Sunday, December 30, 2007

Ice Skating

Kathy's birthday was the 27th and she decided she wanted her 'party' at the outdoor ice skating rink in Market Square. The whole family, plus Kathy's friend Carmen and her 3 kids, met downtown all bundled up and ready to go. Phillip and Edy even donned skates to take a few laps around the rink. Mom made it; Daddy didn't. He didn't crash but he didn't move, either. He knew ice skating wasn't his cup of tea and made a swift exit off the ice. Mom was determined and managed to shuffle around the rink holding tight to the rail. One lap and lots of time later, Mom finally made it to the exit and she too turned in her skates. The kids took off like they knew what they were doing and after a lap I had the hang of it too. Well, until someone cut in front of me and I wiped out. The nice worker man helped me get back on my feet. I skated for awhile longer then turned in my skates. My nose was running, my ears were hurting, and my feet were killing me. Carol and I decided to check out the shops. I had never walked around Market Square and there are lots of super cute places to shop. I am definitely going to keep it in mind. We all went back to Mom and Dad's afterwards to eat. Ice skating isn't something I would do all the time, but it was a good time and a good experience.

The kids and I are headed to Winchester for the New Year. Steven has to work so we are going to ring in the New Year with Aunt Heather and her family. The kids go back to school Wednesday.

I am feeling much better. Still the normal aches, pains and fatigue but the ears and throat are much better. I ended up having an allergic reaction to the antibiotics so I've been having to take extra medicine to combat the effects of that. Today was my last dose so I won't have to worry with that any more. Hopefully, I won't end up with thrush.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy new year....


Thursday, December 27, 2007

A Digital Christmas

Santa and the grandparents brought Isaiah and Arissa digital cameras this year. Actually, all 5 grand kids ended up with one. I have seen more flashes and rushed to look at the screen of more cameras than I can recall. Memory cards have been bought, traded, etc and now everyone is set to capture every moment for posterity. Unfortunately, when you give a child a camera you get pics of subject matter only valuable to the child taking the photo.
Exhibit 1:

There are 4 other pictures of the same variety. Different Webkin and outfit, though.
If the subject matter isn't an object than it is of a person who really doesn't want their picture taken but has to give in to the pleas of the child.
Exhibit 2:
Yeah, I'm sick and totally faking the smile.

Here are a few pictures taken after church on Christmas Eve. If I look completely put out and grouchy and unhappy and in pain it is because I was all of the above. I have strep and didn't get medicine until yesterday so I was feeling pretty bad. The mono causes enough problems but adding a sore throat and ears to the mix and I am a force to be reckoned with.

The Peas

Three Stratman girls all in a row

All the girls (If looks could kill, Arissa and I would be guilty
of murder).
Christmas morning dawned with Steven coming home from work then us opening presents. Sometime after everything was opened and the kids started playing, I fell asleep. I woke up in time to get ready and go to Mom and Dads to eat. Steven had fallen asleep also but I couldn't wake him up so he ended up sleeping through Christmas. He finally woke up about 5:30 and we went out to his Aunt Linda's to see his family. We stayed about an hour then came on home. Steven had to work Christmas night also so we played awhile then he left for work. I slept until well after noon yesterday and then headed to the doctors. Isaiah and Arissa had a few errands the just had to run and by the time we got everything done I was almost in tears. I was so tired and miserable! I fell asleep about 11:30 last night and woke up about 11 this morning. I took a nap from 330-630. I am starting to feel alittle better. My goal for tomorrow is to buy groceries. Someone is going to the store tomorrow, even if its Steven.

Monday, December 24, 2007

T-Bone, the Jack Russell Reindeer

I have been wanting to dress T-Bone for a while now so when Arissa found antlers for $1 I thought what the heck. T-Bone was not impressed....

Trying to get the antlers off

Got him a chew toy
The carnage....good thing they were only $1.....

Sunday, December 23, 2007


I woke up with a killer headache, took some medicine and went back to bed. Sometime later I woke up and my head was worse. I took some different medicine and got my ice packs. I went back to sleep and dreamt that I called Kathy to take me to the ER and they admitted me. I had to stay over the holidays and we had Christmas in my hospital room. Thankfully, I woke up and my head wasn't hurting anymore. I think that was more of a nightmare than a dream....

Saturday, December 22, 2007


A whole day wasted....not one stitch of clothing washed, not one dish washed, not one item brought home from the grocery store, still wearing yesterday jammies that were put on Thursday night. Such is the life I lead. As if the jaw pain and mono drag weren't enough, I am now blessed with a sore throat, popping ears and a sore head. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas......

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wawawa Anne is Whining (what else is new?)

As some of you may know, I have been battling some issues involving constant fatigue, pain, and increased frequency and severity of my headaches. I saw my doc a week(ish) ago and he ran a bunch of blood work to try to determine the problem. His office called today with the results. The good news is that almost everything he ran came back normal so I'm not dealing with any new issues. The bad news is the mono has re surged. That makes 3 times since March. It explains why am still unable to work full time, become exhausted after just a few hours of activity, and ache most of the time. My thyroid was barely elevated but he wasn't too concerned and wants to re-check it in 3 months. My immune system isn't worth shit these days so all I can do is rest as much as possible and stay as far away from illness as possible. With that in mind, I will be avoiding anyone that is illin' and am going to start packing Purell. Yes, it is beginning to look like a wonderful holiday season at the Stratman/Freeman homes.

In other news, my TMJ pain has become worse and is constant. I am taking 800mg of Lodine 3 times a day without any relief (if I have a kidney left after all of this it will be a miracle). Heather so lovingly pointed out that my face is swollen...I was hoping it was my imagination. Now my cheeks match my belly..puffy! I am praying that someone cancels so I can get into the oral surgeon faster!

Lord give everyone strength to deal with me--

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Steven doesn't have a game for the next few weeks because of the holidays so I thought I would go ahead with a catch up post.
Friday the kids enjoyed free days at school and then they were out until Jan 2nd. Saturday we went to a Christmas party and had a really good time. My ex-boss invited us to come to his company Christmas party and Steven, never one to pass up free food and booze, took him up on his offer. I had woken up Saturday at 5am with a migraine and had to send Steven to Walgreens that morning to get my refill of my meds so I spent the whole day in bed and managed to get up and get ready in time to go to the party. I am glad I went, though.

Firas asks Arissa to help give out the employee bonuses.
As usual, Arissa gets the first dance. As usual, Steven has
to steal kisses.
"He's always trying to steal my kisses!"

Our only spin around the dance floor.
Sunday we went to Kathy's house to celebrate Josh (14) and Kamry (10) birthdays. There were a few small kitchen fires and lots of smoke but the food and company was good. We came home and cleaned this nasty house. The last several cleanings were done by the kids and although they do a really good for being 8 an 11, its just not the same as when I do it. It took me about 2
1/2 solid hours but now the whole house is fresh and clean and ready for Santa.
Speaking of Santa, I had some shopping to do to prepare for his visit so yesterday after PT I headed to Knoxville. I was able to finish everything without too much difficulty. My kids have gone to the Bakers for a few days so last night I even managed to get everything wrapped. The hard part is done, just need to pick up a few gift cards that can be done here in Oak Ridge.
Not sure if the activities of the past 2 days played a part or what but man was I in pain last night. I was certain I was going to die my head hurt so bad. The kids weren't here and Steven was gone to work. I seriously considering either calling 911 or Kathy to take me to the ER where they have the really good drugs. I did neither and finally fell asleep. I woke up at 5am and my head wasn't hurting anymore, just the rest of me still was and especially my jaw. I'm still in my jammies and just taking it easy today. I am having real pain issues with this TMJ thing. My PT called my oral surgeon to plead my case and hopefully get me in faster but the doctor is out of town and that is why I have to wait so long to see him. I just pray that once I do get in to see him he is able to help me.
Thanks for checking in--

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Another Game

Some shots from Steven's game tonight. They won again and he scored 16 points (I think that's right...I don't have my stat sheet handy).
Steven and Johnnie action shot

More action

Arissa's picture of Jayden

Isaiah's pic of Jayden
We all went to dinner after the game and were quite entertained with Jayden. He is so cute and he really likes Isaiah. He picked Isaiah to sit next to him.
I was home again today. I did manage to work from home which is more than I accomplished the past two days. I have PT in the morning then I plan on going to the office for the day. Steven is on vacation until Sunday and the kids start Christmas break tomorrow when school lets out. Arissa is having a pajama day and Isaiah is watching movies.
Until next time--

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Another Day

time spent at work.......1.25 hrs
time spent on the couch.......7.5 hrs

I feel worse since starting PT. I am pretty miserable. My neck and my jaw are killing me. I came home from work and took 4 Advil but that didn't help the pain. I took a Percocet and a quick nap. I had to pick Arissa up from school today so I managed to drag myself off the couch to get her. My pain was low enough that I felt like I could manage the grocery store so Arissa and I headed there. We got our shopping done and made it home for Isaiah to unload the car. By the time we got home my jaw was tightening back up. I started dinner and laid down for a bit then finished dinner. I made myself a plate and sat down to eat. It takes me forever to eat now and it is kinda messy. I told Steven not to plan on us eating in public anytime soon. He didn't argue so I guess I look as awkward as I feel. I thought eating would help me feel better but it didn't. After eating my jaw was killing me so I took another pill. Then the migraine started. After 2 Maxalts, another Percocet and 2 Phenegran I just about have it taken care of. Isaiah got my blue oil and rubbed my temples so I am laying here now just trying to take deep breathes and letting the oil relax me. I did pick up a 'doctors night guard' at Kroger today. I figure something is better than nothing as far as the grinding goes. I did get an appointment with an oral surgeon but they can't get me seen until Jan 7th. I asked them to call me if they have any cancellations so there is a chance that I can be seen sooner. I made some phone calls today about pain management but the people I talked to don't deal with TMJ. I have added that to my list of things to talk to my doc about. I know there are pain management therapies out there that don't involve narcotics.

Well, Isaiah just dropped his DVD player down the stairs so I need to go.....


Monday, December 10, 2007


I had my appointment with my dentist about my TMJ. He wasn't able to offer much help except a night guard to help with the grinding and continued PT. The 'custom' night guard isn't an option (not covered by insurance and way more than this budget can afford).

I had PT this afternoon. My PT wasn't happy with what the dentist had to say and said that my TMJ is way too bad to be ignored. He fears that either the joint with rupture or dislocate; neither of which we want to happen. I have an oral surgeon to call in the morning for a second opinion. My PT on my neck went well. I was rotated out again (which I knew and could feel) but it was a little higher this time. He got it rotated back in and then did traction/heat/stim for the rest of my visit. He showed me some stretches and exercises for my neck and my jaw. I am on soft foods only until we get something figured out about my jaw. I am laying on ice now since my neck is pretty sore from the PT earlier today. We seem to be in the middle of a December heat wave so the hot tub isn't an option. I plan on working tomorrow......


Sunday, December 9, 2007

Pankey Explained

Apparently it is some specially trained dentist. My issues with the Pankey people is the name. Pankey sounds lewd. Like you get your teeth cleaned and a 'panking. I suppose I am the only one who has seen these commercials. I can't recall what channel I've seen it on but I've seen it a million times. Maybe this is just further proof that I am watching way too much television.....


Thursday, December 6, 2007

I called my Pankey Dentist....Did you?

Okay, so he's not a Pankey dentist but he is a dentist. I had my first meeting with PT to get some relief from my pain. First off, my C3 and C4 vertebrae were rotated out which explained my neck pain. I was also informed that I have the worst case of TMJ he's seen (hence the call to the dentist). I go Monday to the dentist to address the TMJ issues and will be going to PT 3 times a week.

Steven had his second basketball game tonight. They won and he scored 15 points. He also got his first technical of the season.

Steven and Johnnie watching the action at the other end of the
Arissa, Jayden and Isaiah coming back from seeing their
Daddy's at half-time.

Isaiah and Jayden watching the game from the front row.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Pankey Dentist

The Pankey Dentist commercial......what is that all about and did they not have some kind of focus group to tell them that the name was stoopid? It sounds like an x-rated dentist office to me.

Steven and I enjoyed a couples massage today. It was a Christmas gift from last year that we never got around to using until 9 days before it expired. We were supposed to have pedicures also but I traded mine in for an eye revitalizing treatment since I just had a pedi last week. Steven really like his massage and pedi. We had a fun time together. It's safe to say that Aveda will never be the same.

I had a visit with my doc yesterday. He agreed that my issues aren't normal, that I'm not crazy, and committed to figuring out what is wrong with me. To start they took several vials of blood, we increased one of my meds, gave me pain meds for rescue to keep me out of the ER and I start physical therapy tomorrow for my TMJ and neck pain.

Thankfully, due to the wonders of technology, most of my Christmas shopping is finished. I got it all done last Saturday and never left the bed. Getting it all done by going from store to store would have been pretty much impossible this year since I can't stay up and out for very long.
The UPS man and I are getting to be quite familiar with each other!

Prayers for my cousin and my great aunt who are both close to the end of their Earthly life...and my Grandma who will have a very difficult time with their passing.

Now go call your Pankey Dentist......