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busy weekend and germs

I feel like the last few weeks have been beyond crazy busy. Blake is now done with Seussical and we have a bit before the boys start back with their theater company. This past weekend found Blake at school late Thursday, Friday and Saturday for performances. We went and watched it on Friday night.

Richard was crazy busy with work and on top of that he bought a new car.

I started parent teacher conferences on Thursday and had them all day on Friday.

Yep, life was busy… but there was another monkey wrench thrown in… Colby got sick.

Friday Colby had a headache at school and said he felt worn down. Well with Blake in tech week and Richard having a busy week we were all tired and worn down. Then Saturday morning he woke up with a hacking cough. When he said it hurt his chest to cough and breathe… into the walk in clinic we went. Needless to say the clinic was way backed up and we were there forever.

Finally go in. Lungs are clear. Throat is clear…. oh yeah there is this virus going around that gives you a sore throat, cough, possibly get a fever and possibly loose your voice. That’s what he’s got. There is little to nothing we can do for it. Take these allergy meds and rest. Oh yeah and it seems to be contagious and your whole family will probably get it.

Oh joy… thanks! So Colby’s been down and out and stayed home from school yesterday and today. Oh and I got the cough too. Not as bad. I didn’t get a fever, which Colby managed to spike on Sunday while we were out running errands… oops! I have been very tired and have gone to bed around 8:30 the last few nights.

So much for hoping that this week would be a bit more normal.

Oh well… that’s life. Just when you think you’ve to it figured out, it proves that you don’t know anything!

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Where are you???

I did not fall of the face of the earth… sorry I’ve been MIA

Friday I was sick. I was dizzy, nauseous and had a severe headache. I have no clue what was wrong, but I slept almost all day!

Saturday, I still didn’t feel quite myself. I took the day easy for the most part. We ran some errands and then we went down to our neighborhood park. Our neighborhood organized a get together with bounce houses, food trucks and other activities. Richard and I came home and sat by the fire, but the boys stayed until after 9pm.

Sunday we did a few more errands and then had a quieter day.

Today… I went back to work! Now I’m trying to get back in the groove of working life. So, I might not check your posts for a bit. I may not post as many posts myself, but I will find my groove and get back into the swing of life again…. I promise!

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Is it Saturday?

It is crazy how off you feel when you are sick, I finally heard back from the doctors and I do have strep… at least there is an end now? But it’s not just that, Richard has been off work since mid day on Wednesday, so I feel like… what day is it? I love the fact that he has had this extra long weekend. It just makes you feel like… what day is it?

Yesterday, he finished up the table for the backyard. Today we went and picked up wood to start the benches. We, ok well I, decided that we should have 4 smaller benches instead of two really long ones.

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As you can see, we’ve already moved it outside. I’m not sure that is where it is going to stay. I already told Richard we will see once we get the benches and the chairs we are going to purchase and then we will see where everything goes. There is certainly a few different options with the size we created the patio.

We went to Lowes to get a few things so I decided to purchase new plants for my front planters. I am trying to get more perennials so that we can eventually plant them outside and leave them there to continue to grow year to year. The challenge is we don’t have dedicated beds yet, so we are kind of planting things haphazardly, but hey it works.

Well, the rain has stopped for the time being, so I’m going to empty the old plants from the planters and plant the new ones. I need to put some soil on a few perennials we planted last week that didn’t quite get enough dirt around them too. Richard is out in the garage cutting wood for the benches and the boys are in the basement playing on the PS4. Hmmm maybe there will be a nap in my short future too.

Enjoy your Saturday, I’m still not sure it feels like Saturday, but hey everyone is home and that is what counts.

(side note, I will post a review of Colby’s recipe as well as the cherry chipolte pulled pork soon… not sure when, but I didn’t forget)


how I feel now

Thank you all for your concern from yesterday’s post. I gave in this morning and went to the walk in clinic. They swabbed my throat, looked in my ears, and did everything to figure out what was causing my discomfort… ummm you have allergies. Thanks I know that. So they want me to alternate Zyrtec and Flonase, rest and stay hydrated. They are sending the second swab out for a culture test. The PA seemed to imply that he felt it was possibly strep since there isn’t a sinus infection or pressure that he, or I, notice. My ear drums are bulging so there is pressure build up somewhere in my head too.

Rest and hydrate I can do. I feel like that’s all I have been doing for the last few days. Yesterday I laid down for about two hours before I needed to help Colby start dinner. Then at about 8pm I decided to go lay down again. I originally intended to just lay down and then go outside at dark to set of the firecrackers with the boys… yep that didn’t happen.

I will share Colby’s burgers soon. They turned out pretty good, not that I ate much of them since it hurt to swallow anything. I’ve managed to eat yogurt, shakeology and apples with peanut butter the last few days. Nothing tastes right and it hurts to swallow. Hey at least I’m losing weight, but I’m not sure this is how I intended to do it.

Well I”m going to go fill my water cup, again, and then rest up.


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not feeling 100%

The last few days I haven’t felt 100%. When I went to the store on Tuesday I came home with groceries and a sore throat. I put myself to bed as soon as Richard got home from work, but didn’t sleep well.

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I’m not sure if it was overexposure to sun on Sun, Mon, and Tues (morning) or if I am/was coming down with something, but I was pretty miserable.

Last night I felt like I started to turn a corner. I was able to stay awake until bedtime and eat a bit more. I finally slept last night and woke up feeling almost human. My throat still not right, but I think it is mostly post nasal drip… maybe?

So I think today will be another quiet day for me.

To my friends in the US… happy 4th of July! Enjoy your day and relax with family and friends.


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Running in circles?

So today found me scrambling in the morning! Richard was diagnosed with strep and finally got on some meds. But, this did not help with sleeping. Colby was coughing all night and the dog was wandering around the room. What did this mean for me? Lack of sleep.

When the alarm went off at 5:30 I said… I’m not getting up. I should have I had already been awake for about an hour.

I decided it was time to take Colby to the doctor and have his cough/lungs listened to by the doctor. They have walk-in appointments from 8-9. I was there for the first appointment. What did we learn? His lungs are clear, stop using your inhaler as it isn’t doing anything right now. Keep using your Flonase. Try taking some cough syrup at bedtime and see if that helps you sleep. It might be an upper respiratory infection, and there is nothing we can do for that. Come back if it gets worse or doesn’t go away by next week… Thanks!

Ok so now I need to drop Colby off at school and then drive to work. I did manage to do all this and arrive at work just before we open the doors at 9am. It wasn’t much before 9am, but hey I wasn’t getting there after the students… that is something.

After work I headed to the grocery store. We have a block party on Sunday so I needed to decide what I was making for a dessert. I forgot to add the ingredients for everything I was making to the shopping list. Hey at least I remembered before I went shopping. I had already said I would make homemade pico de gallo. I also decided to make lime bars.

At least the weather is nice here even it means that the pollen is awful and therefore everyone is sneezing, coughing and rubbing their eyes. I’ve learned there is no win in this, so I’m going to enjoy having the windows open the nice temps.


Last day of April

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Here we are… the last day of April. I will actually tell you that April went by really fast for me. It wasn’t a bad month, it was just a month. I think with the boys having a week off in the middle it made the month feel very chopped up.

Today I kept Colby home from school. He was coughing a lot this morning. I know it is his allergies, but they had another day of state testing. I didn’t want him to be coughing and miserable for not only his sake, but those of his classmates as well. I brought him into work with me. This allowed me to work. Him to have a place to chill out, and get a few more doses of his inhaler during the day.

My students really enjoyed having him in the classroom. He is really good with younger children. He is patient and understand that they need to be challenged at a level that is appropriate. He had fun, but he would not like to be there on a regular basis.

Now this means that he will have to do make up testing another day. It was a math test day. Colby is my laid back, go with the flow kid, so I’m not too worried. Plus, he is a strong math student so I know that he will be fine in any setting taking the test.

I only hope that May brings a month of healthy family members. The pollen as well as the swings in temperatures have been hard on all of us this month. Coughing, sneezing, and itchy eyes can go away any day now…. please!

I hope your last day of April was full of sunshine and smiles… if not, well tomorrow is a new month!



Pink Eye… sort of

UGH! My allergies really kicked in earlier in the week. I had days where my throat was bothering me because of post nasal drip. Others where my nose was running and yet others where I just felt like crap.

I have always had bad seasonal allergies in the spring. While I love the blooming of the plants, trees and grasses, they also bring about pollen!

This morning I woke up and my right eye was not willing to open on it own. Crap… pink eye. So instead of getting up go the bathroom and then go back to sleep I showered and was getting ready to head to the health clinic.

When I finally got seen by the doctor, they decided it was not viral conjunctivitis, you know the fun very contagious kind….. nope this is allergy induced conjunctivitis. As the doctor pointed out the pressure and crap caused by my allergies caused it. So now I’m on a second allergy med and antihistamine drops for my eyes. OH joy!

What a fun way to start the weekend… NOT! At least I’m not contagious and won’t be sharing this with my family? (trying to find a bright side)

–On a different note I got another stitch fix box and kept everything. I will take pics and share soon… I won’t forget this time


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UGH- where is my voice?

Coughing time, coughing time, sneezing all day long. Lots of snot and runny noses. Please cover your cough-ough.  (sung to the tune of jingle bells)

This week it seems like every child in my class is coughing, sneezing or both. And they are 4/5 so the sneezes and coughs go EVERYWHERE. I can show them, tell them and explain over and over how and why to cover you cough and sneeze, but they are 4.

So the germs finally found me! Yep, I feel like crud. Yesterday I came home from work and took a nap. Then I slept terrible last night. First it was the stuffy head and cough. This morning I woke up with no voice, but hey my cough is gone!

Teaching today was tough. But, Thursday is one of my smaller days at least. I did get my voice back around 10:45, and I have an aide so she had to do a lot of the louder talking and read the book.

Now I just need to plow forward and get everything done that I need done for the next few days…. baking cookies at school tomorrow. block party on Sunday that I need to bake chocolate chip cheese cake bars for and then I’ll also make rolls and sweet and sour meatballs.

It never ends, I don’t have time to be sick! Oh and Colby has a chorus concert tonight.  Another cup of coffee, a bit more airborne and a hope for a good night sleep. And hopefully I have my voice tomorrow, because that group needs me to be able to talk!


Sickness in children means visiting the pediatrician

There is nothing worse than knowing your child doesn’t feel well, but you can’t make it “all better”. Both boys have been to the pediatrician within the last week.

Colby went in on Thursday, yes the day before we traveled, and was diagnosed with atypical walking pneumonia. Today is the first day that he said he felt really good. He was put on an antibiotic and has an inhaler to use.

Blake went in yesterday and was diagnosed with a double ear infection. He also has a post nasal drip that is making him cough and upsetting his stomach. I hate fussing with him about eating, but it has to be done. He is also on an antibiotic.

We knew this was going to be a winter of illness. Growing up in Orlando, the boys are not adjusted to the germs and more that come with a real winter.

The pediatrician that the boys have here is fantastic. They have gone to him only a few times. We went over the summer to have their initial visit plus get some paperwork for school fill out. Then we were back after Colby’s crash so that they could check him and make sure there was no sign of concussion.

When we walked into the office for Colby’s sick visit, the doctor was by the desk. He spoke to Colby as we walked in the door and joked with him about being there because of a bike crash. He quickly took us back and discussed with Colby the issues. He didn’t want to put him on a steroid, but had a script waiting at the office for me to call for if he needed it while we were traveling.

When we walked in for Blake’s sick visit, the doctor was sitting at the desk helping with the check-ins and answering the phones (their morning office clerk had called in sick). He greeted Blake by name and asked him if he was jealous because Colby got to visit him the week before. He told me he would get us back quickly and had us seen by the nurse practitioner.

The first hour of their day is open for walk-in sick visits. Which is really nice because you can have them seen by the doctor and possibly get them to school just slightly late.

While I hate the fact that my sons are sick, and can’t stand hearing them cough, I know that they will be care for by a doctor who treats them like individual and important people.