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Mommy fall down and go boom!

Three guesses who slipped on some ice over a week ago and whacked their head?

That’d be me.

Yep, I was walking in front of my apartment building, the snow had been shoveled away and it looked pretty clear, if a bit wet on the pavement. But little did I know that ‘black ice’ was lurking there to trip up the unwary.

Next thing I know, my legs are shooting out from under me and I land on my right butt and head. I ended up with a moderate concussion (somewhere between mild and severe), a scalp laceration, whiplash and even managed to pull my newly-repaired abdominal muscles!

The paramedics came to take me to the ER where they did a CT (“cat”) scan to see how badly my noggin was hurt. Luckily, my skull was not fractured, even though my brain and forcefully sloshed up inside it.

Still, the doctor benched me for about a week, and still looked a bit peeved when I mentioned going back to class (I’d missed an exam in one class, and a quiz in another) and that I had a boatload of studying to catch up.

Even using the computer for more than 10 minutes a day was painful and left me woozy!

Still, I laid down the law to the husband and littles that Mommy was a bit banged up and needed Peace, Rest and most of all, Quiet.

They did their best, and for the most part I’m feeling a little better and survived the first day back at class.  Still can’t use the computer or study for more than 10 minutes at a time without feeling poorly though.

At least there’s a bright side to all this – I’ve caught up on my sleep! And the management of my apartment complex said to send them the medical/paramedics bills.  So there’s that at least.

But seriously – PLEASE be careful! Don’t trust “puddles” in this cold weather, and if it’s not salted, assume that wet spot’s icy.

Be careful folks, and stay safe! <3

Gutsy Chewy and the Case of the Sore Tummy!!

Ever since she was a little bitty girl, Zanna has had a tendency to get overwhelmed by outside stimuli.  Unfortunately, school is generally rife with such stimuli and poor little Zanna has been majorly stressed by it nearly every single day.

Every morning while I’m getting the twins ready for school, Zanna’s been complaining about having a sore tummy.  The reason for the soreness is that she works herself up with stressing over all the auditory and visual “noise” that she’ll be having to face in the classroom.  I’m surprised she doesn’t have an ulcer already from all the acid she must be producing!

I’ve learned that I ignore her sore tummy issues at my peril, because she’ll get herself to the point where she’s puking, and then the school has to call me to take her home, take her to the doctor and get an all-clear note, and we’re not allowed to bring her back until the next day.

I’ve tried allowing her special plush toys in the car, smuggling them into school in her backpack, and even working out a deal with the teacher to allow Zanna to wear earmuffs to reduce the noise she hears when things get to be too much for her.

(Her school counselor has been very supportive and makes sure that Zanna has plenty of access to her to discuss the things that cause her stress.)

But the biggest obstacle is getting her out the door and into the school before she reaches the point of nausea.  Anticipation is the largest stressor, it seems.  Because once she’s actually in the classroom, all of our coping mechanisms and strategies seem to work just fine.

So when Moms Meet™  offered me the chance to try Gutsy Chewy out, I was pretty eager!  I wanted to see if it could help Zanna with the pre-schoolday sore tummy.


All the ingredients were natural, and I tried it out on myself first – this mommy has some pretty epic stress-sore tummyaches of her own!  Tasted pretty good, nice fruity flavor, not chemical-y at all.  It foamed a little bit as I chewed on it, and pretty soon after swallowing my stomach felt much better.

So I tried it out with Zanna – as soon as she mentioned the sore tummy, I handed her a Wildberry flavored Gutsy Chewy tablet.  About 20 minutes later, as we were pulling into the school parking lot, I asked her how her stomach felt – no more soreness!  And even better – no queasiness!

I’ve had to give her Gutsy Chewy tablets about 6 times in the past month and each time it’s worked like a charm!  I’ve also used it for my own occasional indigestion, acid reflux and upset stomach, a number of times.

What I like most about Gutsy Chewy is that the ingredients are all-natural, don’t require a prescription, and don’t come with a huge list of potential horrible side-effects, cautions and warnings.  I don’t have to worry that when I give this to my kids (or take it myself) that I’d need to be on the lookout for any side-effects.

There’s a limit of how much we can cushion Zanna from outside stimuli, and with a little help, it’s deal-with-able.  When we went to the movies recently, she wore an eyemask and earplugs and sat happily chomping on popcorn and slurping lemonade while the rest of us watched a movie about bears.  Occasionally, she’d peek out and watch a few minutes here and there, laughing and having a great time like everyone else before cocooning herself again.

You’d never guess that 10 minutes before the movie, she was literally bellyaching about it.  I handed her a Gutsy Chewy, cuddled her until her stomach calmed down, and then she was fine after that.

Now I make sure that I always have a container of Gutsy Chewy tablets on me when I’m with the kids – we’ve got one in the glovebox of our minivan, I’ve also got one stashed in my “mommybag”.  This is something I definitely don’t want to leave home without!

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*Just the facts
• Gutsy Chewy products are available in two delicious flavors: Citrus and
• Gutsy Chewy supplements are safe, gluten-free, vegan friendly and
• Gutsy Chewy products are all-natural and made in the U.S.A.
• All Gutsy Chewy supplements contain a proprietary blend of apple cider
vinegar, licorice extract and papaya extract (GiGs®). GiGs®
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• Xylitol is used in Gutsy Chewy to aid oral health, while calcium and
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• The retail price for Gutsy Chewy ranges from $15.99 to $79.99 (2 – 12
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**I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms
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I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.
My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May
Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

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you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have a
medical condition. This product contains papaya and should
not be used by people with a latex allergy. Keep out of reach
of children

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Frankenstein’s Bride aka The Aftermath of Abdominal Surgery


Let me repeat that to make sure you really get that…

O. Freakin’. W.

Major owwies here.

According to the surgeons who opened me up and put me back together again minus a few pounds of previous me-ness, the surgery was successful.

They repaired my torn abdominal muscles that were non-functional, stuffed my internal organs back into my body cavity from where they’d been hanging out making me look perpetually pregnant lo’ these past 6 years, dealt with the excess of way over-stretched-out skin, and sewed me back up.

It hurts to cough or sneeze, so of course my allergies are acting up to torment me.

Yes, by the way, this is a major kvetch-fest.  I think I deserve to have one.  Major abdominal surgery kinda puts one in that frame of mind.

And I have to sleep on my back with my top half propped up and my bottom half propped up so I’m not putting extra strain on the stitches keeping my guts from spilling out.

At least the two medical drains that they installed in me are now out – YIPPEE!!!! (I really hated those, can you tell?)

And for some reason, right after the surgery the pinkie toe on my left foot’s gone numb. No idea why. Maybe it’s acting out since my guts are getting all the attention. Who knows?

Everything’s still all sore and swollen and grotesque and it’ll be another couple of months at least until things approach normal, but at least the worst is over and at the end of all this, I’ll hopefully have functional abdominal muscles and thankfully won’t have my internal organs slopping around outside my body cavity any more.

Now I just have to wait and heal and go after the hospital’s financial department which overcharged me grossly on things they shouldn’t have.  I got passed around to 9different people the last time I called their financial department – all of them saying I have to contact the person basically sitting right next to them and they have no idea how I can do that.