Thursday, 8 June 2017

Back to my old self

Well THAT was a shitty two weeks.

But, I am feeling fantastic now!  WOOHOO!

I can't lift anything over 5 kgs for another three weeks...you know...just in time for our move to the new house LOL...but other than that, I feel great!

Packing is going well.  I am about 75% done.  There is a bunch of stuff in the basement that needs to be organized and the kitchen hasn't even been started yet, but the majority is done.

I'm so excited about moving to our dream home.  It is so beautiful!  We have our PDI on June 15th and then we get possession on June 29th.  June 30th will be a zoo, because we have the following being done that day:


  • central air conditioning install
  • central vacuum install
  • internet and cable install
  • water softener, reverse osmosis and furnace humidifier install
  • shutters throughout the house install
  • furniture delivery
  • appliance delivery
  • mattress delivery
  • gas fitter for stove and BBQ

Phew!  I hope none of them trip over each other!  We move the contents from this house to the new one on July 1st.  

I simply cannot wait to be in and settled there. :)
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Monday, 29 May 2017

Hey...it's been a while

I've been packing in preparation for our move and trying to relax a little too.

This past week, however, has been a living hell and I want to document it so that I remember all the details, although, they are pretty hard to forget.

Last Monday was Victoria Day.  I woke up in the morning, feeling really sluggish and had a bit of a tummy ache.  Tummy aches are nothing new for me as I suffer from IBS-D and have for most of my life.  But, looking back now, Monday was just DIFFERENT.  I went about my day, just kind of pottering around.  Around lunchtime, Hubster suggested All Star Wings for dinner and so that was the plan.  At around 3:45, I told Hubster I wasn't feeling well and didn't feel up to dinner, but for him to take the boys anyway.  He insisted I come.  UGH.  So, at about 5:30, we headed to the restaurant.  My stomach was still off, but, YOLO, so I ordered a beer and nachos.  I only had about five handfuls of the nachos and I was full.  I nursed the beer while the boys finished their wings and we headed home.

I had stomach ache all night.  Tossed and turned, couldn't get comfortable.  It felt like bad gas, but nothing would pass either way.  At about 4:00 am, I threw up.  There was very little in my stomach and I went back to bed to toss and turn some more.  I thought I may have food poisoning as it felt like there was a rock in my stomach...dead centre in my abdomen.

I called the doctor first thing in the morning and got a 10:00 appointment.  Hubster was home last week, so he drove me.  As soon as the doctor started pressing on my belly, he said he suspected appendicitis.  I literally laughed and said, "But it hurts all over, not just on my right!"  He stood by his thoughts and sent us over to urgent care with a requisition.  He said, "They will do an ultrasound and some bloodwork.  Something is going on in there and we need to get to the bottom of it."

We drove the ten minutes to urgent care and registered.  And waited.  We spent the day there and after bloodwork was normal and the ultrasound technician couldn't find my appendix, I was a little fed up, still in pain, with a pounding headache and just wanted to go home.  Now that I am typing this out, that day is pretty much a blur.  I know Hubster took me there, but then, my Mom was there with me at the end when the doctor told us the results.  Weird.  He said we could either do a CT scan that night or go home and see how I feel.  If I got a fever or worse pain, to go back to urgent care.  I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

Well....

THAT was a mistake.  Another night of tossing and turning turned into a morning of sheer agony.  I have never, ever, ever felt pain like I had Tuesday morning.  I also had a fever.  I called and made an appointment with the doctor, certain it was intestinal and not appendicitis.  They gave me 11:40.  Half an hour later, I was doubled over.  We needed to go to the emergency room.  The drive there was pure hell.  Every bump sent me into agony.  I was crying my eyes out.

Mom met us there and Hubster put me in a wheelchair and headed off to the appointments he had scheduled.  They fast tracked me so quickly, it was amazing.  I was in and seeing a doctor within the hour.  He requisitioned a CT scan and a nurse inserted an IV...after poking me three times and leaving a horrendous bruise, she called in a more experienced nurse, who was able to insert it painlessly, in the other arm.  And then we waited.

They took me for my CT scan at about 2:45.  When we returned to the waiting area, I begged for pain relief,  They hooked me up with morphine.  Praise the Lord Jesus for morphine.  The results came in about an hour later....confirmed appendicitis.  They had called the surgeon and he would be down to see me after he finished in the OR.

Half an hour later, the surgeon took us into a cubicle and said that my appendix had ruptured.  The CT scan showed that it was probably a mess in there and that he was on the fence on whether to perform surgery that night because it was very risky after the rupture.  He said that keyhole surgery was not an option with me and that I would be cut...4 inches across my bikini line.  "You don't have a problem with a bikini line cut, do you?" he asks.  HELL NO!  GET THIS THING OUT OF ME!  He started me on IV Flagyl and Cipro antibiotics and said we needed to let the antibiotics kick in before he operated, but that the surgery would be tonight,

They wheeled me into the OR at about 8:30 and I woke up in recovery at about 10:30.  Thirsty,  Jeez Louise I was thirsty.  And I had to pee.  So the nurse gave me water and a bed pan.  Ahhhh.....The surgeon came in and told me, "You are a very lucky girl.  I have been doing this for 30 years and this is one of the worst cases I have seen.  It was a MESS!"  Oh.  Wow.  Who knew?  I almost felt bad.  LOL!

At 11:30, they wheeled me to my room and for the first time in three days, I felt no pain.  Morphine and antibiotics flowed through my veins all night and all day Thursday.  I met an amazing woman when she became my room mate on Thursday morning...more about her another time...and I just slept...A LOT.

Friday morning, they discharged me with 7 days worth of Flagyl and Cipro to take at home.  Mom took me to her house and she took care of me for two days.  I came home yesterday and didn't sleep a wink last night...just tossed and turned.  Hopefully, that is a sign that I am on the mend.

I go back to see the surgeon in a month.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

College

Well, I am in week #6 and doing really well.  I am so proud of my dedication and my marks are rewarding the hard work.  This next week is a doozy though.  I have a few big assignments that will take a lot of time to complete.

I am working about a week ahead so that I am able to take on a few hours here and there at the Montessori School and I am spending time there doing my observations as well.  Gosh, I love those kids!

Leo, our golden retriever puppy will be five weeks old this Sunday.  He is coming home with us in mid-March and we can't wait!  He's the cutest little thing!!!

Report cards came home last week for Middleman and Threepeat...as usual, both were fantastic.  So proud of them.  Boy Oneder is doing well in third year uni as well and working hard at his part time job.  Middleman is taking driving lessons, so he will have his licence soon...where on earth does the time go???

Can't think of much else that's going on at the moment.  It's nice to have a bit of a calm in the storm of life....now to focus on my assignments!

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Monday, 6 February 2017

What a week!

We sold our house...in less than 24 hours on the market...at 10% above asking price.

It all happened so fast, my head is still spinning!

We interviewed two agents on Thursday, made our decision on Friday, signed the listing agreement on Saturday, had the stagers at the house on Tuesday, listed Thursday at 12:00 am and sold by Thursday at 11:59 pm!  It was a very stressful week, but my goodness, I am grateful for it being so fast!

We move to the new house in June.

Oh and we bought a new puppy. Leo, a golden retriever, will join us in March.  He is 4 weeks old right now and oh, so cute!  He will be Middleman's dog and Middleman's responsibility.  Here's hoping he lives up to his word and Mamma doesn't end up being the slave!

College is going great!   I was able to get myself to a place where I was working two weeks ahead....and then last week happened. LOL!  Now, I am back to about one week ahead after working hard on Friday to catch up.  My grades are very good so far.  I'm loving it.

We've had a hell of a bumpy ride over the last couple of years.  It's nice to have some good news to share. :)  God has a plan and the plan is played out in His time....not ours.  SO grateful. Pin It

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Alrighty then

Day two of full time, online college.

Overwhelmed, but under control.

I have eight courses.  I have completed the weekly reading, assignments and quizzes for 5 of my eight courses.  But, I have been in front of my computer from 9:00 to 5:00, except for pee breaks.  Surely, the workload slows down, right?  Just say right...please?

I was supposed to work full time this week, but only worked Monday.  The school admin was able to get me coverage for the rest of the week...thank GOD!

I am tired, overwhelmed, exhausted and busy.  But I am also hopeful, proud, confident and excited.

I've got this! Pin It

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Nearly go time

On Tuesday, my college courses begin.

And I am terrified.

And I am working full time next week.

And I am sure I will get behind before I've even begun.

And I'm thinking I have made a mistake.

And I will do my best.

And whatever will be will be.

Wish me luck! Pin It

Saturday, 31 December 2016

So long 2016!

And so, here we are...in the final hours of 2016.  A year filled with turmoil,

I originally typed "A year filled with turmoil and disappointment" but that's not totally true.

Sure, we have had some disappointment..ok quite a lot...but it is so easy to focus on the negative and forget the positives!

Hubster lost his job.  That sucked.  But he was absolutely miserable there anyway, so it was a bit of a blessing.  He took another job and was laid off again.  That sucked.  And it was a blow to his already bruised ego.  He has worked hard to find another job, but he's "old" in the corporate world and has been passed over many times by "youngsters" who cost much less than a seasoned employee like him.  A little bit of good news is that he will be starting a non-corporate job next week.  It won't pay nearly as much as his previous jobs, but hopefully, it will be enough to pay the bills and I truly think he will love it...and that's the most important part, in my opinion.

We lost my sweet Granny in February.  She was 95.  She lived a long life and she was able to meet all of my boys, but I miss her voice so much.

I quit my highly stressful corporate job in May and have since started working my dream job as a supply teaching assistant at a local Montessori School.  I make less money per hour than my two sons do, but I'm happy.  I'm genuinely happy. I start full-time online college courses on January 10th with a goal of completing my ECE diploma.I'm excited and terrified at the same time, but I truly believe it is my destiny.

I am huge.  Bigger than ever.  And that's going to change.  Starting January 2nd, I am going back to Wheat Belly.  Enough is enough.  I feel like a hoompa loompa and I hate looking at myself in the mirror.  Nothing fits, I struggle to walk most days and I feel like a 90 year old.  Time to get healthy again.

I have a couple of dear friends who are very sick with cancer. Young moms who don't deserve to be fighting this evil disease.  I pray that 2017 finds them both cured and healthy again.

2016 was a stressful and eventful year, but I have learned a lot from the hurdles we have had to navigate.  It could have been much, much worse, for we have our health and we have each other.  That's most important.

2017 will be another year of change...hopefully all for the good!  We move to our new house in June, so the first six months will be spent preparing.  We've done quite a bit, but we have much more to do.  One day at a time.

If anyone is still out there reading my blog, I wish you peace, prosperity and happiness for 2017. Pin It
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