Finally getting an answer


For the past three years, Minnie, my Great Dane, has battled with a pretty nasty medical condition.  One night in November 2011 she suddenly had a seizure and life was really never the same.  The doctors diagnosed epilepsy but said they couldn’t be sure – she presented in such a strange manner… no two sets of seizures were ever the same, some times they clustered sometimes they took 30 minutes to recover from sometimes 5 minutes…


She immediately went on medications, and nothing “fixed” it.  We struggled with her constant desire to eat EVERYTHING, she was put on a diet but lost no weight.  She continued to have seizures every 3-4 weeks.  Her attention span got worse and the specialist dog trainer I hired actually told me that the closest thing he could think of was that she actually had short term memory loss.

I was heart broken.  I started to wonder about her quality of life.  She was 30 lbs overweight (140lbs) and at almost seven years old I had to start thinking about her heart and her joints and I was really struggling.


Then, last week, the vet asked if I wanted to test her thyroid after I was adamant that I wasn’t over feeding her.  I immediately agreed.  Her levels came back at 0.5… half of what it should be.  I began looking into hypothyroidism in dogs and the connection with seizures and there’s a possibility that it could all be linked.  Her behavior problems too.  I wanted to cry and in the same breath felt horrible that I hadn’t demanded they test everything three years ago when they were hesitant to give her a blanket epilepsy diagnosis.


She’s been started on thyroid medication and three days in she’s already starting to look a bit more like the dog I used to know.  She listens, she calms down faster, she seems to know what’s going on.  To know that for the rest of her life she’ll be able to live it in comfort and maybe with less seizures and happier, well that makes my heart sing a bit.


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Where did the time go?

Hard to imagine my last post on here was over 2 years ago…


I’m surprised I remembered my log in for the blog to be honest!

Let’s see what have I done in the last two years…

I’ve been promoted, certified in my field, officially became a Board Member, lost almost 50 lbs, took a road trip through Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Chicago… went to San Diego and Phoenix, went to LA for my 29th birthday, remodeled my kitchen and bathroom (like down to the studs remodeled)… was single for almost 2 years… bought a new car… didn’t have any more surgeries!, went partly grey (yay hair dye)… and fell in love with my city again…

Ventura Beach - even when the sun isn't shining the view is breath taking.

Ventura Beach – even when the sun isn’t shining the view is breath taking.

Basically I’ve got more than enough to keep my blog busy for a little bit… even if it’s just a once a week post…

On myfitnesspal today I put this list up…

Things I’ve done since  May of 2014…

  • Served on a local professional Board including co-chairing a committee (10 total meetings over those months)
  • 10 Professional networking events or mentoring sessions
  • 6 Educational events
  • 16 Hiking/Kayaking/other outdoor adventures
  • 6 Races
  • 18 Baseball games and 2 football games
  • 6 Concerts
  • Kitchen Remodel

Well then…  Here’s to the next two years ;)  And here’s what I did just this past week…


Look down every once and a while and you might be surprised at what is right under your feet

dorothy six

New restaurant in Homestead – Dorothy 6 Cafe… pretty much to die for from the atmosphere to the craft brews to the food…


Just taking a little hike in Allegheny Cemetery – that’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in the background… how can you not love this city…


It might not be the clearest picture but the sun set over the skyline of the city just made me melt Thursday night as I drove to my cousin’s downtown…

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I’m back!

Does anyone remember me?! I can’t believe that it has been seven months since I logged in here and put up a post….

Life has taken many crazy twists and turns and it is just now that I feel as if I am back and centered… I underwent knee surgery in April, graduated with my masters degree, began my life as a 9-5er and found myself single…

And yet, I think I may be the happiest I’ve ever been… I began working out again in August, have lost almost 20 lbs and am running a 5k next weekend…

I’m not sure where this blog is going to take me now, what the focus will be or how often I will post but it will be nice to have somewhere to put everything down again…

In the mean time here are some pictures that make me smile!






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what a whirlwind

wow, I still remember the log in for the blog! who woulda known!  Lots of big events have happened in the past 6 months. I turned 27, landed a permanent job with the organization that I love, I’m 2 1/2 months away from graduating, I dumped my boy friend, found a new guy who lights up my life, I learned all about seizures in dogs, and I learned a lot about myself.

So not sure what piece of news there is the most exciting or the most shocking but it is all big in my book!  I had not been selected for any fellowship positions and had decided to hold off on the job search until February or March as I was still working part time as a resident where I had been all summer.  When a job opening was posted that I knew I was interested I jumped on it.  And today was my first day in my new role! I’ll be part time until graduation and then full time as soon as I wrap up with school.

I called it quits with Steve at the beginning of December.  People had begun to comment to me that I was turning into a bully when I was around him and that I was starting to just be flat out mean.  I hated who I had become.  He had his good qualities but I had just become unable to look past the bad ones.  I was tired of hearing my cooking was horrible, tired of him telling Minnie that he hoped she died and tired of just never being happy.

It was such a weight off of my shoulders to move on and before I had a moment to blink someone stumbled into my life that I never could have seen coming.  He loves my friends, loves my cooking, loves my dog and loves me.  And needless to say that I am head over heels for him.

One night in November while watching TV I head Minnie make a strange noise and I saw her leg jerk.  I thought she had caught her leg int he couch and broken it but when I went to check on her she was stiff as a board, began foaming and convulsing.  I thought she was dying and we rushed her to the emergency vet where she had another seizure.  They determined that she most likely was presenting as epileptic and we had to change all of her meds which took a long time to adjust to.  She’s had about one seizure a month since, but they are getting further apart in time and she’s been recovering more quickly from them, knock on wood.

So yeah, that’s been life – a new update soon hopefully!

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Here’s a pic if the puppy to make u smile!!!


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October 12, 2011 · 11:19 am

well I’ve just been a bad bad blogger

So yeah, I fell off the face of the earth there for a few months…

Things have just been so busy that by the time I sit down and have some time to myself I don’t want to touch a computer, and lets me honest, time to myself is a rare commodity these days…

I submitted 5 fellowship applications – so far I’ve have only 1 rejection and 2 phone interviews, still waiting to hear back from 2 others…. The applications themselves were a bit overwhelming, trying to make sure everything was perfect – but I got them done…

I’m still working 15-20 hrs a week… and I’m taking 16 credits at school PLUS pursuing certification for Lean Six Sigma which equates to 3 more credits of work – yes I know I’m crazy…

But the great news is that I got back on the band wagon with working out – went for 2 weeks straight to the gym and lost 10 lbs, then I caught the flu and was out of commission for a few weeks, today I got my butt up at 6 am and threw myself on the elliptical and treadmill for over an hr… It felt great!

Through all of this, the stress has triggered a migraine so I’ll be picking up some cyclic breakers at the pharmacy after class today…

I hope to not disappear for 2 months again but no promise… However I will certainly update on the fellowship process – fingers crossed…

Tomorrow…. I’m going to see HANSON!!!!!! MMMMMMBOP! – def something to look forward too!!!!

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where has the summer gone

Monday marks the first day of my second year as a graduate student.  I will have 5 classes, one focusing on the lean six sigma process and will own my life from the looks of the syllabus – plus to get the certification that goes along with this course it will be 1500$ and additional course work and classes… yikes…

So here’s the big news that has owned my life this week…. there is a very very small chance I may move away from Pittsburgh next year…

On Saturday Steve dropped the bomb that he would be willing to move with me if I chose that apply to an out of state fellowship program.  I about died… and then I quickly dove into research pediatric administrative fellowship options…

I’ve settled on a fellowship in Seattle, Chicago, Milwaukee, Columbus OH and Pittsburgh… I’m a little late to the party of fellowships so I’m going to be scrambling to get letters of reference, write personal statements and essays… bah… hopefully one of them pays off… i don’t want to leave pittsburgh but there are not very many pediatric options outside of the children’s hospital here and I love what I’m doing in my residency and want to pursue it further…

Here goes nothin….

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