The Weekly Ramble

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Ready for the weekly ramble? This is the one when I share all the minutia of our lives.

hockey goalie

What a week! It seems like it lasted a year. We spent both days of last weekend at the hockey rink. Despite my needing to get my book done, I decided I didn’t ever want my kids to feel like work was more important than the things that they were doing. So, hockey was the name of the game.

On Monday, I spent all. day. reading and proofing the book. I sent it in at about 3:30 pm. Hubs brought home Costco take and bake pizza and we celebrated by watching The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency pilot episode on Amazon Prime. It was different than the book. No surprise. But, quite funny.

On Tuesday and Wednesday the kids and I had scaled back school so that we could catch up on all the things that got pushed into October in honor of The Book.

Wednesday was date night. We find that the places that we really enjoy cost us about $40 to $50, but that seems terribly overpriced to us, so we’re looking for ways that we can splurge at less expensive places. We went to Chipotle this week. You know I have always ordered one of two things there: either the veggie or the carnitas. Oh, I might vary it from salad to bowl to taco to burrito, but it’s basically ALWAYS the same: black beans, fajita veggies, mild salsa, cheese, lettuce, and guac.

You’ll be happy to know that I shook things up this week and got a salad and actually tried the salad dressing. It was amazingly good. I might need to try to make it myself. In the end we spent just shy of $17, which is not bad when you compare it to the $50 we might have spent elsewhere.


On Thursday, I met my new doctor. And I am so thrilled that she listened, took me seriously, and is determined to find the cause of my hip pain. It’s a little non-textbook in that it’s not really my hip, but more my outer pelvis. And it’s not reacting the way she would expect it to. No matter she ordered xrays and physical therapy. WHAT? No blind prescription for anti-inflammatories?! (That’s what my old doctor did the last two times I saw him.) Needless to say I’m thrilled that she is going to try to solve the mystery of this pain that has lasted for 17 months.

Also on Thursday, I took FishChick for her peanut butter challenge at the allergist. They swiped her lips with just a little bit of peanut butter, and within five minutes she reacted. Well, that’s conclusive, isn’t it? So, peanuts and walnuts are off the table. It’s not a “huge” deal, in that nine months ago, they were off the table. It was only that one pediatrician said it was fine. When it wasn’t. So, now we know for sure.

(Can you tell I’m not thrilled with the medical care we have been getting over the last few years? I am moving everyone’s primary care this month. And I have a date with Healthgrades and co. to write extensive reviews about the doctors we’ve seen, the good, the bad, and the ugly.)

My girl was not thrilled that we had to wait at the pharmacy to fill all her prescriptions. I was stunned at the price of one of them. (Note to self: always ask the doc for generic formulas!) But, it’s a small price to pay for her safety. If something were to go wrong and I didn’t have the right meds, I would be regretting not making the investment. So, we did, and are thankful for good medical coverage.

girl and mama

This is us waiting at the pharmacy, killing time making funny faces for the camera.

Anywho, Friday was uneventful, except that I broke my week-long gym fast. The doctor emphatically told me not to quit. Oh, and I cleaned up this mess.

So there we are. Today we’re all hockey all afternoon. But you probably knew that already.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

Coming next week:

  • another printable Weekly Meal Plan
  • Falling for Fun
  • Kitchen Time Savers
  • Join the Prep Squad

Be sure to let me know what stories and articles are helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the coming weeks. I want to make your “life as MOM” as fun and as easy as possible.

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  1. We have a daughter who we are currently trying to get in to a second pulmonologist, but between the referring doc and the insurance company we are getting the run around and it keeps getting delayed. The cost of prescriptions is rediculous! last month meds for same daughter were 105$, this month, same exact meds are 125$, but like you said it’s well worth the investment. Can’t imagine how I would feel if she was having an asthma attack and we didn’t have the proper inhalers.

  2. The doctor thing is so frustrating – for me it’s sort of symbolic of he growing up thing . . . For at least that one area of my life, which I feel woefully un-clued about, I wish I could just be a kid and find some doctor who I could really trust and rely on. But just like the rest of life I need to deal with reality and be my own advocate, and one for my children.

    Ah well

    It sounds like a great week – congrats on getting the book out of your hands! – enjoy the hockey . . . and send me desk mojo – mine has reached avalanche proportions [can you bottle it? I’ll take a case ;P]

  3. Have you tried chiropractic for your hip/pelvis? I’ve been having pelvis issues since the birth of my last child, and I’m finally getting relief through chiropractic. Someone explained it to me this way: physically therapy in this case would be more of a bandaid. Chiropractic is actually solving the problem, aligning my pelvis where it should be. Hope this week is more sane for you.

    • Yep. I went to a chiropractor for about three months, many times per month. In the end, he really didn’t know what was wrong. I was paying out of pocket and just couldn’t afford it when he didn’t know what he was treating. He was guessing IT band, but my new doctor is skeptical that it is that.

  4. Melanie C. says:

    I assume you are talking about Epipens. Did you know Mylan (the makers of Epipens) have coupons on the website so you can save up to $100 on a prescription? There is also a coupon available for Auvi-Q. You can find more info & support on the Kids WIth Food Allergies website. They have a blog post from their Medical Advisory Team with more info —

    • Actually, the epipen/AuviQ co-pay was pretty low. This was for orapred. There’s no generic for the formula we got so it was $$$$. Thanks for the info though. I am sure it will help others.

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