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Crazy Wonderful Life

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

My life is super busy, manageable, but busy. Is this different from everyone else? I don’t think so, but maybe I am wrong. Thinking that everyone is in the same boat makes it easier for me to manage, believing that everyone else is busy too. Is it strange that I was a fan of Jon and Kate + 8, just to witness a life that was more crazier than mine? I must say whatever people have to say about Kate, she ran a pretty tight ship. Sometimes my house still seemed more crazy with half of the kids!

We limit our activities. We try to do most things as a family or have two of the boys on the same team, or all of the swimming lessons at the same time. We still are home together more nights than we are out at activities. When we have one sick child we usually end up with 3 or 4. We always attempt to double or triple up on doctors visits and dentist appointments. Which is always a great plan but something inevitably pops up and we lose one of the team to a cold or an activity that could not be passed up. Then there is the follow up: there is a specialist appointment, or a dental sealant application or there are appointments with just one of the boys and me. This crazy life means some type of organization is required and when it came to the kids’ health, I needed more than just an itty piece of paper – that’s where the HealthPod Baby idea came in. Although as I think of it, I had just had Jack, he was a healthy little guy, and I still thought life was crazy and I was definitely sleep deprived. So maybe regardless of what is happening in your life you are always looking to make life a little easier. Yes?

I have four wonderful little boys and an incredible husband and at the end of the day that makes busy AMAZING. As I write the boys are sleeping and my hubby is next to me watching “The Good Wife” (what does good wife mean anyway?) as we (ok –I) nibble on my new treat chocolate covered graham crackers. How could life not be good? Now ask me tomorrow morning when lunches are getting packed, teeth are getting brushed, library books are missing and homework that was apparently due on Friday is actually due this morning. The two little boys are done eating breakfast and I am not getting to them fast enough. Blueberries are airborne, cereal is dumped and one of them has a bowl on his head to make the other one or all of them laugh, which of course is very successful. Now I am 5 minutes later than I was 5 minutes ago and life is not quite as wonderful as it was last night nibbling on chocolates bonbons getting a massage from the hubby as he whispers sweet nothing in my ear. Have I mentioned that a selective memory and some additional fictional extras really are a nice addition to anyone’s life?!

So is my life that much different than everyone else? I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teammate, a soccer coach, an engineer and a HealthPod maker. And, if I do not go to bed soon I will be all of that mentioned just with grumpy written in front of it and slightly larger dark rings under my eyes. But right now life is pretty crazy wonderful!

Nancy, Co-founder

Taking care of ourselves

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

As the only person in the company who doesn’t have kids, I sometimes refer to myself as “the most educated non-parent”!  Having co-created the HealthPod Baby, I have learned so much about raising and caring for kids that I feel like I will be more than ready when it’s my turn to have kids.

The reason that I got into the business of co-creating and selling the HealthPod Baby was simply because I fundamentally believe that everyone is responsible for their own health.  Just like it is our responsibility to take care of our career and not rely solely on our managers or our companies to take care of us, I see that it is even more important to take care of ourselves and be responsible for our own health.  As good as our health system is, it can’t possibly take care of us in a way that we can take care of ourselves.

I was reminded of this today when I went to get a breast ultrasound for some cysts that my doctor recently found.  Because I am HealthPod believer, I use a HealthPod Baby to manage my health.  Although designed with children in mind, it helps me track my health (I have taken out the sections that don’t apply like milestones and food introductions etc) and keep what is most important: emergency information, health contacts, doctor visits, health, dental, specialist summaries, allergies and family history - as you can see a lot applies right through your life!

Going through this experience reminded me about how difficult it is for our medical system to share and gain quick access to our records.   When I arrived at the radiology clinic, they asked me if I had ever had an ultrasound or mammogram before. Luckily I had recorded in my HealthPod that on November 26, 2007, I had an ultrasound and mammogram with the following results.  The technician said, “really, we only show that your last breast ultrasound was in 2002, were did you have it done?”  I had written down that it was at the Women’s Imaging Center.  This information is important as with many medical tests, doctors rely on changes to make better assessments.  This way they could see how it had progressed between 2002, 2007 and today.  She said that they will call the Women’s Imaging Center and get the results sent over for them to compare.

It was an important reminder of how valuable this information is when you really need it and how I can make sure that I am the expert on and owner of my health.

Marci, Co-Founder

 
 
 

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