Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I cant believe Christmas came and went

Is it me or did this year fly by?
I actually was Christmas shopping all the way until the morning of Christmas Eve. Embarassing I know. The thing is that I kept thinking I had plenty of time and before I knew it it was the week of Christmas and I didnt have one present under the tree. Thank God that in the end everything turned out fine and I was able to buy and wrap everything that I needed, but it was a close call. I guess one of my new years resulution could be to stop leaving everything to the last possible minute. I used to be more organized and I want to go back to that.
Dr.D was home on Christmas Eve but he worked on Christmas day and he also has to work on New Years Eve and Day. Not too great but he will be home in time to ring in the New Year with us.
Im going to work on a New Years resolution list, im usully horrible at it becasue I always fail but anything is possible and the New Year does bring with it new possibilities.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

A few updates

M's MRI/MRA results are good the doctor still hasnt been able to compare them to the old ones because they wouldnt load into the hospitals system and he is on vacation but he said they looked fine. Which is a huge relief.

My engagement ring cracked which was sad but it wasnt really worth it to try to fix it so..... Dr.D bought me a new set. Its a solitaire 4 prong platinum setting with a matching band. Its gorgeous!!!

We are going on a 7 day cruise next Saturday. I am really looking forward to it but I also have a lot of things I need and I keep procastinating. Knowing me I will be running around like a mad women Friday afternoon getting everything at the very last minute.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What a day and now we wait

Today was M's yearly MRI followup for Unilateral MoyaMoya. We had to be at the hospital as 6am. We registered her and walked over to the area where they set everything up for the MRI. I thought they would just sedate her for the test but the anesthesiologist told us that they were going to do general anesthesia. I totally freaked out especially since I wasn't expecting it, he said it was the safest way for her because since they would intubate her they could monitor her CO2 level.
(I felt the water works rolling in but I tried to take a deep breath since I didn't want M to see me cry, I was able to escape it with just a tear or two)

The nurse came in and gave her "giggle juice" not sure what the medication is but its something that makes her relax. I was able to walk into the MRI room with her and stayed there until they made her fall asleep with a gas mask. They put in her IV after she was already asleep which was good that way she didn't go through it awake.

I walked out of that room in tears and the anesthesiologist reassured me that she will be fine and they would take good care of her. It was nice to hear that but at the same time I want to scream that's my baby and she has to go through all this and I have to accept it because I cant change it but it sucks!

Dr.D, my mom and I went to the waiting room and sat down. They told us it would take about an hour and a half. I prayed for a while and then I prayed together with DR.D, when we finished I walked over to the hospitals gift shop and bought 2 balloons (a Diego and a Dora)for M. I knew she would really like them.

It seemed like it took forever but finally they told us that she was already out of the MRI machine and they were waking her up from the anesthesia. Dr.D and I were both there when they brought her into the recuperation room and she was really groggy but Happy to see us. We calmed her down and gave her popsicles that the nurse brought. She fell back asleep and the nurse came in ready to remove the IV but since we had to wait 20 minutes for the disk with the images that Dr.D requested, we asked the nurse if we could let her sleep for a little while and she agreed.

When we received the Disk the nurse came in and M wanted me to remove the IV instead of the nurse so I did the tape removal and the nurse pulled it out, put on a band aid and we were ready to leave. M slept all the way home. After we got home she had some pretzels and wanted to play but since I wasn't sure how coordinated she was I convinced her to watch a movie with me instead.

As I type this she is playing hide and go seek with Dr.D so she is totally back to normal. I am still a nervous wreck because we still done have he results. Well technically we have the disk at home but Dr.D told me that he is a doctor but he is also her dad. So he wants to wait until tomorrow so that he can view the images at the hospital with the neurologist.

I wish I could just fall asleep now and wake up tomorrow after Dr.D already has the result and that they are good. However that's not possible so I will just keep praying and trusting in God.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Easiest Parm Chicken Recipe

Two nights ago, while Dr.D was working over night, we had a sleepover. My niece came over and my sister in law and we planned to watch movies and play games. M and L helped me plan the whole thing, including the menu. They both wanted Parmesan Chicken.

We went to the grocery store and I gathered the following ingredients:

Chicken Cutlets
1 pack of Italian Shake and Bake
Marinara Sauce
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

I followed the instructions of the Shake and Bake box.
(Wet the chicken and shake it in the bag)
Put it in the oven for 25 min's at 400 degrees

Took it out, poured some marinara sauce over each chicken, sprinkled some parm cheese and a small handful oh the mozzarella cheese. Then I put it back into the oven and turned on the broiler for a few minutes just until the cheese melted.

It was total success, super yummy! My niece even said it was the best chicken she had ever tasted.

The rest of the night was great we all had a lot of fun.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Awesome experience

Last week on Dr.D's day off we surprised the girls by taking them to the aquarium. They were so happy to be there but had no clue the best was yet to come. We walked through the gates and straight to the Dolphin encounter. The look in their eyes was priceless.

We signed in got bracelets with 3:15 printed on them and waited patiently for our group to be called in. When they finally called us in we stood in line where we picked up our wet suits and watched a mini video about Dolphins and then it was time to get into the water.

Our Dolphin was named Luna and we got to play with her, kiss her, feed her and play ball with her. It was truly one of the best experiences we have ever had.

Enough of my rambling I'll let the pics speak for themselves =)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Life is a gift

Life is a gift we need to fight for every single day.
As long as we are still in the fight,
it means life is good.
You can choose to complain about your challenges
or you can be grateful of your successes.
Regardless of what you choose the bottom line is that
new challenges will continue to come
and its up to you how you see them.
Glass half full or half empty

Job junt

Folowing our big move we stayed with my parents until Dr.D found a job. We thought finding a job would be a piece of cake but it wasn't! It was difficult and put a lot of stress on our family. However, looking back I am glad how everything turned out. My hubby landed the job he wanted as a Hospitalist at the place he always dreamed of working.

This whole experience showed me that things happen when they are supposed to and not when you want them to, for us it took 5 month.

My advice for anyone looking for a job after residency would be to take your time. Make sure to consider all your options and don't settle for the first opportunity that comes your way. Wait for the right job, when it presents itself you will know.

Total change of plan

Where do I begin?

I totally slacked off on blogging which sucks because I really enjoy writing.

A lot has changed since the last time I blogged so I will try to summarize.

The ID fellowship was doing more bad than good for us as a family. We kept questioning whether it had been a good choice or not. Perhaps in another situation it was a good idea but the bottom line was that in the situation that we were currently in it wasnt. So on one night as Dr.D was driving home from work we decided that we werent going to go through with the fellowship. Of course this was a huge decision that would change our life completely and practically overnight.

Mia was due for her post op angiography in Boston and so we decided that after her angiography (The angio results were perfect) Dr.D would resign from the fellowship and we would make a 1000 mile move back home and close to our families.

One of the best moments after our decision was making the call to my parents and letting them know that we were coming home. I never really blogged about it but it really killed them that we were far away. My parents were exstatic and booked plane tickets right then and there to help us with the move.

The hardest part was telling my close friends especially Shan that I would be moving. Everyone was shocked since it really hadnt been in our plans to move back, we had always talked about staying in the area even after Dr.D was finished.

The whole process took only 2 weeks from the moment we decided to end the fellowship to the moment we arrived to my parents home. We actully drove down in three vehicles. I drove my car with the girls and my mom, my dad drove Dr.D's car, and Dr.D drove a Uhual we rented to carry all our things. The move took 2 days and then our new journey began: finding a job as an Internal Medicine Doctor.