Leave Me A Link and I’ll Share Your Page!!

Published December 1, 2017 by lynn k scott

Love sharing blog posts.  You get to read, and maybe even follow, some new blogs!

Dream Big, Dream Often

As most of my followers know I am big into helping other bloggers gain more exposure. My goal has been to grow a community of like-minded people and I am part way to my goal.  I am bringing back the open call to leave a link and I’ll share it for you!!

The basic rules are simple: leave me a link to your page.  I’m not sure it gets much simpler.  You can leave as many links as you want and I’ll cycle this post from day-to-day so more people can jump on board.  The link post I’ll create will publish on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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Dutch Bros. Coffee

Published December 1, 2017 by lynn k scott

I make my own coffee every morning.  There are days I like to treat myself.  Being in Northern California, there is an amazing coffee company called Dutch Bros.  If you’ve never heard of them, or worse yet, haven’t tried their coffee, you’re truly missing out!

There is a Dutch Bros. near my office (about 5 minutes away).  What sets this coffee stand apart from the (self-dubbed), ‘Evil Empire (the coffee joint that must not be name – but has a celestial sign + a word meaning money), is it’s product and staff.

While, you can’t go inside, sit down at a table and suck up free Wi-Fi, you can order at the walk-up window or pull up to one of two drive-thrus.   There you can order an assortment of coffees, teas and blended drinks.

As a coffee purist (also self-dubbed), if you’re among the few people who don’t need coffee for survival, please wait to order your blended, non-caffeinated drinks til after 9:00 a.m.  Those of use who need that hot cup of coffee thank you in advance.  Sorry…I digressed there for a moment.

Anywho…with the chemo meds zapping every bit of energy I have and continuing to work full-time, I have been relying on lots of caffeine boosts from Dutch Bros.  Since it’s the Christmas season, the Caramel Eggnog latte is my favorite.  Add a bit of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon and you’re in eggnog heaven.

If I can’t get my eggnog, I go for a Carmelizer or 9-1-1.  The days that I am completely exhausted, are my 9-1-1 days.  Who couldn’t use 6 shots of espresso?  Calm down…it’s not that bad…everyone knows espresso has the least amount of caffeine.  Six shots is just the right amount of extra boost.

I would say 99% of my Dutch Bros experience comes from the Dixon, CA location.  When I’m not at work, I will occasionally stop by the Fairfield, CA location.  Soon, Vacaville, CA will have a location open.  Can’t wait!!!!

Don’t forget to get a stamp card.  Every 10 purchases gets you a free drink!  If you buy a reusable cup (I have 3) from them, you get a free drink.  It also saves you $0.25 on each purchase when you bring the cup in. wp-1472070865046.jpg

When my 11-year old daughter would commute with me, I would have to hide my stamp card.  She would count the card to see if there was an odd number or see if it was almost filled when she knew it should be almost empty.  Why was she checking?  She wanted to know when I got the yummy Dutch Bros. treat and she didn’t.  If she caught me, I would have to take her to get her Chocolate Frost.  I stopped letting her look at the card; she was costing me a fortune.  LOL

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She found out I got DB without her.

I will gladly take Dutch Bros. gift cards for all birthdays, holidays and thank-yous.  Honestly, I can’t thank them enough because they are a beacon of good coffee, pleasant employees and fun during my cancer journey.

Recently, we were able to get a Dutch Bros. ornament with the purchase of a large, hot beverage.  Well, obviously that meant we needed make a stop and have one of these ornaments for our tree.  Who could resist a deal like that, right?

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How can you not like a place like this.  Seriously, try out Dutch Bros. if they are anywhere near you.  I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t appreciate the energy this company offers along with some pretty good coffee.

Cancer Journey – Part 4

Published December 1, 2017 by lynn k scott

This is the second week of the second chemo cycle.  I would say it was almost uneventful; well, up until last night.

I realized I had way too much medication left in one of the bottles.  I realized I hadn’t been taking enough.  Part of that is my error; part is on the doctor and pharmacy for how it was written.  It was written to where the dosage could be take 4 pills daily.  The reality is I was supposed to take 4 pills in the morning and 4 in the evening.  Add in, this new idea of putting all the dosages on the same label, only adds to the confusion.

I will get three and a half days of the correct dosage.  In addition to the poor writing of the prescription, it the oncologist is to blame for refusing to cover the actual dosage with me.  It really goes back to the on-going poor communication.

As I was discharged for the Cancer Center’s care, for lack of communication, I was going on my own these two weeks, with no medical supervision.  It’s proven not to be an issue where the medicine is concerned.

Currently, I’m still not having horrible side effects, which would require a medical professional’s intervention.  Thank heaven for small miracles.  Without having a doctor to consult, my only option would have been to go to the local emergency room.

It’s a sad day when such a serious medical issue is handled so carelessly.  Today, I’m officially registered with a new carrier and provider.  I meet my new Primary doctor next week.  I hope she can get the emergency oncology referral taken care of and I hope I can get my medication next week as well.

I put this as a status (on Facebook) yesterday.  I wish more doctors understood this concept.

If more doctors would realize there are patients in tune with their health and we use them as guidance and not God, healthcare could actually be about care and not maintaining someone.

Continued prayers would be appreciated as this battle is so up-in-the-air.

Movie Review: Justice League

Published November 22, 2017 by lynn k scott

Let me premise this review with I am not a comic-reading individual.  My knowledge of the Justice League characters come from Saturday morning cartoons (35+ years ago) and various movies that I have seen over the years.

That being said, last night I took my 11-year old daughter to see the Justice League movie.  It wasn’t a movie I would have gone to on my own.  I’ve never been a comic book fan or even cared about the different aspects of the progression of say, Superman or Batman.

Without having multiple backstories, character knowledge or development, we enjoyed the movie.  I won’t go into too many details, as I won’t be a spoiler to those who have yet to see the movie.

I would actually give the movie 4 out of 5 stars.  Hold your horses comic lovers.  My rating is based on the following criteria:  My 11-year old LOVED the movie, there was humor and lots of action.  The special effects were well done (imo).  There was even a point, some aspects of the special effects reminded me of a comic book.

The Flash was a socially-awkward teenager, who brought hilarity to his role.  His facial expressions and comments really added some great humor.

Wonder Woman was my daughter’s favorite.  There was a scene with the Amazon’s fighting the villain, and my daughter leaned over to whisper, “Those are my kind of women”.  Ok, so fictional women of great strength and capabilities empowered my daughter to where she could appreciate them; I’ll take that as a win.

My favorite was Aquaman.  Considering my only previous reference to him was a cartoon, he was given a major “upgrade”.  A buffed, tattooed, long-haired Atlantean, played by Jason Momoa, was what got me through this movie!  I’m not sure why it wasn’t called, “Aquaman & Friends”.  I digress…back to the review….

Cyborg, Superman and Batman were ok; nothing special to report on them.

The reason the movie didn’t get 5 stars, was it did drag a bit; even with all the action-filled comedy.  The other reason was, Ben Affleck is a believable Bruce Wayne, but he really isn’t a good Batman.  I was never a fan of all the Batman movies and the endless, changing Batmans.  I saw the first Batman, with Michael Keaton, and that’s good enough for me.  There’s just no pizzazz.  If it wasn’t for the Justice League having Batman in the comics and whatever rivalry there was between him and Superman, the movie could probably exist without him.

The other minor issue I had was Diane Lane as Superman’s mother.  She’s a good actress, and even though she’s aged to where she could play the part of a mom, she’ll always be, ‘Cherry Vance’, from the “Outsiders”.  I know most of this movie’s demographic, has no idea of “The Outsiders, primarily because it was made before they were born, but it was a small distraction to me.

Overall, it was enjoyable.  The storyline they used was acceptable, to non-comic following fans.  Add the the fact we paid less than $8.00 for two tickets, with AT&T’s, “Bring a Friend” Tuesdays, the popcorn was 50% off, we had a nice night for a mother and daughter making memories over Marvel’s, Justice League.

Homeschool Happiness

Published November 21, 2017 by lynn k scott

Last night, we continued my daughter’s studies.  You know, history, science, etc.  We started a new mini-lesson on, “Poison Tongue, Healing Tongue”.

I admit it, I’m a bit of a geek, nerd, what have you, when it comes to homeschooling material.  I get excited about new books or curricula.  This in turn, elicits eye-rolls and my daughter telling me I am weird. It’s ok, I can live with that.  In part, because it’s true!

I recently purchased a new history set, called, “From Adam to Us”.  It’s a Christian publication and I am in LOVE with it so far.  It begins in the beginning with God creating the world.  The exercises has my daughter reviewing chapter vocabulary words doing exercises based on the reading.

The book in general is an easy read.  There are lots of colorful pictures, scripture mixed into the text and I find it relaxing to read.  Of course, I’m coming from a completely different perspective than a student would, as they have to do the work.

There are also additional books in the set, such as a timeline book, a literature book and maps.  Even though we’ve just begun using the books, I am liking what I’m seeing; a lot!

In additional to history, we covered scripture readings on how the Bible refers to the tongue.  How the tongue can be used to hurt or heal, depending how we choose to use it.  I admit, I have a sharp tongue and sarcasm and I have become all-to-familiar with each other.

In addition to trying to raise my daughter, I viewed this mini-course as a guide that could assist both of us in choosing our words a bit more carefully and use them in a better way than we have been.  No matter what our ages, we all have room for growth and improvement.

My daughter is extremely perceptive, add tween hormones and just a general kids don’t want to do school and selecting the proper way to respond isn’t always her forte.  I found the verses to be genuine and that there were multiple opportunities to discuss what we were reading and how it applies to us.

Lastly, we turned to Netflix for science.  We watched a scientist go up against a chef and they both made the same dishes.  Seeing a steak cooked the traditional way and then seeing how liquid nitrogen played a roll in cooking a stay was fascinating.  Did you know you can create a clear tomato soup that still tastes like tomato soup?  I didn’t until seeing this show.

No matter which subject we discussed, my daughter was learning.  She was engaged.  She was participating.  Not to mention, she’ll have something to share with her friends next time they get together.

As challenging as homeschooling can be, it’s a challenge that’s well worth the effort!

Cancer Journey: Part 3

Published November 20, 2017 by lynn k scott

The second cycle, of six, started today.  One cycle down?  Not really…and here’s why…

The doctor’s office never discussed the actual dosage that would be mailed to me.  Seeing as these are chemo pills, you can only get them from a specialty pharmacy, via couriered delivery.  The last pharmacy only sent one of two bottles; and the lower dosage of the two.

Then, I find out, my doctor’s office failed to verify which specialty pharmacy the insurance used.  This makes a difference because using the incorrect pharmacy could make the patient fully responsible for paying for otherwise covered medication.  Finally, the correct specialty pharmacy was able to send all the correct medication.

Moving on…I get my blood draw and then see the doctor the next day (like I’m supposed to).  The nurse walks up to me with someone else.  The first person continues on and I see someone standing near me, but not saying anything.  I am playing a game on my phone, passing the time until I am called.  Several minutes pass and she said, “whenever you are ready”.  Wow!  This office really has communication issues.  That being said, my patience for dealing with them was ‘running on fumes’.

I had convinced myself to just get through the appointment.  I could do it!

The office and its occupants had other ideas.  The nurse directed me into a room, never took vitals, told me to take a seat and the doctor came in.  They wanted to “talk”.  The conversation that took place was an already decided upon course of action under the guise of a mutually beneficial conversation.  You know, like when you’re boyfriend or girlfriend says they want to talk and then tells you it might be best if you both saw other people.  Wait!  Did you get the license plate of the bus that just ran over me?  Starting to get the picture of how this office operates?

Basically, I was supposed to sign a document regarding my treatment and they were going to continue letting me receive treatment.  Hmmm…..I already pay insurance premiums for that “right”.  I signed their document and added, “signed under duress”. This didn’t sit well with them.  My stating I was forced to sign their document, which is a prime example of duress, gave them just another reason to say they weren’t going to treat me.

I knew vitals are required after every cycle.  They made no attempt to take them.  They knew I had my next dose of medication.  They knew I mentioned working on getting into a another practice instead of dealing with them.  I don’t trust doctors to begin with and this office was a cancer to my treatment.  Yea….it was that detrimental.

Am I a difficult patient?  Yup!  Do I deserve to have the doctors and their staff treat me with professionalism?  Yup!  Do I deserve to receive clear communication so I can give informed consent for my treatment.  ABSOLUTELY!!!!

However, there is no law from preventing medical doctors from withholding treatment from a patient; even with a potential life-threatening disease.  They don’t need permission, a hearing to remove the patient, or even assist in transferring them to another provider.

What if there isn’t another provider in the area?  Oh well, that’s the patient’s issue; not theirs.  When a practice discharges a patient, as they just had, they won’t take your calls and tell you to go to the Emergency Room if any issues arise.

After all of that, perhaps it was a blessing.  Don’t get me wrong.  I uttered several choice words, shed a few tears, said some prayers and moved on.  I’m getting set-up with a new  provider, within a new network.  I’ve had some friends (online and at church) offer support.

I’ve already got an appointment with a new primary physician, so I can get an emergency oncology referral.  Hoping she can order the necessary blood work, get the next dose of chemo ordered and I can follow-up with my new oncologist.

The situation is less than ideal.  I was on the fence about switching to another carrier/provider.  Perhaps being kicked out of a less-than-healthy medical practice was what was needed.  The group I am switching to has a very good reputation for their oncology department.  Who knows….maybe they will even offer some cancer support groups that weren’t available with my other provider.

Treatment has its ups and downs.  This past week has been such an emotional roller coaster.  I’m looking forward to moving on and getting better.

 

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