A chronic illness blog, full of zest and vintage specs
I'm a 25 year old, vintage loving, wife, and puppy mama, living in Northwest Arkansas. I've lived my day to day on IV nutrition for the past 11 years due to a crazy booger of an illness called chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction. I love sharing my story and hearing yours.
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. Continue reading “SwabCap Love & Ghost Hunting in Eureka”→
Hi everyone! I missed you all last week. We took a couple of days away in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. And get this, we stayed at a haunted hotel! I’ve got photos to share from that soon. This week I’m sharing a post I’ve been so excited about, how I easily transform any everyday backpack into one that will work for TPN! Let’s get this backpack party started!
Backpack of your choice- Ideally with a wider opening if possible! I also prefer to have several pockets on my pack.
9 inches of 1 in. wide nylon webbing (sold at most craft stores by the yard, I recommend getting a little extra to have some room to play with)
2 inches of 3/4 in. wide Velcro (I bought this by the yard, and got a 6 inch piece just to be safe)
Hair may seem like a bit of a weird thing to talk about on here. But when it comes to nutrition and overall health, hair can give us lots of signs as to how we are doing.
The moment I realized this was when I was at a mall with my mom one day several years ago when I wasn’t doing super well health-wise. We were walking by an Aveda, and they happened to have a sign promoting a new product that was supposed to help with thinning hair. Continue reading “Hair Chop”→
I hope you are doing great! Staying hydrated, out of the hospital, having fun and such!
It’s been a hot minute since I started a series called Choices, but I’d really like to jump back into that! Plus, I’ve still got about a million photos I took at the grocery store because where else can you get perfect images that demonstrate the zillion choices we have in our lives?
In my first post, I talked on some tips and questions I ask myself when I’m looking at the doctors in my life. Now I’d like to take a look at the tips and questions I like to ask myself when I’m choosing the company who mixes and delivers my TPN and supplies.
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.
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”→