High Low High [Life Lately]

Hi, guys! Happy Monday! 🙂

So, we’ve had quite the rollercoaster ride in the Haupert household lately, especially with regard to our health. I’ll give you all of the highs and lows in a second, but, first, I wanted to share some fun stuff from our weekend!

HIGH: Running with Quinn! Quinn and I took Murphy for a walk on Sunday morning. I was wearing pajama pants, a fleece pullover, and flip-flops. Quinn was decked out head-to-toe in running gear. He said he’d run while I walked Murphy, and things went as planned for about 5 minutes.

Running alone was fun, but running with Mumma would be so much more fun! So, Quinn started to ask me again and again to run with him. I couldn’t run with Murphy (details below), and I wasn’t really dressed to run, which Quinn noticed, of course. He basically told me to get into workout gear and put on my running sneakers. He even said he’d “come with me” (apparently to make sure I got the job done). Long story short, we dropped Murphy off at home. I changed into my running attire, and Quinn and I ran about a mile together around the neighborhood. If you notice from the photo below, he’s wearing sweatbands (headband + wristbands), which he used frequently to wipe his brow. Haha!

On the run, we talked about triathlons since Quinn’s favorite activities right now are swimming, biking, and running, and he was definitely interested. I wonder if the little dude is a future triathlete?

HIGH: Eating Pixie Dust chicken wings and watching the Patriots game. Ooook, who am I kidding… I didn’t care at all about the game, but the wings were amazing! A friend told me about them at a get-together on Saturday night, so we took a special trip to Whole Foods to buy a bag. (FYI: They’re in the prepared meat section.) And, my goodness, these wings are incredible!! So, so, sooo tasty and so easy to make! I’ve heard Whole Foods also makes Pixie Dust chicken breast and a Pixie Dust seasoning, which I’m ALL OVER! Definitely keep a look out for them the next time you’re at Whole Foods! SO. GOOD.

Speaking of Whole Foods…

HIGH: I finally got to use my mesh produce bags! I’ve been shopping at Trader Joe’s lately, but buying very little produce since discovering that not all plastic can be recycled. I know… maybe I live under a rock, but I thought it could until recently. Know better, do better, right? Anyway, I bought new mesh produce bags and stocked up on fresh produce at Whole Foods yesterday.

Ok, now onto some of the “lows” with life lately. Whomp whomp. Of course, I’ll throw in some “highs” as well because we don’t need all of that negativity on a Monday morning. 😉

LOW: Mr. Murphy has been dealing with some painful neck and back issues. A couple of weeks ago, he started to act really weird and then yelped in pain when we tried to pick him up. We took him to the vet where he was evaluated and then prescribed pain meds. Murphy is slowly, but surely getting better, and *hopefully* the pain is not something he has to deal with long-term. The vet thinks he likely hurt his neck and/or slipped a disk in his mid-back. It’s hard to know for sure without an MRI, but we’re hoping lots of R&R and not jumping off our bed and couch will help him heal. Right now, the pug is quarantined during the day (basically, blocked off from the living room). And, at night, he’s allowed to sleep in bed with us, but we carry him up and down the stairs. Even though he’s not feeling 100%, Murphy still does what he wants, like sleeping in freshly cleaned laundry. Pug glitter everywhere!!

LOW: I’m still dealing with a flare and my gross mucus-y cough is back. Ugh, it’s been a “fun” few weeks to say the least, especially trying to get the information and meds that I need to get better. The video below explains some of my “wtf moments” I’ve had with doctors and health insurance lately. Blah.

HIGH: The LDN arrived on Saturday! Thanks to an awesome Instagram follower, I found a local compounding pharmacy, who filled my prescription for a fraction of the price. Woohoo! I started taking it immediately and haven’t seen any changes yet, but it can take up to 3 weeks to see if it has any affect. I’ve actually heard LDN can take months to fully work, so we’ll see. I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but I haven’t been able to kick this flare since May (post-colonoscopy). FYI: I’m giving LDN a try to see if it helps get me out of this flare as it can help regulate the immune system. The research is actually very promising, so I hope it works for me!

And I’ll leave you with one more high! 🙂

HIGH: I discovered this Fly-By Hoodie from Brooks, and I’m in love!

I mean, is this hoodie not the cutest ever!? I need!!

That’s all for now. I hope you guys have a wonderful Monday!! 🙂

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15 Comments

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about Murphy’s back/pain issues! As a dog owner, I can surely understand how stressful and upsetting it can be, but I hope everything gets resolved soon and that he’ll be feeling much better!

  2. I’d love to hear more about the LDN—both about the research and your results as things progress. I’ve been battling autoimmune-related chronic hives (who knew there was such a thing?) for nearly a year now. They are largely controlled right now because I’m on a LOT of prescription meds that, frankly, freak me out. I’ve seen LDN mentioned on some of the chronic hives message boards I read. Sounds interesting…

  3. We had a basset hound who hurt her back jumping off our bed. It was so bad she was actually dragging her back legs. We were really concerned and took her to the vet. He gave her a muscle relaxant and sent us to an animal physical therapist! Never knew that was a thing. Anyway, the therapist worked with our dog for a while giving her massages and laser treatments to her back, and she recovered almost completely.

    Hope Murphy feels better soon.

  4. Hi, Tina. I work in the healthcare industry… look at it from your Drs’ point of view. You are emailing for a medical concern rather than making a visit to be seen. Do you get charged for emailing them to get medical advice? If not, they are literally working for free. And despite what most people think-it isn’t just a quick question-in order to provide quality care, they are going in your chart, reminding themselves of what has been tried before, current treatment, etc. If you are doing that, other patients are doing that, again the provider isn’t getting paid.
    Yes, our healthcare industry absolutely sucks and I very much feel for you!!! And I get that its complicated to make appointments when you are seeing several providers! Just wanted you to see it from their side.
    Hugs and I hope you are feeling better! And I love when you do High Low Highs!

    1. I couldn’t agree with this more. As another person in the healthcare field, I greatly appreciate the ability to interact with my patients electronically, but it can also be quite difficult. Diagnosing and treating via email removes the ability to have a comprehensive discussion, examine the patient, perform confirmatory testing, etc (not to mention not being paid for the time spent, which is an issue, but the least of my worries). Additionally, answering a patient’s question absolutely involves reviewing the chart, looking at prior treatments and testing, etc. While I would like all of my 1000+ patients to feel like they are my only patient, it is simply not possible for me to remember every detail of their medical history. These answers also often happen during the few minutes I thought I had between double-booked patients to use the bathroom for the first time all day or when I am finally on the couch at home at night after already working a 16 hour day. Ultimately, I guess my point is that it is wildly frustrating to be both a patient and a healthcare provider in our wildly dysfunctional healthcare system. I can tell you that most healthcare providers are acutely aware of this and are probably losing sleep and sanity over it…they are certainly not trying to do things to confuse or upset you. Just food for thought from the other side of the dilemma.

  5. I own dachshunds who are notorious for back/neck problems. One of mine slipped a disc in her back in 2016 after jumping up to get a treat and landing wrong, but has since recovered (shew!). One of the things my vet told me is, “tough love in the short term will do wonders for her in the long-term. Loosening the rules will only be helping YOU feel better.” (OUCH! Ha!) He was totally right though. We kept her activity absolutely minimal for 7 weeks while everything healed and i’m so happy we did. She didn’t need surgery and now she now gets the zoomies with the best of them, even at 10 years old.

    The other thing (and i know this sounds crazy), is dog acupuncture. It was really helpful for her during her recovery and at times i take all my dogs in when they need a bit of a tune up.

    I always giggle with you call Murphy the million dollar dog because i can certainly relate! 😉 It is a good thing they’re the cutest!

  6. Aww….I really felt your frustration in your WTF video. I definitely have been there with doctors…sometimes you just want them to tell you something is wrong so you can get going on the treatment! I will keep my fingers crossed that you find the answers you need. Take care. Oh…and I hope Murphy is better soon!

  7. It sounds crazy- but you may want to look into chiropractic care for Murphy! Both of my dogs were performance dogs (they competed in agility and obedience), but even in retirement they have benefited from it! I can definitely tell a difference after they go! Just search veterinary chiropractors.

  8. Thanks so much for sharing your UC story! I am struggling with a mild flare that won’t go away as well (despite being on a biological). Curious what your GI doc has to say about how to get out if it? I am waiting to see my Dr.

    1. Unfortunately, he doesn’t really have much advice as far as diet and lifestyle go. We’re trying suppositories and LDN right now. After that, it’s onto a different biologic.

  9. Hi Tina,

    Hope Murphy’s back/pain issues are getting better by now.

    Its great to see you running with your little one. Helping children understand the importance of fitness is essential.

    I hope the general health of the Haupert household is improving now.

    All the best from the UK.
    jon

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