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!

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Our Wedding Day!

Ding ding ding!  Wedding day picture and story time!

I have so been looking forward to writing this.  Any reason to go through the photos and flip through the memories in my head from this day is a good enough reason for me!

I left you all last week with our hospital engagement story.  As you might have assumed, there was a lot of planning that happened between then and our wedding day later that October.  But I’m just so excited to share about the actual day, that I’m skipping all of that for now!

The day started with us getting ready with our sweet friends.  Anthony and his friends got ready in a cabin that was on the lake we got married at.  While I got ready at the venue!  Anthony decided it would be silly to have the photographer with him because he was, “only going to take five minutes!”

Here are some shots of us getting ready that morning.  Just try your best to imagine the best mix of TLC, Shania Twain, and T-Pain songs playing in the background!

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I made these “Team” shirts for us to wear!
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I really took the “something blue” and ran with it. My shoes and petticoat were blue as well.

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