Friday, April 18, 2014

I feel so current!

My company does a LOT of fundraising for the March of Dimes. It actually does a lot of charitable activities, but March of Dimes is near and dear to one of our vice presidents as she has a child that was born premature with a lot of issues. So she takes fundraising for March of Dimes very seriously.

Teams are created and do different activities to raise money and whatever is raised is matched by the company. Last year over $150,000 was given. That number is not huge, but the cool thing is that half was raised by employees.

There are talent shows, raffles, bake sales, competitions and anything else anyone can think of as a fun activity. A couple of years we had dunking booths where you could by tickets to try and dunk VPs. I don't know if that will happen this year as the area used for it is currently under construction.

One activity that is coming up is the "Knowledge Bowl" which is a trivia competition. Some members of my group have formed a team, on of whom has been bragging about how good she is at trivia, how she is on a team that plays weekly, etc.

I have found that when people brag about how much they know, you often find out that they THINK they know more than they actually do. Actually, that is the case for a lot of bragging, I think.

Anyway, that girl, my boss and another attorney were standing around (near my desk) talking about preparing for the competition and talking about what they DON'T know. My boss, who is an attorney and really smart, was saying he knows nothing about pop-culture. TV or movies. He has two kids that graduated from college in the last couple of years. How do you have college age kids and not have stuff rub off on you?? He is a year older than me with kids a few years younger than mine, so I expected he would know stuff.

The other attorney may be in her 40s...I am not sure, but she has a 15 year old and she doesn't sound like she knows any more than my boss. She only recently found out who Drake is. Really? I don't listen to Drake, but I know who he is. (It does not hurt that he is HOT.)

The other lady.....the bragging one....only learned who Drake is recently....and she is 40! She said she knew little about movies and music. WHAT? How can you participate in trivia contests and not know movies and music?

I hope the team does well. After all it included my boss. But really....they made me feel so HIP today!

It is a good day!

Happy Good Friday to you all.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Torn achilles tendon? That ain't nuthin!

OMG, I have been watching WAY too much Maury lately. But that is a story for another day.

So, I told you about my klutzy fall a while back. I have mostly recovered from that, though my right foot still feels a bit "funny". I don't know how else to describe it. It does not hurt, but I can't walk normally. Not wanting to be a hypochondriac, I have refrained from diagnosing myself using the internet. And since the doctor didn't mention anything when he looked at my MRI results, I figured, it would just eventually get better.

Today, I went to the ortho to get the first of my Euflexxa shots. We are going to try and see if they help my left knee which is the really painful one. I have read about it and it helsp soe people but not all. So I am hopeful, but being realistic.

Since I am paying over $400 for those darn MRIs, I asked for a copy of the results from the doctor today.

Guess what?!

I tore my right achilles tendon in that fall. I asked the doctor why it wasn't mentioned when the results were mentioned in my last visit and was told that since I was not having any pain, there was not need to worry me with it.


Shouldn't I have, maybe, rested it more? Had it wrapped? Anything to help it heal? I guess not.

Fortunately, it must be healing as my walking is better/easier, but just seems like that is something the doctor would tell me.

Oh, well, I will letyou know how the Euflexxa works.

Monday, April 7, 2014

I am just not that interesting.

I guess I have to admit it. Sonya Ann yelled at me to write something, which made me realize that I had not posted in a while. So, I was thinking, "What shall I write about?" And I realized that I am just not that interesting. LOL!

Well, not today, anyway.

I am at work and currently enjoying lunch at my desk, so thought I would post something for Sonya Ann to ready. And anyone else that wants to.

I had a totally quiet weekend and did absolutely nothing but read, watch movies and play on the computer. Hubby was out of town on a camping trip, so I didn't feel a bit guilty. Not that he makes me feel guilty when I am having a lazy weekend, but he is so energetic that sometimes I feel that way.

I was recuperating from going to visit someone in the hospital on Thursday after work. We walked and walked and walked and on Friday I could barely walk because my knee hurt so bad. I took lots of drugs and made it through work, but I was determined to rest it all weekend.

And I did.

I am now in the process of researching weight loss surgery. Anyone had it? Know someone that did?
Care to share experiences?

My ortho told me that I need to lose some weigh....well...duh! But since it hurts to walk, exercise is a little limited. I have cut back on what I eat and pretty much cut out desserts much to Hubby's chagrin, but I need more. I have a friend that had lapband surgery and she loved the results and several years later is still thrilled that she did.

So, that is my latest little project I am working on.

Friday, March 21, 2014

NEW Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap Review!

I don't know what the heck I did to the formatting, but I wanted to get this post up.

As a Purex Insider, I recently received 2 bottles of NEW Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap. I immediately opened them up to smell and, oh my, they both smelled SO good! The hand soap comes in fabulous scents of Yellow Raspberry and Black Sugar, Water Blossoms, and Coconut Lime Verbena. I received Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar and Water Blossoms and I could not pick a favorite.
First I used the Yellow Raspberry and Black Sugar hand soap, because, how could I not? Right? It smelled so amazing and was really gentle on my hands. When I had finished, and dried my hands, they did not feel tight and dry like they do with a lot of hand soaps. AND they felt really smooth. I thought, “I wonder how this would work on my forearms?” Weird? Maybe. But my forearms are starting to show my age with some age spots and this Winter has been really hard on my skin.

So, I lathered up to my elbows. It felt like a gently body scrub and when I was done, my arms felt so soft and my dry skin felt better. The feeling and the smell make me want to lather up to my elbows every time I wash my hands. Maybe I can get rid of these age spots!

The Water Blossoms smelled good and worked just as well, but I have fallen in love with the Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar scent.

Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap is the latest Dial Brand hand soap bringing luxury to your hand washing experience. These premium soaps feature vibrant scents, a gentle micro-scrubber formula that removes dirt from your hands and moisturizes the skin in and a completely new design that will go with any decor. I have been a longtime Dial fan and like most of its products and am happy to add this to my list of favorite products.

When you see Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap at your store, you definitely should pick up a bottle or two. (I don't have a coupon giveaway as the coupons I received expire 3/31/14 and I waited to late to be able to get them out in time to be used. I promise to do better next time!)

Disclosure: I did receive the product listed above for review from Dial but my opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Are you wondering about the outcome of my MRI?

I know you are. Well, maybe not, but I will share anyway.

 This is NOT my knee x-ray, but looks a lot like it.

It is not pretty. I have inherited my mom’s knees. I really didn’t even need to have the MRI done on my knee. I think I won’t be seeing the PA again. Well, I thought she was a PA, but I think she is a RN/Nurse Practitioner. Now, I have nothing against RNs/Nurse Practioners/PAs and will happily see any of them, but in this case she kinda did me a disservice.

The dr said that the x-rays she was looking at were a year and a half old, so she should have taken newer X-rays instead of sending me for MRIs. It would not be a huge deal except that my part of the MRI cost was $368, since I had not met my deductible yet. AND it looks like I will receive a bill for another $200 as the radiologist that read the MRIs is out of network! Ugh! I may contest that bill and pay less than the $300 as I did not authorize and out of network anything.

My orthopedic took newer X-rays and surprise, surprise… my arthritis in my left knee has progressed to the point where the inner part of the joint is bone on bone. My mom has that. Dr. said that it is the level that would make me a candidate for knee replacement, but they don’t recommend it at my age. AND he told me I need to start working on losing weight so as to make it easier for the surgeon when I do have knee replacement. He said, "You WILL have to have knee replacement in your lifetime." I asked how I am supposed to lose weight when I can barely walk. He had no response.

I have some pain pills and he is going to inject something called Euflexxa. My insurance won’t cover the brand he has in his office, so they had to order it and I will go back when they get it in. He said it helps some people and not others. I am crossing my fingers that it helps me.

So, I am on pain meds and hobbling around right now. My knee is feeling a bit better this week. It is leading me to think that maybe SOME of the pain was from my klutzy circus act a few weeks ago. The bruising finally went away.

Oh, and the bone spur on my right doesn't hurt anymore. I told my Dr. that the fall must have fixed it. I can't think of any other explanation. But whatever the reason, I am happy about that.

Monday, March 17, 2014

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

To MRI or not to MRI

Right now the answer is never again.

Back in December, I went to my orthopedic dr and got shots in both knees for my arthritis and bone spurs and one in my right heel for bone spurs I have there. Ahhhh....they felt so much better, though I am not even going to tell you how much that shot in my heel hurt
when I got it!

In January, my left knee and right heel started hurting again. What?! Before, the shots had lasted about six months. And they wore off in a month? I was not happy. But I didn't go back to the doctor as I know I can only get shots once every 6 months. So, what could he do? I hobbled along taking LOTS of Excedrin, ibuprophen and even tried plane old aspirin and naproxen. Oh, and due to a sinus infection I even had a couple rounds of steroids. None brought total relief, so I broke down and made an appointment.

The dr gave me a prescriptions for some pain meds, but wanted me to have MRIs done as my arthritis is not advanced enough to hurt this much. She said I might have a torn meniscus. Just great! But I won't worry about that yet. So I started on the pain meds and waited for a call to schedule the MRIs.

The medication I am taking is tramadol hcl and it is working pretty well. I need to boost it sometimes with some Excedrin, but I am still not taking as much OTC pain meds as I was. I walk a lot at work, so weekdays are especially painful and I am grateful for the meds that reduce the pain so that I can walk without crying.

Oh, and before I even got the MRIs scheduled, I had my little fall last week, so gave the doctor even more to look at on the MRIs. LOL!

Yesterday, I went to have my MRIs. I love that I could have it done on a Saturday and not have to miss work. I am a dedicated employee that way. Hubby has had a few MRIs, so warned me about the noise involved. I was not to worried. I figured I can stand anything for an hour. Especially if it will lead to getting me pain free.

The noise didn't bother me so much as having to remain still for so long. OMG! I kept thinking, "I have got to move." Since it was my lower body, I could move my arms and head, but I was so worried about moving my legs. LOL! It was crazy stressful.

I never thought I was claustrophobic, but I just don't think I could ever go head first into one of those things. I hope I never need one! Now I wait until I hear from the doctor who should have the results on Tuesday.

In the meantime, I hope everyone is staying warm and being safe. We are getting a cold front tonight as is much of the country.