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My Life in a Nutshell

My Life in a Nutshell…

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September- It was all a whirlwind.  The kids started back to school.  Even my little one- 2 full days of Pre-school.  I thought I would have more time to blog- WRONG icon sad My Life in a Nutshell  I thought I would have some more “Me” time- Not.  The month flew by like Turkey trying to escape a farmer from a Thanksgiving feast.

Good news-  we found new office space- so exciting!  Jennifer Lynn-Pullman and I opened a new office   And we spent two week rennovating the space- new paint, new furniture, new ceiling, new floors.  We did most of the work ourselves with a little help from our handman friend Tom.

I also started teaching Nutrition at Archbishop Wood High School via Bucks County Community College.  It’s a dual enrollment program and so fun.  I will tell you though that teaching is a labor of LOVE- classes to prep for, exams to grade, paper and assignments to grade.  I have 31 students to keep up with…Woo!  I thought I’d never learn all of their names.

And on top of all of that, I was coaching my oldest daughter’s soccer team, planned her #8 birthday party and of course had my son’s soccer games and activities to attend too.  I can’t imagine life when my third is playing a sport and activities too.

October- We moved into the new Nutrition office which we have named: Eat Right Bucks County! (875 N. Easton Rd. Suite 6B Doylestown, Pa 18902 and have started seeing patients.  We also went to FNCE (Food Nutrition Conference and EXPO) at the Convention center in Philadelphia.  I put my nerd hat on for four days and learned everything I could possibly suck in my brain about food allergies, food intolerances, celiac’s disease, organic foods, food’s effect on your brain, kids food, childhood obesity, products to recommend to my patients & more.  It was a whirlwind of knowledge.

I also started doing my Kids Eat Right programs- completed 2 in one month.  I especially had a blast at Butler Elementary school talking to a third grade class AND with doing a talk for a girls Travel Soccer team in Warminster icon smile My Life in a Nutshell

In addition, I travelled to Philadelphia and did some speaking for the Pa Academy of Pediatrics.  I’m doing CEU programs with an MD to help educate Physicians and nurses about the childhood obesity epidemic.

Then- there was Hurricane Sandy.  We lost power for a week so moved into my parents house (who luckily had power!) I ate very unhealthy for a week and ate way too much cheese and drank way too much wine.  Yes, even dietitians aren’t always perfect. Paybacks are tough though- just fought off a yucky cold and cough.  Thank you Zarbees- love that natural cough syrup and their products which got me through a wild night of trick or treating and a post- Sandy Halloween party at my house with some neighbors.

We also sadly found out our pretty English Setter has Lyme’s disease.  She just stopped eating and lost a ton of weight. photo 588x441 My Life in a Nutshell

After Halloween, Ellie got worse & completely stopped eating after she started her antibiotics  My sick doggies was at Main Street Animal Hospital for a week getting IV fluids and antibiotics.  She came home last Saturday and I am now giving her subcutaneous fluids and syringe feeding her until she eats on her own.  I’ve learned a lot about Renal Diets for dogs. I’m by no means a canine nutrition expert though.  But this puppy of ours (really age 11) is getting special renal food, her Omega 3s, pepcid, a phosphorus binder, carafate and fluids in addition to her antibiotics.

The whole thing is heartbreaking.  After a heart to heart with the vet, we decided we’ll finish out her medicines and see if she’ll start eating again.  She is still hopelessly addicted to her tennis ball and we are giving her lots of LOVE.

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 Okay- back to other stuff before I start tearing up looking at this picture.

I’ll write more later!

 My Life in a Nutshell

Diva Dietitian

Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://kristiefinnan.com/about/disclosure.

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  • Lauren Swann says:

    My sister graduated from Archbishop Wood, back then high school for girls

    and my first intro to prescribed diets for dogs was in the late ’80s was a Chicago vet prescribing Science Diet KdA for my 12 y.o. Wire Hair Fox Terrier.

    I kinda know what you are going through, I was treating my Coz with subcutaneous fluid injections. After 13 years of clean blood tests he’d contracted Lyme’s. but his renal failure may have just been aging too, he’d just turned 15 and had been really healthy nearly all his life, we were rarely at the vet except for routine visits.

    All the best! My vet’s ass’t said she’s seen older dogs bounce back and we are lucky we have even these treatments (after the first several nights of treatment Coz would come and wait patiently for his! I think he knew it was helping him feel better)

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