February 28, 2010

My Health Isn’t So Great…

Posted in A day in the life of me tagged , , , , at 2:37 am by tntwmom

I say that laying in a hospital bed at 2:03 am. I’m rather pissed as I lay here. I asked my nurse at 9:30 if my catheter bag should be emptied. She replied, “Wanda will be around later to do that”. I suppose she was too good to empty it herself. Later has come and gone. I still lay here. No one has graced my presence since 9:30.  They are supposed to come get my vitals every 4 hours (or so I was told the other day), so I guess we’ll see when they finally do show up again. I’m really not sure whether or not I should be a bitch about it, or simply go empty the bag myself and make sure to tell them I HAD to do so because it was almost completely full and the catheter was getting very uncomfortable.

I’m not a very happy person tonight anyway. My surgeon popped in to see me for a whole 2 minutes earlier in the evening. He saw the wheelchair in my room and got huffy about me going outside to smoke. He simply said that if the nurses told him I was leaving this floor that he would have me discharged, and he took the wheelchair and left the room. That crushed me. I waited all morning for my husband to come see me so he could push me out to smoke. I wanted to leave this room. I wanted to get out of this bed!!!! So, I guess I won’t get to do any of that now. I’ll stay in this bed ALL day and all night long. I’ll push the nurse call button every time I want any little thing. (Although from the beginning of this post, it seems like I’d be half dead before they’d come in here, huh!?!).

Take me home! I want to be well enough to get out of this damn bed. I’m sick and tired of hurting all the time!

What’s wrong with me?!?! I have MRSA. What’s that?? That’s a type of staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics! I’ve had about 5 out breaks of MRSA within the last 2-3 months now. The first few rounds were treated with a really strong (and expensive) antibiotic called Zyvox. It cost our insurance company $1720.00 for 20 pills. Yep, 10 days worth of antibiotics was almost two thousand bucks. I took Zyvox three times. It worked great. It cleared up the nasty staph infection, while I was taking it. When I was done with the medication, it came right back. Yay!

The last time… my doctor chose to give me a different type of antibiotics. She actually tried this kind the first time, but my culture showed the MRSA was resistant to it (remember, MRSA is a resistant staph infection, meaning it’s resistant to MOST antibiotics). But this time, she upped the dose to a very large milligram. After taking that for 5-6 days and laying in bed in pain for 2 of those days, I called her and told her that antibiotic was NOT working. I was miserable. I couldn’t sit down (oh yeah, did I mention the MRSA was all over and around my rear end?!?!). I had laid in bed for 2 days because I was in so much pain. The receptionist relayed my message to my doctor who then told the receptionist to tell me to continue taking my antibiotics. Ok, look… seriously!? This was my 4th out break of MRSA within a couple months time. I’d taken 3 rounds of Zyvox and that stuff works pretty well, pretty quick. I could definitely tell that the current antibiotics were NOT working. In fact, I told the receptionist that I was getting WORSE, NOT better. I was simply pushed aside and told to continue taking my medication. Ok.

The next day, when I got out of bed and tried to walk… well, let’s just say I felt like I was dying! I was crying hysterically. I was in SEVERE pain. My husband called the dr’s office this time. He was on the phone all of 1 minute, and I had an appointment the next day. When I went in and was crying when the doctor came in, she seemed rather surprised that my whole rear was abscessed… while I was taking antibiotics the whole time, mind you. DUH! She sent me next door to the surgeon, Dr. Eason.

Now, Dr. Eason is the one I told you about earlier that came in and told me I’m not allowed off the floor or he’ll discharge me. Whatever. I’m ready to go home anyway.

They’re still trying to get my sugar levels under control, which they do pretty well here. I guess they’re only keeping me to get IV antibiotics. But dang, send the IV stuff home with me. I’ve seen an infectious disease doctor, and he thinks we can get rid of this nasty MRSA. I hope they can. It’s horrible. I am way beyond depressed.

Anyway… it’s now been 5 hours since anyone has been in my room. I feel like I need to pee really bad. But, I can’t! I have a catheter!! I’m wondering who exactly I can call to get someone in trouble. Is that bad? After all the crap I’ve been through with this MRSA, I’m ready to be a bitch to anyone and everyone.

Oh yeah, this is my second operation & hospital stay in the last couple weeks. He operated on the large area of abscess last week in a different hospital. While I was taking the new antibiotics he gave me, and was home recovering from surgery… I broke out again!

This time, he removed one large abscess on my rear, one large area on my inner thigh, and an infected area on my middle finger. Oh, yeah… and about 11 or 12 other small boils that had popped up ALL over me… pretty much on my rear end.

I’m not one to be serious when I say “kill me now so I won’t have to suffer” but my God, one person can only take SO much… and I’ve had my fill, thanks!!!


November 11, 2009

Favorite Tater Tot Casserole

Posted in Casserole Recipes tagged , , , , , at 12:23 am by tntwmom

1 pound hamburger
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 soup cans milk
1 small package frozen tater tots
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brown ground beef in a skillet; drain fat. In medium-sized bowl mix soup,
milk, and sour cream. Add soup mixture to hamburger and stir. Pour hamburger mixture into a
13x9x2-inch baking pan. Spread tater tots in a single layer on hamburger mixture. Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese over top. Return to oven for 10 minutes.


*My husband has made Tater Tot casseroles for years, he likes to add pepperoni slices in his!*

November 9, 2009

Cheesy Ham Hashbrown Casserole

Posted in Casserole Recipes tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:41 pm by tntwmom

1 (2 pound) package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 (8 ounce) package sliced ham, chopped
2 (10.75 ounce) cans cream of potato soup
1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
In a large mixing bowl, combine potatoes, ham, potato soup, sour
cream and cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake in preheated oven until sauce is browned


Budget Chocolate Cake

Posted in Dessert Recipes tagged , , , at 8:58 am by tntwmom

3 c. plain flour
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. cocoa
2 tsp. soda
1/2 c. oil
1 tbsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. vinegar
2 c. water

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. While mixing by hand, add the oil,
vanilla, vinegar and water. Pour into a greased and floured 9×13 inch pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

NOTE: There are no eggs.

6 tbsp. margarine 6 tbsp. milk 6 tbsp. cocoa 1 tsp. vanilla 1 box powdered sugar
Blend until fluffy and spread on cake.

From ‘How To Prepare Delicious Meals On a Budget’ e-book


El Paso Chicken Stew

Posted in Crock Pot Recipes tagged , , , , , , , at 8:16 am by tntwmom

Serve this stew over rice, sprinkled with tortilla chips and cheese.

4 entrée servings
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed

2 cans (141⁄2 ounces each) Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, undrained

1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed, drained

2 cups each: cut green beans, whole-kernel corn

1⁄2 package- (1.25 ounce-size) reduced-sodium taco-seasoning mix
Salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients, except salt and pepper,
in slow cooker; cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.


November 8, 2009

Hamburger & Rice Casserole

Posted in Casserole Recipes tagged , , , , , at 10:45 pm by tntwmom

2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 pound hamburger
4 cups rice, cooked
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup sour cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown the hamburger and onion in a large skillet; drain fat. Stir in the
remaining ingredients and pour into a greased 13x9x2-inch baking dish or a casserole dish. Bake for
45 minutes or until heated completely through.


Chops In A Crock Pot

Posted in Crock Pot Recipes tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:27 pm by tntwmom

· 6 Pork chops, browned
· 1 Onion, chopped
· 3 tablespoons Catsup
· 10 1/2 ounces Cream of chicken soup
· 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Place all into crock pot and simmer about 4−5 hours. Serve with rice,
noodles or potatoes.

This recipe is from the ‘Slow Cookin’ Secrets’ e-book


Happy November!

Posted in A day in the life of me tagged , , , , , , , , at 9:33 pm by tntwmom

I know I’ve been missing in action yet again. Life grabs me sometimes and it’s hard to get here to post on a regular basis.

Since my last post, my husband has been laid off work. We were worried he wouldn’t find a job before the holidays hit. He did, and is now working 6 nights a week, 12 hour shifts. He drives 1 and a half hours to work, then another hour and a half home after working 12 hours. This job will more then likely end around the 18th of November, but we’re stashing cash for Christmas.

I haven’t posted any WAHM of the Day posts in a long time, and I apologize. I do still have a few who I can post, and will post them as soon as possible.

I will be starting something new too! I have a ton of recipe e-books, and I want to share a new recipe or two daily.If you ever try a recipe I post, please comment and let me know how it was. Also, if you alter the recipe, or add anything, let us know how that turned out.   🙂


October 3, 2009

My kids are KILLIN’ me!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted in A day in the life of me tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:41 pm by tntwmom

Tomorrow is my ‘little angel’s’ 3rd birthday. I bought her a Dora tv from Craigslist, but we didn’t have an extra Direct Tv receiver to put in her room and couldn’t afford to lease one for $69.  So, I’ve been looking on Craiglist, and finally found a used Direct Tv receiver in Athens for $25. I went to Wal-Mart and shopped while the woman I was meeting took a shower and got ready to leave her house to meet me.

I left my husband (Robert) at home with our three kids….

Our toilet has been stopped up for 2 weeks. It wouldn’t flush properly, sometimes, not at all. He did figure out that if he plunged it enough to break up the solid ‘matter’ that it would flush somewhat. Apparently there was something lodged IN the toilet. I bought a snake from Home Depot, and that did no good at all. He said there wasn’t anything in the pipes anywhere, it was in the toilet itself.

When I returned home from getting the Direct Tv receiver, I walked in the kitchen and thought he was burning the pot of beans he was cooking. I could smell something burning. The beans were close to getting burnt, but they weren’t. So I looked around… the trash can was smoldering, smoke billowing out of it.

This is a PLASTIC trash can, mind you. I yelled for Dakota to go turn the water on outside and bring the water hose around the front of the house and Robert took the can outside.

Apparently my middle child decided to burn paper while his dad was in the bathroom taking the toilet up. Had I not walked in when I did…. oh boy, the house could have been on fire!

So ok, fire drama over. Kid got in trouble for burning paper.

I walked into the bathroom to see the toilet upside down in the bath tub. Joy.

I came in the kitchen to start cooking a ham, and Robert was busting the toilet to see what was lodged inside it. A MEGA BLOK! It was stuck in the bent part of the toilet. He said he touched it with his finger, and it fell. After using a snake, and plunging the stupid thing over and over didn’t work, touching it made it fall out.

Oh, by the way, this toilet probably isn’t even a year old. The old one was cracked down the side from the boys slamming the seat and lid shut so much!

Robert is having to buy a whole new complete toilet too, the tank bolt is rusted on one side, and he can’t get it off to use the same tank.

So, about $100 he said.

And… he was just laid off Thursday! Yay! Now that he’s out of work, it seems like we will get to spend money that we need to live on on just crazy, out of the blue crap that happens.

ARGH!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, needed to vent!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just wonder…. what will my kids destroy next?!?!?!


September 25, 2009

Friday’s WAHM of the Day!

Posted in WAHM/D of the Day tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:43 am by tntwmom

Hi, what’s your name?

Patty Dooley – Independent  Shaklee Distributor

What is the name of business you are a consultant/distributor for?

Shaklee Independent Distributor – 4u2behealthy

What type of products do you sell?

Nutritional Supplements, Non Toxic Cleaners, Skin Care, Cosmetics and Weight loss products

What is your favorite 3 products from this company?

Shaklee Alfalfa – Alfalfa is a storehouse of nutrients. Its tap root reaches down as deep as 20 feet, searching out nutrients and minerals from deposits in the soil, while its leaves gather large amounts of chlorophyll through the natural process of photosynthesis.,

Energizing Soy Protein Drink – Energizing Soy Protein is a plant-based, biologically complete protein source that’s naturally low in fat, cholesterol free, and replete with all essential amino acids. As part of a healthy diet, it helps build muscle, skin, and hormones; support the immune system; retain normal cholesterol levels; and promote heart and prostate health. Plus, it contains soy isoflavones, which can help minimize hot flashes and promote breast health.*

Get Clean Basic-H2 – An unbelievable 48 gallons of super-safe, really powerful, double-concentrated clean come out of this one little 16-ounce bottle. Nontoxic, Natural, Concentrated, Biodegradable. For windows and mirrors: Add 1-2 drops to 16 oz. of water. For all-purpose cleaning: Add 1/4 tsp. to 16 oz. of water. For degreasing: Add 1 1/2 tsp. to 16 oz. of water. For bigger jobs, add 2 oz. to 1 gallon of water.

What makes this company and/or its products different than its competitors?

Shaklee has for many years offered safe, natural products. Products that are free of chemicals, dyes, preservatives. Products that have peer-reviewed studies, over 200 quality tests for purity.

What inspired you to join this company?

I was inspired by personal health problems. I had acid reflux and hiatal hernia so bad that I had been to doctors for 2 years. I was on medications every day just so I could eat, and even then I could eat very little. I was in constant pain and all the medications had very little effect on me. I began using Shaklee Alfalfa and Soy Protein Drink. After a few weeks I began to see vast improvements in my health. It impressed me so much, that I began sharing my story with others and my business began to grow.

How do you manage your schedule around your children?

I am able to schedule personal appointments around our schedule. I work during the day while my daughter is in school and my business is such, that I can take my daughter with me.

How long has this company been in business?
53 years

Are you trying to expand your team? Yes. I am sharing my business with other moms and dads who also want to work from home.

How much does it cost to join this company? We have 3 levels that people can join:

Mission Pack/Gold Ambassador Distributor – $299.00 – They receive products, kit, Gold Ambassador status (able to sign up new distributors in other countries that Shaklee sells in) and web site for 3 months

Distributor Kit – $39.95 – Receive kit

Distributor/member – $19.95 – Receive kit.

How much commission does a new recruit make on sales?

Everyone starts out at 15%. Each level that you work too, your percentage goes up. One can earn up to 50% on products sold, and you earn commissions on your monthly PV

What is the personal discount for a new recruit? Everyone starts out at 15% and goes up from there.

Do you have to pay for your company web site? If so, how much, how often? Yes, $14.95 each month and you can have a second site for just an added $7.00 per month as a prospecting site.

Are you offering any sales through this company for our readers? Yes, For all new customers/members, I will offer an additional 10% off on first time order.

What is your web site link? http://www.4u2behealthy.com

Anything special you would like to tell my readers about yourself or your business that I didn’t ask you? I am always available to help others learn about natural health and wellness. They can contact me at patty@4u2behealthy.com And I can also show them ways to learn about our products and natural health with our 21-Cd program. A way for them to listen, learn and earn $100 in free products of their choice.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Thank you,
Patty Dooley
Patty, thank you very much for sharing your Shaklee business with us! I’ve heard great things about the company & the products! ~Shannon~


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