05 January 2014


Today I learned that walking into a busy urgent care facility and telling the receptionist that you've been having sharp pain in your chest will catapult you to the top of the waiting list.

Three hours, one EKG, one "GI cocktail," and one toradol injection later, the doctors concluded that there is nothing wrong with my heart (thank heaven), and that I have costochondritis: inflammation of the junctions between the ribs and sternum. Presumably from hauling around nearly 25 pounds of squirming toddler all the time; he's been particularly insistent on being carried constantly the past few days, so that makes sense. I am to take 800mg of ibuprofen three times daily for a week or so, and to try not to pick the child up very much for a day or two.

So that was exciting. Little Bear was actually phenomenally good the whole time we were there, playing with Matt, hearing songs and stories, and giggling as he kicked a little water bottle around like a ball. Matt has been wonderful, carrying Little Bear, picking him up for me, and he's taking tomorrow off work to help me ease into the week and avoid straining the inflamed sites further before the ibuprofen has had a chance to start helping.

Getting a "perfectly normal" on the electrocardiography, after the doctor's slightly concerned frown as he explained why he wanted to have one done, was definitely the best part of my day.

Before the whole urgent-care-something-may-be-very-wrong thing, though, the best part of my day had been these:

Danskos. Free, brand-new, no-wear-anywhere Danskos, from a family friend who found them at the transfer station reuse pile. She is incredible at finding treasures there! These are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn, and they fit perfectly. And, goodness, Danskos; I don't think I've ever in my life spent more than $20 on a pair of shoes, so I certainly never expected to have anything by them! 

I know, it's winter and I live in Alaska so it'll still be snowy in May... but I can't wait to be able to wear them!

Since I'm being frivolous now anyway, and it's been a while since I've linked up, how about a What I Wore Sunday outfit?

Grey short-sleeved sweater: thrifted
Black polkadotted pencil skirt: thrifted
Black Mary Jane wedges: hand-me-downs
Black wool jacket: gift from my mom

(Photo taken at noon. That's as high as the sun got today.)

Doesn't my outfit just scream "January in Frigid Alaska"? No? We keep hearing about horrible winter weather and bitter cold from friends down south (Minnesota, Indiana, etc), and have been trying not to rub it in too badly, but... it's nice and warm here. 20 degrees above zero, no wind, no ice, occasional light snow falling... We will get our fair share of cold eventually, I'm sure, but we are sure enjoying the overall mild weather we've gotten so far this winter!


  1. Pretty picture of you! So gladd to hear there's nothing wrong with your heart

  2. I have costochondritis, too! I am thrilled to have a disorder in which actually tell you NOT to exercise! Hope yours goes away soon. Now mine only hurts if I press on the area.
    (And I am one of the lucky people in Indiana who had weather colder than yours this past week. )