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Sick

25 Aug

Koren woke up shortly after midnight with a strong fever.  He was hot from head to toe and unable to sleep.  I gave him water and ibuprofen and laid in bed with him until he was able to drift back to sleep (at about 4am).

As we were laying in his bed, he would ruminate on the day’s activities and occasionally share bits and pieces of his thought process.  And always in the most pitiful sick baby voice ever.

“Mama, today was a really big day.”

“Mama, Ethan’s house is a great place.”

“Mama, I had so much fun playing with Ethan and Brooklyn tonight.  I want to see them again.”

“Mama, I love you so much.”
“I love you too sweetheart.  I’m sorry you’re sick.”
“I’m sorry you’re sad that I’m sick.”

He would drift in and out between thinking and dreaming, so sometimes I would get bits and pieces of his dreams.

“I don’t want to tell you.”
“Tell me what?”
“What you just asked me.”
“But I didn’t say anything.”

“Who said my name?”
“Nobody said anything, hon.”
“I heard someone say Koren, Koren.”
“You must have been dreaming, babe.”

Even after some sleep, his condition had not improved by morning.  He did not object to a mid-morning nap in Mama & Daddo’s bed.

And he woke up from said nap with some pretty awesome bed head.

But still didn’t feel better.  So off we went to Acute Kids.  The doctor took one look at his throat and announced that we had a case of strep on our hands.  The rapid strep test came back negative, but she was still convinced and recommended that we go ahead and administer the antibiotics even though the actual culture results won’t be in for 2 days.  Apparently it’s not uncommon to get a false negative within the first 24 hours.

Koren can do “pitiful” with the best of them, yes?  So we’re home now and Jens is picking up dinner.  Koren has said he’s hungry, which is a first today.  He wouldn’t even eat his Saturday Morning Donuts.

It’s been a lazy afternoon with a high priority set on napping.  After spending a good portion of the night in a bed smaller than I am, I was more than happy to catch up on some sleep … and my #1 Napping Buddy didn’t object either:

I realize I haven’t really introduced Rocco on here yet, even though we’ve had him for a week.  Mostly that is due to lack of time and ability to take any decent pictures, but I will remedy that soon!

 

In Memory

13 Aug

Yesterday we attended Xander’s memorial.  It was a nice service, with a hopeful message and a lot of sweet memories shared between friends and family.  When they asked people who knew Xander to come forward and share, I really wanted to.  But each time I tried to stand up, my stomach lurched in such a way that I was pretty sure my attempt at speech would end with me running toward the nearest exit.  See, I have this unfortunate fate of possessing a digestive tract that is ever so closely linked with my emotional state, and sometimes when things aren’t easy, my body starts rejecting anything I eat.  It’s really annoying (though my trainer commented on Saturday that I look like I’ve lost weight… I guess that could be considered a benefit).  Anyway, had I been able, I would have said something like this…

Xander was my son’s best friend.  In fact, in the full version of the picture [on display at the memorial], his arm is around my son.  His arm was always around Koren.

Koren’s not a huge kid, so we were amused when he immediately picked the biggest kid in class to be his best buddy  – we figured if they grew up together we’d never have to worry about anybody picking on him.

When Koren started going to preschool with Xander, we had just moved back from Alaska.  He didn’t know anybody and was used to being in the same class as his older sister – so drop-offs in this new environment were hard.  Even on days he didn’t cling to my leg as I dropped him off, he would still walk slowly and timidly into the noisy cafeteria.  Until he saw Xander.  If Xander was there in the mornings, he and I both knew it was going to be alright.  He’d climb into a seat next to his newfound friend and start chatting.  His teachers picked up on this pretty quickly.  Pretty soon, we’d open the door to hear, “Xander, Koren’s here!” or “Koren, Xander’s over here!”

They were quite a pair, and brought out the silliness in each other.  Sometimes they would get in trouble together.  Jens or I would walk in to pick Koren up in the afternoon, to be told immediately that Koren had been reprimanded.

“I had to separate him and Xander,” his teacher would say.  “They were hugging too much.”
“They were… what?”
“They were hugging too much when they were supposed to be paying attention.”
“Oh.   … Ok.”

I’ll be honest, it’s kind of hard to make your kid apologize for being a distraction when you really just want to laugh at the fact that his crime was being affectionate.

I was always in a hurry to pick up Koren and get out of there (you know, us and our busy lives), but I frequently got roadblocked by a certain four-year-old with outstretched arms:

“Kowen’s Mom, gimme a hug!”

How can you say no to that?  Sometimes he wouldn’t even ask, he’d just plow into me when I wasn’t looking 🙂

When Xander got moved to a different preschool class, we saw that it affected Koren.  Not anything super dramatic, but I noticed that he was a little more subdued when I picked him up.  He told me several times how much he missed being in class with Xander.  He soon found a new little friend to hang out with in class, but always referred to her as “my best friend in Ms. Teresa’s class.”  Best Friend (without qualifications) was a title still reserved for Xander.

Tonight Koren wanted to look at pictures of his birthday party.  For every picture he flipped through that had Xander in it, he would say, “That’s my friend Xander who’s in Heaven,” or “There’s Xander.  He’s a hero.”

I want Koren to remember the special bond he shared with this remarkable boy.  I wish they had been able to grow up together, but I think that somehow Xander will continue to be with Koren in the years to come.  And every time we look at his pictures, read his story, or release ladybugs in his honor, I hope he feels the warmth of that friendship and remembers the loving boy he was so privileged to know.

 

Do No Harm

10 Mar

I was 20 miles past my exit before I realized where I was.  I had been talking furiously with doctors, nurses, and poor staff members that landed the unfortunate roll of dealing with the woman on the phone when the doctor was too “busy” to talk to me personally.  And in my irate state of mind, I had driven to another city instead of to the preschool to pick up my son.

My son who, for the last 2 years, has suffered with an occasional and inexplicable asthma-like malady that strikes suddenly and without warning, always in the middle of the night.  It’s not asthma.  It might be croup, though there’s not always the tell-tale cough typically associated with croup.  It typically hits any time his immune system is down, and is usually the first symptom we see.  Then we’ll take him in to the ER or after hours clinic to discover he has strep or an infection or a common cold.

The general middle-of-the-night treatment is to give him a strong dose of steroids, perhaps with some antibiotics, and send us on our way.  The steroids do their thing and within a couple of hours he’s back to normal.  Steaming showers, cold air, humidifiers, breathing treatments – they all prove completely ineffective.

However, we were about to embark on a vacation to a remote location in the mountains where the air is extremely dry, and his immune system had shown signs over the previous day of being sub-par… a recipe for disaster.  In this remote cabin location, a trip to the ER in the middle of the night for steroids would turn into an all-night ordeal, if not a complete failure, and I was not about to head into such disaster without being prepared.  So I called the doctor who had previously prescribed the steroid for him to ask for a preventative dose, since obtaining one after the symptoms began would be next to impossible.

I was told that I needed to bring Koren in for an exam, because the doctor wouldn’t prescribe medication without seeing the patient.  That’s reasonable.  But I couldn’t make an appointment because it’s a walk-in clinic.  So I had to wait until I got off work to call and schedule us.

When I called to do so on the way home, I was then told that the doctor wouldn’t prescribe preventative medication.  Apparently  I had wasted an entire day waiting for an appointment that would not give me what I needed.  We were leaving for Colorado the next day.  I argued that he had prescribed the medication before, so he was aware of the condition Koren has, and I described exactly why we needed the medication now.

But the doctor refused.  He would not prescribe a medication unless the patient was currently showing symptoms.  I questioned him (through his assistant, since he would not actually come to the phone to speak with me in person) on whether he would also refuse to give a patient an Epi-Pen unless they were currently in anaphylactic shock.

Still, he wouldn’t budge.  He said they were an emergency clinic, and that I needed to speak with our pediatrician for preventative care.

Except that our pediatrician had never seen Koren during any of his episodes – since they only happen in the middle of the night.  Also: it was after 4pm – how was I supposed to set an appointment to see the pediatrician if we were leaving the next day?

I called the pediatrician’s office to see if there was some way, any way, that we could get in to see a doctor or a nurse or someone with a little bit of compassion and the ability to prescribe steroids.  Miraculously, they were able to squeeze us in at the very last second of the business day.  A doctor we had never seen before stayed late to fit us in, and was kind enough to give us a reserve dose of the steroid Koren needs, despite the fact that there was no record in his file of this illness or prescription (we also discovered that unlike the lovely Acute Kids, the clinic we had been visiting in the middle of the night doesn’t bother to send records to pediatricians).

We were able to make our Colorado trip with peace of mind, and even Koren didn’t even end up having an episode.  I may have gained some grey hairs in the process, but knowing we won’t have to make another ER trip in the middle of the night any time soon is worth it.

 
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Note to Self

22 Feb

If you have kids who are prone to rummaging through the refrigerator when you’re not looking, it’s a good idea to clean out said fridge from time to time.  Kaelin didn’t sleep well last night and missed half of school today due to a stomach ache.

Actually, I think we’re pretty fortunate that she only had a stomach ache.

I think those black-eyed peas were from New Years.

 
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Obama’s Plan B Controversy

09 Dec

Yesterday, I participated in an interesting online discussion on Facebook.  The Obama administration decided not to raise restrictions on Plan B (emergency contraceptive, which I have written about before) to make it available to minors without a prescription.  This is generating a lot of static from certain groups.

A friend posted a link to this article from the Washington Post and subsequently a conversation developed over the outrage of requiring a prescription for emergency contraception for girls under 17.

I decided to continue the topic here rather than further hijack my friend’s Facebook page.  For reference, here are the applicable pieces of the conversation:

ME: I don’t understand the controversy about this. Plan B is just like any other birth control pill, except it’s a more concentrated dose. So why would they make THAT available to anyone, when you have to have a prescription to get any other kind of oral contraceptive?

N: I thought about that too Amy, but I came to the conclusion that it must have to do with the effects of long-term use rather than short term use.

ME: But if Plan B were available over the counter, I have no doubt that a lot of people would use it on a consistent basis, long term (based on conversations my friend the Pharmacist has with her customers), which seems like it would be even more potentially dangerous than normal long-term birth control. So it still seems like access to it should be limited just like regular birth control.

S: Amy, I doubt that would make economic sense: a regular bc prescription is almost certainly cheaper than Plan B every time you have sex. In which case, it does make sense that it’s available without a prescription, both because of the time window in which it needs to be taken, and because the prescription for regular bc, as I understand it, is to make people aware of the potential health risks of long-term, continued usage.

N: Perhaps it could be restricted like sudafed or other drugs that can be used inappropriately but don’t need a prescription.

L: You’re ignoring the political benefits of banning this pill. Mis/Underinformed parents who don’t want their children to be able to do anything that they do not understand will find this comforting. Republicans cannot out-right this move (since there’s nowhere else to go from “no”), and they certainly won’t move left. And of course, children don’t vote. The future is never a priority in election cycles, for if it were, deficit spending, the environment, and education would be actual issues, instead of defense and present-tense economics. At no point in time was the science of this considered by the gov’t; the scientific process was already done, reviewed, discussed, and recommended. The political process then occurred.

ME: I guess I still don’t understand why it’s such a big deal. You can get it without a prescription if you’re 17. So the only people affected by this decision are children – who can still get it through any adult over the counter, or a doctor via prescription. So this falls into the same class as cold and allergy drugs, spray paint, lottery tickets, getting a tattoo, buying things from infomercials or getting married. I don’t hear anybody complaining about any of those things. And this is directly connected to health and wellbeing, even if it’s deemed “safe” by science. So in what scenario should a child who needs adult intervention to get a tattoo NOT need to involve an adult to use birth control?

P: Wow, I go off to have student conferences, and come back to a big discussion.

Amy: you *can’t* get Plan B without a prescription if you’re under 17 — that’s the ruling that’s being reversed. And I have a problem with that specifically because Plan B is an important emergency form of birth control, and there are numerous unpleasant situations where teens might need it, but might *not* have had the opportunity to get non-emergency birth control in advance.

If anything, making Plan B available without a prescription is *less* risky than the alternative, because it lessens the possibility that a young woman would try to recreate its effects by taking a large number of birth control pills at once — which *has* been shown to be dangerous.

ME: All a 16 year old kid needs is an adult to buy it for her – that’s what I meant by without a prescription. Just like I can buy cough medicine for my kid, I can buy Plan B for her too. It doesn’t appear that that’s being reversed. Plus, I suspect that any kid that has access to large amounts of birth control pills is also likely to have access to Plan B if needed.

P: Right — but if the adult in question is the abuser, or the spouse of the abuser; or if the kid was raped, and fears that the parents would blame her for being raped — where does that 16yo go for help? (I wish that weren’t necessary — I really do — but to keep Plan B prescription-regulated is to suggest that kids in these situations are “not capable of understanding its use” — but are somehow *more* capable of actually bearing children.

I can’t get behind that.

ME: This is a sticky area. Relaxing restrictions on Plan B would not have helped Jaycee Dugard. So you’re really only talking about kids that are 1) sexually abused by parents or guardians who would rather have the child publicly carry a baby to full term than any of the alternatives, and 2) still allowed enough freedom to go to a store unsupervised, and have enough cash to purchase something as expensive as Plan B. In which case, there are still problematic health issues. Because incest rape is never a one-time thing. So these kids are going to be needing the Plan B again and again and again and again – all the while not getting the help they REALLY need.

R: No, they’ll just be forced to get surgical abortions when their abusers realize they’re pregnant.

Anyway, hypothetical abuse scenarios aside, one known effect of restricting Plan B in this way is that, like cough syrup, it means that pharmacies have to control access to it, and that affects women over 17, not just young teens. Given the way that pharmacists in conservative areas have been refusing to give women prescription birth control, I don’t trust them to honestly deal with women who want to just walk in and buy Plan B without getting hasselled or being told that they are “out.”

J: I read this whole thing. Thanks for all the great info. For the record, I’m also against rape and incest and human selective breeding, and this product (and abortion) does far more to promote than prevent those things. I wouldn’t have even thought of it if P hadn’t mentioned it, but wouldn’t an abuser be the one to go out and buy this to cover up their crime, or perhaps the victim would go out and get it to hide the crime and so free herself to being abused again? I can’t support that at all.

R: J, you’re assuming that allowing teens access to this pill would create that scenario – but it already exists; given that the pill is available to adults, there’s nothing to stop them from obtaining it already… or, as I said, forcing an underage girl to have a surgical abortion. Making Plan B off-limits to teens doesn’t solve that problem – which is abusive adults hiding the results of their abuse through force – and, moreover, does deprive those abused teens of a relatively easy way to control their own bodies (something otherwise denied them).

What it will do is enable teens – including those in consensual relationships (the far more typical scenario) to avoid becoming pregnant if a condom breaks or they have unprotected sex.

I have to say, I’m rather disturbed that hypothetical scenarios about adults controlling teen-agers’ bodies are being used to deny teen-agers the tools they need to control their own bodies.

ME: ‎”What it will do is enable teens – including those in consensual relationships (the far more typical scenario) to avoid becoming pregnant if a condom breaks or they have unprotected sex.”

This is true – but I don’t understand why it’s so important for these same teens to have access to this pill without any adult involvement. They can control their own bodies by not having sex to begin with if they’re not ready to deal with the natural consequences. But oral birth control reaches into the medical realm and in every other medical scenario that exists, adults are involved in the treatment and care of children.

R: But the science shows it WON’T be a problem. That’s the point. They investigated it, studied the likely complications and usage problems, and concluded that it was safe to release it to a larger population, including minors… but were overruled for no more reason than “ew, icky.”

There are a lot of medications that minors can buy – such as pain killers, or vitamins, for example – that can potentially do a lot of damage, but they’re not restricted because the science doesn’t support a more stringent set of restrictions. The same applies here: worst case scenarios aside (and they will exist for _everything_ – even water can kill you if you drink too much) the people who make a living weighing the risks of such products have concluded it’s safe for the vast majority to have access to this medicine, even minors.

If the Obama administration wants to justify the restriction they need to provide more than just “ew, icky,” and they haven’t.

I have to say, I’m reminded of the shitstorm over Jocelyn Elders suggesting masturbation as an alternative to teen-age sex. Teens have sexual urges, like any physically mature human. Expecting them to pretend they don’t simply because it makes adults uncomfortable to contemplate it is unfair to them.

In other words, they need access to these pills _because_ their sexuality makes judgmental adults uncomfortable… but, really, it’s not the adults who have to live with the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy. Making it hard to prevent such pregnancies won’t stop teens from having sex – the evidence is amply clear on that point. All it will do is increase the numbers of teen-aged women who have to decide between an abortion or carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term.

P: What R said. And J, I know you mean well — but if a teen is worried about being pregnant, whether the circumstances are consensual or non, I would rather that she have maximum ability to control that possibility of pregnancy, rather than less. If you want to look at this in terms of abortions, then I would rather have teens have the possibility to insure that no pregnancy will occur even before the sperm and egg have contact.

A couple of side notes before I continue:

  • This is, one of very few political conversations of this nature I’ve ever had that remained amicable and peaceful for that long.  And for that, I thank the participants for their maturity.  Most of the time, discussions like this turn sour when somebody gets offended that their thoughts are being questioned, and then the conversation degrades to petty cheap shots – at which point I abandon the discussion and move on.
  • Written discussions are difficult for me because rather than a clear linear progression, they too easily start to look like a very old tree, with each branch sprouting more and more branches.  This tends to happen because each time someone contributes, they make multiple points – and while it is very tempting to try to address each of those points, it usually only serves to muddle the issue, which then digresses into other petty things.  So I have tried my best during this discussion to weed out a lot of the peripheral points and stick to the real issues that people were raising.  In keeping with that attempted focus, I’m going to narrow down all possible responses to the following two points:

Thing, the First

The science doesn’t necessarily show that it won’t be a problem.  The OTC acceptance was rejected for a very specific reason, more concrete than ew, icky:

In a statement and separate letter to Hamburg, Sebelius said she reversed the FDA’s decision because she had concluded that data submitted by the drug’s maker did not “conclusively establish” that Plan B could be used safely by the youngest girls.

Thing, the Second

Since the beginning of the discussion, I’ve been attempting to uncover the exact concrete demographic that is so negatively affected by this policy decision, and on whose behalf everyone else is so outraged.  Because clearly, it ISN’T:

  • Anyone over 16 (who can get the birth control by themselves already)
  • Anyone 16 or under who has a parent (or friend) 17 or older that would obtain the medication for them
  • Anyone 16 or under who sees a doctor and can therefore get a prescription
  • Child rape or incest victims (which is always the first hypothetical thrown out there, assumedly because it’s an extreme case with clear unarguable victims…yet it seems to fall flat or be abandoned when really examined)
  • Kids whose parents allow them to take oral contraceptives (and therefore wouldn’t need the less effective emergency contraception)
  • Kids whose parents do not allow them to take regular oral contraceptives, but who are aware they are having sex (so the kids would likely be able to obtain one-time contraceptives when the alternative is an increased risk of pregnancy)

So who’s left that would find it advantageous to avoid involving an adult in healthcare decisions affected by their sex life?  And after circling around a couple of times, I think the final statements of this Facebook conversation clear that up more directly.

The root of the backlash seems to be the ideology that a 15 year old kid should be able to have consensual sex against his/her parents’ wishes and keep it a secret from them.  Or, at least, 15 year old kids ARE GOING to have sex against their parents’ wishes and so they should be able to try to prevent the ramifications of such a decision without involving any adults.

If this is the real reason behind making Plan B available to minors without any adult involvement, then I simply cannot support that with any fiber of my being.

Kids’ sexuality is not what makes parents uncomfortable.  What makes parents uncomfortable (whether religious or not) is the NATURAL CONSEQUENCES of acting upon sexual urges.  And they are many.  Sex may be common, natural, innate – but it’s still a BIG DEAL.  It’s not like getting a headache, for which a minor can obtain Advil without a prescription.  There are physical and emotional consequences to sex, beyond pregnancy – for both genders but particularly girls.  And parents should not be blindsided by these consequences, or made unaware that they are a possibility, out of fear that they might be “judgmental.”  Kids who are clearly not ready to handle the effects of sex should not be left to their own devices to deal muddle through these consequences without adult guidance or supervision.  Say what you want about their “cognitive abilities” – they’re still KIDS.

“but, really, it’s not the adults who have to live with the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy.”

This is emphatically untrue.  Remember, we’re not talking about juniors and seniors about to embark on adulthood.  We’re talking about kids.  An unwanted pregnancy has a MAJOR effect on the lives of parents too – a new family member, childcare, a teen (or possibly pre-teen) that will be unable to finish school or move out when she turns 18 because there’s a baby to take care of.  Why should parents be kept in the dark about that possibility?

If my 15 year old is having sex, then there IS a possibility that she’s going to get pregnant (among other things), whether or not she has access to Plan B.

Fact:  Outside of abstinence, there is no such thing as a 100% effective form of birth control.  Those who take Plan B still have a 1 in 40 chance of getting pregnant.

If my 15 year old is making a choice that could change the rest of her life and mine, then I sure as hell have the right to know about it.  And if the medication is indeed safe for use without any worry of young kids “doing it wrong,” then that’s all the prescription does – it requires some kind of adult involvement so that some adult SOMEWHERE is aware that the kid is having sex and could suffer any number of health-related consequences.  And I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

But what about the science???

It’s probably safe, when used occasionally as directed.  But not for sure (see Thing, the First).  It probably doesn’t dislodge an already fertilized egg, causing what some would term an abortion, but again they admittedly still don’t know for sure.

But even if it’s totally medically safe under normal usage, that in and of itself is not a trump justification for making it freely available to kids.  See also: tattoos, lottery tickets, prescription shampoos, credit cards, consensual sex with an adult, gym memberships, and every other form of oral contraceptive.

But what about all those poor Catholic kids…

whose parents would never let them take any kind of birth control and who don’t have any friends old enough to get it for them?

So what do you do if you really want a tattoo (everyone else is getting one!) but your parents are big believers in Leviticus 19:28?  You wait until you’re of legal age when the choice is yours to make.

Look, no one is asking kids to pretend they don’t have sexual urges.  But it isn’t too much to ask them to control those urges – in the same way we ask them to control the urge to sleep in and miss all their high school classes every day.  Kids are notorious for making stupid decisions, it’s part of growing up.  But they are not animals.  They are certainly capable of controlling their bodies and it is not unreasonable for us to teach and expect them to do so.  (Consensual) sex is a choice.  It doesn’t just happen to you.

But what about all those poor Catholic kids whose parents would never let them take any kind of birth control and who don’t have any friends old enough to get it for them and who are just gonna do it anyway?  Shouldn’t we reverse the prescription requirement for them???

Let’s weigh the choices.  Doing so would come at the expense of allowing kids (KIDS.) of a very young age to engage in sexual activity with many obvious and unhealthy consequences including but not limited to the VERY REAL RISK of getting pregnant (pill or no pill), likely under the faulty assumption that they can just take the Morning After Pill to prevent pregnancy – AND all without any parental or adult knowledge whatsoever.

And that is my sticking point – the fact that the ONLY purpose of relaxing the prescription requirement is to exclude adults from this particular (and hugely important) piece of adolescent healthcare.  I can’t find any other benefit.

As a parent (and someone who identifies with both liberals and conservatives on various issues) when I weigh those two options, I can not support the repeal of the current prescription requirement.

 

In Which We Successfully Stayed Out of the ER for the First Time Ever

29 Oct

Well, Fall is officially here.  And with it comes the first illness of the season.

Last night as I was putting Koren to bed, I commented to Jens that I hoped he wasn’t getting sick.  He felt warm and was complaining of being cold.  He was grumpy, but it was also 10:00pm, way past his bedtime.

And then I started thinking, “You know, I can’t really remember giving him his vitamins for the past several days.”

Sure enough, he woke up with The Wheeze at about 1:30.  It kind of freaked him out and he started crying, which always makes it So. Much. Worse.

He was pretty much in a state of delirium when he came to the top of the stairs.

“Koren, what’s wrong?”
(between sobs) “I said I wanted jammy pants too!”
“You’re wearing jammy pants.”
“Oh.”

We calmed him and put him back to bed three times, hoping that it wouldn’t get any worse and he’d still be able to sleep.  No such luck.  Aside from steroids, the only thing that helps ease his labored breathing is activity – sitting up, talking, walking about.

And you can guess how much of that he and I wanted to do at 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 am.  After some upright conversation, we spent the night in the media room with him propped up in a sitting position.  It helped enough that we were able to get through the night without another trip to the ER (a first), but neither of us got much sleep.

(and, apparently, neither did Jens)

Jens took him in to the Care Now facility when they opened this morning and he was able to get his dose of steroids.  After that, he perked right up, but the rest of us were still feeling the effects of being shortchanged on sleep.

My parents were gracious enough to collect Kaelin and take her to the local fall festival that we had planned to attend today.  So she has been gone all afternoon, which allowed us to finally get him to take a nap about 1:30pm, at which point I laid down and got a good 2 hours of rest too.

So today turned out to be much less active than I had planned, but after last weekend I don’t really mind a low-key, restful Saturday.

 
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Mom Fail

13 Aug

Today I am battling a bad night’s sleep and a rotten sore throat.  Consequently, we came home this afternoon and “rest time” turned into an epic 3.5 hour event, which meant a lot of TV for my non-napping son.

And that was after spending an hour and a half at Studio Movie Grill taking in the Kidtoons movie.  So we’re ending the day with an overdose of screen time.

And then I gave him sour milk*. Twice.

Yeah, pretty sure I won’t win any Mom of the Year awards today.

* Did you know that milk can go seriously sour before the expiration date, without smelling bad?  I swear, I learn something new every day.

 
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Another Update of Sorts

10 Jun

So those of you who have been keeping up with me on Facebook know that we have finally moved back into our house.  Things are still kind of chaotic, but BOY IT’S GOOD TO BE HOME.  I’ve found that my house contributes greatly to my quality of life and I missed this house fiercely.  Sometimes it’s the little things, you know?  For instance, I’m currently really enjoying:

  • A dishwasher that makes dishes cleaner instead of dirtier
  • A stove that turns on when you tell it to
  • An oven that not only HEATS, but heats to the correct temperature (not that I’ve done much cooking recently, but just knowing it’s there brings me a great deal of pleasure)
  • A floor plan that makes sense and includes things like CLOSETS!  With DOORS!
  • A garage
  • Neighbors
  • The size of the rooms
  • Having our room more than 2 feet away from the kids’ rooms
  • A washer/dryer with more than one button
  • Cleaning service by my awesome housekeepers
  • A color scheme that makes sense and doesn’t try to combine  orange, teal, cobalt blue and forest green in the same room
  • Watching the NBA finals in the media room (GO MAVS!)
  • A single flight of stairs

A year in Alaska was a great experience for the kids and I have no regrets about going there… but home is wonderful.

In other news, I injured my knee jogging the day after we arrived in Texas (go figure – I can run a 10K in 35° weather in Alaska, but can’t jog around the block in Texas without hurting myself).  It still hasn’t healed and the doctor wants me to have an MRI because he suspects that I’ve torn my meniscus.  I’ve been stalling on the MRI because it’s going to cost me $400 with insurance, but I think I’m going to have to suck it up and have it done.  Because I’m beginning to think that otherwise, I’ll never be able to walk up a flight of stairs normally again.

(insert change of subject)

The kids start several weeks of summer camp next week.  I’m excited about this because a) it’s a performing arts camp and I think they’re going to LOVE it, and b) I’ll finally get some time to myself.  Maybe I’ll have the chance to do something about all those boxes that are still stacked in the dining room.  Ooh, and maybe I’ll get around to blogging more than once a month.

In the meantime, CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME WHAT WE DID WITH ALL OUR TRASH CANS???

 
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