Friday, April 29, 2011

Hope for the Hopeless

I made it through!

I made it through federal Taxes, local sales taxes, a wedding, 3 senior sessions, a family session, and EKG for Port, an ENT exam and nasal blood vessel cauterization for Kiddo, image submission for CPP certification and traveling to Houston for a baby shower - all within the last 3 weeks.

I made it.

And now I have a nasty case of bronchitis?? that is trying to make me hack up a lung. But, for the most part, I am still breathing and moving.

This has been the craziest month, and I am so thankful for all the opportunities and the business. But I am also looking forward to slowing things down a bit in May.

Well, after the 2 senior sessions, senior Safari, 2 newborn sessions and 2 weddings...

yeah. So maybe...June?

Life is good. Kiddo's ENT appointment went really well.  He had a full hearing test done, which I think determined that he has some hearing loss, but his ear drums are still healing so they weren't concerned. They collected a "sample" of his nasal secretions and determined that there was no bacteria present. Hopefully this will mean the end of the recurring ear infection. They cauterized his nose (after some bullying and a huge guilt trip, but that is a story for another time) and hopefully it will stop the nosebleeds. He has a followup appointment in a couple of weeks. The dr did NOT recommend tubes (thank goodness!) but does want us to give the boy Allegra every day and do nasal saline washes TWICE A DAY.

uh, yeah. I'll be lucky if I can get him to do it once.  We haven't worked up the courage yet...

After a week of Allegra, I didn't notice any difference in his sniffing or sneezing. I am not sure it's working for him at all. And I hate to keep putting drugs in his still developing body.

Port's EKG was awesome. It seems weird to describe a procedure in that way, but it really was. We made it to the dr's office about 30 minutes early and they got us into a room within 5 minutes. The nurse was really great, Port was calm and collected the whole time and the whole thing was over in about 10 minutes. We left 15 minutes before our scheduled time! The dr called me, when I was still driving on the way home, to tell me the results of the test, and everything looked normal. The whole thing was a great experience.

The garden is taking off, finally. I am harvesting lettuce, sugar snap peas and a few spinach leaves here and there. I have planted green beans for the 3rd or 4th time now (I lost count). The squirrels keep digging up the beans and eating them, so this time I built a contraption to hopefully keep them out.
Hopefully it works. So far so good. I know they can still get in it, but I am hoping that since it's not so easy anymore they will move on to other things.

And now I shall go hack and cough myself to sleep.

D :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I Could Write a Book

I should be working right now, but I am actually waiting for a file to download so I can complete a client order, and with our impossibly slow internet speeds, it may take a while. So I thought, while I wait, I would tell you a story. 

A few weeks ago I was in Houston on business and that night I was a little bored. I started posting movie lines on my Facebook page, to see if anyone could recognize them.

Apparently I am pretty old, and have weird taste in movies. But that is a story for another day...

So a couple of my friends hit on some of the lines I was quoting. The thread took off with others quoting their favorite scenes from my favorite movie, When Harry Met Sally. One friend (hi Kelley!) quoted the scene with Sally and Harry in the diner when Sally is telling her story of days of the week underpants. In case you are not familiar with the genius that is this movie, here is the scene...
Sally Albright: Well, if you must know, it was because he was very jealous, and I had these days of the week underpants.
Harry Burns: Ehhhh. I'm sorry. I need the judges ruling on this. "Days of the weeks underpants"?
Sally Albright: Yes. They had the days of the week on them, and I thought they were sort of funny. And then one day Sheldon says to me, "You never wear Sunday." It was all suspicious. Where was Sunday? Where had I left Sunday? And I told him, and he didn't believe me.
Harry Burns: What?
Sally Albright: They don't make Sunday.
Harry Burns: Why not?
Sally Albright: Because of God.
 I love this scene! It's hilarious! I also love it because, I too, once had days of the week underpants.

And I didn't have Sunday either.

I was a kid, and I loved those stupid things.  They were so special to me; I remember getting excited when they were clean and I could wear them again.  However, at some point, Wednesday went missing.

What happened to Wednesday?? Where was Wednesday? Where had I left it? It was all suspicious.

Wednesday was missing for what seemed like an eternity. I remember it as a few weeks at least, but my memory could be incorrect. Anyway, one day my dad came home from work with a really funny story to tell. As it goes, he was talking to a coworker, and he casually stuck his hand in his pocket. He noticed that it felt like there was something in there, so he pulled out the unexpected object.  In his hand, right in front of his puzzled coworker was


Can you imagine being an adult and pulling a pair of little girl's unders out of your pocket. Um, yeah. Dad was not amused, I am sure.

I love that memory.

D :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

That's Life

So let's see....where to start?

We are still alive and kicking - relatively speaking. I had thought our health problems were taking a turn for the better and then on last Wednesday, after t-ball practice, Kiddo started complaining of another ear ache. Things went from bad to worse very quickly and he was up all night with excruciating pain in his right ear. Sometime in the wee hours he said he felt a pop and a whoosh of fluid; the ear drum had blown and he found a bit of relief. I made an appointment for him for Thursday afternoon, and while he wasn't experiencing any pain in the left ear, the doctor said it looked really bad too. He actually physically cringed when he took a look in Kiddo's ear!

So, the doc referred us to an ENT.  3 massive double ear infections and 2 double ear drum perforations (the left ear blew later that day) in the past 3 months - something needs to be done. He said it could just be a resistant bacterial infection (the first infection was bacterial), or it could be allergy related, so we are trying yet another kind of antibiotic (which I am really having a hard time with) and I am pretty sure the ENT will recommend tubes. I truly hope it is something we can avoid.  The pediatrician wanted to try using some Flonase along with the antibiotic, but I informed him that Kiddo has a big problem with nosebleeds and so he decided to skip that step and go straight to the specialist. I am hoping I can see about getting the angry blood vessel in his nose cauterized and we can be rid of the nosebleeds for a while.

Kiddo's first t-ball game was last Saturday.  I was in Houston for a baby shower, so Hubby did the game with the boys.  Kiddo had a great time, and even hit 2 home runs!! He was so excited! Hubby said it was quite comical; if a kid made contact with the ball and hit it off the T, everyone would start running the bases and scrambling for the ball. I guess you can't expect much else from the first game with a bunch of 4-6 year olds!

Port had an awesome birthday - so awesome that he is still asking me every day for more presents and grandparents and birthday cake. He looks all over the house for boxes and bags, and whenever the Fed-Ex guy comes by with a print order, it takes me 10 minutes to get Port to understand that the box isn't for him. He cracks me up. He loved his "happy birthday", as he calls it. I can't believe he's really three.

Kiddo's ENT appointment will be some time next week. This week, however, I get to take Port for an EKG.  When he was a newborn, he failed his heart test in the hospital (it showed an abnormality).  I was supposed to schedule a follow up EKG for him at 6 months old, but I totally forgot. And now, I have been reminded by the pediatrician a couple of times and we are also about to lose our health insurance (Hubby and the kids; I haven't had it in years) so I decided I had better get it done while I can.

We are losing our insurance soon because Hubby is now officially a temporary employee with his company.  The buy-out is complete, and the remaining employees of the old company will be laid off as soon as the transition is final. yay. I am trying to stay positive and look at this as a good thing; I think the not knowing the exact end date is what keeps me up at night. I just don't know what to expect.

Pictures from recent events to come; right now I am swamped in client edits and so personal images are in the back of the line.

Some good lines from Kiddo the other day - I shared these elsewhere, but I wanted to put them here to keep:
Walking out of the school: "I wish I could lay in bed and poot all day."
Driving Home from Sonic: "Mumma, when I grow up I am only going to vote for you." Me: "You are?" Him: "Yeah. Don't you want to be president?"
Sitting at the Table: "I only like giving myself wedgies. I don't like giving them to anyone else, just to myself."

D :)

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