Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cold front... Florida style!!

Yep, I heard it on the news myself... there's a "cold" front coming through this evening and the high tomorrow.... um hum... you ready... 85 degrees. That's how we do it down here in the sunshine state (FREAKING HOT, to not as freaking hot, but still freaking hot).
Now... keep in mind that I am a true, born and raised, Florida Cracker. Having said that... the overnight low will be in the mid 60's... oh yeah, I can pull out the sweat pants when I take the kids to school in the morning. Luckily, I will only look ridiculous to those who just recently moved here from a place where winter is not just a myth :)

Onto kid craziness...
Last night, Leighanna brings out a paper for me to sign. She wants to try out for the guitar ensemble... okay... chorus, guitar, girl scouts etc... We can handle this. So when are the auditions?
Today and tomorrow... what? How about some notice? We had to get to school early this morning(by 7:25) and then again tomorrow. Does she not know that she's cutting into my coffee time? Mama's cranky with a chance of headache with out her coffee!!!

It all works out somehow...
Happy Tuesday

Sunday, September 27, 2009

It's been a productive weekend at my house!!! Big weekend project... clean the junk room... I mean garage :)
Yep, my hubby finally dragged me out there and we threw away a whole lotta mess! I think we were both in the "just get rid of it" mood. I even manged to get my car back in there. My car hasn't been in the garage since the 4 wheelers took over a few years ago. It will be nice to not get into a black car with black seats that has been baking all afternoon in the Florida sun. Talk about burning the back of your legs!!!
Next project... my closet~ I'm gonna have to set aside a whole day for that one.

On an "uh oh" note...
Poor Justin was showing signs of a suspicious cough this morning and he has been in a quiet funk all day. With him, quiet is not good! I sure hope he's not getting sick. We haven't had the torture of experiencing the sickness with diabetes yet. I know my days coming, but I would like to prolong the event as long as possible. Besides~ we just had our first surgery since diagnosis... I should be good for a while right?

Happy Sunday!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

If the homework doesn't kill me...

This has been one of those weeks when homework just might push me over the edge. Justin just can't seem to get it through his head that less complaining and more "just doing it" would save a whole lot of time. I guess most smart people do lack in the common sense area though... maybe that's the problem.
I have to admit, he does have a lot of homework every night for a 3rd grader(more than his 4th grade sister has). I get tired just helping! Besides the fact I have to look up how to do half of this stuff... Does anyone know when corners became vertices? Why can't we just call it a corner?
After all...that's what it is!

In the end, I decided that a good bribe goes a long way. Today I found these sugar free Popsicles... only 4 carbs. We tried them this afternoon and they are not bad... not real big... but they taste decent and a treat is a treat...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

WARNING: Venting in progress!!

Why can't I be the mom that looks the other way? You know... the "bleacher creature" mom or the one that just drops the kids off and pick them up when practice/girl scouts/cub scouts etc... is over.
I never have been that mom and I'm starting to think it's an illness; an incurable one.
Every year I say "I'm done"... "no more"... "stick a fork in me"; but when it comes down to it... I'm right back where I started. Spread thinner than the jelly I put on Justin's PB&J's.
Whats a sucker... I mean mom to do?

Gosh that felt good... now I can get back to "work" :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

He can hear.... well kinda

Any procedure your child undergoes is stressful and though this was not the first, or even the second, surgery Justin has gone through... it is the first since he was diagnosed with T1 last October. Thankfully, all went well.

Heading up there and awaiting the big moment didn't seem to affect Justin at all. The nurse even commented on his nonchalant demeanor. That was a huge relief for me of course. I hate the feeling you get when your "baby" pleas for you not to leave(heartbreaking). The surgery itself was 10 min tops... they had to put a "patch" on his ear drum that will cause his hearing to be a bit off the next couple weeks, but other than that... all good.

Justin did milk yesterday for what it was worth...
"I want to watch my channel... I did have surgery today".
"I want McDonald's for lunch... hey, its my day...I did have surgery today... remember?"
"I want to go to Bungle in the Jungle... I get to choose what I want to do today"
This went on and on and on... and on... Seriously~ all day long.

On the sugar side... because I threw my "mom fit" and our surgery time was at 7:30. I did have the luxury of not giving him his insulin until after he was finished :). We were told to give him a little less of a dose the night before and we decided to load him up with pasta so hopefully he would run a little high. The plan worked well(if I do say so)... he was 195 before surgery and 110 after. I told them he would drop... I am so glad we didn't have to give him the insulin. It made my morning a little less stressful.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tomorrow's the big day... YIKES!

After 3 years, Justin's ears will be free from the tiny plastic tubes that have kept the infections away. Not sure what this means... do the infections start all over again or have we grown out of that phase? Hmmm? Part of me wishes the doc would replace rather than remove... but nothing could be that easy. If it was... the tubes would have fallen out a year ago like they were suppose to.
Though I am sure I was over reacting due to this being Justin's 1st surgery since he was diagnosed, I did have to throw a little "mom fit" today when the nurse called to tell me the surgery time. They had him scheduled for 9:30.

Mom: Um... you know he's diabetic right? And that he needs insulin?
Nurse: You can give him his insulin
Mom: but he can't eat~right?
Nurse: not past midnight tonight
Mom: Did you read that he goes EXTREMELY LOW? Like in the 30's and 40's low? He does this daily around 9/9:30 daily even after breakfast and a snack.
Nurse: well you can give him a juice up to 6am
(thinking... how is that going to help?)
Mom: I have been instructed that I can not skip his insulin and I cant guarantee that I wont have to give him juice or something after 6am... actually I can guarantee he won't make it.
Nurse: Hold on.................... okay, his surgery is scheduled for 7:30am. Please do not give him any fluids past 4am.
As if I am actually going to wake up my 8 year old at 4am TO GIVE HIM JUICE? Noooowa~ I'm not nuts... I'm letting him sleep until we have to go!

The downside to my "fit"... I have to leave my house about 6:10....AM. Serves me right, but I'm gonna need some coffee!

On a good note, Justin is taking the news of the procedure surprisingly well. I think he even tried to use it as leverage tonight... he needed to watch what he wanted to on TV cause he was having surgery... lol... nice try buddy, you can get away with that one tomorrow.

To get my mind off the dreaded day tomorrow...
I will tell you what we(the family) did last night. This was a hoot... the school had it's annual skate night and usually, I take the kids and watch from the side lines as Justin zips by his sister over and over again (she not as daring as he is).
But not last night... oh no!
My hubby came home from work on time for a change and was dragged along for the heck of it. As payback, I am sure of it, he decides that we are ALL going to skate. This caused a change in my plans of sitting on the bench amazed that the orange shag carpet on the walls is the exact same orange shag carpet that was there 20 "some" years ago when I was cool and hung out at good ol Skateland. SERIOUSLY... it is the same carpet and it is just as dirty as it was back then.

SO, here we all are... skates on feet and I am thinking... "please don't fall in front of the other school moms". (I didn't fall by the way... phew!) And I do have to admit, though I'm rusty... I can still skate"for a mom" and we had fun. On the other hand, I am sadly out of shape.

I will try and update on Justin's surgery tomorrow...
Happy Thursday!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

TGIF... well almost!

Even with a short week(due to Labor day) I can not wait for the weekend. This is merely the 3rd week of school and I am already over the 6am alarm. On the upside, I did have a productive week; I turned in the paperwork to become a substitute teacher(this literally took all day), had lunch with the hubby twice, found Justin some running shoes (he wants to run with me?), signed up for boy scouts and girl scouts, had a Dr.'s appt., and even got the house nice and clean:). Now if I could only wave my magic wand to do the laundry... all would be good in Lora's world.

On a Justin note... his sugar is still consistent... consistently ALL OVER THE PLACE. 170 one day and 48 the next??
We also just found out that we have to have his tubes removed. Yes, most kids do it the easy way and them bad boys just fall on out... Justin doesn't know how to do things easy; so on the 18th, we go in for removal. I guess it is time... as of next month they will be in there for 3 years.
If anyone can tell me how they did with insulin and surgery, I would appreciate it. I did get instructions from the endo... but I am a little nervous.

Tomorrow, the hubby is home from work and I have been informed that we will be going to purchase Guitar Hero 5... I guess you know what we will be doing all afternoon. That's right, we are Guitar Hero junkies. (lol) He also said we were cleaning the garage this weekend... lets hope he forgets that part:)

Happy Friday (a bit early)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The "low" side of school

We are almost through the second week of school... the school nurse and I have decided that feelings (excitement, anxiety, stress etc...) play a big part in Justin's sugar levels. We came to this "educated" decision because no matter what I did this summer, Justin stayed high and no matter what he eats at school, he is dangerously low??? (in the 30's)
"Honeymoon stage"~ Who's bright idea was it to call this a honeymoon anyways?

So after countless hours of talking to the nurse... the teacher... the agp teacher... lunchroom lady... and back to the nurse... I think we have him set. He's a little higher than I would like, but were working on it.

So that's almost in order and Mom's thinking she's good to go... Nooooowa! Poor Justin just can't do anything the easy way. We headed down to the ENT doctor yesterday for another follow up visit~ Justin has had this 2nd set of tubes for a while now. Come to find out... they should have fallen out about 10 months ago and 1 ear hasn't budged. So now, we get to go back in for surgery to remove the tubes that should fall out on their own... but they didn't. OMG~ SERIOUSLY?
And now we sit and wait for a surgery date pending Dr. Declue's (Endo) approval/special instructions.
Wish me luck!! On the other hand; forget luck... wish me sanity!

Happy Thursday!!!
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