The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. This week I’m chatting about hair cuts, the first week of school, and inflammation.


It’s 7 am on Saturday morning and the house is quiet. This didn’t happen much this summer. My people were up at the crack of dawn to play video games. I think the first week of school wore them out. Or they’ve learned to be vewy, very quiet. Not sure which it is, but I do love a quiet house!

We did, indeed survive the first week of school. It got a little hairy and overwhelming on Wednesday. I think that is when some of the bad habits of summer came back to bite us in the butt. After venting to my husband via email, I got a better handle on things and we upped our clean house standards.

I think my new system of school binders and checking work is mostly working. The kids haven’t quite got the hang of it. After years of weekly assignment sheets, it is a switch to flip through sections of a binder and check things off there. But, for the most part, it’s working, and I’m thrilled that we have a lesson plans FOR THE WHOLE YEAR as well as a written record of work completed. I’ll be sharing that system later this week if you’re interested.

doctor's office

I am not sure if I had mentioned it here, but for the last couple months I’ve had pain in my hands. FishPapa insisted that it was carpal tunnel, but Google has implied that it is more arthritic in nature. After the pain hit a 6 and my anxiety hit a 9, I called the doctor. They didn’t have any appointments for another 3 weeks, but whether my symptoms sounded grave or the Good Lord wanted to treat my anxiety, they called back with a next-day appointment.

Dr. D is this sharp little woman who always gets really dressed up for work. She’s finally remembered a little bit about me (YOU HAVE SIX CHILDREN?!) so I don’t know if her memory is serving her better or if I just have too many health issues. I laid my entire list of minor issues at her feet in case there was a connection and I really had a deathly disease that wouldn’t have been noticed unless she knew all my little problems. I do worry about that stuff. I can’t tell you how many fatal illnesses I have “survived” in my mind.

But, I couched it all in, “I know this just might be what 43 years old is like.” She laughed. I guess I beat her to the punch. That’s what FishPapa’s doctor has told him, “You’re just old.”

Anyway, she ran blood work for magnesium, calcium, thyroid, and inflammation and a few other things that I have no idea what they are. In the meantime, I figured I’d adjust my diet and see if I can calm things down that way. I am going to try a 3-week experiment of Whole 30 with modifications. I’m not expecting a life-changing experience, but maybe my hands won’t hurt 24/7.

before and after hair cut

In other news, FishChick has been growing out her hair in order to donate it. After months of waiting and having crazy, all-over-the-place hair that was tangling all the time, it was long enough to cut! I made an appointment with Melissa who does my hair and it was a fun mother-daughter-outing. So cute! I love her new ‘do. She does, too, mostly. There’s a little bittersweet involved here that anyone whose had long hair will understand.

We followed our hair studio visit with a drive through Chick-Fil-A. That frosted lemonade? OH MY GOODNESS. If you haven’t, you should try it. We split one (this was before the Whole 30 thing) and it was really amazing.

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament the last month or so. When I got to the Ten Commandments, I got a little convicted. I’ve been working on house, school, or business stuff 24/7 for quite some time. It had been a really long time since I had a day of rest. I’m thinking that if God put it in the same group as don’t murder or don’t practice idolatry, it must be pretty important. So, I worked like a crazy woman last Saturday so I could take Sunday off. It was so nice! I took the kids to the pool, enjoyed yummy meals, READ A BOOK, and otherwise decompressed from a lot. I’m really hoping that I can get my work done today so that I can mentally rest when I don’t work tomorrow. We shall see.

swimming pool copy

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  1. I’m glad you got that early appointment.

    I had the following conversation with my husband yesterday as we left our daughter’s play:
    Did you make an appt to talk about your head pain?
    Yes, he’s not worried, still thinks its muscular. But feel this [trying, as he was walking, to indicate an spot on the back of his thigh] I was at the gym before and I think I pulled something – there’s a big lump and it’s killing me
    Criminey, go soak it, you’re falling apart!
    No, I think I’m just 51.

    Congrats on getting a hold on school starting – not really listening – I have weeks to go 🙂 Hope you get useful answers from the doctor that will help your poor hands!

  2. So glad you got in to see the doc. Waiting makes it worse, I think. Sometimes I wish I’d gotten a medical degree so I could understand all the crazy things that happen in our bodies. And so I could have saved myself some trips with my boys. 🙂
    Here’s hoping the Whole30 helps the hands a little.

  3. Sounds like a (crazy) wonderful week. :). I hope you receive the answers that you are looking for, and good luck with the return to school. We had a vbs week, and are starting school Monday. 🙂

  4. Wendy hamm says:

    I too have been having horrible hand pain. The visits to the “Drs” have been going on for over a year. My symptoms have worsened to included other jointed areas. My blood work has shown a severe deficiency in Vitamin D. This may cause some of my pain etc.
    Maybe something for you to look into.
    The aching is so grating and difficult to deal with.
    Praying for a solution.

  5. Oh my! That litte Fish Chick just cracks me up! She is sooo cute and looks so much like you. Love the mew haircut! Enjoy the times. They go quickly. My first grandchild was born today and it seems like just a few years ago we brought his mama home from the hospital!

  6. I am thinking she might be checking how your thyroid, adrenal glands and female hormones are looking… Stress can make things get out of whack and combined with peri menopause, can lead to inflammation…. Making sure your vitamin and mineral levels are right is also part of this. Interesting book to read if your dr starts to talk about this stuff is The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sara Gottfried. Your be surprised by what health issues are caused by these systems being out of whack, which often shows up in your 40s.

  7. The first time I tried the CFA frosted lemonade I thought it was okay. But I couldn’t stop thinking about it and find myself strangely drawn to it. It’s so good!
    Good luck with your tests and whole30! Last week I was contemplating doing the whole30 then I read your stuff and realized I’m not that disciplined or motivated. Kid 4 is only 3 months, I blame her for the absence of motivation 😉

  8. Love this post! Thank you for keeping it real. Congratulations on your start to school already 🙂 Hope you feel better soon 🙂

  9. Your kiddos are so cute! Thanks for sharing. Praying for you and hope you’ll keep us updated with results! Could be as simple as thyroid and the nutrient deficiencies. You’ll be able to easily treat those if it is 🙂 Have you read the book “Stop the Thyroid Madness”? Great resource!

  10. Congrats on surviving the beginning of school. Those first few days (sometimes weeks) are always tough. I can understand some (at 41) about the aches & pains. I’m married to a doctor, so I can get advice all the time. The advice is usually something along the lines of exercises and stretches… oh, well, could be worse.

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