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My Attempt at Authenticity Online

Over the years I (Lisa) have struggled with social media and comparisons to what I see posted online.  I know I'm not the only one who has spent time on Facebook and then whines to my husband, "Why don't we ever do XYZ..." Spending time on social can bring out that green eyed monster and make yourself pretty miserable.   I have to say the worst was when a friend told me she'd been feeling down about her life based on what I was posting.  Everything looked so happy and upbeat all the time.  Ugh.  Never in a million years would I want to make someone else feel like I felt sometimes.  The quiet truth is - when things aren't going well or I'm upset with something, I don't post.  Or, I try to post something happy to make myself feel better rather than share the truth.  Believe it or not, life isn't always a pitcher of Friday Night Margaritas! So, in the interest of showing my authentic self on social I posted a picture of my messy upstairs hall clos

10 Tips To Prepare for a MRI

After having severe pain in my left hip, my orthopedic doctor suspected a torn labrum and ordered an MRI with contrast for the hip joint. Going into the MRI I (Lisa) wasn’t sure what scared me more, the injection of the contrast into my hip joint or the actual MRI experience.  When I scheduled the test, the nurse asked me if I was claustrophobic. I nervously laughed and said, "Not sure, I guess we'll find out!" I was silently freaking out about having an MRI, which you know is bad ‘cause I rarely do anything silently! Overall, the experience wasn’t horrible. The needle in my hip did hurt and the contrast dye burned as it went in and for a while afterwards. But, the anxiety of not knowing what to expect was the worst part of the MRI for me.  I wish I’d read some realistic tips of what to expect rather than the well meaning horror stories I encountered on social media and the web.  To be helpful, I’d thought I’d share my experience with you by offering a few realisti