March 22, 2010

Ashers weekend

Asher spent a lot of time at my house the last four days. I always love having him here, of course i don't get anything done, but after almost loosing him a few months ago you realize that the little things can wait.
Here is a photo recap of my weekend with Asher:
open cabinet

climb into cabinet

empty cabinet...
wait for grandma to put it all back...and repeat

change slobbery shirt...approx. 10 times a day

Antibiotic treatment thru IV
After Asher went home last night, my daughter called and told me that he managed to pull the needle out of his port, she had to call the home health nurse to come and put a new one in. Thank god he'll be done with his antibiotics tomorrow. He's starting to really dislike getting hooked up to the IV.
Don't blame him one bit!

February 26, 2010

Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands

I received an email yesterday from a stranger that was trying to inform us about different treatment options for Asher. While i was reading the letter I realized how common his story is. To better understand what i'm talking about i'm copying a part of this email:

Madame or Sir:

I had a low grade extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma (“EMC”) in my thoracic vertebrae removed in July 2008. My radiation oncologist in Dallas told me that these tumors were very resistant to regular photon radiation and said he couldn’t help me. However, after doing my own research, I found out about great things they are doing with proton radiation. With proton radiation, the doctors can use a significantly higher dose to the target area and, thus, kill more of the cancer. I went to MD Anderson in Houston for a second opinion, expecting them to suggest proton radiation. MD Anderson, however, had no experience treating EMC with proton radiation and did not suggest it.

Another source referred me to Massachusetts General Hospital (“MGH”) in Boston. MGH has many years of experience treating all types of soft tissue chondrosarcomas in the brain and spine – especially in children. I underwent proton radiation at MGH from March 2009 through May 2009 and am cancer free to date. If your doctors have already told you about proton radiation, I apologize for repeating it.
The person also submitted his doctors info (which i will not disclose here), gave me their phone number in case i had more questions and wanted to talk to him/her.
Why am I copying this? I want you to understand that if YOU or anyone you know ever gets diagnosed with a disease such as cancer, please don't just sit back and listen what you are being told. Do your research, get a 2nd opinion, take matters into your own hands. The email mirrors many many stories that i've heard from patients undergoing proton therapy right now. Most (probably 75%) were never told by their doctor that proton therapy was an option, they found out thru friends, their own research or from strangers.
The email also reminded me what an awesome doctor Asher has. His oncologist immediately told us of the option to do Proton Therapy, we've always completely trusted her (still do), she is honest, she doesn't sugar coat anything, she is informed and she has the best interest of Asher in mind.We are so grateful to have Dr. McKnall. Healthcare is a business, and more than once I've been told that some doctors (fortunately not ours) just want to keep the business in their area or just because they are not informed or don't think some type of treatment could help, they don't bother to inform you of the option. You have the right to hear ALL options...that's all.

January 27, 2010

Be back soon

My grandson has been in Indiana for the last two weeks. I will be travelling there this saturday to stay with them for a week. I'll be back with more deals/ads when i return.

January 18, 2010

General Mills-committed to reduce sugar


We eat a LOT of cereal in our house. It's our main breakfast choice because well it's quick and easy and the kids love it. General Mills provided me with coupons for free products, information, and gift pack through MyBlogSpark and my kids picked Trix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs and Lucky Charms. Needless to say the cereal didn't last long around here! I always felt a little guilty that they ate cereal on most days for breakfast but with the reduced sugar and knowing it provides whole grain to their diet, i can now watch them eat it without the guilt. Thanks General Mills!

General Mills announced a commitment to further reduce sugar in cereals advertised to kids under 12 to single digit grams of sugar per serving. The company has already been reducing sugar in cereals while increasing key nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, and providing whole grain.

Did you know that ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters? Cereals also deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children´s diets.

Other cereal benefits:

Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children´s diets.

Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child´s diet today.

More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.

Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office.

For more information about kids and cereals, please visit Cereal Health and Wellness.

Right now if you visit here you will find a $1 off coupon for one of four General Mills cereals.

January 16, 2010

Walgreens 2/7 Ad

$2 RR WYB (1) Super Poligrip Original .75 oz. - $2.00

Super Poligrip $1 (2/14/10) V 1/3/10

$3 RR WYB (1) Schick
Schick Quattro Midnight - $8.99
Schick Quattro Razor Cart 4ct - $8.99
Schick Quattro Titanium Razor - $8.99
Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer Rzr - $8.99
Schick Quattro Titanium Cart 4ct - $8.99
Rebate on Quattro Men Titanium Razors

$3 RR WYB 2 or More Participating Kotex Products - 2/$6.00
Security Tampon Super Plus 18ct
Maxi Pads Super Long 22ct
Overnite Maxi Pads 14ct
Ultra Thin Maxi 22ct
L/Day P/Liner Unscented 64ct
Sec Tamp Sup 18ct
Overnight Maxi w/Wings 14ct
L/Day Pantiliner Unscented Long 48ct

$5 RR WYB $15 or More of Participating John Frieda or Frizz Ease Products
F/Ease Serum Orig, Extra Strength or Overnight 1.69 oz. - 2/$15.00
J/Frieda Root Awakening Shampoos & Conditioners - 3/$15.00
J/Frieda Lux Volume Shampoos & Conditioners - 3/$15.00
F/Ease Smooth Hydrating, Repair Shampoos & Conditioners - 3/$15.00
Sheer Blonde Shampoos & Conditioners - 2/$15.00

$4 RR WYB 1 Cryostat Hemorrhoid Relief 6ct. - $5.99

$3 RR WYB Any 1 Huggies, GoodNites or Pull Ups - $8.99
(This deal may change as the AD comes closer, the last couple of times it did
change so be wary of this particular deal as being set in concrete for 2 more weeks.)
GoodNites $1.50 (2/27/10) SS 1/17/10
Huggies Pull Ups $2 (2/13/10) SS 1/17/10

$3 RR WYB 2 or More Participating Products
Tylenol 40 - 50ct - $4.99
BenGay - $4.99
Massage 3 oz.
Pain Relieving Patch Ultra 5ct
Pain Relieving Patch Ultra 4ct
BenGay Ultra Cream 4 oz.

$1 RR WYB 2 or More Vanity Fair Napkin 100ct - 2/$4.00

$2 RR WYB $10 of Participating Cascade, Swiffer, Febreeze or Mr. Clean Products
Mr Clean Summer Citrus 28 oz. - 2/$5.00
Mr Clean Magic Eraser X Power 2ct - 2/$5.00
Swiffer Refill 16ct - $3.99
Swiffer Scented Wet Cloths 12ct - $3.99
Swiffer Refil Wet Cloths 12ct - $3.99
Swiffer Wet Jet Pad Refill 12ct - $5.99
Swiffer Wet Jet Starter Kit - $19.99
Swiffer Starter Kit - $9.99
Swiffer WetJet 42.2 oz. - $3.99
Febreeze Air Effects Linen - 2/$5.00
50¢ any Febreeze air effects (2/28/10) PG 1/17/10
Cascade Gel Lemon - $3.99
Cascade Action Pack - $3.99
Cascade Citrus Action Pack - $3.99
Cascade Regular Powder 60 oz. - $3.99
Cascade, any size .50 (1/31/10) P & G 12/27/09

$5 RR WYB $15 or More Of Participating Nivea Products
Nivea Mens Body Wash 16.9 oz. Assorted - $3.99 ~ $4.79
Nivea Lotion X/Enrich 13.5 oz. - $5.99
Nivea Soft Moist Creme Tube 2.6 oz. - $2.63
Nivea My Body Silouhette Lotion 7 oz. - $12.79
Goodbye Cellulite Gel 6.7 oz. - $15.99
Skin Firming Lotion w/Q10 13.5 oz. - $8.63
Lip Gloss .35 oz. Assorted Flavors - $3.19

$10 RR WYB $25 or More Of Participating Aveeno Skin Care Products (Excludes Baby & Sun Care)
1 Week Ad 2/07 20% off Regular Price
Full Line Of Aveeno Lotion
Aveeno Skin Care
Aveeno Active Naturals Body or Baby Care Product, any except trial sizes and cleansing bars $2 (2-10-10) SS 1/10/10
Aveeno Active Naturals Facial Care Product, any except trial sizes and cleansing bars $2 (2-10-10) SS 1/10/10
Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish+ Hair Care Product, any except Trial sizes $2.50 (2-10-10) SS 1/10/10
$2 Printable

$1 RR WYB 1 or More Participating Starbucks Items - $4.99
Starbucks Frap Mocha 9.5 oz 4pk
Starbucks Frap Vanilla 9.5 oz. 4pk
Starbucks Frap Coffee Drink 9.5 oz. 4pk
Starbucks Frap D/Choc Mocha 9.5 oz. 4pk

$2 RR WYB 4 or More Participating Coca-Cola 12 packs - 4/$13.00
All Coke Brand 12 Packs, Some restrictions may apply which cannot be seen at this point
///// The last couple of Coke RR Ads had a requirement that needed to be met in order to trigger the Register Reward. If this is in fact the way it will work then (1) of the following products will need to be included as one of the (4) in order to trigger the reward.
Coca Cola Zero Fridgepack, Dr Pepper Fridgepack, Coke Diet C/Free Fridgepack, Sprite Zero Fridgepack./////

**Monthly Deal ** Price for this week only
$4 RR wyb (1) Gillette Fusion or Venus Razor $8.99
Fusion MVP; Power, Manual Razor
Venus; Breeze, Divine, Embrace Razor

**Monthly Deal ** Price for this week only
$1.50 RR wyb (1) or more Old Spice, Secret or Gillette anti-perspirant/deodorant
Old Spice Red Zone Body Spray Aqua 4 oz. - $3.99
O/Spice R/ZN E/Clr I/S Sport 2.6 oz.
O/Spice R/ZN E/Clr I/S Swagger 2.6 oz.
O/S Red Zone E/Clr I/S After Hours 2.6 oz.
Gillette 3X A/P C/Gel Wild Rain 4 oz.
Gil 3X A/P C/Gel Cool Wave 4 oz.
Gillette Clr Shld Inv Sld Cool Wave 2.6 oz.
Secret S/Effect Solid Silk Botanical 2.6 oz.
Line Of Secret Flawless I/S 2.6 oz.
Line Of Secret Crystal Clear 2.7 oz.
50¢ any Secret Flawless (exp 3/31/10) PG 1/17/10

**Monthly Deal ** Price for this week only
$3 RR WYB 2 Children's Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Sudafed or Immodium products
Childrens Tylenol Products 4 oz. Assorted - $4.99
Childrens Motrin 4 oz. Susp. Asstd Flavors - $3.49
Benadryl Childrens Allergy Products Asstd. Products - $4.99
Sudafed Childrens Products 4 oz. - $4.99
Childrens Immodium - $

**Monthly Deal ** Price for this week only
$5 RR WYB 2 or more Triaminic or Theraflu products
Theraflu Variety 6pk or 8.3 oz. 2/$10.00
Triaminc Variety 14ct - 4 oz. 2/$10.00

Regular Sale
Dove Men's Body Wash 13.5 oz. Assorted - $5.99
40% Off Full Line Of Maybelline Cosmetics
BOGO Line Of Rimmel Lip & Eye Cosmetics
Line of Covergirl Cosmetics Buy One Get One 50% Off
$1 any CoverGirl product (2/28/10) P&G 1/17/10
Entire Line of Neutragena Skin Care Products Buy One Get One 50% Off
Entire Line of Biotene Oral Care Buy One Get One 50% Off
Entire Line Of Nature's Bounty Vitamins & Supplements BOGO
The Following Post Cereals Are Advertised - $1.99
Honey Bunches of Oats
Fruity Pebbles
Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted
Shredded Wheat Spoon Size
Q Captain Crunch
Cocoa Pebbles
Cadbury 2 Liter Pop - 2/$3.00
Hawaiian Punch
A&W Rootbeer
Canada Dry NRB Ginger Ale
Eggs Dozen (Regional Brand) - $0.99
Banquet Brown n Serve Sausage 7 oz. - $0.99
Bays English Muffins 2 oz. 4pk - $0.99
JIF Peanut Butter Creamy - 2/$4.00
Smuckers Jelly Strawberry/Grape Inverted - 2/$4.00
Progresso Soups Variety - 4/$5.00
Gold Seal Line Of Vitamins & Supplements BOGO
Walgreens A-Z Line of Vitamins BOGO (A-Z Line Only, This is the line that is merchandised next to the Centrum Line of Products)
Nabisco Cookie/Crackers 4 - 8 oz. - $0.99
Chips Ahoy!
Ritz Crackers
Oreo Double Stuff
Fig Newtons
Nutter Butter
Lorna Doone
Premium Saltines
Nilla Wafers
Wheat Thins

Walgreens IVC
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese 7.25 oz. - $0.69
(V) Wrapped Pencil W/Eraser Topper 5/$1.00
Encore Gourmet Spices Variety - 2/$1.00
Ozarka Water 24pk - $3.99
Walgreens (Version Varies) Spring Water 24pk - $3.99
Halls Cough Drops Variety 25 - 30ct - $0.99
(W) Hydrogen Peroxide 3% 16 oz. - 2/$1.00
Suavitel Fabric Softner BOGO - 2/$2.79
Ajax Dish Liq Assrtd - $0.79

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