March 20, 2013

Mod Podge Tray

Mod Podge Tray:

  • Mod Podge
  • Xacto Knife
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood tray
  • Acrylic sealer (optional)
I bought the wood tray from Hobby Lobby for around $1.50. They have different sizes and shapes for a good price! The one I used is approximately 8.5 x 6.5 inches. 

I had spent a fortune in buying trays before I could realize I could do it myself and save a bunch!

March 12, 2013

More Mod Podge Crafts

An art supplies holder for my daughter as well as some binoculars.

Art supplies holder is made of cardboard, scrapbook paper, super glue, and toilet paper rolls.

Binoculars are made with toilet paper rolls, mod podge, scrapbook paper, white glue, and ribbon.

March 9, 2013

Mirena Misery - Part One

I got the Mirena inserted in April 2011 and it has been nothing but hell since then.

Part One: The Insertion

I have been pregnant three times, but only gave birth once. I was 20 when my daughter was born and I was advised to get on birth control as soon as possible. The doctor I was seeing at the time mentioned the Mirena, but never pushed it on me. The Mirena was still relatively new and I was uncomfortable with the thought of having something stuck in my body. I went through several different contraceptive pills but could not deal with the side effects (The "pregnant feeling" - nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, stomach aches, etc). I gave up on prescription birth control.

A few years went by and during this time I had switched doctors (the original doctor I was seeing was a resident at the time at a low income clinic and had graduated and moved on), and was actually trying to have another baby, but for some reason I could not get pregnant. I was a stay at home mom/wife (I am now divorced) and I felt like I should go back to college and get a career instead of trying to have another baby. I went to my doctor to see if I could get on birth control because I did not want to be pregnant while in school.

I had forgotten what it was like to be on birth control pills and jumped right into taking Yaz. It was awful! At my follow up appointment, the doctor pushed me to get the Mirena. She told me how wonderful it was, that there were no side effects, that I could keep it in for 5 years, and how easy it was to put in and maintain. In addition, all four of my friends, including my sister, had gotten the Mirena. I decided to give it a try and my doctor referred me to "the best gynecologist" she knew in my town.

I was taking evening classes at my local university that began at 6:30 p.m. I made my appointment to get the Mirena inserted around 2 or 3 p.m. to make sure I had enough time to "recover" before classes. The doctor was one of the better know gynecologists in my town, so that helped me feel more confident about getting the Mirena. However, once I walked into the office, it all changed.

The office was a small suite in a small medical building. The waiting room had four chairs and there were only two exam rooms. The staff were all elderly women, and the doctor was a small, elderly man. It made me very uncomfortable, but I kept telling myself that it was good that they were all elderly because that meant that they were wise and experienced.

After getting prepped, the doctor brought out all the equipment and explained what he was going to do during the procedure. He let me feel the strings which felt like thick fishing line. I expressed some concern but he assured me that when the strings get moist they become soft and more flexible and would curl up  around my cervix. The doctor then proceeded to tell me that I would feel a pinch when he opens my cervix and that I would feel some slight cramping during the insertion and for a few minutes after.

The "pinch" felt more like a stab and the insertion was extremely painful! The whole procedure lasted only a few minutes. I was sweating and dizzy from the pain. The doctor told me the pain would go away in a minute and proceeded to get up and walk out of the room. I couldn't do anything but lay on the table. A few minutes went by and the nurse came back in the room. She looked shocked that I wasn't up and dressed yet. I told her how much pain I was in and she told me she would tell the doctor. The nurse got me up and helped me put my clothes on. She left and the doctor came back in. He kept telling me that the pain would go away, that the Mirena was inserted correctly, and that I should take some Motrin when I got home. He was very unsympathetic and talked to me like he thought I was overreacting. He left again and I stayed in the room for about ten minutes until the nurse came back in and told me I needed to leave because they needed the room.

I had a hellish walk from the office to my car! It was over a hundred degrees outside, I could barely walk, and my car was quite a ways from the door. Once I got to my car, I just sat there. I wanted to call someone to come pick me up because I didn't think I could drive, but there was no one available. All in all, it was an hour from the beginning of the procedure to my leaving the parking lot.

Once I got home, I took some Motrin. The pain lessened, but was still there. I didn't make it to my class. It was the first time I had missed a day of class...

Coming next - Part Two: The Beginning