Insta-Friday: The sickness edition

We started the week of with a very early morning visit to the Emergency Room with Angry Kid.  My husband took the time to put on jeans and a t-shirt.  Of course, I was wearing my fancy pants, you know, Victoria’s Secret, and my chucks.

My wardrobe in the ER earlier this morning. Angry Kid is doing much better now. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers everyone!

While I was home sick with the kid for three days….plus one extra for me, our family excelled in Draw Something.  Angry Husband was nice enough to bring us our very own stylus’ to use. It improves my drawing by 360%.

Sick kid and his iPad. Husband brought home stylus' for each of us this weekend. He only uses the stylus now.

Angry Husband also went to the store and picked up this little care package for Angry Kid and me. The Dr. Pepper was for survival reasons, of course…

Husband went to the store to get me supplies to survive the day. Dr. Pepper for sanity. Dayquil for my awful cough. @MuscleMilk for protein for me since I can barely taste anything. Mucinex for the kid. Day 3 of sickness!

Hungry Hungry Hippos…Why do their heads always get stuck?

A blast from my past. Playing Hungry Hungry Hippos with the kid.

Since I was home and had so much free time, I actually got to finishing a project. The fabric had been sitting on my desk for three months. Don’t judge…

Since I've been stuck in the house for the past three days, I started and finished a project that has been sitting on my desk.

And finally, sickness has somewhat gone away. I am headed to the gym now.  I got some new running shoes for my over-pronating boxy feet.  I had to get men’s because the toe box is better for me.

My brand new @newbalance running shoes. Not very girly but unfortunately I have to wear men's shoes because they fit me better. #running #runoc cc: @runTeamSparkle

Spring Break starts at 1:15pm today! Wish me luck! Angry Kid is going to AYSO camp for four days next week, yippee!!
life rearranged

Hello Monday-The Fun, Food, and Fever Edition

Hello Monday!

Hell to a busy, yet crazy weekend. So many stories from this weekend, there’s not enough time.

Hello to Bubblefest at The Discovery Science Center. We got a sneak preview last Friday night. It was amazing!

We got a sneak preview of #Bubblefest @DiscoveryCube tonight. All the kids had a blast.
Hello to an early Saturday morning with Sharon. We headed off to Knott’s Berry Farm for a behind-the-scenes photo walk before they opened.

Hello to GhostRider Coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm.  The older I get, the scarier roller coasters look.

Love how the Ghost Rider coaster looks so eclectic and worn @Knotts. #knottsphotos

Hello to the bakery inside Knott’s Berry Farm and their famous boysenberry pies being assembled.

Watching boysenberry pies being made. #knottsphotos

Hello to Roscoe’s House of Chicken’ n Waffles with the girls.

Hello to a long 2-hour wait to get a table.

Roscoe's Chicken and WafflesHello to an unexpected febrile seizure at almost one in the morning on Sunday.

It has been three years since Angry Kid had a febrile seizure. We thought that he had outgrown them.

Angry Kid had a 102 degree temperature. After checking him out, some Tylenol and Motrin, we were released from the hospital a few hours later.

Sigh....the kid had a seizure tonight. In the ER tonight. Most likely a febrile seizure. It has been almost three years since the last one. Not a good way to end the night.

Hello to Angry Kid still sick, and possibly me too.

Hello to a day of doctor’s appointments and cleaning.

Hello to no work.

Hopefully Angry Kid will feel better soon.

Hello Monday and one week till Spring Break.

I’m linking up with Lisa Leonard and her Hello Monday Series.

Million Moms Challenge, Being Prepared

As a mother, I have all sorts of advice to give.  Whether it be good or bad.  I have being participating in the Million Moms Challenge for the past three months as a contributor.  This month’s topic is about “Tips For Raising A Healthy Baby”.

I wrote about my son, Angry Kid, having several febrile seizures starting at sixteen months old.  As parents, Angry Husband and I learned to be prepared for the worst, and being keen observants of our son’s behaviors.

Hospital Visit

Please join me in the conversation and my story over at the Million Moms Challenge Site: Prevention and Being Prepared Is My Mantra.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Million Moms Challenge. The opinions and text are all mine.

Project 365: Week 39

This is how life in suburbia looks. We’ve got soccer, a little blog conferencing, homework, crafts, illness, and caffeine. My son must have brought some bug home last week because I had a full blown cold come on at 12am, Monday morning. I was pretty sick until Wednesday when I started feeling better.

On Thursday morning around 2am, Angry Kid started vomiting. Nothing like that mad dash for towels and carpet cleaner in the wee hours of the morning. I think it was a 24-hour thing because he is all better now.

And as for InstaChallenge, I got a little crafty this week. I’m in the process of making a Halloween bunting to hang in my house. I’ve had the fabric for around two weeks now, but no time. A little sickness gave me some time to start working on it. Day 270, shows me cutting the fabric and also multi-tasking while watching some Law and Order SVU.

Project 365 265/365: Entire team's soccer jerseys in our @BoschAppliances washer. One hour between game & picture day. #teammomProject 365 267/365: Entire team’s soccer jerseys in our @BoschAppliances washer. One hour between game & picture day. #teammom

Project 365 266/365: Opening remarks at #blogsugar11. Love the decorations!Project 365 268/365: Opening remarks at #blogsugar11. Love the decorations!

Project 365 267/365: Ya, me and my bed are BFF's today. I blame my kid for bringing germies home.Project 365 269/365: Ya, me and my bed are BFF’s today. I blame my kid for bringing germies home.

Project 365 268/365: First grade homework. Slight meltdown over the journal.Project 365 270/365: First grade homework. Slight meltdown over the journal.

Project 365 269/365: These two were very brave and tried to make friends with me just now.Project 365 271/365: These two were very brave and tried to make friends with me just now.

Project 365 270/365: Crafts and watching SVU. #multitaskingProject 365 272/365: Crafts and watching SVU. #multitasking

Project 365 271/365: Can I get this @DrPepper in an IV? It would probably caffeinate me faster.Project 365 273/365: Can I get this @DrPepper in an IV? It would probably caffeinate me faster.

life rearranged

Future Gynecologist?

I had a doctor’s appointment last week. I have to go every month for my crazy, I mean ADD meds. Angry Toddler was complaining that his ear’s hurt.  Great, well we all know that means, ear infection, or something stuck in there.  Luckily, my doctor also works within an urgent care center.  Plus, his pediatrician was out of town. We had a quick wait, and we  were plopped down in a room.

Angry Toddler has a history of destroying waiting rooms. He usually spins himself around on the doctor’s stool or stands on it to approach the sink. He then promptly turns on the faucet spraying water everywhere.  The roll of paper, well is usually unraveled. But, he hasn’t done that for at least a year now. I thought we “outgrew that”. Ohh, I was wrong.  He immediately went looking through drawers for “books” and could not locate any “kid’s books”.  I had brought his Nintendo DSi with us, but I guess that wasn’t good enough.

Angry Toddler at The Doctor's Office

Oh yes, he hit up the box of gloves and pulled out the umm yea, stirrups. He proceeded to say, “Momma, you put your feet in these metal things like this, seeee”. Yea dude, I know. I do it once a year, cringing. He seemed very happy about those stirrups, they were almost magical to him.

Do I have a future gynecologist?

but oh look, the stool…it’s soo much fun..WEEEEEEEEEEE

P.S. He did have an ear infection. I got my meds. And we both left with H1N1 vaccines.

What a Week

We started off the week with Angry Toddler getting a cold. Because of Angry Toddler’s history with bronchitis, asthma, and those lovely febrile seizures..we freak when his nose starts running. I swear our kitchen and bathroom cabinets are like a mini pharmacy. I should buy stock in the over-the-counter medications that we buy for Angry Toddler.

Angry Toddler also gave me his cold. Which really sucked. I had issues all week. I’m finally feeling better.

Angry Toddler missed preschool on Monday and Tuesday. Thankfully Mr. XBOX and Ms. Wii were able to babysit in lieu of preschool. I had to take Angry Toddler to the doctor on Tuesday, because he was not getting any better. She diagnosed him with an ear infection, which equals prescription medications.

So Angry Julie heads to Target pharmacy and throws down the debit card for $95 (YES, ninety-five dollars) worth of medications. The only positive thing about my Target visit is their kick-ass prescription bottles. When we use other pharmacies (cough, cough CVS, you suck), you have to pour the liquid meds on a spoon and hope that you don’t spill it everywhere, will convincing the kid to lick the spoon. Target has these plastic lids on top of the prescription bottle, where you insert this plastic syringe and suck out the meds. Angry Toddler loves the syringes and he happily takes his meds. Yes, I know you can buy the syringes, etc. But I love how Target has these automatically built-in.

Wednesday came…Angry Toddler went back to preschool. Can I get a YIPPEE! And I got a wonderful delivery from the Fed-Ex man. The PR peeps from Sonic Drive-In sent me a $25 gift certificate and some goodies for Angry Toddler. They saw my post about Sonic and wanted to thank me for it. I also felt a little better and worked out Wednesday night. I did a TKB (Turbo Kick Box) class at 24Hour Fitness. It literally kicked my butt.

Thursday, I had to go to the dentist and get two crowns done. I’ve had the temporaries for 2 months. I should have gone back to the dentist within 2 weeks. I just hate sitting there. It really wasn’t that bad.

On Friday, I cleaned the house. I haven’t cleaned that much in a really long time. It actually still looks clean. I’m very proud of Angry Husband and Angry Toddler for keeping it that way.

Today, well Saturday, so now yesterday…I took Angry Toddler to his sports class and a birthday party. Angry Toddler’s sports class did track and field today. He loved running around. I didn’t like the misty rain that was coming down on us. And of course, I dressed my son inappropriately again. He was wearing shorts, while everyone else was wearing pants.

Father’s Day..well I ran around and picked up some things tonight while working. I’m not as prepared as usual. BUT I spent $10 on CARDS. Seriously, I should have just drawn some or something. I’m really anti-card right now, because they are like $4.

Hopefully I will get to sleep in this morning…and maybe I can dream about some really good blog posts for next week…maybe…

Dentists, Doctors, and Growing Up

Every year Angry Toddler has his “well check” at his pediatrician’s office. I always make it months in advance. I actually look forward to this check-up. I save all my questions up and we discuss the milestones. I love his pediatrician, and was so delighted last year when she stepped forward and left the big practice that she was part of. We got tired of the long waits and getting stuck with the nurse or someone else from the office.

I can’t wait to tell her that yes, he was potty trained last year. He knows his ABC’s. He can count to 35. And even the fact that he kicks butt at the Wii. Especially Mario Kart. I know she appreciates hearing all of this, because you see, Angry Toddler was a preemie. He has asthma, and has had over 15 febrile seizures. She will be glad that she hasn’t seen us since January, that he’s grown, and he’s doing excellent in pre-school.

But when the kids come into your life, you sometimes let your own health issues slip. We’ve (Angry Husband and I) have spent the last 4 years making sure that we had Tylenol, Motrin, asthma meds, and everything else in stuck 24/7.

But during this, we have also gotten sick. Angry Husband has had pneumonia at least 2-3 times. I’ve had several upper respiratory infections. But life goes on.

I don’t have a regular doctor. Every time I get sick, I hit up the Urgent Care. I wish I had someone like Angry Toddler’s pediatrician. Who actually cared about what’s been going on with me for the past 33 years. Someone who knows that I was actually hospitalized over 20 times as a child for bronchitis and several related issues. That I spent almost every Christmas singing Christmas carols with nurses.

This past week, I went to the dentist. This check-up has been cancelled at least five times. I finally went and discovered that I needed three crowns. THREE! Do you know how much money that’s going to cost? A lot. I’ve known about these crowns since last Spring. But I’ve been neglecting myself. I’m scheduled to get two of them done in about a week. If I don’t cancel the appointment, that is.

Now Angry Husband. He went to the dentist about two weeks ago. He has a ton of work to be done. He already has a follow-up appointment that was scheduled next week. Is he going to go? Nope. I already had to cancel the appointment.

Oh yea, and Angry Husband has pneumonia again. I made him go to the Urgent Care yesterday. He’s on meds, which I also forced him to pick-up.

Since the beginning of this year, I’ve decided to stop neglecting my own personal health and take charge of it. It’s part of being an adult. The older I get, the problems just keep hanging around longer. Angry Husband knows this. I give him the same speech every time, “Well duh, you knew that, what are you going to do about it?”

Sometimes, I just want to be a kid again and have someone make these appointments for me, and drive me there at my allotted time.

My first parent/teacher conference

Well, Angry Husband and I went to pick up Angry Toddler from preschool today. There was a note in his folder. AT had bit a kid 3x. The teacher wanted a meeting with us.

Also, AT had been bitten by a kid on his back this morning.

Angry Toddler was trying to take a toy away from the other kid, that’s why he bit the kid 3X, in 3 separate instances.

Ugh… I know it’s the meds for his bronchitis. His behavior has been awful since he started on the breathing treatments almost 2 weeks ago.

We are not giving him a treatment tomorrow morning.

My mom was like, “I hope he doesn’t get kicked out of this school. What are you going to do, Julie.” Thanks Mom for the encouragement.

I’m meeting with the teacher on Thursday morning. Happy fricken Valentine’s Day to me.