Monday, February 20, 2017

Living with AERD: Introduction

I recently went to to the doctors and was diagnosed with AERD.  I had a feeling I had it after finding it on a facebook page and playing with Dr Google but I was officially diagnosed with it last week.  I want to blog about my journey to get healthy so I can see how far I've come and to maybe help others who also suffer from AERD.


What is AERD/Samter’s Triad?
Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD), also known as Samter’s Triad or Aspirin Sensitive Asthma, is a chronic medical condition that consists of asthma, recurrent sinus disease with nasal polyps, and a sensitivity to aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Approximately 10% of all adults with asthma and 40% of patients with asthma and nasal polyps are sensitive to aspirin and NSAIDs
What are the symptoms?
Patients with AERD/Samter’s Triad usually have asthma, nasal congestion, and nasal polyps, and often do not respond to conventional treatments. Many have experienced chronic sinus infections and can lose their sense of smell. The characteristic feature of AERD/Samter’s Triad is that patients develop reactions triggered by aspirin or other NSAIDs.
Reactions include:

  • Increased nasal congestion or stuffiness  (I have!)
  • Eye watering or redness (yup!)
  • Cough, wheezing, or chest tightness (I have that too!)
  • Frontal headache or sensation of sinus pain (and this!)
  • Flushing and/or a rash 
  • Nausea and/or abdominal cramping (yup!)
  • General feeling of malaise, sometimes accompanied by dizziness (too often!)

I will update as I have appointments & information available.  

Next post:  How I found out about AERD.  
Sunday, January 1, 2017

Word of the Year: 2017

Last year I started off the year with one word to focus on.
I really tried over the last year to be present.  To put the phone down, to not let life's distractions take me away from my family, friends, and faith.  While I was not 100% perfect, I was more mindful over the last year to be present.  I will continue in 2017 to be more present in my life. 

That brings me to 2017's word of the year.  
This year I want to focus on what's important.  It uses last year's word as a stepping stone in my life and gives me the platform to grow.  I want to focus on my family, my family, my job, and my faith.  HOWEVER at the same time I don't want to lose the progress I've made over the last year.  Focus allows me to let update my goals as the year goes on and I grow in every part of my life.  

Along with choosing a word, I also chose a verse that will help me focus on what is important throughout the year.  

Colossians 3:2 

Today is the first page of a fresh new book.  Now is your chance to write a masterpiece.  

What is your word of the year?  

I try to use my own pictures when available and if I do use other pictures I cite the source.  There are times when I'm unable to find the source for the pictures I use.  If you find that I have used one of yours please let me know, I will gladly give you credit!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

On This Day: In Case You Didn't Know.... (originally posted 9/28/2009)

I was feeling nostalgic so I went to my original blog, A Trucker Wife and thought it would be fun to pull old blog posts every once in a while just to see what craziness was going on in my life.  On this day back seven years ago (2009?!?!) We were reminded that The Beatles rock.  
What were you doing in 2009?


We had kids tag our neighbor's fence Saturday night. It sucks because it looks horrible but really if kids are going to vandalize something this is what they chose to say?

Yes, they do rock but this just cracks me up!

The police came by to write a report up for them to turn into their insurance and reassured us that from what he knows, there are no gangs in the Hampton Roads area using this sign. Whew, I was worried.

Friday, September 23, 2016

RECIPE: Grandmother Snook's Apple Walnut Cake

This recipe/posts received so much positive attention from family and friends that I had to repost it on my personal blog.  It's been said that my Grandmother Snook only baked her apple walnut cake for special occasions and I can see why.  It was delicious!  I also want to keep the tradition alive and also reserve it for special occasions.  My family however is very impatient!

(Originally posted on 7/31/2016 on my genealogy blog Discovering Family Roots. ) 

Mildred Snook (nee Swezy) is my grandmother on my dad's side.  She was born 1919 and died young at the age of 43 in 1953.    About 6 years ago in 2010 I received a letter from my cousin (actually first cousin once removed) who enclosed a few old family recipes.  Sometime after that I had misplaced the letter, I was devastated.  Even after moving from our old condo into the new house, I still could not find them.  Making up the spare room this past July I moved an old photo album and they fell out!  I was so excited!   I showed my father the Apple Walnut Cake recipe the following week.  He hadn't had that cake since he was about 12 years old.  It was a cake that she was known for.  I knew I was going to have to make it soon.
My grandparents Edward & Mildred (Swezy) Snook
My Grandmother Mildred Snook (Swezy)

This past weekend I finally made it!  I called my dad to check on a few things hoping he would remember, like how big were the chopped apples and what kind of pan did he remember her using.   Once it came out of the oven, I sent a picture to him and it let me know that it was just as he remembered.  Success!  The house smelled wonderful and my husband and daughter both agreed, it was delicious.  

  My father also said that the walnuts came from an English Walnut tree they had on their property.  It was the only in in Vernon.  Unfortunately that tree is no  longer here, it was in 1967 cut down to make room for the now Minerals Spa.  At that time it was 5ft in diameter.

I've included the recipe in my post.  If you plan on using it, I only ask that you please credit me & my blog in anything you post.  Thanks so much!
Friday, June 24, 2016

Garden of Abundance: Our 2016 Raised Garden Adventure

A little over a year ago we began the journey of looking for a new home.  We wanted to upgrade from a small 2 bedroom condo with no property to a bigger home with a little green space of our own.  One of my biggest requests was to have enough space for a garden.
In September of last year, we closed on a 4 bedroom house with a little backyard.  Perfect for our daughter, 2 mini dachshunds and a garden!   All fall and winter I researched raised gardens, spent hours on Pinterest, and drafted up plans for my garden.

Finally in April, my husband (with a little help from our daughter) built a raised bed for me.  

After 2 truckloads of compost/soil mix from our local garden store Enchanted Nursery & Stone. I had a awesome 4X8 garden ready and waiting for plants.  

Follow along as I document our 2016 garden adventure, if you have any questions along the way just ask and I'll be sure to answer them!  The next post will have the plant diagram, pictures of the plants, and more of the journey.  
Saturday, May 14, 2016

CPA exam...Take 2!

After an amazing review and meeting with my bosses, I am jumping back into studying for the CPA exam.  It will take up so much of my time, energy, and money.

Let's talk money...

I looked at Roger, Wiley, Becker, etc study programs and they are so expensive, I'm trying to find a way to pay for one without breaking my family's budget.  Then add in the actual exam expense and this exam will cost me a few thousand dollars (and then some if I end up failing a few).

I've tried in the past to concur this but I haven't had success, but I'm not sure I was ever 100% into it. This time, I'm in a different place in my life.  I'm just going to jump in and do it.  I pray that I'll have the strength to get this done because this will be an amazing career advancement opportunity for me.  I plan on blogging my progress, to keep me motivated & accountable.  My online time will be limited as well as any free time I have at home, but it WILL be worth it....right??

If y'all could keep me in your prayers I'd love it.  I think I'll need all I can get!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Genealogy Page is Open for Business

That's right!  The genealogy section of my blog is open!   It hasn't been updated recently but feel free to have a look around.  You can always click the genealogy link in the upper right corner of my blog to take you right there.

About 9 years ago I began an adventure that has led me to find many lost and unknown relatives.  It started with one simple question, am I able to get into the DAR?  That one question has now developed into a great passion of mine.

I have found not just one or two but many ancestors that have service in the revolutionary as well as many of the wars our country has fought in since then.  I have found great stories and great sadness, broken down brick walls, and met some family members along the way.

I'm not just focused on my own family history.  I also enjoy helping others on their own family history.  I assist them in finding records and documenting family graves around the Hampton Roads area and some near my home town in New Jersey.  

If you have any questions, I'm always happy to help out in any way possible.