Sunday, September 30, 2012

Crazy Sunday

Today felt a little nuts.  It started with ward council for me at 9am (a meeting for leaders in my church), then my husband had a meeting with the stake at 10:15.  I finished getting the kids ready for church and we headed out where I then made copies and tried to get things together for primary.  While sitting in the pew, I noticed Tumbleweed's leg.  She hurt it yesterday while jumping on falling off the couch and hitting the coffee table.  Within a few minutes it was swollen and hard like a bee sting, but she was walking so I thought nothing of it.  Until Sacrament meeting was about to start today.  The injury now looked like a second degree sunburn and the blisters seemed to be growing right before my eyes.  They were huge!  I've never heard of anything like that.  So after the meeting I set up primary chairs, let the prelude go long, and found the only registered nurse in the ward to see what she thought.
She said sometimes fractures create blisters and it might be broken.  She was complaining about her leg and was pretty fussy, so I had Igloo take her home and put ice on it until I could leave church.  Yep, I had to stay. :(
There's been quite a few Sundays already that both my counselors were gone and it hasn't been too big of a deal.  But today it sucked!
I wanted to take my daughter to Instacare and I couldn't.  I was needed for part of music practice and no one else could fill in.  To top it off, I have a sore throat and was hoping to just stay home today.  It was really frustrating.  I'll stop whining now.  :)
But we had fun in primary.  The kids got to dress me up when they answered a question right.  I had on a crazy dress and accessories, a wig and hat, and mismatched gloves.  The kids were laughing a lot and it was fun.  I've never left the church so fast though.  I went home and grabbed my girl to get an xray.
blister and swelling 
 The main blister had popped but there were other small ones around it.  Like a second degree burn with swelling.  The doctor took a look at her and told me that little kids with broken legs don't walk and she was walking just fine.  But I asked him to xray it anyway.  He did and found no break. So we both puzzled over why her leg looked like it did.  He insisted she must have been stung by a wasp or something.  I insisted she hit her leg on the table corner and this was the wound.  Finally he said, "It just looks like her leg is having some kind of allergic reaction."
And then it hit me. Duh!  "She has urticaria pigmentosa.  Would her mast cells release a lot of histamine with this kind of trauma?"
So since I get a few UP parents looking at my blog occasionally I figured I'd post some pictures and write about it.
Urticaria Pigmentosa 24 hours after injury
Urticaria Pigmentosa blister
Before this, the only injuries she's ever had were abrasions, and those looked like other kids scrapes.  But bruises might be a different story, we'll see how future injuries react.  And she's never had blisters with UP, just hivey red spots.  So, if you're child has UP and gets an injury that does this, save yourself some money and get out the Benadryl. :)

Back to my life. Primary Program script is finished!!!  I'm taking a leave of absence from church! ;-)

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Waiting Place

Do you remember that from "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss?

The Waiting Place
...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or a No or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

I have to wait 3 weeks for a test to find out what's wrong with  my body.  Don't worry, I had the ct scan a few days ago and haven't heard back yet so it's not cancer. :)  I've had blood in my urine (and pain!!) for a few months so they're just running all the tests for that.  But the waiting sucks.  Can we just be done already?

Monday, September 24, 2012

On the Subject of Health

Do you blog about your worries?
I wonder this a lot.  When I find out I'm pregnant I want to blog about it (I'm not, btw). But there's an unspoken rule about the health topics you can share with others. You can blog about anything comfortable: a 2nd trimester + pregnancy, a cold or flu, or even your struggle with cancer or depression.  Because people know what to expect with that.

But we aren't allowed to blog about waiting.  Waiting to see if a pregnancy will stick, waiting for test results, waiting for news about your husband in Afghanistan.

Why is that?  I know some people break the rules.  I've seen blog posts about pregnancies within hours of taking a test.  I've also seen posts that say, "Oh my gosh they're testing me for stomach cancer today!!"  And then 2 hours later after 2000 comments about prayers and "thinking of yous" that person posts, "What a relief, it was just indigestion!"  But then everyone is miffed because they were made to worry for nothing.

And yet...think of what that person is feeling at that moment.  They're in pain, they're scared, and they have no answers and they feel alone.  All they want is to share what they're feeling so they don't feel quite so alone.  But that isn't allowed.

It reminds me of when my dad died and during the viewing everyone came through and was so upset and my mother and I felt like our main job was to comfort others and appear strong.  It was weird.  Weren't we the ones suffering the most from his loss?  But breaking down was not an option, even though it was we wanted to do.  Instead we let polite tears of sorrow fall down our cheeks while in the presence of others.  I'm not upset about that, but it seemed odd to me.

How private does one need to be about these things?  We don't want to upset others, but how often have you gone to google, hoping to find someone who has blogged about exactly what you're going through?  Maybe that person will give you hope that you might be able to keep your unborn child or that they didn't hear from their spouse for a month and they still came home from war.  Or maybe you just need to be told, "it's okay to worry.  Because I worried too.  And you're totally normal."  In the world of blogging, where does politeness give way to honesty?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Summer in Pictures

One of my friends who is busier than me did this for a blog post and I liked seeing it so I decided to do the same.

This was Munchkin's last day of gymnastics.  She has a real natural talent for it, just like her brother.  Unfortunately, gym rates are $60+/month per kid.  I read of girls on the Olympic team whose parents spent 6 figures a year on gymnastics training!  So we'll have to find something else for my contortionists.

This picture was just awesome.

In June we took a trip up to Logan to visit granny.  She's pretty awesome.

My new nephew!!  He's adorable and I love my older brother for naming him after our dad.

Since I avoid putting my kids names on here you only get to see part of what I did in Jack's room.  I spelled out his name with the periodic table since he's really into chemistry right now.

The last week of June took us camping to Payson Lakes.  Beautiful.  But a little too busy at the lake.

This is where my husband is great to camp with.  He's really good at making fires.  There's something primitively comforting about having a man who can make fire.

This was our first year marching in the 4th of July Granite parade.  The kids loved it, but got tired toward the end.

I went on lots of garden tours this summer.  My favorite was a home in Orem where the whole yard is converted into food production.  There are boxes going up the house and this picture is of their roof!

Another camping trip.  This time we went up Mirror Lake Drive and found a campsite we loved!  And since we were some of the only people there, I'm keeping it's location a secret!

My dad's favorite place.  I hadn't been here since shortly after he died and it was nice to return again.

The kids being creative in the backyard.

Pretty much the cutest picture ever.

If mom wont buy you lawn chairs, you improvise!!  :)
It wasn't too crazy, but it did seem like there was something every weekend.  It still feels like that!!!  :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Life and Henry

Well the last few weeks have felt busy, but I can't figure out what we did.  I had a bunch of church things that kept me busy and I'm still tweaking the homeschool schedule.  I have to admit I'm loving Wednesdays.  It's nice to have a day to just catch up the house/do laundry without interruptions and be with my girls.  Jack is mostly enjoying his classes too.  He still gets homesick and scared of the sewing machines, but one of our neighbors just started teaching there so I think it helps him to know she's just down the hall.
I am really loving being the Primary President.  September is hard though with the upcoming Sacrament Program.  Luckily we have regional conference next week and then a temple dedication the week after so I have 2 weeks to get my stuff together!! :)
Jack's allergies are getting much better!!  I love you Patanol.  For science we got an electronic circuitry board.  It's used and the batteries were left in so it corroded some of the terminals, but we're hoping a trip to the electronic supply store can fix that.  He's really excited to use it, but after doing the first project I think it's too advanced.  We'll just see what happens.  I've got my eye on some easier looking ones on Amazon.
Munchkin started UPSTART, her preschool program, and after only 2 weeks, both she and Tumbleweed are counting to 20 without mixing up or leaving out numbers.  She's getting more confident in reading as well.  I really love this program!
Both she and Tumbleweed are my singers.  These girls sing ALL the time.  It's hilarious, annoying, and endearing all at once.  I'll try to interrupt them and Tumbleweed has started shushing me.
I also got out winter clothes and have discovered that Tumbleweed is starting to wear the clothes that Munchkin has just outgrown.  It's funny and sad for Munchkin at the same time.
It's been illness month!!  I've had an infection, Tumbleweed was getting hivey spots (the hives are new), and Munchkin had one of her fever's hit while we were at a picnic.  Sure enough Prednisone cleared it right up for her and no sign since (Love modern medicine!).  I'm debating another trip to Primary's.  The fevers are sporadic now and not following the old pattern.  I'm not sure if that means anything or not.  But since I know they don't hurt her I'm not in a big hurry.  As long as I can keep the prednisone prescription.
She does still have diarrhea though so I'm going to try something new:  I'm going to bake with live yeast.
I got myself a pet yeast and named him Henry and he's just starting to grow!!  I'm excited.  And yes, I named him.  It's so I'll think of him as more of a pet and be less likely to kill him.  I got the idea earlier this year from a book called Forgotten Skills of Self Sufficiency by the Mormon Pioneers.
It's an awesome book!  The author co-authored a new book I just got called The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast

Also a great book that teaches you everything you need to know about baking with a live organism.  Why am I going to all the trouble?  The live yeast pre-digests gluten and has other benefits that make wheat easier to digest.  That, and you never run out of yeast.  It's like a sourdough starter, but without the sour.  Once Henry is big enough (a few weeks) I'll let you know how things turn out.
I may even get around to posting some pictures!! :)