Archive for the ‘Healthcare’ Category

2020 Peach Road Race 10.5K

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

Mackenzie and I ran the Peach Road Race 10K this morning at the Peach County hospital.  This is one of my favorite races. And, with more races cancelling due to the COVID-19 virus, it might be the last one for some time.

Mackenzie rocked and got 1st overall female.  I got third place in my age group.

No more Braces!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Tristan got his braces off today!

Independence Day Injury

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Late last night, we were in the pool with all of the lights off shooting and watching fireworks.  I have jumped into the shallow end of the pool a million times, but last night I landed really wrong on my heel.

I spent a while this morning at OrthoGeorgia’s urgent care.  An x-ray revealed some pretty significant heel spurs and one of the heel spurs may have a small fracture.  While I’m glad nothing is broken, it doesn’t hurt any less.  It looks like I’ll be sporting this new (and really expensive) shoe for at least a few weeks.  And not running.

Rilianne’s Second Ear Surgery

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Rilianne had her second set of tubes put in this morning.  Last night we bought her a couple of doughnuts since she couldn’t eat this morning.

She did awesome at the ENT. She played in the waiting room and walked back with the doctor. She told us she tried to blow up a balloon but got really tired and went to sleep.

And, as typical, she did not like coming out of the anesthesia.

They offered her a prize and she started to pick up a box of crayons and I told her to pick something else because we had plenty of crayons at home. Later, when she came out of her grogginess, her first words were “I thought them crayons were candy”.

2018 S.C.A.R.E. 5K

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

This morning, Mackenzie and I ran the S.C.A.R.E. 5K. I have ran this race before, but it was Mackenzie’s first time. Coincidentally, her current soccer coach is also the race director.

SCARE stands for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Research and Education. Their goal is to make sure everyone in Central Georgia knows how to do CPR and they want as many AEDs out and available as possible.

Maybe it was the cooler weather or maybe it was because her soccer coach was there, but Mackenzie hit a new personal record and took first in her age group!  Less than 24 minutes!  My time is also beginning to improve, but not enough for an award this time.

Movie Night at the Hospital

Friday, August 26th, 2016

There is a new community hospital in a small town in the next county, but still about 5 minutes from our house. They do a lot of community events.

This evening, they had a movie on the lawn. They showed Monster’s Inc and provided snacks and popcorn.  We didn’t have anything better to do, so we went and it was actually a nice event.

Surgery Day

Friday, July 1st, 2016

This morning, Rilianne had tubes put in her ears and had her adenoids removed.  She’s been sick so much lately that we felt this was the best course forward. She woke up in such a good mood, except for not understanding why she couldn’t eat breakfast.


Even at the surgery center, she acted silly and sweet as she ran around melting hearts and playing with other kids.





Here is right before we left her with the doctors.


And, here is after. She was unconsolable. She cried forever!



And this is how the rest of the afternoon has been:


Brace Face

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

This morning, Tristan was outfitted with some very expensive jewelry. On his teeth.

Here is the “before” photo In about 3 years, I hope to post a very different “after” photo.


We actually went to two different orthodontists. The first wanted over $8,000. We had heard that he was cheaper so we booked it.  After the appointment got closer and after nearly having a panic attack over the costs, we decided to check out a more popular orthodontist, Dr. Spillers.



Dr. Spillers office was over $2,000 less than the first office.  They also have the latest technologies and give you fresh baked cookies and slushies at every visit.  It was a no brainer!






Crestron Training Trip

Friday, May 6th, 2016

For most of the week, I’ve been in Atlanta for Crestron training. Crestron is a series of control products that allow you control all sorts of things from one touch interface: shades, lights, projectors, TVs, speakers, etc. We use their equipment in many of our courtrooms.

When I left, my beautiful baby waved goodbye to me.


Unfortunately, less than 24 hours later, she had an extremely high fever. Poor Kimberlie missed almost the entire week of work.


Rilianne loves FaceTiming me, even when she doesn’t feel well.


The Crestron training center is state-of-the-art. I really enjoyed my time there an hopefully will be able to take more classes in the future.



After the day was over, the class went out to dinner at P.F. Changs. It was my first time there and I had so much to eat!  This was my dessert. That plate is 12 inches square and the slice of cake is about 4 inches tall.  Even though I took half of it back to Kimberlie, I was still miserable when I left as you can see from the photo below.



I felt guilty being in a travel status while the baby was so miserable, and getting this in my fortune cookie didn’t help very much!


When I got home, the baby was so sick and lethargic that she slept pretty much anywhere we put her.


Undy 5000

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Tristan and I ran a new-to-us race this morning: the Undy 5000. You are supposed to run the race in your underwear to race awareness for colon cancer. They even gave out pairs of underwear instead of the typical race t-shirt.  We don’t know anyone who is currently struggling with colon cancer, but it was a points race in my running club’s race series. The weather was perfect and the course was pretty nice as well.


Here is my picture inside of a giant colon:


The awards were based on 10-year age groups, rather than the more common 5-year age groups which gives you less of a chance to place. But, I managed to place 3rd in the 30 – 39 age group!