Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Our man cave renovation has officially come to a standstill.  Eric found out a couple weeks ago that he will be upgrading his position at work (yay!) and that he'll be going to training (boo!) which will require him to take several tests in order to do so (boo studying!)  

Long story short: the mister is spending every waking moment reading up and studying, leaving no time to finish the window trim and floor trim.  We're hoping that during the holiday time off he'll feel comfortable enough to take a break from his studies to complete the floor trim (fingers crossed!)

Also, I just want to thank everyone for the prayers and well-wishes.  I'm feeling much better these days and I'm down to 2 cups of green tea daily (even though I still miss coffee.)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Furniture

Pssst, click the link (yellow writing)  below to read the post on our new man cave furniture!

New Furniture-912 ELM Tree Blog

Monday, December 10, 2012

Temporary Location-It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Xmas

For the rest of the year (until January 1), I'll be posting on an alternative site.  Here's the address:

(Psst, just click on the yellow writing above)

Picture Quota

Apparently I've hit my picture quota for the year.  Since that's no fun, I'm looking into starting another blog, or upgrading my picture capabilities.  Boo.  Stay tuned!

Friday, December 7, 2012

An Answer

As I mentioned earlier this week, I went to the hospital yesterday to have some tests done to see what's been ailing me.  During endoscopy, the doctor gives you anesthesia to put you out while they stick a flexible tube with a camera down your esophagus to look at your stomach.  Luckily during my endoscopy session I got some answers.   

During the procedure, my doctor found an ulcer that was approximately 4 mm in size.  It was not bleeding (which is a good thing!) so he took part of it out to biopsy for the pylori infection.  

From what we pieced together, it's likely that my ulcer was caused by heavy use of ibuprofen due to a back injury over the summer combined with stress.  

For me, this means that I will now be on a medication that reduces the production of stomach acid.  I've also been instructed to reduce my intake of caffeine, alcohol, and milk.  Two out of three of these are going to be extremely difficult for me (just thinking about no coffee gives me a headache and no milk?!!?)  Apparently diet differs from person to person.  There is no research to support that certain foods are "off-limits" for people with ulcers.  

I'm happy to have answers but this no caffeine business is going to be rather tricky!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Among the living again

Happy Monday!  You might have noticed that it's been awhile since my last posts.  The reason? 

The Bubonic Plague.  

No seriously, I've been suffering a mystery illness that doctors have still yet to put a name to.  I am now on the second week of a strange burning sensation below my rib cage, which travels to mid chest when it's really bad.  It's been accompanied by mid-lower back pain, nausea, shortness of breath, intense headaches, and at times fever and vomiting.

I was hospitalized last Sunday and after running several tests, doctors said that I had a stomach virus and possibly ulcers.  With medicine I still wasn't getting better, so I've enlisted the services of a wonderful GI doctor that I'm hoping will be able to give me some answers after more tests this Thursday.  

Needless to say, this is getting a little old and after missing so many days of work I'm ready for answers.  Please keep me in your prayers the next couple of days.

I'm hoping to update later this week on the status of the FAMILY ROOM, formally known as the man cave.