February 28, 2012

wanna see who is pinning your blog?

I had no idea I had so many pins from my blog. 

You can check out yours by typing the following...

Type in: http://pinterest.com/source/(YOUR BLOG URL HERE)

So mine is: http://pinterest.com/source/coffeecraftsandcupcakes.blogspot.com/

February 24, 2012

and it's raining...

Today's weather matches my mood. I had my second physical therapy session today for my vertigo. It was tough and afterwards I was pretty nauseous. I had to sit for a bit and drink some ginger ale. Last week I thought she was crazy when she said dizzy patients compensate for their vertigo by becoming more rigid and stiff (example: not turning your head side to side loosely - like a normal person) in their day to day movements and activities...to prevent the vertigo. I didn't feel like I was doing that- until today. I could feel myself becoming rigid...especially when I was walking on a foam pad barefoot- with my eyes closed...and turning. Not a good feeling and I could totally see now what she was saying. This session was hard and I know I'm moving in the right direction but it's frustrating not being able to "function" like I used to.

Anyhow...on a lighter note- in a couple of weeks I'm headed to Chicago for a girls weekend with my oldest friend of 24 years.  I've never been so I'm really looking forward to it.  It's my birthday - I'm turning the big 36...and I'm feeling every one of those years right now!  :)

And I had to share this because this masterpiece combines two of my favorite things...cake and cupcakes...Happy Friday!

Source: flickr.com via Amy on Pinterest

February 23, 2012

so true

Source: ragan.com via Amy on Pinterest

Sorry for lack of posts...this week has been really busy and I have don't really have anything interesting to say. :)

February 17, 2012

February 15, 2012

getting married?

Jessica over at Party Box Design is offering some ridiculously fabulous Save the Date Magnet designs.  I wish I had these for my wedding!

This is my favorite design by far...go check them out- so cute!

February 7, 2012

sunny in seattle

We've had a ton of sunshine these past few days, which is unusual for us.  I had time to get out for a walk today and it was SOOO nice!!  I think my mood is just better when it's sunny, even if I'm having a dizzy day the sun is great.

This past weekend the hubs and I had a night away at a local resort and casino.  I purchased a night when they were having a cyber monday sale so I was able to get the room for half off.  I was skeptical on whether or not it would actually look like the picture.  It exceeded my expectations, the room was amazing.  The bathroom was awesome- the shower had three body sprayers.  Crazy! 

We had dinner at the "fancy" restaurant in the hotel, while it was pricey, we don't get to do things like that very much so it was a splurge.  The casino was meh!  I hate all the smoking, we did win a little bit on the slots and when I say little I mean little.  :)  We also had a drink in the lounge/bar hot spot in the casino, that only made me feel old and really glad that I'm happily married.  It was fun to get away and have some quality couple time.

This week is full of a little blog designing, dinner with an old friend, the hubby's birthday and my photography class I just started last week.  Next week is Valentine's Day and I've pinned so many cute ideas on Pinterest but I have no clue which one I want to do!

Anyhoo...have a great week!!

February 3, 2012

happy friday!

a sweet pink treat...

February 1, 2012

health update

As I alluded to in a prior post I've been having some health issues.  The vertigo is nothing new but it has taken a turn for the worse...every day - most of the day.  It comes and goes leaving in its wake an anxiety ridden hopeless frustrated feeling.  I made a trip to the eye doctor- they were bugging me too.  She said I have dry eyes...okaaaaay.  I've been using the fake tear drops and haven't noticed much of a change.

I then went to see my vertigo doctor in Seattle, I can't say enough good things about him.  He wanted me to have another VNG , definitely not my idea of a good time.  I had that done today. There are four steps to the process.  They strap on these horrible goggles (think scuba mask) which kind of produces a claustrophobic feeling.  The goggles are retro fitted with a camera that is hooked up to a computer where they track your eye movements during the testing.  It's pretty genius but not fun at all.  The worst part is the last-- here's a summary:

Caloric Testing
The technician will stimulate both of your inner ears (one at a time) with warm and then cold air. They will be monitoring the movements of your eyes using goggles to make sure that both of your ears can sense this stimulation. This test will confirm that your vestibular system for each ear is working and responding to stimulation. This test in the only test available that can decipher between a unilateral and bilateral loss.

I knew there was a problem when my left ear did not respond (as it had a year ago) like my right ear did.  I had to wait two hours until I could meet with the doctor.  Basically he said that there was deterioration in my left side due to my severe vertigo attacks (and this ear is probably where the virus started).  There is no way to determine where I got this virus and most people usually only have one attack.  I'm one of the 5% who have recurring episodes hence my official diagnoses of recurring vestibular neuritis.  The attacks have caused damage to that balance nerve and has made life pretty much hell these past few months...well past year and half but like I said it's been extreme lately.

The good news is I will be starting vestibular physical therapy which retrains the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system in coordination with vision and proprioception. This often involves desensitizing the balance system to movements that provoke symptoms. I'm hoping it will work!

I don't mean to be a whiner but with anyone that deals with a chronic condition there is a feeling of hopelessness...can I really live like this for the rest of my life?  I have a great doctor and my family and friends are very supportive- so thanks to all of you that kept me in your thoughts and prayers!!  I'm hopefully on the road to recovery...even if it's a slow one.
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