Five Things Friday #222 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #222

Happy Friday!

Welp, we hit 38 weeks tomorrow so baby can really come whenever. Neil and I are dealing with some news about the baby's heart that we aren't really sure how to take, which has been a little stressful. At the 36 week appointment last week, we were told that his heart looked a little enlarged and I should schedule a more detailed fetal ultrasound. I went Tuesday of this week and after a 2 hour (!) appointment was told that the right side of his heart is a little enlarged, but they aren't able to tell exactly why. Based on a variety of reasons, it's likely something that they won't know the severity of until he's born and they can monitor him. Best case scenario everything is ok and worst case he could need surgery, which is a pretty big range.

We are headed back this afternoon for another ultrasound to see if they can get a more definitive answer and if so, that will also help decide whether I should be induced or let things naturally go as long as possible for him to make his debut. Basically, there's a lot of up in the air and we are hoping that today yields some more answers. Fingers crossed!

To distract myself, I've been reading a lot and spending some time with the things on this list. I hope you enjoy!

1. Dopesick by Beth Macy

I'm planning a recap of all the addiction memoirs and books I've read once I get through them, but until then you'll probably see them pop up from week to week.

This week's book was Dopesick, written by another journalist and meaning that I loved the juxtaposition between real life stories and researched facts. It covers the introduction of Oxycontin by Purdue in 1996 and the subsequent targeting of doctors and patients in the small towns of Virginia and West Virginia. It covers the aggressive marketing campaigns, overdoses, addiction, and influx of heroin as prescribing habits started to change. 

It's a really good book and goes from the quiet beginnings to the epidemic that we are still fighting. She discusses problems with the treatment and jail systems, and does an excellent job trying to cover all sides of the story. Definitely pick this one up if you're not looking for just a first-person account of someone's journey through addiction.

2. 20/20 on Hulu

I don't know about you, but whenever I go on Netflix or Hulu without a plan, I spend considerably more time trying to find something to watch. Then I usually get frustrated and give up, watching nothing at all.

I discovered 20/20 on Hulu and have been watching a bunch of episodes when I can. So far my favorites have been the one on Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker and the one on Elizabeth Holmes of the Theranos debacle. Now that we got HBO again to watch GoT, there's another Theranos documentary there that I want to watch. Have you seen it??

2. 20/20 on Hulu

I don't know about you, but whenever I go on Netflix or Hulu without a plan, I spend considerably more time trying to find something to watch. Then I usually get frustrated and give up, watching nothing at all.

I discovered 20/20 on Hulu and have been watching a bunch of episodes when I can. So far my favorites have been the one on Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker and the one on Elizabeth Holmes of the Theranos debacle. Now that we got HBO again to watch GoT, there's another Theranos documentary there that I want to watch. Have you seen it??

3. Wrist splint

I kept putting off getting a writ splint for my pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel symptoms, but one day it was bothering me so much that I just opened the Amazon app on my phone and ordered this one immediately based on reviews. 

I only wear it at night, which does help some, but the symptoms don't really go away entirely. I also only bought one for my right hand because that's where it's the worst, but I still have some issues in my left as well. 

Overall, I think it was a good choice to get, but I still go through most of the day with a very numb and tingly hand. Fingers crossed it goes away when the baby comes!

4. Orgain protein powder

I'm sure I have shared about this on here before, but definitely not for awhile, so I wanted to bring it back because it's still a staple in my protein powder rotation.

I've tried a LOT over the years, and this Orgain powder is one that I consistently come back to. It's plant-based if that's something that you want or need and doesn't taste overly sweet like many other brands I've tried. 

A good test for me is if I like it by itself mixed with water and that's mainly how I drink it, so I'd say it's a winner. I've only had the chocolate, so I'm not sure how the vanilla weighs taste-wise, but this is a solid choice for me.

4. Orgain protein powder

I'm sure I have shared about this on here before, but definitely not for awhile, so I wanted to bring it back because it's still a staple in my protein powder rotation.

I've tried a LOT over the years, and this Orgain powder is one that I consistently come back to. It's plant-based if that's something that you want or need and doesn't taste overly sweet like many other brands I've tried. 

A good test for me is if I like it by itself mixed with water and that's mainly how I drink it, so I'd say it's a winner. I've only had the chocolate, so I'm not sure how the vanilla weighs taste-wise, but this is a solid choice for me.

5. Painting of Donut

One of my friends had his sister paint me a picture of Donut as a baby gift and I just got it in the mail this week. HOW PRECIOUS IS THIS??

I've told her that she needs to start an Etsy shop for her pet portraits, but until she does, you can connect with her on Instagram if you're looking to get one done of your pet or to give as a gift. 

I'm still deciding where to hang it, but I love it (and so does Donut).

That's all for this week friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

6 comments on “Five Things Friday #222

  1. Erin! So scary! You’ve already made it further than I did in pregnancy — as I went to the hospital at 37 weeks and 5 days hehhe. I hope everything is okay, and know that a lot of times doctors get overly worried — sending you lots of good vibes and hugs for good news. Also, Donut painting is LEGIT! Happy Friday, my friend! You’re doing amazing and will be with your little one soon! 🙂
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  2. Hi Erin! I’m so sorry to hear about your scary news! I’ve loved reading your posts for a while now and am just one week behind you with my first baby! I have the same carpal tunnel issues going on and I’ve been getting some relief from chest opening and shoulder stretches. Still no feeling in my hands but the stretches reduce the tingling a lot which makes it easier to fall asleep. I’ve been measuring about 5 weeks behind for most of my pregnancy so I know how scary it is when the Drs suddenly start ordering lots of scans and tests. Hang in there – we’re both in the home stretch!! 🙂

    1. Omg congrats!! I should try some of those stretches out too. I feel like it’s something to live with at least for the time being, which isn’t the most terrible thing. I hope everything is alright w your little babe and best wishes to you!!

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