Do I Look Sick Does Interior Design: Family Tree

This is a part of the guest room/office that is really just a junk room right now. Someday it’ll be a baby room, but right now it’s our room of mess. So I can’t show you the entire room. But I have done a little something in there I wanted to share.

So when we moved in to this house, all the light switch panels were….interesting. There’s one of Jesus Christ in the bathroom (of all places!) and there are chickens in the kitchen AND master bedroom – these people loved chickens apparently. But I hadn’t even noticed the one in the guest bedroom until we were doing inspections.

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This is how I knew it was meant to be. This is also how we decided that this room, our someday-baby’s room, would be MAGICAL-THEMED. We’ve already installed Continue reading

Do All Women Have Endometriosis?

Do you remember way back in elementary school when they split up the boys and girls to talk about the miracle of puberty? I do. I remember a few things about it vividly. My first impressions I got from learning about my body were as follows:

1. Sex must be disgusting. I mean it must make a lot of gross squishy noises. I decided to make sure to bring a tape player on my honeymoon (the tape player might be the funniest part of this conclusion) ((kids, if you don’t know what a tape player is, see below)).

2. Women have some serious design flaws.

And I’m thinking I wasn’t the only one to see this.

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Happy Snow Day! 20% off the entire store!

Here in Texas there’s ice on the ground, which means more things are closed than on Christmas day – unless we had some kind of “white Christmas…” but that’s only a legend.

Anyway, I know most states don’t entirely shut down when it rains small ice chips, so I thought I’d share a little Texan joy with y’all and give you 20% off everything in the Do I Look Sick store!

Hurry, it won’t last long!

 

Pregnancy, Delivery can both cure AND cause endometriosis?

Life is a wacky thing, isn’t it? Pregnancy can, by reshaping the uterus and resetting your hormones, reduce the symptoms associated with endo and sometimes it can even get rid of endometriosis symptoms completely. But that in itself is ironic since endo can make it extremely hard to get pregnant in the first place!

This odd little paradox has been a part of my life for so long that it hardly seems odd anymore – until I learn more and see JUST HOW COMPLICATED this little paradox is!

Check out this article on the cesarean birth. I know the all-natural movement has a lot of people bad-mouthing cesarean birth lately but this is mind-boggling – cesarean birth can actually CAUSE endometriosis by dispensing endometrium in the pelvic region and the wound itself. That endometrium can then become endometriosis, causing extreme pain that if you’re a regular reader here, you probably know all about.

One cesarean delivery doubles your risk of developing endo – good news? Multiple cesarean births don’t seem to raise those odds.

Hey, I’m LOOKING for a silver lining here. I can only work with what I’ve got!

On a slightly unrelated note, my sweet friend just gave birth au natural, no meds. I always kinda thought that since I’m in pain literally all the time that I would immediately accept pain medication because I get it. I’ve felt the pain, it’s not new or exciting and I’m really over it. But there are some benefits to doing it without meds, the most persuasive being (on average) shorter labors. Hmmm….long and not painful or a quick bout of pain? Either way you end up with a baby and will likely never think on the labor as much as you do that prize.

I plan on having a long chat with her on the subject as she’s done it both ways.

What do you think? Isn’t birth a crazy miracle? Isn’t endo a crazy curse? Has pregnancy helped you with endometriosis? Has delivery GIVEN you endo? I want to hear from you! Leave a comment below and tell me your crazy birth stories, statistics, plans, whatever you’ve got.

Hmm…I realize this post isn’t a very balanced summation of cesarean birth, I kinda just say how it’s bad. Are there pros? Ummm….cesareans make pretty babies?

But all babies are pret–

Hmm….do I lie or tell the ugly truth?

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The Best Doctors and Nurses I’ve Ever Had

Too often do blogs like mine focus on the bad doctors. Ranting can be helpful and empowering when used to encourage others to stand up for their health, and disaster stories are always funner to tell than the procedures and doctors visits that go smoothly.

But let’s take a second to bask in some positivity. As much as a journey through chronic illness may pit us against some medical professionals, I think we all can admit that we’d be nowhere without the doctors and nurses who have done no harm and, in fact, did a bit of good as well.

1. My GP, Dr. Oliver.

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I first met him when I was about 17, and I was mortified because he was my mom’s gynocologist and there’s no teen in the universe who’s excited to go to their first OBGYN appointment. A few months after our initial visit, I woke up in intense pain from cramps and begged to be taken to the ER – you know the story. Mom called him and though he misdiagnosed over the phone, once I had a proper appointment he was quick to spot endometriosis as the culprit. He has operated on me three times and congratulated me when I got married, bought a house, and made the occasional trip to Disney Parks. He’s a huge Disney fan. And he’s even become very chummy with my husband, as they both sing in choir at their churches.

Recently, when PCOS began to rear it’s ugly head, Dr. Oliver sent me away to a fertility specialist – after he had tried everything he could of course. I asked if he was firing me – borrowing the term from so many health blogs where doctors have given up on their patients. He smiled and said no, he was promoting me.

Sweet, right? He’s a quirky funny sweet guy, and he’s taken great care of me.

2. My fertility specialist, Dr. Lawrence.

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I’ve only been seeing her for a few months but we were fast friends. She is a doctor who not only treats PCOS, but who has it herself. She knows everything about it – the medical side and the living with it side. She’s funny and talks fast. And at the end of every appointment, she stops everything and asks if I have any questions. If I quickly respond with no, she asks if I’m sure. If I do have questions, she answers them and then checks again before she leaves – “any more questions?” She gives me time to think about it and I never feel rushed. I’ve never left her office going “ahh, I didn’t ask about ___!”

3. My dentist, Dr. Watson.

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Waaaaay back when I started this blog, I almost died because of a crazy tooth infection. Dr. Watson was amazing through all of that. I was living out of town then and couldn’t always come in quickly, but he gave me his personal cell number so I could call or text anytime – and it was this open line of communication that got me in oral surgery just in time to not die.

4. My oral surgeon – he has a distinctive name so I don’t want to list it here like the others, which sound made up even though I promise they’re not. So we’ll call him Dr. McCutiePants because he’s dreamy.

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Yeah that’s right, I went with Oliver Wood. Full disclosure: the laughing gas and relaxy meds may have contributed to my perception of his attractiveness. Anyway he was awesome because he saved my life and also literally dropped everything to take me in. He gave me warm blankets and used the children’s needles for the initial IV because I was distressed about it. At the time I was trying to get certified as a SCUBA diver and was pretty resigned that I wouldn’t be able to do it with the rest of my class – but Dr. McCutiePants was a SCUBA diver himself and made sure I was equipped to carry on.

Also, he was really cute. And he kept on caressing my face to make sure my throat wasn’t swelling shut, and I liked that.

5. About a million nurses.

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I’ve had awful nurses of course but there are much more good ones than bad. There was Elsa, who took care of me during my last surgery. There’s an amazing guy in the blood lab at my hospital who used to work at Disney World, so he’s got that superpower where he knows exactly what will make you smile and not punch him while he draws blood. There’s a little old lady at my dentist’s office who would come in just to hold my hand if my husband couldn’t be there for all the million procedures I had to do in my year of teeth-hell.

6. Texas Flag Guy.

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I truly regret not knowing his name. He was my anesthesiologist for my last surgery and the first anesthesiologist I’ve ever had that I didn’t get the “mad scientist” vibe from. Whoever I was supposed to have couldn’t come in that morning, so there was Texas Flag Guy with a Texas flag on his head. You know, in surgery they have to cover their hair? He decided to go the awesome route and tie the Lone Star around his head. But more than that, he was extremely kind and fatherly. I was extremely frightened and the pre-surgery me is just the worst. I have to deal with a creepy IV and go into creepy rooms and get myself up on creepy tables and it turns me into a gigantic baby. But Texas Flag Guy was a gigantic daddy type fellow, so he was totally ready for it. Just before I went under, I remember him saying something to me, but I don’t quite remember what. It felt like something along the lines of “I’m right here.” And it made me feel better.

I know I’m leaving out a ton of people, but like I said, the bad times are often more vivid memories than the good.

What are the best experiences you’ve had with doctors or nurses? Tell me about it in the comments below! Too long winded to sum it up in a comment? I know I am! So write your own blog post if you want! Be sure to send me a link!

And remember to dwell on the positives every now and again.

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