When Life Comes at You…

Our family had a great Christmas and New Year and then it happened.  Our perfect little bubble popped.  Monday, the washer just died.  Not only did it die but it died when it was full of water and jeans.  Not the easiest thing to wring out.  Oh-ya, it was also what I call my Power Laundry Day!  What to do?  Planning on buying a new washer and drier set with taxes but not enough money for that now.  We call around and find two rental centers that will rent a washer short term (one month minimum).   We go with the one that is nearly $20 cheaper but he can’t get it delivered till the end of the week so I bag everything up and head to the laundry mat.  It costs $20. for me to wash everything and dry just the comforter.  I bring it all home in bags and start drying.  Also, that morning I had put my daughter in the bath and discoverd a wierd rash on her shoulders.  I called the Pediatrician because of the strange appearance of it and get advised to use her steroid creme on it that we have for when her eczema gets really bad.

Tuesday, I look at my daughters rash and call the pediatrician because the creme has not only not helped but it has spread like wildfire and severely itchy.  Anti-itch medicine and gloves (so she can’t break the skin) are required now.  We get her in that afternoon and the staff is intrigued by it.  Amazed by how much it has spread (I love having a camera built into my phone).  Pediatrician says she suspects Staph infection and lets start her on Benadryl and Antibiotics. Also says if I can’t get the prescription picked up and started that night she will have to give her a shot to get her started. She also says to keep the pictures in case we need them.   To avoid the shot I headed to Walmart to get milk, bread and the prescriptions.  We finally got home after the pharmacist marked it as critical so that we wouldn’t have to wait any longer (God bless her) at 7:45 pm.  Liberty strarted her medicine, ate a LATE dinner and went to bed.

Wednesday, the rash looks lighter in a few spots but is still spreading.  The pediatrician wants to see definite improvement, not seeing it so adds another antibiotic to the regimin.  We are now at this routine: Breakfast and dinner chew tablet and eat, half hour later take liquid and drink lots of water; every 2 o’clock and 8 o’clock benadry; anti-itch creme as needed and eczema creme where gloves  are irritating her skin and causing exzema to flair up.

Thursday, rash looks lighter in a few spots and same in other spots.  Still swollen and raised and hard to see improvement.  CBC at hospital and Liberty does better than expected.  Fever shows up, low grade but still a fever.  We treat when it hits 100.2

Friday, fever is gone, rash looks like it’s getting better.  We just figured on it happening quicker with the serious amount of antibiotics she has flowing through her.  Diarrhea starts (still no washer and now desperate for one).  Pediatrrician says white blood cells are low (expected) but that’s it.  Continue on regimin through the weekend.

Saturday, we get a washer delivered (yay) and Sunday Greenbay lost (boo).

Monday, I just called the pediatrician and left a message.  Liberty’s rash looks much better, but I worry about dehydration due to how bad her diarrhea is.  Also, because it was suspected as a staph infection she has to have a Dr.’s note to go back to school.

So, my coping with this is cleaning so off a’cleaning I go….

 

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Walking has inspired me and free stuff rocks!

Well, a great update on the working to be healthier front.  I walked 16 miles last week in four days!  I started walking with some friends and it’s been great!  Out tops for one morning is six miles but it was great!  I feel so much better for it!  It’s made me feel so much better!!!!

I got all the yard work done last week and that means, weed and feeded the whole yard, weeding all flower beds and spraying round-up on the blackberries that like to try to grow in the middle of the yard.  I know round-up and weed and feed isn’t very green but I don’t know what else to use.  I did remember to let my husband know that when he mowed not to put the grass clippings in my compost bin.

Yesterday, I saw an ad on-line for free leftovers from a big yard sale so I loaded up Deanna, my 17 year old daughter, and we went to check it out!  She has now got so much stuff for when she gets her place this year after she graduates high school.  It feels good to help her and who cares if it’s new of not and free is the best price.  Plus that is less stuff to go into the landfill and we can put money to stuff she needs (and now it will be less).  She got dishes galore, glasses, a blender, coffee pot, vacuum, computer chair, crock pot, wineglasses (it’s a teenage girl thing) and all kinds of kitchen utensils that no one ever thinks to buy till the need it!  I also got a much needed blender for our house along with a rice cooker and a few other things!

Last night I sorted and boxed all Deanna’s ‘new to her’ stuff so that it will be able to be stored my shop, as soon as it’s opened to me. That’s another story that I will share in a minute.   I know it’s hard to get all that stuff and then box it up but what I told her is that once she gets her own place it will be like Christmas when she opens her boxes!    Then today I organized/purged my pantry, laundry room and game cupboards.  I feel great.  All the stuff I am getting rid of will be given away for free or donated!

We got good news a few weeks ago.  The garage on our property that our landlords use will be ours to use as soon as they get the stuff out!  That means that Eric’s, my husband, shop/big shed will be mine all mine!  It will be used to store canned food (which it already does) as well as stuff for Deanna for her first place, grow into clothes for the kids, etc…

Oh-ya, my Packers beat Eric’s Panther today!

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