Your Coupon and These Awesome Bars

  • Getting a coupon as access to these nutritious bars from Quest Protein Bars
  • Prices of these sweet, tasty bars on a discount through Quest’s coupons
  • Protein rich chocolate bars on Quest Protein Bars

Getting a nutrition out of eating chocolate bars is quite awesome, if you think about it. Not only it gives you pleasure eating these kinds of food, it also sustains you in the long run. And Quest Protein Bars knows exactly what you need.

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And getting a Quest nutrition coupon is their answer. Since most of their products are quite expensive, due to its richness in nutritional content, Quest has decided to give away coupons, so that most people can avail of their products in a discounted manner.

So if you can have a Quest nutrition coupon with you, you can be assured that you can have the nutrition that your body needs. While you are enjoying the sweetness of these bars, your body is enriched at the same time. Like hitting two birds with one stone, that is the effect of a Quest nutrition coupon.

It is so easy to have these coupons, though. All you need to do is check their social media page,  and choose among their varied products that are rich in protein.

Quest Protein Bars offer only the best. They want you to experience how it is to have a delicious chocolate with you and at the same time getting that nutritional element. You will definitely love the flavors of their bars as soon as you check them out.

How much more if you can have an iherb promo code when buying these bars? Chances are, you’ll be able to enjoy it with much gusto. Getting these bars at a discount is something every Quest-bar loving boys and girls out there crave. What a way to enjoy these tasty bars!

It is so great to have these coupons just so you can satisfy your cravings with these awesome and nutritious bars. Now if you can offer these coupons to your friends who are running enthusiasts, that should come as the best gift for runners without any side effects, as opposed to these synthetic or artificial foods that some of them take.

So what are you waiting for? Get that Quest nutrition coupon right now and avail of their tasty, nutritious chocolates. You will not only feel awesome eating this sweet bars, you are also getting a healthy dose of protein as well.

What You Need To Know About Adidas’s Best Football Cleats

  • Introduction about Adidas
  • What is Adidas’ best football cleats
  • Where can I find other resources about other football cleats

Adidas is a brand known the world over. It is a classic and with it comes quality. It is a multinational corporation that creates and manufactures sports shoes mainly. It is the largest sportswear company in Europe. It was founded in 1949 in Germany and uses three parallel bars as its logo. Throughout the more than 70 years of operation, Adidas has grown to be a huge and international brand, basically becoming a household name. This is evidence by the brand producing sportswear in virtually any sport in existence.

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With that in mind, let’s talk about one of their products, the Crazyquick Mid Football Cleats. This is Adidas’ premier football cleats as evidenced in this link bestfootballgloves.net/best-football-cleats/, which has a very high rating of the said football cleats. This cleat is a mid-top type that was designed to help with lateral movement. The outsole of this cleat comes with a QuckFrame plate with 3 different spikes which provide a lot of grip when running. It uses the Techfit tongue to allow a snug and comfortable fit which is what is really require for a good pair of football cleats. The most unique feature of the Crazyquick is the ability to insert Adidas’ Micoach chip which allows you to track your workout and then review and analyze it later. You can call it the smart shoe for that matter.

If you, as a football player, are not sold on the Crazyquick Mid, there are other choices to choose from. You can check out the other cleats in this link bestfootballgloves.net/best-football-cleats/. The website ranks the performance of the latest football cleats so you can get an idea of how well it performs, fits and looks. It is a great tool to use when doing your pre purchase research. So, if you are planning to get one, visit the site now.

iHerb and Organic Beauty Products

  • Organic Beauty products introduction and why it is important
  • What do you get from organic beauty products
  • Where can you get quality organic beauty products

As you take care of your body by eating healthy food, you also need to take care of your skin by using supplemental products like facial creams, moisturizers, toners and eye creams. These products when applied properly can help take care of your skin by not letting them dry up. You have to keep in mind that what is applied in your skin eventually goes inside your body. That is why it is important to use organic products that will not cause harm to it.

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Organic beauty products are great due to the superior ingredients that are used. They are mainly made of pure, simple and fresh ingredients that do not cause skin to dry up or accumulate harmful chemicals. This has the same concept as eating processed food which usually contains a lot of artificial flavoring and preservatives. Unknown chemicals used in ordinary beauty products can mess up your skin’s pH levels which can cause your skin to dry up or cause allergic reactions. This is what organic beauty products strive to avoid. The idea is to let the skin absorb only natural ingredients that will not cause harm or any drastic reactions.

Finding organic beauty products online is very easy. All you need to do is visit iherb.com and go to the beauty section. All the products listed there are USDA approved, which means they are legit. The good thing is that you can also use a iherb.com coupon to get a discount from your purchase. This makes your organic beauty product shopping at iHerb much sweeter. The good news is, a iherb.com coupon usually lasts for the whole year, so you can use it any time you want.

Treatment Update: Done!

The last week has been one of celebrations. Last Wednesday (January 13th), Maddie had her last chemotherapy infusion and lumbar puncture. Five days of oral medications followed, and on January 18th, Maddie’s 6th birthday, she officially completed her treatment for leukemia. Sandwiched in between the final infusion and the last of the oral chemo meds was a wonderful party to celebrate her birthday and the significant accomplishment of reaching the finish line of this arduous 26-month journey. Maddie’s new best buddy, our Percheron Draft Horse named Pete, took kids and adults on sleigh rides, while others flew down our sledding hill. “Princess” chocolate cupcakes, apple cider and balloons greeted us in the house after our playtime in the snow. When I think back to November 2007, I had no idea what “the end” was going to be; now that we are at the end, I can confidently say it couldn’t have been scripted any better. We feel incredibly fortunate to have a healthy, thriving little girl. While our road has not been easy, we are cognizant of the fact that many in similar situations face many more obstacles and complications during their journey through treatment. There are not always cupcakes and balloons at the finish line. Maddie is just as aware of that fact as we are; she said to me yesterday that she would like to make a donation to both her hospitals to help those kids that have to stay in the hospital.

This morning, Maddie enjoyed throwing all of her pill bottles into the trash. Oh, the sweet sound of mercaptopurine, methotrexate, dexamethasone, and prevacid hitting the bottom of the trash can and gone now from our daily routine! As we got home tonight from dinner, I said to Maddie in part out of habit and in part jokingly,”Ok, time for your meds.” She looked up at me with a big smile and said,”No, you silly, I don’t have to do that anymore.”

She will have a surgical procedure in February to remove her port (the subcutaneous venous access device through which she has been receiving her chemotherapy infusions). Maddie is looking forward to its removal. I think for all of us the port (although not noticeable to many unless you know it’s there) is a physical reminder of this journey, and we’re at a point where we’re ready to move on. Not to mention that for health reasons it’s beneficial to have it removed as soon as possible. Additionally, she will continue to be monitored closely for several years by her oncologists to ensure that the cancer does not return.

On a bit of a lighter note, I wanted to share some fun facts about our journey over the last fews years that may help put this experience in perspective. Now remember that I was not a math major during my college days, so all numbers were calculated to the best of my ability.

1. Amount of Bactrim (prophylactic liquid antibiotic) consumed : 4,362ml. 1 gallon is 3,785ml. Bottoms up!

2. Doses of oral meds (crushed in Hershey’s chocolate syrup or Hershey’s strawberry syrup, which looks disgusting but was our savior over the last couple of months) : Mercaptopurine – 800 doses. Dexamethasone – 302 doses. Methotrexate – 105 doses.

3. Numbers of days spent as in-patient in the hospital – 10 (all during her initial hospitalization).

4. Number of trips to the ER – 3

5. Number of times her port clotted requiring instilling a clot buster – 3

6. Number of months her arm was purple after her initial blood transfusion infiltrated in her arm – 4

7. Number of times Maddie asked “why me?” during the last 26 months – 0

8. Number of amazing people that helped us along the way – Too many to count!

We want to thank each and every one of you that has supported us and other families through this marathon. While we may never know why certain things happen in life, it has been abundantly clear to us throughout the last 2+ years that as individuals and as groups we have the ability to take a whole bunch of crummy lemons and turn them into the finest lemonade around.

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Treatment Update: Our next career option: short-order cooks

So, for those of you that have never experienced high dose steroids (and I hope not many have), here’s a view into our lives on steroids.  Maddie is currently in the thick of a 21-day stretch of high dose steroids that she takes orally twice a day.  The steroid, dexamethasone, helps to rid the body of the leukemia, but has several undesirable side effects, such as excessive hunger, labile emotions, and sleep disturbances.  This stretch is Maddie’s second lengthy period of steroids, and, when she first started the steroids, the folks at the clinic told us to expect her “to eat like a truck driver” (no offense to any truck drivers out there).  We could never have imagined what they truly meant until we went through it the first time.

Now, armed with some experience, we are better prepared to deal with the challenges of the steroids.  Just to give you a sense of this “excessive hunger”, here is what Maddie ate throughout the day on Saturday:

Before breakfast: 1 piece of banana bread, half a tuna sandwich, half a peanut butter sandwich, pretzels, and a bowl of cereal.

Breakfast: half a bagel, egg, bacon and cheese sandwich.

Between breakfast and lunch: half a quesadilla, chips with queso dip, and a hot dog.

Lunch: half a peanut butter sandwich, bowl of mac ‘n cheese, and grapes.

Between lunch and dinner: peanut butter sandwich, chips and queso dip, half a peanut butter sandwich, and sliced cheese.

Dinner: one small piece of pizza

Food cravings are also a piece of this puzzle.  During first phase of steroids, she craved lobster stew, which was getting a little pricey.  This time, luckily enough, peanut butter sandwiches are food product of choice, and we have honed our short-order cook skills to produce any other highly sought after foods, such as scrambled eggs, grilled cheese, quesadillas, and hot dogs.  You don’t want to cross a steroid crazed 4-year-old, if you know what’s good for you, so we do our best to oblige.

She tends to gain a lot of weight during this time, and, as the days progress, she becomes increasingly uncomfortable.  Her belly is distended and she looks like she is about 9 months pregnant.  Her sleep is erratic, a side effect of the steroid and the fact that she is constantly hungry.  She’s up several times in the night, sometimes to eat and sometimes just because she cannot sleep.  She gets easily frustrated, too, during this time by the simplest thing that usually would cause her to say “it’s no big deal.”

Sounds like fun, huh?  It’s completely heart-breaking to see her go through this time and we do our best to support her with patience and love.  We are encouraged by her positive spirit even in light of her struggles with the medicine.  We are bolstered by the fact that we only have 7 more days of steroids; we figure we can do anything for 7 days.  This is not the way I originally envisioned my taper toward the Olympic Trials, but we gotta play with the cards we’ve been dealt, right?

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Training Log: February 8th, 2008

CommentsEasy afternoon jaunt.  It was a bit of a stressful day, and I found myself worrying throughout most of the run (see today’s treatment log).  I did, however, get a chuckle out of our crazy sheep.  You see, my treadmill looks out on the pasture that our sheep are in for the winter (at least until it’s time for lambing in a few weeks).  First of all, I think it’s hilarious that the sheep are not very adventurous in the snow.  Typically, one bold sheep (or perhaps a bold farmer) makes a path through the snow to the hay rack.  Once the path is made they don’t venture off it (ever)!  Usually, at about 3pm each day, they journey from the hay rack area to the gate from where they know the food source (aka the farmer) will be coming.  So, each afternoon I see them line up nose to butt in a single file line up to the gate.  Then, when one of the farm crew brings out the hay, they scurry (in their single file line) to the hay rack jockeying for the best position.  You’d think at least one might just hang out at the hay rack and stake claim to the optimal position, but I guess that’s why they are sheep.  At least they provide me with some entertainment.

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Treatment Update: Daisy’s on vacation!

I guess even therapy dogs get a break every now and then. When we showed up at clinic today, Maddie ran up to the reception desk to greet Daisy. Her familiar crate and Santa chew toy were there, but we soon learned that Daisy was on vacation. I had visions of that curly labradoodle sipping an umbrella drink on some sunny beach somewhere, and I thought it didn’t sound half bad. Smart dog, escaping the cold Maine winter for some much deserved R & R.

Maddie took Daisy’s absence well; she quickly followed Lauren in for her check of vitals and then to our treatment room. As we were about to enter the yellow room, Maddie exclaimed, “Oh I forgot my beaded journey!” Yes, indeed, we had forgotten to bring her growing strand of beads that represents her journey through her treatment. “No big deal!” she continued. “We’ll bring it next time.” We chatted with Liz, our social worker, and Bambi, our nurse. Dr. Eric came in to assess Maddie and see how the last couple of weeks have been going. My biggest concerns have been related to disturbed sleep patterns, some leg pain, and eating issues. So, we worked on tackling those issues. Maddie was due for 2 intramuscular injections of a chemotherapy medication called PEG-Asparaginase. She’s had this injection several times previously and we talked about the “stick” before coming today. She said she was scared, but said she would be “brave”. I had put a copious amount (in other words – way too much) of EMLA cream on her legs where she would get the injections, and Bambi and Jay administered the medication with ease. Maddie was “brave” and I was proud of her. We had to hang around the clinic for 30 minutes after the injection to observe for any possible allergic reaction. Maddie pulled a rolling toy around the clinic making enough noise to disturb anyone who was working, but everyone dealt graciously with the ruckus. She was excited on the drive home to tell her Daddy how well she did at the clinic today.

When we arrived home, we received the latest update from the MCCP Development Office about the fundraiser. We’ve already raised over $13,700. Way to go Two Trials and all of its amazing supporters! Step by step we will reach all of our goals.

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Treatment Update: Beginning the Interim Maintenance Phase

This week, Maddie began the third phase of her treatment for Leukemia. We have completed the induction phase (28 days) and the consolidation phase (28 days). Now we embark on the interim maintenance phase, which lasts 50 days. This phase does not incorporate any new medications from the previous two phases, but the frequency and route of some of the medications does vary. The standard medications for this phase are vincristine (IV), dexamethasone (the dreaded steroid) (by mouth at 2 separate 5 day intervals), mercaptopurine (a.k.a 6MP) (by mouth every day), and methotrexate (by mouth and intrathecally).

On Monday, we went to the clinic in Scarborough where most of Maddie’s treatment takes place. When she requires a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) or another procedure that requires anesthesia, we go to Maine Med. in Portland. We traveled through a great snow storm which left us with a foot a fluffy, soft snow. Once we arrived at the clinic, we were greeted by lots of smiling faces, especially the smiling face of Daisy, the therapy dog at the clinic. Daisy is a labradoodle. I had never seen one before I met Daisy. She’s a cutey; she’s tall and has white, soft, curly fur. Maddie absolutely adores Daisy. In fact, early on in her treatment, Maddie was very nervous about going to the clinic and the prospect of playing with Daisy was the only way we could get Maddie to go inside. A couple of times Daisy even got on the scale to show Maddie that it was not scary. Maddie gave Daisy a squeaky Santa chew toy for Christmas, and it was fun to see that it is still among Daisy’s stuff behind the desk at the clinic.

The waiting area at the clinic is full of toy and playthings for kids of all ages. Maddie particularly likes the kitchen.

She has quickly become very familiar with the folks at the clinic, the procedures, and the routine. She has a favorite treatment room – the purple room with the kitchen. All the rooms are very kids friendly. A family recently donated brand new flat screen TVs, and most of the rooms have a Playstation or XBox or one of those type of video game machines. Many of the rooms have beds as well as the standard treatment stretcher. Sometimes, when kids come to the clinic, they have to stay awhile either to receive an IV medication or a blood transfusion, so effort is made to make sure they are comfortable. Coloring books and reading books are also available to help entertain the kids.

This week, Maddie was receiving IV chemo through her port. So, on the way down to Portland, I stopped to apply the EMLA cream on her port. EMLA is a lidocaine based cream that helps numb an area of skin; thus, when the port is accessed with a needle, there is little to no pain. At the clinic, we are always greeted by one of the Social Workers. Liz is the Social Worker we work with on most visits. The Social Workers are such a valuable part of the treatment team at the clinic. They provide the families with support services, such as parent phone support groups and dinner support groups. They let the families know about special events or programs, such as the Shawnee Peak family season ski pass that is available free of cost to every family at the clinic. They help the kids create their “Beaded Journey” which is a wonderful collection of strung beads each representing a step in their journey through cancer treatment. They help provide distraction, like blowing bubbles, during procedures. Probably most important, the social workers just come in and chat with us as a family to help us manage this journey.

We also always meet with one of the nurses to discuss how our day-to-day management is going and discuss any concerns. We usually work with Bambi, but Jay and Cyndi have also helped us out during our visits.

Dr. Larsen is our primary physician, and he assessed Maddie and generally visited with us about how things are going. We also talked a bit of runner talk as he is a runner himself. Generally, I feel like Maddie is doing well, but I did chat with him about her occasional nausea/vomiting, the chemo having altered the way things taste to her, and intermittent leg pain.

After Maddie received her chemo, she got to visit the “Owee” box which is filled with little toys for the kids to choose from after a procedure. I chatted with Bambi about our treatment and medication schedule for the upcoming month and she gave me two of Maddie’s oral chemo medications to take home. Then, after a goddbye to Daisy and the rest of the crew, we were off to brave the snow storm.

I continue to be amazed and impressed by Maddie’s ability to cope with all that we are asking of her physically, mentally, and emotionally during this time. She’s a strong, positive, joyful kid who helps make this challenge more manageable.

She will continue to take a variety of oral medications daily until our next visit to the clinic.

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