My Journey With:

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) ~ Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) ~ Focal Impaired Awareness Seizures (Complex Partial Seizures) ~ Fibromyalgia ~ Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP) ~ Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) ~ TMJ Dysfunction ~ Bipolar Disorder Type I ~ Migraines ~ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ~ Keratosis Pilaris (KP) ~ Complex-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) ~ Panic Disorder ~ Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) ~ Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) ~ Non-suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI or SI) ~ Painful Piezogenic Pedal Papules ~ Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (Autoimmune Hypothyroidism) ~ Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ~ Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) ~ Multiple Phobias ~ Chronic Headaches

Saturday, October 29, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month, which means pink ribbons and empty gestures by many people who probably don't even realize what they are doing.  The most important thing about breast cancer awareness is to for women to do monthly self-breast exams.  Pink ribbon stuff is cool, and I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but to just buy pink for breast cancer awareness month misses the whole point.  If you want to make a donation, I suggest making it directly to the charity you wish to donate to.  Most companies give only a very small percentage of their profit to charities.  Your money can be used better by donated directly to a worthy breast cancer research fund, like Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Breast self-exams can be done in the shower, in front of a mirror, or laying down.  I had a friend once who got breast cancer in her 30s.  I've heard of breast cancer hitting women as early as their 20s.  It is never too early to start self breast-exams.  Another very important reason to start now is to learn what your breasts feel like.  Every woman's breasts are different, and some women have lumpier breasts than others.  Learning what is your normal and what isn't will make it possible for you to discover a new lump.  Also, if you still have a menstrual cycle, it is recommended to do a breast self-exam at the same time in your cycle each month.  Some of the known risk factors for breast cancer are being overweight, genetics, gender, age, and exposure to chemicals in plastics.  Remember, men can get breast cancer, too!

Some breast cancer statistics I'd like to share:
  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 57,650 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
  • About 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2011. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
  • From 1999 to 2005, breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. decreased by about 2% per year. The decrease was seen only in women aged 50 and older. One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. These results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk.
  • About 39,520 women in the U.S. were expected to die in 2011 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1990 — especially in women under 50. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
  • For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
  • Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Just under 30% of cancers in women are breast cancers.
  • White women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than African-American women. However, in women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women. Overall, African-American women are more llkely to die of breast cancer. Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer.
  • In 2011, there were more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the US.
  • A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
  • About 5-10% of breast cancers can be linked to gene mutations (abnormal changes) inherited from one’s mother or father. Mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are the most common. Women with these mutations have up to an 80% risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime, and they are more likely to be diagnosed at a younger age (before menopause). An increased ovarian cancer risk is also associated with these genetic mutations.
  • In men, about 1 in 10 breast cancers are believed to be due to BRCA2 mutations, and even fewer cases to BRCA1 mutations.
  • About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
  • The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).


Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you :

1. Know your risk
  • Talk to your family to learn about your family health history
  • Talk to your health care provider about your personal risk of breast cancer

2. Get screened
  • Ask your health care provider which screening tests are right for you if you are at higher risk
  • Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
  • Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40

3. Know what is normal for you and see your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes:
  • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • New pain in one spot that doesn't go away

4. Make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Add exercise into your routine
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Limit postmenopausal hormone use
  • Breastfeed, if you can



Of course, the all important breast self-exam:

Breast Self-Exam (BSE)

Taking a few minutes to do a breast self-exam a minimum of once a month can make a lifetime of difference. Nearly 70% of all breast cancers are found through self-exams and with early detection the 5-year survival rate is 98%. If you find a lump, schedule an appointment with your doctor, but don't panic—8 out of 10 lumps are not cancerous. For additional peace of mind, call your doctor whenever you have concerns.

HOW TO DO A BREAST SELF-EXAM

Step 1

In the Shower

Fingers flat, move gently over every part of each breast. Use your right hand to examine the left breast, left hand for the right breast. Check for any lump, hard knot, or thickening. Carefully observe any changes in your breasts.
Step 2

Before a Mirror

Inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.
Look for any changes in the contour of each breast, a swelling, a dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Then rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women's breasts do.
Step 3

Lying Down

Place a pillow under your right shoulder and put your right arm behind your head. With the fingers of your left hand flat, press your right breast gently in small circular motions, moving vertically or in a circular pattern covering the entire breast.
Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.





Breast Cancer Links:

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

BreastCancer.org

Wikipedia Breast Cancer

National Cancer Institute

Web MD

Friday, October 28, 2011

Journaling week 1


I have the first week of my food/pain journal done.  I know I ate horribly last week, but except for the time since my fall, my pain levels were actually lower than normal.  Go figure.  Since my fall I'm in a flare, but that's another story.  Next time we get food stamps we are going to buy me some Lean Cuisines so I can get something healthier, and more fruit and veggies.  Since DH is also disabled and I physically cannot handle cooking anymore, we haven't been able to eat anything that wasn't prepackaged lately.  It isn't fair that we have to depend on DH for all our meals, but I can't cook anymore.  I miss home cooked meals.  So keep in mind, I don't usually eat this bad and I am going to eat healthier.  This was a real junk food week. The only stuff the food pantry gives is junk food, so that doesn't help much, either.


Friday 21 October 2011

Food: 
cookies
pizza
skinless boneless roasted chicken breast
baked, unsalted fries

Pain:
severe brain fog all day
depressed/anxious
mild headache all day
afternoon:
neck pain 6/10
overall pain 7/10
very weak and shaky
9:45 pm:
neck hurts from turning head, back pain
jaw/head/neck 7/10
overall 7/10


Saturday 22 October 2011

Food:
3 sugar glazed donuts
pizza rolls
8 fried clam strips (them we baked at home)
Blueberry morning cereal
skim milk

Pain:
wake: 8:00 am
neck 7/10
pain in neck, jaw, back, legs
back very stiff
overall 7/10
pain in back of head
weak, not as weak as yesterday


Sunday 23 October 2011

Food:
banana
Blueberry morning cereal
skim milk
8 pizza rolls
3 wheat crackers with lunchmeat and cheese on them
baked, unsalted fries

Pain:
wake: 10ish
very stiff
7/10 overall
spine/leg pain
forgot meds last night
4:51 pm:
neck 6/10
jaw spasms
back pain
overall 6/10
weak, though not as weak as last 2 days
late afternoon/early evening:
neck pain


Monday 24 October 2011

food:
blueberry morning
skim milk
grown-up lunchable (turkey/ chicken/ crackers/ cheese lunchable)
chicken club lean cuisine
tiny chocolate ice cream

pain:
wake: 10 am
neck 3/10
overall 6/10
legs stiff
late afternoon:
sat in desk chair could hear spine go pop in middle back, horrible pain shooting up & down spine
napped on 3 ice packs
8:42 pm
bad back!
overall 8/10


Tuesday 25 October 2011

food:
Kashi Go Lean cereal
skim milk
cottage cheese
crushed pineapple in pineapple juice
pizza

pain: 
wake: 8 am
nap
1:13 pm:
right shoulder, neck, back, legs
overall 7/10
4:00 pm
stomach pain, neck, leg, back, right shoulder
nap
5:57 pm
back 7/10
bedtime:
overall 8/10
right hip pain


Wednesday 26 October 2011

food:
Kashi Fo Lean Crunch cereal
skim milk
7 grain mix
skinless, boneless baked chicken
baked, unsalted french fries
small ice cream
pancakes
sugar free syrup

pain:
wake: 10:30 am
stiff all over
achy
overall 7/10
2:25 pm:
subluxed right hip, fell
back and forth between 8/10 and 9/10


Thursday 27 October 2011

food:
waffles
sugar free syrup
small ice cream
chocolates
peanut butter wafter cookies

pain: 
FLARE DAY #1
Severe pain
9/10 to 9.5/10 all day

Thursday, October 27, 2011

pain

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I know if you could see inside me right now, you'd see that I am red, red, red.  Not red the color of blood, red the color of pain.  The red of pain is deeper, more devilish, scalding, frightening, imposing; the red creeps inside of you, until every cell of your body is bathed in it.  Nerves fear no other color, muscles tremble, the body tries to stretch away.  It can't get away, though.  Once it starts, it bites you, growling, eating you alive with it's teeth, spitting the remains of yourself in your mouth.  You are nothing within its jaws; you exist to feel, but the only thing to feel is the pain.  When you overcome me, you sit on my chest, making my breath so shallow, and so hard to catch.  I exist at your mercy.  I try to run away, but you grab me back, ripping the flesh off my face for punishment.  Is there any part of me that you have not already conquered?  Why do you rage at me, aiming at all the things that make life normal.  It can't be this way forever.  I can't be in this much pain forever.  I close my eyes, bite my lip, and cry while you rage on.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I've started a food diary/pain journal

We've got the desk semi-cleaned and now I'm back at the desk.  I'll be using my computer here for awhile, until it hurts too bad to sit in a seat.  Then I'm back to the couch until the couch hurts so bad I can't sit on the couch because of lack of support.  At this moment I'm at my desk, with my legs crossed.

I've been keeping a food and pain journal.  Each page is divided down the middle.  On the left of the page I list what I've eaten that day, and on the right side of the page I describe my pain levels.  I have been describing in words my pain, along with number ratings for my neck and for overall pain.  I hope that I can start sensing a trend by doing this.  I've noticed that it makes a huge difference if I forget my meds.  Also, I've been able to glean that the weakness I've felt over the last three days is getting progressively better.  It won't go away-I just mean that I can stand up without shaking and my knees feeling like they are going to buckle underneath me.

I've also noticed a trend without charting my food.  I didn't have to chart it to realize that I am basically living off of high fiber cereal and whatever else can be prepared instantly.  I can't cook because of pain and my normal weakness, neither can DH at night, because he's been having seizures every night.  If we don't eat in the evenings we either don't eat or we eat something like cereal.  We need to eat earlier in the evening, so that we can get something nutritious, and not just cereal.  I'm sure we'd both feel better.

My food diary/pain journal
The kitties are sleeping and it is so cute.  Niki is all cuddled up in a corner next to Mommy's desk.  Sterling is sleeping away in his pink kitty bed.  I was able to get pictures of them without waking them up.  Enjoy!

Sleeping Niki

Sleeping Sterling

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Things that *really* piss me off (a list)

Everyone has them-things that really piss them off.  You know the things that make smoke blow out your ears?  This is my list.

1.  People who chew ice in waiting rooms, especially if it is crowded, small, or loud in the waiting room.

chewing ice cubes
Don't chew ice in a waiting room, consider other people!

2.  People who have three screaming brats running around in the store and they say nothing to their children.  Even worse is if you are stuck in a waiting room with them.  Even worse than that is if it is a small waiting room and you are stuck sitting next to them.

Temper tantrum...now!

3.  People who try to tell me my sexual orientation.  What if I tried to tell you yours?  Do you think that would piss you off?  A sexual orientation is about a lot more than just the act of sex.  It is a lot more complex than that. Know what you are saying before you open your mouth.  Being an LGBT individual involves the way you think, interact with people, see the world around you, your perspective on life, etc. Again, it does not refer to just the act of sex.  I cannot blog this enough: DO NOT TRY TO TELL ME WHAT MY SEXUAL ORIENTATION IS. That is up to me to decide, not you.  If I choose to share that with someone, I expect respect from that person, and not someone telling me I just don't know my sexual orientation.  If I was rating this list by importance, instead of listing it randomly, this would be the #1 thing that pisses me off the most.  



4.  People who go to the ER for drugs, when I go to the ER for a dislocated joint I am afraid to ask for a freakin' tylenol.  I don't want anyone to think I am trying to get drugs and put me on the drug seekers list.  Instead I just wait and see if they offer anything, which they usually don't.  Why don't they?  Because so many people go for drugs, that's why! 



5.  When people gay bash or bash trans people.  That is a quick way to really piss me off.  Don't do it.



6.  People who defend a rapist, saying "He'd never do that, he can get all the girls he wants."  Rape is often about power, not sex, and if you weren't there, and it wasn't happening to you, then you have no right to judge a rape victim. 



7.   People who don't like animals.  I think there is something wrong with people who don't like animals.  Seriously, they are missing something very important.



8.  When I'm really into a movie and the mommy dies, I cry.  Why would you even make a movie where a mommy dies?



9.  People who don't let their dog give them kisses.  Why do you even have a dog then?



10.  Anyone who is ever mean to DH.  Ever.  Let me make that my #1 instead.

Me & DH

11.  My relatives, well most of them, anyway.


I don't look sick

I was reading Felicia Fibro's blog post on judgement, when I decided to write one of my own.

I don't look sick.



Me, looking "normal," whatever that is


When someone sees me without all my "gear" on, they see, someone who looks normal, minus finger splints and wrist braces. Today I'm dressed in jeans a sweatshirt, socks, crocs, and a hairclip.  If you didn't know me, you wouldn't know that most days I can't wear jeans because of allodynia pain from my fibromyalgia and stomach pain from my IBS. You wouldn't know that I choose socks carefully each day because if my socks are too form fitting against my leg it hurts. You wouldn't know that that the reason I am wearing these ugly crocs shoes is because my feet are always in agony from my flat, hypermobile feet, or that piezogenic pedal papules on my feet also cause me pain. You wouldn't know that I can't turn my head all the way, or that I have sharp pain in my neck and in the bottom of my skull at all times. You wouldn't know that my jaw never relaxes all the way and is in constant spasms. You wouldn't know that I suffer from phone anxiety so bad that I can't make doctor appointments on the phone sometimes. You wouldn't know that I need to call the disabilities office at my college but half the the semester is over and I am still having too much anxiety to make the phone call. You wouldn't know how very depressed I get for long periods of time; blogging, and tweeting as positively as I can, but not always feeling it. You wouldn't know that I can rarely leave the house because I am in too much pain, too weak, and too fatigued to walk very far or take a trip to Wal-Mart in the car-even though Wal-Mart is only 8 miles down the road. You wouldn't know that I have flashbacks daily, and that I drown in guilt over everything I do, whether I did something wrong or not. You wouldn't know that when I smell cigarette smoke I have a panic attack. You wouldn't know that a lot of times my hair is in the way, but often I can't wear a hairclip because of my headaches. You wouldn't know that I quit wearing ponytails over a year ago because it is too painful. You wouldn't know that I am in desperate need of my other Oval-8's because I do a lot of typing as a graduate student, writer, and blogger, but I can't afford them. You wouldn't know that there are days we only have money to eat a couple bowls of cereal, but I am grateful for it because this winter we often went three days without eating. You wouldn't know that when I am in a flare it gets so bad I scream in delirium, crying, until I pass out. You wouldn't know about when I cried in pain until I hyperventilated and passed out. You wouldn't know that there are days I can't get out of bed and have to be almost carried to the bathroom. You wouldn't know a lot of things by looking at me.


You wouldn't know that I am suffering.


I look normal.


Sometimes I feel like this:



Me, the last time I was in the hospital. DH brought me my pillows, a couple of stuffed animals, and my quilt from home, that my Great Grandma made. Isn't he sweet? He was never gone from my side for more than a few hours, and spent the night in the uncomfy chair by my bed. I love him so much.

Me, the last time I was in the hospital. I didn't look so normal here. ;-) When I got home my hair took two hours to untangle after all the seizures I had in the hospital. Wow, what a mess!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dear Grandpa

Dear Grandpa,

It's been so long since I've seen you and I miss you so much.  You should see some of the stuff Sterling and Niki do, they are adorable.  I wish you could see how happy DH makes me.  I'm glad you never saw me on a cane, or worse yet, my walker.  I'm glad you never saw me in severe pain.  The Cardinals are in the World Series this year, Grandpa!  Remember the last time they were?  We got let out of class in college to watch the game.  They had TV set up in the assistant director's office and everyone was watching.  Remember when they won?  My mom and dad were visiting you and you guys watched it there while I watched it in the apartment I shared with my sister.  I was all bundled up that night and when the Cardinals won I cheered at a sports game for the first time.  I only cared because you were watching.  If Grandma was still able to think she'd be watching for Tony La Russa, her crush.  Remember the Survivor hat and T-shirt we got you?  You loved it so much and wore it every time you watched "Survivor," one of your favorite shows.  Why did you leave me Grandpa?  Didn't you know that I'd need you?  Didn't you know?  I see something happen and I still think of you.  I think, I've got to tell Grandpa this, when I suddenly remember you are gone.  Why did you leave me?  I needed you.  I still need you.  I have nightmares that I have to fight all these obstacles and you are waiting for me on the other side of these obstacles.  I defeat the last one and I run to you.  Just before I reach you, you die again.  I cry and shake you, trying to wake you up, but I already know that you aren't going to wake up.  Every time I start thinking about you being buried I have a panic attack.  I have a fear bordering on phobia of modern burial practices and I can't stand to think of them doing that to you.  Why did you let them?  Why did you die?  Didn't you love me?  I remember playing horseshoes with you, before Grandma went into the nursing home.  You were really good at it, and I got to be on your team.  You were so good at a lot of stuff.  If it wasn't for your brain and my dad's nose I'd swear I was adopted.  I'm sure the pot-bellied pig misses seeing her Grandpa, too.  Until I met DH, you were the only one who ever really believed in me.  Thank you for that.  I really wish you could meet DH, you'd like him so much.  I love you so much Grandpa.  I know that there are five stages of grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.  I've only hit denial and depression, really.  I haven't had much anger, I'm just starting to deal with it.  I haven't hit bargaining, and certainly not acceptance.  Shouldn't I be further along than this?  It's three years now.  If I accept that you are gone you really will be.  I can't let that be true.  I can't let you be gone.

I love you, Grandpa.

Amy



My Grandpa, someone I am so fortunate to have known and been a part of my life


Grandpa and Me in 2004

Grandpa put together this ship carefully over a period of time. It required a lot of intricate work.

Grandpa in the Navy, circa early 1950s

Grandpa in the Navy, circa early 1950s

Grandpa and his Navy buddies. He stayed friends with them until his passing. Circa early 1950s.

One of the two ships Grandpa was on, the USS JOHN A BOLE.

The ship Grandpa spent most of his time on, the USS RICHARD B ANDERSON.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Rainy day, Monday...you can't get me down...


A
– Available: No.
– Age: 30
– Animals: zebra, cats, dogs


Sterling reading Glamour


B
– Beer: Ick!
– Best friends: I'm very lucky to be blessed with more than one bff!
– Body Part on opposite sex: Ummm...i dunno. On women it is face, hair, and of course, curves. ;-)
– Best feeling in the world: Finding your soul mate.
– Best weather: Springtime, right before it reaches summer.
– Been in Love: Yes, I am now.
– Been on stage: Yes, I took drama for two years.  
– Believe in Magic: Of course!
– Believe in Santa: Yup!
– Brand: Biolage.


Biolage hair products



C
– Candy: Chocolate.
– Color: Pink & brown.
– Chocolate/Vanilla: Chocolate.
- Chinese/Indian/Italian: Chinese.
- Cake or pie: Cake. (chocolate on chocolate cake of course!)
– Cheese: How can I pick? Baby swiss I guess.


Baby Swiss cheese...yummy!



D
– Day or Night: Night.
– Dancing in the rain: I have before. It was loads of fun! It's fun to kiss in the rain, too!



Day & Night


E
– Eyes: Green/Hazel.
– Ever failed a class?: Yes, because I quit going. I thought I was dropped from the classes, but...I wasn't. :-(
– Enemies: That's an odd question.
– Exercise: Not much these days. 


My eyes

F
– First thoughts waking up: is of Jim.
– Food: I don't know...right now I can't think of a favorite food. But if the question is, do I eat food, then, yes, yes, I do.
– Foreign language: I took two years of Spanish in high school, but don't really remember it.  I'm studying Italian now.


Salve! I'm learning Italian.

G
– Greatest Fear: Getting lupus, something happening to Jim or the kitties, not getting to be a Mommy.
– Get along with your parents: ha ha ha!
– Graduate: I got my high school diploma in 1999, my bachelor's in 2009, and my master's should be finished in 2013.


Happy Graduation: 1999, 2009, and 2013!

H
– Hair Color: Brown.
– Happy: Yeah, I guess so.
– Holiday: Christmas.


Merry Christmas Snoopy!



I
– Ice Cream: I have to pick just one flavor?  Impossible!


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

J
– Jewelry: My Blessed Virgin Mary miraculous medal necklace from Jim and my crystals necklace from Megan
My crystals necklace
My Blessed Virgin Mary miraculous medal 

– Job: Grad student.

K
– Kids: Not yet. Right now our kids are our kitties.
– Kickboxing or karate: Umm...if I could do either I'd pick kickboxing.
– Keep a journal?: Not anymore, because I can't write by hand. Now I blog.


Even Rosie the Riveter blogs!



L
– Love: I love my Jim, our kitties, and my friends.
– Laughed so hard you cried: I've done that many times! Hell, I've laughed so hard I've peed my pants before! lol


Laughing burns calories!


M

– Milk flavor: Chocolate. But if it's a milkshake, I like strawberry.
– Movies: Star Wars, Napoleon Dynamite, Harry Potter, Kissing Jessica Stein, Land of the Lost.
– Motion sickness: No.


Kissing Jessica Stein is one of the best movies ever

N
– Number: 3, 5, 16, and numbers divisible by 3 or 5.


Five...in case you couldn't tell

O
– One wish: To not be bipolar anymore.


Bipolar sucks!


P
– Perfect Pizza: It has to be from Imo's, and it has onions, extra cheese, extra sauce, hamburger, sausage, and pepperoni on it.
– Pepsi/Coke: Pepsi Max and Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi.
– Perfume/Cologne: Whatever I like that day.  I have a lot of different kinds. I don't have a "signature scent."


Imo's St. Louis style pizza is...the...best...pizza..ever!

Q
– Quail: Never hunted it.  Never ate it.
– Quilt: I haven't made one yet, but I intend to, by sewing one by hand.


I got this picture off the very cool looking article "How to Make a Super-Simple  Recycled Quilt" It uses a sewing machine, which I don't have, but I still wanted to share the site. :-)



R
– Reason to cry: Pain, pain, depression, pain, pain, pain.
– Reality T.V: I like the faux reality TV show, Reno 911.
– Radio Station: AOL radio and Pandora.


Reno 911! and Lt. Jim Dangle

S
– Song: "All Summer Long"
– Shoe size: 10 
– Salad Dressing: Sun Dried Tomatoes in Extra Virgin Olive Oil Vinaigrette
– Skinny dip: Never have.
– Strawberries/Blueberries: Both please.
– Sport: I love to watch kitty boxing.
- Sex: Yup, I love it! 


A picture from Kid Rock's music video "All Summer Long"

T
– Tattoos?:  Nope, none for me. Though I have given thought to what I'd get if I were held at gunpoint in a tattoo artist's shop.
– Thunderstorms: Scary, unless Jim is next to me.


Thunder, lightening, ah! The kitty mommy and the kitties jump!



U
– Unpredictable: Sometimes. Both bipolar and pain are unpredictable at times.


Go away pain, go away! Chronic pain sucks.  

V
– Vacation spot(s): I loved it when I took the mental vacation to Pluto last Spring. I was going to send postcards home but they charged too much for postage there.


Postcard from Pluto

W
– Weakness: Chocolate. Definitely chocolate.
– Who makes you laugh the most: Jim, Niki, Sterling.
– Worst Weather?: I'm pretty sure that is Antarctica. 


Antarctica



X
– X-Rays: My last one was of my neck, the one before that was of my hand.


A normal X-Ray looks like this. My neck and hand X-rays came back normal.

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– Year it is now: 2011

– Yellow: Oh man, I do not look good in yellow!


2011

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– Zoo animal: Zebra!

I Zebras

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