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The Medicine Cabinet

As I have aged evolved from a single woman to a wife and mother, my medicine cabinet has also evolved.  And I bet yours has too.  When I was young I was fortunate to have very few, if any, medical problems.  My medicine cabinet looked something like this:

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Just a few necessities…

  • 1 bottle of acetaminophen
  • 1 bottle of ibuprofen
  • 1 pack of birth control pills
  • Perfume
  • Cute soaps (wow, when was the last time I bought cute soaps for the bathroom??)
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The single woman’s medicine cabinet becomes obsolete when you are becoming a mother.  You suddenly realize there is NOTHING in there that can be used on a baby!  So, you add items to your baby shower wish list, and use gift cards to buy the rest BEFORE baby arrives.  Because you are absolutely positive that the moment you need a specific item, it will be 3am during the worst flood of the century.

Your medicine cabinet is replaced by a diaper bag with:

  • Gas drops
  • Saline nasal drops/spray
  • Bulb syringe/aspirator
  • Thermometer (axillary, temporal, and rectal just to be safe)
  • Teething tablets/numbing gel
  • Diaper cream
  • Glycerin suppositories
  • Hand sanitizer for everyone to use before they come in contact with your precious, vulnerable baby

Then your babies grow up and start having big-kid problems, like strep throat and stomach bugs.  Not to mention the everyday bumps and bruises.

For the Kids:

  • Children’s acetaminophen (liquid)
  • Children’s acetaminophen (chewables)
  • Children’s ibuprofen (liquid)
  • Children’s ibuprofen (chewables)
  • Band-aids (rookie mom buys cute, expensive character kind but quickly realizes the ugly brown ones are the way to go).
  • Bandages/gauze/Ace wrap
  • Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin/bacitracin)
  • Cough drops/throat spray
  • Children’s decongestant
  • Heating pad
  • Cold/ice packs

If you have a kid with seasonal allergies/eczema/food allergies/asthma like me, add to that:

  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Prescription eczema cream
  • Unscented lotion
  • Liquid Benadryl
  • Epi-Pen Jr.
  • Controller/maintenance inhaler (i.e. Advair, Flovent)
  • Rescue inhaler (i.e. Xopenex, albuterol)
  • Allergy eye drops
  • Copy of Asthma Action Plan/Allergy Action Plan
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Last but not least, any adult in the house has his/her own unique needs.  It seems that every day brings a new ache, pain, mole (when did that show up?), environmental allergy, or psychiatric ailment.

I give you permission to snoop into my medicine cabinet, which is actually a whole closet:

  • Anti-depressants
  • Anti-anxiety meds
  • Birth control pills
  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Tums/Gas-X/Rolaids etc
  • Witch Hazel pads (because hemorrhoids happen even when you’re not pregnant)
  • Allergy pills
  • Allergy eye drops
  • Nasal spray
  • Migraine medicine
  • Essential oils
  • Ace wrap
  • Knee brace

Am I forgetting anything??

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Discouraging Words

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It’s been 9 days since I almost broke my back.  Okay, maybe that’s being a little dramatic.  But the Dirty Girl Mud Run ended up costing me a lot more than the $70 entrance fee (which I don’t think was worth it at all, but that’s beside the point).  After a huge copay at the ER that day, pharmacy copays, followup visit copay, and lastly an MRI – this race was my most “expensive” one yet.  Add to that pain and suffering.

The results of my MRI are:

In medical terms:  L4-L5 disc bulge with an annular tear, edema in the bone marrow and bruising to the bone.  No direct impingement on the spinal cord or nerves.

In layman’s terms:  I don’t have a herniated disc (just a slightly damaged one), and my spinal cord is not injured.  I don’t need surgery and the tear should heal with time and medications.

So, I should be happy right!?  Well, I definitely am glad it wasn’t worse.  But I still have trouble not whining about how much it sucks to be injured.  I had to miss the 5k I was planning (and paid for) this past Saturday.  The Windcrest City of Lights 5k – it was a nighttime race through an amazing neighborhood that is lit up every year with thousands of Christmas lights.  My husband ran it and really enjoyed it.  My kids even ran the Candy Cane Dash that was right before the 5k (their first race EVER)!  It really was an exciting night for our family.  It was just very hard being a spectator at a race I was supposed to participate in.

I’ve rested.  Now it’s time to move into recovery mode.  I’ve already started taking short walks through the neighborhood and local trails and it’s been great getting out – although I’m paranoid that I’m going to get hurt again:  Before I cross the street, I look both ways 3 times and cross only if it’s clear for miles.  On the trails, I am leary of every rock and root sticking out of the ground because I am sure one will send me flying and I’ll get hurt again.  I wonder if this overwhelming fear is normal??  I’m not sure when I’ll start running but I hope it’s very soon.  Part of my plan is to also get back to swimming at the gym because it is such a low impact workout.

Any advice is appreciated!  Wish me luck!

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