Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wedding Advice Requested

You may or may not know this, but I am engaged to be married in 99 days!  The big day is fast approaching and I need the advice of my Sick Chick community.

I've been on the fence over a very important issue:  The guest list.

Here is my problem.  I am considering inviting my rheumy.  I've known him longer than I've known my fiancé, and he brought me back to life when RA stripped the life right on out of me.  On my list of important men in my life, his name definitely lands somewhere in the Top 10.

I do not, however, want him to feel obligated to come (he likely won't) OR to send a gift.  In my opinion, it's more of a gesture than anything else.  Also, what if he does come!?!  I do plan to have a few cocktails, and although he's definitely given me the green light to enjoy them in moderation, I don't want to give him any reason to be concerned.  Who would I seat him with?  What would he think of my family?

I am leaning towards extending the invitation, knowing that it is highly unlikely he would come.  What do you think?


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My Issue With "Smash"

Hello love bugs!  Have you been watching NBC's new show, "Smash," starring Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty?  It's about all the work and drama that goes into staging a Broadway Musical.  McPhee and Hilty compete for the lead role in the musical, and initially Hilty's character, Ivy Lynn, gets the role of a life time:  Marilyn Monroe.

In last night's episode, however, Ivy comes down with a sore throat or inflamed throat - something of that nature.  Her doctor prescribes her prednisone and this becomes the central challenge of the episode.  Other characters claim prednisone is a miracle drug - it will cure her troubles overnight so that she can continue rehearsing to prepare for a big workshop performance.

After taking her very first dose of this wonderdrug, Ivy almost immediately begins to experience the worst of the possible side effects, including....hallucination!  According to WebMD, this is very rare side effect of the drug.  So rare, in fact, it's about halfway down the list of rare side effects!

As someone who lived on prednisone to get through her first year (plus) of life with RA, I found this extremely far-fetched.  I did experience insatiable hunger AND weight gain AND a small bit of 'roid rage, but hallucinations?  Have any of you, fellow sick chicks and dudes, ever experienced such an extreme side effect?  Hit me up in the comments and let me know!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Why I WILL Run Another Marathon

When I was in school, I never settled for mediocrity.  I had to have the highest grades, be the most involved, etc. I just needed to be in charge.  I never did anything halfway.  I never settled for average.   
I wanted to be a star.
I would only do things if I could be the star; or be the best there was.
A lot of that still rings true for me today. However, in life, career, and relationships, its not always so easy.  You don’t get a letter grade, or a gold star,  or a check mark next to each thing you need to do. You can try to rise above mediocrity by comparing yourself to others. But no matter what, there will always be people that have it better than you and those who have it worse than you.  There will always be people that have more than you and those who have less than you.
I am truly learning to be happy with myself, my life, my achievements, and my belongings – instead of comparing myself to those of others.
However, if I do want to be the best, and I still need to get those “gold stars,” why not compare myself….to myself?
This is why I will run another marathon.
Yes, it’s a huge accomplishment to TRY to run a marathon and to FINISH a marathon.  But for someone who is always looking for that A+ grade and that 4.0 GPA, and that pat on the back for a job well done, simply finishing a marathon (in seven hours) is not exactly the most pride-inducing feat.
I’ve convinced myself that I am proud of it. And I do proudly say that I did or completed the New York City marathon – but I never say that I ran it. I always include a caveat that I “hobbled” it because I truly hobbled through the last ten miles. Besides, I wouldn’t change the experience of it for anything, because it’s something I did with my sister.  
But seven hours…I have to do better and I can do better.  I’ve learned a lot from my first marathon experience.  SO I am putting it out there right now.:
I will run another marathon.
And this time, I will run it.  If I walk part of the way, so be it.  But I will run the majority of it.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Happy "New" New Year!

I hope you all rang in the New Year with joy and festivities and good health.  I know you are thinking that this girl is completely insane.  It’s already March 1st and she is wishing me a Happy New Year!?!  But, really, can’t a New Year start any day of the year?  It's a "new" year as of today. 
You know, I am feeling a bit guilty.  I wanted to contribute regularly to this blog…but life has just gotten in the way (as it always does).  
I vow that my "New" New Year’s resolution will be to update this blog and share with you thoughts, opinions, insights, interesting articles, and other such items to help engage in a conversation and create a community with all you sick chicks, sick dudes, and friends and families of my little sicklets. 
With that being said, hit me up in the comments.  Let me know how you started your New Year, and what your "New" New Year’s resolution is going to be.  I can’t wait to hear from you!