December Blog Fail

December Photo Blog Challenge.
December Photo Blog Challenge.

I seriously fail at being on here daily.  I mean, I am on here daily but I get serious writers block and just lock up and log out.  So I guess I will catch up on my December Blog Challenge.

Day 3 – What Are You Reading?
Well, the other day I picked up this book by James Patterson.  It’s not sitting next to me so I can’t tell you the exact story but it has to do with someones diary.  I’m like… 5 pages into it so I haven’t formed an opinion on it quite yet 🙂

Day 4 – Shadow Play.
shadowpuppet(Photo Credit: Google Image Search… haha!)

Day 5 – Someone I Love
Well, there are a bunch of someones that I love, just all on different levels.

The boys. (Hugo - 1 year - left side.  Marley - 3 years - right side)
The boys. (Hugo – 1 year – left side. Marley – 3 years – right side)
My family. My dad, my big little sister, my mom and myself.
My family.
My dad, my big little sister, my mom and myself.
This family. (L-R) Miah, Miccah, Shane and myself.
This family.
(L-R) Miah, Miccah, Shane and myself.

Day 6 – Burst of Red
I don’t like to wear red.  I have to for my job but that’s about it.  Therefore, I do not have anything of value to add to this area of the challenge.

Day 7 – The View From Here.
I am currently laying on the couch with my computer in front of me.  The cat is curled up by my head, Shane is sitting at my feet playing with the dogs off and on and watching a movie.  Hugo and Marley are lumbering around the house – which I should add, they about as quiet as a bull in a china cabinet.


Medical Update

Since Day 2 of the photo blog challenge was quite vague, I decided to go off on a little tangent and update those of you who have been following my medical mystery for the past month.

I went into the doctor about two weeks ago now.  The doctor that I ended up seeing was not the doctor that I initially wanted to see.  This guy has a reputation around town for not caring for his patients.  However, since I didn’t know who I was scheduled with until the night before my appointment and the amount of pain I was in has been slowly increasing, I decided to keep my appointment.  MISTAKE!  He walked in, listened to my heart, listened to my lungs then told me he wanted to take a blood panel.  He didn’t look at the bruises on my legs or the swelling to go along with it.  He didn’t even bother to ask the story behind them so that he could be a little more educated to ensure that he would be able to assist me to the best of his abilities.

So.  I gave my 20 vials of blood and was told that my results would be in no later than Monday.  I wanted until Monday and didn’t receive a call.  I called on Tuesday – results still weren’t in.  Called on Wednesday morning – there was a little concern with a test so they were running it again to be sure of the outcome.  Wednesday evening, the clinic finally called back and everything was actually normal so he wanted to refer me to a hematologist.  I got quite rude with the nurse and told her to cancel the appointment with the hematologist and I was going to schedule an appointment with a Doctor who was going to look into my story and actually pay attention to the problem areas.

On Monday, I was able to see a different doctor and she was wonderful! She rolled up my pant legs and had me remove my shoes and took a look at the bruises and the swelling.  I thought I was going to have to pick her jaw up off of the floor.  She couldn’t understand why the previous doctor would have no concerns – but understood when I told her that he didn’t even look at them.  She then told me that she was going to send me over to the hospital to get X-rays.  Um.  WHAT?

Dr. Thoreson told me that she felt I have quite a few hairline fractures in my bones just judging by how tender they are to touch and how much swelling there is to go with the bruising.  However, the only way to tell was by X-ray, and if nothing showed up in the X-ray, we would find something in a bone scan.  So, I got my papers and off to X-ray I went.  I waited for about 20 minutes and finally was escorted into a room that was about 60 degrees.  I was told to put on these God awful shorts so that they could get clear shots of the bones in my legs and feet.

After the X-rays were done, they scheduled me for a bone scan for the end of this week.  They told me that my results would be in on Tuesday.  After a long day at work, the clinic called me back and told me that the bones showed up ok in the X-rays but there was a concern.  I have a large amount of soft tissue damage.  While this may not mean a whole lot to you, it means a lot to me since I have been battling this for about 12 weeks now – the fact there is still substantial damage is not good.

They asked to move up my bone scan but since I work an hour away from where I live and two people just got fired, I don’t really have the capability to do so.  So I asked what I could do to alleviate some pain and swelling until I could get the scan done on Friday.  Their first response – STAY OFF YOUR FEET.  Easier said than done.  I have a strong work ethic and I can’t stand to sit still for long periods of time; I’m always doing something.  My job requires me to be on my feet anywhere from 7-12 hours at a time depending on the shift that I am given.  On top of work, I’m usually on my feet when I get home – cooking, dishes, cleaning, laundry, so on and so forth.

If things in the bone scan are ‘inconclusive’ or they happen to raise more concern, my next step is a MRI.

I told Shane the news when I got home and he was excited.  He’s been looking for the doctors orders for me to stay off my feet so he has a reason to pamper me.  So what does he do when we get home?  Wraps my feet in ace bandages with ice packs, throws my feet up on some pillows and brings me food, water, and the TV remotes.

So as I write this, I’m laying on 3/4 of the couch with my feet elevated, the cat is curled up on my lap, the dogs are curled up by the couch and Shane is sitting on the other 1/4 of the couch building our dream home on the Sims.

Even though my medical situation sucks, at least I’m starting on the road to getting answers!  I will update more as my appointments carry on.

If you are interested in reading more of my story, go check out my previous blogs!

November Blog Challenge – Completed!

Yes! You read that right. I am working ahead tonight and completing the challenge since this weekend we will be traveling hundreds of miles between a couple of days visiting my family as well as Shane’s family.  So, here is my wrap up for the month!

Day 24 – What Attracts You (In Love)
Well, what really drew me to Shane was his sense of sincerity.  Then when we got to talking, I noticed: respect, honesty, integrity.  He was also fun-loving, adventurous (we went hiking on our first date), well-mannered, had a sense of faith/religion, and was happy-go-lucky kind of guy.  All these things combined really drew me to him and I haven’t looked back since.

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Day 25 – Your Biggest Regret
Simple.  Moving to South Dakota.  &#@% that place and most of the people (or for sure one person) in it.  Biggest mistake of my life. (Refer to “Some Friend You Were” for explanation)

Day 26 – Your Hidden Talent
It’s kind of a hidden talent, but kind of not.  I LOVE baking.  So, I decided for Miccah’s 13th birthday, I was making him Minecraft cakepops.  So, turning food into art?

Day 27 – What’s In Your Closet?
A bunch of clothes and shoes.   But recently I added: A military ball dress and I’m SUPER excited for it!

Day 28 – Most Embarrassing Moment
When I was 16 and dumb, I drove to someone’s house without direct permission from my parents and when we got back from a movie, my car was gone.  I had to get a ride home from said person… it was awful!  But! I learned my lesson!

Day 29 – A Confession
This really isn’t a confession but it’s the best I could do right now.  Shane has asked my dad for my hand in marriage! (YAY!!)  We have already started the planning process (oops!) and I’m anxiously awaiting to see him on bended knee asking to keep me for the rest of his life.

Day 30 – Your Hopes For Your Blog
Really, my hopes have already been fulfilled.  All I wanted was a few followers, and I’ve seen so many followers come in the last couple of days.  All I wanted to use this for was to heal.  To heal from my past, gush about my present, rant about the crap not going right in my life and plan for my future.  If someone wants to follow me because of that: AWESOME!  I do follow everyone who follows me and I take time to go through and read most (if not all in some cases) of your posts to make myself familiar with your background.  So.  My hopes are fulfilled!

November Blog Challenge Contiuned

Day 23 – If I Won The Lottery
Well, since this is how Shane and I have killed our afternoon, I would pay off all of my/our debts (student loans, clinic bills, credit cards, car loans, personal loans, etc.), I would buy myself a bigger family vehicle (some sort of small cross over; Acadia, Rendezvous, etc.), and I would buy us a house where our current family would fit comfortably and allow of us to let our family grow without any concerns for space.  If I had anything left over from that, I would split the rest away between the kiddos and put it in a college fund.

November Blog Challenge… Again.

Day 22 – Your Worst Habits
I have a few bad habits that I am aware of.  When I’m really stressed or when I get nervous, I tend to chew on the inside of my lips and cheeks or I chew my nails.  Aside from that, I guess my worst habit would be cracking my knuckles.

I guess I don’t pay too much attention to my daily routine to know what other bad habits I have.  My apologies for a lame post but then again, I’m not too terribly entertaining.

November Blog Challenge – Days 18-21

I’ve decided that I suck at this daily blogging thing.  Maybe next month will be better.  :/

Day 18 – A Picture Of Yourself

This was taken a couple of days ago on my way home from work.  It was time to let my hair down.
This was taken a couple of days ago on my way home from work. It was time to let my hair down.

Day 19 – Your Favorite Movie
I have more than one.  So I’m going to go with my Top 10 (in no particular order):
Phantom of the Opera
The Notebook
God’s Not Dead
Wall-E (Or any Disney movie to be honest)
Mr. Hollands Opus
Role Models
Hunger Games
aaaaaaaand Step Brothers

Day 20 – What Makes You Happy
I’m a fairly simple person.  I’m happiest when I can spend time with my family, Shane’s family, our family, when I bake/cook, and when I can just step away from daily life for a little while and unwind.  I also enjoy being out on the farm on the 4-wheeler out in the middle of nowhere but now that we have a bunch of snow, mudding is out of the question…

Day 21 – What Makes You Sad
I struggled with how to answer this question in a way where I didn’t offend people.  But at this point in my life, I’m done walking on egg shells around people so if this offends you, oh well!
Backstabbers and two-faced people.  If you cannot be 110% honest with me and if you can’t show me your true colors, you are a waste of my time.  That is why I LOVE blogging and why I love every one of you who have followed me.  My posts are real.  I read your posts, and I feel your pain/happiness/sorrow/excitement/struggle/etc.  That is real.  None of you hide who you are.  However, there are some people who I interact with on a daily basis who could take a few lessons from this blogging community.

November Blog Challenge

I initially started this blog challenge on my first blog site.  However, with everything going on within the last month and a half, I haven’t had much time to do any new blogs with the exception of the one I posted yesterday.

Since I have gotten somewhat caught up with homework, completed dishes and laundry, I figured I could write a blog with days 1-17 on it.

Feel free to join the challenge :)
Feel free to join the challenge 🙂

Day 1 – My Blog’s Name
The Fuzzy Octopus – I couldn’t tell you why, but when I had to re-start my blog, I heard Miah use this term a couple of different times and it just seemed to fit.

Day 2 – 20 Facts About You
1. I am left handed
2. I am a farm girl; born and raised
3. I am shy when you first meet me but once you get to know me, I’m quite outgoing
4. I play tennis and piano
5. I live in a house that consists of Shane, Miccah, Miah, myself, two 90+ lb dogs (Hugo and Marley), a 5 pound kitten (Angel), a 6 ounce Chinese Emperor Hamster rat thing named Socks, and a fish named Mollie.
6. I work 45 minutes from where I live.
7. I love fall.
8. I am a regular coffee drinker.
9. I was born with a broken nose and it didn’t heal fully/correctly so the bridge of my nose is ‘movable’
10. I’ve met my soulmate.
11. I love to cook and bake.
12. When I am nervous, I chew my nails or the inside of my cheeks/lips
13. I have one sister
14. I am faithful/religious but I do not shove it in other people’s faces
15. I love to ride 4-wheelers
16. Even though I was a farm girl, I never hunted and I just recently learned how to shoot a gun
17. I used to feel that I had a relatively boring life… I was wrong.
18. I have never used any type of drugs and I’ve been drunk less than a handful of times.
19. My favorite pop is Dr. Pepper
20. I couldn’t be happier with my life; even with all the up’s and downs, I wouldn’t change one thing about it.

Day 3 – My Favorite Quote
This has been my saving grace this last week.  The less I know about everything that has gone on, the better.

Day 4- My Dream Job
I have a few ‘dream’ jobs.  The first one is to become a wife.  The second, to be come a mother.  The other two are just occupations that I want to hold; owner of a bakery and a teacher for children ages peewee- like…7.

Day 5- My Proudest Moment
Honestly, I can’t think of one moment in particular.  My life has had so many stepping stones in it; all of which I am proud of.  I graduated high school, went on to college, graduated college, got engaged, called off engagement, continued working full time, started going back to church, landed a new job, went back to school, and found my soul mate.

Day 6- What Are You Afraid Of?
If you were to ask me this a month or so ago, my answers would have varied.  But currently, my biggest fears are losing Shane, the kids, and our animals.  Along with that, I fear the monster who decided to use me as a stress ball.

Day 7- 5 Favorite Songs
There are so many to choose from!  Currently, I guess they would be:
Roller Coaster – Luke Bryan
Burnin’ It Down – Jason Aldean
Perfect Storm – Brad Paisley
Centuries – Fall Out Boy
All Of Me – John Legend
But this list may changed tomorrow.

Day 8 – 5 Current Goals
Finish my current class with above a 95%
Find a new job
Establish a weekly date night with Shane
Set up a Pinterest Date with Katie
Be able to set aside a good portion of my paycheck for savings

Day 9 – What’s In My Bag?
Oh goodness…how embarrassing… uhm…,
Check Book
Credit Cards
Expired Coupons
12 Pens (No exaggeration)
Phone Charger
Bobbi Pins
Pony Tail Holders…
You name it… it’s probably in my purse.

Day 10 – Best Trip Of My Life
I have 2 because they are on different ends:
Family: Any trip that we have taken out West (Yellowstone National Park, Montana, Wyoming, etc.)
Boyfriend: Duluth.

Day 11 – 10 Favorite Foods
I LOVE FOOD!  Currently my top 10 are:
Chicken Alfredo
Grilled Cheese
Ramen (Yeah, yeah…)
Pork Chops
Buffalo Wings
Any type of Chinese
Any type of Mexican
Lemon Pepper Shrimp

Day 12 – Favorite Childhood Book
I can’t really remember having a favorite book.  Young child would probably be anything with the Bernstein Bears.  As a teen I read anything that I could get my hands on.

Day 13 – What’s Inside Your Fridge
A lot of left overs

Day 14 – 3 Healthy Habits
Uh… I don’t really eat healthy so I guess it would the healthy habits would be showering daily, brushing my teeth 2-3 times a day and going to bed way earlier than I should so that I get a good amount of sleep.

Day 15 – Where Will You Be In 5 Years?
Well, in 5 years I see myself married, with 3 children possibly 4, moved into a bigger house and graduated with my Bachelors degree with a stable job under my belt.

Day 16 – Thoughts on Education?
I love education – it’s one of the very few things that someone cannot take from someone else.  I recently went back to school to finish out my BS degree in Business.  As much as the classes and the homework suck, I’m looking forward to getting my degree and feeling like I accomplished something.

Day 17 – Your Favorite Blogs
I don’t favor any one in particular.  Everyone that I’ve followed has been followed either because I can relate to what you write or I enjoy seeing your view on the topics that you write about.  I use blogs as another outlet for further education on different things in this life.