Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday was quite uneventful. Didn't go to church because I woke up so dizzy I couldn't walk so I spent the morning in bed. I made strawberry/blackberry cobbler during the afternoon and took it to Liv and Scott's. Liv made vegetable lasagna and Malea came over for dinner too - it was fun just sitting around talking with them. I don't think there is anything better than friends that know you well and love you anyway.
After dinner I took cobbler to Brent and hung out with him. We watched a show about catfish, another about OCD and talked about inappropriate things. Not a normal night for me, but a normal night with Brent. I'm glad we're friends.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday, May 30, 2009

I showed up for my MRI feeling great. Even though my appointment was early I got ready and convinced myself the whole experience would be no big deal. That so did not work. The radiology tech helping me was really great so that helped, but when he put me in the tube I had a small panic attack. He pulled me out, I took a Valium, waited 20 minutes and tried again. Thank heavens for that little pill, it made all the difference. If you're ever getting an MRI just take the sedative - it's better that way no matter what.

The images were sent to a radiologist to be read but my ENT requested a copy of them so I have a disk to take to my appointment. Helpful because now I've seen pictures of my brain...I have no idea what they mean but it's still pretty cool. There are 283 images and most of them look exactly the same to me but here are a few for those of you that like this kind of thing.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

Today started with a great meeting with my managers. We're reading How to Win Friends and Influence People and each week a manager teaches the group about a chapter using the content in the book and other resources - it's fun to get a lesson about a topic that can be immediately applied from people that I like and respect. After my meeting I got a surprise treat from Liv - soft chocolate chip cookies and milk. They've been a big hit in the office, people were coming back for seconds before lunchtime. Tonight I went to sushi with Brent and Mary - I tried Asuka for the first time. Happy Sumo has been my only positive sushi experience up until now so I was a little nervous about it. All in all it turned out well. The playboy and the platinum were my favorites and the rock 'n roll is nasty. If you're looking for good all you can eat sushi for a reasonable price ($17) this is the place to go.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kids' books

I'm working on improving my collection of kids' books - today I ordered a bunch of the Little Critter series on Amazon. What were some of your favorite books growing up? Did you have a series you loved? I'm looking for babies through teenagers so anything is fair game.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I went to the ENT today and got scheduled for an MRI, MRA and MRV on Saturday morning. He believes that I have some sort of vascular malformation that should be visible in one of these tests; if not I'll move on to a head CT. Being the neurotic patient that I am I started googling as soon as I could and this is what I found out about vascular malformations.
  • Vascular malformations are usually birth defects affecting arteries or veins. (Birth defect? Never knew I had one)
  • Abnormal blood vessels can create problems with the normal flow of blood by preventing enough oxygenated blood from filling capillaries, the tiny blood vessels that connect the body’s arteries and veins. In some people with vascular malformations, blood travels directly from the arteries into the veins without ever having reached the capillary system. When blood does not fill some capillaries, it creates a lack of oxygen and a build up of wastes in the body tissue that would normally get blood from those capillaries. These potentially dangerous malformation are called arteriovenous malformations, or AVMs.
  • Most people with AVMs experience few, if any, symptoms. Though a malformation may be present at birth, symptoms often do not appear until a person is 20 or older. (I've been wondering why my symptoms showed up at 27 - now it all makes sense)
  • Some large cerebral (brain) AVMs may produce audible bruits, or abnormal whooshing sounds made by the turbulent flow of blood. (This is what I have - apparently my blood is turbulent)
  • To confirm a suspected vascular malformation in the brain, physicians use one or more of the following tests: Computed tomography (CT) scans; Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA); or Arteriography. (Looks like my doctor is on the right path)
  • Generally, AVMs are treated with: Surgery (the surgeon ties off and removes the arteries that feed blood into the malformation and then removes the malformation); Embolization (using a thin, flexible tube called a catheter, a physician introduces a substance into a blood vessel to cause a clot and permanently block off that blood vessel); and Radiosurgery (the physician aims highly focused radiation directly through the skull and brain and into the malformation itself to damage the blood vessels that comprise the malformation and eventually cause them to close). Frequently, AVMs are being treated with a combination of these three therapies. (This is the part that makes me very nervous)

Bragging

Remember when I gave blood on my birthday? Turns out I bled faster than anyone else giving blood at APX that day. If that's not something to be proud of I don't know what is.

Top 5 individuals from the April blood drive:
1. Lindsay G. (4:23)
2. Sarah A. (4:31)
3. Jenny L. (4:35)
4. Ben D. (4:53)
5. Ashlee C. (5:01)

My prize for bleeding faster than anyone? This blanket:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Overwhelming joy

It's 5:45 on May 27th and I'm about to stop working for the day. It's a miracle. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the rush of the summer, but I also love pleasant surprises like this.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

This morning I went to the ophthalmologist about my heart beat issue. It turn out that my optic nerve is pulsating nicely and thus I do not have idiopathic intracranial hypertension. My ophthalmologist is the brother of my ENT (and Robert Parsons for all of you Marylanders) and a family member is having the same issue I am so they discussed my situation over the weekend. They believe that there is a problem with an artery or vein in my head which is causing the heart beat. I'm going to the ENT tomorrow but as of right now the plan is to do an MRA (a minimally invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions -uses one of three imaging technologies and, in some cases, a contract material to produce pictures of major blood vessels throughout the body). At first I was nervous about it but after a little googling I found out that I'll get to see a picture of my brain like this:

and now the whole thing sounds pretty cool.

As for the lighter, fluffier, areas of my life, today I had a Hogi Yogi chicken salad sandwich for lunch. I usually think Hogi Yogi is nasty but if you like chicken salad you really need to try this thing - it's my new favorite sandwich and I eat it at least once a week.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Today I had lunch with Tara at Spark, our new favorite place, and we ran into Mary and Brent. We had a great time chatting and eating really good food.

Never been to Spark and you live in Utah County? You need to go. It's on University Avenue in downtown Provo and has the best food I've had locally. When you go make sure you try the pommes frites (the best french fries you've ever had - I promise) and at least one specialty drink. My fav is the bellini but they have plenty of options (all non-alcoholic) to choose from.
The daily lunch special (only $10) includes a salad, main course and dessert and has never disappointed me. My personal favorite lunch favorite is the salmon with a lemon butter sauce - when you go and love it be sure to let me know.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Monday morning I got up, ate breakfast (another Farmer classic, crepes) got ready and headed to the airport (thanks Rick and Laurie for the ride!).

Leaving the Farmer's is always hard - my life seems to slow down when I'm there because the time is spent hanging out...watching kids play (or joining them!)...

getting some baby love...

and spending time with people I really like.

After I left Monica, Kaitlin and the teenagers went for a photoshoot (a Farmer/Farrar classic). Aren't these girls darling?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday was Claire's birthday and she got baptized! Claire was just a baby when I first met the Farmers so I've gotten to watch her grow up and turn into a neat little person.

After church everyone ate a quick dinner so that we could go to the chapel for the baptism. There was a minimum of 45 people eating dinner with us so it was quite a spectacle...

The baptism was great, Alicia spoke, Rick did the baptism and confirmation and Claire was glowing. After the baptism we had a few treats and went home. The weather was beautiful and there were a lot of people (read: children) in the house so we went on a walk around the neighborhood.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Saturday started with a yummy Farmer breakfast...

...and then was spent getting ready for Joslin's graduation party. Lots of baking - something I don't do at home but really like when I have the opportunity.

The party was a great success and I did spend some time relaxing - thanks Monica and Kait for the cute nails!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Today I flew to the Farmer's to celebrate Memorial Day, Claire's baptism, Joslin's graduation and to see Alicia and James.
I love spending time at the Farmer's not only because of the people there, but because it's a great escape from my real life. Look at the view from their front porch - not what I get to look at every day!
After I landed I went to Costco with Kaitlin, Joslin, Sydney, McCall and Monica and then reunited with the rest of the crew and hung out at the house. A&J and I watched the season finale of The Office...seriously funny.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I think I might be a sickly person. I don't want to be but I just seem to have the strangest issues that come up ALL THE TIME. Since December I've heard my heart beating in my right ear - all day every single day. Most of time I don't notice but sometimes I can't concentrate, I think I'm hearing things and 100% of the time I can't read in a quiet room without going crazy. So today I went to an ENT to find out what the deal is.

(why do all doctors' offices look the same?)

The doctor did a lot of hearing tests, asked a million questions, listened to the side of my head with a stethoscope for a very long time and ordered a very inexperienced girl to draw my blood. I have some hearing loss in my right ear but it's minor so he's sending me to an ophthalmologist to check out my optic disc. Why? Because he thinks it might be idiopathic intracranial hypertension which according to Wikipedia is the following:

"Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), sometimes called by the older names benign intracranial hypertension (BIH) or pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), is a neurological disorder that is characterized by an increased intracranial pressure (pressure around the brain) in the absence of a tumor or other diseases. The main symptoms are headache, nausea and vomiting as well as pulsatile tinnitus (buzzing in the ears), double vision and visual symptoms. If untreated, it may lead to vision loss due to associated swelling of the optic disc in the eye. IIH is diagnosed with a brain scan (to rule out other causes) and a lumbar puncture; lumbar puncture may also provide temporary and sometimes permanent relief from the symptoms. Some respond to medication (with the drug acetazolamide), but others require surgery to relieve the pressure."

Neat.

In other news So You Think You Can Dance starts tonight and I could not be more excited!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I had lunch with some of my managers today at PF Chang's. I really like that place - have you had the crispy green beans? I tell you, those things will change your life. Below is what I ordered, the New York strip. I used to love it but I think they changed the recipe so don't order it.
Tara and I watched the American Idol season finale on her bed after she fed me dinner. Seriously, it takes a good friend to feed you and let you watch a show in her bed. As I said previously, I didn't really care who won but I am quite happy that Kris is our new American Idol. I think that Adam may be a little more talented, but I'm glad America isn't ready for his eyeliner, black nail polish, face rhinestone wearing ways. The best thing that came out of the finale (which I thought was great) was this song. Terrible YouTube video but I bought the real song on iTunes and have listened to it on repeat all day...it's playing right this very second.

Puppy

If I were in the market for a puppy I'd get this one. She's living with my mom right now and sometimes I think she's meant to be mine. Maybe when I get a house...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Today was a LONG day. Worked all day, then got my eyebrows waxed. I know you're dying for pictures but I don't have any. If you live in Utah County and need a waxing, let me know. I have a great girl.

After waxing I went home and watched American Idol. I like Adam and Kris equally but think Adam might win. I didn't vote for either because I'm so on the fence. Shahauna - you can think I'm nasty but I still like you and think you throw nice parties.

After Idol I came back into work and took calls in Data Entry. I tell you, there's nothing that helps me keep it real like late night calls in DE. After taking calls I chatted with Lauren and her husband, Kresha and Danielle - I work with great people. Went to bed at 1 am and was dead tired but very fulfilled.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

My lovely assistant assistant Cheryl is getting married on Saturday so we had a little bridal shower for her at Pizza Factory.
After the shower Tara, Danielle, Cheryl and I went to see the castle house so I took a few pictures. I'm hesitant to post them because the house has been trashed (holes in walls, rotting food, speakers ripped out of ceilings, broken glass, lots of personal items left behind) but I'm increasingly excited about the possibility of owning it (damage and all) so I'm letting you in to see it.
Entryway

Formal Living Room

Mud Room

Kitchen

Family Room

Deck off of Kitchen/Family Room (french doors on either side of fire place lead to deck)

Master Bathroom

Basement Bedroom (I didn't take any other bedroom pictures...not sure why)

Basement Movie Room (my favorite room of the house - check out the ceiling!)

2 of the cool sinks that define the house

I met Heather, Malea and Liv for dinner and we had a great time catching up - I love these girls. After dinner Liv and I drove home to dinner and talked in the car for a long time about life and its trials. I feel blessed to have a friend that may not be having the same experiences I am but tries to relate to me and gives me the opportunity to try to understand her.