Posts from ‘General’

Apr
30

Laverne Cox spoke at the University of Minnesota April 25, 2017. Photo taken at this event, courtesy of Ms. Cox’ official Facebook page.

I’ve been a big fan of Laverne Cox since I first saw her playing Sophia in Orange is the New Black. Such a great actress. As many people do in this digital world, I liked her Facebook page and followed her on Instagram to see a little more of her life. But I never really knew her story – her journey to becoming a confident transgender woman with a wonderfully successful acting career. When I heard she was speaking in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota last week, I jumped at the chance to attend.

There was excitement in the air as thousands of diverse students waited to fill the theater. Of course we added to the diversity – three 40-year old women dressed in work attire amidst 18-22 year old college students. But instead of feeling like we stuck out, I surprisingly felt like one of the crowd. It was as if everyone’s hearts were filling the room, opening wide to hearing an important message. Collectively seeking insight and inspiration.

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Feb
10

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed we’ve been working hard to update our house the last few (okay 9) months. Jason bought our house about six months before we met and didn’t put much time or effort into decorating since he knew at some point I might want to be a part of that equation. 🙂

About six months after we married, I started working with my friend Michelle who is an interior designer (Chelle Interior Design) to begin transforming our main level into a functional space that reflected our family and felt like home. We planned through the fall and started the hard work right before the holidays. We’re not quite finished yet – we still need to add drapes and electrical outlets and more decor pieces… but I’m excited to share some of the progress we’ve made.

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Aug
21
Dog and child on a scale in the ER

Ruby and Avery at the emergency vet hospital. The bandage on her leg is covering her IV catheter while we transferred her from one vet to another.

Did you know grapes are toxic for dogs? I had seen it on a list of people foods that are bad for dogs, but never imagined we’d have a grape emergency when we first brought our little pup Ruby home.

We usually only eat at the table, but a bowl of grapes was accidentally left unattended in the living room. I came around the corner to find Ruby with her little face in the bowl, but I couldn’t tell if she had eaten any since she didn’t have any in her mouth at the time. Still, my heart sunk, knowing it was possible that she had eaten some.

Luckily, I knew grapes could cause a serious problem, even death, for dogs. And luckily, I had a magnet on our fridge with the number to the emergency vet clinic in the Twin Cities, Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service. I called right away and they confirmed grapes were very dangerous and we should try to get Ruby to vomit as soon as possible. It turns out that even a few grapes can cause some dogs to go into kidney failure. We tried an at-home option of using hydrogen peroxide, but unfortunately it didn’t work. So Jason took Ruby to the emergency pet hospital.

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Jun
21

Love this so much. People are people and we need to embrace everyone and show compassion – no matter their size, gender, color, religion, etc.

#hereiam

Jun
14
updated patient instructions for EpiPen

Updated EpiPen instructions – click on the image to enlarge.

There is really big news for anyone who carries EpiPens, or spends time with someone who carries an EpiPen or EpiPen Jr.

Mylan reached out to me as a blogger via email to help get the word out. For those of you who like to double and triple-check your sources, you can also find this information on the FDA website and FARE just published an update as well: Updates to Instructions for Epinephrine Auto Injectors.

WHAT ARE THE NEW PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS?

The EpiPen device has NOT changed, but the instructions on how to use EpiPens have changed. I’ve highlighted changes in the image here (quick and easy way to see what’s new). Below are more details provided by Mylan (the pharma company which markets and distributes the EpiPen):

1. Hold patient’s leg and limit movement during administration

Lacerations, bent needles and embedded needles have been reported when epinephrine has been injected into the thigh of young children who are uncooperative and kick or move during an injection. In order to minimize the risk of injection-related injury when administering the epinephrine injection to young children, caregivers are advised to hold the child’s leg firmly in place and limit movement prior to and during injection.

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