“New Year, Choose You” Giveaway

CY_logo[1]I am trying to get back to a healthy weight. I got to my highest weight ever during pregnancy and even gained a few pounds postpartum, and now I am trying to lose about 50 pounds to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I’m down 11 and have a good ways to go.

According to the American Cancer Society, almost 50 percent of cancer deaths could be prevented if women maintain a healthy weight, avoid tobacco products and get regular cancer screenings. And all of those are so easy to do! To help out, the American Cancer Society has a program called “Choose You” that helps women put their health first. The program offers social support and financial incentives to give you the motivation to meet your goals!

The American Cancer Society is going to give one of my readers a “New Year, Choose You” gift pack that includes a workout kit that includes a pedometer and calorie counter, resistance band and jump rope; a t-shirt and a flower pin.

What you win:
A aworkout kit that includes a pedometer and calorie counter, resistance band and jump rope; a t-shirt and a flower pin.

How to enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me what your health-related goals are this year.
2. The giveaway ends at 11 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 28.
3. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond.

Extra entries:
1. Write a blog post about this giveaway and link back to it — 5 entries
2. Tweet about this giveaway — Win an exercise gift pack from @cadifi http://tinyurl.com/66eu8v5 (please leave either your twitter ID or the url of your tweet in your comment) — 1 entry a day

Pleave one comment per entry, i.e., five comments for a blog post, one comment per tweet. Remember to come back every day and enter to increase your chance of winning!

This giveaway is sponsored by The American Cancer Society. I was given a gift pack for this giveaway.

Patients Know Best

I woke up Monday feeling like crap. I knew a sinus infection was coming on because I had my typical symptoms — clogged ears, congestion and pounding in the head. So, off to the doctor I went, with Lucy in tow since her sitter was sick too. I knew I had a sinus infection. I know my body.

So, imagine my surprise when the nurse practitioner told me I had strep throat. I was kind of surprised since my throat didn’t hurt, but she said my throat was covered with the tell-tale white bumps (which Joe confirmed later that night). I asked her if I had a sinus infection as well, and she said I didn’t and that my symptoms were from the strep. I got a prescription for a z-pack and went on my way.

By Wednesday, I was feeling better, but in the evening I noticed the congested feeling coming back in my ears, nose and head. Thursday was worse, and Friday was miserable. I felt like I was in a fog all day and couldn’t concentrate. Somehow, I made it through my newscast, and as soon as I was done, I headed to urgent care.

After about an hour and a half, which included being forced to watch “Hannah Montana: The Movie” in the waiting room (and trying to decide what was worse — being sick or watching that movie), I finally saw the doctor. Sinus infecton? Check. UTI? Check. Strep? Swab was negative but the NP hadn’t given me enough of the antibiotic to completely knock it out, hence the sore throat that had developed. Apparently, instead of the normal z-pack which is two pills the first day and one pill for the next four days, I was supposed to be given one that included two pills a day for the five days.

I was given Levaquin, which the doctor calls a “super antibiotic” and supposedly is like hitting the strep with a bazooka. It also should knock out the other two infections. And, instead of going to my parents’ house today to visit with them, my grandparents, and my brother and his family, we’re here at home because I still feel quite bad. It really pisses me off to know that if the NP had taken me seriously on Monday, I could have gotten antibiotic for the sinus infection and would likely be feeling MUCH better by now and would be able to enjoy this beautiful weekend. And, it pisses me off that she gave me the wrong dose for the strep. My mom, who is a nurse, says that if strep isn’t treated correctly, it can move into the lungs and heart. Now, I know that’s a worst case scenario kind of thing, but I don’t think strep is something to be taken lightly.

The next time I go to my doctor’s office (and, I intend to see the DOCTOR from here on out rather than the NP), I will make sure to fight even harder. I know my body better than they do, and I’m my own best advocate.

Valentine’s Day Then and Now

This was Lucy last year on Valentine’s Day weekend:

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This is her this year around the same time:

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I’m just amazed at the change. What a difference a year makes!

Poor Lucy has been sick with some kind of upper respiratory thing. She now has a cough and chest congestion. She doesn’t *act* sick, but she sounds horrible I really hope she gets better SOON!

I am always on the hunt to find the cheapest car insurance. I think we have a pretty good rate right now, and I haven’t been able to find any that are cheaper, but when I get a new car next year (hopefully!), I’ll definitely need to start keeping my eyes open again and getting quotes every so often. That’s one area I’ve found where you can save a good bit of money.

Kitchen Lighting

I REALLY want to update the lighting in our kitchen. Right now, we have these horrid overhead lights. I really don’t like them. We have the same kind of lighting in Lucy’s room, too. They really don’t seem to give off much light.

I’m thinking about getting some kind of pendant lighting for the kitchen, at least for over our table. I’m not really sure yet what to get to replace the other light in our kitchen. Any thoughts? What kind of kitchen lighting do you have? Do you like yours or do you have something you’d like to replace it with?