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People, listen to your body: My night in the emergency room

So, almost a month ago, my appendix was removed in the middle of the night. Turns out, there were at least four appendectomies performed in the emergency room in a twelve-hour span—including one on a friend. How crazy is that? I have no idea if appendicitis is that common or if it was a fluke. But since so many people have asked, here’s the story. To start WAY back in the beginning, I had some weird stomach...

Shamrock shuffle.

Yesterday, Cooper completed his first 5K! The Shamrock Shuffle is just one of the bazillion events that make up the annual Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade extravaganza. If you thought it was *just* a parade, you would be wrong. The entire production takes place throughout most of the year with a variety of fundraising events that benefit local children’s charities and culminates on March 17 with a...

Longest. Day. Ever.

So I should have never written about my “awful” morning the other day, because that’s just taunting fate. This weekend, in the midst of the basketball game (we were watching on TV, not at the game, thankfully!), my husband informed me that he needed to go to the emergency room. Hello again, kidney stones. After two emergency room visits, one overnight hospital stay and five trips to and from the...

My Favorite Salad.

I’ve been trying to eat more healthy food. Last week, I made an effort to go home for lunch at least three days. I enjoyed a salad, sandwich and sunshine on the deck by the pool, tossing a tennis ball in the yard to keep Lucy entertained and away from my food. Here’s my current favorite salad: Here’s what’s in it: Gorgeous mixed greens from Avery’s Produce at the Lawrence...

Wanted: Quick, Easy & Healthy Recipes

I need help! Our little family HAS to change our eating habits. We eat at strange times (dinner at 9 p.m., anyone?), we often skip breakfast (especially Dave, since he pretty much skips mornings altogether), and we eat at restaurants, especially fast-food, way too often. It’s just easier and more fun. But that needs to change; not only for financial reasons but for health reasons. I know it’s a matter...

My New Favorite Candy, Tums.

I bet you didn’t consider Tums candy, did you. Neither did I, until I started popping them like jelly beans and candy corn. One of the worst parts of this pregnancy, besides swollen feet, is the heartburn. (Yes, those are the worst parts. And I fully realize they aren’t that bad. I’ve said it before— I’m lucky.) Anyway, the heartburn started about a month ago, an icky feeling of a burning...

Glucose Test, Failed.

I failed my glucose test. By TWO points. I think it might be the first test I’ve failed since attempting calculus as a college freshman. The bad news: I have to go back to the doctor’s office and spend not one hour, but three hours to take another test. The nurse who called me said to bring something to do. I don’t know what this test involves, but no doubt it will include more sugary drinks....

On Kidney Stones and Labor.

Hey babe, can you take me to the hospital? Not the words I usually hear in the middle of the night. In fact, I usually don’t hear anything in the middle of the night— one of the perks of being married to a bartender is the learned ability to sleep like the dead, so when the rowdy bar co-workers crash at our house instead of driving home, they don’t wake me. Oddly, I wasn’t sleeping well on...

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