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This is a post about my sister and how awesome she is. Just so you know right off the bat. It’s also a post about what she does and how I’m promoting her. Spend your money with her, you will not be sorry.
So … My sister, my older sister, Jill. She is an amazing decorator. She has not finished school for decorating, unless you want to count living with my mom as an education in room placement, color choice and all around budget wise decorating. She’s also good at non-budget decorating, it’s fun to spend lots of money.
Here’s the deal – what she can do for you or someone you know:
She loves to do the work, not only picking out the paint color but putting that paint color on your wall – she loves to be involved in the whole project but is wonderful and handing off the responsibilities to contractors or you, the homeowner, if you prefer.
She has experience – she’s completely redone her condo (photos coming soon) as well as helped numerous times in my own home and other relatives’ homes.
She’s looking to beef up her portfolio and for right now her rates are super low because of this.
Also – if you’re trying to sell your house – she’ll stage it for you to speed up that process (this is a flat rate charge). She’ll do idea concept boards for you, work off a magazine cut out you’re in love with or a piece of furniture you can’t live without – her mind is beyond qualified for this creative stuff, it’s amazing.
SO!!! Help her build her portfolio or pass on this info to someone who’s in need of a little decorating emergency, help or all out makeover. For right now you can contact her through me – we’re getting a website up for her and that information will be available here as it happens.
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Bit-o-information

Here’s what we found out at the OB this morning:
I will have to have Non-stress tests, but in my OB’s office, not the hospital, which is lovely.
We’re having another ultrasound next week Monday – followed by another OB appointment.
I have to be on insulin, they were very surprised I wasn’t already seeing as how my OB ordered that I be on it starting last week when I met with the specialist, and I asked the specialist this question but she said I’d be sent back to her if insulin was needed, well duh.
Tomorrow I learn how to administer insulin (twice daily) and then I meet with the dietitian.
I am not high risk and neither is the baby – they’re very confident that once my blood sugars stabilize (with insulin) that this pregnancy will progress normally and healthily. THANK GOD.
I will not have to have the amniocentesis test done.
I’m 34 weeks pregnant and measuring at 37 weeks – they’re not worried about this because it’s a second pregnancy and my uterus has already been stretched out. They are watching his growth very carefully.
I’ll try to write something having absolutely nothing to do with blood sugar, insulin or diabetes next and I’m hoping to throw up another list of Etsy wonders soon. Lets take a little break from all this medical, pregnancy jargon.

Update on the gest. diabetes

My first doctors appointment having to do with gestational diabetes was this morning. I met with a diabetic specialist and it went really well.
Pretty much we talked about what Gestational Diabetes means for me, what it is and what it does – we went through a lot of literature and then she taught me how to operate my glucose monitor. I have to check my blood sugar 4 times a day – when I get up in the morning and then one hour after every meal. I also have to check my blood sugar if I’m feeling hyperglycemic … which lovingly enough I already had to do this afternoon. And that entails 2 additional blood sugar pokes to make sure my blood sugar is rising after I’ve had something to eat or drink that’s a fast acting insulin food … like orange juice or a few hard candies such as lifesavers.
I’m looking for diabetic friendly recipes so feel free to point me in that direction or share some from your recipe index with me. Nothing with sugar substitutes though, they are from the devil, I will not eat them.
A few of the not so fun things I heard today were that I’m at a pretty high risk of having type 2 diabetes ALREADY. They’re checking my blood often to see if they can determine this. I have a doctors appointment on Monday with my OB and I’m hoping to get some more insight as to why and what this all means. I failed the glucose tolerance test with such furvor that I guess we’re ruling everything out, which is good. But I hate to hear those words. I do not want to have type 2 Diabetes.
The only factor that even fits our bill of health with this pregnancy and my developing gestational diabetes is the miscarriage we had last May. Every other factor is a big ZERO on the ranking sheet. So hopefully the type-2 stuff is just that, stuff, talk, worries … nothing concrete.
I meet with a dietitian on Tuesday to plan my meals and really get into the nitty gritty of what to stay away from, etc – but for now I have some generalizations to work with. Fruit, which I love and eat often, is something I have to be careful with because of the natural sugars. I can’t have fruit in the morning or cereal, really – and this is going to be hard. But not too bad. I can do it. I can pretty much eat all the vegetables I want, which is awesome. I eat an entire bag of brussel sprouts for lunch some times – I love veggies. So thats good news.
Breads and things are good – I just have to watch quantity and type of flour/sugar content. And protein is my friend also.
I’ll probably have to see my OB more often and also go into the hospital for Non-stress tests as frequent as once a week, where they monitor the baby’s movements and his heart rate. We might have another ultrasound, depending on how I measure to watch his size and all of this could result in (worse case scenario) delivering him before his due date or taking him by c-section. I might have to have that amniotic sac test to see if the baby’s lungs are developed also. All things we hope to find out on Monday and further doctor’s appointments.
So – lots of information, which is wonderful – and lots of things to watch for. I’m very healthy otherwise, which is a huge plus and all the people we’ve met with so far have been beyond helpful and wonderful. We’re feeling very at ease about all of this. Please pray for minimum complications and a healthy delivery. And also that I don’t have or will develop the Type-2 diabetes.

Broke something?

Since my mom broke her hip – we’ve become educated on such things as crutches and walkers and the like – here’s what we’ve found:
Skips Pharmacy of Holland will rent out crutches for a refundable $20 deposit and then either $3 a week or $10 a month. A much better deal than buying them and being stuck with them for ever.
Airway Oxygen of Holland has a “Hip Kit” which includes wonderful things like a sock-helper, reacher, long handled bath sponge and shoe thing – that heel helper or whatever for a reduced price than it would cost to buy them all separately. A better deal than buying the sock-helper and reacher alone.
Evergreen Commons of Holland lends out their walkers and wheel chairs for free (I haven’t double checked on this, but this is what we were told) so if you need to have more than one, or don’t want to buy one – you can borrow it for free.
Oh and – Walkers and canes are 25% this week at Walgreen’s.
Feel free to add information or tips in the comments section of this site. We’ll try to continue to compile helpful information here as we go along.