Jul 06
2017

This year for Mother's Day I got a puppy! His name is Emmett and he's the cutest thing you'll ever see. We'd been on a waiting list for a dog from PrairieWyn in Pacific Junction, IA since last March. As annoyed as I was waiting that long, I think it was a good thing. The weather has been much better now than it would've been in November and with Eve being a little older has made it nicer, too. 

He was born on my older brother's birthday, March 18th and we picked him up on Friday, May 12th. I had to miss my niece's graduation party because this was the only day we could pick him up and I didn't want to spend 4 hours in the car with this 8-week old puppy (sorry, Katie). So, Eric took all the girls to Kearney and I stayed home alone with Emmett. The first 3 nights were kinda rough, but honestly, that was it! He sleeps in his kennel so well and only starts whining around 6:30 or 7 am. He'll go to the door and paw at it when he needs to relieve himself and he already knows how to sit, shake, lay down and roll over. Don't get me wrong, he's super naughty when he wants to be. He loves to bite anything and everything and we're all hoping he gets over that quickly. I take that back, he doesn't bite Eric....he looooooves Eric. 

He was around 14 lbs when he brought him home and is probably close to 30 now. He seems to grow every day and is starting to lose his puppy fur and teeth. I am sad that this phase goes so fast, but it will be nice when he can just be around us hanging out instead of biting everything and getting into trouble. We sure do love him already.

Apr 05
2017

So, I went in for my yearly physical last week and my doctor noticed that I had an enlarged thyroid. She ordered a thyroid ultrasound and I got the results back yesterday. There were no nodules or cysts or anything so she said it's autoimmune thyroiditis, also known as Hashimoto's disease. My thyroid labs were all within range so we just retest next year and go from there. 

While I was relieved that the ultrasound didn't show anything more serious, this wasn't great news either. There's a laundry list of symptoms that may or may not go along with this disease and it's hard to tell which symptoms are actually related. The first thing that I noticed is that palpitations can occur with thyroiditis and this got me thinking about some other unexplained symptoms in the last 11 months. Fatigue and sluggishness (but, who doesn't have this?), unexplained weight gain (because my diet and exercise are always en pointe, lmao), pale and/or puffy face, increased sensitivity to cold (and I'm usually never cold), muscle aches and weakness, heavy periods, memory lapses and so on. There are also some symptoms on the hyperthyroidism side like palpitations, anxiety, throat tightness and itchy eyes. 

Most of the symptoms are tolerable and could very likely have nothing to do with this thing, but it does make me wonder. The palpitations and tight throat/anxious feeling is not something I want to live with so I'm going to keep on the Propranolol for those. Apparently, if my thyroid tests look abnormal in the future I'll have to take a hormone medication.

In summary, I guess this makes me feel a little less crazy and that helps. Yay, me!

Mar 16
2017

I don't really have anything to talk about right now, but I'm sick of seeing the thumb post on the top. This year seems like it's been a busy one so far. Lots of website work and school stuff have kept me occupied. Ada just had her First Confession and is gearing up for First Communion at the end of April. The girls have a long school break after Easter so we've planned a trip to Colorado to unwind. After that, we're hoping to have a new Golden Retriever puppy in early May. It will be a huge adjustment, but I think the timing will be awesome as far as weather and having the kids home to wear him out. That's about all for now!