Why Do You Care?

Why do you care

  • which restroom anyone goes in?  Do you have segregated restrooms at home?  Is someone going to see something in a stall through a wall?  Ditch the urinals and make all restrooms unisex.
  • who anyone wants to marry? Are they asking to marry you? Worry about the sanctity of your own marriage.
  • who anyone wants to sleep with? Are they asking to sleep with you?  Are they sleeping with you part of the time?  Keep yourself and your partner happy.
  • what kind of pet someone has?  Are they living in your house?  Is it getting in to your yard? Take care of your animals.
  • what anyone does for a living? Are they paying your bills? Keep your self maintained.
  • what if any religion anyone practices? Are you happy with your beliefs? Let me be happy with mine.
  • what anyone wears? Are they wearing your clothes? If you didn’t give birth to them it isn’t any of your business.
  • how someone adorns their body? Are they forcing you to get a tattoo or a piercing? If it isn’t impaling you it shouldn’t involve you.

Seriously, folks, everyone needs to calm down and reexamine their own worth and beings and keep your hands and beliefs to yourself.




[in-shoor, -shur]  

verb (used with object),


to guarantee against loss or harm.
My medical insurance became effective April 1st.  It was the best April Fools I have every been involved with.  I made my first phone call to an allergist that comes highly recommended and am in search of a General Practitioner to get a physical and start working on the rest of my woes.
My employer pays for 100% of my premium and insisted I get a PPO not an HMO and is in fact one of the most generous people I know.  But all of this would not have been able to happen if it were not for the Affordable Care Act.
I have pre-existing conditions.  I am fat.  I am a woman who has given birth (yep, that is considered a pre-existing condition). I work for a very small business, 25 employees all but 2 are part time (less than 20 hours per week), with the Affordable Care Act my boss is able to provide medical insurance to the two full time employees for under $1000 a month!
I’m not alone in the positive effect of the Affordable Care Act.  You have all heard me talk about my friend Erin before.  She is battling Lupus and has been going through financial difficulties due to the hospital bills (multiple major surgeries), prescription drugs and other incurred costs.  She and her husband both had insurance through their jobs, she lost her job due to medical reasons and he was laid off.  Thanks to the Affordable Care Act they are not losing their house.

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American Pharmacists Month


This is a guest post from my cousin’s son Sean.  Sean has worked in a Pharmacy for most of his adult life and is now studying to be a pharmacist in Tennessee.  I have used him as a go to resource for “medical” questions many times.  It makes me happy to know that people I love are choosing careers that are helping others and they are passionate about.  Now if only we can get him to get his blog up to date…………

I would bet that most people who are reading this had no idea that October is American Pharmacists Month.  Unfortunately for pharmacists, this month coincides with a much more publicized cause: breast cancer awareness.  In no way am I trying to diminish the work of those aims, since they are extremely worthwhile and I support them whole-heartedly.  However, since pharmacy is my future profession, that cause means a lot to me, as well!

I am a first-year (P1) student at the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, and it has been a goal of mine to spread the word about the work of pharmacists during this month.  Since Adrienne so graciously asked me to write this guest post, I thought it would be an awesome idea to get the word out there!  In addition, I have devoted most of my social media footprint to promoting pharmacists, I’ve passed out flyers in the community, and even worn t-shirts that promote the good work of pharmacists.  So, as you can see, I am pretty passionate about what pharmacists do!

Many people might have a misconception about what it is that pharmacists actually do, so part of the aim for American Pharmacists Month is to clear up that notion.  The classic example of a pharmacist is a person in a white coat who sits behind a pharmacy counter putting pills in a bottle.  While dispensing medications to patients is still a significant part of a pharmacist’s job, there’s more to it than just counting out pills.  Having worked in a community (retail) pharmacy for several years, I can speak with some authority that filling a prescription can be complicated at times.  Balancing all the demands of our time with billing insurance, contacting physician offices for clarification or “prior authorizations” (which any of those in the health care field know all too well and hate with a passion), answering questions from customers, etc. can be daunting, but when it comes down to it, we all feel a calling to help our patients the best way we know how.  And I say “we” here because student pharmacists are part of the profession right now!

Since I’ve gone over a “traditional” role of the pharmacist, now I’d like to mention some roles that may not be as familiar to those who just see their neighborhood pharmacist once a month for their refills.  Did you know that pharmacists can give immunizations?  Right now is the peak season for receiving flu shots, and pharmacists everywhere are conveniently able to give them, in addition to a dozen others!  Did you know that pharmacists provide medication therapy management for their patients?  Pharmacists are the second most educated health providers (after physicians, of course), and as such, can help their patients manage dozens of disease processes from their pharmacies!  Did you know that in addition to dispensing prescriptions, your pharmacist can counsel you to ensure maximum efficacy of your medications?  The drug knowledge imparted to pharmacists is unparalleled, so pharmacists have the skills to ensure that you get the most out of the medications your physician prescribes!

sean  In addition to being superior health care professionals, pharmacists truly care about their patients.  I have personally experienced on a daily basis what pharmacists will do to make sure their patients get the care they need, and I’ve heard from others about their positive experiences with their pharmacists.  Some stories may be as seemingly simple as saving some money on a co-pay by working with the physician to change therapies, but saving money goes a long way in this day and age.  Other stories I’ve heard involve catching a drug interaction or allergy that may have been harmful or fatal had the pharmacist not intervened.  Still others involved just taking the time to listen and talk to a scared patient with a new diagnosis, or a grieving patient mourning the loss of a loved one.  Pharmacists are some of the most accessible professionals in your health care team, and we (I love saying “we!”) take that responsibility very seriously.

So as you can see, pharmacists are really extraordinary people, for these reasons and many more!  Maybe I’m a little biased since I am a future pharmacist and already involved in the profession, but I am a patient, too!  I know from experience that having a good relationship with your pharmacists improves the quality of your health care, and I encourage anyone who is reading this to build such a relationship.  I also encourage anyone who has a pharmacist story they want to share to comment on this blog, or you can contact me personally (monroesm@goldmail.etsu.edu).  One last encouraging word I have for all of you is to show your appreciation to your friendly neighborhood pharmacist during the last few days of this special month.  You may not think it will mean very much, but I can guarantee that you will make someone’s day!  And to all of those already in the profession (and all my fellow students/future pharmacists out there), Happy American Pharmacists Month 2013!

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Not so Wordless Wednesday – Wild Card – Wedding

The daughter of a very good friend got married last month and encouraged their guests to take pictures via their smart phones and up load them to an app called Wed Pics (THIS IS NOT AN AD!)

There were amazing pictures taken throughout, but I am biased.  I think two of mine are the besIMG_1585t overall.


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Not so wordless Wednesday: play

This is what happens when twins invade your bed and foam swords are found and grandma is too tired to resist.



These Penguins are More than Star Wars Bound

baby penguinThe Aquarium of the Pacific is announcing the birth of two Magellanic penguin chicks. The penguins hatched at the Aquarium to first-time parents Floyd and Roxy, residents of the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat. The one-month-old chicks are currently being cared for behind the scenes at the Aquarium and will be on public view when they join the other birds in the penguin habitat later this summer. In the meantime, the chicks can be seen via webcam from the Aquarium of the Pacific’s website. The Penguin Cam is courtesy of explore.org, the philanthropic multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation.

 twinsiesMagellanic penguins are a temperate species native to the coasts of Argentina and Chile in South America. It takes between 38 and 43 days of incubation before a Magellanic penguin egg will hatch. The chicks hatch with their eyes closed, and they are able to open their eyes about a week later. Magellanic penguin parents take turns incubating the eggs on the nest and feeding and raising the chicks after they hatch. The chicks fledge, or replace their downy newborn feathers with water-tight adult feathers, after about 90 days. The Aquarium’s penguin chicks are expected to fledge in August and join their parents and the other penguins on exhibit in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat.

 Starting Tuesday, July 30, 2013 / Penguin chick webcam (available at www.aquariumofpacific.org )

The chicks will be added to the June Keyes Penguin Habitat sometime in August 2013.

3D Mammogram

I was fortunate to be contacted by a PR rep for Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and tomorrow I will be heading out there to receive a 3D Mammogram.

From their website:

“At PVHMC, we are committed to bringing state-of-the-art healthcare to our communities. We are furthering that mission with the introduction of our 3D mammography services. 3D mammography is the most accurate breast cancer screening available anywhere and we are proud to offer this lifesaving technology to the women in our care.

  • We are one of the first hospitals in the region to introduce 3D mammography (aka tomosynthesis)

  • We will offer 3D mammography to every woman, every time, and we are the only hospital currently making this technology the standard of care for every mammogram we perform

  • We’ll have 3D mammograms in 3 locations – Pomona, Chino Hills & Claremont

  • No doctor referral is needed

  • Most insurance plans cover 3D mammograms

  • PVHMC offers 3D mammography for just $100 to the uninsured, so there’s no reason to put off this potentially lifesaving exam”

I am very grateful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

To follow along I will be live tweeting and face booking.  @Adriennevh , #PVHMC #3DMammo

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George Zimmerman Should Have Received Manslaughter

In MY opinion.

And as I have stated multiple times, this is MY site and MY opinion is the final opinion.  You are welcome to add YOUR opinion in the comments as long as you are respectful of me and everyone else.

That being said, let’s get on to MY opinion.


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I believe Zimmerman to be guity not of Murder (and I think that was the initial error by the prosecution), but of Mansaughter.  I don’t believe there was any malice or intent in the death of Martin.  Due to the reckless actions of Zimmerman, Martin is dead.

Zimmerman was told by the 911 dispatcher to “stop following” Martin.  Right then and there everything should have come to a stand still.  He had no right or reason to continue following Martin and it is my belief that both men could have gone their seperate ways would both be alive and well today.

I think the prosecution (very reminiscent of OJ Simpson) tried too hard and got too cocky.  Had they gone for Mansaughter in the first place and tried the case based upon Mansaughter, I think a conviction would have come through.

Their witnesses were poorly prepared and the case itself was very weak for Second Degree Murder.  George Zimmerman did not set out that night to kill anyone (we don’t think).

Who was screaming for “HELP!”?  Who knows?  Oh, Zimmerman knows, but he is obviously going to say it was him whether it was or not.  Unless of course he too goes the way of OJ Simpson and publishes a tell all book after all Double Jeopardy prevents him form ever being tried again for this crime.  One reporter, Rory something or other, said one day during the trial, “the person with a gun rarely cries for help”.  that reassonated with me.

I don’t like the verdict (nor did I like the Casey Anthony or OJ Simpson verdicts) but I respect our Judicial system and I respect the jurors for the work they have done.

What do you think?


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Knotts New Boardwalk


Under the boardwalk – out of the sun……..That’s where I wish I was today.  It is over 100 again today in sunny HUMID Southern California and here I sit in my dining room with a fan overhead and a fan pointing at my head.  And I am still sweating!


A couple of weeks ago (did I mention I suck?) I was invited to check out the new Boardwalk area of Knott’s Berry Farm.  Thankfully the day was beautiful, not too hot, although the sun was making it’s self known just as we were ready to elave at noon.

The Boardwalk has three new rides:

  • Coast Rider- The ultimate family coaster experience, Coast Rider climbs to a height of 52 feet before embarking on a harrowing journey down the 1,339 feet of track filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins.

  • Surfside Glider- Guests can pilot their own Surfside Glider from a height of 28 feet.  These two-person aircrafts zip through the air providing a bird’s eye view of the Boardwalk area as they glide over Boardwalk Bay.

  • Pacific Scrambler – A family favorite and traditional Boardwalk attraction returns offering an exhilarating spin.

I went on two of the three and am regretting one of them.  I am not a “rides” person.  I can go to an amusement park and be happy watching shows or sitting and enjoying the atmosphere and people watching.  But I was with a friend from the rink and he convinced me to try a ride or two.  I of course nixed anything “roler coaster”y but gave in on the Surfside Glider.  DUMB DUMB DUMB.  I spent the entire time screaming “I hate you Marcus” and holding on so tight to the propeller to make sure my glider barely moved while a million feet in the air (only a slight exaggeration).

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OZ Tea

From now until August 11, 2013 you can have tea Oz style.  For as little as $14-28 per person you can dine in style at The Gordon Ramsay At The London in West Hollywood.  The enchanted Oz-inspired afternoon tea series at The London West Hollywood with decor, food and menus inspired by the Disney film, “Oz The Great and Powerful.”
Guests will enjoy:
    Wicked Witch Brew Juices for MunchkinsEmerald City miniature sandwiches and canapesFlying Monkey Bite black currant and peanut butter sconesA tower of Evanora & Theodora’s Wickedly Delicious sweet treatsGlinda’s Bubbles (for adults only)A special satchel of treats from OZ (for the munchkins)
 Attendees will also be entered to win an ultimate family getaway for 4 (a fabulous overnight stay at The London West Hollywood with a daytrip to  Disneyland. The drawing is open only to guests of the tea series and the winner will be announced on August 11th.
Price: $28 for adults, $14 for children. Time: Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Please call 310.358.7788 to make your reservation.
I was treated to Tea for two last weekend (the suck is getting better) and brought my counterpart Sylvia along for the treat (well and to be the taster, because, yeah).  The scones were delicious, I have never had a peanutbutter scone before but I plan on doing so again real soon.  The sandwiches were interesting.  Sylvia enjoyed all of them, I tasted all but only really like the one with peanutbutter and banana (surprised myself!).
This is a great way to celebrate a special occasion for that certain someone in your life big or small.  

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