ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I’m sure most of you are familiar with this movement that has now gone viral. I was challenged by a very good friend of mine, Ali Damjanovich, who lives in Tampa now. She lives in the heat, and luckily, so do I! I was a little skeptical about it at first, and wondered why people kept dumping ice water over their heads. Then, I saw this video that someone posted on Facebook, and it all made perfect sense.

I decided to accept the challenge, and also make a donation. Here is my video :-).

If you want to know more about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, check out the links below.

Time Magazine online

Forbes online

First-hand experience with ALS

Lorri Carey’s video

To donate, click here

Have an awesome rest of your week y’all!

Happy Trails,

Stacey

 

Feels Good to Be a Working Woman Again

I’ve been so busy you guys! I started working again last Friday after 15 months of disability. Can you believe it was that long? I was honestly nervous, because I haven’t been off work for that long since before I graduated college. You guys know how much things change on a daily basis in the corporate world, right? So imagine my fear of having so much to catch up on, and worrying that I might screw something up unknowingly. I had a script dropped off for “hydrocodone ER 10mg caps,” and was like “no such animal, doctor, try again. Awesome, it’s after hours, and I’m going to have to track down this ER doc, etc.” Well my friends, apparently now there is such an animal, and it’s called ZoHydro. Imagine those apples. Good thing I double checked!!

I also had SO many learning modules to catch up on! I got a nice chunk of them done during my overnights last week, but I still have a ton left! I have two more overnights this week, and hopefully I can finish up my training and be ready for a more normal schedule.

Besides the training and catching up with things, I feel like I’ve slid right back into the saddle. It’s funny how when you’ve been doing something for so long, it’s just like riding a bike when you go back to it. This Tuesday I will have 16 years with Walgreens. I honestly feel valued and very well taken care of after this past year. I love the direction the company is going, and look forward to many more years to come as a team member. I’ve been with Walgreens for half of my life! That’s insane!!

Anyway, it feels amazing to be back, and even more amazing to just be a staff pharmacist. I might take a step back from management for awhile. Since preparing for and passing my BCACP, I have already noticed an improvement in my clinical skills. I love the feeling of confidence it gives me to really be able to help patients above and beyond what I ever could before. This is what I mean by loving the direction the company is going. I see a lot of opportunity to grow as a clinician and a professional, and couldn’t be more grateful.

Today, my supervisor asked me if I could cover a store from 4-9, because the pharmacist there was feeling sick. I agreed to cover, and decided to try my luck at heels since it was such a short shift. My supervisor wears heels all the time like a rockstar, and I’ve learned through my many attempts that I’ll never be as cool as she is. I made it through the five hours, but I did take them off a few times. They’re so cute, though, right??

If anyone knows of a brand of super cute heels that are comfortable enough to wear for 8-12 hours of standing, please let me know. Flats and running shoes get old after awhile.
Above is my OOTD. I believe the entire outfit is from Kohls. I just love that place!! The peplum cardigan has already come in handy twice since I’ve been back to work. What a great find!! My little footie socks are from there, as well, and are so cool! They have a rubber patch inside of the back of the sock to prevent your shoes from rubbing a hole in the back of your foot. I’m going back to get more for sure!
I also took a picture of my MOTD (makeup of the day) after my shift was over. My eyeshadow was the star of the show, but really isn’t showing up well in this pic:
I used one of my all-time favorite shimmery light pinks (MAC’s Swish) on the lid with Verve from the Naked 2 palette on the inner corner. I placed a gunmetal color (Stila’s Pewter) on the outer V and pulled it up into the crease. On my bottom lashline, I used a black eyeliner smudged out with MAC’s Sketch.

Swish, Sketch, Pewter

Mascara was Lo’Real Voluminous Full Definition, and lipstick was a classic, Angel by MAC. Next time, I’ll take a picture on my way out the door so you can actually see the eye look.

That’s all for now. Once I’m done covering these overnights, I should be back on a regular blogging schedule. I hope you guys have a wonderful week, and I’ll be back very soon!

 

Happy Trails!

Stacey

 

 

 

 

My Dog is Hypothyroid and I’m Going Back to Work

I put Ali on a diet for the past month or two by removing about a 1/4 cup of kibble and replacing it with no salt added green beans. (She gained a few pounds from the prednisone she was on back in May.) When I brought her to the vet this past week because of another allergy flare up, I fully expected her to weigh 25lbs, and Dr. Iverson be like “awesome job, she lost weight!” Yeah…..no. She gained 3 lbs, which is 10% of her body weight! and topped out at about 30lbs. My little nugget has turned into a little chunk! So Dr. Iverson decided to run a full thyroid panel on her, and low and behold, she's a little hypothyroid chunk! This makes perfect sense as to why she gained weight on a diet. She is now on levothyroxine twice a day, and we'll be getting her levels rechecked in about a month. I have a poly pharmacy puglet!!

I officially go back to work on Friday, and I am definitely looking forward to it. It's been so long, and I'm so ready to have my life and purpose back. I've done a lot of personal growth over the past 15 months, and I know it's going to make dealing with stress at my job a lot easier to handle. I'm going to ease back into the saddle, and when the right opportunity comes along for management, I'll step up.

I have had another good week in PT! I was cleared by LaRissa to ride my bike on Monday, so Lisa and I went Tuesday morning and it was wonderful! It feels so good to be able to workout again, I can't even express it in words! I still have a ton of work to do to get myself in tip-top condition. I decided to write down my goals instead of my plans for the future. There's not a particular timeline on which I expect to achieve these, which is a much better outlook for me to have in my situation. This whole 15 months has had a theme: “I make plans, God laughs.” So here are my goals, which are on my dry erase board in my workout room:

I need to go up and check off “bike!” Speaking of bike, I am going to attempt to change a flat tire on mine today. It can't be that hard, right? I've done much harder tasks around the house. Wish me luck!!

I just wanted to give you guys an update of what's been going on. I have a ton of ideas brewing and accumulating on my idea list for the fall. I can't wait to share them with you! Since I'm going to be working now, I'll probably be posting twice a week. I'd love to do three a week, but I have to get a feel for what it's going to be like back to full time work again and trying to squeeze blogging in on my days off.

Thanks for stopping by my friends! Have an awesome rest of your week!

 

Happy Trails!

Stacey