Monday, March 05, 2012

Weekend Roundup

* Friday was like Hell Unleashed around here... Storms, tornados... it was CRAZY!  I ended up taking the day off work because they KNEW storms were coming.  And of course, my doctor's appt was at the same time so I was racing home when the storms started.  Tornado warnings/sirens going off always makes driving home a little nerve wrecking.

I got home just in time for the hail & winds to pick up here.  I got all the dogs in the basement &  watched what was happening.  OH MY GOSH... We were so lucky here.  Tornados were dropping all around my home.  One hit in Greenville, just a few miles down the road. It didnt cause any damage.  Another one up in Palmyra - that's about 8 miles down the road.  Then the HUGE ones in Borden & Pekin - that is about 15 miles in different directions.  So it was like a big rectangle of tornados with my house right in the middle.  Praise the Lord we were safe.

Here's the tornado in Borden...

Source: via Rebecca on Pinterest

But yeah, the one that hit Henryville... we have friends up there & I was a nervous wreck until we found out they were safe.  And friends in Pekin - they were also OK.

Everyone was not so lucky though.  One of the young ladies who I did her Senior Pictures last summer... they lost their whole house.  EVERYTHING... GONE... I cant even imagine.  She just bought her prom dress last week too & now its gone.  As a teenage girl, can you imagine how horrible that alone is?  I just want to cry... this family has just dealt with too much...
(This is the Henryville High School.... )
Source: via Rebecca on Pinterest

The stories of the lives loss just break my heart as well... a family that the mom & dad both died, as well as their 6 week old baby & their son who was 2 yrs old.  Their 18 months old daughter was carried 10 miles away in the tornado & landed in a field.  Her name was Angel.  Everyone held so much hope that this little girl would survive... but she lost her battle last night.  Like one of the youth kids said, "at least the family is back together now"... how do you wrap your mind around that?

You see this stuff on TV & never think of it hitting so close to you....

But we feel so blessed in so many ways...

& a HUGE Thank you to all my blog friends who sent me messages, tweets, FB comments & texts asking if we were OK.  I truly appreciated all the caring from friends afar. 

Please pray for our local area... on top of people loosing their homes, their belongings, their family members, we had 5-6 inches of snow dropped on us overnight.  BIG heavy snow.  Our electricity was out overnight because of the weight of the snow on powerlines... just add that factor on top of these people... heartbreaking...

* I did finally get in with the DO (Doctor of Osteopathic).  My friend, Heather gave me info about seeing a DO instead of a MD ... She was fantasic on our initial appointment.  I'm excited to get to know her through the years... & here's some info if you have a DO in your area & are looking for a new doc...

What Makes DOs Different?
 Osteopathic physicians are more likely to view a patient as a whole person, taking into account not just the physical symptoms, but also lifestyle, emotional well-being, and environment.

This philosophical debate whether to focus on the patient's disease or the total patient precedes DOs and MDs. It goes back to the beginnings of medical history when Hippocrates, the "father of medicine" believed in focusing on the patient. The rival Cnidian philosophy focused only on the disease itself.

Finally, the differences are highlighted when it comes to treatment.
Osteopathic physicians, also trained in the use of drugs and surgery, believe strongly in the self-regulating, self-healing, and self-repairing ability of the body. DOs are more likely to promote the body's own ability to heal itself through means as safe, non-intrusive and with a few side effects as possible.

Osteopathic Medicine: Some Facts

•Osteopathic physicians emphasize that all body systems, including the musculoskeletal system, operate in unison. By recognizing the critical relationship between body structure and body function, the DO is trained to recognize that a disturbance in one system can alter the functions of another system and/or all systems.

•DOs focus not just on one symptom or complaint, but on the whole patient– including lifestyle, environment, diet, fitness, and emotional wellbeing.

•Osteopathic manual treatment of the musculoskeletal system has been proven to be a successful treatment technique for many disorders. It can provide a natural alternative to numerous drug therapies.

* Saturday was the first day of the Triple Crown Racing Season.  It felt so odd to be gearing up to go run a huge race with 9,000 people when literally a few miles up the road, there was destruction. 

~ This was my first race with my neuropathy... my feet burning & painful does cause me to run more carefully.. which made my time 2 minutes slower.  I was so bummed out afterwards.  Pity Party at its finest.  The funny thing, besides my feet hurting, I felt pretty strong.  Never out of breath (maybe because I wasnt running that fast?) & kept a steady pace.  But seeing that time 2 minutes slower, it might as well been 20 minutes slower.  Dang it... Guess its just going to have to be something I have to deal with.  I've never been fast anyways, so who cares if I'm slower - right?  Its about finishing period.  RIGHT?  (someone tell me "right")   My Daily Miles friends reminded me that most people with pain like that wouldnt even go to the starting line so I should be proud... this is why I love social media sites.  I'd probably still be throwing my pity party if it wasnt for them.
Thumbs up for being SLOW....

* After a race, I can eat all day long.  I think I did on Saturday too...

* I got my Neurotin to 3 a day... the way its supposed to be.  I dont think its making me too tired so we'll see how it "officially" does now.

* I made some "No Bake Energy Bites" on Sunday... I had to literally YELL at Ricky to stop eating the "dough" while it was in the fridge hardening up a little before I could roll them in little balls.  I may have to post the recipe because they are pretty awesome... peanut butter, flaxseed, honey, oatmeal, chocolate chips, oh yeah baby!!!

Hoping its a wonderful week for everyone....


  1. I praised God for His hand of protection over you and your family Friday! I was so worried about you all up there RJ. So thankful you were spared and praying for so many whose lives have been forever changed.

    Please share that recipe because those little balls looks delicious!! It might be something healthy I could even trick my kids into eating...hehe!

  2. First, PLEASE post that recipe! Those look great!

    Second, yay for the D.O.! I'm so glad you had a good experience, and I hope you find some relief with the neuropathy. Do NOT be hard on yourself about your race-time...I think it's AMAZING that you still ran despite your pain!

    So sad for the tragic stories; I was 16 when we lost our house...I remember that devastation like it was yesterday. I sat and cried while watching those news stories on Saturday morning. Please let me know if there's anything in particular that your friends need.

    (Michelle and I were worried about you...SO relieved that you and Ricky and the puppy dogs were okay!) Love you, girl!

  3. Those stories are going to last with me forever. I wish they wouldn't but I know that they will. Even that poor girl's prom dress. So sad.
    My prayers are with those survivors.

  4. I didn't realize that little girl had died. I have to think that her family needed her with them in Heaven. So many sad stories...just breaks your heart. However, I always stand in amazement at how people and communities rise above tragedy. So very thankful that you and Ricky made it through alright. You were definitely close in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. So very glad you are safe!! That must have been soo scary. My best guy friend lives around there and I was extremely worried. But he's doing well. My heart breaks for those who lost everything...goes out to that girl. Can't imagine the devastation.

    You look awesome! :) And please do share the recipe =D

    Hope you have a lovely week!

  6. My last mission trip was to West Liberty, Kentucky. They were hit hard on Friday. My class has pen pals at their local elementary school, and I've been working to get in touch with their teacher to see what we might do...

    I'm so glad you're okay.

  7. I appreciate your thorough description of osteopathic medicine, something I never quite knew. My hubby's been frustrated at some drugs he's taking at the insistence of doctors, when he's overall a basically healthy person who takes care of himself. I may see if we can find an osteopath locally who fits in his insurance plan.

    I'd love your recipe for the energy bites. I 'impulsively' bought a container of flax seed from Walmart's pharmacy the other day, thinking I'd add it to my cereal. It was rather blech to me. I hate for anything to go to waste, so have planned on looking for recipes that use it. I happen to have all the ingredients on hand that you mentioned goes into that recipe.

    Congratulations on your race. Though granted races are technically about speed, a race is still a journey, and what you learn/see/do along the way is what matters most on a journey. Be blessed today!

  8. My new doctor is a DO and I LOVE HER. Like seriously...I want to include her on my birthday and Christmas card list I like her so much. FINALLY a doctor who listens to me and doesn't just wave me off or stick me in a category of "you're too young for that, so you're fine." I hope that the DO can help you!!

    So sad about that tornado and it's path. I'm glad you're OK though!

  9. First ... never post something that looks so yummy and not post the recipe.

    Second ... I have decided that I want to be you. You're right - no one with any kind of pain whatsoever would even be at the starting line. You inspire me to keep going! So, so, so proud of you.

  10. Wow, that is crazy. Mike is all into this dooms day preparation, I humor him but I'm beginning to realize it's always a good idea to prepare for the worst!

  11. Oh RJ,
    I'm so glad y'all are safe!! My Auntie and Uncle live in Branson and a tornado came through there and did A LOT of damage, but they were safe. Lots of crazy weather going on.

    I would love to have the recipe for those energy bites. I'll have to change the peanut butter for almond butter, but I'd love to try them. They look delish!!!

    You look amazing!!

    I love you friend ~~ dawn

  12. The devastation is just incredible. And it was just so widespread. So glad y'all were spared, but sad for the ones who weren't.


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