A minor health scare

Do I want to air out some of my laundry that’s been going on? Admittedly it’s been a wild ride these past few months. It’s taking me a while to truly digest what’s happened.

Given the nearly three years of the ongoing pandemic that many people have just seen to have forgotten about…and we’re here still wondering when this safe to go on an airplane with our boys. ANYWAY that has nothing to do with my story. I posted this also on my instagram, but decided to also post it here because – IG is not “mine” and that platform could disappear at any given moment, and my blog – well, my blog is here to stay. Clearly.

Cut to the chase: I’ve been having shortness of breath for half my life. I get it looked at when I lived in Waterloo, Ontario after playing soccer. Got an asthma inhaler to use while I was playing soccer. I used it, yes, but it didn’t really make a difference. I stopped using it.

The shortness of breath gets worse during my second pregnancy, I didn’t really notice. Months after 2nd boy was born my Mom keeps bringing it up that I should get it checked out. I do.

I head to my family doctor and he sorta brushed it off until I joked and said…”what if it’s a blood clot in my lungs or something.” He didn’t find my joke as funny as I did. He didn’t want to go “digging for something” so he suggested along with my regular blood work he’ll get my d dimer tested. The D-dimer tests for blood clotting problems. My test came back, Doc man wanted to speak with me in person. Short story, my D-Dimer was double in what it should be. He didn’t seem too concerned, so I didn’t seem too bothered by it either because sweet Jesus if you Google anything you’re dying, am I right? Bloodwork lady was surprised to see “someone as young as me” getting my D-Dimer tested. Interesting note in my head there.

My family doctor wanted t

o rule out anything scary (like a pulmonary embolism) so I was sent for a CT angiogram, the day before my birthday in May. Came back fine.  Great. All I wanted to hear. But doc says he’ll refer me to a cardiologist just in case. This cardiologist doc then has me getting all-the-things: an echocardiogram on my heart. Then a stress test where I’m hooked up to some wires, and I run on a treadmill (with my restrictive N95 mask on. Horrible feeling when running with that on), and multiple EKGs anytime I see him for an office visit. This went on for a month or two. All fine. Great.

Get my blood test done again for the d dimer. This time it’s 6 (!!!!) times higher than the regular amount your d dimer should measure. WTF is going on with my blood. Meaning I’m “high risk” for a blood clot/stroke. For some reason I’m still calm about this. He says if he can’t figure it out after some more testing he’ll refer me then to a hemoglobin specialist to figure out what’s going on with my blood that way.

I mean the doctors are doctors for a reason and THEY seem to be calm about it too. Am I being naive here? Maybe. But…I’m a pretty positive person and I’m sure I’m in the hands of down great care. Cardiologist assures me and says I’ll be fine. We always chatted about Canada, and the things we had in common. I trust him lol. Wow, I’m a great story teller. Hey, I write like I talk, what can I say.

Cut to the chase, I had a chat with my cardiologist because I didn’t want to start taking unnecessary drugs, and I was still nursing my baby. My last baby. We both agreed for my safety, I would have to take a super low dose of blood thinners, stop my birth control pills, and stop nursing my baby immediately (this was in June). I wasn’t ready to stop nursing, and was hoping to continue that journey until my little guy turned 2. But, health is a priority, am I right? I only started taking birth control pills 6 months prior because of my menstrual CLOTS. Birth control helped to stop the clots – which then turned around causing bigger clots in my blood. Doesn’t make sense to me, honestly lol. Weird.

Boom bingo bamboo….got the answer. Took the blood thinners. Stopped the pill. Do another d dimer blood test. Back to somewhat normal. All within 5wks of taking blood thinners. Wtf dude. Was it the pill the entire time? The combo? Who knows. Anyway, have another appointment in October to test to see if my D Dimer is still grand and normal reading. What a wild ride. The readability of this post is so poor, I know that. Sorry. But….there ya have it, that’s the end of my minor health scare. Bye!

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National Drug Take Back Day is coming up

This shop has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AprilDrugTakeBackDaySC

I can’t say it enough – how important it is to keep children away from your medicine cabinet. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we have one kid who is the ultimate rule-follower and the younger boy is into absolutely everything. We have to hide everything, as he’d rather poke around than play with his own toys. Medicines and cleaners are tucked away in high cupboards that he cannot reach, and our unused/expired medicines are brought to a LifeInCheck™ kiosk to be properly disposed of to prevent accidental drug poisoning, or worse.

I’m here to raise awareness of the LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back program, as I did earlier this year. It’s incredibly easy to use their kiosks at their many locations. I’m bringing this back up again, as National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is on April 30, 2022. Anyone who wants to dispose of their prescription medications now have the ability to do so with many of their kiosks across the country.

Did you know you should never flush medicine down the toilet, pour down a drain, or throw out in the garbage? I assumed this was common sense, perhaps it’s not. Not only is it incredibly damaging to our environment, the drugs could also unfortunately be abused by others.

The goal of National Drug Take back day is to educate consumers about the dangers of not disposing of medicine properly. Many are aware of the massive opioid crisis that is plaguing many families, LifeInCheck created a Consumer Drug Take-Back program that provides consumers with a safe option to discard their unused or outdated prescription medications in secure kiosks located across the US.

LifeInCheck has created this tool to help you safely dispose of unused or expired medications.

Simply enter your zip code and they will provide a list of safe drug take-back kiosks in your area. Please note: In California, they do not allow pet meds or sharps.

Thank you for helping to protect your family and our communities.


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A love for Tubby Todd

Unscented and gentle products are a staple for our skin in this household. With me being a sensitive skin person my entire life, then adding in my daily chronic hives for the past 6+ years (it’s absolutely unreal, don’t get me started on it), I’m always looking for products that are effective and that works on both me and my older boy who is reactive to products like his mama. Tubby Todd had a variety of unscented (and scented! Like their lovely hand cream for Mama’s) products for skin.

Tubby Todd makes products not only for kids but I use them too. In fact their (scented, ginger lime) hand cream is beautiful and the packaging is ???????? in the metal tin. This is a generous sized hand cream in an aluminum tube. A thick luxurious cream that smells like warm ginger is one to be gifted this Mother’s Day, or, ahem my birthday. Both coming up next month.

I’ve always been a sucker for beautiful packaging and this one doesn’t disappoint with performance and packaging. (Gosh this sounds so sponsored. It’s not ????). Anyway! If you’re looking for a lil’ somethin-somethin for anyone who would enjoy a hand cream check that one out by Tubby Todd.

Another fan fave in our household is the all-over-ointment. Me and my older boy use it regularly since we both have sensitive skin. It’s also ???????? on cuticles to seal the deal on those dry spots. The best thing about it, is that it’s an all over balm that is fragrance free, and all natural. Perfect for sensitive or eczema prone skin. It’s also pretty fantastic to use on your cuticles.

Have you ever tried their stuff? If you’re in the market, they have some fun stuff coming up this month, so keep an eye out on my Instagram stories!

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