Sunday, August 29, 2010

Focus Simplification Plan

Here is an excerpt from a recent journal entry:

I pray VERY regularly to have help balancing my life. I think I might have received a little answer to that prayer today. I just read a few verses that contain the words "wisdom" and "order". It is apparent to me that this is the Lord's way. I like to do so many things. I am the main one that puts it all on my plate. I was looking at my older neighbor's vegetable garden yesterday, having thoughts of longing and regret that my garden didn't look more like his. I was having regrets that I didn't plant sooner, garden more, or take a gardening class. All of the sudden, in the forefront of my mind--louder than the other thoughts--I thought, "He's in a totally different stage of life than you!!!!! This isn't your season for perfecting gardening. Go ahead and dabble if you like, but stop comparing yourself to others!" I've had little thoughts like that before, but it hit me very profoundly yesterday. Here are a list of things I do/want to do with my spare time (not in order of relevance):

Home improvement projects and tasks, gardening, cleaning, and organization

guitar, piano, singing, harmonica


making online books/scrapbooks

massage profession

race training

scripture study

learning new recipes, baking all of our bread and granola

serving others


Now obviously, things like massage, scriptures, race training and service should and will take up the same amount of time every week. But the other things can definitely take their turns. I had this idea that I can focus on one major thing each month. I can work on those things during naptime and on free evenings where I am not working or spending time with Russ.

So far, I've been doing this for almost all of August. This has been deemed my "home improvement focus month". My house needed recovery after this crazy summer. We've been doing projects and I've been focusing on cleaning too.

It's been really good for me to choose a focus and only hone in on that during non Gracee and Russ time. I feel like it helps me see things in perspective throughout the day, so that instead of running to do a blog post while Gracee plays I will either dream up something for dinner or go play with her. I think Gracee has appreciated having a little more of my undivided attention too.

I might post some pictures of the projects up later. Anyway, thanks for reading, if you stuck with me through this whole thing! I'll keep you posted on my simplification efforts!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I need some ideas!!!

Ok, folks. Does anybody know of some fun and exciting things to do for a 30th birthday?? I hiked Timp the morning of my 25th birthday. I'd do that again, but I want to be with Russ on my birthday, and he doesn't love to hike. My family suggested river rafting, which we are looking into--but might be hard to pull of since Russ has class at 6pm the night of my birthday. We normally go tandem biking in the canyon for my birthday--but I want to do something different since it's my 30th. I also suggested bungee jumping, hangliding, and sky diving--but Russ isn't crazy about those ideas either.

Any Ideas??

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tonsillectomy--lessons learned

Okay, so I read quite a few informative blogs that helped me learn some tricks through my tonsillectomy recovery. I didn't want to write about the happenings each day while I was going through it, because I would've felt like a whiner. Now that I am through it, I want to blog about it so that others can learn some of the tips that I did.

Day 1-3
I felt very flu like and could barely make it 2 hours into my pain medication. I am allergic to Morphine and I get emotional on Lortab and I vomit with Percoset. I was given tylenol with codeine and some Perc with anti-nausea pills. Though it was a nice effort on my doctor's part, neither of those two kept me feeling human. I constantly felt shakey and flu like.

Day 3-4
I noticed bumps on these two days on my face. It turned into a rash once it reached my neck, chest and tummy. It was pretty mild. But once it had
a few days to run its course, my face started peeling off, the way people's faces do with acutane. Weird.

Day 5
On this morning, I decided to try to manage the pain without narcotics. I felt much more human, though I couldn't hardly eat or drink anything and was very weak and tired.

Day 6
I bled profusely this night because I think because I was trying to get phlegm out, or maybe because I got a massage earlier that day. The doctor's office said it was okay to get a massage, but I get pretty deep ones, that involve a lot of neck
stretches. It bled for about 10 minutes total, with me standing over the sink and gargling with water and spitting out tons and tons of blood. At one point, Gracee started screaming because the sounds I was making in the bathroom scared her. I had to come out with my hand under my chin to catch the blood and smile to her across the hallway to reassure her I was alright, then she was happy as a lark. The tip I learned that finally got the bleeding to stop was gargling with a huge glass of ice water.

Day 7
Maybe due to the bleeding episode the night before, I woke up this morning with pain too intense to handle without the help of narcotics. I took 2 more final doses of tylenol with codeine this day. I even hobbled over to a playgroup, where I didn't talk much and felt like I had the flu the whole time--but at least I was out of the house! It felt so good to at least pretend I felt good.
That night I remembered that I have a bunch of
DoTerra essential oils. I texted my friend who knows a ton about them and asked what she would suggest. I am so glad I did! Everything started to get better EXPONENTIALLY faster after I started doing what she said. She had me swishing and drinking water with the following oils and blends: On Guard, Lavendar, lemon, and Melaleuca. I would always finish off with the On Guard because it has clove in it, which numbs everything up REALLY well!

Day 8
This was my first full day doing the oils instead of narcotics. The oils worked so well that I didn't hardly even have to take any OTC medication either for the rest of my recovery.

Day 10
At this point I was feeling much better and stronger. I still writhed in pain when I ate though. Here is my next tip: I discovered the beauty of WATER PIK! My mom has one of these and let me use one of her apparatus'. I put it on slow flow half way through my meals and at the end of them. It helped clean out anything and everything that was stuck under the flaps, gouges, and whatever other shapes there were in my scabs. This was the point it which I really started regaining strength and energy because I was fully free to eat most whatever I wanted--providing it wasn't acidic.

Day 17
Scabs are completely off at this point. Throat still gets tired very easily and especially when I shout. The reason my talking swallowing, singing and eating muscles are so sore and tired is because he had to cut deep into my mouth muscles to get those babies out because I'm an adult.

Day 19
Went to post op appointment today. Doc says things look good. The tightness and slight soreness is normal for another month. I have no restrictions--I can even sing again!!! Yea! I can shout and talk loud and for a long time =) if I want, with no soreness.