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Sick of being sick

And yes, I know I probably already have a post entitled something very, very similar. Oh well. It’s the truth.

I’m so sick of being sick!! UGG! The antibiotic combination I was on last summer really seemed to be doing the job and getting me well. I was able to get a lot of work done helping Mom get their new house ready to move in. Around August, the doc decided we should be through treating the bartonella and changed my meds, and it’s been bad ever since. =(

It didn’t take long at all to realize we were nowhere near through treating the bartonella, but it’s sure taking a long time to get the meds tweaked back to where I’m making any improvements. =(

I’ve missed SO much church in the last ew months, it’s unreal. I had to go off all antibiotics completely in Dec because my white blood cell count was so low. My doc wanted me to see an hematologist, but without moolah, that was a pipe dream, of course.

I finally was able to start back on the bartonella antibiotics this month. I knew I was going to feel worse for a bit before it started getting better. That’s the way it always is, so that I expected. What I didn’t expect, however, was a ‘relapse’ about 3 days into the feeling better stretch. =/

Last Wednesday, I made it to church and answered several comments by friends along the lines of “Where’ve you been? You been having problems with your Lyme?” with a smile. I was finally starting to feel better and could see a hint of the good health (relatively speaking) I’d had last summer. I’d even gotten some housework done before going to church!

Friday, I got some more housework done, though I was feeling a teensy bit nauseous. Dad came over and took the van out to get the front-end aligned and the oil changed. (Actually, they ended up doing a completel lube job on it.) Then the kids and I headed over to Mom’s for game night. The first one since Christmas.

I felt pretty good. I was having a good time talking with Mom and was feeling encouraged about my housekeeping performance. (I’d been real discouraged, doubting my abilities… feeling like I really have horrible housekeeping habits and was ultimately just a lazy lump of lard.) Having felt a little better over the last few days, I’d just fallen back into a ‘habit’ of getting laundry done, and picking up the house. I was realizing that when I am actually feeling ok, I don’t have to force myself to get housework done, I just do it. The lack of housework getting done is actually directly tied to how lousy I’ve felt the last several months.

So I was feeling a little less like an awful wife/mom/housekeeper, and having fun playing Scrabble when all of a sudden the teensy bit of nausea turned into a WHOLE LOTTA PUKIN’! =(

Game night kinda ended there. I spent the rest of the night and all day Saturday on mom’s couch trying to avoid the dry heaves (since there was nothing left to bring up!). I finally drug myself out the door and back home around midnight. By that point, my head was killing me again. (Upset tummy = too chicken to try and swallow pain pills = misery.)

Sunday morning, the kids rode the bus to SS and church (thankfully!), while I slept… all day. Around 3:30pm I braved some super sweetened lemon water and took some pills. I slept off and on the rest of the day and into the night. Chills, sweats, aches, stiffness, and oh-so-tired!

I don’t know if I was unlucky enough to catch some virus going around right at the time I started feeling better or what, but it certainly wasn’t pleasant. And of course it meant I missed more church services. =( 

I’m no longer sick to my stomach (I even actually ATE something late last night!), but I’m still tired and my head still hurts.

Matthew didn’t get either of his allergy shots last week, and I completely forgot about an appt Meagan had with the dr last Monday. I need to get his shots scheduled for this week and then maybe get a load of laundry done. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to manage much more than that today… Still. *sigh*

Meanwhile my children are growing up in a filthy house and having to feed themselves. I’m just sick of being sick. It’s that simple. =(


The Gifts of Christmas 2009

Well Christmas is over. Even New Years is over, actually. I’m so lax about getting this blog updated it’s not even funny.

We here at the Casey residence all had a very blessed Christmas. I do believe we were ALL more than pleased with our ‘booty’, and except for Mike gettin a cold and missin one of the get-togethers, we all had great visits with family. =)

As much as I love seeing extended family and spending time talking and laughing with them (and we did plenty of that) while enjoying num-nums (I had WAY too much of that!), I’ll be honest and say it’s not my favorite part of Christmas. My favorite part is giving those I love good gifts. I absolutely LOVE to give and end up going way overboard most years. Ah well. I love it! =)

I love thinking about a person, thinking about their likes and dislikes, their personality, their habits, hobbies, and tendencies, as well as their strengths (and weaknesses… like chocolate, for instance! hehe) and desires, hopes and dreams… basically every thing I know about them, have deduced about them, or picked up on from conversations with them or their loved ones… and then putting all that personalized information into the search for the *right* gift. Of course, there are times when I can’t seem to find just the *right* thing and so I have to ‘make-do’. Too, there are some instances when picking out and making a very personal gift like that is just not an option.

I have most definitely been known to multi-gift, especially to family friends. Last year it was fudge. This year I was going to do fudge and/or banana bread, but ended up sick just before Christmas and running out of time for the other projects I had going, so I didn’t give to any of the friends this year. =*(  Maybe I’ll turn it into A “love” project and hand out goodies at Valentines. =)

As I was saying, we all had a blessed Christmas. I felt good about most of the gifts I was giving (only a few ‘make-dos’), and I did get most things finished. Then, to make it even better, most of the gifts I gave seemed to be well appreciated and admired. YES! =) I love puttin a smile on someone’s face that way! =)

To recap my projects so I can give an update, here is my list from the 18th of Dec…

  • sew Coast Guard patch onto knit hat for Mike
  • make Christmas candies (candy melts/molds… painted details) for Meg to hand out at school
  • display case of Coast Guard memorabilia for Mike
  • stain/seal display shelf for Coast Guard hat
  • sew ‘sleep sack’ out of queen and throw sized blankets
  • sew matching dresses for Meagan* and the 18″ doll she is getting for Christmas (I have the doll’s dress finished)
  • sew blue snowflake dress* for the doll
  • crochet quitar for the doll
  • crochet poncho* to match one I made Meagan a couple of years ago…for the doll
  • crochet Santa hat*, scarf*, and mittens* for the doll
  • dye and embroider 2 sets of 5 tea towels (red w/ whitework snowmen)
  • change name on Mike’s childhood stocking to Matthew*
  • sew jingle bells on the stockings Meme made the kids*
  • make fudge for giving away and taking to get-togethers*
  • coat choc. sandwich cookies in white almond bark and sprinkle red/green berries/leaves on top*
  • crochet backpack for doll*
  • hang garlands*, window clings*, wreaths*, and lights*
  • finish getting ornaments on the tree and setting out decorations
  • wrap a bunch of Christmas gifts*
  • clean house
  • do about 5 billion loads of laundry (ok, not quite that many, but close!)

Of those, I got almost everything done, believe it or not! I didn’t get the house as clean as I wanted nor as much of the laundry done as I’d hoped, but the living room was ready for Christmas morning festivities, and the rest of the house wasn’t TOO horrid. Of the projects themselves, the only ones I did NOT get done were:

  • make fudge for giving away and taking to get-togethers*
  • coat choc. sandwich cookies in white almond bark and sprinkle red/green berries/leaves on top*
  • crochet backpack for doll*
  • sew matching dresses for Meagan* and the 18″ doll she is getting for Christmas (I have the doll’s dress finished)
  • crochet Santa hat*, scarf*, and mittens* for the doll
  • I also only got 4 of the 10 tea towels finished in time for the gift exchanges. Luckily they were for generic gift exchanges at church and my grandmother’s. I took the set of 4 to one, and Mom had an extra gift for the other, so it was all good.

    The kids both had a great Christmas! Meagan absolutely adores her new doll, whom she has named Samantha, and she got a lot of other neat things that thrilled her no end, too… a scooter, black boots, lots of gift cards and $, a bunch of clip-on earrings, some pjs, a couple of video games, and a case for her guitar to name a few. Matthew was squealing over his collection of costumes (Transformers, Batman, Spiderman, and a ninja outfit) and had a good pile of other goodies… he also got a scooter, a pair of black boots, and a bunch of gift cards and $. Then there were the 3 video games, a cordless drill, a cowboy hat, a fuzzy blanket, some jeans, a couple of puzzles, a bunch of sodas and snacks, 16mi walkie-talkies, and a Bionicle. They carefully tithed off all their $$ and then had fun going shopping.

    Mike ad I had equally good bootys, but perhaps the neatest gifts we received were from God Himself. On the Wednesday before Christmas, our church had a gift exchange, and in the middle of it, someone handed me an envelope from an anonymous giver that contained a crisp $100 bill! That gift was straight from God, through this kind, big-hearted, generous, anonymous soul. I thank them both from the bottom of my heart. That cash was much needed! God didn’t stop there, though. A few days after Christmas we received a card in the mail from a family member that held a check for another $100! Again, I thank both God, from whom all blessings flow, and that special family member from the bottom of this grateful heart. With those two gifts, I’ll be able to keep my doctor’s appointment this week instead of having to put it off till another paycheck comes in.

    Well that about sums things up, I guess. I have a lot of clean-up to do, of course, and a few more projects  (ALWAYS! lol) I want to get done, but things have settled down some. School started back yesterday, so things are as back to ‘normal’ as they get around here.

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