What I Learned This Past Month

There is a rare auto-immune disorder called Relapsing Polychondritis. It occurs in 3.5 people per million.

Did you get that?

This rare disorder of the cartilage occurs in three point five people out of one million people.

Do you know where this is going?

Yes, you guessed it.

I hit the Relapsing Polychondritis lottery.

Do you remember when I had trouble with my ear in March, June, and again in September?

And yes, that ear on the right hurts just as bad as it looks.

After several visits with an Ear specialist, a CT Scan, several appointments with a head/neck oncologist, a needle biopsy, a punch biopsy, weeks of pain, six antibiotic prescriptions, two steroid prescriptions, blood work, and a rheumatologist appointment, I was diagnosed with this crazy rare disorder that is characterized by recurrent episodes of painful inflammation that causes deterioration of cartilage. This often painful disease can cause deformity and be life-threatening when respiratory tract, heart valves or blood vessels are affected.

As you might guess, this crazy rare disorder is not well known, not well understood and is often misdiagnosed.

Basically, the human body’s immune system begins to attack and destroy the cartilage tissues in the body. It is characterized by recurrent episodes of inflammation of the cartilage of various tissues of the body. Tissues containing cartilage that can become inflamed include the ears, nose, joints, spine, and windpipe (trachea). The eyes, heart, and blood vessels, which have a biochemical makeup similar to that of cartilage, can also be affected.

Oh, and as an added bonus, the course of symptoms for patients is often unpredictable.

That’s what I’ve learned the past month.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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Open Letter To The Guy In Oregon Who Stole Our Credit Card Information

To The Man In Oregon Who Stole Our Credit Card Info,

You do not know me. I live on a home on a small city near Charleston, WV, with my husband and two small sons.

Back in July, my husband discovered a $4,000 charge to BW, Inc. on our credit card. After calling me to verify that I hadn’t lost my mind and purchased a pool without speaking to him about it, he called the credit card to report the fraudulent charge, a charge which was very surprising to us because both of us had our credit cards in our possession. The next day, a lady named Sarah called from BW, Inc. Sarah was calling us because “something didn’t seem right” about the caller who was ordering a crazy, expensive ATV with matching helmet. You see, the caller (YOU) was located in Oregon and the card holder (US) was located in West Virginia.

This may not have been such a big deal, but when Sarah asked why the billing and shipping address did not match up, you explained that the home in West Virginia was your chalet.

Chalet?

Really?

In West Virginia?

This is laughable to me, and I guess also to Sarah who was, thankfully, smart enough to realize that you are a lying thief. Had you not been greedy, you probably could’ve gotten away with your initial purchase without anyone suspecting anything until we received our credit card statement. And speaking of the initial purchase, the FOUR THOUSAND DOLLAR go-cart you ordered, what did you do with it?

Did you sell it?

Do you still have it?

When I called BW, Inc., to talk to someone about the fraudulent charge, Sarah was nice enough to provide me with your billing information and your phone number, along with a copy of the go-cart order delivery information. I know exactly when you ordered the go-cart, the address it was delivered to and the date and time it was signed for.

You better thank your lucky stars I don’t live in a state near Oregon or I would’ve paid your sorry hind-end a visit, myself.

Do you remember the day you received a call from “Sarah at BW, Inc.” asking you to verify the receipt of the go cart? That wasn’t Sarah, you idiot. That was me! I never expected you to answer the phone that day, but must say I was quite proud of myself for thinking so fast on my feet. I really wanted to scream through the phone that you were a “no good thieving thug, but instead, I kept my cool. I should have said the words felonious and idiot before hanging up.

I have tried to call you several times since then (and tried again this afternoon while writing this post) with no success. I can only imagine that a no- good thieving thug like yourself would know to use an APP which allows you to use a fake phone number.

I have spent several hours working in cahoots with our local police department here in Charleston, Chase Visa, and the Portland Police. It appears that because you live in Oregon, we live in West Virginia, and the go-cart company is in Minnesota, you will likely get away with this. If I had the money, I would pay for your extradition myself.

If you kept the go cart, I hope you wreck in it. If you sold the go cart on Craig’s List (which I’m guessing is what you did with it), I pray that you get what’s coming to you and that you were paid with counterfeit money. Hopefully, you’ll pull another stunt like this and your sorry butt will end up in jail next time.

You need Jesus.

And a conscious.

Sincerely, The Lady in WV Pushing For Your Arrest, Conviction and Incarceration

What I Learned This Week

I have so many things to catch you up on. All I need is some time to commit to sitting down and sharing it all with you. The first thing I learned this week is that even though I have the very best bloggy intentions, there always seems to be something I need to be doing, cleaning, organizing, planning or checking on.

I promise that I will sit down and get all caught up on the goings-on around here next week. In the meantime, here’s what I learned this week….

1. If you lose a special piece of jewelry, but feel deep in your gut that it is somewhere in your house, it probably is.

2. But, you should probably look between the seats in your Jeep, just to be sure.

3. If your kid has been missing one of those crazy expensive Nike elite socks for months, it just might be hiding in the hallway to the laundry room.

4. I like vegetable soup better than chili.

5. But I really like Wendy’s chili.

6. Having a puppy is a lot of fun.

7. Cleaning up puppy poop is not fun.

8. I am jealous of Facebook friends who have their Christmas décor out already.

9. I have purchased three pairs of Croc flip-flops in the past three years. I have claimed they were the most comfortable flip flop made. As it turns out, Crocs makes a different flip-flop that is even more comfortable than the one I’ve been wearing for the past three years.

10. Dress Barn is officially my favorite place to buy clothing.

11. Store bought pepperoni rolls aren’t nearly as good as homemade pepperoni rolls.

12. The next time I paint a door, I should ask McDaddy to take the hinges off first.

13. It is exciting to find out that an important piece of jewelry that has been missing for months has been found.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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What I Learned This Week

I am beyond thrilled that tomorrow is Election Day. I get at least six or seven recorded calls per day telling me why I should vote for one candidate over another. In my opinion, political calls should be illegal.

But I’m sure you didn’t come here to read about my opinions on political calls.

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. An orange tootsie roll is better than a cherry one.

2. I have very little patience for bratty kids.

3. I had forgotten how good a Baby Ruth candy bar is.

4. The orange Italian soda at Carabbas is better than the raspberry one.

5. That stupid Del Monte green bean commercial annoys me.

6. Alex likes almond joy candy bars.

7. Even after his negative allergy result to almonds and walnuts, I am still leery of Alex eating them.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

I’ve had a busy, stressful couple of weeks. It seems like one thing piled on top of the next and before I knew it, the deck was stacked against me and I was facing one crazy thing after another.

Thankfully, God’s mercies are new every morning and things seem to be settling down a bit.

Bless it.

Here’s what I learned this week…

1. American Eagle now has a clothing line for dogs called American Beagle. One month ago, this fact would have made me roll my eyes. Now that I’m a dog owner though? Not so crazy.

What is crazy though, is that they haven’t asked my cute boy, Bentley to be part of their “Paw”some program.

2. I have almost put as many miles on the SKY in two years, as the previous owner did in five years.

3. “Potty training” a dog is harder than what I thought.

4. Alex has a pair of jeans, that in his opinion, “Make him look fat.”

Dear goodness.

5. When asked what he’d like for his birthday, my soon to be nine-year old always says, “A pocket knife.”

6. When ordering pictures from the Mart of Walls, you might want to double check that you are sending them to the RIGHT Wal-Mart.

7. When planning to meet a friend for Mexican, you should probably make for certain that you are clear about which city you are meeting in, otherwise, you may end up at a restaurant in one city and she in another.

8. Thanks to the “find my iPhone” feature on my beloved iPhone, McDaddy is able to find me even when I am lost and looking for a restaurant in another city.

9. The kid bagging my crap at the grocery store couldn’t care less about smashing my bread.

10. A ninety-minute voice memo will not transfer from iPhone to iTunes.

11. A three pound dog will gain a certain amount of confidence watching his three pound brother jump off of a couch.

12. White chocolate candy corn M&Ms are nasty.

That’s what I learned this week.

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Yes To Being Still

A couple of years ago, I had a big, ugly argument with a friend from our church. It took the wind out of my sails. I was so angry and sad, I spent several days in prayer. I remember praying to God while running the vacuum and asking Him to let me know if I was wrong. I wanted to do something. Make a phone call. Stomp my foot. Kick. Scream. Something? Anything! Instead, I discussed the situation with my husband. And then, I waited…

I am guest blogging today over at We Are THAT Family.

Head over there to read about how I said YES to being still.

What I Learned This Week

When he was thirteen months old, Alex played Baby Jesus in our church Christmas play. As he sat on “Mary’s” lap in the nativity scene, he ate a handful of Ritz Bits crackers with peanut butter.

Minutes after the play, Alex puked violently five or six times. Once we arrived home, he seemed to be fine. I chalked it up to a virus or food that didn’t agree with his stomach.

The next day, it dawned on me that he had eaten peanut butter for the first time. I called his Pediatrician and she suggested we have him tested for food allergies.

As it turned out, he was allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and soy.

We were heartbroken. I have prayed many nights that the Lord would take these food allergies away. We are so thankful that his allergies – though very pronounced – do not / have not seemed life-threatening.

I received a call today from Alex’s Allergist today. The nurse was reporting the results of his latest blood test to see if any of his allergies have gotten worse. I was expecting to hear, “no change.” Instead, the nurse said, “I am just calling to report the results of Alex’s blood test. There was no change in the peanut, cashew, pistachio or egg allergy. Tests for almond and walnuts were negative.”

Y’all.

That. Is. A. Big. Deal.

I praised the Lord right in my kitchen!!!

How did we celebrate?

With Little Debbie (and her walnut brownies) of course!!!

I learned this week (in more ways than one!) that God is faithful in all things if we just trust Him.

Here’s what I learned this week.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

As a new puppy owner, we are having so much fun with our sweet boy, Bentley. Today happens to be his two month birthday. If I had thought of it earlier, we would’ve had a full fledged furday party.

There are some personnel issues going on up in here that I am not at liberty to discuss here on the blog. Our home dynamic has changed indefinitely and I ask for your prayers as we trudge through these foreign, murky waters. One of the things that I’ve learned (IN A BIG WAY) is that you should be very specific when praying. I have learned through this situation that when we seriously seek the Lord and His will for our lives, we should first prepare ourselves for the possibility that His will may not be in line with our thoughts.

And that you might just end up saying, “Okay, Lord, I trust You.”

Here’s what I learned this week….

1. A two pound dog is aggravated by a collar and a metal name tag.

But it makes for a really cute picture.

2. Potty training a puppy dog is a lot of work. It takes consistency, perseverance and patience.

3. Potty training a puppy is a lot like potty training a kid.

4. The new Mexican cornbread recipe that I made today was a flop. Or either my oven is not heating appropriately.

5. Appearances can be very deceiving. In church. On Facebook. You name it. Unless you’re living in someone else’s shoes, you have no idea what road they are walking.

6. According to the Rheumatology specialist I saw last week, she is quite certain that the chronic ear pain I’ve been experiencing since March, is indeed, Relapsing Polychondritis.

7. My post titles and the word Inmates in my blog title are the same font as The Brady Bunch font. That makes me smile.

8. I could watch Dirty Dancing weekly.

9. When a friend (Heather!) cleans up all the crazy characters strung throughout your blog, you will visit it daily for the first week to make for sure and certain that they. are. really. gone.

10. And then you will let out a war-hoop each and every time that you discover that yes, indeed they are still gone. Thanks, Heather!

11. I don’t like to go very long without seeing this sweet face.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

It’s been an interesting week here at the McResidence. Things have changed quite a bit and we are loving our sweet puppy.

We’ve had Bentley for one week. He is a lot of work and a lot of fun. He enjoys being with people. He loves to chew on things, fingers, cords, toes, clothing, and any little thing he can find lying around. He gets excited easy and lets me cuddle him when he’s tired.

Here’s what I’ve learned SO FAR this week….

1. Having a new puppy in the house is like having a newborn in the house.

2. A Yorkie puppy can sleep in ANY position.

3. It is easy to fall head over heels in love with two pounds of energy.

4. House training is a tough process.

5. Bentley sleeps about seven hours at night before whining to get out of his crate.

6. Yorkie tails are often docked for cosmetic reasons.

7. The average Yorkshire Terrier is approximately seven – eight inches tall and weighs between three – seven pounds.

8. There is a high concentration of Yorkies in New York City.

9. Yorkshire Terriers usually live to be 12 to 14 years old.

10. A Yorkie with championship bloodlines may cost as much as $4,000.

11. A Yorkie puppy gets a lot of attention out in public.

12. Alex is not a fan of dogs, but he loves Bentley.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

Y’all!

The first thing I learned is that an antibiotic will not do its thang if you take it once a day instead of the prescribed twice a day.

The next thing I learned is that I need to learn to READ THE DANG LABEL on the medicine bottle before taking it.

According to at least one of my eight loyal blog readers, I am missed when I don’t blog regularly.

Here’s all the other things I learned this week.

When in pain from either a punch biopsy or polychondritis – you might expect your ear to REALLY hurt for days and days.

Facebook can be a great resource for finding a puppy.

The Goldbergs is a really funny sitcom.

And lastly, I learned that it doesn’t take long to fall in love with a sweet face like this one.

Welcome to the family, Bentley!!!

That’s what I learned this week.

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