Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Happily moving on

I am so excited for General Conference! My roommate got some tickets to go to the Saturday Morning session so I'm super excited. I've never been before. I love watching it online and all that but I hear that its even more amazing in person! I hope everyone gets a chance to watch it or at least listen to it. I'm so excited!!

On another note, I had my first appointment for the screening process to make sure I can be part of the trial. I really hope I can be. I can't if I've been exposed to TB and the likelihood that I have been goes up if I've been out of the country...which I have been. So I'm hoping that's not the case. Tomorrow I get to do a Meal Tolerance Test so I have to fast tonight starting at 9:00 until my appointment at 8:00 tomorrow. So that should be all kinds of exciting.

I'm also excited that I got to make some yummalicious peach/nectarine/raspberry cobbler last night with xylitol and it was so good! my roommates all loved it and my roommate said again "You just get better with time". Lol, I think she just likes me for the stuff I make. Thats ok though, I've grown to love cooking this past year. I used to hate it and now I love it. I feel so old when I'm asking for kitchen appliances for Christmas. I'm dying to get a good break maker, blender, and a few other things.

And on a sad note, my vision is back to ultra crappy :( Sad times. I wanna get lasik someday... but i suppose I must pay off my mounting med bills and school loans first.

I'm loving my religion class though. Because of this class I've been getting up an hour earlier each morning to study the scriptures and its amazing the difference that it makes. Just amazing, thats the only way to describe it. I'd recommend that as well if at all possible.

Oh, and at my last appointment, I was told that I had an average blood sugar of 410 the last three months... (My new theme song is Sugar by Flo Rida) the doctor was surprised I wasn't super sick and said if I waited a couple days, I would have either come in really sick or dead. I'm so glad I had that feeling to make a doctors appointment. The Lord is really looking out for me. The past few weeks I have witnessed his help over and over again. For that I'm so very grateful.

So overall, I'm doing good, the Lord is helping me so much and I have a lot of great people around me. Thank you everyone for all the help!

Monday, September 21, 2009

This cracks me up cause its so true, lol

(1) Fine : This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

(2) Five Minutes : If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

(3)Nothing : This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

(4) Go Ahead : This is a dare, not permission Don't Do It!

(5) Loud Sigh : This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.)

(6) That's Okay : This is one of the most dangerous statements a woman can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

(7) Thanks : A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you're welcome. (I want to add in a clause here - This is true, unless she says 'Thanks a lot' - that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say 'you're welcome' , that will bring on a 'whatever')

(8) Whatever : Is a woman's way of saying GO TO HELL

(9) Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking 'What's wrong?' For the woman's response refer to # 3.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Life is a... sucks sometimes

So here's the deal. I had a bit of a sore throat the last couple days and normally I wouldn't go into the health clinic for something like that but I kept feeling like I should because I could ask them at the same time if there is something wrong with me since I have been loosing weight over the last year. So to make a long story short, they tested my blood and it was 400... and for anyone who knows anything about diabetes, that is very very high. I'm surprised I hadn't gotten to the super sick point yet. So the people at the clinic on campus told me to go home and not eat a lot of sugar and carbs and made an appointment for me to see a diabetes specialist on Friday. So I went home and called my sisters and they told me to go the the Emergency Room right away which I did. Thank goodness I have Carisa here with me in Rexburg. God really knew what he was doing not letting Tim get a job just yet. (Sorry Tim for you being stuck here cause of me, lol). So I spent like 5 hours in the ER where they pumped me full of fluids and shot me up with some insulin and sent me home with an appointment the next morning (early this morning) with the diabetes specialist.
I went in this morning and got the run-down on what I need to do in these beginning periods and got all the stuff I need (I never thought I'd be so happy to have the school's insurance). The people are really nice and one lady said she would give me a lot of samples to get me through the semester since I don't have a job and I'm poor. I also got explained to me a clinical trial that I hopefully can participate in. It sounds really good and promising so I'm really excited. What it is, is I would go in for 8 days in a row and get some of this medication that is supposed to stop my cells from attacking my beta cells and thus protect my pancreas from getting any worse for at least 5 years. Then after those 8 days, I'd come in for check ups once a week for a month or so, then every other week for a few months and then once a month for a while longer. For the last year (its a 2 year study) i would have to come in every 3 months or so. Luckily there are many places around the country participating in this so if I wanted to move, I could transfer to any of those places. They also pay for all my doctor bills and all that and I get paid each time I go in so even if I get the placebo, its not a waste of time, saves a lot on doctor bills! I'm also planning on taking a lot of herbal stuff that Gailyn has taken for a long time and hopefully help my pancreas a LOT before it quits producing insulin altogether. I'm really hopeful but it was realllllly hard to hear. When I found out, I just cried and cried and still cry every once in a while. Its really overwhelming, but I'm gonna deal with it and get through. I'm so lucky to have so many wonderful people here for me and an amazing family who are really supportive, smart and extremely helpful. My roommates have been super supportive and sweet which I appreciate so much! They did a fast for me as an apartment when they knew something was wrong. They are so sweet!
So anyways, thats the deal... sucky as it is.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Amazing talk

So in my New Testament class today we listened to one of the Conference talks from last October's General Conference and It was amazing. I don't know how many people remember it but I highly recommend listening to it again in a quiet place. Its called The Way by Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge in the saturday afternoon session of General Conference.,5239,23-1-947,00.html

also on youtube but its split into two parts:

I just love it so much I wanted to share.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Oh back to school... back to schoooool

So I am back once again in Rexburg for my final semester. Yahoo! Summer was too quick though. I had so much fun after getting back from Colombia. I spent it at Eleasha's house and we had fun cooking together, making earrings and necklaces, she helped me sew a skirt (I'm shocked it worked!)... it was all lots of fun! I'm going to start selling my jewelry online as soon as I can take some good pictures of it (photographing jewelry is much harder than i would have thought). All that cooking and sewing and stuff just made me so much more anxious to have my own house. I want a garden so much!!! I wanna grow my own rhubarb and zucchini and peppers and all that jazz. I cant wait!
I also have been thinking this summer that instead of going to grad school next fall, I wanna save up for 6 months or so and volunteer in South America for a half a years or so. I wanted to do that before but somehow that got lost in other plans and I have rediscovered my desire to do that. I love traveling, I love the latin culture and I've wanted to volunteer in an orphanage for a long time now. I told my internship supervisor last fall that my plan was to spend a while volunteering in S. America last fall so I don't know why it got out of my mind for a while. But anywho, thats the plan. I think I decided not to cause i thought it would be really expensive but then I found a lot of really good programs that dont charge you to go down. I just have to pay my own way and with some programs pay for food and housing. Luckily living in S. America is cheap and I could save up in a little over 6 months and be fine down there.
Annnywho, So back to school. I only have 5 classes but some are going to be a bit intense i think. I'm taking only one class on tuesdays and thursdays but thats Human Biology and I don't know how well THAT is going to go. lol. I've never been a science person. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I have Developmental Psych (I'm hoping will be easy), English (I have a crazy teacher but i will go over that in a sec), New Testament (with LOTS of reading to do in that class), and then Learning (where I get to train rats and chickens! woohoo).
So my English teacher is kind of crazy. to hand out the syllabus, he took the pile of papers, split it in half, and threw each one on opposite sides of the room. It was a quite efficient and quick way to hand out the papers, I'll give him that. It was interesting. Then towards the end of class, when he was talking, right in the middle he screamed and everyone jumped so high. He said he saw heads that was his solution I guess. He's a bit crazy but I've heard from people that he's really funny.
I have two new roommates. One is from El Salvador which I'm really excited about, and the other is from Shelly Idaho so I'm no longer the only white girl in the apartment. lol. I think it will be a good semester. :D I'm excited and hopeful!