Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Flu!

Remember when the Swine Flu first came out? I just rolled my eyes and didn't take it seriously because the media tends to make things way out of proportion......(which I still believe they do)
Anyway, last Wednesday, Riley woke up with a 104 fever and his legs and arms were numb. Weird. The day before his left thigh hurt really bad---so when he woke up the next morning with that fever-I knew something was wrong. My mind went to the worst case-like cancer-but didn't think anything of the flu until the Dr mentioned he could possibly have Swine flu! I kinda laughed at her not knowing if she was serious or not, but she was. He needed to be tested right away. It took 3 of us to hold him down. It was horrible. They had a big syringe filled with water and a long flexible tube attached to the syringe which had to be stuck way up his nose and then the water pushed up and then sucked back out again. Yuck!! Poor guy, I felt so bad for him. The Dr told us the results would be back in 48 hours, but not 6 hours later, the Dr called us and he tested positive for Influenza A, but they needed to send a sample out to test for H1N1 aka swine flu. We had to go back and do the test again!! Poor Riley. It was worse the 2ND time around since he already knew what to expect. I really didn't think that test would come back positive---but Friday afternoon, the lab called and said he was positive! My child had Swine Flu! Oh my goodness-I could not believe it! It's been weird. I had to contact the school to let them know and we've already had a couple of calls from the heath department. Still cant believe it!!
I think his fever has possibly broken today. He woke up with 102 fever and now it is down and he is really clammy like. I'm thinking maybe we might be out of this now? He has developed a nasty cough as have I but I'm thinking with no fever it might be OK.
We cant send him back to school for a while, and they want us to keep Elliot home too. Not sure if we will keep Brady home or not since he was gone all last week for Outdoor School. All of us are on the Swine Flu medicine-so hopefully that will prevent anyone else from getting sick!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Grandma Noni

My Grandma Noni is now finally at peace and in Heaven. For the past 3 years, anytime I saw her she would tell me "the next time you see me, it'll be in Heaven" She was ready to go Home for a while, but her body just took so long to shut down. Finally, on Thursday morning she went to the arms of Jesus. I am happy for her because she is now at peace and even though her death was expected, it's still hard. She was a sweet lady who loved her family and God with all of her heart. We will miss you Grandma.

Monday, May 11, 2009

What a Difference a Week Makes!

On my last post I was not feeling my best......could you tell? But this week has gone much much better-as far as work goes, and right now, that's a huge part of my life. I switched trainers which I was not all too happy with at first but after this week at work, I'm very glad I did. I really liked my old trainer a lot-she was great but we were both perfectionists and that is so very hard to work under. I was stressing a lot and am now on anxiety pills....but this week is so different. I dont know if its the pills kicking in or the trainer switch. I am actually enjoying going to work and dont dread it like I was before. Today was my Friday and I was actually bummed I dont get to go back for 3 more days! Funny how things change! My week was a busy one though-some pretty tough phone calls that really drained me. But it was good and I got a lot of practice with my multi-tasking skills. Thankfully today was a very slow day because we both needed a "breather" day.
Today was kinda a hard day though-I found out today that my Grandma took a turn for the worse and probably wont make it through the night. She is 96 years old and has lived a good life. The last few years have been hard though-especially this last year. Her body is very slowly shutting down-I'm sad to be losing her but I am happy that she knows Jesus and is going Home!!
It was a bitter sweet kind of Mothers Day-lots of emotions. I was emotionally tired from work and sad for Grandma but am so thankful for the family that God has given me! They are all so good to me!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

In a Nutshell

It's been a long while since I've posted anything so I thought I should write something. Really, not much has been going on. Things are pretty good....hard, but good-I think.
Actually, the last few months have been pretty rocky, but we are still staying strong as a couple and a family.
My job has been so stressful and I've developed a new sense of anxiety. It's been so bad that I've had to go visit the Dr and be put on anxiety meds. I'm also trying not to drink regular coffee on my work days. I don't like the feeling of anxiety. My heart pounds, my stomach hurts, my head's not fun. The job itself is not that hard, it's the training part. I really like my trainer, but she is a perfectionist which makes it kinda hard to work under. This week I'm switching trainers and my new trainer is more laid back, Friday was my first day with her and hopefully things go like they did then. If so, then this job seems doable. The other stress trigger for me it that my hearing is causing me a problem at work. I talked to the Dr about it last week, and he sent me to an audiologist today. It turns out I do have significant hearing loss and I was told I would benefit from a hearing aid. Problem is, my insurance wont cover hearing aids and they are very expensive! Wow. I guess hearing loss runs in my family. Anyway, I'm not really sure what to do with this information-do I tell my supervisors? I don't know. I'm praying that if I'm suppose to say anything, God will give me the opportunity to. The job is kinda fun when I'm having a good day...I really do like it. June 1st through the 17Th, I go to Academy in Salem, OR. I'm excited for that!!
Bills job is going good. I appreciate him so much! He works so hard and is doing pretty good considering the economy stuff going on. Speaking of economy, his income was cut 10%. Ouch! Even though this hurts, both of us have a sense of peace and are not really worried.
In April we were able to pay off two more credit cards!! Yippee!! It's a good feeling to have those gone. We still have three more to go-but they are our bigger ones. It might be a while till those are gone. But 3 is better than 8, right?? :)
We are working on building up our savings again since we've depleted it with car repairs and a new water heater. That's OK though...we were so thankful that we actually had the money in our account to pay cash for those things.
The boys are doing well. Elliot is still playing baseball and we love watching him. They are so cute out there! Riley is not doing a sport right now-I think it would throw me over the edge if I had 2 kids in a sport right now. Too much!! But he is playing violin. He's actually getting pretty good at it. A couple weeks ago he had his first recital-he did really well.
Brady is already getting ready for football. A couple times a week, he is doing a strength and agility training. I can already see some results-I think he is feeling better too.
Well, I guess that's been our life the past couple days. Nothing too exciting. Hope this all finds you well.