Tubie Pad Feature: Bella Madalyn

Hi friends!

I am so excited to be back with another Tubie Pad Maker Feature this week!With Carrie0751Web

Just as a reminder, here’s a breakdown of what I’ll be sharing!

  • My personal thoughts on the maker’s Tubie Pads.
  • A bit of the maker’s story.
  • The materials they use and special features that sets each of them apart to help you find the right fit for you.
  • Lots of photos to hopefully help you get a full picture of what you are purchasing (on a human, front, back, etc.)
  • Price and where to find the Tubie Pads.
  • Lots of other nuggets of info depending on what each maker chooses to share!

This week I’ll be sharing and will be hearing from my new friend, Kaitlin Metheny of Tennessee, who started Bella Madalyn! She sent me some super precious floral tubie pads! Look how cute! And she picked them out herself! IMG_4489 Continue reading “Tubie Pad Feature: Bella Madalyn”

Tubie Pad Feature : Turkey Tot Customs

With Carrie0762WebI’ve been working to put together a guide to Tubie Pads!  After years of feeling lost in the Tubie Pad world, I finally decided to jump in and bring you along with me!  I’ve gathered pads from several makers.  I’ll be sharing several things about each maker’s Tubie Pads over the next few weeks:

  • My personal thoughts on the maker’s Tubie Pads.
  • A bit of each maker’s story.
  • The materials they use and special features that sets each of them apart to help you find the right fit for you.
  • Lots of photos to hopefully help you get a full picture of what you are purchasing (on a human, front, back, etc.)
  • Price and where to find the Tubie Pads.
  • Lots of other nuggets of info depending on what each maker chooses to share!

This week’s feature is on Dana from Turkey Tot Customs!  She is based in sunny Florida!  I have talked so much with this sweet gal, and she is a pure joy!  When I reached out to her about this project, she was so excited, immediately asked what I loved, then made an absolutely perfect set for me!  I told her “florals, vintage patterns (gingham, stripes, etc.) and humorous novelty prints.”  I’d say she nailed it!  Look how cute!IMG_4583 Continue reading “Tubie Pad Feature : Turkey Tot Customs”

Why “We Need to Pull Your Line” Isn’t as Easy as it Sounds

I’ll warn you, this is going to be a long post (I know I’m long winded anyway!) But it’s important. It’s about advocating for yourself as a patient when a medical professional states they’d like to do something that you don’t feel comfortable with. It’s also about taking your central line, and the symptoms of possible line infection, very seriously.With Carrie0930Web Continue reading “Why “We Need to Pull Your Line” Isn’t as Easy as it Sounds”

Couch Potato Poem

My church does this really fabulous thing every summer where we celebrate the ordinary time between the big holidays. There really isn’t a lot that happens through the church calendar between Easter and Christmas, and we recognize that lots of our lives are spent in this ordinary-ness. So we do things differently, and usually spend time getting to know one another better.

A couple years ago during Ordinary Time, each Sunday started with a poem or writing written by someone in the church. All totally different topics, but everyday ordinary topics. I shared this poem, and haven’t shared it anywhere else but with the group that was there on that particular Sunday, so I’d like to share it with you here today.

Some things have changed, but the ultimate message remains. I’d love for you to soak in some couch potato-ness after reading this and remember all the things your body does for you!

Couch Potato

Looking at me right now, you might not be able to see that the simple things like consuming enough calories to survive, or taking a shower are difficult for me.

You might not know that I have to put a weird rubbery sleeve over my arm before showering in order to keep my PICC safe from water.

Since it is my lifeline, the way I receive nutrition, I wouldn’t want it to get infected with scary water germs.

You might not even be able to tell that medical tape is a part of my daily wardrobe, or that I have two feeding tubes that I like to call my stomach piercings.

And that’s all okay.

Because these things are hidden.

But do you know what else is hidden, aside from our different hidden struggles and limitations?

Just how much LIVING our bodies are doing.

I love how Christy Beam, author of Miracles from Heaven, put it, our bodies are “like an orchestra with all the individual instruments playing together in perfect tune.”

Now, maybe my violin section is a little off.

And maybe your trumpets aren’t playing quite loud enough, or your sax player is just getting into their own groove while you have no say over what they are doing.

But let’s just take a moment to think about all of the things our bodies are doing for us right now.

Hearts pump-pump-pumping.

Lungs breathing. In, out, in, out.

Blood cells acting as a transit system and getting oxygen where it needs to go. Such busy streets.

Guts churning. Gurgling.

Eyelids kissing one another as they blink blink blink.

All the while, you’re just simply sitting.

It’s truly beautiful.

We all go through life thinking, oh I’ve got to get this done, I’ve got to do that, say this, go here, be there at 7:37, constantly going.

But we already are constantly going.

Even in just simply sitting.

And sometimes it is perfectly okay to be a pretty, or handsome, couch potato.

SwabCap Love & Ghost Hunting in Eureka

I feel like I owe my dear friend SwabCaps a huge thanks for helping to keep me central line infection free for the past five years (knock on wood)!  Don’t get me wrong, Sawbcaps aren’t a 100% infection blocker.  They do a pretty fabulous job though!

These sweet little orange nuggets are pure gold to me.  Lots of you might know about them, but for those who don’t, SwabCaps are Skittle sized rubbery-plastic caps that have an alcohol saturated pad inside that you put on the end of a central line or IV when it’s not in use.  You might also know a similar product called a Curos cap, a very similar product, but it’s a harder plastic that is bright green.Swab Caps06446Web Continue reading “SwabCap Love & Ghost Hunting in Eureka”