Coping Advice From My Dear Dad

Happy July everyone!  June didn’t quit and stayed busy the whole way through.  It was an amazing month.  I got to go to Cincinnati for work training then a one day turn around before the Oley Conference in Memphis!

I’m so excited for this post.  My sweet dad volunteered himself to contribute to this blog as my first guest writer which is just so amazing!  Let’s jump on into that to hear my dad’s perspective of some of the things my family did to help me to better cope with my illness.  I’ll be peppering in photos of dad and me from over the years.

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Dad and me this past weekend in Fayetteville!

First, let me introduce myself.  My name is Roger.  I am Lauren’s dad and I live in McKinney, Texas.  Lauren is a light in my life and I have learned so much from her.  I am so proud of her and what she is doing in her world to change it for the better.  I wanted to write this piece for her blog because we didn’t really do things by the book when we discovered that Lauren was chronically ill.  Maybe the things we did will help someone figure out how to cope with a challenge in their life. Continue reading “Coping Advice From My Dear Dad”

Big News!

Hi everyone!  Long time no see!  Things have been wild in my world, good but wild.  I hope you all are doing well!

I’ve been so excited to share lots of exciting news that’s been happening in the Ethridge house!  May was a huge month for us, I’m having a hard time keeping track of it all.  But here we go!

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You guys, I got a job!

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My 15 Reasons to go to the Oley Conference

Are you familiar with the Oley Foundation?  If not, and you rely on nutrition support in any way, they’re a great organization to get to know. I love the way they state who they are on their website, “…the Oley Foundation is a national, independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to enrich the lives of patients dependent on home intravenous nutrition (parenteral) and tube feeding (enteral) through education, advocacy, and networking.”  Learn more about Oley here.

They put on several conferences throughout the year, but their big annual one is the hot topic for discussion today.  While I’ve only been to one conference in 2016, it was absolutely life changing and I cannot wait for this summer’s conference in Memphis, Tennessee.  Here are my top fifteen reasons you should go to the Oley Annual Conference this June.
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Choices : Doctors

Who’s ready for a new series of posts?

Great, me too!

Over the next few weeks I’m going to share about the many choices that come with being chronically ill and some more specific to those of us on TPN and/or tube feeds.

My friend Joey, the manager at our local grocery store, gave me permission to take photos in his store.  I’ve had so much fun taking photos for my blog, and when it came to the photos to illustrate “choices,” what better place than the grocery store?  There are SO many options.  So although they don’t relate directly, I think the message is clear, endless choices!

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Who knew there were so many types of canned tomatoes?

Why don’t we just start big today and talk about the choices that come with choosing our doctors?  Here are a few of the questions I find me asking myself to make sure I’m getting the best care possible. Continue reading “Choices : Doctors”

Showering with a Central Line

Oh the joys of showering with a central line… Let’s talk about that!

I’ve had several people ask me about the showering method I’ve come to love the most over the years.  It’s a bit tricky to answer, because I’ve had all types of lines.  So I thought I’d share my tips to showering with all of them!

P.S. The last one is my top fave and current method, so stick around. Continue reading “Showering with a Central Line”