Category: Health

Wordless Wednesday: Overnight Monitoring

Maybe this time, I’ll get the answer I need to help my sleep improve…

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A Lung Story – Surviving Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

There’s a getting-to-know-you game called “Two Truths and a Lie” that I have played many times. You tell three outrageous things about yourself, but only two are true. With all the crazy things that have happened in my life, it’s not hard to baffle the people I’m playing with. I always say “I spent 3 […]

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Retail Therapy

What do you do when you’re too sick to be in public for very long, the gym is a cesspool of sweaty germs, it’s too cold to be outside, and your doctor tells you to exercise anyway? Engage in retail therapy! My pulmonologist recommended that I get 30 minutes of exercise a day, in 5 […]

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TMI Friday: Being on Steroids for Lousy Lungs can Give you a Better Rack

In the past month, I’ve filled over 20 prescriptions. In addition to playing “profession patient”, I’ve become the Foursquare mayor of several different pharmacies and medical clinics. I feel like my local Walgreens is the pharmacy equivalent of Cheers – “where everybody knows your name” (In fact, thinking about it makes me want to drown […]

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Wordless Wednesday: The Impatient Outpatient

Sorry for the recent lack of blog posts, I’m busy being a professional patient. Air quality is bad, and my lungs are totally out of whack. And I’m sick of being sick.

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TMI Friday: My Poor Nostrils

Between the painfully dry winter in Utah, and the nightly abuse of pressurized air from my CPAP machine…my nostrils are suffering.  Between prescription-strength steroid nasal spray, regular swipes of Neosporin on a Q-TIP, and sinus rinses…I’m doing what my doctor has ordered. Unfortunately, I’m getting bloody noses all the time. What’s really gross is waking […]

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RIP Jack LaLanne

“I can’t die. It would ruin my image.” “I do it as a therapy. I do it as something to keep me alive. We all need a little discipline. Exercise is my discipline. “ “How do you build up your bank account? By putting something in it everyday.Your health account is no different. What I […]

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Self-Less – Thoughts on Service and Depression in Mormon Culture

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48 My whole life, I have been taught of the value of selfless service. If you are ever struggling with yourself, find someone to serve and it will help your situation not seem so bleak. It is important to show compassion; to […]

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Insomnia and Hypersomnia

The insomnia monster is visiting me regularly these days, or nights rather. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about my sleep issues, so what better time to write about it than in the middle of the night? Since my mid-teenage years, I’ve had such irregular sleep patterns. Or “poor sleep hygiene” as a sleep […]

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Putting the CUTE back into CuteCultureChick

I may not be everyone’s ideal of beauty, but I am beautiful. At least, I believe I am most of the time. The last 24 hours have really rocked my world. An article by Maura Kelly was posted yesterday, via the Marie Claire website, entitled “Should Fatties Get A Room (Even on TV?).” In this […]

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