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Nothing special; life is good. Another week almost over with more random thoughts.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

First random thought: I wish I read what I typed before hitting the enter button. Always a misspell. emoticon
"Time flies" doesn't cover my days. Time is faster than a speeding bullet. It's 8 am, the next I know it's 2pm and I haven't had lunch yet! No worries there as it's portioned and packed daily.

Just when I think I'm becoming numb to my job, something else shows up that makes my "product quality" brain scream. I've learned to like the people in this "Island of Misfit Toys."

Must have been a bird in another life. The sun goes down and I'm out. I can feel it coming around the bend at 4am.

DD1 and SIL are the typical working parents trying to juggle everything. They got someone to clean their house...I'm jealous!

I'm still on the edge, adjusting to the fact that I don't need to be on alert 24/7 anymore for DD2 now that her beau is here. They are happy as clams. She's had a tough time in the past 8 years and so have we. I'm hoping I'll de-stress and grab control of my eating.

I've always got my non-compliant, medical disaster, hoarder, more often-grumpy 63 year old to play with.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WATERMELLEN 12/18/2014 9:00PM

    Life SOUNDS good -- how lovely to be able to focus on you and your DH for a change!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/18/2014 7:22PM

    Sometimes hard to accept that they are grownups and no longer our responsibility, isn't it? When did that HAPPEN?? It is an odd feeling when the kids start taking care of US! But there is this blessed in between, when you can pursue your own interests while they go about living their now adult lives!

Have fun with the DH, there... and love your background tree! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/18/2014 1:13PM

    Yup . . . time in life to do for YOU. Kids'll always want a part of you. But we have the choice to pick and choose what part is available for the taking!

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ROXYZMOM 12/18/2014 11:21AM

    I am so happy to hear that things are settling down for you! I know how it is to worry about a child...
Hubby refers to his coworkers as "misfit toys" too. And, we laugh when we watch it on tv - he has each character figured out!!
Maintaining a sense of humor keeps him going through the work day!

When the kids were younger and I worked many hours per day, I had a cleaner come in every two weeks. It did help a lot and was so nice to come home to a clean house.

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BARBARAJ73 12/18/2014 9:38AM

    No matter the message (although you do share some good ones) I enjoy your blogs and seeing that wit and humor peeking through. Thank you for sharing - emoticon

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Bonus blog. Determined to attend family party

Monday, December 15, 2014

I sat, Drank water. Lots.
Every little kid who came to visit me coughed in my face, wiped noses on my sleeve or drooled on my pants. Never thought I'd say this but I loved every minute of it. One little one wanted to sit by me because she was bored and we had quite a chat. An estranged nephew showed up with his new love and his kids. Things seem to be looking up for him so hopefully we'll see him more.
The new kid on the block, my future SIL was there to meet everyone for the first time. A vision of UK sartorial splendor in his velvet collared dress coat and nifty scarf. He'll be getting his first sweatpants and hoodie from me for Christmas. He hasn't had the opportunity to see the bared arms, legs backs and chests of the multiply tattooed family members. And I mean full sleeves!
We all frequently gather together and are a very close family. Here we are...all 32 of us!

My GS Ben is walking. Loves my camera.

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/16/2014 9:46PM

    Great family picture

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BARBARAJ73 12/16/2014 1:50PM

    Great pic of a photogenic gang! Glad you were up to it. That Ben is adorable!!!!!

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ROXYZMOM 12/16/2014 8:15AM

    Too cool! Enjoy every minute! And your grandson is too cute!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/15/2014 9:46PM

    And what a great looking family!

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WATERMELLEN 12/15/2014 7:26PM

    What a super family -- and little Ben is absolutely adorable.

That zucchini soup sounds good too; and it's amazing how much smaller containers assist me (coffee spoons too!)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/15/2014 5:53PM

    You are very blessed. Such a large, good looking family. When God said "Go forth and multiply" your team took it serious. LOL.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/15/2014 5:33PM

    Family time -- priceless! What a cutie your precious Ben is!

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Word of advice on medications from a medical professional.

Monday, December 15, 2014

If you don't feel right when taking a medication there are things you should do. READ the information your pharmacist supplies (before you take it). But sometimes not all the information is supplied.

Call your physician right away if you think something is wrong.

I took an antibiotic for my root canal surgery. I didn't feel so good; like I had the flu. Within 24 hours I had blinding headaches, stiff neck, joint pain like I've never experienced, fevers of 102 that would not abate with mega doses of Advil. Thinking I was suffering from the possible tooth infection, I checked the paperwork, didn't find my symptoms and I continued for 3 more doses.

I didn't think I could feel worse but I did. I quit the med and called the dentist who called in a different prescription. I waited all day for her to call back as promised. Nothing. She'll get my thought on that soon!

I accessed my medical databases. Just as I suspected; all the symptoms of meningitis. A rare adverse reaction. Only 7 cases reported with this intensity and a great abstract on one case that could have been mine.

By 24 hours without the meds I didn't have such joint pain and I nixed an ER trip. Drowned myself in water to flush this out (determined to attend our family party) all day Saturday. Today I saw my primary doc. He congratulated me for NOT going to the ER on Friday. He said I made the right call. They would have wanted to perform a spinal tap and I wasn't in shape to argue. It was good that I started to improve when I was ready to give in.

Not out of the woods yet but glad I called, followed up and also had the smarts to do the right thing. That I can access the literature I need is a bonus.

If something happens to you...call your physician. Here's where I slipped up. I waited for her to call me back and when she didn't, I didn't reach out again. In the end it worked out ok.

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ROXYZMOM 12/16/2014 8:18AM

    Thanks for the share. I am glad you are okay and got to go to the family event.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/15/2014 9:46PM

    Calling my doctor when I broke out in hives after the second course of amoxicillin was how I found out I was allergic! Glad it worked out in the end... and I see you've already given yourself advice for "if it ever happens again"... which I pray won't be the case for you! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/15/2014 7:29PM

    You are smart smart smart -- and this story has a happy ending because you are smart.

I'd be wanting to have a chat with that dentist . . . grrrrrrr. Would be looking for a new dentist I think unless there's a pretty compelling explanation . . . .

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/15/2014 4:59PM

    I hate all meds and will practically take nothing unless forced. I usually prefer older safer meds when I have to take something. I don't want to be a guinea pig. You had a close call. I'm glad you figured out what was wrong. I had a similar problem years - a brain bleed due to a med.

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Under the weather

Friday, December 12, 2014

My dental work had issues and I ended up on antibiotics Tuesday.
I had a serious adverse reaction with blinding headaches, fever and body aches. No fun and I even stayed home from work.
It will take a few days to get this out of my system.

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WATERMELLEN 12/13/2014 11:13AM

    So sorry -- not a good time of the year to be under the weather.

Better soon, I hope.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/13/2014 12:34AM

    Oh, not good.
Stay off work until you are absolutely better.
Take care!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/12/2014 8:32PM

    So sorry this happened to you! Hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/12/2014 7:02PM

    Good grief, GF. Sounds awful. I hope you have a speedy recovery!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/12/2014 6:06PM

    So sorry! Hope you feel better soon!

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New beginings

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

I've been quietly holding my breath and will continue in my pessimistic way for a few more hours.
As I write there is a young man in the airport who left his country to spend the rest of his life with my daughter.
They had a chance meeting at a party with mutual friends almost three years ago. Both said the other was not the "type" they went for but their friendship bloomed. They have had an internet/phone/text relationship interspersed with occasional vacations together.
He's been here several times; I like him very much.
I like him even more that he's left everything he had to be here with her.

She is beside herself with excitement waiting for him to collect his luggage and come home to her.

Perhaps my Christmas wish came true.

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BARBARAJ73 12/10/2014 9:24AM

    emoticon best wishes for a long happy future for your DD and her love. Here's to new beginnings... emoticon

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SANDICANE 12/10/2014 2:18AM

    Oh my! That's quite a love-story...the kind I thought only happened in the movies. What a wonderful Christmas you'll have!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/10/2014 2:14AM

    Stars in their eyes...

Let us know when you exhale.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/9/2014 9:05PM

    What WATERMELLEN said! New Year's Eve was our "set a date" day... me and my son's father. Warm wishes and thoughts headed your way, for your daughter and her young man!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/9/2014 8:15PM

    Wow! How exciting! Sending best wishes!


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    It sounds very romantic. My hubby committed to me on Christmas day. We neither one ever regretted it. I hope your daughter is as fortunate.

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WATERMELLEN 12/9/2014 8:01PM

    How very very exciting and romantic and all-round Christmassy!!

Here's hoping that it all works out just they way they're dreaming . . .

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