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365 Days of Self Portraits: Days 107-113

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In an effort to gain self confidence and deal with body image issues still remaining after my weight loss, I decided to take part in a 365 project focusing on self portraits.  My hopes are that after a year of taking a photo of myself ever day, that I will stop hating photos of myself, stop picking apart the things I hate about my body and learn to accept myself in a way that I haven’t been able to before.  It is uncomfortable, challenging and at times scary as I am also putting myself out there in a way I ... Read More »

The Little Gallbladder That Couldn’t

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been having troubles with my gallbladder.  It all started years ago when I started having trouble with heartburn, night after night I’d be kept awake with the pains in my chest, some nights even getting bad enough for me to go to the hospital.  I’d be awake, bitching on Facebook, whining on Twitter, watching TV and trying to distract myself from the pain.  It was horrid. When I was in Canada in October I had a really long attack, lasting from 1pm – 11pm, which was horrible for me and quite ... Read More »

Who Knew Tuberculosis Could Be So Fun?!

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Well, fun for us anyway! It’s not so fun for Christiaan Van Vuuren at the moment, as he’s been in quarantine in Sydney Hospital in Australia since the end of last year. The info as of Jan 6th from his YouTube Page: On Wednesday the 9th December I was admitted into Sydney Hospital… It wasn’t just for my protection, but also for the protection of those around me… I was eventually let out of hospital on the 2nd Jan, but then brought back in on the 18th Jan and diagnosed with a more serious form of TB… As a result, ... Read More »

The Mosquitoes Won

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I know, I’m STILL going on about mosquitoes in February, but they are still causing me pain! See, here’s what happened.  It was early September and I was laying in bed in the wee hours of the morning when I felt a mosquito bite on my back.  It was about 3am – 4am and I was not ready to wake up yet but it needed some serious scratching!  Problem was, it was in that annoying area of my back that I couldn’t reach properly… and let this be a lesson on why you shouldn’t bother trying when you aren’t fully ... Read More »

I SAID Don’t Gag Me, Dammit!

Today I went for my second gastroscopie and all I can say is that it wasn’t as good an experience as the first one.  Everything seemed to be following the same routine as the first time, I went in, they took my blood pressure, laid me down and gave me the drugs.  Then I was off to La La Land. This time I paid attention when they gave me the drugs and watched the time on the monitor.  He put it in at 25 seconds and the last I remember seeing was 47.  So that stuff works pretty quickly!  I ... Read More »

Gag Me!

Actually, no… don’t! A week from today I have my 2nd appointment for a Gastroscopy, not fun.  It goes a little something like this… I just had it done on the 18th, and you’d think once would be enough but please… this is me we’re taking about.  It goes without saying that my body will play evil tricks on me that make me want to dress myself in cement shoes and throw me in a river.   When I visited the first time I did just as they said, no food after midnight the previous evening (I didn’t eat after 6pm ... Read More »

Random Summer 2009 Tidbits

Yet another hiatus from my blog.  Sometimes I find it hard to find things to write about because I’ve pretty much already told everyone I know what I’ve been up to via Twitter and Facebook.   It makes the blog seem a little pointless at times.   It sucks in a way, I miss writing here regularly. This summer has been pretty meh weather-wise but has been great in pretty much every other way.   My best friend Penny has been house-sitting in town for the past 5-6 weeks, which means she is an hour closer than her usual stomping grounds in Roosendaal.   ... Read More »

Why You Should Leash Your Dogs!

Bailey in his Medical Pet Shirt, so much nicer than a big ugly cone! Sunday  night Xander and I went out with the dogs at about 10pm.  As we were walking along Xander was telling me how he met up with a guy a few nights ago with two big Staffordshire’s off their leashes, and when Xander reminded him about the leash law the guy told him off. Then he was telling me how dangerous it is because if one of those dogs ever got a hold of a smaller dog, the dog would be dead, as they have such ... Read More »

Allergic To Nature

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On Sunday Xander and I went to the Biesbosch in Brabant, just south of here.  It’s quite lovely around there with lots of water and nature.  There are boats you can rent to see the area from a different perspective and lots of trails for biking and hiking.   We drove around the area for a few hours, stopping every so often for me to take some photos, and I got so excited about the beautiful weather and being out in it that I suggested we turn off the airco and drive with the windows down. Big mistake… It wasn’t long ... Read More »

Dr. All In Your Head Redeems Himself

Ok, so as I mentioned in my post about my latest visit to the Doc the one thing he did agree to do was to send me to get x-rays of my foot.   I’d stepped on one of the dogs toys months ago and my foot has been bothering me since.  After squeezing around my pinky toe for a while and hitting the right spot, he pretty much had to peel me off the ceiling.  His opinion was that since there was nothing broken and it being so tender in that one particular spot, that I injured the joint and ... Read More »