What I Learned This Week

The boys have the week off from school. You cannot know how excited I am that I don’t have to wake up at O’Dark thirty. In other news, my right ear – which up to now has remained Relapsing Polychondritis free – has been red and swollen for days. That means that my last flare-up was in September and now – just two months later – I’m dealing with this ear craziness again.

I am so frustrated.

There’s a pretty good chance I’ll be put on a maintenance medication to help prevent the flare ups. Will you pray for me, please? I have tried really hard not to worry or be obsessed with this, but honestly, it is hard not to dwell on it. I have no idea what my future holds, and sadly, I have no idea if my heart valves or trachea is being compromised as I type this.

Do you know how scary that is?

But, enough of all that….  here’s what I learned this week.

1. The horse’s small intestine is 50-70 feet long and holds 10 to 12 US gallons.

2. Emergency surgery to remove a tumor from the small intestines of a horse will cost more than $6,000.

3. Judge Judy works 52 days per year and makes $900,000 per work day.

4. If you’re a woman and love to laugh, you should seriously get some Anita Renfroe’s latest DVD.

5. If your puppy ends up yelping and limping three hours after his booster shot, he may have had a reaction to the shot. In this case, he will need an anti-inflammatory shot.

6. There’s a pretty good chance that water running you hear in the bathroom may not be the ice-maker. Rather, it’s possible the running water you are hearing is a busted water line in the garage.

7. When the temperature is twelve degrees outside, it is time to shut off the water valve to the garage water line.

8. The ice-maker in our freezer has decided to quit working.

9. The freezer isn’t freezing at it should be.

10. When it rains, it pours.

11. It would be nice if the iPhone had a wireless charger. Is that even possible?

12. The pumpkins on my porch are rotten.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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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.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

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