Friday, March 25, 2011

Exhausting Week

Well I didn’t intend to have such a long break between posts but this past week exhausted me and didn’t allow me much time for blogging. David’s mystery illness continued through the week and I finally took him to the pediatrician Wednesday morning after he developed the new lovely symptom of vomiting…he couldn’t keep anything down – and when I say anything, I’m really only talking about water, since he hadn’t eaten anything since day before. I felt whatever was going on was worsening and I started to really worry. His pediatrician suspected possible strep and looked in his throat & nose but then said everything looked normal there, so then he had David lay down and he started feeling his belly. He thoughtfully pressed and felt all around his belly for what felt like forever…and from the way he was pressing on him and the look on his face, it seemed like he felt something. I asked him if he did and he didn’t answer me. He asked my son if it hurt when he pressed on him and my son said yes – on the lower right side. So the Dr. told me he wanted to run a blood test to check David’s white cell count in case maybe we were dealing with appendicitis. He left the room for a few minutes and David sobbed about not wanting to have a blood test – he had one ten months ago and still talks about it to this day! Then the Dr. came back and said he changed his mind – he wanted me to take David to the ER to have him hooked up to an IV for his dehydration and to have the blood work done there. I was pretty scared by this point – he told me compared to his last visit less than two months before, my son had lost a significant amount of weight and that combined with the other symptoms concerned him. I didn’t realize at the time that he was mistaken about the amount of weight loss, and I was starting to panic, so we left there to get my husband and we were off to the ER. He threw up one last time in the car…it took all the strength in me not to throw up right along with him :(

They took him into a room in record time and throughout the day he saw countless nurses and doctors – all of whom were great with him and seemed very attentive and concerned. But the more questions they asked, the less they suspected appendicitis – especially since looking at him, you’d hardly know he was sick. He was obviously dehydrated, but he wasn’t in nearly enough pain to be suffering from appendicitis. One of the nurses said that the pediatrician mentioned an approximate TEN POUND weight loss – this is where I realized there had really been a serious miscommunication. When the nurse at his Dr. office weighed him that morning, he was 59 lbs. – I saw it myself AND I heard her say it and she wrote it on his chart. In January he had weighed in at 61 lbs…but it turns out that the nurse mistakenly recorded him that morning at 54 lbs. Seriously? She couldn’t read her own writing. So then he ER nurses were asking if we’d noticed David’s clothes being loose on him suddenly or anything and we both said definitely not. AND when the triage nurse weighed him when we got there – he was 61 lbs! (Have I confused you yet?) Bottom line is – he had not lost weight. They did do a sonogram to check his appendix just to be safe, and they did run the blood work and a flu test – but everything came back normal. They diagnosed it as gastroenteritis… After his IV, they gave him apple juice and waited a while to make sure he could keep it down, and when he did, they let us take him home. We left there relieved but kind of feeling like it all wasn’t really necessary. Except that the IV did help immensely, so forget I said that. Once the whole bag of fluid was in his little body, he perked right up and begged to play Angry Birds on Daddy’s iPod. He let me take a picture of him right before they took out the IV line… YES my camera is always with me! (His head is not really as large as it looks here, lol. My camera has a wide angle lens)He went back to the pediatrician Thursday for a follow up and they said just to keep him on the BRAT diet – but said he could have chicken soup and things like that too. So when my husband called me after the appointment, David got on the phone and asked me if I would please make my homemade chicken soup for him that night. I said of course I would if Daddy would go get the ingredients – but not only did he get the ingredients – he ended up making the soup himself (my husband, not my son). We all think he did a great job!
David went back to school today and is feeling like his old self again – and Samantha somehow miraculously hasn’t gotten sick (I totally just jinxed it) so as of now we are all a go for the Sabres game tomorrow night!!! It will be David’s first game ever! They better not screw it up!!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Another Happy Announcement!

So yesterday our new nephew came into the world and today I found out my sister finally got engaged to her wonderful boyfriend of 7 and a half years!! We LOVE him – and he loves her to pieces – and my family has always hoped that they would someday be married and I am SO HAPPY FOR HER! Here they are at my wedding in 2005…they are adorable together!

Other than that today was a very lazy, uneventful day. Well, aside from the Sabres kicking Atlanta’s ASS tonight, which was awesome and very necessary for us… We’re taking the kids to the game next Saturday and I can only hope that game will be that good! David did alright today – he had a mild fever and headache throughout the day on and off but he has been in good spirits all along… like when he came to show me his little finger friends…

I used this picture for my 365 today.
I just love him.
I can’t believe tomorrow is already Sunday!
The weekend is going by way too fast as usual :(

Friday, March 18, 2011

Welcome Baby Connor!

Early this morning, we got a voice mail from my brother-in-law who said he had a few good things to tell us…my first thought was that maybe his wife was in labor – she was due with their little boy April 7th and I figured this was close enough. So my husband called him back and they talked for a few minutes…Joe (my brother-in-law) told my husband that they just signed the contract for a new house…they’ve been searching for a home for a long time now so that was great news! Then (and I could only hear one side of the conversation), he came out with the news that “Kara had the baby!!” AAAAGGGGHHH! What? Not what we were expecting to hear! How exciting! She went into labor in the middle of the night and the baby was breech so she ended up with a c-section. He came into the world at about 5:30 this morning! We are so excited to have a sweet new nephew! So we planned to go and meet him  today up at the hospital (as I said, I’d already taken the day off), but we had a long day of fun things planned with our own kids first. So anyway, first we went shopping for some things and we bought some sweet little items for baby Connor…my husband picked them out, can ya tell?

After shopping, we went to see “Gnomeo & Juliet” (cute movie, not anything to rave about though) and we had lunch at Red Robin (yummmm!) Ugh I seriously hate that song and it will be stuck in my brain for the next week. But the food was pretty good I guess. Halfway through lunch I could see that David didn’t look so good under the eyes and I just knew he was getting sick. When we got home, I took his temp, and sure enough – he had a 101 fever. The little stinker said he felt fine until he found out he had a fever and then he started acting sick. He just so badly wanted to be able to do everything we had planned for the day, he probably did everything in his power to ignore that he wasn’t feeling well and he sure was acting completely normal. But after that, he spent the rest of the day relaxing on the couch and watching Cars with Daddy. And of course we had to cancel our plans to go visit the new baby because we could never chance getting him or my sister-in-law sick :( But hopefully we’ll get to see them soon! I can’t wait!! I sooo miss holding a little baby!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patty’s Day


0805B75DSt. Patrick’s Day has never been too exciting for me – I’m only a tiny bit Irish, mostly Italian, and so my family never celebrated it. So I didn’t really care that I had no green to wear to work today. But sadly, when I got there I was in big trouble with all my co-workers because I was wearing a black shirt and gray pants. How boring can you get I guess, huh?? Mary Jo, who got a little carried away with the green stuff – pants and all - gave me her cute little shamrock necklace to wear and then all was well and I was allowed to stay :) lol, I work in a wonderful office with some great women and although the work we do is extremely serious in nature, we manage to have fun throughout the day and the dynamics between us are really great. I love my job. I love the work and I love the people. To give a little background - I recently made the decision to transfer to this building/office from a different one and now I can honestly say it was one of the absolute BEST decisions of my life. I am SO much happier. It was one of those situations where I really wanted to go for it but I wasn’t going to mess with the situation I had, which was also a good one, even though I was very unhappy with the nature of the work I was doing…but then I decided to give it a shot. It felt right, and it has proven to be so :) Ok so anyway, today a few of the girls and I walked to get lunch at a local Mexican place – because what could be more appropriate to eat on St. Patty’s Day than Mexican food? 083It was beautiful out! I’m so ready for spring. We stuffed our faces and it was just really nice to socialize with them “outside of work” even though it was just on our lunch hour. I was already friends with one of these girls before I moved there and now the others are quickly becoming some of my favorite people. Which is good, since we are together 8 hours a day. Then on the way back from lunch, we stopped at the store and I found this amazing shirt…I may not really all that Irish at heart, but I really want this shirt!!! But sadly, the store wouldn’t give it to me for free, so…it is not mine :(

So yeah that’s my St. Patrick’s Day! Last year’s was a little more festive. I’m off tomorrow to spend it with the hubby and kids since they are off of school – the kids don’t know yet – it’s gonna be a surprise :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Watering My Body

For the past God knows how long, I have been trying to force myself to drink more water. I know all about how good it is for the body, I know the risks of not drinking enough of it, etc etc... Problem is - I hate water. Yeah, I know – how can you hate something that has no taste? That’s the whole problem - I find it very hard to drink large amounts of something that has no taste, it just makes me nauseous. And to make matters worse, I am completely addicted to caffeine. Even though I have almost completely cut pop out of my diet, I drink way too much coffee. I am pretty much constantly dehydrated, and I know that is SOOO bad. I can feel the negative effects of dehydration on my body every day – headaches, dry eyes, fatigue, heart palpitations (which I have anyway on a daily basis, but dehydration and caffeine make it so much worse), dry skin and hair…it’s time to fix this Smile And so, I’m happy to say that I am on day 3 of rehydration! I don’t know, is that a word? I even found this awesome little iPod app to help me stick to my plan, called “Water Your Body”. Love it! It helps keep track of how much water I have drunk (or drank?) throughout the day, it calculates how much I need based on my weight, charts my day to day intake and I can get “trophies” for reaching certain goals, etc. I really like it, I’m all about fun little apps that help me stay organized and it’s actually motivating me even more to take better care of myself :) Hmmm…I think I just might have to add iPod app reviews to my blog…

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Child's View

Samantha drew this at school today, during lunchtime...

She always amazes me with her thoughts and insight on things. Kind of like the 9/11 picture she drew for David a few years ago.
Notice how utterly gigantic this wave is...and notice how tiny the people and house are and how all of the people have sad faces. It makes me so sad that my children have to see such pain in the world.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I’m Alive

Ok, so I took a few months off. Didn’t really intend to - I’ve been busy! And after thinking long and hard about it these past few days, I decided that I really miss blogging. So I’m back…and even with an iPod Touch app to publish my every thought with. Aren’t you glad? Smile
Hmm…well since my last post, a lot has happened. I don’t even know where to begin so I won’t, lol….um, I started a new 365 Project which I am determined to stick with (and so far so good!). I’ve also finally upgraded to a Pro account on flickr, which I have wanted to do for years! I’m so excited about that. I love to take pictures but I love it even more when I feel like someone might actually see them and comment on them once in a while. The kids have been doing great in school -- Sam’s nearing the end of her final year in Elementary School and it’s making me very sad. My baby is so old. She just finished performing in her first ever school musical, she was adorable with lots of fun singing and dancing parts. It was awesome and I think she was very happy she decided to do it. Besides that, I just got over the worst flu I think I’ve ever had, and I had a breast cancer scare in the middle of that too. Yep, I had my first Mammogram last month, which was definitely not my idea of fun. OUCH. But it turned out alright, so that’s all that matters…