Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Giveaway at Christie Cottage

Christie Cottage has a Giveaway every Wednesday. This week the prize is a $15.00 gift certificate to PuraBella's Etsy shop.  Simple to enter with option for two additional entries.  Winner will be announced next Wednesday and a new Giveaway will be offered. 




My favorite from PuraBella's is this Cedarwood Sage hot process soap:


Cedarwood and Sage Hot Process Handmade Soap Made in Maine 


So, get yourself over to Christie Cottage and enter now...someone has to win and it could be you!!!


Have a blessed day!


Vicki




Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chocolate...Not Always a Good Thing!

Chocolate...I love it...too much!  If it is in the house, it calls my name. So, I don't buy it. But my dear husband does and he did last Friday. He went to Publix for me to pick up some BOGOs that were too good to pass up and decided to purchase another special...24 full sized candy bars for $9.85 (I think.)  They were also some of my favorites...Snickers, Milky Way, Three Musketeers and my all time favorite, Twix!  Okay, I had one that night and it was so good!

Fast forward to Sunday and an after service pot luck dinner (luncheon for those who don't have dinner at lunchtime) with some of our friends who make up the JOY (Just Older Youth) group at church. Enter Ms. Betty's chocolate cake (to die for) and Kay's cherry topped devils food cake both in the shape of a heart! And the dark chocolate brownies. Enter two cups of strong coffee (which I never touch after 10a.m.)

Fast forward again to Sunday evening when I could no longer resist the temptation of a Snickers bar and ate one with no regard whatsoever to the caffeine that was in it and all the other yummy things I had earlier.

Fast forward to 9:45p.m. when I began having an attack of Supra-ventricular Tachycardia.  No big deal, I think and begin the maneuvers that usually stop it.  The flipping and flopping of my heart had subsided but  I was still in SVT with a heart rate ranging between 145 and 152.  Blood pressure way, way up.  So, my husband says, "get dressed, we're going to the E.R."  I say, "no, I'm sure I'll be okay in just a few minutes."  So he says, "I'm calling the nurse hotline (of our insurance company) and we'll see what they have to say."  So he does.

Fast forward 15 minutes and we are on our way to our local hospital known for its excellent treatment of heart related emergencies. We enter the E.R. and go to the desk and within minutes I am in a room, with EKG pads all over me and three nurses and a great doctor.  My heart rate is about 145 and my blood pressure is still up.  The doctor talks to me and asks me if I have tried the maneuvers that usually work to get the heart rate back to normal and I told him that I had. He says that there are two ways to shock my heart back into normal sinus rhythm. One is with electrical shock (think "clear" and "bam") and the other is with a chemical medication given intravenously called adenisine.  He chooses adenisine. One of the young nurses says, "Cool!"

Fast forward a few minutes and the I.V. port is in my arm and a young nurse comes in and says, "I need to see this, I've never seen this before!"  The head nurse tells her she can stay and that she can hold my arm steady.  They put the meds in the I.V. port and then I found out what they mean when they say "I.V. push" on TV.  Literally, there is one guy pushing with all his might to get the meds into my vein. So, I have three people working on my right arm: one is holding it up, one is holding  the IV port steady and the other is pushing the medication into the port.  They tell me, "you're going to feel a weird sensation."  About two seconds later, I feel as if I am falling into a hole...not a pleasant feeling. Then it was gone and my heart rate was at 75 and I was out of SVT.  My husband was watching the monitor as they pushed the meds into me and he said my heart rate was 143 and instantly dropped to 75.

I had been confused about all the excitement about watching what seemed to me to be a rather unpleasant but otherwise, somewhat ordinary event.

Fast forward a few seconds later and the intern who was pushing the meds into my arm said, "That's the first time I've used adenisine where the patient did not flatline for a second before their heart rate came back up to normal."  Ah ha!  They all thought I was going to flatline and wanted to see it!  I felt so bad that I did not give them the learning experience they were looking for. Uh, NOT!  One of the young nurses said. "It's okay...it was still cool to see the heart rate drop like that!"  So, the learning experience was not wasted after all.

It was refreshing to be in a hospital with a group of people who are excited about the profession they have chosen and are eager to learn new things.  I have been to too many hospitals where the nurses and interns appear to be bored and more interested in themselves than their patients.  I am so glad to see that there are young professionals who have a calling to be the best nursing and medical professionals that they can be.  It is encouraging. I hope they don't lose the drive to keep excelling!

As for me, flatline or not, adenisine rocks!!! I would gladly take it over the paddles any day!!!

Oh, and one more thing...no more chocolate for me...no more coffee after 10 a.m. and only two cups max before...well, maybe one bite of chocolate here and there...and of course I could never give up Ms. Betty's killer (pun intended) chocolate cake forever...just a small slice from now on though...I just won't over indulge...I PROMISE...really, I do promise.

I am also considering having an ablation so I can get off the heart meds. I'll have to consider that for a little longer though and do more research into it but like that it is an option.

Now I need to get off this computer and get back to cleaning house.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sunshine!

Winter is still here but we are finally having a few sunny days here in Georgia and even though it is still brrrr cold, I am a happy girl!  I can handle cold and sun but I do not function well in dreary!  Maybe the crazy groundhog was right (only a 39% success rate) and winter will be done with very soon. We can only hope. In the meantime, I think I will indulge in some very early...........




























Hope the sun is shining on you, wherever you are!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Fingerprint Friday - Friendship

I am sitting here at 4 a.m. unable to sleep. I haven't participated in Fingerprint Friday in a while because I usually work on Fridays and never seem to have time to get one done in advance. So I took this insomniac moment to prepare a Fingerprint Friday post. As I was going through pictures taken over the last month or so, I stumbled across this one:


A photo of a gift basket that was sent to me by friends that I have never met face to face but feel I have known all of my life.  I met Catherine and her wonderful husband through a Christian Team on Etsy.com.  They are a delightful couple who share my love for the Lord.  In early January, when we were awaiting a snow storm here in the not so sunny South, they thought of me and sent a basket of goodies. The card said they did this for two reasons: 1) They love me and my hubby and 2) wanted us to have some snacks while watching football (BTW, my favorite team is the Steelers! Have loved them since the 70s...Go Steelers!)  How thoughtful and kind and generous!  They often do things like this. They reach out in love with the perfect words to comfort, cheer and encourage and they know how to brighten a day with their wit!

Today Catherine and Hank are my  Fingerprints of God.  They are often God's hands and feet and I love them so much. Thanks for the caring, uplifting and wonderful surprises that make knowing you such a blessing!  We will meet one day, here or on the other side of the river!

Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it. -- Cicero

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. -- Japanese Proverb

...but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. -- Proverbs 18:23-24 NIV (and/or sister -- Me)

I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.-- Walt Whitman



Fingerprint Friday was started by Beki, at The Rusted Chain. It was inspired by the song by Steven Curtis Chapman that contains the line..."when I look at you, I can see the fingerprints of God." To participate and/or visit all of the blogs that do, go to the Fingerprint Friday Post on Beki's blog and follow the instructions.






Thursday, February 3, 2011

Giveaway from The Funner Life

Aren't these just the sweetest bobby pins you have ever seen?  There are more where they came from at Sweet Heart Studios on Etsy.com!  The best part of all is that they can be yours. That's right! It's a Giveaway over at The Funner Life to celebrate Libbi's 16th birthday!  Entries accepted until February 16, 2011.  So get on over there right now and put your name in the hat...there are many ways to gain extra entries!