Change of Season


sprouts sprouting

(This is a post I wrote over a year ago, in April of 2013. The information is still relevant)

Hello my dear Reader!

I’m sorry for the silence. I went back to Mayo Clinic… and there have been some changes. There were a lot of funny moments, most of which led up to the discovery that I have hyperadrenergic POTS

Which could be a good thing, because I looked in the mirror the other day and noticed a vague resemblance to a Teddy Graham.

teddy grahamWell isn’t that just disgustingly adorable.

I could just eat you up.

But I can’t. Because there is gluten inside of you.

I actually had something really hilarious happen when getting my MRI. They gave me something horrible to drink with lots of glucose in it, and just as they tell me to hold my breath and hold still to take the picture I got the hiccups!!

Getting-rid-of-hiccups arthur


Lets just say it wasn’t the most opportune timing.

This was about a month ago now, but I’ve been quiet since it’s been a lot to handle. A bunch of my medicines got changed. Well, actually all but two. Plus I’m now supposed to exercise 40 minutes of cardio using my legs and then work on my core and upper body. I could manage that. What drove me nuts was the fact that my pillow had to be up 6 inches and I had to go gluten free for a month.

the scream painting


Yeah. “The Scream” by Edvard Much has nothing on my horror. Just to clarify, I like to bake. A great deal. I enjoy making dinners, but confectionary delights are my joy. And wheat is a crucial part of that airy, crumbly, delicious process.

Oh, I tried. Don’t get me wrong. I tried. I bought all the right gluten free flours from Bob’s Red Mill. I ate spaghetti squash when the cravings got bad. I even tried to bake. A few of Pie’s descriptions for my baked goods were:
“This tastes like Hobbit feet”


“What are you feeding me?! A 100 year old potato that’s still in the ground??”

Needless to say, she was not impressed. You have to be on a pretty intense learning curve and the mistakes are… inedible. For those of you who have sadistic doctors, this is a list of websites my gluten free friends gave me. (if soy isn’t an issue, you can sub sorghum for soy since it’s easier to find) (glutenfreegoddess is a great blog, so many different options and they’re usually delish) (this one, if I remember right came out rather well, def the best of my cookie tries at normal cookie consistency) (quinoa blog with awesome recipes) (this is a good website if you’re gluten free, because celiacs can’t fudge or they’re in serious trouble, so it’s a good site to keep on track) (I think these came out the best of all my cookies, except maybe the pumpkin ones but how can you beat pumpkin?)
My favorite bread mix was by Pamela. It’s a brand thats pretty common, you should be able to find it at Trader Joes, Sprouts, or some other natural food store. Don’t do Bob’s Red Mill mix. That’s what prompted the 100 year old potato remark. Also, buy rice or almond crackers. I had no idea how frequently I reached for crackers until my entire pantry was off limits. The only flour I ended up liking was ground almond flour. It’s sweet and nutty without being overwhelming. Also, it manages to cut some of the acidic taste in the other flours. Stay away from pure coconut flour unless combined with something else. It makes the mixture SUPER chalky and grainy. Granted, I may have just been using it wrong. Anyways, if you have to go on this for any reason, good luck and God bless you. This was my own personal 9th level of hell. I was cranky and lethargic ALL MONTH LONG. So, whoever says that going gluten free makes you energetic and lose weight is someone I hope I never meet. They made me angry.
cute angry kid
Granted, the whole having to sleep with my head up super high might have contributed to the sleepiness. Nah. I’ll just blame the lack of gluten.
awkwardly sleeping cat
I think the whole thing would have been easier if I hadn’t just started eating things I liked again. Milk, chocolate, fiber, anything besides rice had been gone for a few months. I don’t know. Sometimes it just seems in POTS that as soon as something heals up it has to go berserk again. Pie once described POTS as “A day on repeat that got lost in translation” and it’s pretty true. It’s hard wanting to know the meaning about why you don’t feel well that day. It’s also hard knowing that just because you’re tired today doesn’t mean you’ll feel better tomorrow. Even if you sleep well, take all of your meds, and don’t pull the cats tail. There’s no such thing as karma in a POTS life.
So who else is diagnosed with not only POTS, but a super-special rare kind of POTS? If so, tell me about it! Honestly, my version explains some things, like the anxiety that happens when my adrenaline just leaks all over the place for no good reason. I’d love to hear from other exotically diagnosed individuals, but until then,
Be well!

Guess Who’s Back?

My dear Friends! I hope you have not forgotten about little ol’ Pie because I most certainly have not forgotten about you! I have been MIA for a good hunk of time and that needs to change! This last year was my freshman year of college so now I return to you are a wise, mature, worldly, blah, blah, blah, blah, just kidding XD I am still me! I just have one year’s worth of new experiences to add to my list. It is summer time and I was randomly thinking about Teddy and my blog and it hit me that I hadn’t checked up on you all in quite some time! I was wondering if you have any questions in particular? Do you have any POTS related questions? Or college? Or love? Or staying positive? Or exercise related questions? ANYTHING you need some advice on! I don’t care if it is about what shirt to wear today or what movie to see. Teddy and I love helping out (Granted, I am not sure how helpful it is if I help pick out a movie for you….but I am more than willing!). We want this blog to relate and pertain to your life! We want to be able to help you in any way we can. We live with POTS and have individually lived with many different stages of this illness and we want to help you in whatever stage you are at 🙂 We send our love and keep us posted on what you want to see in the future!

Much love,


Daily Distraction: Welcome to Night Vale

My dear readers, 

this is perhaps, long overdue. As I was lying in bed this afternoon, too tired to read, talk, or do homework, I needed a distraction. This will not be a long post, as typing is a little laborious. I am predominately well, and Pie is extraordinarily well. She is thriving at her college, and misses blogging. She is living, and living abundantly. As I hope for all of you. I have many more good days than bad, but as you know, getting well doesn’t mean you don’t have bad days, just fewer of them. 

Welcome to Night Vale is a fictional radio show that is distributed as a free podcast on iTunes. It’s set in a little town in the South West where all fantasy, science fiction, and conspiracy theories are possible. It’s a little morbid, tongue in cheek, and soaked in the macabre. Above all, it’s whimsical and very restful. And the fandom is pretty exciting. I’m on the 10th episode and still enjoying it. If you need to be a little more intrigued, read this post and admire the pretty pictures:

“A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep…” Welcome To Night Vale, Episode One

The main reason I like it, is that it fits lying down in a dark room with a cup of tea, ever so perfectly. It’s distracting, his voice is melodious, and the music at the end of each podcast is a fun mixed bag. Plus, it’s witty and you don’t feel pandered to in your weakened state. So, go on iTunes and download them. I think you’ll find it enjoyable. Do you have any podcasts or distractions to recommend a tired Misses POTS? 

Be Well,


Fashion Gurus

Style the missespots

Hello my fashionable friends! Pie here! I thought it would be a splendid idea to share with you one of the things that has been making me a happy pie! A couple months ago I discovered fashion gurus on youtube. What is a fashion guru? I didn’t know either! Basically it is when someone dedicates their youtube account solely to fashion, makeup,tutorials, and such. Their videos range from make-up tutorials to do it yourself tutorials to fashion hauls. Fashion hauls are my favorite because I am not obsessed with makeup at this point in my life. This might change but for now I am really enjoying the jewelry and clothing. As you may or may not know…I make jewelry! I love seeing different types of jewelry without having to go to the mall. And like a lot of girls I like cute clothes. It is nice knowing what stores have what and learning about the latest fashion trends. I wanted to share with you my newest findings.

I only know a few people with POTS but collectively we all find that we need some sort of distraction to numb our brains. Things like video games, the interweb and television. I watch these videos when I am taking a break. Shall we start??


First! Michelle Phan

here is your linkage! She is one of the most well known of the fashion gurus I am going to introduce you to. Her knowledge of makeup and style is amazing. On her channel she shows her viewers how to achieve impressive costume makeup and also so many cute little beauty tricks and tips. She even has music videos!  Out of all of the people I am showing you today Michelle knows the most about beauty.  I totally recommend her! She even has the right voice. For me personally I can’t listen to youtubers that have irritating voices! They drive me crazy…as mean as that sounds. Michelle’s voice is calm, cool, and collected. She makes makeup seem easy and fun. It is her canvas! I love it! Here is a little video to get started!


Second! ARose186!

Arden is completely hilarious! She is a spunky, stylish, wacky high schooler who loves fashion. Her blog includes everything! Thrifting, make-up tutorials, favorite products, clothing hauls (Which is just showing their newest clothing finds), DIY’s, outfit of the days, and much much more! I will admit sometimes I don’t know how she can pull of the crazy clothes she buys! But she manages!  She will make you laugh! I love her energy! She has hundreds of videos! Her channel gives you the opportunity to pick and chose what fits your taste. Here is a little introductory video! Who else could better explain Arden than..Arden?


Third! Clothesencounters

Jen’s style is extremely unique! She is one cool cat. A lot of her wardrobe consists of thrift store outfits and she rocks them. She and ARose186 both love THRIFTING and are very successful in their findings. She understands how to make old clothes stylish and work for you.  I don’t know how to explain this but Jen is the kind of girl you want as a friend. She has this easiness about her personality and an inspiring outlook on life. She is fashion forward and like the other two ladies she also has GREAT VIDEOS!  Here is a little push to get you started


Fourth! Michele1218

Michele is the person who got me hooked on beauty videos! She is not to be mistaken for Michelle Phan (different person) I will admit I can’t relate as much to this Michele because a lot of her clothes are for the working woman. And me, being a high schooler who babysits….can’t relate. Doesn’t mean you won’t! I still really enjoy her site! She has the largest makeup collection I have ever seen….come to think of it she has a lot of large collections! My favorite parts about her channel are her jewelry and her clothing hauls. She is adorable! The things she buys on  are a little bit more on the pricey side. It is still really fun to watch! Surprise surprise here is a jewelry video by Ms. Michele herself!


Fifth! EssieButton

Essie is funny 🙂 I like her so much. She is adorable! She is constantly acting like she doesn’t know what she is doing filming beauty videos but she is so good at it! I feel like I am talking to a friend while watching her videos. I just discovered her the other day. Her awkward nature is endearing. She lives in the UK but is from Canada. So she says aboot like a good Canadian! And also probably says sorry as sohrry (My friend asked me if I was canadian because of how I say sorry) Here is the first video I ever watched by Essie! Enjoy!


I give you five new friends! To help you on your journey of fashion! I totally understand if you don’t get hooked on each one, I just hope that at least one will fit your style. Do not feel too overwhelmed with all of this linkage, that is why I stuck to only five links. Five completely different woman who make fashion even more fun! It is like having our very own team of project runway designers at our fingertips! YAY! You can still do things in your life to make yourself feel beautiful! I know some days it is hard to even leave the house. I wear P.J.s 90% of the time. Teddy lately has been prancing around in all sorts of adorable outfits, hairstyles, and makeups. It is really fun looking nice for school or an outing! A cute outfit or hairstyle will make you feel better! You might even get a boost of energy alongside a boost of confidence! Just because we have an invisible syndrome it doesn’t mean we have to feel invisible or unattractive. In actuality we look pretty normal so….we can still look supermegafoxyawesomehot even if we feel like CRAP! Take that world! Here we come. If you can’t take that step yet, order an adorable pair of pajamas and rock them around the house. The other day I found a pair of pajamas that were….wait for it….pink and covered in cats! I know how cool am I? They are awesome! I am a big fan of them! It’s all good when you are wearing a bucket load of cats on your pants. What could be better? Nutthing that’s what!

Thanks for reading my dear reader! You make Teddy and I so happy! It is the best feeling in the world to come home to a new comment or follower! Thanks for adding sunshine into our lives! Good luck tomorrow! Mondays can be hard! Have an amazing week 🙂

Lots of Love

Pie                       P.S. This is one of my own drawings/ paintings down below! I thought it fit the theme of this blog 🙂

Summer Vogue by NPB

There’s nothing to do here…


“There’s nothing to do here,

some just whine and complain

in bed in the hospital

coming and going

asleep and awake

in bed at the hospital

tell me the story

of how you ended up here

I’ve heard it all in the hospital…” -Hospital Beds by Cold War Kids

This be Teddy.

Dude. Doctors Offices suck. Don’t get me wrong, I love the hospital. Going on rounds with my dad (Dr. Papa) is one of my favorite things to do. He explains all the syndromes and what not in layman terms and the nurses have the best sense of humor. I saw two in a fight one time (not unusual) and finally one snapped, “Oh go wipe some butt!” and that’s what she went off (presumably) to do. No nonsense. There was also an extensive debate in which case my dad was called over to hear the case about a nurse who had taken one jelly donut more than her allotment. Heaven forbid!


But doctors offices are an entirely different kettle of fish. The walls are white, they’re filled with the elderly and dying (not that we feel any better, but they often look like they’re dying of TB…), and the fluorescent lights are murder on our autonomic nervous systems. The only medical place that’s worse is the testing lab. At testing centers the nurses are CRAZY! At least in my experience. You may have had a nice, sane nurse draw your blood at a testing lab. Normal flobotomists are kind, it’s the testing centers that make them go psychotic. I almost growled at my last one, she refused to go near a cellphone. Inwardly, I said, “There are people surviving apartheids and genocides world wide. I think you can handle an electronic device.” But I refrained. And it had nothing to do with the needle she was holding above my arm. Obviously.

Excuse my rant. That little encounter was what inspired me to write this post actually. It just reinforced my slight distaste for waiting rooms of all kinds. Which led to the next question, how do we make them better?


My research led me online. Surely there must be clever anecdote there. But it was soon clear to me that these people had never spent extensive time in a waiting room. Or in any sort of public place for that matter. Ideas ranged from stealing some poor old elderly person’s wheelchair and zooming about to pretending to have multiple personality disorder. Erm, I dunno about you guys, but I’ll pass. So I suppose my suggestions will go about the more practical lines.

1. Bring water, a jacket, and a bag. The offices are often freakishly cold.


2. Bring some clementines, trailmix, or something else that’s sweet and filling. Depending on how much blood the nurse draws, you may get a wee bit dizzy. Protein and sugar generally help.

3. Ipod, Zune, or whatever you kids use to listen to these days. Oldies and Bluegrass are not my thing and nurses seem to have an affinity for them. Wear earbuds, not headphones. That way you can unplug one ear and listen for the nurse to call your name. Nothing is more embarrassing than having a nurse say, “Teddy? ….Teddy?……UM EXCUSE ME IS THERE A MISS TEDDY HERE?”


4. Now for the fun stuff : ) Bring something that delights your spirit. 9 times out of 10 you won’t know anyone there so you needn’t impress them with your lofty choice of literature. I like Meg Cabot books, especially ones that have pink hearts all over them. I’m not super girly, but romance novels are a weakness.

Also, the gameboy. Pie and I should do a post about Nintendo DS games, they’re very useful for waiting rooms. I personally like Pokemon. Soul Silver and Heart of Gold are phenomenal remakes that make me kind of nostalgic for the original Pokemon games. Dagnabit, this post is really letting my dorkiness out of the bag.


5. This goes along with the last one, but it really is my favorite new thing. My iphone5. It’s glorious. Useful beyond measure. Delicate, yet packed with useful items. So at this point, I just bring it and a pair of headphones. I know I just recommended ear buds, but every time I buy them they die within two months. So I’ve just decided to stick with my trusty old bomber headphones. They’re candy apple red, and have somehow lasted me 2 1/2 years. Best 40 dollars of my life. If you have earbuds that don’t somehow spontaneously combust, have at them.

What everyone has been raving about for years, are smartphone apps. So I am clearly not exactly on the cutting edge here. But, since I’ve only been rejoicing for a few grand months, these are my favorites thus far.

A. Facebook: needs no explanation


B. Pandora: lets you listen to your custom stations for free while using other applications. I listen to my account probably more often then I listen to my jam-packed iTunes library.

C. Kindle: Yes, it’s a tiny screen. But the font isn’t that difficult to read and it downloads books honestly faster than my actual kindle does. Plus you can disguise those embarrassing romance novels.


D. My Ancient Greek app: I’ve been lugging about my textbook for months now, and I feel so guilty every time I don’t read it. My Greek class is the highlight of my university curriculum, and I miss it dearly. Unfortunately, as with any language, it’s easy to forget. Especially dead languages since you don’t speak them. Ever really. This app is cool, because it’s rather like being quizzed with multiple choice flashcards. It has about ten vocabulary words per level that it cycles through in different formats. It has 110 levels!!!! I think I’m on level 5… just to give you an idea. Anyways, I’m not saying you should all learn ancient Greek, but it’s really nice to reassure yourself that your brain hasn’t completely gone to mush with some sort of stimulus.

buffy the vampire slayer

E. Netflix: I can stream a movie or two a month on my allotted gigabyte usage and there are some days where you just need a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode.

Ok, I’m majorly out of inspiration. In the end, waiting rooms are the epitome of uninteresting. So, basically, how do you make your waiting count? Because if I have to play another game of I Spy with Pie I might growl at a little old lady. Yeah, you heard me. I hope you don’t have any appointments today and feel energetic and joyful!

Be well,



Good Day!

zombie stop sign

Good day, dear Readers!

I have to cease making internet promises, I simply do not keep them. Today I woke up with smile on my face and going about whistling so I thought I’d say hello. The past few weeks have been a bit of a struggle. I’ve been going back and forth to the Mayo Clinic again to check up on my POTS as well as my poor belly. I had another tilt table test!  I was exceedingly tetchy about it. I also had to fast all day which turns me…. rather grumpy.

grumpy bear from carebears

They put me on two weeks of a new drug, which could reset my stomach. Unfortunately it so far has just given me days of pain. But, I’ve had some lovely diversions which I would like to share with you.

First of all, while I am a little bit of a slowpoke when it comes to internet technologies. I made a pinterest a few months ago, and have enjoyed it immensely. Initially, I thought it was some sort of website for hopeless romantics to look at bridal pictures. But after Pie got one, I kept sneaking on hers until I got one of my own. So, if you would like to look at pleasant pictures, here are the links to both of ours! You’ll get to know us a little better I think, which is the only real reason I put them up here.


I’d love to see any of your pinterest boards if you would like to share them. I think observing what others find beautiful is quite informative. I’m not a huge fan of cheesy sayings, but if there’s one and Benedict Cumperbatch (Sherlock) is in the background I’ll blush and pin it. He’s rather handsome you see.

benedict cumperbatch portraid deviantart

I’ve hooked my whole family on Sherlock and am inordinately pleased about it. They’re all on Netflix instant play, so you really ought to watch it if you enjoy witty dialogue and a beautifully filmed adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t like the books. They often completely skipped the realm of reason and had Sherlock make leaps with no feasible intuition whatsover. “There’s a footprint! It must belong to a specific individual who has just escaped their Mormon compound in Utah who is on a trip to avenge their dead fiance!” I didn’t make that plot up. You can’t improve that sort of ridiculousness. Granted, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” was good, and I love the modern day adaptations where we can follow the actors line of reasoning.

SHERLOCK benedict cumperbatch

*Cough* Moving on.

My favorite thing about Pinterest is actually my board for recipes. I called in “Pornography for the Palate”, just for a bit of tongue in cheek/risque humor. Oh, tongue in cheek. That’s rather a good pun. Anyways, I use lots of online recipes along with my cookbooks and it’s murder to find them again. I’ve tried most of them on my page, but not all. My favorite is a recipe for “Outrageous Brownies” by the barefoot contessa. I messed about with it a bit and I am confident that they are truly the best brownies I could possibly concoct. I add a bit of cinnamon, a dash of almond extract, and cut the instant coffee mix down to one tablespoon for a truly perfect blend of flavors. My dad eats them for breakfast.

They turn out a LOT better than the picture, but you do have to cool them and let them harden into more of a fudge consistency.

espresso brownies

I’ve read on quite a few POTS and other chronic illness blogs complaints about how difficult it is to cook. I couldn’t agree more. The only reason I put up with the absurd idea of standing is this innate need to see something accomplished in my day. I’m a doer. Reading a book counts as doing something, as does going to the supermarket. But often my mind is too foggy to read a book, and driving isn’t quite an option.  So I keep canisters of flours and sugars and a whole host of food that doesn’t go bad quickly. I didn’t start cooking until I was 17, and it was horrid. I would feel so ill afterwords I couldn’t do my daily exercise. Plus, Pie and mum are quite healthy eaters so they weren’t thrilled with the plethora of pastries. So I started making healthy dinners instead from scratch. I know I shouldn’t, but I do feel rather guilty when I can’t help out around the house. There were so many months I never left my desk and my bed wasn’t made. So cooking for me is a way to give back to my family. I can’t carry the 50 lb bags of grain for the horses anymore, and for a long time I couldn’t muck the horse stalls. That’s still an iffy task even now. Sometimes I have to put a chair with wheels in the middle of the kitchen and wheel about to the different bowls and stove. We all want to feel useful, even if we feel often ill. So if you can think of little things to make yourself feel useful, I would recommend it. Even if it’s just watering the houseplants, one at a time. I don’t mean to be insensitive if you’re stuck in bed. I’ve been there, you just have to take one day at a time. You learn your limits, and how to live within your energy means.


I would like to introduce you to my new favorite thing of the week, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. As you may know, I am a literary cliche. One of my favorite books of all time is Pride and Prejudice. I own several movie adaptations (Including the 6 hour one) and think Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is brilliant. So you won’t be terribly surprised that I gleefully stumbled on a vlog of a modern day Elizabeth Bennet narrating her story. The vlog is done by professional actors, and they make their characters so real it’s mind boggling. The characters chat (as themselves!) on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. and have multiple video channels about their interactions. Lizzie Bennet is getting her masters in communications while living at home. Her mother is a southern belle obsessed with getting her daughters married off, each having a picket fence and 2.5 grandchildren. I love her best friend Charlotte (dressed above imitating Mr. Bennet), Lizzie is clever and judgemental (on the left dressed as her mother),

jane from the lizzie bennet diaries

her sister Jane beautiful and so sweet you feel like she’s your very best friend,

lydia from the lizzie bennet diaries

and Lydia (the combination of Kitty and Lydia) is a partygirl you roll your eyes at and simultaneously feel rather badly for. The story fits seamlessly into modern day, and each episode is only a few minutes long. It really is the ideal distraction when you can’t think and need a few minute (or a few hour) break in the day. Plus, they took the hapless Bingly and turned him into Bing Lee the medical student. Genius? I think so.

Not everyone likes it, and I must say I think they went a little too far in the wrong direction with their interpretation of Lizzie. But, all things considered, it is a two minutes well spent. Plus it has been featured in articles from the web and newspapers alike to great acclaim. I hope you enjoy it!


Well, this post is the result of what happens when I sit down on a rainy day with a mug of hot chocolate. This has hardly been an informative or sensible post, but I do hope you enjoyed reading it. It’s nice to write about things that make me smile. I hope they make you smile too. What do you all do on a rainy day with the web at your fingertips and a hot beverage by your side? I hope you’re having as good a day as I am, and you will hear from me again soon!

Be Well,


P.S. Pie is well, but she just started her varsity tennis season and is vying for captaincy  so she’s monstrously busy. But she’s quite well and says hello : )

girl reading a book

V Day!

valentines day darcy

Happy Valentines Day!

Despite the fact that this day usually makes me cynical and cranky (pink is really not my favorite color), this year has been rather exemplary. Because it’s an opportunity (kind of like Christmas) to surprise the ones you love. Since there’s no one special in my life, I get to give out valentines to whomever I darn well please, yourself included.

And by giving our Valentines, I mean scanning Pinterest and finding lovely pictures that invoke smiles : )

nina valentine


I gave this one to Pie! Mostly because I love Sherlock.

mom valentine


This to my mom, we watch Downton Abbey together. We both bawled our eyes out when Sybil died so I figured it was appropriate. Also, my mom had eclampsia with Pie! Oh, dark humor.

dad valentine


My dad LOVES Firefly (as do Pie and I)

downton abbey valentine


Small warning, most of these will be from Downton Abbey. It’s one of my favorite shows and has the best Valentine memes!

downton abbey valentine


downton abbey valentine


I’m pretty sure my mom would be up for this.

valentine downton abbeyAnd on to a plethora of Game of Thrones valentines!!

game of thrones valentinesHodor is my favorite ❤

firefly valentineWell, that’s all I’ve got! Bake some cookies, eat candy, and have a happy Valentines day everyone!



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