Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
But yesterday, I was able to get a shot in my hiney! That means, my RA will subside for awhile until I can get an infusion at the hospital. Sheesh!
I talked with someone in the billing department at the hospital and she said to go ahead and get my infusion and they will wait to bill Medicare. Hopefully, Part B will be reinstated soon!
The other issue is I have a cold. I cannot get an infusion if I am sick. Nor can I get a flu shot. So, for now, I am 'on hold'.
Speaking of 'on hold', I am at work and my client and I are 'on hold' as I write! Ahh...the life of a phone operator for the deaf.
Tonight, we are going to take Sam out to dinner and to Target to buy a little something for his b-day...which was 2 weeks ago. We are planning to go to church as well. Gabe memorized two verses this week for Awana. Pretty soon, he'll get a new patch! :)
Not much news from Alex. I keep trying to call him but he doesn't answer or call back :( He was fighting a cold too...last I heard.
That's all for now!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Maybe I shouldn't though....I mean, God has blessed me with a wonderful life. I shouldn't complain. Really.
Okay...but just for a moment.
Just don't think that I don't appreciate all the wonderful parts of my life!!!
I have Medicare because I don't have insurance at my job. I recently learned that although we pay the Medicare premium, someone decided to CUT my Part B....which pays for doctor visits AND my infusion medication. The thing is, I am DUE for an infusion. I mean, I am struggling!
And guess what else? The lady I spoke with at the Social Security office said that it could take up to 90 days....yes....90 DAYS...to get Part B reinstated.
Now what I am supposed to do??
I need benefits! I need a job with good insurance. I'm just not sure how to do that. What a pain!!
Okay. I'm done. That's my moment!
*Really...I DO have a great life!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I haven't written much lately. We've been busy with school, work, etc.
The most exciting venture is Mark's new bicycle repair business--more on that soon!
I don't seem to have time to blog in the evening. We are busy EVERY night!
Monday - Small Group
Tuesday - Mark has class
Wednesday - Awana/Oasis (aka--church!)
Thursday - Mark has class and I have choir (can you believe that practice has started for the CHRISTMAS PROGRAM?????)
Friday - Arrival of step-children (meaning....more busy times!)
I feel like I have SO much to do-especially regarding 'paperwork'. Such as, Medicare apparently stopped providing me with doctor visits (Part B). Why? I have to call them when I am done with work today. I'm sure there is no easy solution. We pay them. Why is there a problem?
Yeah....'issues' such as these keep popping up and they are quickly growing into a huge pile of issues.
Alex is doing well in college! And the other kids haven't complained once about their new school year! Gabe has a runny nose though....he usually gets sick within the 1st few weeks.
I'll post more soon---and some new pics too!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I haven't posted for awhile...and I am working now and won't be able to type much. We are all fine!
TWO more days til' Alex moves into State! Yikes. Poor thing....he didn't pass his driver's ed test the other day. He's so disappointed. Stupid parallel parking!!
Hope all is well!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
*Those huge inflatable balls? Alyssa and Sam are in there. Isn't that a strange toy? We had a lot of fun at Mark's brother's lake house a few weeks ago...all kinds of things to do!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
(I hope MckMama doesn't mind that I copy and paste her blog pictures to my blog!!).
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Alex has been back for a few weeks now....he had a wonderful experience in JAMAICA! It was fun to see his friends from the mission trip come to his graduation party. What a great group of kids!
I thought I would post info on where Alex went. I will try to create a link here!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
My current life activity consists of the following...
*Alex's graduation party is in two days. I have not, I repeat, HAVE NOT done much of anything to prepare for this day! My biggest concern is making a photo banner for Alex. That will take some time and effort!!
*My dad is recovering from surgery in the hospital and I have to visit with him and take care of his dog. Unfortunately, I ran off this morning with Dad's house key and Mark could not walk Buddy....he is going to be holding it for awhile while I work and then visit dad today. Poor thing....
*Mark left. He went with his brother Brad to Kentucky for a funeral this morning and will not be back until tomorrow night.
*I MUST send Alex's scholarship checks to MSU today. I must also send copies of financial records to Kentucky Child Support. I don't have time for this today!!!
*I haven't seen my children in two days. Literally. Two days. The next 48 hours do not look very promising either.
*While all this is going on....Sam is at Young Artists Camp at Woodside this week and he needs to be picked up each day at 4:30 p.m. Tonight, Alex and I need to pick up a tent and deliver it to the Harris's for the grad party Saturday. Did I mention it is supposed to rain Saturday??
I'm whiny today...and tired. I haven't slept much. I'm at work, struggling to stay awake!
I started Weight Watchers a week ago. I am bummed because I haven't had any opportunity to excerise in the past two days....I had been doing SO well!!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
He's always doing cool things like that :)
It's a strange time in our home. It feels weird to know that Alex is going to college. Yesterday, we were talking about October 25th....David Crowder will be coming to our church for a concert. I told Alex not to worry, he could come home that weekend and go with us. He said, "Oh yeah. I'll be in college then". It's just weird. Odd. I can't quite grasp it!
When I graduated high school, I absolutely could not WAIT to go to college. I was living with my father at that time, had no real relationship with my mother and I felt excited to be moving on to bigger and better things! I love my father and all, but my stepmother at the time wasn't the nicest person in the world. And we weren't a very close family. I was more than ready to go.
With Alex, it's different. He will be missed. I think Alex is feeling a bit stressed about the impending change as well. I mean, he's excited to go, don't get me wrong, but his emotions seem to be a bit off right now.
I am sure that when he actually goes and settles in, all will be fine. I mean, he is going to be coming back home. And he isn't going to be that far away.
Alex is all grown up.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
What about MY father? Sheesh.
On Monday, we are getting a family picture taken at a local park. My friend at work, she is an amatuer photographer. She took pics for our wedding too. That was the last time the whole family was in some type of formal group shot! Do you know how difficult it is to find clothing for this type of event??? I decided on natural-looking colors....yellows, browns, and orange...then, we could all wear khaki on the bottom (shorts, capris, etc.). I was going to take the two girls to get their hair styled...but I can't find the phone number of the girl who does it out of her home. And I sure can't afford it at the salon! SO....looks like I will be doing hair that day too! Jules is easy...last week, we tried to 'flip up' her ends and it worked! Looked really cute. Alyssa is a different story...she has stubborn hair! I think I'll just try to straighten it and then maybe put a few pins in to keep it out of her face.
I'll post it here after I get copies!
Yeah...so, I am not ready for Father's Day. And Stellan (the baby at the top right of my blog) is sick again and in the hospital. That is frustrating.
Other than that---did I tell you how relieved I am to be DONE WITH STUDENT TEACHING!!!???
Monday, June 15, 2009
I have neglected my blog for so long! I know...nobody reads it, but still!
Let's see....instead of elaborating on all that has been happening, I'll do bullet points :)
(okay..so they are asterisks--sue me!)
*Today, I am officially done with my Masters program.
*On June 5th, Alex, the 18 year old son, graduated from high school with honors.
*On June 2nd, Sam, the 13 year old son, sang a solo-"Yesterday" (The Beatles song)-and played guitar at his spring choir concert.
*Alyssa, the 14 year old daughter, started pre-band camp today for marching band. She is officially starting high school!
*On June 27th, I will graduate at Ford Field (I am wearing a hood on my gown!).
*July 5th, Alex leaves for a mission trip to JAMAICA!!
*On July 22nd, we are having Alex's graduation party.
Other than that, there is not much new! Gabe finished Kindergarten and Jordan finished 1st grade. Jules will be going to MIDDLE SCHOOL...which is insane!!! The kids are all moving on up to bigger and better things! Lord...keep them near!!
That is all for now!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Stellan, the sick baby boy that I mentioned before, is doing a little better. He still has a major heart problem, but everything is under control for now. Well, God is in control! We're still gonna keep prayin'!
I am just getting over a stomach virus of some sort! I was out for several days....meaning, not functioning well enough to do much of anything. What a pain! Poor Mark. Yesterday morning, I had been up all night (it wasn't pretty) and at 4:30 a.m., I decided I couldn't take it anymore and I asked him to take me to the ER. I really didn't want to do that. I took two bags of fluid though and felt much better. I was dehydrated :(
And the party continues!
Julianna was sick too....she is recovering from bronchitis. Mark's stomach is making funny noises....I hope he doesn't get my sickness!!!
Student teaching is okay. I don't know. I am struggling a little. It will be nice to have this portion complete!
Plus, I don't love English.
I love working with kids.
Maybe I should reconsider!?? Sheesh.
WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO????!!!!
I am working til' midnight. We are going to try to take the kids to see a movie tomorrow (Monsters & Aliens).
I need to try to get some homework done while I make calls...it can be rather tricky :)
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
First of all, I am EXHAUSTED. I have been student teaching for 8 days. I am now working my 'real job' as I write and I started my class yesterday. Yep. I am physically tired and a bit emotionally tired! But I have decided to 'count it all JOY' -- and I am stickin' to it!
Sam has been on the new meds for a few weeks now. We think it is helping! Still a little too soon to know for sure, but he is much more patient with the other kids and he got a B+ on his last Math quiz.
Mark is now able to type 40 words a minute on his stenograph machine. Now, he needs to up it to about 225 or something crazy like that. He's on his way!!
Did I tell you I am exhausted????
Friday, March 6, 2009
I do like it though. I'm getting to know my mentoring teacher better....she is great! I really like her. What a relief!! And I am pretty sure she likes me too, which makes it even better.
I have new information regarding the MEGA Reunion. I sent a group email out to all the members and asked their thoughts about where to have the event. I specifically asked one man, Don, if he knew of a farm (thinking that he may even OWN a farm) and he responded almost immediately. He said he would LOVE to have it at his place! There ya go! I just hope, if there are 600 people there, that we can accommodate!!!
Better go...I'm at work (my 'real' job)!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I made contact with my home church. I thought the best place to have it would be there on the grounds. The person that wrote me said that probably can't happen....I don't understand why. He gave me his phone number, so I am going to call him next week and see how that works. Why couldn't we have it there? Hmmmm....
Gabe is feeling MUCH better :)
Comedy For A Cause was great fun last night! Taylor Mason was there...he is a RIOT. I'll have to see if he is on YouTube.
I had that headache forever it seemed but it finally went away later this morning. Thank the Lord!
OH....we had a rough morning. Sam was scheduled to be in Solo & Ensemble. He's been practicing for weeks with 4 other people in his choir. Well, we went to the school where the event was held and found that we had missed it completely! His group was scheduled for 9:25 a.m. and Sam was sure that his time was 10:45 a.m. It was HORRIBLE!!! We talked to his teacher....she felt so bad. You know, because of Sam's ADHD, he doesn't do well with times. I mean, it is his fault for getting the time wrong, but I should have double checked....I knew that this was a possibility but I wanted to be able to trust Sam to get the right time. What a drag :(
He feels terrible because he didn't get a medal with the rest of the group AND he had a duet with a girl for one song and she ended up singing alone. I felt so badly for him. Why didn't I just double check the time????
That's gonna take a while to get over....
Friday, February 27, 2009
I took him to Disney on Ice last night. Or should I say, he took me? I've always wanted to go! We were up kind of high, in the 'cheap seats', but it was still fun! I'm glad we had the experience but I don't think I'll be going again until I have grandchildren to spoil :)
Something else that has kept me busy the past few days is this grand idea that I have....to create a MEGA youth reunion in 2010 for everyone that went to my home church. Everyone that had Brewster for a youth minister. Brewster McLeod has been on staff at Southland Christian Church since 1979 (he actually started as an intern in 1977 I believe). He ministered to hundreds of 'kids'! I am one of those kids.
SO, I posted a note and created a 'group' on Facebook. I titled it the same title as this post. Around 90 people have joined in just 2 days! It's very exciting!!! Next, I have to set a date....talk to someone from Southland to reserve the grounds and such....I have no idea what I am doing, but I know it must be done!!!
I'll keep you posted :)
I am working for a few hours then heading to church for Comedy for a Cause...which is always a fun-filled evening. Except that I have a headache....which I am praying goes away very soon!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Gabe is sick :(
Remember, I took him to the Dr. last Saturday? The Dr. took one look at his throat and said it was sure to be strep. I started him on the medication...he was better the next day....then, this past Friday night, he climbed into bed early and went to sleep, all on his own! That's not Gabe. Then, yesterday, he got a fever. Last night, I had him sleep with me, just to make sure I could keep watch over him (yes, I am paranoid!). I don't like it when he is sick because it doesn't happen often....and he still has a tough time explaining what hurts. I don't understand how he could be taking an antibiotic and still run a fever. What's up with that?
I guess I will be calling the Dr. tomorrow.
I received confirmation for student teaching! Woohoo! I start March 2nd and will continue until June 5th (which is Alex's graduation day....not sure how that will work!). I'm kind of nervous...this is a whole new adventure!!! I truly have NO idea what I am doing!! I just hope Sara (my mentoring teacher) likes me!!! (I'm so needy, eh??)
Have a blessed evening!!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I feel very gloomy. The past few days, I'm just not myself.
I guess it could be the weather. It's February....cold, rainy, snowy....the opposite of what I would prefer! Maybe I am frustrated with my RA. My body doesn't feel that great. I am getting my first infusion tomorrow morning and have mixed feelings....I mean, I am happy that this is an option. I am concerned about side-effects.
Tomorrow is Mark's birthday and I am planning to make lasagna and key lime pie :) That is, if the infusion doesn't do anything weird to me! I really don't believe it will....but still.
Maybe I am feeling sorry for myself!! I shouldn't. God has blessed me more than I deserve.
I am almost done with work. I am going to Target to print off some photos from a disk. I told Jordan we would scrapbook sometime this weekend.....maybe that will boost my spirits!
Monday, February 16, 2009
My kids are off of school today and tomorrow....my stepkids are off ALL week. The stepkids have a dental appointment today....so Mark took them there and their mom is supposed to meet him. Mark has class tonight, so we really can't keep the kids since he will not be home. We will probably get them back by Wednesday or so....
Seems we are always trying to arrange schedules--I suppose that is normal for any family!
Mark's birthday is Thursday. He will be 37. I am a year and 5 months older than him, so for a few months now, I will appear to only be one year older :) I can't believe I will be 39 this year!
UGH. Anyway, I am not sure what to do for Mark's big day.... I ordered him something online, but I have a bad feeling it won't arrive in time. Either way, all of us will be together and cake will be made....ice cream will be served! Possibly lasagna :) (Mark's favorite)
I found another new friend on Facebook! Her name is Kelly and we were friends in 8th-10th grade. We had some fun times together! She lives in Texas now. We are attempting to catch up, but there is so much time to cover! I'm sure we are both much different than we were last time we chatted....time truly changes us. We will see!
I'm feeling ill-ish today......I am SO ready to have treatments again. I mean, I am scared of the side-effects, but it doesn't really matter anymore. I talked to the Rheumatologist this morning and I am set for an infusion this Thursday morning (Mark's birthday!). We'll have to pray that my body receives it well!!!
Since Mark has class tonight, I am going to try to spend some time with the boys. Maybe eat out...go shopping? I checked the movie listing and there isn't anything they all would like.
My friend at work gave me a Kohl's card with $45 on it! That is SO helpful since Alex is going on a 3 day trip in a few weeks....he is involved with Youth In Government and will be mentored by a Senator! He really needed some new pants and a button-down. God just keeps blessing me!!!
I better go! Almost time to leave work!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Peace and Joy
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
I am at work today....
I have to admit, I am not feeling all that well. I woke up at 3 a.m.(or was it 4?) with some significant pain in my wrist. I am SO scared that pain will hit me again! So, Mark got me some medicine. I was able to sleep until 7:30 or so. I've been working for almost 2 1/2 hours....it isn't unbearable, but I am struggling.
I was reading the selection above this morning. I've read it many times. It never gets old! I love where it says that hope does not disappoint us....God has poured His love into us!
There is a much bigger picture than what we see here on this ol' Earth!
Whatever you are struggling with...physically, emotionally...let us HOPE. We won't be disappointed! We are LOVED!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Yes, I am still here!
Before I explain the reason in greater detail, I would like to mention that I finally set up the link to serious.life magazine on my link bar to the right. Check it out! The little girl on this month's cover is fighting Leukemia...she is 4 and is just the sweetest thing. We are praying for her to get through a frightful round of chemo...she is suffering, but hanging on.
And here I am...in the hospital for something not so serious (or it would seem). Yes, it could be serious....but the worse result would be to lost my wrist joint. And I doubt that will happen since I am getting injected with two very strong antibiotics.
Let me go back to the beginning of this adventure! At approximately 4 a.m. on Sunday, I woke up from a sound sleep to an excruciating pain. I've never felt this type of pain before. It was in my right wrist. Now, for a few years now, my RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) has been aggressive in attacking my wrists, so I do have pain and swelling...but nothing like this! After trying to fend it off with steroids and a pain pill, it was obvious that it wasn't going to go away. Somehow, Mark got me into the car (apparently, I passed out twice on the way!), we left Alex in charge of the kids (all 7 were home!) and were on our way. I cannot explain this pain. I would rather have given birth to 10 babies in one day that endure that again---I mean it!
The ER Dr. took a biopsy of my swollen wrist (again, excruciating!) and sent it off to the lab. In the meantime, I was admitted and given pain meds and antibiotics. By 7 p.m. that evening, I was feeling MUCH better. Not perfect, but good! I didn't need pain medicine. I thought..."Oh, I bet I will only have to stay here one night". Didn't happen! See, my white blood cell count was 23000 (or 23) when I arrived to the ER. The next morning, it was at 19. Now, it is around 16.3. A 'normal' count is anywhere from 4-10. I am not in the normal range, so they are making me stay.
The biopsy is still negative....so there doesn't appear to be an infection. So, why is my white blood cell count still high? Is that 'normal' for me? Because of the RA? Because I haven't had my injections in almost a month? These are all questions that we do not know the answer.
Basically, I am doing okay. I am just waiting! I will miss 3 days of work. I miss being home. I miss the kids. I have too much to do to be here! BUT, I do not want pain like that again. How can I prevent this?
What will likely happen is that I will have to start taking an infusion-type drug instead of the injections. These infusions take about a 1/2 hour and I think I have to start off going to the hospital every two weeks. There are worse side-effects with these types of drugs, so I will have to be careful.
I was never sick until this hit! Oh well. Poor little Abby....think of all the children that fight life threatening diseases every day....how can I complain??
I'll keep ya posted.
*P.S. My roomie is gone. I'll have to tell you about her on another post!
It's official. I can't sleep here at the hospital. My neighbor had an...well, let's say an accident. And the nurses turned on ALL the bright lights. I started to cough when I finally got comfy again...I tried the earplugs. I tried the ipod. I just can't sleep. This IV thingy is stinging.
Anyhoo...I decided that I would try to post this again.
1. (above) Mark and the kids (minus Alex) at one of my favorite parks down the road. I cannot WAIT until the weather is like this again!!
2. There is an actual 'Sled Hill' a few miles from our home. It's a park that made a hill just for sledding...can you imagine?? There is even a 'warming house' at the bottom. Here are 5 of the crew making their way back to the top.
3. Christmas at Uncle Bob's (minus dad). Included are my cousin Matt, his wife DiAnn and their sweet new baby Amelia!
4. I had to include this picture of Buttercup...our house cat. She is a good kitty :)
5. Dad and I this past December at a Christmas party. I brought Gabe and Jordan to the American Legion (where Dad is the Commander) and they talked to Santa and got a present...pretty good deal!
I suppose that is all for now! I don't know how I will sleep. The snoring has begun again. The nurses are talking in the hall. You know, this is an expensive place to be...you would think it would be a little more comfortable! Maybe I am missing something....