Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Snow Day/Sick Day

The kids FINALLY got their snow day! Too bad they didn't decide until Isaiah was already at school for 45 minutes. The bus brought him home about 9am. It is BUTT COLD outside so I have said no to playing outside. With the recent sickness trolling through this house I don't think adding single digit wind chills and soggy clothes to the mix is a smart idea. I am not very popular for making this decision. Thankfully, parenting isn't a popularity contest.

Arissa woke up yesterday feeling like death was looming and asked to see Dr James. So, I called and got her an appointment. Poor kid felt so bad she didn't even get dressed. She wore her jammies and robe and was the hit of the office. Her flu has cleared up but she has a secondary infection...sinus infection! So, she wasn't going to school today anyways and could care less about the snow. She is happy for her brother, though.

So, we are home for the day. Church called and cancelled CCD for tonight so we don't have to go anywhere. Steven made it home safe although he said there were some spots (especially the overpasses) that were icy and he had to be extra careful. He is expecting to be called in early tonight so he is sleeping soundly beside me.

Monday, February 25, 2008

When will it end?

Sickness.is.everywhere.
Of course, the trend started with me last week but how was I to know the rest of my family would feel left out?
You already know about Arissa and her flu. Then Friday morning we had not only Arissa and her flu but Isaiah and his stomach/head. So that was 2 kids home from school. The weekend saw marked improvement from Arissa and wavering improvement from Isaiah. Monday morning dawned and both kids were off. About 9ish this morning the phone rings. It's Kathy. Kamry is ill and she needs us to get her. Off Steven goes. He gets her here and settled on the couch. Maybe 30 minutes later the phone rings again...Oak Ridge Schools with Isaiah on the other end. His stomach is ailing and feels that he needs to be picked up. Off Steven goes AGAIN. He brings Isaiah home then heads to the gym (who can blame him?). Isaiah gets in his jommies and tries to nap. Steven's truck was still at Mom and Dad's from my ER trip Tuesday and we needed to get it since he has to go back to work tonight and I'll need something to drive Arissa to school in the mornings. So, after Steven worked on his fitness, we headed to Farragut, he went to the golf course, I came back home. Kathy brought Arissa to me from Granny's house as well as my Tamiflu script that Walgreens finally got in stock (I'm not flued but since Arissa was I had to take it for precautionary purposes). Isaiah finally fell asleep about 7 and has been asleep since. Arissa has since developed some sort of stomach issue. She is very pale and looks like she is in pain. We put the homework away, took baths, and watched TV together. Hopefully a good nights sleep will cure her.
The plus side of today, besides getting the dashboard Jesus, is I learned we have met our out of pocked max for pharm benefits for the year! WOOT! I think this might be record time for us...only 56 days! Actually, it was Thursday when Arissa got her tamiflu script that sent us over the max. Details, details, what really matters is the significant drop in co-pays. THAT makes me happy!

Hell Yeah!



My very own DASHBOARD JESUS!
My parents rock!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Belly Day 4



My belly button is killing me....
More bruising today and lots more tender.
Still very swollen.
Voiding systems are working, for those of you that are all about my systems!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Things are Looking Up (updated with pics 915pm)

Arissa is feeling MUCH better. Her fever broke and the Tamiflu seems to have helped, too! Isaiah ended up with nothing more than a cough and a headache, never developed a fever, so we didn't put him on Tamiflu after all.

I am feeling pretty good. I am very sore and get stiff pretty quick but other than that I feel okay. I'm not doing anything but laying in the bed, surfing the net and passing out orders. I did finally make it to the shower this morning and washed my hair. I was pretty worn out after that and took a short nap.

Yup, that's my swollen belly. Most would be ashamed to show their belly with all those stretch marks...Not me, I worked hard gaining all that weight years ago to make my babies healthy!


The only incision that can be shown on the Internet...This one happens to be the sorest. Notice the bruising...I am assuming that is from the camera being maneuvered through my insides.

I had Isaiah and Steven cleaning the house earlier. I had planned on cleaning it this weekend but since the surgery came up my plans got changed. It was really gross and needed it really bad so I passed out the orders to get it cleaned! Being 'out of commission' has it advantages. Arissa and I watched the boys work from our beds.


Steven has been given the night off. He is off with his buddies to watch the UT/Memphis game. For some reason he didn't want to lay in bed with me and watch it?! Oh well, I figured he's been at my beck and call since Wednesday so he deserved a night out with the fellas. Isaiah and Arissa are here to wait on me hand and foot. He did make sure I had dinner before he left.

Thanks for checking in....

The Recovering Peas
Proof that Arissa is feeling better...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Another Surgery!

So much for 2008 being the 'year of no operations'. We are on the 2nd month and I am recovering from my 2nd surgery.

This latest surgery was a bit of an emergency situation. I started having bladder pain on Saturday but it was improving on Sunday. Monday evening found me in pain that increased to the point I was unable to sleep until 530am Tuesday morning. I had a busy day Tuesday with work, a parent/teacher conference, a doc appt for Isaiah, and taking/picking up Mary Ellen from an appt. I really didn't have 'time' to be ill. When I dropped Mary Ellen off at 530 she told me she had someone else to pick her up. So, I headed to the walk-in clinic in Farragut, thinking it would be a bladder or kidney infection. They ran blood and urine but couldn't detect any abnormalities but was very concerned with the location and severity of the pain (right lower quadrant radiating around to my back and down my thigh) so I was sent to the ER for a CT scan.

Got to the ER, they ran blood and urine, started an IV, gave me some tordol, and I drank the (yucky) contrast for the CT scan. The tordol didn't touch my pain at all so they gave me Morphine. THAT helped...me likey morphine! So, the CT revealed a cyst on my only remaining ovary. I was released so that I could have my gyn take care of it.

I got to the gyn at 11:15 Wednesday, had a transvaginal ultrasound, and was in surgery at 1:20pm. He removed the tube, ovary, cysts, endometriosis, and scar tissue. Ovary was at least 2 times bigger than what it should have been and was sitting on my bladder and obstructing my bowel. I stayed overnight at St Mary's so I could have major pain control...PCA pump of Morphine....and given my history of post-op issues we wanted to do everything possible to make this as smooth as possible. Dr Vick came in about 930 this morning and I was home and sleeping in my bed by 11 this morning.

Other than being extremely stiff and sore, I feel pretty good. I have already started hormone replacement.

In other Freeman family news....Arissa just tested positive for the flu. She fell asleep twice at school today and woke up from a long nap at home with a 100.6 temperature. Kathy took her to the doctor for me (one of her complaints was her back hurt and I feared she would have to leave a urine sample. Something she didn't want Steven to assist with). By the time she got there, she was running a fever of 103.4. The nose swab came back positive for the flu. I will be calling our regular pediatrician and my doctor tomorrow to get me and Isaiah some Tamiflu called in. Kathy is getting Arissa's tamiflu filled now as well as getting Arissa whatever 'sick' foods she wants before bringing her home.

Good times here at the Freeman house!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

TMJ Answer....Sort of

Saw the oral surgeon today. The plan is to do 8 weeks of PT while they get the insurance to approve surgery (hoping that the PT helps and that I won't need the surgery). Both jaw joints dislocate when I open and there is very little cartlidge left, especially on the right side. I start PT on Wednesday, though my PT isn't very optomistic. Basically, he knows the seriousness of my issues and knows that PT won't give me the relief I need.

I didn't ask a lot of questions because I knew I would see him again but I did ask the important question....It will be done under general. I was relieved to find out that I wouldn't be aware of what they are doing to me. Below is what I could find on the operation I *think* he said he would be doing. It sounds like what he was talking about.....

For arthroscopic jaw surgery, the surgeon inserts a pencil-thin, lighted tube (arthroscope) into the jaw joint through a small incision in the skin. The arthroscope is connected to a small camera outside the body that transmits a close-up image of the joint to a TV monitor.
The surgeon can insert surgical instruments through the arthroscope to perform surgery on the joint, preventing the need for additional surgical incisions. This technique is used to diagnose and treat
temporomandibular (TM) disorders.
During arthroscopic surgery, the surgeon may:
Remove scar tissue and thickened cartilage.
Reshape parts of the jawbone.
Reposition the disc.
Tighten the joint to limit movement.
Flush (lavage) the joint.
Insert an anti-inflammatory medication.
Procedures are performed under
general anesthesia and usually take 30 minutes or longer depending upon the type of procedure.
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/arthroscopy-for-tm-disorders

See why I want to be knocked out?? The whole 're-shaping the parts of the jawbone' is the part that sounds really really icky.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Post #100

Well, this Saturday finds me in the bed where I've been since about 1230 yesterday afternoon. I had a very busy week and by Friday could go no more. I was getting sick, felt like the flu, with a stuffed up head, headache, hurting ears, muscles aching, etc. Today I am feeling better but am hanging low to conserve my energy for the demands of next week. If working full time lands me in the bed on the weekends, than I'll take it. Unfortunatly, I don't have a choice but to work. My family is counting on me so to work I will go. They will get used to boring weekends at home!

So let me back up some.....Monday I didn't work because I had appointments. I saw the dentist for a way over-due cleaning. I hadn't been since Sept 2006! I thought they were wrong but once I thought about it......I would have been due for a cleaning in March, which is when I was put in the hospital with mono. And we all know how the rest of my 2007 went so it isn't surprising that teeth cleaning wasn't at the top of my list. Good news is that I didn't have any cavities and I don't require any additional work. The bad news is that my dentist has his money on surgery being the recommendation coming from my oral surgeon. He couldn't believe how bad my jaws are and was even more shocked to find out that they were actually better than before! Later in the day I had an appointment with my neuro for my headaches. Unfortunatly, I am maxed out on my meds due to my blood pressure being so low and she suggests I appeal to the insurance company to pay for Botox treatment. We know that works for me since I had it done in May, but it is considered experimental and is very expensive. We paid for it before but there is just no way we can do that now.

Tuesday thru Thursday found me at work for 8 hours each day. I wasn't doing my usual accounting duties but was helping in production. I came home worn out and sore every day! We did Valentines Wednesday night cause the kids didn't want to wait until after school on Thursday. Steven and I spent some alone time at the mall Wednesday. We were looking for some new shoes for me but I couldn't find anything worth my feet so we had a romantic Valentines dinner in the food court!

Thanks to the Navy and their cut-rate dentists, Steven had to have a tooth pulled on Thursday. It was a tooth that he had a root canal on while he was in the Navy but it wasn't done right. They had a hard time getting it out and he ended up with stitches. He was pretty sore Thursday but woke up Friday feeling much better. He is on antibiotics to clear up the infection and will go back in 4 weeks for a bridge.

I went into work yesterday and got done what had to be done then came home and crashed. I slept from 1230-630 then was back to sleep at 11 and was woken up at 10 this morning. I don't know if it was the sleep or the Nyquil but I am feeling better. I see the oral surgeon Monday to find out the plan for my jaws...I am anxious to hear what he has to say.

I guess that is all for now---
Anne

Sunday, February 10, 2008

After a While

After a while you learn
The subtle difference between
Holding a hand and chaining a soul
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
And company doesn't always mean security.

And you begin to learn
That kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes ahead
With the grace of a woman
Not the grief of a child

And you learn
To build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow's ground is
Too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way
Of falling down in mid flight

After a while you learn
That even sunshine burns if you get too much
So you plant your own garden
And decorate your own soul
Instead of waiting
For someone to bring you flowers

And you learn
That you really can endure
That you are really strong
And you really do have worth
And you learn and you learn
With every good bye you learn.

-Veronica A. Shoffstall

Just a poem I like...Hope you like it too!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Catching Up

Let's see....Sunday was church, back to Justice for Arissa to make her purchase, then to Mom and Dad's for my birthday dinner! Yum Yum, thanks for the grub. Good stuff: enough cheese dip to feed a third world country and chocolate eclair. The throat wasn't cooperating with me Sunday so getting down the fajita's was a chore but the eclair went down like a champ. Go figure..

I made a trip to Winchester Monday. Heather needed some help and I was too happy to get to help her for a change. She has done so much for us it was wonderful to help her. It was a short trip-came back yesterday evening-but worth it. I got to spend time with Heather and Savannah. Jameson danced with me in the kitchen and I got taken to dinner, Jameson sat next to me, and we enjoyed our 'date'. He was clearly happy with me cause I kept getting lots of hugs...the good hard kind. Of course, we let him have BREAD so that might have had something to do with it. Heather said he was wired like a banjo string last night. Who knew that bread was so powerful?

So the morning dawned with a monsoon. What a nasty mess! I took Arissa to school then laid back down for 'just a minute'. I heard T-Bone howling at noon (the emergency sirens set him off) then actually woke up some time later. I am guessing I was tired and needed the sleep. I'll try to make it to the office tomorrow.

Until next time--
Anne

Saturday, February 2, 2008

A Day with Arissa

First of all--Melissa: You didn't mess up anything! Your comment posted....you had me scared when I got your text! You don't give yourself enough credit when it comes to technology.

Arissa and I finally made it for our 'girl day' to celebrate my birthday. We started the day at Aveda for Arissa to get 2 (badly needed) inches cut off her hair. Since she got it relaxed and has been wearing it down, the need for a trim was very obvious. I think Arissa's favorite part was the shampoo bowl. She yawned her way through it. Although she wasn't happy with losing those 2 inches, by the time she got all finished she was very happy with the way it turned out.

We left there and went next door to Justice. There were several items that caught Arissa's eye but she couldn't make up her mind what to spend her money on so we decided we'd go back tomorrow. I am trying to teach her not to impluse buy and to spend her money wisely. I hope to save her hard money lessons later in life.

After strolling through Goody's and Old Navy we headed over to our movie. It was a good thing we headed over a bit early because the Hannah Montana crowd had the line a mess. We finally got to purchase our tickets and concessions. Arissa was very careful with her gift card (edges ONLY) and was very proud of herself for treating her old Mom to a movie and a snack. She even splurged and got herself a *huge* package of Twizzlers. She checked her balance on her card then gave it to me for safe keeping. We both liked the movie (27 Dresses) but didn't like the annoying tweenagers sitting next to us. Arissa decided they must have been trying to act mature. Not real sure what that had to do with anything but it was a great "Arissa moment" for me.

FYI: I offered, several times, to forgoe my movie choice and see Hannah Montana instead. Arissa kept telling me that it was my birthday and my choice and I kept telling her it was her Christmas gift she was spending. I think we were both trying to be the bigger person and do what we thought would make the other one happy. I even looked online to see what shows were still available for HM but she stood her ground. I decided that it was clear that seeing 27 Dresses and doing what she thought was what I wanted is really what was making her happy. So I let it go. I thought all was cool until we saw all those little girls in the line. I thought, shit, she's going to be sad. Not my Arissa. That girl actually said to me..."I'll probably be the only girl in the third grade not talking about seeing Hannah Montana on Monday at school. But I'll get to say I saw 27 Dresses. I like being different. It's more fun than being like everyone else." Man, if she can keep that attitude the rest of her life.....

So, after our movie we headed to the mall to walk around. We checked out Belk, Limited Too, the Disney Store and landed in front of Auntie Anne's pretzels. Arissa could have just eaten half a cow but she always has room for a pretzel. So, we got her a pretzel then found a place in the food court to watch people. I shouldn't have sat down. I was done after that. I told Arissa that I had hung in as long as I could and I thought it was time for us to pack it in. We stopped at a kiosk to get some shorts for Webkin Scruffy then we left. Arissa barely made it to the interstate and she was asleep.

Another bright spot of the day....I wore a pair of pre-hysterectomy jeans today. Cheers to the tonsilectomy for helping me shed 15 pounds.....the ONLY good thing out of the whole mess.

Tomorrow we eat at Mom & Dad's. I can't wait for steak and chicken fajitas! YUMMMMMM.

Thanks for checking in...
Anne