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Location: Near the deep south

I am just Diane, just a mom and a wife. I have 5 children that range in age from 18 down to 2. I am also feeling particularly crafty lately and have opened an etsy store. Please feel free to check it out.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Bye Bye gallbladder

So, the surgery went well.  We got to the hospital, did a pregnancy test...  and what do you know?  I'm not pregnant.  I know if that test had been positive, it would have to be an act of God.

Once the anesthesiologist came in and put something in my IV...  I don't remember much after that.  Next thing I know I am waking up in the recovery room.  It was terrible.  I think my nose itched and I was trying to scratch it and the nurse was yelling at me to stop what ever I doing.  She didn't seem very friendly.  I was feeling so nauseous.  I felt like I couldn't talk though, so I never told her.

They wheeled me down to the day surgery room and I thought I was going to throw up everywhere.  A little zofran and demerol took care of that.  I slept off the pain meds, got a darvocet and was sent home shortly after.  I slept for the rest of the day.  Today I am still EXHAUSTED.  Dizzy when I stand and pain at the entry sites (4 small holes, maybe I will post a picture),  My mouth is like the desert.  YUCK.

So, that's about it.  I am glad it is over.  I hope that I am not amongst the 15-20% that experience troubles after getting their gallbladder out.  I just want to get back to normal.

Okay, Love to all.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Update on the blood work

I am convinced that if I gave blood every week, they would come to a different conclusion.  So, as it turns out, (and as I thought) I am not hypoglycemic.  I do apparently have low potassium though.  She says "Take a multi-vitamin".  I say "I told you when I was there that I was having trouble with vitamins because they were making me nauseous" (I think I am not absorbing them).  She says "Take the childrens chewables".  Okay...  that is what she told me when I was there, and I did.  That was before the blood work.  So, I must not be absorbing those either.  Dude!  I am going to go broke trying out different vitamins.  Maybe getting this gallbladder out will fix some of these problems.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I'm here! I really am still here

Been busy.  So, a recap of the last week or so....

*My honey bought a pair of Sketchers shape ups for me and I LOVE THEM.  Free plug for Sketchers.  I told Craig that if nothing else, I am going to have some really awesome calves.  They really do make a difference when we walk the streets of our neighborhood. (Really wish we had sidewalks though.)  I recommend them to anyone considering getting a pair.  Walking is really about all of the exercise that I can manage to get in so I want to maximize my "workout".  lol

*I did the fasting blood sugar to check on the hypoglycemia...  waited all day the next day for a call (Friday, of course) and SOMEHOW missed it.  I realized I had a message about 20 minutes after the office closed.  I am pretty anxious to know the results so I will let you all know tomorrow.  The doc said my numbers for the Thyroid test were good.  I am not convinced.  I am going to talk to her again at a later date and ask her to test it one more time.

*I am going to have my gallbladder taken out on Thursday.  It has been bothering me since Thanksgiving.  It is time for it to go.  I am scared.  I have never been "put under" and that is a little scary.  Then... I am scared that I will be in that small percentage of people that have issues after such a  surgery. When I am feeling good, I think about canceling the appointment.  When I am feeling bad, I wish they took it out yesterday.  So, if you are the praying type, just pray that I am one of the ones that have no problems afterwards.  Thank you in advance.  My dad is going to come up here to take care of me.  Love you, Dad.  You are the best.

*I forgot to post my toddlerisms...  I will though.

*I got the sweetest call from my 16 year old son yesterday.  He made me cry my eyes out.  I will share more about that at a later date.  It really made my day, week, year, LIFE.  I see hope for him yet.  Thank you, Jesus.  I was almost feeling like my prayers weren't being heard.  I should know better though, he has never let me down before.

*Had an awesome Lia Sophia party last week.  I LOVE having the parties.  I LOVE the jewelry.

*Going to a new hair stylist on Tuesday.  I am so super picky about my hair.   It is SO HARD for me to find someone I trust.  The last girl that Emily and I would go see moved to Texas (her husband is in the Army) and we were so super sad to see her go.  She is a fantastic hair stylist and we are going to miss her very much.  The last time (before Army wife) that I truly trusted someone to cut my hair was 5 years ago when both my SIL and I lived in Florida.  I have to say though, not having someone to cut my hair for that long made the decision to let my hair grow out very easy. So, I have been eyeing a salon here near my house for, oh, the last 3 years so I finally stopped in and made an appointment.  I really hope she does a good job.  I don't want to cry over bad hair cuts anymore.

That is really about it, I suppose.

*Oh, wait..  Keurig is awesome.  I am just full of free plugs tonight.  Craig had bought one last year (I believe it was for my birthday) and recently it had begun to only make a half cup of coffee.  Very annoying I tell you.  So, we called and they sent us a new one!!!  Awesomeness.  I love my coffee maker.  It makes my mornings a little happier.  Thank you, Keurig.  Love you bunches.

Okay, that is it.  Goodnight.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Blog change

I am messing with the look of my blog.  I am like that though.  Love you all.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Yes sir! That's my baby.

This girl is a total mommas girl.  She cannot let me out of her sight.  Okay, I am guilty too.  These were taken after Emilys birthday party the other day.  This is really quite literal.  She is stuck on me.  I love this girl SO MUCH.

Do you think she looks like me?

And these are some bows I made today for both of the girls.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Totally toddlerisms Tuesday

Owie "I have a wiener just like you.  Thank you for my wiener, Daddy".

Jordie "When are we going to grow trees store (grocery store)?"

Owie "I didn't pee in my pants!  Good job, Owen."  (he said that to himself)

Jordie (talking to her daddy) "You not supposed to yell at me, I am your friend".

Owie "I have a rash on my wiener but I don't talk about that at school, only at home." (he still has the rash from the strep throat, poor guy)

Jordie "I sleept all night in my bed because I am biggered enough!"

Owie "I don't want to sleep all night in my bed because I miss you."

Well, that's all I have for tonight.  I know there are more but I need to start writing them down all week and share them here on Tuesdays!!!  Be sure to check back.  I will have more next time because these kids are always coming up with something.

Monday, April 12, 2010

I knew I wasn't sweet enough!

Hypoglycemia.  Really???  I mean, now that I go read about it, I do exhibit SOME of the symptoms but I never would have pegged myself as being hypoglycemic.  I did, however, know that I was not sweet enough.  I really thought I was having a thyroid issue, as more of my symptoms coincide with hypothyroidism.  

Here are the symptoms for hypothyroidism.   I have put a * next to my symptoms.

Hypothyroidism is the medical term for a sluggish thyroid. It can lead to a wide range of hypothyroidism symptoms:
  • severe fatigue, loss of energy  * It isn't SEVERE for me..  but I am tired all day.
  • weight gain, difficulty losing weight  *  7 lbs in about 2 months and buddy, they aren't budging.  I know, I know...  I said I don't exercise but, I did cut back on the eating.
  • depression and depressed mood  * The word depressed seems like I should be sad all of the time..  not like that but STRESSED for sure
  • joint and muscle pain, headaches *
  • dry skin, brittle nails  * dry skin super bad
  • brittle hair, itchy scalp, hair loss
  • irregular periods, PMS symptoms *  My PMS symptoms have been HORRIBLE.
  • breast milk formation
  • calcium metabolism difficulties  *
  • difficulty tolerating cold and lower body temperature
  • constipation  *lol.  You wanted to know that, right??
  • sleeping more than average
  • diminished sex drive  *  could be the 2 babies sleeping between us though, no telling.
  • puffiness in face and extremities
  • hoarseness
  • bruising/clotting problems  *easy bruising
  • elevated levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and heightened risk of heart disease
  • allergies that suddenly appear or get worse
  • persistent cold sores, boils, or breakouts *  I hate that I get cold sores but unfortunately I do...  and they have been popping up more and more.
  • tingling sensation in wrists and hands that mimics carpal tunnel syndrome
  • memory loss, fuzzy thinking, difficulty following conversation or train of thought *
  • slowness or slurring of speech

Now, the symptoms for hypoglycemia...  again I have put a *

Hypoglycemia causes symptoms such as
  • hunger  
  • shakiness
  • nervousness
  • sweating
  • dizziness or light-headedness
  • sleepiness  *
  • confusion
  • difficulty speaking
  • anxiety
  • weakness
Hypoglycemia can also happen during sleep. Some signs of hypoglycemia during sleep include
  • crying out or having nightmares
  • finding pajamas or sheets damp from perspiration
  • feeling tired, irritable, or confused after waking up  *  but doesn't everyone feel this way?  Not confused though, just pissed.

So, yeah...  i'm not so sure.  Except that the doc said my blood sugar was way low.  I think my lab work got mixed with someone elses.  It is the only explanation...   I am, after all, a stay at home doctor, you know.

*I got all of my information from the www.  I give credit to them for the above mentioned symptoms.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Birthday party success

So, it happened and boy am I glad it is over.  It was nice though, short and sweet.  I am beat so...  here are some pictures.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Birthday wishes to my firstborn daughter

Twelve years ago today I woke up in the hospital in anticipation of meeting my third child.  I had been in the hospital since the night before in preparation for an induced labor.  It was a Thursday with Good Friday following the next day (I brought her home the day before Easter, I believe).  The induction went as planned and my labor with her would prove to be my shortest.  About 8 hours after induction, I gave birth to her, my firstborn baby girl.  I only had to push about two or three times and she arrived in all of her glory.  A dark haired, dark eyed little bundle of sweetness.  A few hours after she was born they allowed her and I to get into the tub together.  That is something that I had not experienced with the only other child I had by vaginal birth (my 1st, 4th and 5th children were c-sections).  It was so sweet.  A time I will never forget.

So, fast forward twelve years and she is now about to wrap up her 6th grade year.  She has been on the honor roll all year and we got to attend our first ever honors breakfast with her.  It was a real tear jerker for me.  I just think about how bright her future is and how I know that no matter what she becomes in this life, I will always be proud.  I know she will be smarter than I ever was, heck, she already is.  Now if only we could fully engage the common sense factor.  I suppose it is just the age.

An Ode to Emily

Emily, Emily you are so sweet
But I really don't like the smell of your feet
You make me laugh, you make me cry
I smell your feet as you walk by
You really are a sweet, sweet girl
But the smell of your feet makes me want to hurl
I buy you soap and sweet smelling lotions
But maybe your feet need a strong witches potion
Maybe you will grow out of it, but maybe you won't
Maybe you need some Dr. Scholls insoles
No matter the problem, I do love you so
My baby girl I love to watch grow
You make life worth living and I am glad you arrived
Although I am surprised we have survived
Twelve years of feet smelling
My tears forever welling
Now go wash your feet
It's time to celebrate!

Okay, okay!  Enough picking on Emily.  She really does have smelly feet though.  I wouldn't just make that up!

Tomorrow we will be having her birthday party.  It will be far less lavish than she would like but I am sure she will have a good time.  I will post pictures.

For today though, here are some pictures from her birthday twelve years ago (and one from her 5th day).

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Kitchens and birthdays

Monday, April 5, 2010

Bad blogger and two little sickies