Saturday, June 30, 2012

Just Saying No: #9 and #33 . . . Check!

"Sometimes I say the medication is even tougher than the illness."
--Sanya Richards-Ross

Let's just go ahead and file this post under "sharing too much." I'll probably looks back and say, "Why did I feel the need to tell everyone that?" But for today, I'm in a sharing kind of mood.


The day I had to buy one of those pill containers that has a slot for morning pills and bedtime pills to handle my prescription meds, I knew something had to give. I was on seven different prescriptions, and I was in my early 30s. 

Not sexy.

I've been on long-term prescription meds since I was 22. The number would vary from time to time, but I was always taking something. Most of the pills were to treat side effects of other pills . . . so I started to wonder how many of those pills I actually needed.

So I stopped taking them.

Now, I do not recommend doing what I did. I didn't consult with my doctor at all, and I'm sure I'm in for a stern talking to once he finds out. But I did wean myself off of my meds slowly over the course of about three months. I've been off of everything for about a month now.

They have been unpleasant months. There have been headaches, nausea, mood swings, fatigue, more mood swings, weird tingling sensations and serious, SERIOUS mood swings.

My poor family.

But I'm glad I did it. 

I've learned that most of the fatigue I've suffered over the past year was due to one of my prescriptions. I've learned that I can alleviate some of the joint pain from fibromyalgia with increased vitamin D. I've learned that I would rather deal with the skin sensitivity and pain than the fatigue and malaise I felt taking certain prescriptions.

I've learned that I feel tons better overall with fewer processed foods in my diet and an increase in cardiovascular workouts.

I've learned that I have a very understanding and patient family. I've learned that doctors don't know everything. I've learned that I probably do need one or two of my prescriptions and I'll go back on them eventually. But for now, I'm enjoying being chemical-free, even if I am a bit more emotional than I used to be and I do have days with significant pain. I've learned that I can grin and bear it.

So today I am checking numbers 9 and 33 off of the bucket list. Good riddance!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I Feel Some Checks Coming On

"I am thrilled - I can't stress that enough - thrilled when I see kids getting active."

--Harvey Fierstein

I'm almost ready to check a couple more items off of my bucket list. I don't have a complete handle on them yet, but I will soon. I WILL, by golly! And let me just tell you that these two have almost done. me. in. Thus, my noticeable absence on the blog lately. (You did notice, right?)

Until then, please enjoy this video of my oldest swimming his leg of the freestyle relay at his swim meet the other night. I'm not sure what happened about 9 seconds in, but it looks like he hit the turbo button. For those of you who care about winning and losing (I totally care about winning and losing), our guys won . . . by a lot . . . like, seriously . . . a lot.

And here's a picture of my tiny dancer preparing to do what she does best.

Mine's the one on the right.
Yep, I'm one proud mama.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Because You Were Wondering

"Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being."

--Mahatma Gandhi

I'm linking up with A Complete Waste of Makeup today for their first Social Sunday, because let's face it: This is need-to-know info.

Sunday Social

How did you come up with your blog name? 
It started out with the bucket list idea . . . and then I realized that I wouldn't be checking items off the list every week, so what the heck would I write about? In a random Internet search, I was reminded of the book "How Full Is Your Bucket," which talks about how everyday enriching activities add to the general positivity of your life (or your bucket). While I don't do many crazy, adventurous things, my life is full of amazing people and moments. This blog is my chance to introduce others to the concept. Every little thing that happens is one more drop in the bucket.

What is your favorite thing about blogging? 
I love meeting someone new or running into someone I haven't seen in a while and having them say, "I love reading your blog." It's nice to know that I'm not just talking to myself.

I've also found that blogging is pretty therapeutic. It helps me organize the thoughts jumbled up in my head . . . and it's way cheaper than therapy.

What is one thing you have discovered because of blogging and now can't live without? 
Pinterest. I read about it on another blog, and now I'm addicted. Seriously. It may be a problem. 

Facebook or Twitter? And why? 
Twitter. It's quick and to the point. If you have something to say and it takes more than 140 characters, start a blog. 

If one celeb read your blog who would you want it to be? 
Zooey Deschanel. My blog will be required reading for research when she is cast as me in the movie of my life.

What is something you want people to know about your blog? 
I might share too much. I really try to edit myself. Often unsuccessfully.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Summer Lovin'

"A happy family is but an earlier heaven."

--George Bernard Shaw

We just got back from the beach. We went yesterday and came home today, so it wasn't a lengthy vacation, but it was a happy one.

Stephen's family from Texas was in South Carolina for the week, so we took the opportunity to pack up the kids and hang out with them yesterday.

It was just what I needed.

I was able to see his uncle and cousins. Some I hadn't seen in about 11 years; some I had never met. And none had ever met Jack and Mo.

It was so much fun to spend time with Stephen's family. They were so excited to see Stephen again, they were gracious and welcoming to me, and we weren't there long enough to see any of the crazy that often accompanies a family vacation (or at least the crazy that would likely accompany a vacation with any side of my family. I hope my family is not offended by that observation).

Jack and Mo met and immediately became friends with their cousins who live halfway across the country.

Don't you wish it were as easy for adults to make new friends as it is for children? I had to think really hard about whether the correct phrase is "don't you wish it were" or "don't you wish it was," and now the phrases are jumbled in my brain, so I just picked one. Hope it works for you. (Yes, I am an editor/proofreader. Don't judge. It's the weekend.)

We spent the day in the sand and sun, left the beach with sunburns despite the heavy application of sunscreen, went out for a huge seafood dinner (kudos to The Dockside for deftly handling our party of 30), and came home today happy and refreshed.

Nice weekend. And we still have Sunday to go.

The kiddos were so pooped they slept most of the way home. Bonus!