Monday, March 02, 2015

Medical Monday (updates, timelines, etc) @kpshare #diplopia #fistula

I'm still waiting on my referral.  So here's the timeline, for those who don't know.

Jan. 25th - headache
Jan. 26th - headache & double vision
Jan. 27th - visit KP Urgent care, referred for MRI
Jan. 28th - Get MRI, told to wait at Urgent care for results.  Referred back for CT scan. Spent approx. 8 hours in KP center finding fistula and confirming it isn't bleeding.  Told to wait up to 24 hours for referral to Peachtree Neurosurgery.
Jan. 29th - Call that referral is approved, call Peachtree Neurosurgery.  Told to wait for their Kaiser coordinator to call me to set up appt.
Jan. 30th - Call from Peachtree Neurosurgery. Dr. is unavailable for next two weeks.  Appt. on Feb. 9th with PA.
Feb 9th - Visit Peachtree Neurosurgery, spend 5 minutes with PA, told they will refer to Emory Neurosurgery.
Feb. 16th - No referral, call Kaiser to check on status.  Referral not received. Call Peachtree, they resend referral.  Call Kaiser to confirm receipt, get confirmation.
Feb. 17th - Call Emory to set up appt, can't find referral in KP system.  Call Kaiser, person who told me it was received misunderstood.  No referral in system.  Sent out various emails to various departments (including Peachtree).  Personal physician's nurse calls, sets up referral.
Feb. 24th - talk with Doctor, she has talked with head of outside referrals and put an "expedite" on the referral.
March 2nd - Still waiting.  Referral shows in system as pending.

So, while I can say the doctors at Kaiser are good and worth the effort, I'm not so sure about their current procedures.  In the meantime, I wait for them to determine if I can go to Emory while I have what amounts to a ticking bomb in my brain.  Maybe they think it'll be easier if it just starts bleeding and I end up in the ER?  I don't know, I'm just that frustrated.

As to my symptoms, some of them are still there.  I apparently had a sinus infection on top of all this (which is actually why I talked to my doctor on the 24th).  Clearing that up has taken away most of the pressure bands I've felt around my head at night (but not all).  I can generally see well enough to drive, though I'm limiting myself on how much and where for general safety.  Close up is a challenge and my eyes will generally double depending on what it is and how close it is.  For some reason, depending on the angle I hold my head (ie: tilted sideways to the left) my vision may double.  No big headaches, but my eyes do get tired and the more fatigued they are, the more issues I have.  I do have an ophthalmologist appointment later this month to check and make sure there isn't anything specific there going on.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Maxwell High summer camp for Middle School

My son has applied to be part of the lottery for Maxwell High School's program for 2015-2016 school year.  Last night we went by for their open house to a) see where it was, b) see what it looks like, and c) talk to some of the instructors.  It was a successful evening, my son is definitely praying he gets in.

While there, I found a flyer for their middle school summer camp.  The summer camp is a fundraiser for the school and runs June 1st-4th.  They have some really cool programs (I think).  Some of the possible programs for kids: automotive, cake decorating, construction, cosmetology, culinary arts, electronics, fire services and a lot more.  You can find out the list of options on their web site as well as descriptions.

Registration runs March 2nd and ocntinues through May 15th.  Camp cost is $80.  You would use to pay (like just about everything else school related).  If you're looking for camp options for your MS student, check it out.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pollo Tropical grand opening in Johns Creek tomorrow 2/27 @spmcomm

Pollo Tropical grand opening celebration this Friday, Feb. 27 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at 5815 State Bridge Road.  Lots of fun events for everyone.
9:00 -               B98.5 WSB-FM Radio Remote
11:00 a.m.     
9:00 a.m.        Mime Artist & Caribbean Stilt Walker
-11:00 a.m.    
9:00 a.m.        Calypso Steel Drum Band
-4:00 p.m.      
10:10 a.m.      Welcome remarks from Johns Creek Chamber
10:15 a.m.      Ribbon Cutting with Johns Creek Chamber
10:30 a.m.      Restaurant opens after ribbon cutting!      
First 100 guests will receive their coupon for a Free Create Your Own Family Meal after their first transaction
11:00 a.m.      Chicken for a Year raffle              
12:30 p.m. –   RoboSurfer Competitions between the Johns Creek Fire and Police        
4:00 -               DJ Steve Smith Spinning Live! 
8:00 p.m. 

Miami’s iconic island-inspired chicken restaurant to open Johns Creek location in February
(MIAMI) Feb. 13, 2015 – Pollo Tropical, Florida’s beloved fast-casual concept known for its citrus-marinated, flame-grilled chicken and array of authentic sauces and sides, continues its Georgia expansion with the opening of its newest location on Feb. 27. The restaurant, located at 5815 State Bridge Road, is the sixth Pollo Tropical in the Atlanta area and the first in Georgia built with the company’s new Caribbean-style design.
The Johns Creek restaurant, based on the prototype launched in Texas last year, will boast bright tropical blues and greens, island-inspired lighting and plants and a relaxing patio area. The company plans to open several additional locations featuring the new design in Georgia this year, including in Austell, Woodstock and East Cobb.
“Our new Caribbean-inspired restaurant design transports our guests to the islands, where they can enjoy Life Under the Palm™ and the flavors of the islands in our fresh and healthy menu items,” said Pollo Tropical Chief Operating Officer Danny Meisenheimer. “Our guests can visit the new location every day to explore the menu, and families can enjoy the convenience and variety of meal choices they feel better about eating.”
Pollo Tropical’s menu is a melting pot of culinary cultures, featuring the distinctive, bold and tangy flavors of the Caribbean. The company has built a loyal following for its fresh, never frozen, bone-in chicken that is marinated in tropical fruit juices and spices and then flame-grilled in the restaurant’s open kitchen. Menu choices include Create Your Own TropiChops®, tropical chicken, sandwiches and salads, wraps, platters, kids meals and family meals.
In addition to its signature bone-in chicken, Pollo Tropical offers boneless, skinless grilled chicken breasts, Mojo Roast Pork, Calypso Beef and Grilled Tropical Wings. Made-from-scratch sides include rice, beans, yuca with garlic sauce, sweet plantains and many more. The restaurant uses ingredients without added trans fats or hormones. Pollo Tropical’s famous Saucing Island brings on the flavor – and a little heat – with 10 signature sauces, including Curry Mustard, Guava BBQ, Pineapple Rum, Cilantro Garlic and Spicy Poyo-Poyo.
To complement its menu, Pollo Tropical also offers a variety of island-inspired beverages, ranging from a selection of Caribbean beers to coconut water and popular Refrescas in tropical breeze, mango peach and superfruit punch flavors. Diners can add rum to create a tropical cocktail or enjoy a Cuba Libre made with Coca-Cola® and a fresh squeeze of lime.
The restaurant will host a grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27. Festivities will include calypso music, a proclamation by local officials and a robosurfer challenge, where contestants will compete for first- and second-place prizes of $500 and $300 for their favorite charity. One lucky guest will win Free Chicken for a Year*, and the first 100 guests will receive a coupon for a free Create Your Own Family Meal, redeemable on a future visit.
To serve its guests, the Johns Creek restaurant plans to hire more than 40 hourly team members. The 3,400-square-foot restaurant will feature indoor and outdoor seating for more than 90, with limited table service, and a convenient drive-thru. The company is actively recruiting for all positions and is accepting applications at Guests also can get a coupon for either a buy one, get one free small TropiChop or $3 off a family meal by signing up for the Pollo Reward$® loyalty program.
*Complete details including contest rules, odds of winning and eligibility can be found online at
About Pollo Tropical
Pollo Tropical, a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group®, is a Caribbean-inspired fast-casual concept known for its fresh, flame-grilled chicken marinated in a proprietary blend of tropical fruit juices and spices. Other craveable island favorites include Mojo Roast Pork and made-from-scratch sides including rice, beans, yuca with garlic sauce, sweet plantains and more. Menu items like the Tropical Citrus Chicken Salad, Guava BBQ Pork Sandwich and Create Your Own TropiChops® can be customized with 10 zesty tropical signature sauces on Pollo Tropical’s famous Saucing Island. Founded in 1988, the Miami-based company currently owns and operates more than 125 locations in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas, plus five licensed restaurants on college campuses and more than 30 franchised locations throughout the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit Pollo Tropical’s website at      

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#ww My plants are multiplying

Working on dividing my current plants, still more to go.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Brooklyn and her February Mardi Gras @BarkBox #review #dogtoys #dogtreats #petlove

Since January's box went over so well, we went ahead and got February's too. Two toys this time around, one chew stick and some treats.  The treats are definitely being enjoyed.  She took maybe 10 minutes to demolish the bully stick.  The rest I'm doling out slowly.

The toys aren't as popular this time as they were last time.  The ball toy has been briefly played with, then left in the basket.  The mask hasn't left the basket yet.

For the investment, it works out well. She will eventually get to the toys, there just isn't as much of them to de-stuff. She loves to de-stuff.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Review - Clairol Nice and Easy Hair Color 5G/117 Natural Medium GoldenBrown @clairolcolor @influenster

Sometime around August, I colored my hair red.  It was fading and my grey hair was showing again, so I decided to color it again.  This time, I went with a "natural" color instead of something else.  My daughter wanted to help out, so I let her pretty much do it for me.  It was simple enough for her to follow the directions without any problems and the coverage was excellent.  My hair was even left nice and soft. I don't have a picture of the before, but I do have after.

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

See? No grey!