Guilt & Small Victories

I have felt it on the horizon for days now and, without invitation, it’s here.  The excruciating Endometriosis flare-up that is becoming more and more frequent and is the one thing that I can count on to stop me in my tracks and bring my life to a stand-still for a 3 to 5 day stretch every 4 to 6 weeks.

Don’t get me wrong, the Endo monster is very much present on a daily basis, in one way or another.  However, flare-ups like this are a very different level of agony.

I am celebrating a small victory in the timing of this one, because it just so happened to start yesterday, which was Friday, at about 3:00 pm so it didn’t cause me to miss any work (yet).

At this point, I have made it 5 consecutive weeks without calling in sick.  That may not seem like much to a normal, healthy person but to those who work each day with severe chronic pain, debilitating fatigue, and a plethora of other unpleasant symptoms, making it through 5 weeks of work actually IS an accomplishment. 

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FurBall Friday : Turpentine Creek

For today’s FurBall Friday, I would like to feature a wonderful non-profit animal rescue organization, not far from home, called Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. While I do not support zoos or marine/aquatic facilities who aim to profit on the captivity of wild animals, I do support facilities such as Turpentine Creek that provide care and a safe, loving home for animals that have no viable option for life in the wild.

Turpentine Creek is located near beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas. If you haven’t been to Eureka Springs, this quaint, eccentric little town is worth a visit all on its own. The fact that Turpentine Creek is nearby is definitely an added bonus.

Turpentine Creek’s mission statement is this:

To provide lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats” with emphasis on Tigers, Lions, Leopards, and Cougars.

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FurBall Friday

One of my greatest passions in life is animals.  I have loved animals, of all kinds, for as long as I can remember.  They have always been a huge and important part of my life and I am a strong supporter of animal rights.

In my darkest hours, my pets have always been by my side.  When Billy and I are in severe pain, our dog and cats instinctively know and try their best to comfort us in whatever way they can.  They are not registered therapy pets, but they are our therapy and our family.

For these reasons and more, I have decided to implement a weekly feature called FurBall Friday.  Every Friday, I will publish an animal related post.  The posts might include a simple photo, a video, an article, or something that I have written about animals.

For our first FurBall Friday, I would like to introduce you all to our furry family.

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Happy FurBall Friday and Happy Halloween!  🙂

Depression & Our Anniversary

I know the title of this blog post may seem strange.  There is really no connection between the two words except that they are both present and on my mind.

Today is our 6th wedding anniversary.  Billy and I have been together for 11 years now and our love is strong.  We have been through challenges that would be hard to imagine and many that no one knows about except for us.  Things that would test and destroy the most solid relationship but somehow our love has always pulled us through and prevailed.  I am so thankful for my husband and the unconditional love that we share.

This should be a joyous day but I cried all the way to work.  Yesterday and the day before, I cried all the way home.  Last night I sat and cried on the couch but I don’t think Billy noticed.  He has his own overwhelming struggles to deal with and I tried not to make it obvious.  Throughout my years of participation in online chronic pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia/Facial Pain, Endometriosis, and PCOS support groups, I have read and been acclimated to the very real link between chronic pain and depression.  I knew it could happen and the likelihood that it would is very high.  I have watched my husband struggle with it for years, even before the wreck and his botched surgery, but so much more afterwards.  It has been ripping him apart for what seems like forever and it appears to finally be taking hold of me.  Continue reading

Happy Labor Day

One of the many things I’m thankful for in life is holiday weekends.  I am thankful for each one and what it represents (i.e. the “true” meaning of the holiday) but as someone with chronic pain, I am also VERY thankful for the extra day off work.  Every day of every week (primarily Monday through Friday) I can feel my body getting weaker and more taxed, from the daily grind along with work-related and personal life stress which inevitably equals higher pain and fatigue levels which become more and more difficult to control as the week progresses.  Normal weekends really don’t cut it in my world because it takes at least one full day to recuperate from the prior week’s damage to my body (and mind) and then after that it’s Sunday and time to start getting ready to do it all over again.  A three day weekend is seriously priceless for me.  Continue reading