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Feng Shui, H1N1, V

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Hmm – I just saw the message that WordPress has updated to the next version.  I’m a little leery about doing the upgrade right now.  The last time I did that, I had to go through all my posts and delete a bunch of odd little characters which were randomly inserted throughout my blog.

So, I have taken a break from my marathon of blog posting.  I knew that would happen.  I’m still tweaking my schedule a bit here and I haven’t been quite as diligent about sticking to the schedule I actually make for myself each day.  It’s a work in progress…always.  :)

So, my brother, Chris, is out in California now.  He just started his new job yesterday.  He’s loving the weather and actually found a few old high school friends nearby so that made the transition a little easier.  So far, the jury is still out as to how he is going to like this new job.  His boss is a bit of a micromanager.  Christopher has been his own boss for the past year of so and to suddenly have someone looking over his shoulder again can be a little rough.  Our family tends to be the “I can do this all by myself” kind of workers (for better or for worse!) so I am really hoping that it doesn’t cause too much stress for him.

It’s been quiet here without him, definitely.  He is missed.  :(

On a positive note, I think we have finally decided what to do with his apartment downstairs.  We are going to turn the living/kitchen area into a library/rec room. We have books stored in various bookshelves and drawers and closets all over the house and we thought it might be nice to have them in one central location.  I’m going to be in charge of “Feng Shui-ing” the room to make it cozy for reading and relaxing.  My brother did not appreciate Feng Shui.  At all.  I’m actually not sure if what I do is actual Feng Shui, but it’s all about removing the clutter and filling the room with happy, positive things.  Nice lighting, comfy chairs, lots of pillows, etc.   His bedroom and bathroom will just get a good cleaning so that it can be used as a guest room.  (For all those guests we NEVER have…lol.  It’s good to be prepared, though.)

Meghan stayed home from school today with her fever and sore throat.  The nurse called twice last week to get me to pick her up from school, but Meghan really wanted to try and stick it out, so I let her stay.  She only had a 99 fever both of those days with a bit of a scratchy throat.  Yesterday, though, we finally gave in and I picked her up early and took her home.  The truth is, the school is becoming filled with sick kids and even though her illness seems to be pretty mild, I don’t want her catching anything worse.  In a few weeks the school will be getting a shipment of the H1N1 vaccine and I signed her up for it.  I’ve decided not to take the chance of her getting that flu.  I had a friend who just recovered from it and she said it was the toughest battle of her life….and she is not a sick person usually.  I did request the vaccine version that is Thimerosal-free, but I’m not sure if that’s even available from her school.  We’ll have to just wait and see.

So, the new V is on tonight.  I hope it’s good.  I have the old mini-series on DVD and I watch it about once a year.  It’s a little cheesy and dated, but I still love it.  I’m a sucker for a good “us vs them” storyline.

Sports injury

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This is Meghan’s third year in baseball and I was really really looking forward to the season starting. I love going to practices and watching her games – it’s a lot of fun. This year, however, she has moved up to the next level which is proving to be much more difficult than the earlier years she has played.
The rules are a little different this year, the quality of players is much higher than last year and Meg really wants to work as hard as she can to be as good at the boys on her team.
Unfortunately, yesterday, she was practicing sliding with her team and ended up injuring her back. I could be wrong but I think that the reason was that they were sliding on grass…not on the usual dirt field. Her foot stopped suddenly in the grass, but the rest of her body twisted and she pulled a muscle in her back.
She screamed out so loudly and at first we didn’t even know what had happened. Well, I put ice on it all last night, but the minute she put her backpack on this morning, her back hurt again.
I may be a wimp, but I am really worried about her playing this year. She is afraid to try sliding again and unfortunately, sliding is mandatory if you are running from third base to home.
I’d hate for her to miss this season, but I really don’t want her to injure herself even more.
She’s tough, though…and I think if she heals from this she should be able to play fine the rest of the season. Hopefully her team won’t play well enough and she will never have to slide into home base. lol
How parents with more than one child stay sane, I will never know. I worry and fret over the safety and happiness of one daughter, I don’t know how I could do that with more than one child.

To live long & wide

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Well, I have been neglecting my blog, but I am glad I have some time tonight to post a little update.

The past 5 weeks have been rough going for us here. Currently we have two grandmothers in the hospital. One has pneumonia and the other had a heart attack and is currently in ICU. As far as the rest of the house goes, my brother has bronchitis, my mother has bronchitis, my daughter is getting over strep throat and my own throat is sore and I am recovering from a three-day high fever. I’ll say this much, however….I’d take on every cold, every stomach ache, every headache and illness in the world if it could keep all of those aches and pains from my daughter. There is nothing worse that being a parent and watching your child fight an illness.

In truth, I have been very lucky – Meghan, my daughter, is a very very healthy little girl. During the past eight years she has been sick maybe twice. Needless to say, it has been tough to handle the past month with her being constantly ill. Although it was slightly mysterious and had the doctors baffled for a few weeks, it appears that she is going to be fine and it was nothing terribly serious after all.
Basically, she has been fighting a high fever on and off for weeks. Muscle pain, sore throat, a terrible cough, extreme weakness and trembling. At first the doctor put her on Augmentin, but that did nothing, so he thought that perhaps she was fighting some type of virus. Basically, I was to keep her comfortable and wait for the virus to pass.
Finally, she seemed to get better and I sent her back to school. Two days later, she was home again with a fever. This time, however, they ran some more tests and her strep test came back positive. Much better to know what the illness is than to have the doctor tell you that he has no idea what is causing her symtoms.

She was put on antibiotics and seems to be better again. I am sending her back to school tomorrow, but I won’t be completely convinced of her recovery until the weekend comes without any trace of a high fever.
I think this past Saturday night was the worst. She woke up around 2AM and was trembling so violently that I was ready to bring her to the hospital. Her fever was creeping up to 103 and she couldn’t stop shaking.
A parent just doesn’t forget nights like that. The feeling of fear and pain for their child’s own fear and pain…Meg was especially clingy that night and she kept patting my face and telling me that she was so glad that I was there with her.
And she said the sweetest thing I ever heard her say…words only an eight-year-old can utter to her mother “Mom, I am so glad you are here. I hope you stay with me forever and I hope you live long and wide”
*grins* Long and wide.
My Meggie. Although she was uncomfortable from the fever and feeling entirely not like herself, she was still as sweet and loving as ever.

Parenting is a life-long investment…and heart-tugging job….a thrilling, yet sometimes terrifying place to be. I love being Meghan’s mom….my life is all about her. But, my goodness….I had no idea that parenting could be this emotional. I’m giving my mom a great big hug tomorrow. It’s been a while since I let her know how much I appreciate and love her for all she has done for me.

Well, off to bed I go…sweet dreams to all. May you all live long and wide. :)

My family

Posted by Jen in Friends & Family, Personally |
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Since I still live at home with dear old mom and dad, I will probably be spending a lot of time talking about my family. So, I thought I’d give a little run-down of exactly my family is and who lives at home with us.

Setting: A large L-shaped ranch in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Characters: Nikolaus (father), Josephine (mother), Jennifer (me…born in 1974), Meghan (my daughter…born in 1994), Brian (my brother…born in 1978), Christopher (my brother…born in 1982), and my grandmother whom I call Oma.

Background: My parents (Nikolaus and Josephine) have been happily married for nearly 30 years and raised their children in a middle to upper-middle class household with traditional, Christian values.

School facts: Christopher is in college at Penn State and Brian is still at home, finishing his business degree at a local university. I am also in college to finish my second degree in legal/psychology studies. I intend to go to graduate school to get my teaching degree and then hopefully find a nice little house for Meghan and myself.

Personal Notes: Good Christian values aside, I am a single mom and have never been married. *shrugs* I tend to do things a little backwards sometimes. I think everyone probably has a few big “oops…did I do that?” moments in their lives. But, I don’t think I ever see Meghan as an “oops”…she is a joy and I am very lucky to be her mom.

Single motherhood is tough…but I’m getting better at it, I think.  I hope! :)