So long babyhood

Boy oh boy, juggling two boys as a SAHM and wanting to find the time to sit here and write up blog posts is ….somethin’ else. I truly don’t know who reads them anymore – I sometimes do. And I want to keep the ol’ blog going. So this is where I’ve been lately.

I’ve been so engulfed with my thoughts and spending time with my boys because guess what? I registered bebs for kindergarten (as most may know, he’s never been in preschool or TK, he’s been home with me for almost 5 years). Unreal.

There’s a lot going on in his brain lately. Such an intelligent inquisitive kid. Mostly questions about death, and I remember when I was his age I was terrified about war, or getting hurt, or my parents dying. Bebs is in the same boat and asking me very detail oriented questions about death.

He’s asking about my father how he died. Why couldn’t the doctor’s fix him. Did I watch him die. Can he feel anything now that he has died. Those kinda questions.

Boy, I wish my Dad was still alive to meet my kids.

Kids have some complex brains man. A lot of questions that are difficult for me to answer without whippin’ the ol’ Google out. Asking questions I’ve never even thought of honestly lol.

I’m trying to be as present as possible in my boys life (not that I wasn’t already) but it’s hitting me that my older one is going to kindergarten in the fall.

It’s crazy how fast life passes by when you have children.

The questions I always have before they go to school and become naturally influenced by others:

Did I do enough?

Will he be okay?

But before you know it, the years have passed. He’s growing up fast and it truly is bittersweet. I really do mourn the toddler years already since we had so much freedom together. Me being a SAHM and him being able to galavant out to the forested adventures anytime any day.

Anyway obviously not against the kid getting an education ????. As I said, it’s a bittersweet period in our lives. For sure going to shed some tears getting him ready for kindergarten. Let’s hope he gets into the school that we really want him in! ????????

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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

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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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