Archive for March, 2009

Santa Chef Almost Done!

I know I haven’t gotten many “in progress” pics up, but that’s because Bro4 borrowed my camera for a few weeks. I just got it back a few days ago and today was the first day I pulled the stocking back out to work on it.

Here it is… almost done! I just finished making and attaching the spoons today.

santachefalmost

In other news… this is spring break so the kids are home. Matthew is trying to earn some $$ by doing extra chores. He’s been cleaning the bathroom today. Woohoo!

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The sick never stops!

So I haven’t been able to get on here and post or update the counts or much of anything lately because of all the sickness! Somebody stop the sickness, please! lol

Made a trip to the ER with Matthew today. He and Meg both just finished 2wks of Xopenex and Pulmicort neb treatments for their asthma. Some virus or something got them flared. Matt finished last Fri. Tuesday he had the growth hormone stim test (we should hear back in a couple of weeks). Friday he woke up coughing and having problems breathing so I immediately put him back on both the Xopenex and Pulmicort and kept him home from school.

Yesterday (Sat) he was VOLUNTARILY getting on the breathing machine about every hour and a half. Clue number one that he was sicker than his usual, since normally even in the peak of an asthma flare I have to fight him to get the treatments done. All day he did this. And all day he was still having difficulty breathing and coughing. Couldn’t even finish a sentence without coughing.

He started running a fever yesterday afternoon so I gave him a tylenol. I had almost decided to take him in to the ER last night, but he was doing a little better after the Pulmicort treatment last night, so instead I sent him to bed.

He woke up 2 or 3 times in the night and gave himself another breathing treatment. He did the same this morning. I knew last night he and I were going to be missing church so we slept in a little. Me more so. He didn’t come back in to wake me up again until almost 11am! He said that he’d done another treatment about an hour before but it didn’t seem to have helped at all and so were we going in? He was starting to sound scared, so I said “Looks like.”

I got up and got dressed, got the kids both dressed and away we went. Good thing Meagan had stayed home from church. Otherwise I’d have either had to go pull her out early or leave him at the ER to come home and pick her up, since church wasn’t due out for another hour or so.

They did a chest xray which apparently was fine since no one mentioned it afterwards, and also did a rapid strep since he was running fever and had a runny nose.

Guess what?

We’ve got strep! Poor kid. Anyway, I had to deny a shot of steroids because it would have only made the Lyme worse, so instead he got a SIX dose albuterol neb treatment and a tsp of Zithromax.

He can’t go back to school until Wednesday, so the baby-sitting my dad I was supposed to do tomorrow? Cancelled. lol My brothers will have to handle him themselves. Mom and Dad will have to go to the Lyme appt for Dad without me on Tuesday, too. I guess that’s a good thing, though. I was worried the doc might get upset with me because he told me Thursday to go to the ER because of my headache and I kinda sorta didn’t. oops. LOL

I’m just hoping now that no one else will come down with the strep! At least Meagan and I are still on antibiotics, so maybe we won’t get it.

I’m too busy!

I have so many projects planned for this year and I don’t seem to be making much progress. True, I was pretty sick for all of Jan and most of Feb, but still it’s frustrating.

Mom and the boys are still here as well (going on a month now off and on) because Dad is STILL in the hospital. He’s down to 91lbs and is “stubborning” himself to death! He refuses to eat or drink enough simply because he’s being told to. It’s so ridiculus!

Tomorrow Matthew is going in for his growth hormone stimulation test. We’ve waited almost 8 full years for this test and it’s FINALLY here! As crazy as it sounds, I hope he fails. We’ve figured he needed the growth hormone replacement therapy for almost 8yr now and failing this test is the only way to prove it and get the health insurance to cover it.

He’ll have an IV for about 4hr and will be given two different stimulating agents to see if his body can produce enough of the hormone for normal growth. The second agent will likely make him feel sick to his stomach and very sleepy. Otherwise it’s no big deal. We’ll take him up to WalMart tonight to pick a Redbox movie to take with us and we’ll probably take a book and maybe some dice, too.

I need to go to the library today and return some books, then go get groceries. I guess I better go get dressed, huh? LOL I didn’t get up till noon today but that’s because I only got to sleep around 5am!


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