Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Have you listened to a good audiobook lately?

Good Morning Readers..

I hope you enjoy the picture to the right above. I took it when I visited Puerto Rico in early 2004 with a friend. I think out of all of the pictures that I took then, this one is my favorite! I could not have been more excited when I entered it into a photo contest. It won! Somewhere out there, it is in a coffee table book, on someone's table, or others coffee tables.. I was excited back then.. Oh well.. on to my blog entry..

Ever since I started my new career as a medical transcriptionist, I have discovered the joy of listening to audiobooks on CD. Years ago, I thought that they were kind of boring.. Monotone voices read the shortened books without emotion or passion in their voice. Since I have always absolutely adored reading a good, juicy book, I wanted to read the whole book.. so I would spend countless hours getting lost in the characters in each book, making up the voices for each of the characters in the book.. trying to pronounce the names that were not easy to understand.. Ya know what I mean? I started reading books when I was very small.. around the 2nd grade.. I would beg my mom to buy any of the Bobbsey Twins books that would come out. At Christmas and my birthday, I could almost count on someone in the family giving me a new book that was suited for my age.. I loved the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew mysteries, some of the Hardy Boys.. (though not as many of them)

Have any of my readers ever grew up imagining themselves living in those fictional families to escape their own home? In the late 60s into the early 70s, it was known that a lot of families were abusive or dysfunctional in some fashion. Mine was no exception. So, I would escape into these fictional books with the loving families.. Where the parents loved their children unconditionally.. where they did not dangle their love in their faces only to retract that same love if they did not do whatever task it was that needed doing at the time. God how I wished for a family like I read about.

Since then, I cannot tell you how many countless books that I have read as I have grown up into womanhood. I don't read them so much these days for an escape, but rather because I truly enjoy reading really well-written books. I really can't get enough time to read as much as I would if I had the illusion of time at my disposal..

**SIGH** I don't.

If you haven't had a chance to read any of Lisa Scottoline's books, do yourself a favor.. Go to your local library and get a few. They are SUPERBLY funny yet have the capability to provide legal thriller emotion as well. Scottoline is an attorney in her previous life. She has created a cast of wonderfully refreshing female attorney characters.. This first book that I am listening to is called "Killer Smile". The main character is attorney Mary Denuncio.. She is something else! After I listened to the first 3 of the 9 CDs in this unabridged audiobook, I promptly went to the library in my county and checked out every single unabridged audiobooks by this author, and then got a wild hair across my butt and checked out the available hardcover books that did not have any available audiobooks in my county library.

The reader of these audiobooks is Barbara Rosenblatt. This woman is an actress by trade, and even if the characters are males, you could not tell it because the woman is so talented in her voices. I just love this reader!
I got hooked on audiobooks through my mom. It started off rather innocently. I was groaning at the thought of my previous assumptions of monotone voices reading some shortened books on cassette tape. Then she pulls out the audiobook, and it had CDs!! What did she do that for??? I haven't owned a cassette player in many, many years.. but CDs!!! I could cover that! She was listening to Nora Roberts..

I had already read many of Nora's books, a lot of her trilogies, and my attention was easy to grab because the reader of those Nora Robert's books also had the ability to use their voice to lend different voice inflections and emotion to each individual character in the book. So, I listened with her.. I was hooked!
Anyway.. back to this audiobook that I am listening to.. You just have to go get this book! I do not think that I have enjoyed a book so much in a really long time! I went through the period of John Grisham books and I lost my thirst for legal thrillers because his books, especially from the time that he wrote The Brethren. I lost interest with that book. I figured that most of the legal thrillers from that point on would not interest me..

Thankfully, I have changed my mind.. Thanks to Lisa Scottoline! I have Jodi Piccoult in my collection of audiobooks to listen to after I am through with Lisa's books.. LOL.. IF I ever finish reading and/or listening to them all!
Anyway.. The book is almost done.. I am listening to the last CD in the "Killer Smile" audiobook.. It did not give away the culprit until the 8th CD. I usually can figure out who the culprit is before the 2nd or 3rd CD plays. Not the case here.. There were so many active characters in this book.. you had to hold on tight to get to the end.. You could not even begin to put the CDs down. I carried the whole book with me when I was driving.. When I was getting up in the morning, like today.. when I was done with work or on a break.

Hehehehe.. my husband just rolls his eyes when I put one in the CD player.. He is still thinking that audiobooks are boring.. He just doesn't realize what he is missing..

Now, HE reads boring books.. LOLOL.. Poor guy.. :) Ya'll have a great day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Written in memory of my Kayla Bear..09/03/2006

I have been really having a hard time of it lately! I meant to post about this on Labor Day weekend, but it was just too painful then to remember.

If I do have readers, I apologize for not writing sooner...

See, 1 year ago Labor Day weekend, I had to make the very painful decision to put my 17-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel down due to health reasons.

There are 2 pictures of her at the top of this blog entry. The one to the far right was taken when she was 6 years old. I took her with me when I had some professional shots taken of myself. Doesn't she look regal and queenish? ;)
The one beside that was taken when she was 17. It was in the month of July. She was playing with our German Shepard, Chewi, on the front porch. If you didn't know better, you would swear she was still very young, no?

Her name was Kayla Bear. I got her when she was barely 6 weeks old, and I was blessed with her presence in my life for 17 beautiful years.

Were you aware that Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have a genetic issue in that most of them will be born with or develop a heart murmur by the time they reach 6 years old?

Kayla's heart murmur was discovered when she was about 5 years old. At that time, the vet told me that it would not interfere with her quality of life because it was very minor. He said it was a 1/6 murmur, with 6/6 being the worst type of murmur. He also told me at the time that her breed's life expectancy was approximately 12 years old. Of course, I asked him all sorts of questions then and learned all that I could about this medical condition from a pet owner's point of view.

About 3 months later, she developed a minor case of leg tremors/shakes, possibly epilepsy as well. My vet told me that in her case, it was stress related. He said that if she noticed that I was upset for a long period of time, that she could very well have the tremors that she was experiencing in order to cause my attention to shift from whatever she perceived as a bad situation to her situation. He said that when it happened, that she would drag herself to my side, be shaking all over, but it was not an actual epileptic seizure. He said her back legs would not work until she was calm again. He said it would not effect her quality of life in any way.

I had no idea at the time that our pets were so into their humans that they would try to divert attention from stressful situations. Does anyone realize that? So, I started watching when it happened. It would happen if I was having an argument with my mom. It would happen if loud music was playing, or if there was any situation going on where her lifestyle would be affected.. for example, moving from one place to another.. She was a very smart little dog. :)

Anyway, the vet said when this happened with her, I needed to get in the floor with her on her level, pet her continuously, rubbing her back legs for a long period of time until she calmed down and returned to normal. Hence, I would be calmed as well because I was worried about her.

After that time, her seizures only happened about 4 times throughout the rest of her life. They did not happen at all during the last 7 years of her life. I was very thankful for that. I managed to find out the reasons for my own inner turmoil and thereby stop the stress that I felt on a daily basis then.

Anyway, Kayla was the light of my life for so many years that I ache for her even a year after she passed onto the Rainbow Bridge. I know she is no longer in pain there, and that she is playing with other residents of Rainbow Bridge. I pray that I will see her again one day in the future.

She weighed about 19 pounds, and if there were other dogs in our household, she made sure that they knew that SHE was the queen of the pack.. Ya'll should have seen her ruling 5 German Shepard puppies that were born to our 2 German Shepard mixes when she was about 7 years old. She was SO much smaller than they were, and she totally ran the pack with grace and a few growls here and there. :) It was amazing to me to watch her round all of the puppies up and walk them out the door in a line to go potty outside when they were old enough to walk. They took to her like a 2nd mommy, even though their own mom was right there. She would keep them from Cynda once their teeth came in, and I think that she had an agreement with Cynda when it came to when they nursed and how they would do so. It was like the 2 of them worked in conjunction with each other. She would nudge them away from Cynda after they fed to keep them from continuing to grab onto her nipples with those razor-sharp teeth of theirs. I was so amazed at how that worked.

She also like to play with those huge rubber bands that you see in the office supply stores. She would bring one to me, and get me to hold one end of it while she backed up and stretched it out as far as it would go.. then you could see her ears perk up and she would get this totally mischevious look on her face right before she let the rubber band go! Can you say OUCH!!! It was one of her favorite games to play with anyone that she could get to engage in it. I did not allow her to keep the rubber bands once she bit them into for safety reasons, but she could entertain herself and her playmate for hours with that one thing.

She also liked nuts.. you know how you get assorted mixed nuts in the shells at the holidays? Kayla loved nuts! She could crack them with her jaw, even the Brazil nuts in the shell! My mom was insane about nuts at the holidays. She would buy several pounds of the mixed nuts and use them as a centerpiece with some fruit on the dining room table from Thanksgiving through New Years. One day, she was cracking them while watching TV and she noticed that Kayla was waiting patiently for a nut. So, she would crack one for herself, then crack one for Kayla.. She got tired of doing that rather quickly, and threw a whole one on the floor beside Kayla. It took Kayla about 1 minute or less to crack it and eat it.. She would even leave the bitters in pecans and only get the pecan nutmeat!

So, she liked nuts so much, that one day the nut bowl was left on the floor over night.. I know you know where I am going with this, don't you? :) My mom left about 3/4 of a bowl beside her recliner when she went to bed. She did not think that Kayla would mess with them. Boy, was she wrong.. :)

When she got up the next morning, all that was left of that bowl of nuts were the empty shells all over the floor around that nut bowl. From then on, she was nicknamed the Nut Bandit.. :)

The stories about my Kayla Bear could go on and on.. I will continue them on future blog entries as a tribute to my baby.. I so miss her.. I am going to be seeking out another little dog in the next few months.. I think that I am going to go with a Shih Tzu this time. Long, long story..

Thanks for reading this far.. I hope to hear from you soon!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A month long Pampered Chef party! What do you know??

I thought that I would mention that I have a new eBay store. I put the link at the bottom of my first blog, but I think that I should mention it more than once. So, if you are in the market for an excellent used digital camera or you type all day for a living, and as a result you have developed hand and wrist pain.. I have an item or two that may interest you.

Here is the link:
Also, I am holding a Loooonnnggg Pampered Chef party during September that is catalog only. If you are interested in purchasing PC for someone's Christmas gift, then please consider placing your order with me! If you are an avid PC fan, then you know that their new line comes out in September each year. This year they have some ROCKING New Items! New Stainless Steel Cookware, New Simple Additions to add to your existing collection.. and on and on.. New gadgets, too!
I am trying to earn enough to get some of those items for little cost, as most party hostesses do.

As I have mentioned, I have to have surgery soon.. Surgery that is very necessary, but OH SO Unwanted. I So wish I did not have to go through this surgery again.. for a 4th time. So, to get my mind off of it, I decided to host this September party for my PC representative. She needs to raise extra money for her own personal reasons.. and I need to get my mind off of some really hard to deal with surgery. So please, won't you help a girl out here? It would make me so happy to get a huge PC party order before I go in for surgery.

As you may or may not know, PC can be shipped directly to your door. You do not have to attend a physical party. Beginning September 1, which is Saturday.. you can go to and look at the product listing for either the new or the older items, and when you see what you would like to order.. just send me an email to: and let me know where to ship it, what method of payment you would like to use, and what items you would like.

Keep in mind that I will be gathering orders for most of September. Your credit cards will not be charged until it is shipped from the factory. If you want to send money orders or checks, they will not be cashed until the party goes in for processing. There will be a wait involved, and I want to be sure that people know this up front. This is not a typical PC party where the orders go in when you actually place them.

It is late right now.. so I am gonna sign off.. and hopefully.. people will read my blog and start to comment. Maybe I will make a few friends along the way..

I really am not a bad person.. I am just going through what seems like a ton of issues these past few weeks, and I am overwhelmed with all of them coming down on me at one time.. Frustrating to say the least. Makes me want to cry for days sometimes. It is very cathartic getting it out of my system.. but I wonder if the people who are reading this think ill of me because it seems like I am ranting more often than not. Trust me, I will stop ranting once I get it all out. I promise.. I do have a sense of humor every once in a while.. :)

I hope to have a few readers one day.. Until then.. have a great night.. :)

Have you ever encountered this??

Good Morning!

As I sit here reading some of the blogs that I have discovered lately, I am amazed at the talent that some folks have for writing.

This morning has been fairly uneventful. I had a very irritating day yesterday, so I think that will be the subject of my blog today.

Have you ever had an experience with someone who claims to be a professional, only to find out that your original assessment was somewhat left of center for that so-called professional?

In my case, the professional that I went to see last week is the purpose of this blog. See, I need surgery, and my PCP sent me to a general surgeon that she "trusts". Yeah, right.. Makes me wonder.

He tells me that he will do the surgery that I need, that I just need to have my current doctor coordinate with him so that I can get the best possible care for my current issues.

So, I make an emergent appointment with my regular doctor the next day. He calls this surgeon while he is in my examination room and leaves a message for him to call him back. No return call. He leaves another message on Friday. No return call. Monday comes, he leaves another message.. still no return call.

I call the surgeon Friday and Monday, leaving messages.. No return calls to me either. Yesterday, I finally get the brilliant idea to call my PCP that referred me to this guy and ask her to call him. She does, and miraculously, he calls her back. That is when this story becomes totally ludicrous! He tells her that he never agreed to do the surgery that I need. He tells her that he does not understand where I got that from.. How can anyone misunderstand a direct statement that says "if you have your regular doctor call me and coordinate care, then I will do the surgery?"

Being that I do medical transcription for a living, I know that I heard him say that. I know that the quote above is verbatim, word for word.. Now it looks like I am the loopy one and that I misunderstood..

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr... Can we say UNPROFESSIONAL!!! I have to wonder about any professional that tells any of their clients one thing, and then tells a colleague a completely different other thing. Man, that chaps my butt!

**Sigh** So, now I have to start over.. I have to find another surgeon. Why don't I want to go to my regular hospital, you want to know? Mainly because that hospital is more than an hour and a half away from me now. If something should happen once I am sent home, finding an ambulance to take me back there will be MAJORLY expensive to say the least. I was hoping to go to a hospital that is close by so that if something does happen, getting to the hospital will not be as difficult to accomplish.

Yes, I am disillusioned as I write this. I have such a problem with people of any profession that say one thing and mean another. Where are the ethics in this country? Is the concept of professional integrity so far gone, that no one practices it anymore? Am I the only one in this country that will keep my word when I commit to something? I mean really.. I do take time to decide if something that is being requested of me can be done on my current schedule. I look at all the possibilities before I say yes or no. However, if I make a committment to anyone, I will keep that committment even if I later change my mind and decide that I really wish I would have said no when that person asked me to do whatever..

Where is the integrity that most of us were raised with? What happened to make it all disappear? I just want to know that. We all, as a country, need to reassess and figure out when we decided to not keep our committments and what we can do to get our professional integrity back into the core values and the core beliefs that this country was founded on.

Rant over.. Aren't you glad? :)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Have you read YOUR medical record lately?

Good Afternoon!

This blogging stuff is new to me.. I think I might like it though.. :) I just have to get in the mindset to talk a lot! Which really isn't a problem for me as my future readers will find out.

Have you ever wondered what is in YOUR medical record? I am a medical transcriptionist by trade, and since I have been in this profession I decided that I wanted to see my own medical records.. What did I do that for?

I was appalled by how many errors were in those permanent records. You know, records that you cannot legally alter? If a mistake is entered into your personal medical record, you cannot have it removed. Did you know that? If a nurse or resident puts in your medical record that you are antisocial or possibly paranoid, etc.. and then they do not mention why you felt the need to act in such a way.. you are permanently thought of that way. Their motto is that past behavior is indicative of future behavior..

You can add an addendum to correct the misinformation.. but if the next doctor, nurse, or other medical personnel that reads your record happens to read the wrong information and does not pay attention to any of the corrected information, (Sadly, most of the people do not read the information that they need to read to learn your situation) your very life could be in jeopardy.

Medications that you may have taken that did not agree with you could be given to you and cause you to have an allergic reaction. If you take 60 micrograms of a medication, and the doctor mistakenly writes 600 milligrams of this medication, did you know that your health could be in danger?

I work very hard to be sure that what I transcribe is correct, yet I have absolutely no control over what the doctor says. I cannot alter what he/she dictates.

So, I am using today's blog to hopefully get the word out to everyone who is a patient now, or who has been one in the past, to check your own medical records! Make sure that what actually should be in there is there, and that the misinformation is corrected.

Your life or the lives of your family could very well depend on that. I know it is a pain to get your records, and for some it is quite costly. Yet, this is something that needs to go on your own "To Do List" Yesterday.

I asked one of my own doctors just last month if he ever actually reads the written records that he dictates, because there were so many mistakes in just ONE of his clinic visits for me that I had to wonder if he just automatically signed the paper and did not actually read it to make sure it was done right.

He is a great doctor, and he actually went through it with me, marking the errors in medications, diagnoses, and general spelling errors in it, and then he had it corrected for me and sent me the newly corrected copy.. Most doctors do not do that..

You have to be your own champion.. your children's champion, your spouse's champion, and lastly your parent's/siblings/and other family's champion. No one else will do it for you.. Don't even get me started on the HIPAA laws, either..

Thanks for reading today!

Wasting time in Wally World when I could be doing something better

I think that I was standing in Wal-Mart around 7:30 PM tonight.. talking the guy behind me, commiserating with him about how sad it was that Wal-Mart has what.. 25 cashier stations in total, not counting specific department cash registers, and on Sunday night.. with all of their store crammed with folks shopping for the new school week on Monday, they choose to only have 4 cashier-manned registers that have at least 10 carts deep in each of the 4 lines??? AND they are not opening other checkouts to accommodate the masses that are choosing to spend their hard earned money in their store??? What is wrong with THAT picture?

How sad it is that you spend more time waiting to check out that you did shopping in the freakin store! Really.. I went in that store at 6:15 PM,
had my grocery list and my I-cannot-see-anything-not-on-my-list glasses on, and I was headed for the checkout lanes by 6:45 PM. I was so proud that I did not put anything unplanned in the cart, ya know?

Anyway.. I slid my debit card through the machine at 7:51 PM.. ONE HOUR and SIX MINUTES!!!!! Can you freaking believe that, folks? I swear.. they must have had to go potty or something.. all at the same time.. After all, there HAS to be a reason why 21 of the 25 available cashier lanes were not being used.. especially with most lines having anywhere from 7 to 10 carts in the lines.. I just do not get it.. Of course, the self-checkout lanes were open, but who do you know that wants to scan their own merchandise, bag that stuff.. and have to pay a store for the priviledge? Do you all know anyone? I will go through a checkout like that if I have 2-5 items.. but a whole shopping cart? Nope.. Nada.. Not gonna happen.. Although, I remember quite vividly being a cashier in various types of stores in my youth.. and I remember what a pain in patootey it was even then..

Ya know, I sent a note to self several weeks back that told me not to go to Wally World on Sunday evening.. Self did not pay one bit of attention.. So, I wrote another note to self tonight.. Wonder if I will listen this time.. LOLOL.. Probably not.. I never do..

Ok, I decided to check out my new store and see if showed up in a Google search, and I am WAY excited to see that it shows up as the 2nd link availability when you do a search for the SoftFlex gloves.. What a RUSH that is.. I was thinking that it would not even show up at all..

Speaking of which.. I don't care for the name that I came up with.. Anybody got any ideas on what a catchy store name would be? I cannot come up with something that is catchy enough to get the attention of people.. I suppose that I should be quite happy with it showing up in the first 2 links on Google.. So, I will just shut up now.. Right.. sure I will..

I look forward to getting comments, so if you are reading this blog.. please let me know!