Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Not sure what else to say...

We have been consumed with the yuckies around our household for so long that I feel like everything else has been put on hold. As a result, I really don't have a lot to say. I guess for entertainments sake, I'll ramble on for a bit and see what happens.

Lil Bug is doing well. She still really enjoys school. She will be going into Young 5's next year rather than Kindergarten. I think she will have a better opportunity for success at the Young 5's level since she will have to work extra hard to physically keep up. Also, I like that she will have two more school years before she will go full days. I'm hoping that by the time she goes to 1st grade she will not need to be cathed any longer. However, if she does, I'm thinking she will be able to learn to do it herself and I won't have to allow others to do it for her.

She has done amazingly well on the two road trips we've taken in the past month. She is so content with just paper and markers. Seriously, you can spend hours drawing and writing. She is her daddy's daughter! I often times find myself thinking about her future. What will she be when she grows up? With her physical limitations, she does have some limitations on her career choices, but for the most part she can do anything she wants. She says she wants to deliver babies for a living. But, as I watch her write and draw and create stuff, I wonder if she will be more in the language and arts field. Time will tell. The awesome thing is that God already knows what she will do.

Lil Princess is finally feeling better. The only evidence of a her long fight with the nasties is an occasional cough. She is still being retrained to sleep through the night. For several weeks she was up coughing or vomiting or both that she thinks it is perfectly alright to wake up to drink or play at 2am. We're working on nipping that one. Mommy likes her sleep too much!! :)

I started taking Princess to music classes a couple weeks back. She loves them, of course. She is my musical girl! She loves to sing and dance. It is awesome! She really does her own thing while at the music class, but she is listening to what is going on because she will try to sing the songs along with Ms. J.

A couple months back The Designer (along with everyone at his firm) was told that changes would be coming around the beginning to middle of May. Some possibilities include shortened work weeks or pay cuts. Since he is salaried, I'm not sure how all of this works, but I'm guessing we'll know soon enough.

As a result of the above possible changes for the Designers job, I accepted a summer class. I do not normally teach summers because Michigan summers are way too short and who wants to work if you play with the kids? But, after prayer and discussion we decided that if I had the opportunity to pick up a class, I should. So I will be teaching the 2nd session, which doesn't begin until the end of June and goes until the beginning of August. It will be 2 nights a week. It will go fast and bring in some extra money, so all is well.

Recently I learned about some opportunities at the college. The Designer and I are in prayer and discussion about it. I'll share more later.

My etsy shop has slowed down a bit, but that is partly my own fault. I haven't been sewing much with everyone sick so I haven't added new product to my shop in a while. I have a few craft fairs coming up this summer. One of them is huge. It is two days and brings in between 75,000 - 100,000 shoppers. It is tied to a HUGE festival that draws tourists from hundreds of miles away. I have never done this show before so I have no idea what to expect, but I'm hoping it brings lots and lots of sales!!! I have another good size show just two weeks after that. Hopefully I can clear out my sewing room. Due to law changes I'm not sure if I'll continue with my shop after the summer. Time will tell.

Well there it is, my life in a nutshell. Exciting, right? LOL Hopefully the next time I write I'll have something substantial and attention grabbing.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Lil Princess NEEDS to get better...RIGHT. NOW.

Lil Princess has been sick ALL. WINTER. LONG. with one thing after another. I just don't understand why?? She has had multiple ear infections. Toss in a few eye infections. Lets not forget two, maybe three upper respiratory infections.

At this very moment she is recovering from a double ear infection, pneumonia and just for good measure a stomach virus that has had her wretching for the past day-and-a-half. She won't eat. She can't get comfortable therefore there is little sleeping for her. Of course she cries a lot...the poor baby is in pain. She also wants to be held 24/7...who wouldn't?!?! Her pneumonia seems to have gotten worse, not better in the past 24 hours. I am assuming that is because she didn't keep down any of her antibiotics yesterday.

I feel so sad for Princess. I just want her to be healthy. I want her to run and laugh and play like she does when she is healthy. I want her to be pain free.

(The rest of this blogpost is more for my own records of what transpired in the past week so I have it documented in case I need it.)
Last week Wednesday night I brought her to the medi-center (the 3rd time in 6 weeks) to learn that she had her 3rd ear infection in 6 weeks and an upper respiratory infection. On Thursday I called her regular doctor (whom we have always liked alot but recently I am wondering about him a bit) and requested that we be seen since she is sick again. He said, "Kids get sick. Some kids get sick more than others. I'm not concerned about the amount of times she has been sick. We don't need to draw blood because her illnesses are all normal childhood things. (I made the suggestion thinking that perhaps there was an underlying infection that was causing all of her illnesses.) If she were sick with a kidney infection or a skin infection then I would understand your desire to draw blood looking for something more." I have asked at least three or four times to be referred to an ENT to look at tubes and he has continuosly told me that wasn't necessary because her ears clear up completely between infections unlike some children who never really get better. My thought is, "does it matter if she completely heals between infections if she is getting another one less than two weeks later again anyways?"

Thursday night Princess was in severe pain. She would trash around, wouldn't let me hold her but cried when I put her down. She arched her back in pain. She cried loud and consistently. The next morning I decided to bypass her doctor and took her straight to the ER. At first they sort of talked it down as a cold but I insisted they do some tests because something was was definitely wrong. Finally, after some tests they were able to identify that she had pneumonia and that her coughing was causing her excessive pain.

Finally, thinking we finally had an answer, we left. Only, we weren't past the worst of it. Sunday morning she started vomiting and continued throughout the day and all of last night. On top of the pneumonia and ear infection she has a stomach virus. Seriuosly?!?!

I called her pediatrician to let them know that after our talk on Thursday she was diagnosed with pneumonia and now had a stomach virus and they just said to keep giving her the antibiotics and all will be well. Yesterday she didn't even get any antiobiotics because each time I gave it to her, she vomited immediately and emptied all of her stomach contents.

GRRRRR...there probably isn't much that can be done, but I am one extremely ticked off, tired, agitated mommy!

I've been praying over her and I know God loves her even more than I do. I wonder if the Devil is just messing with us to see if we will get mad at God? We won't. Yes, we are tired. Yes, we are mad. But not at God. Just at the fact that our precious little one is still sick. I just want her better.