Archive for March, 2011

Doctor Appointments, Name Tags & More…

March 24, 2011

Well, I’ll start out by mentiioning that one of the weird “issues” I have with my great medical care is that each time I go into a doctor’s office, I have no idea who I am speaking to/with at the front desk.  You see, she or he knows your name as soon as you tell them, but nobody introduces themseves to the patient!  As you progress through the appointment process, you may meet with up to four different people other than your physician.  At no time does anyone ever inform you of a name. Remember, you may have never met this person before or maybe you haven’t seen the person in a year’s time. Even if you knew their name before, it would be difficult to remember.  It is creepy to say the least. Here you are, entrusting your health and care to a physician, but you have no clue of who these other people are…very impersonal…it makes you feel disconnected…doctors, hospitals, PLEASE have your people wear nametags!   That’s a pet peeve of mine…I think the weirdness comes from the fact that these people are privy to your most personal details, height, weight, live pregnancies, tests performed and their results and then, of course, they are asking you questions before you see your physician.  My thought when they start asking is, “WHO ARE YOU?” I should not have to ask for  your name when you are asking me all of these questions as if YOU KNOW ME!  It’s just plain weird and it is extremely insensitive. I am curious as to whether you feel the same way or whether it simply doesn’t bother you at all.

I had a mammogram last week.  As the technician was getting started, I asked her if she had a way to shield my neck from the radiation.  It was something that came to my attention while watching the Doctor Oz Show. He mentioned it related to dental exams…so be sure to ask your dentist about a thyroid guard to  protect you.  Anyway, the technician said something about “if we use that, you probably will have to have it on a certain way…..mumble mumble. I wanted to try it anyway.  After all…it is my life, right? and my health ..I mean I am here for a diagnostic test to make sure I do not have breast cancer, so why would I want to help to create another tyoe of cancer?  She got the guard; it was no big deal…it fit just fine and didn’t cause any problem for the technician at all!  So, speak up, people! The mammogram was fine; unlike many women, I don’t really feel that it is painful, I believe because I am well-endowed. I think it hurts if you don’t have much going on in that area.  Anyway, you do sometimes get into weird positions (for want of a better term). The technician has you stand a certain way and moves your breast and your arms and and anything else that interferes with the test. It seems that everything is arranged and then they always ask you to turn your foot or leg a certain way without moving anything else that has already been arranged…so when I had my mammogram, on some level I was aware that there was much tension being put on my hips at some point (from all of these little commands). I didn’t think about it, the technician was very pleasant, etc.  The next afternoon around 2:30 I suddenly realized that I had some pretty extreme pain in my hip…enough pain to not feel very good at all…

I started exercising a couple of weeks ago, nothing real strenuous, just 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there…to exercises on ON DEMAND ..(go to ON DEMAND, then to Sports & Fitness and then to Exercise TV…there are hundreds of choices for free) the morning before the mammogram, the exercise I did was squats…it was fine, no biggy, right?  Well, when I felt the pain in my hip the next day I thought it was from the squats at first, then I remembered the strain the mammogram had put on my hips.  At that point I realized that it was a combination of the two events!  Strange, but true. 

Another story about a recent mammogram from a friend.  Two days after having a mammogram, she had an ache/pain on the left side of her chest.  It was at the very top or even above her breast…not a familiar pain so she went to the doctor.  The doctor prescribed 800 mgs of ibuprofen and warm compresses for a couple of days.  The condition is called costochondritis.  So, yes, mammogram can cause some issues to arise.

Here is an overview of Costochondritis

What is costochondritis?
A person with costochondritis has inflammation of the area of the chest where the ribs meet the breastbone. Causes of costochondritis include chest injury, chronic coughing, and strenuous exercise.

What are the symptoms of costochondritis?
Symptoms of costochondritis include chest pain that may worsen with deep breathing or movement of the chest wall. Other symptoms include chest wall tenderness, cough, and difficulty breathing.

How does the doctor treat costochondritis?
Treatment for costochondritis may include rest, cold or warm compresses, narcotic pain medications, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

Continue to Costochondritis Risk Factors

This is you have stories about these issues that others might like to read? And would name tags be helpful to you at the doctor’s office?

Botox Experience for Hemifacial Spasm

March 21, 2011

A month ago I wrote about my hemifacial spasm and what an annoyance it is. It starts as an eye twitch.  As I said then I have received Botox injections rather frequently, more often than most people who receive Botox.  The last time I had an injection was early December. I have decided to see if I can NOT have further injections, to see just how bad the spasm is when I have had no Botox for awhile.  So far it has been fine…the spasm does come and go, but I am managing…I mean this is not life-threatening or anything.

I guess I should take this opportunity to mention a little about the Botox experience since I did not say much about that before.  As the physician has told me, this is an art, not a science…the actual injections are fairly specific if you have a physician who is expert with Botox, but it is not perfect or concrete.  I guess it takes a leap of faith to trust a total stranger (no matter how much training) to inject you in the face with a  needle eight times.  Well…a leap of faith or desperation or a bit of each!  The actual needle going in does …or I should say…CAN hurt or pinch, but usually only 3 of the 8 injections hurts,,,the others don’t hurt at all.  I think it depends on the area of the injection and in one instance, on my chin, the skin is thicker and it really hurts!  So pain would never be my reason for deciding to not continue with Botox.  I feel so fortunate to be able to have this treatment covered by my insurance. And I am very happy that my physician referred me to an expert practitioner. For now, I will relinquish such treatment. I will focus on vitamin supplements, meditation , regular physical exercise and acupuncture and see what I think after a few months.  One other consderation is that we really don’t know what the long-term effects are of having a poison injected into your body. 

I hope my re-visiting this subject doesn’t seem redundant.

This is MeddlingMom…

Gasoline Tips

March 19, 2011

I received this the other via a friend.  Hope it is helpful to you.

I don’t know if this has any value, but lets try it. If the techniques don’t work, please let me know. 

With gas expected to reach $5 per gallon by summer, these tips that I received from a friend might come in handy.        
I don’t know what you guys are paying for gasoline…. but here in a western state, we are paying up to $3.75 to $4.10 per gallon. My line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every gallon: 
Here at the xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxx where I work we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline.. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons. 

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.

  A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps. 
When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode   If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high.   You should be pumping on low mode , thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money. 
One of the most important tips is to  fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL . The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount. 
Another reminder,   if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT   fill up ;   most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. 
To have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas   buyers. It’s really simple to do. 
I’m sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)…and those 300 send it to…you get the idea..

I checked out to see if this was all true. Click on the link to see the article and their opinion.

This is MeddlingMom.  Pray for Peace in the Middle East and around the world….please…


Social Buys for Colleges and Universities

March 15, 2011

There’s a new social site for  colleges and universities. It is similar to Groupon and Social Buy and is called DealQuad.  Currently it is being advertised in  newspapers that are local to UCLA in Los Angeles, Harvard in Cambridge (The Harvard Crimson), University of Washington in Seattle (The Daily of the University of Washington), University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (The Michigan Daily), University of Wisconsin in Madison (The Daily Cardinal) and Rutgers University in New Jersey (The Daily Targum). Not only do you get great deals for yourself, but your student organization including sororities and fraternities can earn dollars from the  purchases made by your members on  DealQuad’s site!  The site is exciting, fun, entertaining and informative . Take a look at it..

Be sure that when you go into the DealQuad site you look at all of the cities included. Some deals are not really local since they are merchandise and would be delivered to you anywhere in the United States or internationally. DealQuad will be expanding to many other cities and colleges and universities; keep watching to see their progress.

Take a look at the deal today on the Madison page of DealQuad. The item can be ordered by anyone as it is not purchased on a local basis and will be shipped to you. The company, Automated Man, offers The Axe Men’s Toiletry Kit worth $70 for a modest $34!. The kit includes a great toiletry bag and several items from the  very popluar Axe product line.  This is a great deal for any man and a wonderful gift item!  Be sure to check it out! Automated Man also has a blog and shocking videos.

I hope you enjoy the new site I’ve mentioned.  Be sure to pass this blog along to your buddies at school, family and friends and also, for you moms out there…to your friends with children in college.

This is MeddlingMom…til next time..

Technology, Apps, Overwhelm…

March 13, 2011

Here we go again….I am almost 64 years old. I am self-taught on the computer and I think I do rather well. I am IT, the primary tech person in my household…How did I get this weird role? I use the computer often; I need to be able to do business forms, contracts, store photos and videos and so much more.  Even though I have very little understanding of how all of these things work, I am the person who  figures out what to do when there is a problem…I am not thrilled with this role, but I do have a little bit of satisfaction and pirde that I have managed to learn a lot and handle this huge nuisance of a task.

Here is a typical situation…a few days ago when I went to turn on the sound (via the icon at the bottom right on my screen), what showed up was not the usual.  I had no idea what to do with it.  Being short on time, I decided I’d have to wait until some other time when I did HAVE TIME (WHEN IS THAT???) to call  to assist me. is a great service that you can subscribe to for under $25.00/month or you can call them and pay on an as needed basis.  Their technicians are great, easy to understand, professional and they will take over your computer and fix things, adjust settings and they will teach you how to do things…but I digress.  So I dropped the need to have sound and moved on.  Yesterday I decided to try to figure out how to turn on the sound (the truth is I have attempted to figure this out at least 4 times prior to yesterday).  I went to various places on the computer with no success and again I moved on to do other things.  Then while I was playing Marble Lines, there was sound!  I have no idea how that happened or why…what did I touch that changed the situation? I will never know…all I know is that now when I click on the icon, two mixer thingies show up instead of one audio thing…one is independent headphones, high definition audio and the other is speakers/headphones, high definition audio. I am clueless…all I know is that there is sound.  When I do call for something else, I will have them teach me about managing the sound. 

Mind you, this is only one (and the latest) of my unanswered questions. All of these make me have an uneasy kind of confusion that permeates my entire being.  I walk around not feeling comfortable, knowing that I really don’t understand how this machine works…feeling totally inept at times and feeling like it must be my age…

The other day, I was with a friend when she took out her camera and didn’t instantly remember how to take a video of her son…she is in her early 30’s!  You cannot imagine the relief I felt…OMG it isn’t me…lots of people are confused by all of the fast-changing technology…I felt better that although I purchased a small video camera in October, I am simply not expert on how to use it, how to take photos on it, how to maximize its potential.  It makes me feel like an idiot, which I am not.  What strikes me at my core is that I am not crazy….even as recently as 10 years ago, people purchased a camera, learned how to use it with relative ease, got to know the camera and got to feel secure in that knowledge. It seems today that we are so bombarded with new technology and the addiction of having it all that we can’t concentrate on the current new item. Even though you are holding a piece of equipment, everything seems so intangible!  I am so totally frustrated with my lack of knowledge and understanding and the feeling of not having conquered anything.  I never feel as if I actually know what to do.  Put the camera or whatever item down for several weeks and BAM! There you are again…you don’t remember what you did to get whatever result the last time you used it!  No wonder people seemed utterly overwhelmed in general today.

I went to a party yesterday and a family member mentioned to me that she doesn’t do well with Facebook…and I thought, yes, it is all a royal pain…you know you go on your page and expect to see all of the comments of your “friends”, but you actually have to look at their pages, too.  Now if you have 80 “friends” or 300, this just becomes one more burden to keep up with…. what people are writing and then there are the links and causes and games and surveys they put on there and the photos…Facebook would be a great bit of fun and entertainment for a shut in, but for the rest of us?   It’s work!  And it makes you want to participate and add your own pictures and videos and adding those may be difficult depending on format, etc….the list goes on and on…and people want to know why they feel like they are losing their minds?

Every day when you open up your e-mails or Facebook or Twitter or do research online, you open yourself up to being completely distracted and possibly frustrated beyond belief (except that you DO believe it because you’ve experienced it so many times you could just throw the computer out the window).  You will spend countless hours, have fun, learn something and you will stop being productive in some other areas of your life, i.e.: when was the last time you cleaned your house?  Or read a newspaper or a book or called a friend on the phone and had a real conversation? It’s all exhausting and yet an eye-opener…One more issue is that we simply don’t allot the time needed to absorb and master all of the ever-changing technology.  So be kind to yourself…it isn’t YOU that’s the problem…it is all coming at us way too fast to deal with!

I think I will log my computer and technology education hours for the next week (then I can reel from the realization of so much wasted time).

I am not saying to give up any of what you are doing, just pointing out that the answers for all of us regarding our overwhelm, frustration and exhaustion might just be in front of our noses…think about technostress.

All I do know is that I am so happy to learn that other people who  I thought would be savvy technologically have trouble with the same things I have trouble with…it’s a relief…affirming that I am okay.

Oh…and  by the way, the first time I heard the word APP was when my daughter told me late last year about an APP she was using to log her calories…I remember being a little confused by the word.  …it’s daunting to try to be current…

I wonder…they say to avoid alzheimers and dementia one should keep playing games and doing puzzles…would all of this activity (trying to solve computer, camera, phone issues, ipad, iphone, blackberry) be considered keeping your mind active… an asset…or would it be enough to drive you over the edge and into insanity…has anyone done a study on this?

This is MeddlingMom…have a great week!

My girls are sooooo happy!

March 1, 2011

This posting is written by a guest writer…I hope you enjoy her writing.

Have you ever bought a product that completely transformed your existence?

That happened to me for the rock-bottom price of $18.

I was a 55 year old woman when I first made this life-altering purchase. Being the type of person who likes to give things the opportunity to fail me, I waited to give my opinion. Now over a year later, I still cannot find anything other than positive things to say about these items.  And so, I decided to share in the hope that it will help out a fellow sister.  That might be you if you suffer from, for a lack of a more delicate term, the not so subtle condition known as headlights!

Unlike a lot of today’s young women who seem to find the evidence of erect nipples appealing under all types of clothing, I found it embarrassing and very limiting.  There were entire lines of clothing and material that were taboo for me.  And it’s not that I didn’t try various techniques to mask the” 0h-so-obvious”.  Bandaids, tissues, padded bras and other products made specifically for this dilemma.  All to no avail.  And then one day I stumbled upon (can you hear the heavenly choir singing hallelujah?)

                                     Bezi  Bra Discs!!!

                     Bra Discs Nipple Covers Style 4101

                                                                      – Blush and Mocha 

They have been the most amazing product ever and literally opened up a whole new world of fashion to me. 

So, if you’re looking for something that’s just right for you, keep searching.  In the meantime, if the bra petals do the trick for you, I’m happy to have helped.  Perhaps something from Automated Mom would be just the right thing for someone you know.  Check it out.

Thank you to my guest writer…

This is MeddlingMom…have a nice evening…

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