Friday, December 28, 2007

Sorry for the lack of updates. I have been sick, again. Oh boy, am I sick and tired, of being sick and tired. This has been going on since Thanksgiving, and it keeps getting passed around. I was sick on Christmas, and went to urgent care the day after. I have a sinus infection, Bronchitis and pink eye. I had a breathing treatment and was sent home with antibiotics, Robitussin with Codine, and some eye drops. I don't think I have ever had such a bad sinus infection before. It was so bad I couldn't even lift my head off the pillow in the morning. And the coughing is so bad sometimes I can't catch my breath and sometimes vomit. I have been through 5 big boxes of puffs plus with lotion and Aloe in three days and I still look like Rudolf the red nosed reindeer! It's terrible! Jason went to urgent care after I came home from there. We had to take turns. He also has Bronchitis, not a sinus infection, but strep throat! The girls are fine, I can't believe it. I am so glad though, but I feel terrible that I was miserable during Christmas and Christmas break for them. The house is a terrible mess! I promised them that we could host play dates here while they are on break from school but now that's a no. Maybe these antibiotics will kick in and by next week I'll be feeling much better.

Anyway, I want to post some Christmas pictures. We still did manage to have a nice Christmas day. I felt the worst the day after, so I am thankful that I was able to do stuff with the girls.

Here are some pictures of the girls decorating the sugar cookies the Saturday before Christmas.

Here are some taken on Christmas eve and Jason's parents house. Alexandria took a nice long nap, which did not help her to go to bed early enough that night for Santa to arrive early. Mary and Papa doing a crossword puzzle together, Mary playing some Christmas music on her Viola for us, and Anna made the programs for Mary's performance! Jason and the girls putting out the milk and cookies for Santa, and then myself and the girls!

Santa came!!!!!!

Cats love Christmas too!

Anna got what she asked Santa for!

Mary got what she asked Santa for too!

All three must have been on the Nice list!

Playing on Chirstmas day!

Grama and Papa come to visit too!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Santa and stuff

So sorry it's been so long since I've posted. I decided to take a little break from the computer in general. Things are going ok. The girls can't wait for Christmas break. We have some things planned, so it'll be nice! Jason and I went shopping for the girls gifts from Santa yesterday. It was the first time we went shopping this year for Christmas, and It'll be the last. It is really disappointing to see such crabby people throughout Toys R US, and even more annoying that the workers act as if your pulling their teeth to help you. I know they get bombarded with questions and have to deal with some mean and rude people, but it doesn't give them the right to treat ALL of their costumers that way. Oh well, we got what we needed to get for them and we were done. I will not be going over there again, and it's not just because we don't have any more money to shop.

We also went to the mall to visit with Santa! That was the high light of the day/season. Alexandria was supper excited to see him (from a distance anyway) and the other girls kept rehearsing the way they would tell him what they wanted. The only thing I could get out of Alex was that she wanted a blue present with big ribbons. Here is how the conversation went:

"Alex, what are you going to ask Santa for?"

"Ummm.....get me presents!"

"OK, but what kind of presents?"

"My OWN presents!"

"Ok, of course your own, he will get Mary her own, Anna her own, and you your own, but what do you want your present to be?"

"Ummm....a blue one with....big ribbons!"

"Ok, how about when you take off the big ribbons and blue wrapping paper, what do you want to be inside?"

"Ummm....a present for me!"

I gave up, she doesn't care I guess. We went through the Toys R US big book and she pointed to every single thing on every single page. So, I will have to make sure Santa's present is in blue wrapping paper with a big bow. Not too hard. Anyway, we only waited 30 minutes for Santa, and we were the last people he saw before he went on his break for dinner. Thanks to my good friend Michelle, we got free pictures because she knows the people who take the pictures for Santa. Otherwise, I wasn't going to buy them. I think it is terrible that they won't let people take their own pictures anymore. I think they will start charging people to just have their kids sit on Santa's lap! It's terrible, I think, to not let people take their own pictures. Oh well, it's all about the money now. Alex wouldn't sit on his lap, she was so excited to go see him, but once we got up there she was scared, she cried and wouldn't sit on his lap. I did expect her to, but oh well. Once we left to view the pictures and he got up to go to dinner, she was all about him again. Waiving and calling out his name and everything. Oh well, she still had fun!

If I don't post again until after Christmas, don't' worry. I will be busy for the rest of the days with cookies and grocery shopping and all that!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Monday, December 03, 2007

Not Pneumonia!

Maybe I was being a little dramatic in my last post. I finally went to urgent care yesterday because my fever did in fact, stay high. Also, when I woke up yesterday morning my ears hurt. I was having a flashback from when I was a kid. I got ear infections a lot, and that feeling came back just the way I remember. They said my lungs sounded clear, so they didn't think a chest x-ray was necessary. She said the feeling I am getting when I breath in is just that my lungs are sore and tired and weak from all the coughing I have been doing for the past week. Both my ears are definitely infected, and I am on antibiotics. This morning I woke up with an extremely sore throat. With a flash light I can see that my tonsils are swollen, and I have some white puss pockets in there. My throat didn't hurt at all yesterday, and now it looks like I might have strep throat! URGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! I called the doctor today, and the antibiotics should cover strep throat too if that is what it is. I am not trying to breath on any of my kids today, keeping my coughs to myself as best I can, and using lots of hand sanitizer and Lysol disinfectant spray.

Here is someone who can't leave mommy alone and let me get some rest. She is always by my side, and when I am sick and lying around, she can't function either.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Will this ever end?

Still sick here. I actually think I have pneumonia! All fevers are gone, except for mine. Everyone is coughing, but I am coughing the most. I can't stop, it's ridiculous, and it comes at the worst times, you know, those spells. Anyone can have a cough, but when you get that scratch in your throat, and cough and cough and can't stop! On the phone, at the store, at an appointment! And then it feels like I will either pop a vessel in my eye, or bust an aneurysm in my brain. I am sick of it already! I am going to go to urgent care tomorrow if I still have a fever. I am almost positive I have walking pneumonia though. My lungs just feel week and tired when I breath, and when I try to take a deep breath I almost cough one up!


Today I took Anna to Children's to get her labs done, and for a study that she is participating in. Not the withdrawal study that I have been talking about in past posts though. I have decided to put that one on hold until we know what is going on with Grandma. This one is a totally different one. It is titled "Functional Outcomes in Pediatric Liver Transplantation." It was fun for her, she played games! It took 2 hours though! I knew it was going to be long, but I couldn't even be in the room with her! I had to fill out questioners about Anna and her physical, mental, and emotional development. It took me 2 hours, I was done only 2 minutes before Anna was! I let her pick out a little something at the gift shop when we were done, and she got her daddy THIS. It was only $5 on the clearance table, and he has to wear ties at work so one more won't hurt!

When we walked outside the snow started falling. When we got the care and paid for parking it was snowing a little harder. By the time we got to the first stop light, it was coming down in big flakes. It was so pretty, but traffic was not. It took us 2 1/2 hours to get home when it would normally only take us 45 minutes when traffic is good. People were driving like they had never driven in snow before. It was ridiculous!!!!! I was so annoyed. Lucky Anna slept through all of my frustration, which was really good. She didn't need to hear some of the things coming out of my mouth anyway. To make things worse, my cell phone was dead. I had no battery power even though it had just said that it was fully charged. My phone has been acting up lately, and I am lucky when it does work! I knew Jason and his parents would be worried about us. By the time we were half way home the snow turned to sleet and the roads got really slippery. Try stop and go, bumper to bumper, highway traffic in a stick shift little Dodge Neon. Every time I had to stop (which was often) when I would try to get going I was all over the place. It was a little scary, but we made it home ok. When I walked into Jason's mom's house I could see the relief in her face. She was really worried about us, and she said Jason kept calling her to see if I had called. It sucks that everyone was so worried. That another one of the reason's that I was so frustrated on my way home. So, anyway, our driveway is like a skating rink. I swear you could put on Ice Skates and be able to skate on the sheet of ice. I won't try though. I refuse to go back out there tonight.

Gotta love winter in Chicago!