I always knew that I wanted to go heli-skiing for my bachelorette party. But the more I researched, the more I realized that we could maybe get a little more bang for our buck if we looked towards a different kind of trip. I discovered the Sawtooth Mountain Guides after googling "Sawtooth Backcountry Hut Trips". With a $260/day price tag, I hesitantly emailed my girlfriends asking if they'd even remotely dream of doing a 3-day trip. Everyone responded within 24 hours. They were all in.
Finding medical reasons for your alopecia is time consuming and expensive. I spent a good two years in various doctors' offices with no real answers in return. I was tired and fed up with the medical community. I got to the point where I only believed that a better diet and overall health regime might strengthen my immune system enough to grow my hair back.
Spanning roughly 2,650 miles, the Pacific Crest Trail takes long distance hikers along the West Coast from Mexico to Canada. Thousands use the trail each year and its popularity has grown exponentially with the release of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, WILD. The trail is maintained solely by a group of volunteers, led by the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
We got 8-week clearance at 6 weeks! The vet says she's doing great and gave us the go ahead to walk her 1/4-1/2 miles twice a day. Plus, Kaz gets to go back on the couch again and can have free reign of the house.
It's week five after the surgery and I feel like we've hit a plateau. Kaz doesn't seem to be improving as noticeably as before. Mentally, she is ready to go. Physically, we are still seeing the limp and severe bow-leggedness in her right leg.
Here's a short clip of Kaz's walk, four weeks after the TPLO surgery. She is definitely WAY better than before the surgery, but she is still walking with her right leg tucked under her with a bit of a limp. We're hoping that limp and pigeon-toed-ness goes away after we continue to build up the muscle.
We had Kaz's 3 week check-up on Thursday and it went pretty much as expected. Dr. Lozier is pleased with how the incision is healing, but is a little concerned about some "thrusting" that is still happening in her right leg.
It takes a solid two weeks to settle into the new routine. This adjustment really makes everything better. Kaz has been feeling great and heals a little bit more every day. It's just a process. I think it takes a couple weeks to accept that and understand that this is your new (temporary) normal.
I think the first week is harder on the owners than the dogs. It only seemed like Kaz was affected for the first couple of days. Even then, she was only a little drowsy and occasionally uncomfortable looking. If it were up to her, she would be doing her pre-surgery routine of morning walks and jumping on the couch.
Kaz's recovery keeps coming along and gets better every day. We've gone down from 4 doses of codeine/day to 3 and have started using the sedative every day after she eats and goes to the bathroom. She seems to be more active this time around compared to when she had her left TPLO.
I spent the night on the floor with Kaz again and woke to a hungry, ready-to-go-outside pup. This morning she needed a little help getting started with eating. We started out with the bowl on the ground, close to her, then she managed to make it over to her stand and finish there.
I slept on the floor with Kaz last night and I was happy that around midnight she got up from the floor and got into her dog bed. She really didn't move around much after we got her home, so I'm glad she was able to put a little weight on the bad leg and get herself comfortable.
Kaz had her 2nd TPLO surgery yesterday. We dropped her off at 7:30am on Friday morning and then picked her up today (Saturday) at 11am. We received multiple updates throughout the day of her surgery - all with good prognosis. Today's post op appointment with Dr. Lozier and his tech all went well. They are very pleased with the surgery and expect a good outcome.
Nestled at the base of the Pioneer Mountains sits an old ski lodge. The cabin was built in 1937 for skiers who were accessing the bowls of the Pioneers. The cabin is occasionally maintained by the Ketchum Ranger District, but mostly relies on the locals to keep it in shape. There are 3 sets of bunk beds inside the cabin and a wood burning stove. The message "Leave more than you take" is painted on the inside walls, encouraging all it's users to help keep the cabin looking good and functional for years to come.
After I saw Dr. Maria Hordinsky in June, she has been urging me to see an endocrinologist to discuss my low DHEAS and Testosterone levels. I tried for over a month to get into the OHSU endocrinology clinic, but my paperwork kept getting lost, no one would call me and tell me that, and (after having a generally had a bad attitude about the loops of the medical system) I basically told them I was too good for their services.
I recently learned from a co-worker that the women's cycling industry shares some of the same challenges as the women's snow industry. As a sport primarily popularized by men, women make up the minority of participants and because of that, their exposure is severely limited. Elite female cyclers end up with sponsorships that don't pay the bills because women's competitions are rarely publicized and events have minimal funding to sustain year-after-year.
The newest collaboration project from Danner combines the rugged 10 oz. duck canvas from Beckel with Danner's premium full grain leather to create a Danner Light that is perfect for summer outdoor adventures.
I always love going to see Dr. Roberts. She was the first doctor to really get into my hair loss pattern. When I first started seeing her, I still had a decent amount of hair and she was literally the first doctor to actually pull on my hair. After that, I knew she meant business.
Over a year ago, I started losing my hair. By January of 2014 I was completely bald and had lost all the hair on my entire body.
After many unsuccessful doctors visits and painful steroid injections, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I read everything I could on other's journeys with Alopecia Areata and found inspiration in their stories.
Just a few girls with Montana in their blood, rushing through the VIP lines, and passing all the glammed up ladies to access the hottest clubs in SF. I woke up with stamps on my hands and down a couple hundred bucks.
I didn't really worry about my alopecia until I started losing my eyebrows. A bald head? I could deal with that, it's sort of punk rock. But eyebrows and eyelashes? Those are what define your facial features and without them, I started looking like an alien.
Rekindling a partnership that began in the 1970’s, Danner and Woolrich have always been synonymous with premium outdoor goods. This new collaboration features Woolrich’s Alaska twill, an exclusive navy and grey wool blend that is spun in their Pennsylvania woolen mills. Sharing a deep history of US manufacturing, the Old Growth collection represents the two brand’s commitment to providing timeless, outdoor products, all made in the United States.