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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gregory Days

This semester I have had the honor and privilege to spend my Tuesdays with Gregory.

Gregory is one of Nate's adorable nephews! He is 4 years old and just the sweetest, cutest, funniest, animated and energetic bundle of fun!

I absolutely love my Gregory Days! They're always so much fun and I never know what the day will bring, but I know it's going to be great. Here are just a few of the precious moments with Gregory that I was able to capture in pictures. . .






I love my Gregory Days!!

XOXO

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I'M DONE!!!

Today is officially the end of Math for me! FOREVER! You cannot possibly comprehend my excitement! I have been waiting too long for this day to come. . . And it is FINALLY here!

You want advice about math? NEVER take it online! NEVER take a 16 week math class in 7 weeks!

It was hard.
It was frustrating.
It was time consuming.
It was exhausting.
It was boring.
It was complicated.
It was intricate.

And now. . . IT'S OVER!!

I just might cry. In happiness of course!

XOXO

Saturday, February 25, 2012

My Medical Scare

You would think after all I have learned and all I know about the medical field and medicine, I would be extra sure and extra careful to follow my doctor's instructions, right? Well, I'm pretty terrible at it.

For example, after surgery when my doc said I needed to be in a sling for 4 weeks NO EXCEPTIONS, I wore it for about 4 days, and then when I knew my mom would see me. . . Sorry mom! ;)

Or you know when you have strep throat or an ear infection and the doc prescribes antibiotics for you and they tell you you NEED to take it for the full ten days, and then when you feel better after day 5 you stop taking it?

Well, my friends, I learned my lesson the hard way that it is NOT OKAY to go against what your doc says!! Considering the fact that I want to be a PA one day, I should be a good example to my patients and listen to my docs as well. . . And I definitely will after what I experienced this week.

Before I tell you about what happened this week, I want to tell you why it's so important to take your antibiotics for the full ten days. You see, when you take antibiotics, the medicine goes into hand to hand combat with the bacteria it is fighting. And we've all heard of "survival of the fittest" right? Well that's what happens in our bodies. The antibiotics kill off the weak bacterial cells first and we start feeling a better and you think to yourself, "Well, I feel better so I should just stop taking the meds." WRONG WRONG WRONG!!! The strongest and more serious bacterial cells are still alive and multiplying inside your body! And if you stop taking the meds, you could get something much more serious and those cells will build up immunity and resistance to the antibiotic and then. . . well it's much MUCH more difficult to treat, and much MUCH more serious!

Now, I will tell you what happened to me this past week. I'm sure you all know that last April, I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). By the name, you can tell it's some serious stuff! Well the road to recovery has been long! And I'm still not 100% and I know I never will be. Since the accident, I've been on medication. Medication to prevent seizures, prevent headaches, and keep all the chemicals in my brain balanced so I can function properly.

Here's where my story begins. Last Saturday, I forgot to take my meds. (I take it three times a day, so one day is a pretty big deal to go without my meds). Well I was feeling fine on Sunday so I thought "Hey, I feel fine! I don't need these pills anymore!" Ohh Cara, you couldn't be more stupid. You see, I'm a person that HATES taking pills! I'd rather just suck it up, rub some dirt on it, walk it off, whatever the case may be. I don't want to live my life dependent on some pills. That's not cool! (And in my defense, my doctor did say that if I went a month headache free, he would get me off the meds! With his permission and under his supervision, of course. . .)Well, Sunday came and went without taking any pills. Monday came and went without any pills. Tuesday came and I started feeling a little weird. I couldn't explain how I was feeling other than "weird." Wednesday came. . . Still hadn't taken my pills. By the end of the day, I literally thought "This is it. I'm gonna die right here and now." (A little dramatic.) I felt tingly all over. I was twitching like never before. My heart felt funny. My head was killing me. Standing up made me feel like I was gonna throw up and then pass out. So naturally I picked up the phone and called my neurologist. Since it was 7pm on a Wednesday I got an answering machine. So then I called my PCP (Primary Care Physician) and they weren't open either but I was able to page an on-call doctor. I told the doctor all of my symptoms and her response. . . "OH HONEY! You are suffering from SEVERE withdrawals from your meds! Take them now! Call your neurologist in the morning. If you can't get ahold of him, call back here and we will schedule you to be seen right away!"

Awesome.

That response didn't freak me out or anything.

So I took my pills and got to feeling much better by Thursday morning. But it's Saturday and I still haven't heard back from my neuro. Isn't that just dandy? I guess that's what I get for going to THEE best of the best in neurology at Barrow Neurological Center. Will keep you all posted on what happens in the near future. . .

But PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't make the same mistake I did!! Take your stinkin meds!! NEVER stop taking them unless directed by a doctor!!

. . . Especially when the pills you're taking prevent seizures and balance the chemicals in your brain. . . NOT SOMETHING TO MESS WITH!! We shall see what Dr. Cardenas says when he FINALLY calls me back!

XOXO

Monday, February 20, 2012

Valentine's Day

My Valentine's Day consisted of three parts. . .

PART ONE
I had my usual Tuesday "Gregory Day." (Which are always so much fun!) I picked him up from school in his adorable Valentine's Day "I'm a lover not a fighter" shirt, got his goody bag and headed home! When we got there, he had the sweetest valentine gift bag for me. We had a fun-filled day and then off I went to see Nate! When I arrived at Nate's house, I was showered in gifts! Beautiful roses, to bags of candy and gum. And from his wonderful mom, a Wonder-Woman coffee mug, delicious chocolate dipped marshmallows, cute valentine's day playing cards and a Starbucks card! WOW - I was really feeling the love! Thank you Jonovich family!!
Gregory's Sweet Valentine

Greg and Joyce got Nate and I Super-Hero coffee mugs!

Em and I love our boys! And flowers too ;)

Valentine's Day Part One goodies
Have you ever seen a bigger or more beautiful rose?!
I sure haven't!!
PART TWO
Happened the day after Valentine's Day! My amazing parents made me a delicious dinner and gave me awesome gifts!! A SIGNED Tatman (Ryan Roberts) shirt!! They know the way to my heart! Jesus Calling, the incredible daily devotional I have been wanting so badly. And of course, Reese's. My very favorite :) Thanks mom and dad!!
Don't you just LOVE love?

The triple threat! Love
Baseball season, PLEASE hurry up!!
PART THREE
A date with my love. He picked me up, took me to see The Vow (which I was DYING to see) at the awesome Dine-In Theatre at the Esplanade!! It was so nice!! He's so thoughtful and sweet ;)
Me and my HOT date! ;)
What's Valentine's Day without a love note? ;)
And when I got home from my awesome night out with my honey, I realized - I didn't do anything for my roommates! OH NO! Good thing all three of them were gone the whole weekend, so I decided to give them something super special to come home too. . . A few candies, notes, and rose petals later, I conjured up something nice ;)
A trail of rose petals to each door. . .
A special note from yours truly. . .
And a Happy Valentine's Day to all!
I hope your day (or if you were like me - season) was as LOVE-ly as mine!!
All the love to you and yours!


XOXO

Friday, February 17, 2012

Hugs

This week I have spent a lot of time thinking about hugs. When I'm feeling broken or alone, a warm embrace makes me feel so much better. Being in the arms of someone I love just makes me feel safe. It makes me feel loved.

In moments when no words will help, a simple hug can be just what I needed.

This week at work, my heart broke. We have a strict policy, and for good reason (I assume), that we aren't allowed to hug the girls. It's heartbreaking and devastating to be a part of the moment when the girl has break down. When she finally decides to open up and let us in. When she decides to let her guard down and trust that we will do everything in our power to help her. . .

She reached out for a hug and because of a policy, she was denied. It made her feel rejected. Dirty. Like an outcast. So utterly broken and alone.

I so strongly believe that a hug can do a miracle in the lives of these girls. Our job is to make them feel loved. And what bad will come from a hug initiated by the girl?

Just a frustrating week of heartbreak on both ends. These girls NEED love. Why can't we just give it to them?

XOXO

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Grand Canyon University


Math 250.
This semester, many of you know, math is kicking my butt. College Algebra and Trigonometry. Doesn't sound that hard right? Oh, and to top it all off, it's an ONLINE class! The first three weeks were pure torture! But week four was good to me. It is now week five and I'm doing pretty well, but can't wait to be done in two weeks. My life will be so much simpler! So much more relaxed. And so much better! It's a wonderful thought knowing that in two more weeks, I will be done with math FOREVER. And I won't miss it one bit!!

BIO 205.
You may also know that I am taking Microbiology this semester. It is an eight week class, which means it's a whole lot of information in a very short time! But I live for it :) The eight week classes are awesome and I wouldn't want it any other way! I definitely had a rough start to this course, but last week got a 97 on my exam! YAY! So excited!! My teacher is the wonderful Dr. Mike Collins. He is amazing and such a good teacher!

CWV 101.
I am also taking Christian Worldview this semester. It's been really cool learning about all the other worldviews out there and also helping reinforce my own beliefs. I've learned so much already!! And we've still got 11 weeks to go. I'm excited to see what other material we cover and what the Lord will reveal to me the rest of the semester in this class.


Chapel.
We have chapel on Mondays. I love chapel. Every week is so good! I love the worship. I love the speakers. I love the topics. I love it. I love it. I love it. It's really cool having someone new speak each week. Keeps things new, fresh and exciting. The theme for this year is "Love God. Love Others." And of course as I'm sure you've seen on the GCU commercials "Find your purpose." And my chapel experiences have all been so wonderful and enjoyable!

The Gathering.
Tuesday nights we have what is called The Gathering. And this, is my favorite part of GCU. The Gathering is like chapel, but somehow it's SO MUCH BETTER every single time. I have learned and grown so much through going to The Gathering this year and it's been so fulfilling and challenging. I've really felt the Lord tugging on my heart to go to Africa and lately the messages at The Gathering have been about missions and letting God take you out of your comfort zone. So cool how the message sometimes feels directed at me!

Prescott Hall.
I have been blessed by living in the newest dorm at Grand Canyon, Prescott Hall. It's truly the nicest dorm I've EVER seen at ANY college campus. We are spoiled! I live on the fourth floor and the theme of our floor is Philia. A sisterly love. I have fallen in love with the girls on my floor and developed some really great friendships!!

Go Lopes.
I couldn't be more happy about where I landed for college. The Lord definitely knows what He is doing!! You see, Grand Canyon was literally the last place on the planet I wanted to end up. I was dead set on Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA or Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. And I was a little disappointed when I felt the Lord telling me to just stay put in Phoenix, AZ. But I trusted He would do great things. AND HE HAS. Going to Grand Canyon has helped me build such incredible relationships with YOU!! Thank you for being such a big part of my life this past year :)

XOXO

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sex Crimes - Not Okay With Me!

As you many know, I work at StreetLight USA. This week at StreetLight, I came across a very disturbing article that I wanted to share with you. This crime against humanity disgusts me and breaks my heart like I know it breaks our Father's heart.

Sex crimes against PRE-K children! Seriously?! What is wrong with our world.

To join me in the fight against child sex slavery, email me at cara.streetlight@gmail.com and I will send you more information on how YOU can get involved.

Just think...
XOXO