Tag Archive: doctors

For the last 1 1/2 months I have been seeing my new doctor and trying to sort out my health. I’ve found out that I have sleep apnea, which is basically where you stop breathing when you sleep, which is why I’ve been waking up so exhausted (and not just from being a new mom). I’ve had carpel tunnel on and off for about 3 years, but was never sure if it was arthritis, which my mom got at a young age, or not. So I’ve been tested again for it and we’re waiting to see the results. According to my nerve conduction test yesterday, I have a mild very treatable case of carpel tunnel. You try telling that to my hands and arms when I have a really bad case of it and it hurts to move them at all. Let me tell you that ibuprophen doesn’t help. Maybe Aleve will, I don’t know.

Aside from the health concerns, my hubby is flying to England for 1 1/2 weeks to go to his sister’s wedding. He’s not been back for 6 years, since a few weeks before we got married, so it is definitely time. So I will definitely be missing him and his help with the house and the baby. I might need a vacation by the time he comes back, lol.

I was browsing one of my favorite food blogs today, Culinary Concoctions by Peabody. She makes the most amazing desserts that I’ve not actually tried yet but have so many of her recipes. Plus she’s incredibly funny. One of her posts mentioned why she started blogging seven years ago and why she continues to do it today. So I figured I would share. When I started my first blog, a couple of years ago, it was to have something to do in my spare time when I wasn’t doing school work. Now I think it is more of a creative outlet for me. I, as you know if you’ve been a follower for awhile or have read my About Me page, have a degree in Library and Information Sciences but am not currently working in a library. I’m not even volunteering in one at the moment because I’ve been so busy and have had no free time. I miss working in a library, recommending books and helping people (yes I help people in my current job but it’s not the same). I usually go to my public library at least once a week, because I need to drop off books I’ve read but I also just like spending time there. I’ve had some interviews at several different libraries, but none of them have panned out job-wise. This blog has become my connection to the world via books, reviews, and events through the American Library Association (ALA). It’s also a great way to connect with new people. Aside from my family and the people I work with, I never go out, so I don’t know that many people in the Phoenix area. Therefore, connecting with people online is a good alternative. It’s also an opportunity to use my brain as my current job is a more common sense than thinking person’s job. Being stimulated in the brain department is always a good thing, something I feel like I’ve been lacking a bit since we moved to Arizona.


Happy St George’s Day!

Today was my day off and once again, I spent part of it in the doctor’s office. I have to get a bunch of  blood tests done next week, so it’s another journey to Sun City for that. I had planned on going to the library today but after shopping and dealing with the heat (it was at least 100 again for the 3rd day in a row), I just wanted to go home, get some lunch and sleep. So I had a nice nap and will hit up the library tomorrow. Today, even though I had it written on my calendar, I had forgotten it was St George’s Day. Since my hubby is English, we like to celebrate it. He’s the patron saint of both Greece and England, and according to this website, he is also the patron saint of “Barcelona in Catalonia, Aragon, Russia, Bavaria, Beirut, Czechoslovakia, Portugal, Lithuania and Hungary.” Here are some facts taken from the same website:

History of St George & England

  • St Adomnán, the Abbot of Iona in Scotland, provides Britain’s earliest recorded reference to Saint George in the 7th Century. He details the story of the Saint’s exploits, which had been told to him by a French bishop named Arcuif who had travelled to Jerusalem with the crusaders.
  • English soldiers wore a sign of St George on their chest and on their backs in the 14th century, as the Saint was regarded as a special protector of the English.
  • King Edward III (1312-1377) founded the Order of the Garter (1348), the premier order of chivalry or knighthood in England. The Order was put under Saint George’s patronage and the medal is awarded on the 23rd April by the reigning Monarch.
  • In 1620 it was the flag that was flown by the Mayflower when the Pilgrim Fathers arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It is also the flag of the Church of England and as such is known throughout Christendom.

St George’s Day in England

  • In 1222 the Council of Oxford declared April 23rd to be St George’s Day.
  • It was not until 1348 that St George became the Patron Saint of England.
  • Traditional customs were to fly the St George’s flag and wear a red rose in one’s lapel.

St George the Saint

  • St George was born to Christian parents in A.D. 270 (3rd Century) in Cappadocia, now Eastern Turkey
  • He moved to Palestine with his Mother and became a Roman soldier, rising to the high rank of Tribunus Militum
  • However, he later resigned his military post and protested against his pagan leader, the Emperor Diocletian (245-313 AD), who led Rome’s persecution of Christians
  • His rebellion against the Emperor resulted in his imprisonment, but even after torture he stayed true to his faith
  • The enraged Diocletian had St George dragged through the streets of Nicomedia, Turkey, on the 23rd of April 303 AD and had him beheaded
  • The Emperor’s wife was so inspired by St George’s bravery and loyalty to his religion, that she too became a Christian and was subsequently executed for her faith

April 23 also appears to be William Shakespeare’s birthday and UNESCO has declared it World Book and Copyright Day. Here is the website for more information.

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