Saturday, May 12, 2018

How time has flown - Looking towards Graduating

As is typical with college students, I have changed my major and added minors. I started school and thought I would go for an Accounting Degree. After the first semester, I decided that I would rather major in marketing. During the second semester, the School of Business hosted a  Breakfast before Dawn bi-weekly gathering. I attended and talked with the Chair of the Decision Science department, after he heard my previous tech experience and my passion in my voice, he talked me into adding B.I.T. (Business Information Technology) as a major to my degree.

I took several history classes just for fun and have completed a minor in history. I started attending some Cyber Eagles student group meetings and got involved with GenCyber Camp. Last year I actively joined Cyber Eagles, Cyber Eagles-W, ACM, ACM-E & AITP groups.

 Last fall, I took several Computer science classes based on Dr. Siraj's recommendations. Between those classes and the one I took this past Spring, registered for this Summer and registered for this Fall, will finish off a Computer Science minor, as long as I pass the classes with at least a C or better.

I took a Computer Forensics class with Doc Wells and feel in love with finding hidden data. Dr. Siraj is trying to talk me into getting a Masters in Cyber Security. I am debating between Cyber Security and Computer Forensics Masters. That is, if I can get funding and accepted to the programs.

If I pass all my classes that I am taking this Summer, Fall and Spring. I will be graduating May 2019, after dropping my Marketing major because the classes and info is very outdated.

Another Health update

I went to the neurologist for my annual Migraine checkup etc. and walked out with a diagnoses that on top of my Migraines and Hypothyroidism, I also have Fibromyalgia. I went out to The Mayo Clinic website and found that all my symptoms that I have been having, are all symptoms of Fibromyalgia. While my migraines vary from being triggered by pressure systems, allergies, tension, and stress, I have been in pain when I walk a lot within a 4 hour period. I would come home from working at Kohl's and hardly be able to walk, I would look like an old woman. My hips hurt, my back hurt, my heels hurt and my feet would ache. It would last for a couple of days, even with muscle relaxers and pain meds. If I wore anything other than my MBT shoes, I would be in even worse pain.

I am always tired. David wants to go out and do things and I just want to sleep. I have joint pains, my skin is sensitive to touch,  so much to where sometimes I just do not want to be touched.

Monday, June 5, 2017


Well I went for my annual checkup last month. When the Dr. asked how I had been doing lately, I told her, that quite honestly, about the last 6 months I have been extremely tired. She asked if I was using my CPAP and I said yes, that even after sleeping 6-9 hours with my CPAP, I wake up tired. If I do not have anything that has to be done right away, I will get up take the dogs out, take my medicines, and the dogs and I will sit in my chair and cover up and take a 2 -3 hour nap. I never feel refreshed and will actually tell my family that I have been working all morning and need to sit down for a few minutes. I will have difficultly keeping my eyes open, and will tell them I need to rest my eyes for a few minutes, they will set an alarm for 30 minutes and try waking me up but I will usually be down for a few hours. So, they took 3 vials of blood. I get a call back after a week and I am told that I have Hypothyroidism. They have called in a medication for to add to my growing list of meds I take on a daily basics and want me to come back in about 90 days to check how the dosage is helping and if they need to increase, etc.

So I do some research.  According to the Mayo Clinic, Hypothyroidism is an under active thyroid condition After reading some of the problems it can cause, it explains why, in the last 6 months or so, I have been having joint pains in my hips when standing/walking for long periods of time, as I do in my part-time job. It can cause weight gain, even when you reduce your intake, explains why, even with weight loss pills and reduced food intake, I was not loosing any weight, I also did not gain any, but I am obese. I am constantly fatigued, extremely sensitive to cold, puffy face, my cholesterol level has increased, I have muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness, that while it can be normal, not to the extend I have been experiencing lately. I have become more forgetful, any thought processes have slowed.

One of the Risk Factors is having a family history of thyroid disease, so I have made my son his annual checkup and told the nurse that we wanted to up date family history to say I have Hypothyroidism and to have him checked.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday - Snow day

I scrapped the snow to show how much snow had fallen after 6am and by 11.

 This shows how much snow has come down between 11 and 12:30.

I have scrapped down to show another height at 12:30

3 Tech students came over to have a snowball fight with Xander and David.
 Xander thinking he does not need a jacket, just his pullover.
 Lets hit dad with a snowball.

 David launches one at Philip.

 Xander is trying to building a snow castle.

 Cocoa really wants to play too.

 Shot of snow fallen at 2:30
 snow is building

 Cocoa and BJ are loose and playing with everyone.

Cocoa's legs when I brought her in to warm up. She really has the snow packed in her fur. Had to put her in the cart to try and dry her off without her running around.

Snow - Cocoa's first real snow

Chair shows how much snow has actually fallen since 6 am at our house, before that it was all rain and ice. I know it was after 6 am because I had looked outside at that time and it was still rain/ice coming down.

Cocoa and I had to convince BJ to go out in the snow to go the bathroom.  

Once we got him out there, he was running and playing

 Both of them running and and jumping around.
 Cocoa decided there was something buried in the snow and had to be dug out. Of course BJ would not let me chain him, so when he saw the two dogs watching he took off after them, which meant I had to go out in the snow and pick him up once I caught him. The way he runs is with his chest close to the ground, which meant he had snow everywhere, because he ran around their fence 3 or 4 times before I caught him.
 Cocoa, once again, got caught around this fire pit in the backyard, which meant I had to go and get her uncaught. Both dogs had to be towel dried when they came in.
 The snow blew under the porch up to the back door, getting the grill.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Cocoa's demand

Cocoa has decided to show her demand that I quit working on typing my document information for my internship and take a nap. Luckily I had just saved the document before she moved and closed the program.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Great News on Wayne's Open Heart Surgery!

Instead of having to replace the problem valves, they were able to repair them. He went in on Monday and came home on Saturday. He tires easily but is in good spirits. We went down on Saturday to see him, calming David and Xander's fears, plus making Wayne happy. Glenda said Wayne was really wanting to see Xander. BJ and Cocoa were happy to spend time sleeping in Wayne's lap. Glenda needed the help so she could catch up on some much needed sleep. Between worrying about Wayne, driving down 280 in Birmingham traffic on her way back and forth between the hotel and the hospital, and the last few nights at the hotel they had disrupted neighbors. Glenda said one night they had neighbors in the next room having a knockdown fight that the police had to show up for, another night they had groups of teens wandering around without supervision just making loud noises throughout the hallways. They arrived home yesterday afternoon and Glenda had to run to the grocery store and pick up a few staples and Wayne's new medications before the pharmacy closed, so she was just give out after driving back yesterday and having to deal with the grocery store. Wayne said just the ride home yesterday wore him out and he didn't even drive (not allowed to for a while).