Friday, December 15, 2017

Migraines and Holiday Stress

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This post is sponsored by Med-IQ and supported by an educational grant by Teva Pharmaceuticals. All opinions are all my own. The goal is to improve patient outcomes through education.

I’ve suffered from migraines and unfortunately, one of my kids just had their first one this fall. Working with Med-IQ has been helpful to me in terms of understanding the differences between bad headaches and chronic migraines, and what can be done to get the best treatment so they will GO AWAY as fast as possible.

As part of this campaign, I spoke with Robert G. Kaniecki, MD (Chief of the Headache Division and Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) and Stewart J. Tepper, MD (Professor of Neurology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth) to find out more about chronic headaches and what patients can do to get the best possible care. To read more about what they had to say to patients, click here: http://www.rantsfrommommyland.com/2017/09/if-you-get-migraines-you-need-to-know.html

Dr. Kaniecki and Dr. Tepper both discussed how it is common for migraine sufferers to be in search of the holy grail, that one thing or combination of things that will make the migraines stop. That is totally me. I was always looking for the silver bullet, the trigger that if avoided would make sure I never had to deal with migraines again. I learned that suffering from migraines is often inherited and that for many the holy grail doesn’t exist.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Facebook Live! Unboxing a Swag Bag from NBC's This is Us and Today Parents

Hi everybody! You might have noticed that I've been sharing some blog posts with the wonderful people over at Today Parents. I love working with them so stinking much and sometimes, if I've been a very good blogger, they will send me a present.

About a week ago, they sent me this big, heavy box filled with a tote bag of goodies from the show This is Us. My 7th grader sugested we film an "unboxing" so we gave it a try. My oldest daughter filmed it for me, then took half the stuff. My house is pretty dirty SO DON'T JUDGE ME (especially the brief shots of my dining room where my high schooler does all her homework and I'm currently researching and writing a book). Also BRADY the yellow lab, also known as #GoodBoyBrady makes an appearance. Gus just walks into me and sniffs things.

I hope you enjoy this! If you have comments or questions, click over the Facebook thread and leave them there.



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Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Sunday Morning Crap Collection Process

Every Sunday morning, I do this fun thing where I walk around my house picking up random and assorted debris. Today's haul of random crap included 1 full bag of garbage, 14 hair elastics, 11 cootie catchers, 13 shoes (shouldn't this be an even number?), my good scissors, the phone charger no one will admit to moving, some crumpled up homework assignments that I'm pretty sure were due last week, and a large collection of magnets.  

Also, I'm not sure why so many crumb-filled paper plates were in the bathroom trash because does that mean they're eating in there? When and how is this occurring? And also why? JK, I don't actually want to know. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

If you get Migraines, you need to know this.


I don’t suffer from migraines but for a while, I thought I did. It turns out that the debilitating, days-long, nauseating headaches I got were a reaction to a common artificial sweetener. Finding out that I needed to avoid anything with Aspartame totally changed my life. However, I have several close friends and family who suffer from migraines and getting relief for them is not as simple as cutting out Diet Coke.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Back to School Takes 6 Weeks, You Guys.

A long time ago my friend Kate told me that "back to school" is actually a six week transition period. I’ve outlined below how it works at my house with my three kids. 



Week One: The Pregame (the week before school starts)
  • Kids are generally feeling excited, happy, and slightly anxious.
  • Find out about teachers, schedules, classmates, and lockers.
  • Celebrate or freak out accordingly.
  • Hemorrhage money on last-minute items for school/sports/fashion that are suddenly required.
  • Look around the house and shake your head sadly about all the long term projects that did not get done this summer.
  • Savor those last moments sleeping in and going to the pool.
  • Fill out approximately 4,567 pages of forms.
  • Go back and forth about putting kids to bed early/waking them up early to prepare them for the coming schedule change.
  • Give up on that shit because it’s all a goat rodeo at this point in August.
  • JUST TRY TO STAY POSITIVE. 

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