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Today is definitely a slow cooker day…

Barbecue Baked Beans & Weiners in a slow cooker.
Barbecue Baked Beans & Weiners in a slow cooker.

With the weather being bad today I decided it was a good day to use the slow cooker and make some good old fashioned barbecue baked beans and wieners. I hadn’t made them in so long, and nothing says comfort food for a cold day like beans & wieners.

My first week in school has been good. It turns out math isn’t bad when you have a good teacher.  The problem is my academic advisor told me that my classes were on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I was registered for classes on Monday’s and Wednesdays. So when I showed up on Tuesday the teacher told me I could stay as they covered the same things, but the I don’t have access to her files on the school website. I enjoyed her teaching method so much I really didn’t want to change. Her class was full, but I was able to get written permission from her to join her class. So I’m now waiting for the school two drop me out of the other class and register me into hers. I hope it doesn’t take them too long as I need access to the homework on the website.

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First week in college

College clip art
College clip art

So my first week in college has officially begun. My first on campus class is tomorrow I’m a bit nervous about it. It’s math and I’ve never been very good at math, but I’m determined so there is that. Besides I’m married to a math genius (at least he is to me) so I should be okay. I’ve already begun my English comp class and I must say I think I’m a bit excited about it. I’ve always enjoyed writing and being able to improve those skills is something I’m glad about. In any case here I am starting my new path!

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The Death Of Net Neutrality

 

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Too Funny

Someone maxed out their sneak skills.

 

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Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful…

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful…

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We need Healthcare..

Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper
Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper

Normally I don’t get upset and go on Rants, but today I’m going to. Right now, my 61-year-old Mom is sick, she’s at home with a fever. She’s not sure what’s causing that fever and she can’t afford to find out, because she doesn’t have health care. WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL. People shouldn’t have to choose between paying the bills and going broke because they are sick. I’m in my current condition because I couldn’t afford health care before we had the Affordable Care Act, and I ended up not being diagnosed for a very long time, then when I was I couldn’t afford to keep getting my bloodwork drawn and meds Adjusted. Now a bunch of people want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act instead of improving on it. I personally would gladly pay higher taxes to ensure that others never must suffer through making the tough choice of going to the doctor or paying bills.

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I hate pain…

Sinta Kitty Sleeping in the window
Sinta Kitty Sleeping in the window

So today I woke up in so much pain I was in tears. Luckily Mark was here and quickly came to rescue with tiger balm & advil, but damn it was bad. Also here’s an adorable picture of my fur baby sleeping in the window adore

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School Stuff

College clip art
College clip art

So today I have good news, I received both my admissions letter for the Medical Administrative Assistant Technology program at Cincinnati State, as well as my financial award letters. So I called today and set an appointment with my academic advisor for Monday the 18th. I’m looking forward to getting the ball rolling.

I thought long & hard before deciding that I didn’t want to go into IT. Basically it boiled down to not wanting to hate computers. As of right now I love working with computers and enjoy learning new things about them but I know if I were to make a career out of it I would essentially end up hating it & I really don’t want to do that. Also by going this route within a couple of years I can have an Associate of Applied Business degree and then continue on to a Bachelor’s degree if I want.

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Today’s Remedy

A spoon full of Nutella and Whipped Cream
A spoon full of Nutella and Whipped Cream

Some things can only be fixed with a spoon full of Nutella topped with Redi Whip…. So That’s what I decided to have! 10/10 Would highly recommend! gigglegigglegiggle

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Thyroid Caused Madness, Or how one wound lead to an odyssey

Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper
Stethoscope on a printed sheet of paper

So for the past month I’ve been dealing with some kind of Rash that initially started on my leg as what appeared to be a small water filled bump. One night in my sleep I scratched it open. This lead to an open wound. For most people no big deal, for someone with both Graves Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (ie…me), this is a problem. My already compromised immune system means that not only will my wounds heal more slowly there is a greater possibility of infection. But anyway I decided to wait a few days to see how things with my leg would pan out. During that time my leg began to itch horribly. To the point that when We finally decided to take me to Urgent care a huge part of my lower right leg was very red and very sore. So the Urgent care doctor gave me a prescription for Antibiotics and an Anti fungal.  For the next two weeks I took these and finished them, however at this point I now also had itchy rashes on my upper leg areas, on my stomach and chest as well as on both arms. I tried hydrocortisone, Gold Bond rapid relief, Gold Bond multi symptom with lidocaine, and Benedryl anti itch gel. Nothing worked to stop my itch.

With none of that working and things only getting worse, We finally decided it was time for me to see my doctor, So in we went. After examining me and being shown the prescriptions I already took, it was decided that I should have another round of antibiotics & anti-fungal medication. The doctor explained that because of my already weakened immune system I needed extra time for my body to heal and repair itself. She also told me I could take two oral benadryl per dose to help with the itching. But honestly it didn’t do much good. The only way I found any kind of relief was taking a shower and moisturizing afterwards. That would relieve my itching for a least a few hours, but this was also drying my skin out. In fact on one day I think I took at least 5 showers. Then I remembered that when I was a child, I had suffered through chicken pox. I remembered that my mom had used calamine lotion for the itching. I also noticed how dry my skin had become from all the showering. This is a problem, because my skin already dries and cracks easily due to my Graves Disease. So When Mark called me on his lunch break, I told him to pick up some Cotton Balls, Calamine Lotion, and Baby oil on his way home from work.  It’s been six days now and I’m actually seeing results. I think the Antibiotics are doing their job and the calamine has helped with the itching. Applying baby oil after showering has helped me to keep my skin from drying out. Today my arms and legs look much better and I’m finally not really itching. I’m just spot using the calamine at this point, so if a little area itch’s I just put some calamine on and it is helping.

Having an itch you can’t scratch is a miserable thing and when it’s been going on for so long it’s enough to drive you insane. I’m just so glad that it actually appears to be over now..hopefully soon enough my skin we be normal again.

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