Friday, December 30, 2005

Happy 7th Birthday Brittany!

48 degrees

Well Christmas was very nice. We spent Christmas Eve at my Mom and Dad's house. We had out yummy HoneyBaked Ham. The kids were thrilled with everything Santa left for them. Alan even liked the new Apple video ipod I got him. He has been uploading songs for 4 days now. He can put something like 7500 songs in there. I was playing around with it too and told him I would probably like one for my birthday next month. It would be great to use when he is snoring away and I am trying to block him out. I love downloading books to listen to from ITunes.

Christmas Day my parents, sisters and my family went to my cousin Colleen's house. We always spend every Christmas together since I was born. She is a year and a half older than me. She had made a nice turkey dinner with all the trimmings. During dinner my kids were downstairs playing with their cousins and Kaylee had called me to come down and give her a drink. I didn't realize that my cousins husband / family were downstairs smoking in his workroom. Well unfortunalty that few seconds is all my very sensitive lungs needed to set me off again. Just when I was staring to feel like myself that had to happen. I got smoke in my lungs and it irritated my lungs all over again. I used my nebulizer right away...I have to carry it everywhere I go these days. That is how sensitive I am. It's crazy. Well...when I got home on Christmas night I ended up vomiting because I was coughing so hard. By Tuesday, I was terrible and my nebulizer wasn't doing anything to help so I had to be rushed to the pulmonary doctor and my pulmonary function test showed that my breathing was severely impaired. I was only at 70% of a 100%. I was just a smidge away from being put in the hospital for treatment. That's how blocked I was. He gave me a few treatments in the office. The doctor said that because I am getting over being so sick that just the slightest irritant set me off all over again so needless to say I am now taking 40mg of prednisone again for the next week (till I go back to the dr's next week) to try and reduce the swelling in my bronchial tubes so that I can get rid of this mucus and stop the spasms that cause these attacks I have. He also changed the inhalant in my nebulizer to Xopenex which is much stronger than what I had been taking and also Spiriva which is a medication that you inhale out of a capsule that gets crushed in this hand held thing. He said that this particular medication is usually used for people with emphysema or COPD...mind you I have never smoked. I tried it once when I was younger but that was ever it. But because I was so bad and blocked up he wanted me to take it. He said that should get me opened up again. Today I went to my general doctor and she told me to buy that Vick's waterless vaporizer...it is the new one that you plug in. So my room smells like menthol now. She also put me on an antibiotic because I have white spots all over my throat...I thought my throat was just sore from all the coughing. So now I am back to acute bronchitis again!! What else is new. She also gave me codeine cough syrup. I hope that helps because the prednisone and nebulizer have me flying..So maybe the codeine will make me sleepy soon. I am so hyper but I can't do anything or I become so short of breath and I get a crushing chest pain and everything starts to tighten and close up. If I am not clearing up by tomorrow my pulmonary doctor wants me back in his office. Last night I spent the night up itching like crazy. I think all these medications are doing a number on me. I tell ya I am getting so freaking depressed. I was bawling in the dr's office yesterday. I just hate not being able to do anything like I used to. I can't do things with the kids. This medication better work. I just don't know how much more I can endure before I completely lose it all together which I am getting close to doing. The doctor said to just rest, rest, rest and drink lots of water. I am going to try and stay in the rest of the week so that I am able to go to my parents house to celebrate my daughter Brittany's and my neice Ashley's birthday on Sunday night. We're just going to have a little cake for them. My aunt and cousins are supposed to come over as well so that we can all celebrate a belated Christmas.

Well I am going to get running. I am going to try and attempt to go to sleep and my battery on my laptop is about to die. Just don't feel like getting the power cord.

Big Hugs!!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Just a Busy week!


40 degrees

Well what a week it's been. I've been either super busy or just wiped out from shopping. Which is why I haven't blogged. I am still feeling better and have lots more energy. So I would say I am back to myself again. I've been doing all my shopping this week. Yesterday I was determined to finish. I dropped the kids off to school and went and picked up my mom. We ran to HoneyBaked Ham and we got our Christmas Eve dinner. I love the Honebaked Ham...it is so good. I look forward to it every year. Then we ran to Roosevelt Field Mall and did some quick shopping in there. I had to have the peppermint cremes from Williams Sonoma. I also ran to the Discovery Store to get Alan a box set he wanted and ended up finding gifts for David and my niece. Then after shopping there, we got in the car and headed off to the Broadway Mall. I had ordered a game for David that had come in so I had to pick it up. Target is also in the Mall so I was able to pick up a few more things for the kids and some stocking stuffers too. Then I ran my mom home and went and picked up the kids from school. Thursday was their last day! I am happy I need the break. I picked them up McDonald's for dinner and then went home. After the girls ate they went next door to play with their friend. So I took the time to pretty much wrap all their gifts. It worked out well. Then I went over my list. I realize I forgot a couple of more people. LOL. I called my mom and she said she would take a ride with me back out to yet another mall Sunrise Mall. So as soon as Alan got home from work off I went. I got the last few things I needed. Now I just found out Alan had picked up a few gifts for David I didn't know about. One of which I just bought last night. Oh well...I'll have to go back and return it I guess.

Now mind you I usually wouldn't wait till the week before Christmas to start shopping but I really didn't have a choice with being sick for the past month. I was lucky though, I found alot of the things that I needed to get except the Lego Viking Fortress that David wanted and is on backorder with lego till way after Christmas. That's ok though. I can get it for his birthday. As it is, he is making out way better than I thought. The girls really wanted more arts and crafts things and Bratz Babies.

I also went to Kaylee's Kindergarten class this week to make the little candy houses. They all came out so cute and it was so much fun having Mommy and Kaylee time to work on this together. I did it last year with Brittany too! We had a great time.

Today I need to just stay in and clean up the house a bit and bake some Christmas cookies. I also have some things at my mom's house that I didn't want the kids to see so I have to run by there tonight and pick it up and hide it in our garage. Chritmas Eve I am going to my parents house later in the evening and my sisters will be there too. We have our dinner and open gifts to each other. On Christmas Day at our house the kids open there presents Santa left for them, I usually make a big breakfast and then we go to my cousins house later in the day for Christmas Dinner.

So...just in case I don't get a chance to blog again before Christmas. I wish you all a Merry Christmas!! Big Hugs!!


Saturday, December 17, 2005

Wow...One more week till Christmas

39 degrees.

This week went by so quickly. I am feeling so much better and the past couple of days I feel more like my old self again. Yay!! Today we are going to a birthday party for my cousin's daughter. It will be nice to get out.


I still have so much shopping to do. Of course now I feel better and have to shop with all the crazy crowds. I'll have to get up early this week and get out early to beat the crowds and see what I can get done. I really didn't do to much decorating in the house as I usually would since this year we are having Christmas Eve at my mom and dad's. Alan and my mom felt that they didn't want to add the extra stress to me causing any relapses. I didn't like that idea at first but I had to accept it after all. So long as we are all together it will be great no matter who's house it is!!

I've also been cleaning and trying to catch up with the many things that I have ignored the past few weeks. I finally went through a ton of papers/mail and I am trying hard to catch up with all the laundry.

I also went to meet with Kaylee's teacher yesterday. Kaylee isn't doing to well with school. When she started I didn't really think she was school ready yet. So I wasn't surprised that the teacher said that she will most likely have to repeat kindergarten again next year. She just doesn't seem to be able to focus and she is having trouble with her speech so she is going to be tested in the school and then they will pull her out of class to help her with her speech. I do feel so bad for her. I know how hard she really tries. But if she was to move on to 1st grade she would just not be able to do it. It would be terribly hard for her. She is very small and will still blend in with the kids next year so that's ok. I guess this is the best time to do this. I also think alot of her development has to do with her slow start when she was born with the congenital heart defects. She has had 2 major open heart surgeries and it slowed her down to do things that other kids her age were doing already. She have overcome something that if it wasn't caught at the time it was she wouldn't even be here today. I know she will overcome this and if the extra time in kindergarten is what she needs that so be it.

Oh and GREAT NEWS!!... My cousin Ronnie will be done by December 29th and on his way home from Iraq for good!! We couldn't be happier. I know this was a very hard year for him being away from his family and friends.

Well I have to run and finish getting myself together since we have to be out of the house in a couple of hours. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Hugs!!


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

I'm getting there...

Brrr... a nice and freezing cold day today. I just got back from dropping of David and Brittany to school...Kaylee goes in later today. It's so cold I ran and got myself a French Vanilla cappuccino from 7-11. I needed something to warm up.

Oh my....wow how time flies. I'm sorry I haven't been keeping up to date as much as I would like to. I am still stuggling day to day to get better. Though, I do have to say this is the first week I really feel like myself again, so I guess that is a good sign. I think I just can't handle the cold weather anymore. It does such a number on me. I'm getting over having pnemonina but now my chest is filling up again. I feel like I just can't win. I know alot of it has to do with my asthma and this cold weather. I thank some family and friends for all your well wishes, support and help. I don't know how I could of got through this without you!!

The past week hasn't been too eventful. The kids had off from school on Friday due to the snow and ice. They were happy to have a 3 day weekend. Over the weekend we mainly hung around the house. David raked up a few leaves that were out front. While he was doing that, I guess I felt I missed out decorating the tree for the house so I ran out and bought some lights and bows and decorated the two trees we have out front. They came out really nice. I don't usually do too much decorating outside. But it felt really good to do something that got me into the holiday spirit.

David found out the date of his Confirmation. He is making it on Monday, May 15th. He is doing well so far with his community service. He also just finished the 2 hour requirment for the church. He helped adopt a family for Christmas. He helped to raise some money for a single mom in the church with 2 young children to help buy Christmas dinner and some toys for her children. He felt good that he could do something like that.

Hope everyone is doing well I will try and get by everyone's blog today and say "hello". I don't want you to think I forgot about you!

Hugs!!

Sunday, December 4, 2005

Woke Up To Snow!

Good Morning. It really has turned cold here on Long Island and this morning when I got up I looked outside and it was snowing. I always love how pretty it looks when it snows.

I'm doing better day-by-day. Last night... I wanted to try and go out for a bit to my mom's but Alan totally refused to let me drive myself so he drove me. It felt good to get out of the house. My cousin Carol and Aunt Frannie, Michelle and My mom went to the Green Tea Cafe (a Chinese restaurant) It was so good. Love their sesame chicken and fried rice. It was just so cold last night...you know the cold you can feel way down to your bones. Brrrr. I had called Alan from the restaurant to let him know I was doing ok and that I would be home within a half hour and then he said no don't come home just yet.... so I said ok what's going on and he said oh you don't want to know. I said what did the kids spill now? Me thinking the kids made some mess that he had to clean up so I wouldn't freak out when I got home. So I said ok but I was getting tired so instead of my sister driving me right home she drove me and my mom back to my mom's house. I ended up having a little asthma attack so I used my nebulizer machine and took a treatment which cleared me up right away... Finally...Alan called and said it was ok to come home so my mom and dad drove me home. Alan met me outside. I walked up to the door and then he covered my eyes as I went in the house. When I got in he uncovered my eyes and to my surprise Alan, David, Brittany and Kaylee had all worked so hard to put up our Christmas tree and decorate it. I was totally speechless. I was so worried on how I was going to get our tree up and they did it all so I didn't have to worry or be upset that it would be too hard for me to do. That was one of the best Christmas gifts I could ever get. The love from my family. Who could ask for more.

Big Hugs!!

Friday, December 2, 2005

I'm Still Here!!


Hello...I'm still here!! Just extremely tired. Though I am breathing much better now. I was at the doctor's Wednesday and my lungs are sounding better. My left lung is clear and the right one still is crackling.

I am just getting frustrated. The past few days I have been trying to get myself back into the swing of things and I just end up frustrated because I just tire out really quickly. Then yesterday I ended up with the worst migraine headache that I think I have ever had. I called the doctor today asking him why that happened and he told me that is because I am still healing and that I need to just take it easy and continue to rest. It's been 3 weeks now and I guess I've had enough.

Alan has been so wonderful getting up and taking getting the kids off to school everyday. I know how hard that is for him with him working 2 jobs and only getting home at 5 am. then getting up again at 7- 7:30 am. My Mom, Dad and sisters have been a great support also. Always offering their help. My mom even came here last night and helped to cook dinner and get the kids ready for bed. I don't know what I would do without them or some of the other family and friends who have been so supportive. I thank you so much. It means alot.

Oh and I got some new pictures from Ronnie today. So if you get a chance come and take a peek. >Click Here< Ronnie is supposed to end going out on missions as of December 15th which is a huge relief. He is now in the process of training the new recuits that have come to take his place when he is ready to leave soon and come home.

Other than that things have been quiet. I still have to get my Christmas tree. Maybe next week. I just haven't been up to doing any decorating. I know my children are anxious. I have to start digging everything out.

Hope you all have a great weekned!!

Big Hugs!!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Quiet Saturday

Not too much going on since my last post. The past few days have been quiet. Last night we rented the movie Christmas with the Kranks. It was one of those funny/stupid kind of movies. It was ok. Today I just spent updating the graphics on my website to from Fall to Christmas. Gosh I can't believe it is just a month away now. I haven't even started shopping yet. Yikes!!

Thanksgiving was very nice. I was a bit tired but I just made sure I rested. It was good to get out though. My mom made a wonderful Thankgsgiving day dinner.

I also want to thank those of you who posted a note for my cousin Ronnie. Hopefully he will be home soon.

Guess that's about all for now. Talk to you soon!

Hugs!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Hello All. It sure is cold out. Can't believe how much the weather changed in a weeks time. Last week it was in the 60's and now it's 27 degrees out. We're even supposed to get a few flurries today. Well it's also Thanksgiving. Today I am thankful that I am feeling a bit better. The past couple of days I am breathing much better and just feeling a little more like myself. I know I have a ways to go because I still tire out quickly but I so long as each day I am doing better that is fine with me. I go back to the doctor on Nov. 30th for a follow up so hopefully I will get a good report. Thank you to all of you who have send me well wishes it really helped keep my spirits up!!

Today I am going to attempt to go out for the first time. I really want to be with my family and not home in bed. My mom and dad are having Thanksgiving at their house so we will be going there. My mom said come and sit on the couch and rest that at least I will be there with everyone and I can bring my nebulizer machine with me. They only live a few miles away so if I end up not feeling well later on, then I can have Alan drive me home. My cousin Carol and Aunt Frannie will be there along with my sister Lisa and her new boyfriend Darren and my youngest sister Michelle and her friend LeeAnne. It's all people I am very comfortable around and I wouldn't mind laying on a couch in front of.

Oh and I forgot to post about what happened with the sunburn rash. As it turns out it was the Methylprednisolone that I was taking. The doctor said that sometimes that happens. That I must not of drank enough fluids and the medication built up too much in my system causing the rash. He said to drink lots of fluids and to finish the medication since I only had one more day to take. I did that and the rash seemed to clear up by later the next day.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Big Hugs!!
GOBBLE GOBBLE!!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Skin is Red Like A Sunburn

Well today was pretty quiet. Alan had to work and I am still in bed. I had a really bad episode last night where I coughed up such thick phlem in my throat that it got stuck and I couldn't breathe. I have to say that was one of the worst asthma attacks I have had. Not a good combo, asthma and pneumonia. So here I am hanging over the side of the bed gasping for air and Alan said my hands and nail beds were turning blue. I just motioned to him pound my back to see if it would open my airway. It started to help and finally I was able clear my throat. How scary that was and what a horrible feeling too. I don't ever want to do that. I ended up needing to take 2 nebulizer treatments to open me back up. Thank goodness I have this machine in the house or I would of been in the hospital doing it.

Then this afternoon I though I was feeling a little better. My parents stopped by on their way into Queens to see my grandma to see how I was doing and to drop off some things my mom picked up for me at BJ's yesterday. My Dad said he thought I looked better too. So when they left I just stayed in bed looked around on the computer a bit and then was watching some Lifetime movies. All of a sudden I just started to feel hot and flush again and very sleepy so I told my oldest David to keep and eye on his sisters and I was going to take a nap. I woke up at 6:30p.m. when Alan got home from work, he said I looked horrible I said I feel like I am burning up. He went and got me a drink and asked me if I wanted anything and I said no. I ended up getting up to go to the bathroom and when I passed the mirror in the bathroom I noticed my arms and neck were red like I had spent the day in the sun. Basically I looked sunburned. My arms and neck were hot when you touched them. I was about to call my mom (who is a nurse) but the phone had rang and it was her calling me. I told her what had happened and she said it was probably a reaction to the medicine I was taking and that I should make a call to the Dr. right away to see what I should do. I called my Dr. and he called right back and told me that he thought it may be a reaction to the antibiotic they gave me for the pneumonia Avelox 400mg. He told me to stop taking that right away and that he wanted me in his office by 8:15 a.m. to check me out. I swear if it's not one thing it's another. I have been really trying to be good and rest. I just want to wake up one morning and feel better. Guess I am just at that point where it's getting frustrating.

Well have to go. Were sitting here watching the NBC movie Poseidon Aventure. I have to take another nebulizer treatment and hopefully get a good nights sleep.

I'll let you know how I make out tomorrow.

Big Hugs!!


Friday, November 18, 2005

Coming Along...

Hi, Everyone. Well it was a nice sunny day...but boy was it cold. I even had to break out the kids winter coats today.

Well I am still stuck in bed. Still sick. I think the antibiotic is starting to work along with the prednisone and the breathing treatments. I just have so much congestion in my lungs it is horrible when it comes to breathing. It really tires me out very quickly. All I want to do is sleep.

Today was Kaylee's Thanksgiving pageant for her kindergarten class. I felt so bad that I wasn't able to attend. I was going to try and go but that would of just been selfish of me to do that not thinking that I could spread germs to others. So I stayed home. It was the best thing to do for everyone. Kaylee said it was ok that I didn't go. I just never missed anything at school for any of my kids before so it really bothered me; but since she was ok with it, it made me feel a little better. Alan went since he was off today. My mom also went so Kaylee was very happy. I had Alan take my camera and my mom did too. Here are some pictures. Now mind you Alan is not great at taking pictures but I am grateful I had something to see. I was still so proud of her.



After school, Alan went and picked up all the kids and my mom came back to my house. She made me a nice hot cup of tea and then when the kids got home she made them dinner and cleaned up so I didn't have to worry about it. That meant a lot to me. It was really a big help. Alan ran out because I really wanted chicken rice soup form a kosher deli by here called Ben's . Real Jewish penicillin I call it along with a nice tuna sandwich. I actually just finished the soup but my appetite is not the same so I guess I will leave the sandwich for tomorrows lunch.

My girlfriend Alison also called me asking if I would be interested in a job at Winthrop Hospital at the Tech support desk, where she works. I hope that I can get the job it would be great extra money. Which we could really use. I would only work part-time though like 10 a.m.-2 p.m. so I have to brush up my resume. I have one but it is like 10 years old. I haven't worked since 1993 just before my son was born besides our own store. I used to be a teller at a bank. Well I hope it all works out. At least I have kept up all my computer skills.

So that's about it. I have to get going I want to go and watch "Ghost Whisperer" and do a breathing treatment. I have to be in bed lying down when I do them. Last night I was so bad from it. My whole body was shaking. Alan was so nervous when he had to leave for his UPS job at 11:00 p.m. that he was going to call in to be with me. I told him I would be fine once the medicine got out of my system a bit. So he went to work and ended up calling to make sure I was ok and then ended up coming home just an hour later. I guess it's nice to know he really worries about me. Well, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Big Hugs!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Sick of being sick!!

Hello all. What a nice warm and breezy day. Now it's raining. Tomorrow it's supposed to get very cold, continue to rain and be windy and I wonder why I am sick. These changes in temps don't help. Well guess my acute asthmatic bronchitis decided to get worse. I went to the doctor today for a follow up which I knew wasn't going to be too good because I haven't been feeling too much better the past few days. I've had the chills on and off, fever, and the coughing has been nothing but horrible. The doctor decided to send me for a chest x-ray and then told me to come back after the x-ray for her to read it. Well when I got back to the office I was told I have pneumonia. I wasn't happy to hear this at all. Anyways the Dr. told me that she didn't want to have to put me in the hospital on IV antibiotics so she wanted to first try me on a stronger antibiotic at home along with prednisone, a cough medicine Tussinex which has hydrocodone in it to help ease my coughing and then using my nebulizer machine 3 times a day. All that and a lot of rest and plenty of liquids. She said that I should feel some impovement within 4 days and that if I don't or I get any worse to call her right away. I sure hope all of this helps because I cannot stand feeling so bad.

I also had the appointment for the parent/teacher conference with Brittany's 1st grade teacher but I had to cancel it and I had left a message with her to set up a phone conference. Brittany's teacher is 8 months pregnant so I don't think she needed my germs. My mom helped me today too by going and picking up the kids from school and running to the store and picking up some things I needed from the supermarket. She was going to take the kids to their religion classes tonight too but I decided to keep the kids home instead. The haven't had any absences so I figured this would be easier for everyone. I talked with David's religion teacher and she said it wasn't a problem. I was also a little worried about my mom anyways because she had to go and have a biopsy this morning on her arms for two more possible malignant melanomas . Her doctor thought that one of them looked like it was ok and the other one he thought was highly suspicious. I hope she is going to be alright. She just had one of those removed just a month ago and now another one. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

Other than that, yesterday, Kaylee and I worked on making her Indian necklace out of waxed string and beads and her Indian vest for her Thanksgiving pageant on Friday. They came out really cute. I just hope that I can go to the pageant. It's only a 25 minute show but I will feel so bad if I can't be there for her. Alan is going to go and so will my mom. So I will see on Friday how I am doing.

Well I am going to go and take a nebulizer treatment and hopefully just rest in bed the rest of the night watching TV. I want to see "Freddie", "CSI: NY" and "Lost". It's supposed to be an extended episode tonight.

Hugs!!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Feeling a little better

Hello...Well I'm still in bed...but I am doing much better. This bronchitis really put me down. I've had it before and never felt this bad. I'm not used to just laying around in bed. The past few days have been very quite and there isn't really much to write about. Last night Alan ran out and got me Chineese food. He ran all the way to Massapequa just to get it for me to. He knows I love their rice and they make the best fried noodles ever. I just thought it was nice of him to go out of his way to do that.
I've caught up on alot of DVR shows that I had recorded. Tomorrow the kids are back to school after the three day weekend. I have a doctor's appointment on Wednesday for a re-check and then I also have a teacher conference with Brittany's 1st grade teacher the same day. She is going out on materinty leave and wants to meet with the parents before leaving. The teacher that will be taking her place is a teacher Brittany had before and liked very much. So at least it will be a good transition.

Alan is going out tonight with his friends to watch the TNA Wrestling event on PPV. He wasn't going to go because I was sick but I told him there's nothing he can do just sitting here with me and he might as well go and enjoy himself.
Well wish there was more to write about...but there's not. Anyways, hope you're all doing well.Hugs!!

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