September 30, 2013

Do I or Don't I?

For several year I have had hand and wrist problems off and on. 
Almost 20 years ago I had cortisone injections in my wrists which helped 
and also not waiting tables at a restaurant also helped with the pain. 

I would have flair up's every now and then but I could handle it. 
But for some reason after the STP this year my hands were shot. 
I could barely uses my hands for weeks after. 
I would be sitting there with my hands on the table and my fingers 
would just start twitching, tingling, and numbness in both my pinky 
and ring fingers, pain and weakness. 
I've gotten to the point that I can't squeeze tooth paste onto my tooth brush. 

I went to the doctor and she did some hand and reflex tests on me. 
She gave me anti inflammatory's to take and told me 
I have to wear wrist braces on both hands all the time. 
Ya right, like that was going to happen. 
I bought 2 braces and I put them on at night right before bed
 and when I wake up they are both off. 
I also do wear the one on my left hand more than the
 right because the left hand hurts more. 

The doctor also referred me for Carpal Tunnel Electrode testing. 

I had my appointment today. 
The pictures below show the "death machine" 

Oh dear Jesus.... 
That crap hurts. LOL
The doctor was so nice and saying "so sorry" every time 
she shocked me 
as I was screaming in her ear. LOL  
That poor lady.

Well, it turns out I don't have Carpal Tunnel I have Tendonitis. 
Below is the home care I need to do and she is referring
 me to have physical therapy. 

I'm thinking I will have this for a long time, because it is 
impossible for me to not use my hands.
I'm always typing, riding my bike and doing crafts. 
So I guess I just need to buck it up. Thankfully, I do not need surgery!!

All I know if I NEVER want to do that testing again. 
I know, call me a wuss but I don't care! 

September 29, 2013

Cookie time....

Every year my niece's come over several different times to make
 holiday cookies, treats & crafts with me.  
I know it's early but when you get a text that says 
"When are we going to do cookies and stuff?"
 How can I NOT let her come over and make cookies LOL 

Best way to spend a stormy weekend.

Soon after that Courtney and her friend Kassi came over. 
Of course we cranked up the tunes and started baking. 
They made chocolate chip and sugar cookies. 
I had them double each batch.

The girls decorated quite a few sugar cookies and there is still a whole 
container will of cookies to decorate. 
Thank god they freeze well. 

Good job girls.. 
I love this time of year. 

September 24, 2013

Boise Half Marathon & Topper's in Las Vegas

September 6 -11
My week started out with a run in Boise with my aunt Pam and staying 
with my cousin Eric and his beautiful family, 
wife Samantha and daughters Violet and Rosie.  
We signed up for a 1/2 marathon. and I bought a plane ticket several weeks ago. 
Come to find out the week before the company that we signed up 
with "cancelled' the run without even sending out an email or letting
any of the runners know. 
Pam found out when she tried to find the course layout. 

We were still going to Boise so we had to find another run,
poor Samantha got roped into doing this one with us. 
We signed up for the Patriot Day 5K.

 Idaho State Police, District 3 Commander, 
Captain Bill Gardiner got the run started. 

 Veterans Memorial Park,
Just beautiful. 
What a fun run and all in honor of those who lost their lives in the attack on 9-11
"Gone but NOT forgotten" 

So since my aunt Pam has had grand-babies she does a tea party's
 with them when they come over.
"Tea with the Queen" 
This is the book that she reads 

Each of the girls have their own tea cup and saucer. 
I got the honor of being involved in my first tea party with her, Samantha,
 Violet & Rosie
It was SO much fun. 
(Sssshhh.... the adult lady's had cosmopolitan's in our tea cups) LOL 

Now off to Vegas Baby!! 

It was a quick trip, I flew in Monday afternoon and Renee and 
I flew out Wednesday morning. 
Of course we didn't get much sleep. 
We had a great time getting to see all the other top Farmers agents and 
getting new ideas for our agency. 
But the best part of the whole trip for me was 
Rascal Flatts private Farmers concert. 

Renee had found out that she and I got to go to a "Meet and Greet" 
with Rascal Flatts. She didn't tell me until about 15 mins before... 
She knew how much I love them and I was OMG so excited!!!!! 

Group shot before the Meet and Greet. 
Christian Slayton, Debbie Curtis, Me & Renee 

IT'S TIME!!!!!
Holy Crap.. We got to hug each of them.. 

After this amazing time we got right up front for the concert. 
We have seen them before in concert.
This time just felt more special after meeting them. 


 I just want to thank Eric & Samantha for opening up their home and
Pam for driving over for the weekend,
and Renee for another AWESOME business trip.
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