Monday, November 30, 2009

Why does it feel like the Medical Establishment Hates Women?

so really? In the same week there is report that we need less mammograms AND less pap smears. REALLY? The day the mammogram report came out a colleague was having a lumpectomy for a a breast cancer tumor that could not be felt at all and was only detected through a mammogram. Now, she is over 50, and would fall under the new guidelines, but still. And to say no to self-exams? WHY?? That one I really don't get at all. How can that hurt? I get that mammograms are radiation and you want to limit that - but self exams???

Now I read that a medical study back in 2002 showed the same results - that delaying mammograms and spacing them wouldn't impact breast health. So I don't think it is some sort of conspiracy. But I have to say I don't understand it. Will be a good conversation to have with my ob/gyn.

Then there is also a study saying people should get pap smears less often. Again, really? I mean not that I relish either of these tests, but why is limiting them or delaying them make sense. Again, look forward to talking to my Dr.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

So Very Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving one and all. I am Thankful for my wonderful family and my amazing friends. They make my life so much fun and so worth living. I can't thank them all enough. Hope you are all enjoying the day with your loved ones, as we are!

Here is a joke to amuse the kids at the dinner table:

What happened to the turkey when he got in a fight? He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Road Trip!

Along with more other families than we want to think of, we are hitting the road for Thanksgiving. We will drive 500 miles to my Dad's house to spend the holiday with him, his new dog (katie - a golden retriever), and my brother, sister-in-law and nephew. The kids cannot wait to meet the dog (they want to see the rest but the dog is ruling the roost now).

Also plan to see a whole bunch of high school friends I haven't see in more than a decade. I have officially not known them longer than I have known them. But thanks to Facebook, we will be again crossing paths. Looking forward to it.

Monday, November 23, 2009

No, I have not dropped off the face of the earth

I'm back. Really. After Hawaii life has just been crazy I have totally ignored this blog. Sorry. Quick recap of our life:

  • finally got over jet lag from hawaii, and had Big Man stop being mad at us leaving
  • went to Boo at the Zoo all dressed up
  • cleaning house like crazy
  • Halloween- including a big party that was a blast
  • lots of work
  • work trip to San Diego - should have been fun but was mostly just busy
  • jet lag after working 15 hour days and 3hr time difference
  • H1N1 shots for all 3 kids- yayy!
  • B gets walking pneumonia (diagnosed while at Dr for ear infection - I am such a good mom)
  • still trying to convince DH we need an RV
  • lots of packing;/unpacking
  • still working on girls new room

ok..all caught up. Here is our Halloween picture.