Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
And then this week I started my new job. I'm still excited and I think I'm going to love it!
Monday, December 1, 2008
I did not eat two chocolate cakes within a few days to celebrate Thanksgiving.
I did not wake up at midnight last night to clean up vomit.
I did not consider using pillowcases as wrapping paper.
I did not just send an angry email to a church.
I did not join http://www.rememberthemilk.com/ last Monday only to completely ignore it as an organzing tool all week.
I did not register for classes at the local community college at 530 am to "beat the rush"
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Lets see here.. well since he is currently passed out in my lap, I have to say that I did NOT neglect to encourage naptime in the crib as outlined in my new daily schedule, and instead, every day this week allow my charming little toddler instead to fall asleep in my arms at the computer. That would not be a responsible way to encourage independent sleeping. Also, it would be a good way to excuse myself from doing any housework because, well, The baby's asleep. But good thing I didn't do that.
I did NOT spend a whole bunch of money on CottonBabies just because, well, its free shipping - you're practically losing money if you don't. And we desperately NEED the new cute colors of BG instead of the boring pastels we have now.
I did NOT set up a Christmas tree a week before Thanksgiving.
I also did NOT join RememberTheMilk because I don't need another site to spend time on and another excuse to make lists.
I also did NOT give my little boy a cold by snuggling too much. :(
I also did NOT as a means of acquainting myself with a better understanding of Middle Earth culture, eat a second breakfast today consisting of 2 Cinnamon rolls, because that of course would be silly.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
But, R and I have had a cold for a few days. We were trying really hard to keep it from Al. Washing our hands and not getting in his face at all. But its looking like he has caught the bug - he's had a runny nose all day. Hopefully he'll get over it quickly. We've been pretty boring the last few days just hanging out trying to recover.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Once I pass I get to finally get officially offered my new job because they have to have someone who is certified. I'm so excited!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
1. I did not give two other moms dirty looks at the hospital this morning for arriving at the lab 15 seconds before us, thereby securing a significant place ahead of us in line for Transplant Clinic today and getting to be outta there sooner on such a busy day.
2.I do not find myself out and about, starting to make a phone call and feeling a wet, slimy goo against my ear because my son likes to use the phone as a chew toy.
3. I do not bribe said child to eat something.. anything by mouth by giving him smashed oreos and ice cream in lieu of fruit/ veggie purees.
4. I do not play this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIYaxG_YZDg in one window over and over while screwing around online on the other.
5. I do not force my 1 year old to stand in as a pretend patient to practice all of my CNA skills on.
6. I did not spend the entire weekend using disposable just because I was too lazy to move the cloth diapes from the washer to the dryer.
Click on the link to the left to check out the original Not Me! at My Charming Kids.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Not too much to tell.. that took up much of my weekend which made me realize how deficient I am at html.. grrrr R and I went to see the new Bond movie last night. It was okay.. not nearly as good as the last one though.
I take my CNA test on Wednesday. I'm so nervous - I keep going over and over my notecards. I'll be bringing them along to the clinic visit tomorrow to drill it into my head better and I'm going to make R get his blood pressure taken a bunch of times. Once I get that taken care of, I can get things set up with my new job.. and start working again soon.
Although this unemployment has been refreshing - really need to start making some money.
Lovely - I will be back tomorrow for my first attempt at an official NOT ME Monday.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Yay. Super exciting. We were a little worried it wasn't going to happen. Very unusual around here to have no snows in September or October. R went in to the shop to work this morning so A and I thought an adventure walk in the snow was in order. So after a cup of coffee for mama and a feed and meds for A while watching some WonderPets we bundled up and went out into the winter wonderland.
Not a huge snow by any means but its A's first snow to see since he's been a big kid. We wandered around and checked out the playground. When Alan's a little bigger we're excited to get to go on the swings. Not much to do with everything covered in snow.
So, as you can see - not a big snow by any means. Not even enough to cover the tennis court but a pleasant little surprise to wake up to. Here comes winter!
Oh and one more bonus. While it may not be Monday yet, this can't wait.. I need to share a Not Me a few days early. ..
I most certainly......
.. did NOT...
feed a toddler as one of his first foods....
Nope.. NOT me. (And NO, R and I didn't go through almost an entire pack in under 24 hours)
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Backtracking a little but here are some photos from cider bottling last week. We made apple cider as our first attempt at brewing on our own. It was pretty easy compared with beer. Its pretty good - tastes like a dry apple wine. I think these will be our Christmas gifts for family. The name of our cider :Alan's Apples of course!
Here's a finished product!
Then this afternoon I made notecards for all my CNA skills - such skills as helping with bedpan, blood pressure, cath care, transferring client from bed to wheel chair, etc. I think I'm pretty much there in terms of memorizing the procedure for each of the skills. I wanna make sure its second nature to me when I go to take the exam. Mmm.. and I've been eating some frosting this afternoon from our fridge.. Yum.
Alan's done a little eating. The doc suggested not worrying so much about timing when he's hungry and just give him something every time we sit down to eat a meal. He had some yogurt last night and then this morning some banana oatmeal with real milk!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Then - a few weeks ago, I finally was laid off. The death of the real estate industry caught up to me. Not too bad on timing because I just finished my training to be a CNA. I take my test to be certified in the state next Wednesday. I'm pretty nervous because I actually have a job lined up - which is contingent upon me passing and getting my license.Mr. Al just had his first real Halloween and decided to go as Superman. No outings for us. We just stayed home and waited for the trick or treaters that didn't show up. Zero. Seriously - we live in a condo complex full of children - how hard would it be to hit up your neighbors for candy. Well 5 bags of candy got left to us to take care of which is never a good thing.
Not too much else exciting to report. I was really hoping that my time of unemployment would bring about a flurry of domestic activity on my part. No such luck. Still just as much of a slacker without working. We're lucky to keep the little guy fed and medicated and maybe a couple loads of laundry done a day.Latest project is trying to get this guy interested in food. We just saw his GI doc today and we've decided to give dairy a try. maybe he'll be a bit more interested with some yummier options to taste. Might have strawberry yogurt for snack in just a little bit and see how that goes over. Here's a shot of him one tube-less evening before we replaced one of the NG's he'd yanked. And here's my cute little executive office assistant sorting out the sticky notes.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
So as far as transplant, we got called a little after 11pm Saturday and he got into the hospital around midnight. A doctor of his left around 430 am to the location of the donor to check it out and harvest it. He went into the OR around 830 am Sunday and got started. The heart arrived around 1130 ish - don't quite remember. It was a very long procedure. Besides just transplanting he required a lot of reconstructive work to his pulmonary arteries and vena cava that were all jacked up. I think he got out around 6 pm.
So, what happened last night around 11-midnight ish, his blood pressure plumitted putting him in cardiac arrest, to the extent of needing to call a code and about 30 seconds of CPR. This episode was likely caused by gause left in the chest to soak up bleeding - compressed the new heart to much to function properly so the sponges were removed and he started doing much better.Then as time went on, his heart was working really hard - kept going back and forth between better and worse. Finally at 8 am Monday, he was put on ECMO which is life support for the heart and lungs. The goal will be to only stay on it for about 48 hours to give the heart a rest. The major risk to that is bleeding, particularly to the head. So far though no signs of excess bleeding.It sucks that he's on the support but for having to be on it, he's doing well in everything else.He's got some awesome docs. The surgeon who worked non-stop all day in the OR on him, sat in his room all night watching his monitor and pushing the syringes of blood volume Alan needed by hand.
Hopefully things will stay about the same for awhile as we get him some rest and then hopefully within a couple days get him weaned off the support and his heart can try working on its own again.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
More info to follow. We're just hoping it goes forward.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
A relaxing and eventless labor day weekend so far. Yesterday we got some bubbles for Alan to play with out on the deck. He really wasn't so sure what to think at first but then he got more and more curious and started to have fun with the whole thing. He's been getting stronger and stronger and doing a great job at sitting up. I love the age he's at. There's just so much wonder in his eyes exploring the world. Ooh and now he's got 2 awesome little teeth on the bottom.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Well, happy Saturday.