Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Goodbye, March

It's been one heck of a month.

I'm hoping April is easier. Calmer would be nice, too, but I'll settle for easier.

May all you love be well.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Technical Difficulties

I had a picture post I wanted to make tonight, and I cannot get the pictures up here.

The gremlins are wicked and my problem-solving skills are limited right now.

Perhaps I should grab a little extra sleep to help with my deficit.

May the technology gods smile on you--today, tomorrow, and every day.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Peach Yogurt

Antibiotics, like most of life, have unforeseen consequences. While it kills off an infection, the antibiotic is also attacking the 'good' flora a body needs. This is especially true when using broad-spectrum antibiotics.

While waiting on lab cultures*, my son's treatment plan involved three different broad-spectrum antibiotics. As soon as he was allowed to eat, I asked the nurse if we could get some yogurt.

She asked his preferred flavor and put in an order for peach yogurt. Even though it was 10 AM, peach yogurt appeared. The nurse explained that when a meal order card came up, I could write in a request for yogurt with each meal.

As it turned out, there was never a need--the cafeteria sent two peach yogurts with each meal.

Six yogurts a day. For seven days. Requesting a different flavor did not take.

Forty-two peach yogurts.

We've been home most of a week and there are still a few yogurts left. We'll see if he ever requests a peach yogurt again.

*Invasive Group A Strep in the bloodstream, in this case. Yes, antibiotics were very necessary and we were glad when they could get a more directed plan of treatment.

Saturday, March 28, 2015


I was outside for ten hours today. Stuck to the shade as much as I could and put on sunscreen...once. I am burnt to a crisp.

But I'm also crispy in the other sense of the word--completely tired and done with the day. No bad stuff, just a lot.

And I'm obviously not back to full-strength. My decision-making is still slow and quick to overwhelm, and I'm forgetting obvious things.

But tomorrow is another day. Getting to bed sooner rather than later might help me to meet its challenges.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beauty Tips for Hospital Parents

I hope you never have to spend days and nights in the hospital caring for your child. But if you do, well, here are a few of the 'beauty' lessons learned during our stay:

*Adequate rest is important for you to look your best. Even if you have the comfiest of hospital day beds and the quietest of floors, you're still not going to get a good night's sleep in the hospital. Do the best you can, and nap whenever that dear munchkin naps. A pillow and blanket from home might help.

*Hospitals do not care about gentle lighting. You will see every wrinkle, every pallor and truly see how badly you need the sleep and calm you're lacking. While we totally understand that our children's health is a higher priority, it's a real kick in the pants to see just how awful you can look. 

*Hair grows faster when you're under stress. At least, those hairs that grow in places where you really don't want them.

*Soft and easy clothes- seriously. This is the one time that NO ONE can fault you for 'comfortable'-and if they try, please send them my way so we can have a little chat. Jeans are practical, but you really do not want to wear them 24/7.

*When your friends ask you what you need, they really do want to help out, and you can work their strengths. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Moisturizer, lip balm, and hand lotion. This is not on the 'when you get around to it' list for your helpers- DAY ONE. You will be washing your hands constantly and the air will be dry and overly conditioned (either hot or cold)
  • Dry Shampoo - I did not have this and really could have used it, especially the days when we did not have a room with private bath
  • A way to tie back/hold back your hair- it's going to get in the way. And you don't have enough room for a blow dryer and fourteen products, so keep it simple!
What have I missed?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Closing In On Normal

We got home from the hospital on Monday.
Today my son went back to school, surprising all of us by making it through an entire day.
I spent more than a couple of hours in the office, though I did not make it through the whole day, because the Mom Job is still expecting overtime.

We are not yet fully unpacked. I know I haven't put away my clean laundry or found any number of things.

But I am getting back to normal in a different way--I've started tomorrow's sourdough. Or at least an attempt-we'll see how the starter survived my absence. It did not get fed as regularly as I would have liked, and the containers should have been scraped and washed. But it was something I could delegate in a week when I was needed elsewhere.

I am hopeful that tomorrow we'll have a true boule (water, starter, flour, salt) as well as a brown sugar oatmeal bread.