Friday, April 22, 2011

It's Your Life

  "Uh, I have to take this medicine." Is a phrase many people with chronic, or even temporary, illnesses sometimes say. I admit to being one of these people. "Uh, I have to take this annoying medication that hurts my stomach." I'd say.
  It is very easy to slip into these thoughts. But we have options. If you don't like your medicine, talk to your doctors. Chances are, there is an alternative that you can try. For all those kids out there: you don't have to be an adult to tell your doctor that you don't like your medicine. Does it have annoying side effects? Is it not helping very much? Well, it's your life. You have the right to say so.
   Through this, I am not saying that there will be alternatives or that the alternatives will work better. For some people, of course, there will not be. Also, if your doctor has you on a plan, don't try to screw it up. But you might be surprised at how many similar and yet different medications are available.
   The other important thing to remember is that we are blessed to have medications that will help us and even keep us alive in some cases. We ought not act as if we are annoyed by them, unless they really are not benefiting us in any way. So from now on, it's "I can," with me, not, "I have to.".
   I have injections for my knees and ankles scheduled! I am very excited, as I know they will make me feel much better. I had an appointment with my pediatric rheumatologist earlier today and it went beautifully. Oh and I'm still looking for ways to make needles less painful, so if anybody has any ideas, COMMENT! I have already discovered the helpfulness of a quick nurse who barely says a thing before you're being swabbed and stuck. It also helps me to pray quickly while it's going in and to think about something else. I know thinking about something else doesn't work for most people. I have a lot to think about, though. I never give my mind a break. Believe me, I look straight at the needle. Otherwise I'd freak out and when it pierces my skin I'd jump. If you look at it, it seems like less of a big deal, too. Of course, everyone probably has a different opinion on this. 
   I watched the movie Alice in Wonderland (the newer version) last night. I've been thinking (surprise, surprise) and I've noticed that I am a lot like Alice. I am stubborn, curious, and awful at making decisions. I think we all have a little Alice in us. But let me tell you, I most definitely got my dose!
Sorry this post is so late, I haven't had much time to write or much stuff to write about!
Love,
Rachel 

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Art of Naming Crayola Crayons

   I have always been intrigued by the number of crayons Crayola produces and how many different colors they come up with. Any color you can name can be found in a pack of Crayola crayons. I like Crayola the best out of all the different brands. I probably sound like I'm about five years old right now.
  What intrigues me even more than the variety of colors is the variety of names Crayola crayons possess. Some of my favorites:
Beaver
Fuzzy Wuzzy
Electric Lime
Unmellow Yellow
Baby's Blanket
   I admit it; I'm jealous. I am jealous of the people who get to sit down and decide the names of all these crayons. They honestly have one of the best jobs in the world. So that's one of my crazy little goals. To figure out how to name some Crayola crayons. I think it's good to have little crazy goals. The other day, my goal was to run out of shampoo and conditioner at the same time. Accomplished!
   So I emailed Crayola.
   Apparently they get their names from a book called "Color: Universal Language and Dictionary of Names" which was published by the U.S. Bureau of Standards. That's pretty awesome, if you ask me.
   Lately, my knees and ankles have been awful. I don't know what's up with them!
   So all and all it has been a good week, even though my arthritis has been very bad.

Love,
Rachel