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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Today I worked with a personal trainer, first time ever. It was a great experience but goodness I am SORE!!!
I've thought with my bad knee I couldn't do much, I was proven WRONG today. I contorted my body in ways I didn't think was possible. Without Alan I know I wouldn't have tried, and yes I will be going back again on Thursday.
To all of you who are able work with your trainer for an hour I commend you, half an hour was all I could do, and I thought I was dying. lol

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RLMCCUE 8/26/2009 9:31AM

    Good for you, Julie! I'm so proud of you for your workout, and for going back for more tomorrow! I would love the opportunity to work with a trainer, someday I'm sure I'll have the opportunity. Keep up the great work!

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UNIQUEGIGGLES 8/26/2009 7:47AM

    Wow! Way to go! You are well on your way to that 5K.

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TXMOMY929 8/25/2009 6:20PM


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    It really does help to use a trainer. Kind of hard to stop at your uncomfortable point when someone is pushing you past it. I like the accountability.

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The ramblings of an insane woman

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I wish this was a funny entry, but it is far from it. Some of you know that I have a son named Mike with multiple disabilities. He lives in a group home. Last week I got a call from an urgent care about Mike. I was asked about treatment for Mike but was given no information. I called the house immediately and found out that he had taken a bite of a burger and choked stopped breathing and had the Heimlich performed on him 3x. He had been complaining about his teeth hurting and what they figured was he refused to chew.
The Dr. said soft foods from then on and that he was doing okay and no broken ribs. Thursday he refused to eat, Friday the same thing. Thursday and Friday I was working with nursing trying to get him in to see a dentist and getting pain medication. Friday evening we were able to get pain meds. and antibiotics. Saturday morning I get a call that he refused to eat, drink or swallow pain meds. The nurse and I agreed that he needed to go to the ER.
I was told he was severely dehydrated by the Dr. there and had BAD gingivitis. He was given two bags of liquid through an IV and seemed better.
Yesterday he saw his new Dr. (a new story by itself) the Dr. said hes doing okay. I found out he is still refusing to eat and barely drinking anything. The aides are pushing liquids.
Wednesday he will be seeing a dentist on an emergency bases. Hopefully they will be able to help.
During this I've been eating horribly not taking care of myself. My emotions are so messed up that at times I feel numb. I was hardly able to walk (because of my knee) but during the last couple of days the pain went away. After the Dr.'s visit yesterday the pain came back. Does anyone have an explanation?

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HIONLIFE93 8/22/2009 6:05PM

    Julie, Just on and catching up....sorry to hear about Mike and your knee....keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.......Love you girl, Joyce

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RLMCCUE 8/19/2009 1:12PM

    Julie, I'm so sorry for what you're going through, I know you must be worried sick about your son. Your both in my thoughts and prayers,and if there's anything more I can do to help please let me know! I hope your knee pain gets better, too. It's hard to have to deal with other things while you're in pain yourself. Good luck!

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UNIQUEGIGGLES 8/18/2009 6:36PM

    I agree with TXMOMY929. I think you were so worried about Mike, the pain took a backseat. I hope you get him into a good dentist. One that understands, that is the hardest part. Remember you both are in my prayers!

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TXMOMY929 8/18/2009 3:45PM

    emoticon What an AWFUL week!

I think the pain may have still been there but you were so focused on everything else that you didn't notice it really? And then maybe didn't treat it as gingerly as you ought to? So when it came back it came on with a vengeance? I don't know, just a hypothesis.

Let me know what the dentist says tomorrow.

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LAURA-BUG 8/18/2009 1:32PM

    I will pray for you and your son! Hope the knee pain resolves.

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My Son Mike - Graduation edition

Saturday, May 16, 2009

First I have to say THANK YOU to all of my that have responded to My Son Mike blogs. You have all been so VERY SWEET!!!!!
Second this is the second to last edition for awhile. I will probably write about Mike's birthday next week and that will be it.
Third for all of you that have supported me through this..... You will never know how much each and everyone of you mean to me.......I will never be able to thank you enough.

Mike Graduated last night with 3 other individuals and I cried like a baby. I had so many different emotions coursing through me at once that's what came to the surface and stayed. I WAS AND AM SO PROUD. The teachers, assistants and support staff were beaming almost as bright as me. It was a beautiful day filled with people who love Mike as much as I do. His big sister Morgan came and made his day. She took tons of pictures (the picture at the end is thanks to her) and threw Mike a party. Chad (his friend from the wedding) was there (he took off sick from work but we won't tell anybody). Mikes' Aunt Kris, Grandma, & Great Aunt Mary where there too. (They also threw him a party) After the speech they showed a video clip of each of the students from when they started at Lee to now. ( Mike started at age 7) Watching my child grow up before my eyes..... Now that was definitely a tear jerker. It brought back soooo many memories.... It was a WONDERFUL night.
Mike was even featured in the newspaper, after everything that happened last night to get up this morning and see my son in the paper. WOW!!!!!


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.DUSTY. 5/17/2009 9:03PM

    emoticon emoticonGreat job Mom! I'm glad it was a wonderful time for your son, you, your family and friends! emoticon

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HIONLIFE93 5/17/2009 12:13PM

    Mom, You cry as much as you want, you brag as much as you want, you be as proud as you want, way to go......you're doing a great job being a mom......these are great memories to cherish forever and to have family and friends around to share them with you.....I'll have to get a paper to see the story......Congrats to Mike and you......how awesome.......

Love you....Joyce

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BAABAABIRDSONG 5/17/2009 12:17AM

    I had a son that had struggles in his young life also. He also graduated when all were not expecting it. I want you to know you are not done with your son. I hope to see more of him in your blogs. He is a great young man.

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UNIQUEGIGGLES 5/16/2009 10:07PM

    What a beautiful thing. Mike has lifted my spirits tonight. Way to Go Mike!

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Mike's Graduation Today & I'm a WRECK

Friday, May 15, 2009

Mike's graduating today WOO HOO, Oh YIKES. I'm extremely excited this is a great thing. So why am I so stressed? I have no idea....... I know this is very important to him and believe me I will not let this effect him.
I took him shopping on Monday, we got his shirt, tie & new pants. He picked everything out himself.(his tie is blue his shirt has blue pinstripes his pants are khaki, yes his favorite color is blue) After he tried on his shirt and tie, he was standing at the mirror posing. He wanted to leave the dressing room and show all the employees and shoppers how good he looked. Just writing this brings a smile to my face. I am soooooooooooo proud. For his accomplishments, not for how well he poses. lol
For all of you who have read about Mike I will make sure I write about everything over the weekend and hopefully get some pictures on here too.
Thank you so much for listening,

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UNIQUEGIGGLES 5/15/2009 9:42PM

    Congrats to Mike! emoticon

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HIONLIFE93 5/15/2009 1:47PM

    CONGRATS Mom and Mike.......it's okay to be a little stressed, after all you don't have a son graduating every day....yes do take pictures, proud mamma........keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, know it will all go smooth and you can jump up and down and celebrate......

emoticon emoticontime to celebrate....... Joyce

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CALOUSTE 5/15/2009 12:28PM

    I just read your previous post and wanted to wish Mike and you well! Have a wonderful day and weekend!

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LTRUM71 5/15/2009 12:22PM

    Congrats to Mike! I bet he looks wonderful in his new clothes for graduation.

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My Son Mike

Thursday, April 30, 2009

You are all probably wondering why I'm writing about my son, well let me tell you.....

Mike was born May,24th 1988 he was my 2nd child. When he was born we knew something wasn't quite right but the Dr.s' really didn't listen because the symptoms we tried to explain were so vague. When Mike was 8 months old he had his first seizure & stopped breathing our neighbor gave him CPR. By the time the ambulance arrived he was breathing again but not coherent. Mike was placed on a heart monitor at that time. At 11 months Mike was taking a nap & the monitor went off when I got to his room he was seizing so hard that he was bouncing in his crib. The ambulance came & took him to the hospital. When we got to the hospital the staff wouldn't let me see him.... I remember the nun and the priest coming in & trying to give comfort, by what they said & what the Dr.s' said I knew Mike wasn't going to make it........... Mike refused to give up. He lived.
Dr.s' told me he'd be lucky to live past 5 years old....... He's still here, he has Cerebral Palsy, is Developmentally Delayed but that hasn't stopped him. They thought he'd be in a wheelchair, he's not, he does walk with a walker ( he tries to pick up girls with it). lol
When Mike was 15 I realized I couldn't take care of him by myself anymore I decide to place him in a group home. He will never be able to live on his own, but he will get a job with a job coach. He will fall in love, not the kind we're used to. (he doesn't understand marriage or relationships in that sense) He has a girlfriend her name is Charity. She calls me mom. She helps him with things he can't do. He wants to take her to McDonald's & have fry-fries. Mike also has some great friends, he helped bring two of them together. They both worked at his first group home. They fell in love and decide to get married, they asked Mike to be a groomsman. Which he did he wore a tux and walked down the aisle. It was absolutely Wonderful.
The reason I'm talking about all this is Mike will be graduating from High School on May 15th & celebrating his 21st birthday on the 24th. There were days things were very difficult and quite a few days I didn't know if he would make it. Here we are facing two gigantic milestones and about to achieve both. I'm very excited and proud but also a little sad. My little boy who I wasn't even sure was going to be here is a MAN.
Thank you to all of you for listening I very much appreciate it,

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MORNINGSUN52 5/12/2009 3:53PM

    thank you so much for sharing this story. Your son is an incredible young man...but he got to be that way because he has an incredible mom and dad. I know so many who would just say oh my poor baby and coddle him and not let him learn to do the things he can. I also know what an incredibly hard decision that must have been to let him go live where you knew he could get the help he needed. That is a true loving parent. You have shown what true strength you have. And i can see the great progress you are making here as well. good luck in continueing that success and please keep us informed on how your son is doing.

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HIONLIFE93 5/4/2009 11:37PM

    Julie, Thanks for sharing, you are a great mom and have an awesome son. I'm honored that you share your life with us.....we are all in this together and I'm a firm believer that we don't meet each other just by chance, God has a master plan for all of us. You are one special lady, looking forward to getting to know you better. Join in all the fun and we'll have a blast making these lifestyle changes together. Together, we can make a difference in our lives and the lives of others.


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UNIQUEGIGGLES 5/1/2009 11:25PM

    I also have a son who is developmentally delayed. What an inspiration. I have always said to my son you can do anything put your mind too. Kudos to you for highlighting your son's accomplishments.

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SUSMAX 4/30/2009 6:01PM

    What a great inspiration you and mike are!!! Congrats to mike!!

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SUSMAX 4/30/2009 6:01PM

    What a great inspiration you and mike are!!! Congrats to mike!!

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SHADOW38 4/30/2009 5:31PM

    Wow, what a wonderful, triumphant story! Congratulations to you and to Mike.

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TNLONGHORN 4/30/2009 5:30PM

    Congratulations! I know how incredibly precious this is. Cherish it. And thanks for making me think about something other than myself. Your son has a truly beautiful story.

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