Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Standing (or sitting) at someone's bedside is a different kind of work than I am used to--I have so often been the patient. However, what I know from my experience being a patient has helped me to help my daughter to get better information and care. She is coming along, but may be here up to 4 more days. She had a bloody nose this morning that precipitated them removing the oxygen. With all of the blood thinners, anything that might cause a bit of bleeding isn't a great idea. Her oxygen levels have been okay, so yay. She gave herself the shot this morning, so she is ready to do her own when she gets home. She started on Coumadin last night and that is now the big thing. She has to have a high enough level to leave the hospital. That is what we will wait for. They have done a lot of lab work and they are trying to eke out what the cause of this embolism is. They check young people for genetic markers and that is important to our other 7 kids.
As for me, I got my website officially published yesterday and today I completed the other two pages from the drafts that I had them in. I still need to add photos, but until I am back at work and can take some, it is just the templates. The information is good and is the result of a lot of work over the weekend in particular and my own frustration in learning the "how to" stuff. Here is the URL, if you would like to take a look:
This is the main or "about page." On the right is a menu and you can see other pages and the "posts" that are less permanent, more newsy items. They switched from the former format I understood and had a great page to this word press format. I had to learn about it and how to get my information on there, with a lot of weird glitches with the technology in my classroom.
Anyway, it is finally at least up in published format. I went for help on this in November, so it is an accomplishment for me.
That's about it for now--I am going to leave the hospital to go to physical therapy for a short break. I'll get some other exercise in besides walking then. I haven't been to the pool since Sunday, but these hallways make a kind of walking track away from the cold.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Right now I am sitting at the hospital in my daughter's room. Megan was at the movie with a friend when she called and said she was coming home to get our insurance cards. She had a severe pain in her back and it was starting to hurt up to her shoulder. She and her friend went to the ER around 8 and at 11 PM, she called us to tell us that they were transporting her to the main hospital. I was already in "bed" and doing my late night posting on SP--I got dressed quickly and my husband and I got to the hospital before the ambulance had even left with her. It turns out that she has a blood clot in her lung. I know little about this (yet) but it is pretty serious. She has been poked and prodded. They are giving her injections that according to the nurse cost "thousands and thousands" of dollars--they are some kind of blood thinners and she will be on them and medicine for some time to come. Right now they have her on oxygen and a heart monitor and are trying to get to the bottom of everything.
Miles had a nice birthday on Saturday. Several of the kids ended up going out, so we didn't have birthday cake until Sunday (before the hospital issue came up.) I had a small piece before I looked up the Weight Watchers points on a 3" square piece of iced cake--9, holy cow. Oh well, I don't eat such stuff often--and I didn't even eat the entire piece, so it was okay.
I am going to attend to my daughter now--even at 22, she is still my baby.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I'm sorry I haven't been around much all week, but when I share what has been going on in my world, I think you'll understand. I suspect some of you who know me well enough to know I can be guilty of working too hard and pushing myself too hard, will fuss at me a bit--and I know I deserve it.
Tuesday, I left work after the children left long enough to go to physical therapy and then I came back to school for our parent night with the author who visited our school. (David Nieves, author of "Reptiles Up Close" and "More Reptiles Up Close." I finished a bit after 8 and then went straight home, skipping he pool due to the late hour.
Wednesday, I had a meeting at the church with the summer initiative group and I had to leave it early for a doctor's appointment. I rode with my son and for some reason the heat in his car quit working. Brr-rrr that is hard on my body. Anyway, I got home in time to eat a bit of dinner and then go to the pool.
Thursday, I had physical therapy right after work and she was disturbed because my arm was so stiff. She worked hard to get it to move and ouchie, ouchie! She also added some new exercises--I crossed the 5 week mark and am closing in on getting to move my arm. The deal is that I can move it more and forget. When I do it, it hurts like crazy. When I couldn't move it, I didn't have this pain. It is a catch 22. Anyway, I had to take extra pain medicine before I got to go to the pool. It was another of those nights when I fell asleep with the laptop on my lap and I was posting here on SP.
Friday stunk. I mean that seriously. Our temperature was over 25 below zero with an ugly wind chill. My son got the car stuck ina ditch on his way home from driving Marissa to school for her early band lesson. That meant that my other son had to get our old beater truck with no heat and a big draft to drive me to school. I was late again and had to get someone to cover the little guy I tutor before school. My walker was also in the other car, so I found my cane which is no good for my walking with this back. There was a program that interfered with my second grade lesson that nobody thought to tell me about. My third and fourth graders were gone on a field trip which gave me a chance to work on those laptops for the reading program. I finished my lessons for the day and had to hunt down my little guy who I tutor after school. When the day was "finished," I got to work. I worked on lesson plans and added the details to the project my third and fourth graders have been working on. I got it hung in the hallway for everyone to see. I didn't realize it was 7PM until I finally looked at the clock.
Today was my big day--I got my friend and mentor to come and look at the work I have done on my National Boards renewal. She was so positive and let me know that I am both on the right track and should keep going. I was frustrated after I worked last weekend and thought that I didn't have enough data to run with. Her first comment was "Oh my, you have so much to use that it is going to be hard to scale it down." Yay, I needed to hear that. After she left school, I worked on my webpage for a long time--it was after 2 before I left. I almost have the computers and the program that goes with them ready for the kids to use. It is a big mess because they decided that wireless internet is "inefficient" and they gave me a single ethernet cord. Hmm, I have 5 other machines that need to go online--so after a lot of fussing since October, they finally brought me this hub. There are 8 cords coming out of this thing right now when I have my own machine there--it is a nightmare. Tomorrow, after I go to the pool, I am going to have one of the guys help me to secure it under the table with some heavy tape and then I'll being the machines to the table when I want to use them and remove them otherwise. We went to the pool/fitness center when I got home from school. When we returned home, I finished rearranging the family room that we started a week ago. I had a bit of dinner, but had to finally retire for the evening,
It has been a busy crazy work week, but I am seeing progress for my efforts. I was so busy today that I forgot to go to Weight Watchers--I think I'll simply skip my weigh in this week and do it next week. I am doing okay and that's all I need to know right now. I have lots of catching up to do here on SP and then tomorrow we have church, pool, a special service at church for our additional parish nurse, and work at school besides laundry, grocery shopping and getting ready for the week.
I think I know why I am tired, sore, tired, aching, and tired!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
"Write on your heart that every day is the best day of the year."--Ralph Waldo Emerson
These words came off of a perpetual calendar that I have had for maybe ten years--and I still find some golden ideas that I need to read and cherish at just the right time. If you read my blog from the end of last week, you know I had a tough time with life last week. With the three day weekend, it doesn't seem as if much could have happened to resolve the big ticket problems I had last week. And little did happen to make those problems easier, BUT...
Emerson had this so right!!
The weather was rough today--we had every nasty kind of precipitation and frozen precipitation possible today. HOWEVER, I got to work on my National Boards renewal for over 4 hours--and that was after a good physical therapy session and my afternoon at the pool.
My kids started out this evening with a bunch of quarreling and it was upsetting to observe. HOWEVER, they resolved it in their own creative way and ended the evening laughing and having fun with each other.
My weigh in on Saturday was a couple of days late. HOWEVER, I lost 2.6 pounds in ten days because of careful tracking and exercise.
$$ are tight in our home for this month. HOWEVER, careful shopping allowed me to get a week of healthy food for 8 of us for around $120.00!
My back has been up to its old tricks of aching and spasms. HOWEVER, between my heating pad, the pool, my tens unit and pain meds, and talking to my physical therapist, I have managed the discomfort and have a plan for my future with this big problem.
I think it is wise to consider all of the good ideas from Emerson--We can bring a great attitude to the things life gives out and make the day an amazing one. It isn't always easy and I cannot try to pretend that I am one of those wonderful positive people, but I am working on it. Our reflections of the day can focus on the day in the way we want to remember it rather than the things that got us down. I am going to work on that.
I am glad to have this place to come to though, and share things when they aren't great, HOWEVER your friendship and support through thick and thin makes everything better.
Monday, January 17, 2011
I received this in an email today and am sharing it with everyone, because there is something in it for everyone. I hope that you enjoy it as well and find a use for it too.
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy..
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2010.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't overdo. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
Last but not the least:
40. Please forward this to everyone you care about.
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