Thursday, October 17, 2013

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 11

Wow!  It's been a month since the last time I participated in the Quick Takes carnival.  It does't seem that long, but then a lot has happened since then.  I went to the ER a couple of weeks ago because my heart was racing, and it seems I have hyperthyroidism.  More than likely I have Graves' disease, which is an auto-immune disease that causes over-active thyroid.

Now, I'm not saying I'm glad I have this condition, because I'm not.  I'm not looking forward to being a daily medicine taker for the rest of my life, for one thing.  But, I am very happy to know that the tremors, racing heart, heat intolerance, and panic-attacks all have an actual cause (read: NOT hypochondria), and it's fairly easy to treat.  Ain't medical science grand?

That smile?  Soooo not how I was really feeling.  I was one sick girlie.
I've always loved the idea of a home library.  My ideal home library

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Five Favorites: Vol. 1

Five Favorites, hosted at

Big Tex is back at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas!
We love going to the Texas State Fair every year (usually multiple times).  There is so much fun involved:  great shows, thrilling rides, amazing people watching, and of course, FRIED FOOD!  If you've never been, come on down to Texas and check it out.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Story in Pictures: My Trip to the ER

This is me.

heart beat photo: Heart beat beat1.gif
This is how fast my heart was beating when I just sitting and doing nothing.  (That's 120 beats per minute, in case you're wondering.)

This is me in the Emergency Room, where my primary care doc sent me after an EKG really concerned her.  I think she was afraid I might have a heart attack.  To be completely honest, I was afraid of that too.  My heartrate was between 120 and 150 bpm at rest.  YIKES!