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No NanoWriMo for me this year… I get to be Mommy.


I had big plans for the month of November – I was going to write that Middle school age book that has been bumping around in my head and have it finished by the end of November and the end of NaNoWriMo…

That was before my baby girl got sick. Initially, the week after we got back from our AMAZING cruise, she had a fever and sore throat. Took her to the doctor and they said it was something “Viral” 2 days later her hands, feet, face, mouth, bottom all broke out into blistery bumps. If you have kids in the same age range as her (4) then by now you know she had HFD, or Hand Foot Mouth virus.

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At this time I was still, working some on NaNo, I would find time when she was resting, not in pain and rubbed down with this great essential Oil called Thieves, and I was doing okay.

Then, it all changed. Monday afternoon when I picked her from school she was running a low grade fever 100.1 and starting to cough and get congested. By that night she had a 102.5 fever and when she woke up the next morning we had a bloody nose.

I called the doctor the next morning and we got right in…. Turns out that on top of HFD, sweet baby girl has the FLU – Type A, confirmed by the nose swab..

I know you are all saying “Why didn’t you get the FLU shot?” Simply because being in her first year of Pre-K, which is at a Day care center. She has had some kind of little cold almost every other week and couldn’t get her shot. – Her pediatrician told me that to expect, her first year, to have something 27 of the 52 weeks of the year at a Day Care center, oh yay.. not!

Luckily we caught it quickly enough so that she could take Tamiflu (Although, she would not consider this lucky, she hates the stuff) and Daddy and I are taking Tamiflu proactively. We get to take a pill, while she has to take an extremely yucky liquid.

Tuesday and Tuesday night was not so bad, her fever hovered around 101 with medicine but she was ok. Wednesday and Wednesday night was another story. From about noon Wednesday until Thursday morning it was everything I could do to keep her temperature below 102. We alternated Tylenol and Motrin, every three hours. She had multiple lukewarm baths. Cool rags on her neck and head, popsicles, you name it we tried it. But all she wanted to do was sleep.

And on top of all that about an hour after she took her medicine she threw up everywhere, all over my bed, pillows, floor, you name it and she probably threw up on it. Around 2am on Thursday morning her temp finally settled into a 100.5 range with medicine.

Then yesterday, Thursday, while I a was able to keep the temp in the 100.5 range, I was not able to get my baby girl to eat anything. So she would throw up her medicine as soon as she took it.

Her belly hurts from coughing so much. But she doesn’t like to take the Mucinex mini-melts to help it.

Her doctor called in some medicine to help her nausea and she did finally eat about 10 mini bow tie pastas last night.

I am hoping and praying that today, we turn a big corner and she starts feeling much better!

At this point I am even thinking about pulling her from the Pre-K and letting her just start Kindergarten next year. But she loves it SO much, I just couldn’t do that to her. And hopefully she is building up an amazing immune system.

So, you can see why NaNo is not going to happen for me this year. But it’s ok. Being a mommy to the most beautiful, bright, loving baby girl is, by far, the most important Job I have ever had.

I can’t wait until my baby feels better.. like she did just a few weeks ago on the boat! — And no, that is not lipstick on her it is just a filter adjustment!


Monday Morning Musings


I am sure there are many tired folks out there after watching the Super Bowl last night. I though am not one of them. We are not much of football fans around here, well my father-in-law is but luckily my husband did not pick that up from him and I don’t have to suffer through watching the game. Now if there was a video game expo on TV my darling husband would be all over that!

I think I said in one of my Celebrate the small things blog about being sick almost the entire month of December. Well I am happy to report that January was sick free. However, the dizziness I was feeling while I was sick in December was not going away and by mid January, it had sent me into panic attacks thinking I had a brain tumor or something. I am strange, I know, but the constant dizziness was beginning to worry me.


I finally went to the ER mid January. The crazy part of me feared brain tumor, the more logical part of me figured I had an ear infection. I had neither. After CAT scan, EKG, Blood and urine workups, I came back as the picture of health. Well except for the dizziness of course, and they diagnosed me with Vertigo. They sent me home with a medication for the dizziness and a referral to a Neurologist.

I read a lot and found where vertigo could be triggered by an infection. Which let’s face it, I was sick for a month, there was some kind of infection. I decided to wait it out, instead of heading straight into the Neurologist. What I did do however was go to my chiropractor, I had read this could be helpful and since I have a regular one anyways, I figured it couldn’t hurt.

And it helped. The vertigo began to change. Initially when it started I was fine standing up, walking around, outside it was perfect. But when I sat down then I began to feel like I was a balloon floating up and to the left. I would go to the chiropractor and get my adjustments and those feelings were lessening. Then it changed. What had previously been a floating sensation, changed to a kind of G-force, pushing me down into my chair. Still, walking, outside, etc.. and I felt perfectly normal.

Friday I went for another adjustment and initially after he adjusted me I was perfectly clear; clear head, everything for the first time in forever. Then Friday night around 9pm when I stood up to walk to the bathroom, my vertigo had changed yet again. Now I couldn’t walk. I could stand up straight, but the moment I started to move my body would lean left and would stumble unable to walk. I decided to go to sleep and hope I was better in the morning. I wasn’t, Saturday was the same and so I took some of the medicine the hospital has prescribed and it helped I felt much better, but still wobbly. It was the first time with the dizziness that it wasn’t in my head. I could now sit down and feel fine but when I stood up to walk I was off balance. The good news to come out of this is I was able to sit all day and work on editing my story. I got a lot accomplished on the edititng front!

Fast forward to Sunday and I was perfect. It was the first day this year that I did not have any kind of Vertigo problems, no floating, no G’s, no balance walking problems. And it felt nice!! So far this morning I have been good too! I am hoping, and praying, that the last adjustment, even though it knocked my balance off for a bit, was the one that will take away this dizziness for good!
But, I have decided if it does come back then I need to go ahead and make that Neurologist appointment. Even though I feel like I need an ENT more than a Neurologist.

Okay, so now you know all about my dizziness. I was called a dizzy blonde as a kid, but I am pretty sure those two are not related.  😉

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday and week, stay dizzy free!

Back to the Land of the Living


Wow, as I am sure you are aware I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks.

16 days ago DD3 started getting sick. I knew something was up when I found her asleep in her room watching TV. She NEVER takes naps anymore unfortunately. I was up with her all night for 3 nights when I started to get sick too. Fast forward to today and I am finally starting to feel like a person again.

The first sign that something was wrong!

The first sign that something was wrong!

I am not one who normally gets sick but when I do it I do it good!

I took DD to the doctor to make sure she didn’t have the Flu or Strep. Luckily she didn’t but it was so cute when the nurse told her she had to get a sample from her nose and throat to test she just did what she could to avoid getting tested.

Trying her best to not get poked and prodded by the doctor!

Trying her best to not get poked and prodded by the doctor!

Luckily she didn’t have the Flu or Strep but she had an ear infection and viral infection, I was lucky enough to get the viral infection :(. Sore throat, cough that would not relent, fever, body aches. It felt like the Flu and strep all rolled up into one.

It is nice to be able to breath, smell, taste, and go 5 minutes without coughing again.

Needless to say during those days I did not feel like opening my eyes much less trying to make a cohesive sentence.

My bedside for a week!

My bedside for a week!

My book has fallen to the side too! I am hoping I can get something rolling on it again too. I am so close to the end of the first draft. I need to get it done so I can move on to the next major portion which is revision #1. I know a lot of things I need to revise and update in the story and I keep trying to go there instead of finishing the first draft.

But the good news is we are both on the road to recovery and I see productive writing in my future!
Have a great week all!

Is That Kind of Blood Banking For Real?


Ok so if you are squeamish this is probably the time to stop reading………Fair warning…….

So I was talking to my cousin today who is pregnant and we were talking about cord blood banking. I was going to donate my cord blood but because of misunderstanding with the doctors and the people around here not really knowing what they were doing I was not able to do that.

At the time since we didn’t really have any medical problems that ran in our family I didn’t think it was cost effective to bank the blood through a private banking system and pay the money that they charge for that, especially since it didn’t last forever but only a limited number of years. My thought was if I donated it and something ever did happen with her that it was a very likely that her own cord blood would still be in the system.

So as my cousin and I were talking she was telling about this new thing where you can bank your menstrual blood. Sounds kind of creepy but it did get my curiosity juices flowing…sorry that just sounded gross didn’t it? J

Still I was curious so I decided to do some research. And believe it or not it is true. Menstrual cycle blood is shown to have a much better success rate of in growing heart muscle than the currently used method of bone marrow. Similar to Cord Blood menstrual blood cells have the ability to morph or grow into various kinds of cells. It is currently being tested and could eventually help or cure things such as Heart disease, Stroke, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Diabetes, Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s.

There is currently a company who will bank and store your menstrual cycle blood. There is an initial $499.00 and $99.00 a year fee. The collection is done at your doctor’s office on the heaviest flow day and the device used is similar to a tampon.

Still seems kind of icky and it is not yet being actually used as a treatment but if I had a disease that I knew could be cured by using my own or even someone else’s menstrual blood I would definitely do it.
Ick Factor versus cure for alzheimers….. Cure will win every time I bet!