Testicular cancer is a topic I don’t particularly want to think about. Losing my husband to anything but especially to cancer is one of my greatest fears. Pretending these things don’t happen isn’t going to keep them from happening, but awareness can help us find them early when we can still do something about it. So, let’s talk about testicular cancer. Did you know…
One male is diagnosed with testicular cancer every hour?
It is the most easily detected form of cancer?
It has the highest survival rate when caught early?
November is Men’s Health Month. Even though it’s almost over, there’s still time to talk about keeping Dad healthy all year round. One of the best ways to do that is to encourage him to do monthly testicular self-exams. Yes, you heard me right. We ladies need to feel up the girls monthly, and the guys need to check out the boys once a month. Let’s face it — they’re down there all the time anyway, right? So tell them how to make all that scratching and “adjusting” productive. continue reading >>>
Emmett and his $150 popsicle — which was 20% off because we paid for it tonight, so it was only $120. What a deal, amirite?
Last week Emmett busted his head open in some mysterious incident that occurred in the dark in the boys’ room after bedtime while he was inexplicably on Miles’ bed but they “weren’t playing,” “weren’t fighting,” and “weren’t messing around.” They were able to glue it successfully at the pediatric ER at Oak Hill Hospital, and it was healing fine — though with the lingering swelling, it continued to look like he was growing a horn.
And then tonight while brushing his hair, Emmett nailed himself right in the forehead with the brush and tore the glue, causing a syrupy flow of sticky, goopy blood to emerge and freaking me the eff out. I called the pediatrician because I really did NOT want to pay another ER copay for the same injury. But they insisted we needed to go back to the ER, so off we went.
To our delight, the original doctor was there again tonight and remembered Emmett vividly. Doc checked him out and said removing the glue and “re-fixing” where he’s popped it open it would cause more damage so taping it shut over the glue for extra protection was our best bet. The ladies will love this scar when he’s older, right?
So it was basically a pointless trip. Medically, anyway. But while we were waiting for Emmett to be seen, I overheard a young mom there with her two little girls who was starting to panic while talking to a staff member because she hadn’t been released yet and if she didn’t leave by a certain time she’d have no way to get herself and her kids home. I thought of her as we were taken back to see the doctor and then released, and was relieved to see she was no longer in the waiting room after we checked out. But then when we walked outside I saw her sitting on the sidewalk with two crutches and two kids looking completely lost. I couldn’t leave her there. continue reading >>>
BzzAgent campaign image for Welch’s® Refreshingly Simple™ in Peach Mango.
As a BzzAgent, I receive free products and coupons/vouchers for free products all the time in exchange for my creating “buzz” about them with honest reviews. I have several reviews ongoing right now, and I will be blogging about all of them. First up is Welch’s® Refreshingly Simple™.
According to my BzzAgent campaign info:
Welch’s® Refreshingly Simple™ contains just a handful of honest ingredients and none of the stuff you don’t want. That means no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup—just simply wholesome deliciousness.
Welch’s® Refreshingly Simple™ is available in a variety of delicious flavors, including Peach Mango, Concord Grape, Strawberry Raspberry, Orange Pineapple Apple, and Passion Fruit. Find it in 59 oz. bottles ($2.99) and 8 oz. six-packs ($3.49) at retailers near you, including Walmart, Kroger and Publix, for starters. Learn more at Welchs.com.
I was excited about this particular campaign because we’re looking for healthy options for the kids and always interested in variety. The “Refreshingly Simple” name and promise of no high-fructose corn syrup made me think I’d be reviewing 100% fruit juice (Welch’s 100% Grape Juice is concord grape perfection). But to my dismay, when I read the nutrition label on my bottle of Peach Mango, I saw it contains only 15% juice. continue reading >>>