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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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.

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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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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

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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What I Learned This Week

McDaddy and I had an extremely long, taxing day. I sat in an exam room while three medical professionals punched a hole in my ear to obtain a piece of ear cartilage. And McDaddy? Well, McDaddy stood by my side while I squeezed the life out of his hand for the better part of five minutes because OH MY DEAR GOODNESS, THE PAIN!

It easily ranks among the top three most painful experiences of my life. Wedged right in between my first kidney stone and the kidney stone removal.

So, as you can imagine, I am in no condition to sit behind this computer screen for any amount of time because my ear feels like it has flames shooting out of the top of it. And if you’re wondering if this procedure had anything to do with the ear pain I experienced several months ago, that would be a BIG. FAT. YES.

If everything goes as planned (in my head!) I will have a definitive diagnosis in 2-7 days.

Here’s a quick list of some things I learned this week.

1. You should never leave a burning candle on your stovetop.

2. If you have a burning candle on your stovetop and accidentally turn on the wrong burner, you could have some trouble.

3. If you walk into your kitchen and discover that a candle on your stovetop is on fire because you accidentally turned on the wrong burner, you should not, under any circumstances, attempt to put the fire out with water. Flour is best in this situation.

And before you ask, I did not learn any of those first three tips first hand.

4. The Saturn Sky is a sleek, sexy car. It was not built for comfort.

5. I typically spend a lot more time dreading a job than it takes to actually DO the job.

6. I have a hard time letting things go.

7. Even at forty years of age, my OCD is alive and well.

8. You can expect a lot of blood after a punch biopsy.

9. There are days when I really miss enjoying an ice cold, coca cola classic.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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What I Learned This Week

Dancing With The Stars is back on.

And that means that on Monday nights I’ll be sitting right here on my big, blue, bloggy couch cheering for Val Chmerkovskiy and Sadie Robertson.

And probably Derek Hough.

Oh, and I’ll also be belly aching because my beloved Maks Chmerkovskiy has decided to hang up his dancing shoes, and I will miss him terribly because THOSE ABS!

I miss them already.

But anyway, here’s what I learned this week.

1. Apparently, there is a shortage of stars, as is evident from the 72-year old fashion “icon” currently paired with Tony Dovoliani.

I mean, REALLY in this whole big world of famous people, that’s the best the producers could do?

2. The only thing worse than wading through tall grass, is wading through tall grass full of bugs.

3. Spray painting has become my newest hobby.

4. I feel so much better when my house is tidy.

5. I feel so much better when I eat healthy.

6. Oh Lawdy. And now a 76 year old on DWTS. Poor Peta. Pimps in my crib.

*insert eye roll here*

7. It is impossible to eat just one Mike & Ike

8. OH SHUCKS. Alfonso Ribeiro can DANCE.

9. It costs the U.S. Mint 11.18 cents to make a nickel and only 5.65 cents to make a dime.

10. The average life of a $1 bill is less than six years.

That’s what I learned this week.

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