Friday, March 3, 2017

Totally Spent

This has been quite the last couple weeks of emotional roller coasters. It started 2 weeks ago this Sunday. Hubby, Abug, and I were at breakfast with my parents when hubby's sister called. She called him first and then me, that's an obvious sign something is wrong. So I immediately called her back. We found out that his grandma was headed to the hospital.

Grandma woke up that morning not feeling well but insisted on going to Church. When they got her to church hubby's cousin is an EMT so she grabbed her stethoscope and listened to grandma's heart/breathing. Decided she needed to go to the hospital so hubby's Aunt Robyn loaded grandma up in her car and took off for the hospital.

The hospital is maybe 10 miles from the church if that. They went out the main drag to the highway and from the highway entrance it's like 5 miles. The hospital is out on the highway. I guess when Aunt Robyn turned on to the highway Grandma had been saying that she was having trouble breathing. AR told her to breathe from her nose (she's on an oxygen tank) and that's when her eyes rolled to the back of her head and she quit breathing. AR found out her car will run 110 mph on the highway. She turned on her 4-way flashers and put the pedal to the metal.

By the time we got to the hospital a lot of the family was there in the waiting room, but no one knew anything. They were still trying to get Grandma stable. We sat in the waiting room until about 3pm that day. They finally got her stable, but had her sedated so she didn't try to pull the trach tube out. We were then able to go back and visit with her.

Now our small town hospital is very lightly staffed so they usually use it as a transfer hospital these days. That being said, they couldn't get an ICU room over at the bigger hospital for grandma so they kept her there until around 7pm or so that day when finally an ICU room opened and they transferred her.

She was in the CICU for a couple days and then they moved her out of the CICU to a regular room. I guess over night that night she went into cardiac arrest, but they really didn't do anything and she was back so they moved her into the regular ICU. She spent a few days in the regular ICU. If you know anything about the regular ICU, children under the age of 12 aren't admitted in, but the nurses were so awesome and let Abug and EA back to see grandma. They just "turned their head" because I guess they thought it was the end.

So grandma spent a few more days in the ICU and then was stable enough to be placed into a regular room. She was finally released from the hospital on Tuesday, when I thought my world was falling apart.

To add to the stress of it all, we knew hubby had to go out of town for work on Sunday. If something would have happened to grandma I was stressing out about how we were going to get him home, and then it turns out I had to get him home anyway. Although technically I didn't have to get him home, 1) Abug was in good hands and 2) Hubby got himself home, I was busy with Abug in the ER.

So to say I'm spent this week is an understatement. This morning Abug woke up with another fever. I've given her medicine and I'm scared to let her out of my sight. I actually let myself go to sleep last night after 1am and slept until 9:30am this morning, but the last 3 days I've been running on max 8 hours of sleep when normally I've had 16-18ish hours of sleep.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Words elude me for a title

My blog has served as many different outlets throughout it's 7 and 1/2 year existence. It has been a place to vent, a place to share, a place to remember. And some things I share I want to remember where other things I don't really know if I do, but I do at the same time if that makes sense.

Yesterday was one of those latter moments.

Let's start Monday night. The dishwasher isn't working, so I went to handwashing all the dishes that were in the sink plus the dishwasher. My baby came in and said she was tired and didn't feel good. It was 7:30ish so that's kind of normal, the I'm tired speech. I told her to give me a few more minutes and we'd go take a shower and go to bed. She went in and laid down on the floor in front of the couch, not normal for her so we got her up on the couch, at least a little softer. A little after 8pm I got finished with dishes and I took her upstairs for a shower.

When I pulled her out of the shower, she felt warm, so I found the thermometer and took her temperature under her arm, which they say you add a degree to. So 98.7 degrees with the added degree. No big deal. Hubby was out of town for work, so we were FaceTiming him so that they could see each other. Just as we went to get off the phone, she threw up all over the bed, herself, her pillow, pretty much everything but me.

So I put her back in the shower to clean her up, pulled the bedding off my bed, and decided to take her temperature again, this time under her tongue. 101.1. Okay, so for sure she's running a temperature now! So I gave her some Children's Motrin which is what they say to use along with Tylenol, back and forth. I woke myself up at midnight and gave her the Tylenol. I checked on her multiple times throughout the night, in fact I didn't sleep well.

The next morning I woke up, she was hot but when I'd take her temperature, normal. I was getting frustrated because that didn't make any sense. She kept saying she didn't feel good, so I went ahead and gave her more Children's Motrin just to be on the safe side.

Around 2pm Tuesday I went to put her down for a nap. I gave her her new ba (her cup with milk in it) and I went into the bathroom. I can see my bed from the bathroom and she was in there chattering away at me. Then all the sudden I realized it was quite. I laughed and said, I don't think she fell asleep that fast... Then looked in on her and realized she was shaking. Not violently shaking, but not shivering either and I remember saying, surely she's not having a seizure..

I ran over to her to check on her and her eyes were rolled to the back of her head. Her lips were purple. She was drooling and she had totally wet the bed and her pants and everything else. I started to freak out, but realized I couldn't. I learned in college education classes of all places that if someone is having a seizure, roll them on their side and keep their airway open. It's best to have them on a hard surface or anyway those are the things I thought I remembered. I quickly called my aunt because she's a dr just to verify what I did was correct and make sure I didn't need to do anything else. She said I needed to get her to the ER immediately. She was so stiff though I knew I couldn't get her in her carseat so AC recommended calling 911 and getting an ambulance

By the time the ambulance got here, I moved her down and we were sitting in front of the door waiting as patiently as I could.... (I was being patient but minutes seemed like hours, I kept saying make them hurry. They were here in 10 minutes which is probably about right really) When they got here she was sleeping. She woke up just as EMT walked in and she panicked and wanted mommy. We calmed her down and they checked her out and decided to take her to the ER. So we hopped in the ambulance and away we went.

7 hours later they determined that she had a Febrile Seizure which is caused by a quick spike in fever. It is apparently common (1 in 4) in children toddler age to age about 5. It doesn't lead to seizures as an adult or epilepsy or anything like that, it just supposedly has something to do with genetic makeup of children versus adults.

I'll tell you that was the scariest thing I have ever seen. I had to keep it together. The lady on the 911 call kept saying I couldn't cry. The doctor in the ER told me to cry and let it all out. To add to my stress, hubby was in Texas for work. Luckily his company has a company plane that had a flight coming home from there yesterday afternoon so he was able to hop the flight and get home. The pilots knew he was coming home to this so I guess they hauled butt to get him home as quickly as possible and my dad went to pick him up at the company airport.

This was narrowed down to all starting with Influenza B... the flu. ugh! When I got home around 10:30 last night I lost it. I broke down and sat on the floor and ugly cried. I have had so many feelings go through me in the last couple days. Apparently every time I turned around I was apologizing for something. So anyway, that was my Monday and Tuesday... how was yours?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

2 Years 8 Months

This little girl. She's great. I can't even imagine how to tell someone just how great she is... seriously. In fact, I want to grow up and be just like her.
  • You have started singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star after I sang it to you here recently when you were sick and it was one of 2 songs I could think of.
  • The other song was the ABC Song. You sing it too now.
  • Your boot size is a 9.
  • Clothing size is either a 3T or a 4T
  • You had the flu. It sucked. You weren't tested, but we all know that's what it was.
  • One of your favorite things is doing chores with Papa.
  • You learned how to do puzzles.
  • You love to read.
  • Your favorite tv shows are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Doc McStuffins, Sophia the First, and Princess Elana of Avalor.
  • Your new favorite movies include (Frozen, not new) Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Bee Movie, Zootopia
  • You were in a wedding. You refused to have your picture taken. You were loud up at the front and everyone thought you were just adorable.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Our Valentine's Day

Here while back I started thinking about Valentine's Day and wondering what to get hubby. When I asked him what he wanted, his response was a quart of Thank You Cherry Much Ice Cream and the ability to eat the whole thing and not feel guilty. I laughed so hard, but he was serious.

Then I got to thinking about it and decided that he needed a receiver hitch in his truck. I have one in mine, but my dad's got stolen when his truck was in the shop getting worked on, so dad had to borrow mine. It made me realize that we needed another one at least so I decided to get him one like the picture above. This way he had 3 different sizes, versus mine 1 size. My one will haul our flat bed trailer but if it is bigger or smaller than what was on my truck (and don't ask me what size I have) we'd have been screwed, so I decided to get him the 3.

I was afraid I wouldn't pick the right thing out though, so I loaded him up in the truck, drove a round about way to get there trying to throw him off, and took him to Harbor Freight which is where I decided to buy the receiver hitch from. When we pulled into the parking lot, he laughed so hard at me it frustrated me. I wasn't real sure why he was laughing, but he said he knew exactly what we were after when I pulled into the parking lot, he just had to wait and see if he was correct.

I got a rose bush, bear, and chocolates. Truthfully I'm not sure, I haven't opened the heart box just yet. I just assume it's chocolates. And a sweet message.

Abug got a double Blu-ray set from us that was the animated and live action version of Cinderella. That's what she's been wanting and talking about for weeks. Grandma and Papa got her an Elsa Pillow. Memaw got her a cute little love bug.

I kind of figured the weekend before Valentine's Day we'd go out since the 12th is our proposaversary date but we didn't. We obviously couldn't on Valentine's Day because of the wedding, so he finally took us out Friday night to Outback Steakhouse. It was good, but my steak, being a higher cut, was just meh. He was happy with his choice though.

After that we went to our friend's house to house/dog sit as they are on a work vacation. Technically it's for work, but it's totally vacation! And that was our low key Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Day Wedding

Valentine's Day we spent at a wedding celebrating the union of two of our friends, Justin and Kristi. They asked Abug if she would be their flower girl. Of course she said yes, but I'm not sure she knew what she was saying yes too 😀.

Deb, Tracy, and I worked on their cake. I heard rumor they initially weren't going to have an official wedding cake. I don't know if that was true or not... but after our cake day, Kristi asked if we could make her a Red Velvet Cake like Deb made that day. We obliged. Kristi also asked if I could make sugar cookies. Initially she wanted wedding bells but I didn't have a wedding bell cookie cutter and when she asked, I kind of lost track of time and thought I didn't have enough time to purchase a cookie cutter so I convinced her to do hearts since it was Valentine's Day. Then I felt bad when I realized I could have gotten the cookie cutter in on time.

We got to the wedding day... I was following Deb & Grady and witnessed a guy put a G8 in the ditch quickly. Just right through a four way stop, pavement was a little wet and it looked like he was hot rodding it and did a 180 in the road and off in the ditch he went. It was a pretty, red Pontiac G8 too....

When we got there, there was horrible cell reception. Hubby was coming from work and I was doing what we did in the olden days hoping we could hold the phone just right to get text messages out... let alone getting a phone call in or out.... Wow! Do you remember the days before cell phones and text messages?

Anyway Abug knows how to have her picture taken and we could not get her to get her picture taken to save our lives. But then when no one was paying attention to her anymore, she went off and pouted. Drama queen much?

The wedding itself was gorgeous. The venue was gorgeous. Congratulations to the lucky couple!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2nd Birthday Partaeee

So, the flu, as influenza, I think hit our house. We were never tested but within 2 weeks we all felt like death warmed over... is that the right phrase? Or do I have it wrong, like most times? Luckily for all our family, my niece's birthday party wasn't on her birthday and we were all kind of on the mend. It was rough going there for a while.... yikes! Hubby made sure to get Ambyr with icing before she could attack him. I think we actually made it through one family gathering... Christmas maybe... without the food war... It was definitely overdue!

We made sure to take our yearly family photo. Luckily Tbug was with us, or else we'd have had to put it off. (2015, 2016)

This picture, even though it is blurry, is way cute with the two littles looking at each other. By the way, when people are trying to take your picture, if you're in the picture, you stay ready at the camera so that when the person behind the camera gets the little's to smile, you are ready. Otherwise, they'll be ready and you won't be, and the littles are harder to get to smile/look at a camera....

My cupcake wrapper was turned into a flower... don't you think? And apparently there was a story behind a bunch of chocolate cupcakes but I never heard it..... hmmmmm.....

Monday, February 6, 2017

Falcons Fan for a Day

Well, since our Chiefs didn't make Superbowl 51... I had to either be a Falcons' fan or a Patriots' fan... I chose the Falcons. Turns out they played a good first half and then lost it. In fact, they kind of blew it all to hell.... But even the second half of the game was pretty good really.

Yes, I did watch the game. Now don't be fooled... I also ate. Sometimes food is more important. We also put glasses on Pete and tried to make him appear studious... And then when I posted that on Facebook I misspelled studious and put studios. Then I got made fun of. Then... Facebook wouldn't cooperate and let me change it. <sigh>

We happened to be a house full of germs. A lot of us... I think there were like 20 of us or something... were either a) sick or b) the next week wound up sick. If you weren't there... maybe that's a good thing... lol.

The thing is though, we know how to have fun! And if there is food, they will come! We had Bacon bites, spinach dip, salsa, sliders, tacos, fruit, vegetables, cheesecake, shrimp, and so much more. Like I said, if there's food, they will come.

The outcome of the game was 34-28. Lady Gaga did a superb halftime show. A lot of people were wanting to boycott the halftime show because Lady Gaga isn't afraid to make political statements and there are so many mixed reviews on if her show was political or not. I'm siding with the not. There were a bunch of people (I read a lot of reviews) who were upset she didn't make more of a political statement so they are going to boycott her now. Who knows... maybe the NFL made her sign a contract that said if she pulled anything she wouldn't get paid. Remember back in like 2003 or whatever when there was the nip slip on Janet Jackson. Yeah... for years after that they really watched who they allowed to perform the halftime show. I'm just saying... with the heightened political state of our country, maybe the NFL made her sign something that she wouldn't pull anything.

I've been in the Houston stadium. I didn't realize that the roof opened up though... how cool is that? And that leap off the roof... sweet!

Luke Bryan did an awesome rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. I might like Luke Bryan, not all people do, but his a cappella version was fantastic.

And that was our Superbowl 51 party. Bring on the 2017 NFL Season! Sorry, I'm not a baseball fan, although I do love going to a good baseball game.


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