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SmoothiesDelicious and Kidney Disease Testimonial

Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional, doctor, or nurse! I am a SAHM(stay-at-home mom), giving her personal opinions and tips on what has helped me with my autoimmune diseases and other health issues. 

This post is dedicated to Ana with SmoothiesDelicious. She is a fantastic woman who reached out to me because I stayed on her Instagram page and was provided a FREE 5-Day Green Smoothie Diet challenge.

A quick story: I have trouble losing weight due to my autoimmune diseases and kidney issue.  You can read more in my previous post here.

After talking to my care team at Kidney 365, I was given the green light to go ahead with the diet. Due to my suffering from hypoparathyroidism, hypothyroidism, and stage 3 kidney failure, some of the ingredients in the smoothies had to be altered. Still, I will tell you, hands down; smoothies can be made any way you like.

The Beginning Of Something New

When I started investing time into this smoothie challenge, I realized it was not as demanding and stressful as I thought it would be. The hardest part is keeping my blender clean for my next drink and having my ingredients on hand.

I know it sounds crazy, but with the cost of food going up, you don’t want to throw away fresh uneaten fruit, right? Well, buy your frozen fruits in the frozen food section. I learned quickly that is a lot easier and cost-efficient. Only buy fresh fruit you will use in those first few days, at least within a week.

Kidney Disease And FRUIT Smoothie Alternates

With kidney disease, you must make sure that you don’t get too many nutrients from certain foods that you eat. I have a list of foods that I altered to help with my smoothie success.

  • chia seeds – flaxseeds
  • banana – greek or Activa yogurt
  • coconut flakes -flaxseed
  • oranges/ grapefruit – green apple
  • coconut water – water
  • peanut butter – almond butter
  • avocado – yogurt
  • leafy greens – 1/2 handful

My list is still a work in progress, but I’m learning as I go. It is important to remember not to have too much protein in your smoothies if you suffer from chronic kidney failure. Please speak with your doctor so you know what smoothies are suitable for you.

A few examples of SMOOTHIESDELICIOUS

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The Verdict

I was so invested in the 5-Day Green Smoothie Diet challenge that I invested in the 21-Day Smoothie Challenge. It didn’t take long for me to see a difference in my energy levels. I changed from drinking black coffee to green tea. I have lost weight, but I must be honest… dramatic pause… I am no longer doing this for weight loss. The smoothies and the low-calorie meals are what I needed to better kidney health, and this helps me stay hydrated and get in the nutrients I need. Sometimes when you have kidney issues, it is hard for us to eat or drink. You just don’t feel like it, but I feel 1000 percent better having smoothies, juices, and warm teas.

As for the weight loss, I have dropped a dress size. I must tell you I incorporated exercising, purchased a weighted hula hoop, and made it a point to get at least 5000 steps a day.  I didn’t have a lot of energy before drinking smoothies and teas, but now it is different. I don’t feel sluggish, so it is easier to do more.

My favorite is ginger and lemon water. I no longer suffer from any digestive issues. 

Conclusion

I am making lifestyle changes and incorporating smoothies into my everyday life. I want my kidneys to run as smoothly as possible while getting all the nutrients I need to support my body. I want to continue on the road to success with weight loss and getting healthy.

Ana, I just want to say thank you for giving me the 5-Day Green Smoothie challenge. I appreciate you for messaging me and taking the time to talk with me.

Big Hugs and Warms Smiles,

Ivey

 

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Riding The Wave

(WARNING: Profanity will be used!!)

Hey yall, I know it has been almost a month, but I needed some downtime to get my head together.

I brought sushi for a change. Do you like wasabi?

A lot has happened, but at the same time, not a lot has happened at all. The roof where the solar panels were leaking is FINALLY fixed, but the ceiling is still not fixed. How about the solar panel company fixed the leak but left a water bottle under the solar panels. SMH… I can’t make this up. They decided that instead of doing two work orders to fix the ceiling and remove the water bottle, to let the ceiling contractor remove it instead. Yall, the water bottle is still up there after three weeks. Still waiting on the ceiling contractors because they have to give the quote to the solar panel people to get started.

The solar panel company fixing the shingles.
See the water bottle sitting nicely under the solar panel? Am I wrong to be upset? Asking for myself!!

I’m trying to be patient, I’m trying to be understanding, but I’m about to feel my kindness is being FUCKED WITH! Excuse my french, but I am at my wit’s end. That good nerve I had.. that sucker has been played on and jumped rope on so much I’m trying not to wish a motherfucker would. It sounds funny, but deep down, you know I’m being as honest as a heart attack about to happen on a 500 lb woman at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas.

Recently, I have been in this space where I am not content with my present living style. You know when you can feel yourself evolving inside, and the things that you used to enjoy don’t tickle your fancy anymore. Inside, you feel things changing, and you know you can’t stay where you are, but you are nervous about what is in the future. That’s how I feel. I can feel like there’s a change in the atmosphere, and I’m trying to stay grounded. It is hard to stay grounded when you feel like you walking in uncharted territory. Am I making sense?

Guess what else had been going on? Natlie had a birthday on October 30. She is the big 41, and you would think the age means something, but it doesn’t! She still gets carded. She had to work on her birthday, which also rained, but we had a little party at home when she got off. We even started on the Hocus Pocus 2 movie. It is so freaking good.

How was your Halloween? We didn’t do anything this year outside of the house. Phatty (Mackenzie) was a witch, and Madison was a vampire enchantress. She ended up being a witch when her fangs fell out.

Some of their friends stopped by for a few minutes but other than that, it was a quiet Halloween. If I had to say I wore an outfit, I would say I had the Housewife Nappy Headed Mother of Two look going on, and I must say I was FIERCE. From head to toe, you couldn’t tell me anything. I even had a hair clip stuck in my head to pull off the finishing touches. What did you dress up or down as? I know somebody was representing in their birthday suit, and somebody else was getting Chocolate wasted on children’s candy… you can’t judge me. We may be different, but we are the same.

Ok yall, I just needed to get some stuff off my chest. It’s been a hell of a ride, and I’m trying to keep holding on. It is funny; people want to tell you how to live your life, but they are not around when it is slinging you from left to right. You trying to catch your breath in the midst of your storm, and people looking at you, not saying a word. Naw, Mr. Post-Man… read the room now. Old Fake Leader Wanna-Be. You gotta let people know. Stay in Your Lane, Peter!!! 

As always, sending you Big Hugs and Warm Smiles.

Ivey

 

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Leaking Roofs, Birthdays, and Venting

Hey yall, it’s been a lot going on. Lately, it seems always to be a lot going on. I need life to ease up a little because the wave I’m on keeps crashing, and I need a breather.

I brought the bar because you will need a  drink listening to me.

I need to VENT, and then I want to CELEBRATE. I don’t know how to start this off, I don’t know how to explain, so I’m just going to talk.

Leaking Roof and Ceiling

The last time I blogged was about a week ago, and I told yall that Hurricane Ian was coming and I needed to get everything situated in case we were to get hit.

Well, I’m in North Carolina, and lately, we haven’t been getting a lot of rain. Hurricane Ian decided to drop off gusty winds and heavy rains, and out of nowhere, the ceiling in our bedroom started leaking. It was a slow but steady drop.. drop… drop.  We called Michael and Son, a great company, and they went into the attic.

After a little investigating, it was a hole in the roof caused by our solar panel installation. Yeap!!! Instead of the nail hitting the wood, it went sideways into the roof. It has collected so much water that the ceiling in our bedroom is soft. I had to spray this Flex Seal stuff to close up the hole.

I had to spray the Flex Seal over that hole. See how the board is coming down and the water is going to the ceiling fan.

We called the solar panel company, and it took a week to get a work order. Yesterday, I finally got ahold of someone who transferred me to someone else, and I finally got my work order. They were happy I didn’t curse them out and was patient. I told the woman helping me I don’t operate like that. I know she doesn’t own the company; she works for it. I know I’m not the only customer, and I appreciate the effort to resolve the issue. She laughed so hard and told me she would have someone out this Thursday.

The water has started creeping across the ceiling, settling into the creases of the ceiling boards. Its water stains on the ceiling.
Doctor’s Appointment (VENTING)

So I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday as well. It didn’t go so well. The doctor and I got into a heated discussion that turned into an argument. Yeah, it got pretty bad.

So… I needed help with my weight loss and decided to go to a weight loss center. I didn’t tell yall about the weight loss doctor because I was ashamed to tell anyone I was having issues losing weight. I get tired of telling yall my kidneys causes problems, and I just didn’t want to be judged. People judge you for everything nowadays…

Anywho, I got to the doctor and was happy with life in general. Soon as we started talking, I informed her about my stomach bug and how I had been vomiting for two weeks. She cuts me off and says did you take the medicine I prescribed? I said, “Yes!” She tells me that that doesn’t make sense to her to take medicine if I’m vomiting and should have gone to the hospital.

Sidenote: During those two weeks of having the stomach bug, I called my kidney doctor and informed her of my vomiting and my symptoms. The reason is that I also was having WITHDRAWAL symptoms from the Amlodipine. They told me due to my suppressed immune system, DO NOT go to the hospital unless I couldn’t hold down any fluids at all. The risk of catching Covid is higher, and I need to remember that. I was also informed to continue with all my medications.

I TRIED to continue with my statement and wanted to tell her about the stomach bug, being taken off my medicine, and withdrawal symptoms. I wanted to talk about the side effects of the medicine I was on, and I TRIED to tell her about what my kidney doctor had told me.  She repeatedly kept interrupting me. All she kept saying was how crazy it was to vomit for two weeks and not go to the hospital. I told her if she let me TALK, I was not going to the hospital when I take medicine to suppress my immune system. She said to wear a mask. She was putting words into my mouth and started talking AT ME.

That long fuse I have got shortened expeditiously from her criticism. I told her I would be a DAMN FOOL to go to a hospital sitting for hours knowing I don’t have an immune system. I would be crazy to sit in a waiting room for 8-16 hours, knowing I could barely hold my head up, just for them to give me fluids. I can drink water at home for free. She told me that life is about chances, which would be a chance I have to take. I told her MY life isn’t based on chances but on choices!

We started going at it.

Natlie got involved in the argument, and we resolved it as we ain’t going to no hospital unless it is extremely severe. I never told her what my kidney doctor said. I never told her about my newest achievement; she wasn’t going to listen anyway.

In the end, we hugged it out, but I won’t be going back. Not because of the argument but because the medicine I was on was discontinued, and I can’t take any other medicine due to my kidneys.

Kidney 365 program

When I first started blogging, I told yall I would take you on my personal journey with me dealing with this kidney issue.

GUESS WHAT?

Yesterday soon as I came in from the doctor,  I FINALLY got the call. When one door closes, another will open. They accepted me into the Kidney 365 program. I wasn’t able to be accepted at first, but over the course of a year, something must have changed. I was able to be part of this amazing program now.

I’m going to get a big packet in the mail, but I gotta tell you all the good stuff in store for me.

  • A kidney-friendly diet and dietician (YAAAAAYYY) She will help with my hypothyroidism and hypoparathyroidism since both play a major part in my stage 3 kidney failure.
  • renal specialist and nurse to go over my labs and help me understand what those numbers mean
  • medication drop off
  • meal drop off
  • if I get sick again, a nurse will be assigned to me for at-home care.
  • I get medical equipment
  • patient drop off
  • if I go to dialysis, I will have a support person
  • they will go over the medications I take and see how they work with my kidneys and find an alternate medication that won’t be so harmful

I know I’m not telling you everything, but these are some of the perks I get. No, I don’t need all of those things, but it is helpful to know if I ever get sick again, my family won’t have to worry.

Mackenzie’s Birthday

On October 8, Mackenzie turned 9 years old. This year I tried to have a party, but everywhere I wanted to take her, you must have at least 10 kids. Well, that wasn’t going to work. I talked to her teacher last Monday and told her not to tell Mackenzie, but I will bring cupcakes and gift bags to school on Friday.

When Friday came, soon as we got to the school, Mackenzie’s class was literally walking by the school door. Yeap… she saw us. It was ok, though. She was so surprised and kept hugging Natlie, Madison, and me.

Saturday, I pretended I didn’t have anything going on and told Mackenzie we all were going to the mall. I told her I needed to take Madison to a new art store to get some new resins. We pulled up to Frankies Fun Park. She squealed so loud in the car.

Phatty soon as she got out of the car, she was jumping and screaming, but I caught the tail end of the excitement.

It’s been so long since I got on a ride or went to a fun park; I believe I had a better time than Phatty.

When you enter the doors, look at how big this place is. Look at all the games, bowling alleys, and lounge. This place is so massive.

This is the outside park where the rides and go-carts are located.

Natlie and Phatty had to do a quick race to get their motors running. Phatty kept her eyes closed the entire time until they parked. Hollering, “I DID GOOD!”

This is a video of Natlie and me on this upside-down fast ride. Listen to me trying to recruit people to get on the ride. Yall, I thought I was about to lose my ponytail. I told everybody on the sidelines to catch it if it fell off. I am not ashamed! I paid $12.00 for that ponytail!

This is a virtual reality (VR) game that people were playing. These are NOT my kids, and I was fascinated by how you play the game. They weren’t running, as I see in the Tik Tok videos.

Natlie and Phatty rode the swings so many times. Look at them.

We did a little Putt-Putt golf. Yall that hoodie I had on had me sweating. I thought I had one of my heat intolerances coming on! Smh..  look at the scenery. It is so nice!

Ok yall, I had to tell you what’s been going on and to bring some birthday fun your way. I forgot to take pictures of the food, but we had pepperoni pizza and slushies. Aye, one day, we should meet up at a fun park and be kids again. It will be fun, and it will be a much-needed adventure.

As always, sending Big Hugs and Warms Smiles

Ivey

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Immunocompromised and Illnesses

Hey yall, it’s been a while since my last post. I have been a little under the weather from the latest bug, and it took me a little longer to bounce back than normal.

I bought us a little something while I talked to you.

I had a taste for something sweet. Hope you like it.

If you are suffering from any illnesses or taking medications, please go get your vaccines. I already know you saying “SHUT UP!!” but I almost thought I would have to go to the hospital. That little bug took me out for over 2 weeks, and I am here to tell you it isn’t a game. We had to get tested for Covid, and I went through hell and back. Today is the second day of me holding down food, and I am nervous because I don’t want to be on bended knee to the porcelain throne again.

That stomach bug was a doozy, and I wasn’t able to eat anything. I couldn’t stand the smell of food; I’m trying to get back to normal as fast as I can. I have so much stuff I haven’t done. I feel like I’m trying to get back into my groove, but I’m having trouble finding my beat.

I started making Executive Decisions about life and buckled down to getting my Flu Shot. I can’t go through anything like that stupid stomach bug. I thought I had Covid, flu, cold, allergies, and got hit with the ugly stick.  I have upped my vitamins and trying to hold down as much fluid as I can. I have to go ahead and set up my vaccine appointment. I usually don’t do Flu Shots… yall it really messed me up.

I kept smudging the house with white sage to keep it purified. Yes, I love White Sage, I love everything about it, and I love the healing properties that it possesses.

White sage never hurt anybody.

It can turn negative vibes into positive, and it makes you feel better when you are sick.. it gives off this clean smell. So heads up, if you come to visit me, you may walk into a white sage aroma. Breathe deep, Buttercup!

Oh, and guess what we have headed our way, a hurricane. Yeap, we call him Hurricane Ian, and that little booger is tearing up Florida like a baby eating chocolate. It’s a MESS! If you have a chance, take time and look up Naples, Florida. That’s all I got to say…

On that note, I must get going because we must start preparing for Hurricane Ian. We have to bring in the trash cans, bolt stuff down, and I have to prepare some food, wash some clothes, and do little chores so I won’t have anything to worry about. The last thing someone needs to worry about is clean underwear and filling up your tummy with a hurricane.

Judge Me. I have spoken!

Ok yall, I am sending you the Warmest, Biggest Hug I can give with a Big Ole Smile. I will be blogging more, I know I always say that, and I love you for putting up with me.

Your Friend Always,

Ivey

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Sound The ALARM: Stomach Bug

Stop the Press, Call 911, send a smoke signal, wait a minute Mr.Post Man.. this is not a drill! A stomach bug swept through the house, and I am warning EVERYONE to be on the lookout.

Listen, If you have a family of four, it will take one week to go through the entire house. You can’t prepare for it. All you can do is stay up on your vitamins, boost your immune system, and hope you don’t get it.

The symptoms
  • runny nose/ stuffy nose
  • fever 100 -104
  • chills and sweats
  • headache
  • extreme fatigue
  • muscle aches and pains, especially in the legs
  • earache
  • sleepiness
  • cough
  • nausea/ vomiting
  • brain fog
  • itchy dry throat
The Timeline

 I can give you a breakdown of how it moves through the house. All four family members in the course of a week.

Monday – Madison complained of a headache after school. She told me she was ok until lunch. Lunch is around 11:20 am. She came home and went to bed. By 9:00 pm, she had a fever of 104.

Tuesday – Madison had a fever all day, body aches, headache, nausea, fatigue, chills, and sweats.

Wednesday – Madison is feeling better but now has a cough. She is still tired, but she has no fever, no chills, and she is 90 percent better. Now, I start having a headache. I started feeling tired. I don’t think anything about it.

Thursday – All Hell Broke Loose!! I woke up at 2 am, and I’m sick as a dog. I can’t hold anything down. My head is killing me, and my body hurts so badly I can’t stand it. By 6 am, I’m in bed for good.

Madison goes to school, and she just has this exhausted feeling.

Mackenzie goes to school only to be sent back home.. look at this.

Mackenzie had to get tested for Covid.

Natlie had to get Phatty from school, and when we got this Isolation Notice, she took her back to school to get tested. She DOES NOT have Covid. Yay US!!

Mackenzie slept all Thursday.

Friday – I wake up with the worse headache and body aches. Phatty is doing ok, but she said she just wanted to rest. I kept her hydrated with Gatorade.

Saturday – Natlie woke up sick. She popped a lot of echinacea and Vitamins, but she already caught what we had. She was in bed for the rest of the day. She had a lot of chills and sweat episodes.

Phatty and I started to feel better. For some reason, we developed a slight cough, like Madison.

Sunday – Phatty is back to normal, but I still have bouts of nausea and an upset stomach. I blame the immune suppression medication for my issues. It’s a little harder for me to bounce back, but I am doing better. Natlie is in the thick of that stomach bug at this point. All she wants to do is sleep. She says when she sleeps, it doesn’t hurt.

Yesterday/ Monday – Natlie is feeling a little better, but it’s not leaving as fast as it did with the girls. She is exhausted, and she feels like her body feels like lead. She had to take off work. Her head hurts, and she doesn’t have an appetite.

Today/ Tuesday – Everyone is back to their regular schedules, but everyone isn’t bouncing back to the total energy. I don’t know why but you feel tired. For me, I still feel like I have a little body aches still lingering. Not holding down food or liquid isn’t helping, but I am trying to keep ice around me. I can’t afford for my kidneys to take a hit.

Natlie, it’s her eyes. She is pushing herself, but she needs another day to rest.

Madison – she says each day gets better and more manageable, but you have to keep going. She said her legs are always heavy now, and she has an aggravating cough. She said if you cough more than two times in class, people want to give you the Death Stare. LOL! I shouldn’t laugh so hard.

Mackenzie is perfectly fine. out of all of us, the youngest bounced back and is happy-go-lucky.

Ok yall, I had to give yall a heads up. I don’t know what’s brewing around the world; if it is in the schools or workplaces, just know it’s something lurking out there, and it’s not Covid, but it will make you get tested for it.

I want you to protect yourselves. Get your vitamins, and eat your fruit. I thought I was dying, and I don’t want you to go through what we had to.  As always, I’m sending you some Big Hugs and Warm Smiles.

Ivey

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A Week For Myself

Hey yall, how have you been doing? Guess what I’ve been up to? I had a birthday last week. Yes, I Did! I was born on September 7, 1980, at 5:02 am. I am a certified Virgo, and I love every bit of it. I can hear someone right now saying, ” I knew she was a Virgo… I knew it!”

I want to tell you everything, but I got some bad news to share first. It’s easier to get the bad over with so we can relish in the good.

My personal Facebook page has gotten hacked a fourth time, and I will not be fixing it. I have had people get my youngest daughter banned on Tik Tok, and as of late, my hacker blocked my oldest off my page. I could give you a run-down but trust me when I say it is not worth the energy. The biggest lesson I learned is people will show you how they feel after a misunderstanding. Can you imagine me telling these people to PRAY for me when I thought I was dying, just to find out they were PREYING on me? So much has happened with that personal page; it’s like the saying goes, “Out with the Old, and in with the New!”

Now for the Good Stuff

Yall, I had a week full of nothing but good vibes and good times, and I made sure to take photos and videos to share with you.

We gonna party together!!

I really missed yall, and although I know a lot of you are in different countries, I wanted to bring my birthday to you. Usually, I love to have a cookout and have ice cream and cake, but I didn’t want to plan anything. I just wanted to enjoy the week. Sidenote: We have a family tradition we started that we celebrate a birthday for a week because it is our SPECIAL HOLIDAY for ourselves. If we can prepare for Christmas, why can’t we celebrate ourselves similarly?

Put your seatbelt on because I’m gonna take you on a LONG ride.

Sunday, Sept.4, We went to Cracker Barrel. It is an old-time country restaurant and store. I’m from the country, so this place always gives me the warm fuzzy feeling I used to get when I was younger.

 

They have antique memorabilia on the walls, and if you are lucky, they have a checkers table you can sit and play at until your table is ready. When you leave, many people sit in the rocking chairs outside and let their food digest. I am one of those people. I am not ashamed. Check out our breakfast selection.

Monday, September 5, Natlie and I went to Blacow Burger and Sushi Bar. I have incriminating evidence to prove that Natlie doesn’t care about me when she eats chicken wings.

Let me tell you my side of the story. She always ignores me when she eats. I gave her water before we left home, but she didn’t care. She starts smelling the fries, wings, and burgers cooking in the back… all that enjoying the ambiance goes out the window.

Tuesday, September 6, The girls and I went to Olive Garden. We had to get Phatty (Mackenzie) some school uniforms, and then we decided to finish off our little girls’ trip with an amazing dinner.

We had a good time, and Phatty, for the first time ever, ordered a raspberry lemonade. She was so excited over that little drink. I’m telling you, I could see the lights in her eyes flash.

Wednesday, September 7, MY BIRTHDAY

I woke up to text messages from Natlie starting at 12:00 am wishing me a Happy Birthday. Natlie was off work, and she was with me ALL DAY LONG. She even woke up at 7:00 am to run errands with me. Madison still wasn’t in school, so it was a little hectic. By 11:00 am, we were at Phatty’s school, getting her out for the day. We went to the mall, Natlie wanted to take me to do some shopping, but I couldn’t find anything I wanted.  I’m at this place in my life I’m genuinely happy. I just want to experience life and make great memories. She didn’t even know her and the girls being with me on my birthday was the best gift ever. But I did go for ice cream at Ninety’s Milkshake Bar that evening. We walked around the lake, and I enjoyed the sun setting and the colors it made over the water.

I don’t know what you call this concoction; I know it is a brownie, ice cream, and a cookie. Phatty got a unicorn milkshake. You can see it on the right side with the sprinkles.

Thursday, September 8, Madison FINALLY has her school information.  Listen to this, though, she doesn’t have a bus assigned yet. Yeap… every day, I take her to school until she can get a bus.

Friday, September 9, I won’t lie; I was lazy. It was the first time the girls were both out of the house. I dropped Madison off at her school, came back, and got Mackenzie to the bus stop, and I came home and lay done. YES, I DID. This was the first time in 2 years the house was quiet, and I had a good time. After I got the girls from school, I treated us to Jersey Mikes. It’s a fabulous sandwich shop that makes the best steak and cheese sub.

I was waiting for my sub and decided to take a photo. I forgot to take a picture of my steak and cheese sub. I get the number 43 with extra mushrooms, onions, and chipotle; add tomatoes and lettuce!

Saturday, September 10, Natlie and the girls did a Sour Challenge. I didn’t know that while they were having a good time, they were setting up for a birthday party.

I had to hold back my tears because I didn’t even think they would have done this. It meant so much, and I got cake and ice cream wasted. I even got some of the Birthday Songs for you guys.

Sunday, September 11, I learned how to make tuna croquettes; I will be making a recipe blog soon.

Natlie and I watched football. Her favorite team is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and she was yelling and cheering all by herself.  They played the Dallas Cowboys and won 19-3. I sat there enjoying my cake and ice cream. I don’t have a favorite team.

For the football fanatics, I guess you can see why she was so happy.

What do you think about my birthday week? I think it was pretty amazing. I know it’s not as extravagant as most, but I thought it was EPIC. Can you believe I’m 42? I can’t, but I guess it’s because I feel like I’m 25. Age ain’t nothing but a number.

Ok yall, I’m not gonna hold you any longer. I just wanted to share some of my birthday shenanigans with you. As always, sending Big Hugs and Warm Smiles.

Ivey

 

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First Day of School

Hey yall, it’s the first day of school, and we are back in action. How are yall doing? Are yall taking care of yourselves?  What have you been up to?

I brought us some pancakes and coffee.

Mackenzie has been excited since last week, so she was dressed and ready by 6:30 am.  Madison, on the other hand, is having some issues with her first day. She doesn’t get to go to school right now because they still haven’t transferred her transcript from virtual schooling to public school. You would think she would be happy with the extra time off from school, but she isn’t handling Mackenzie’s absence too well.

This is our first day of school photo. They wouldn’t let us walk her in but stopped us on the curb.

 

She has been all emotional, telling me to go back and get her from school; she misses Mackenzie bothering her. SMH!! She walks past the bedroom door looking like a sad puppy dog them lets out soft whimpers. She followed me to the kitchen, whimpering. I accidentally said the word school, and she got sad all over again.

Madison is a gentle giant. She will be 6’5 but has a heart of a kitten.

I want to throw a pillow at her, but I have to be empathic to her feelings, but deep down, I want to yell, “SHUT UP!”

I AM NOT ASHAMED!!!

Guess what happened last week to me?  My amazing kidney doctor has taken me off one of my medications called Amlodipine. It was given to me for my heart. It helps relaxes the blood vessels, and my heart was able to beat at a slower pace. I’m doing so well. My heart doesn’t need help anymore. I have been able to be taken off the medication completely and successfully, and although I’m still in the withdrawal stage, I feel like pieces of the old me are mending back together.

Ok yall, I have to start my day, but I had to bother you with the first day of school shenanigans. As always sending you big hugs and warm smiles.

Ivey