Monday, 31 December 2012

Farewell 2012!

A VERY short recap of some of our 2012:

January - Flu
February  - Hubster and I went to Orlando
March - Cruise
April - Hubster and I celebrated 18 years of marriage.  Threepeat turned 5
May - Middleman went to Ottawa.  Rosie had eye surgery
June - Boy Oneder turned 16 and Middleman turned 13
July - We went to a drive-in movie
August - I turned 43
September - Boy Onder started grade 11, Middleman started grade 8 and Threepeat started SK
October - Hubster turned 46
November - Top Talent was completed
December - I was promoted to manager!  I got the flu (refer to January)

Happy New Year!  I hope all your dreams come true this coming year!! Pin It

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Worst Christmas ever

I worked on Christmas Eve. 

I knew something was up because I just didn't feel right all day.  Weak, tired, headachey, just blah.  I also had Middleman suffering at home from a nasty case of the flu...he suddenly spiked a fever after his soccer game on Saturday evening and got progressively worse.

I got home at about 3:00 on Christmas Eve and didn't even feel like having a glass of wine...at that point I *knew* something was wrong.

I just wanted to sleep. 

By 9:00 pm, I couldn't stay up any longer.  We usually play board games well into the night on Christmas Eve, but, I just had to sleep.  I felt so bad.

I woke up several times in the night, aching.  I can't begin to describe the pain...I felt like I'd been hit by a truck!

By Christmas morning, I felt horrible.  Terrible, painful cough and headache, fever.

As the day went on, I got worse and worse.  I couldn't believe how bad I got and how quickly.

Mom left at around 6:00 after the turkey dinner that I cooked but barely touched and I went to bed.

Christmas night, my fever went up to 103 and the aches were almost unbearable.

I spent the entire day in bed yesterday, and thank God, Hubster took good care of Threepeat to let me rest.  I slept on and off, had lots to drink and a little to eat.

I am supposed to be at the office today, but emailed in sick last night as I still had a 103 fever.  This morning, I can hardly sit here from the pain in my back.  I have a couple of clients that I need to work with, so I have to be here, logged on, but if I get done with them early enough, I will log off.

I will be getting my flu shot next year.  I got this flu last year on New Year's Eve and it was just as bad.  I'm just praying that this one doesn't turn into pnemonia like it did last year. 
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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Come on Christmas!!

  • Shopping - CHECK
  • Wrapping - CHECK
  • Turkey defrosting - CHECK
  • Plans made to see all the people we love - CHECK

BRING ON CHRISTMAS!! Pin It

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Winding down and ramping up

Tomorrow is my last official day as an Implementation Specialist.  Monday is my first official day as a Service Delivery Manager.

I will continue to work with two of my clients on their implementation, which will be complete at the end of January, so in essence, I will be doing two jobs at once for about six weeks.  That part sucks. 

Coming into the Service department for a payroll company at year end is deadly.  Employees are stressed out and very, very busy and clients are the same.  It's gonna be stressful, that's for certain.

I have moved into my office and have started making it my own...added some photographs and some of Threepeat's artwork...I like it.

What I don't like is the commute in rush hour and coming home late.  Not being able to throw dinner into the oven while I work at home or doing a load or two of laundry during the day.  This is my first week at the office and already, the house is a disaster and the laundry is piling up.  Ugh.

But...

I have not been this happy in a long, long time.  I have a challenge...I have something to look forward to.  I am living my dream.

Christmas is in 5 days and I am actually ready!

Life is good today....very, very good.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Wordless Wednesday

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Sometimes I wonder...


  • What would my Dad think about my promotion?
  • What would Joanne say about the tragedy in Connecticut?
  • What would they both look like today?  Would my Dad be as handsome as he was before he got sick?  Would Joanne be as beautiful as she was when she died?
  • Would we spend our Christmas arguing over where we would be or would we be happy just to be together?
  • Would going to the dentist with Threepeat be such an ordeal if Joanne was still with us?
  • Why?   Why were they both taken from us so soon?
  • Where are they?  Can they see us?  
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Sunday, 9 December 2012

A dream come true!

I have been BUSTING to tell the world, but had to wait until it was all official, and now that it is, I can SCREAM it from the rooftops!!!

I have just been promoted to Service Delivery Manager at the company I have worked at for almost 16 years.

Boy has this been a long time coming!

I have applied for NINE management roles over the last 5 years or so and have been turned down every time.  Three weeks ago, I applied for the tenth time...and finally, found out this week that I was the successful candidate!!!

I will be leading a team of 22 people who service our large and enterprise customers.  Some of these people were the first I worked with almost 16 years ago!  I am very excited to be working with them again!

I will no longer be classed as "virtual" and will have to work in the office again, but I think the time has come.  Six years of working from home has been amazing, but I think I am ready to be out in the real world again.  It will be a major adjustment for sure, but a good one I think.  Eventually, once things are settled, I can still work from home a couple of days a week.

So, VERY exciting news!  I can't wait to get started now!! Pin It

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dr. Tara

With Threepeat being as sick as he was last week, the thought of consulting a naturopath has crossed my mind.

Even healthy people can benefit from the services of someone who uses a holisitic approach to health as opposed to pharmaceutical fixes.  In fact, I think after speaking with the doctor, that Threepeat's biggest issue was that he was put on antibiotics and may not have really needed them.  The antibiotic suppressed his immune system and then a virus was able to attack.

Naturopaths can help with all sorts of things, from anxiety and depression to hormone imbalances to cold and flu prevention. 

I cam across Toronto naturopathic clinics and considering that she is in the Toronto area, I am going to be contacting her for a consultation...not just for Threepeat, but for me as well.

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Mesenteric Adenitis

Say THAT five times fast!

That's what the probable diagnosis for Threepeat is. 

We went back to the hospital yesterday for our follow-up appointment with the urgent care pediatrician, who, for the record, was a wonderful doctor.  He checked all of Threepeat's vitals and looked in his ears an throat.  He listened to his heart and felt around his tummy.

Because he was already on antibiotics, the doctor assumes that the other symptoms point to mesenteric adenitis.  The first thought was appendicitis, but that was ruled out with the ultrasound.

So, since there is no pain and he is feeling much better, we are to continue with the Amoxicyllin until tomorrow (the end of his ten day prescription) and then, he will be good as new!

Thank you so much to those who were there to ease my mind.  @theteendoc, @5crookedhalos, @katieb38 on Twitter and all my great friends on Facebook.

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Monday, 3 December 2012

Technology growth awakens innate intelligence

Technology grows at an exponential rate. Today, you find technology in every aspect of human life. One of the best applications of technology, as I’ve seen it, is the use of computers in unleashing human intelligence. There are some kids who are unable to communicate like others because of learning disabilities. But this doesn’t have to mean that their intelligence and intellect goes unnoticed. Computers can give such kids the ability to communicate and display their genius.


I saw an inarticulate child featured on 60 minutes. This child couldn’t communicate normally, but you put a palmtop in his hand and he starts voicing hunger, sadness, emotions, demands and desires. I think that’s pretty important because what it shows is that a child with a learning disability may not be able to communicate too well, but he has the ability to be an absolute genius and he has the desire to communicate.

The earliest instance of computers being used to tap into a child’s potential that I can remember is at the Kaiser Elementary School. My kids used to go to that school and at that time, almost ten years ago, Mrs. Chris Jurenka was the principal. What Mrs. Jurenka did was to get computers installed in her school for a total investment of $150,000. It may have seemed like a large amount to spend but the idea behind it was that every child with a learning disability should have a computer in front of him. What happened next was simply amazing. These kids, who were otherwise really quiet, began to interface with the computers; and this helped them to be able to communicate with other people. Their intelligence was transparently visible through the use of computers. Then, the computers began to be used for a second purpose – to teach English to all the kids who came from a variety of cultures and spoke different languages. That was a hit too!

What this goes to show, I guess, is that innate intelligence only needs a medium to expose itself. Today, technology is giving everyone, including kids with learning disabilities, that very medium. If you feel that you can’t afford a computer, you can visit a public library. Most libraries across Europe, Canada and U.S.A are free and have computers for public use. So, make use of the technology that is awakening innate intelligence.

Post written by Mark Victor Hansen, Co-Creator behind a single dream that became the largest publishing empire in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul author of The Richest Kids in America

http://www.GoRichKids.com

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Sunday, 2 December 2012

We could use a few prayers...

Yesterday morning, Threepeat was moaning and complaining of lower back pain (on the right side).  We held off taking him to the hospital to see if it would go away, but by 12:30, it was obivous that the pain was not going away.

As a little note before I explain the rest, he was on day 6 of amoxicyllin for strep throat that he had last weekend.

We took him to the local hospital ER.  He was nauseous and was still complaining.

They took his vitals, registered him, asked a million questions and then sent us to the waiting room to wait.  And wait.  And wait.

They finally took us in to a room where we answered some more questions.  Then waited.  And waited. 

They came in and gave us a cup for him to pee in.  He tried a few times but couldn't go.  He was starving.  They wouldn't let him eat.

He threw up.  He said he didn't have pain anymore.

They came in and told us that if he hadn't peed in 30 minutes, he would have a catheter inserted. 

I told Threepeat to drink lots of water.  He finally peed.  Still pain-free.

They took us to another waiting area where we waited for his ultrasound.  He napped.

After the ultrasound, we went back to the ER to wait for the results.  And wait.  And wait.  It was now 4:30 and Threepeat had had nothing to eat all day.  He was starving.  The nurse told me he couldn't eat until they had the results to confirm that it wasn't his appendix.  The radiologist had already told me that it was not appendicitis, so I told her I was letting him eat some chips.

He was so thrilled to have something in his little tummy and it made the further waiting a little easier.

Finally, they called us in to the room again.  I told Hubster that I would go and get the car (we parked miles away) and that I would meet him outside.

Here are the results of the urine test:


There is a small amount of blood in his urine.

Here are the results of the ultrasound:


There is fluid in his abdomen and something about his lymph nodes.

They sent us home and told us that we would be referred to the urgent care pediatrician for follow up. 

I have no idea what is wrong with my baby.  I am very frightened.  Considering that he is already on antiobiotics, I can't imagine that this is an infection right?  So what the heck could it be? :(

The hospital called last night to say we have an appointment at 3:30 Monday.
Will you please say a little prayer for us that all will be OK?

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