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”

Choices : TPN Infusion Pharmacies

Hi there!

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.

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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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