yesterday's activities

ChaChaMama

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I just remember one additional cool thing about yesterday: Child found out what country she gets for country research. She gets SOUTH AFRICA! I'm excited for her because there is so much to learn. We started talking about apartheid and Nelson Mandela in the car yesterday. I'm trying to decide what materials might/might not be appropriate for her.

Her first choice had been NIGERIA, probably because she knows I have been reading a lot about Nigeria and specifically the Biafran Civil War this year, and I've told her some things. She feels very lucky with South Africa, though! Last year, she had Papua New Guinea, and let's just say there are way, way, way fewer library materials on Papua New Guinea than on South Africa.
 

3wishes

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thank you. You are all invited to the promotion party!
And what a well deserving self-made person you are that deserves this honor! I know, let's not go to the -my parent was military (he soooo was and so were the nurses in my family) contribution. I know what this honor takes, and you should be leaping from buildings with enough joy to make it in a single bound. One day we will meet, and leap-bound together!
Congratulations on the nomination. HUGS!
 

3wishes

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Yesterday, up early, head to the gym.
Think about a few comments made at a Christmas Party,,,which only stokes me to run faster and longer...somehow.
Receive call from step-dad, who continues, for 15 minutes without interruption, to inform me of how I missed his signature line on a form..and how it was sent back to him and how he had to "fill the entire form out again because I missed that line" and how it's a good thing he got it back in time or there would have been a BIG HUGE penalty...
My thoughts? yesterday as this parent to adult child conversation was so one-sided,,,,"dear God, give me patient strength with this man who had to actually put an "x" into two square boxes, sign his name, and put piece of paper in envelope - walk to outdoor mailbox in his driveway, put flag up and go back inside the house. BTW, the form did not require his signature. ARRGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SCREAM BANG HEAD BANG BANG BANG.
Call DH, who is so patient with my step-dad I am amazed at where he gets it from.
DH - to me - "you have a massage, I already have it waiting for you....go relax, the sky is not falling chicken little"
OHHH THANK YOU ROAD WARRIOR - there are times you are a rock star in my world.
We hang Christmas Lights outside together, love the extension rod and the plastic clips,,,20 minutes, must be a record.
We work out again, on our beach cruiser bikes and have an absolute blast riding them..he forgets there are no gears and starts screaming almost like a girl going up the hill. ROFL. Bikes truly meant for beach plank sidewalk runs. ha ha and ha.
Doctor Appointments fill the rest of the day.
Dance Lesson, very fun - for Christmas Showcase.
See friends at studio - enormous received hugs from them,,,then the "you survived your road trip" comments....
Smiles all the around.
Lovely.
 

pygmalion

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Mom calls and tells Child and I to get on the phone at the same time. Child asks why and I say I don't know, but I think I have an idea. My Mom tells me not to have an idea so I won't be disappointed if I'm wrong. She then tells me one of my cousins' wife is pregnant...with twins! She's 3 months along, so they are announcing it now. Wow!!! Happy for them. [Though Mom was right: I was thinking it would be my sister. Although thinking it over now, my sister would probably call me herself.]

Husband is still SO sick. (Day 51!)

According to horror stopries my Mom told me, if your cousin's wife is three months along with twins, there's probably not a lot of announcing required, at least for people who see her in person. My Mom said that she went from skinny to absolutely huge seemingly overnight when she was carrying me and my sister.



Also sorry to hear about your DH. 51 days. Yikes. :-(
 

3wishes

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Finish up reservations and such in the early a.m.
Head out to Postal Annex for faxing and pkg send offs to various places.
Oregon daughter - posts on FB - sentimental Xmas blessing for me and mine...ahhh, I miss you too!
Texas daughter - sees post on FB - it's now a challenge as to who can make mom cry with sentimental comments. yikes....in a good way.
Dear Son, chimes in on Facebook, "got y'all beat - I live within 45 minutes of mom and I'm the good child-HA!"...lol. Look at FB later, there are all kinds sibiling comments being thrown around between the three of them which really makes me laugh. I vow to always always stay out of it.
I have to admit,,,it was a good start to the day yesterday.
No work out, at all, the day just simply fills up.
Drag out Christmas Tree, with lights already on it, we thought it was broken but together we figured it out.
DH decorated Fireplace Mantel for the first time in our entire togetherness years, I almost fainted! from near shock.
Massage was great but the facial she gave me was over the moon. ahhhhh, relaxed.
Rain - lovely rain, we so need it, sleepy time to the rain all night...wonderful.
 

fascination

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mon and tues....rough lessons... left early...have only done that one other time in the last 5 years...just need a break

taught two classes on those days as well

wed...taught 3 fitness classes...totally schooled them...they definitely paid a price for the mood I was in :)...they loved it
 

ChaChaMama

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@Pygmalion--I wish I saw my cousin and his wife more often. Unfortunately, since they live in Georgia and I live in Maryland, it is typically 1-2 times a year. (I think we have managed 2x/year each of the last three years.) So we'll have to see baby bump--or mountain--photos via FB.


WEDNESDAY:
9-1:30--Graded the dribs and drabs that had been on the back burner until now. (Rewrites, late papers, two incompletes from Spring 2012).

1:30-4:30--Gave exam.
*On way out of exam, student who had Issues informs me that she will try to get her paper in as soon as she can. I had sent her an e-mail telling her I wanted it by this past Tuesday at the latest, OR I would be happy to give her an incomplete. It is now Wednesday. I re-offer the incomplete. She doesn't want it. She says if she doesn't get it done I can give her a zero. (!) I inform that I am submitting grades on Friday at lunch. There are some other Circumstances at work here that I can't get into; otherwise, I might have cut this off already.

I am oddly quite bent out of shape by this. Take the incomplete I have generously offered you, student. Your work is incomplete. There are reasons for it. That's fine. Don't hold me up from submitting grades for the whole class. There are 16 other students + 1 me = 17 people inconvenienced by your choices.

5:30--Home.

7-8--Child has ballet. I grade two more exams.

Child has bath and then we have a very trying hair brushing session...but hair is lovely when done. She goes to bed.

I grade two more exams.

P.S. Husband did not feature much in this chronicle because he is--wait for it--STILL SICK! Day 52. (And just to jump you ahead for those who cannot stand the suspense, he is also still sick on Day 53, namely today, and is going back to the doctor tonight.)
 

fascination

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glad to hear it ccm....apparently we lost a young dance instructor in our region to some sort of long-term bronchial issue a few days ago...and I know that the business that dh and I were dealing with was ugly
 

ChaChaMama

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I really want them to do a chest x-ray. I realize I am not a doctor and this an uninformed opinion...but I think we can safely conclude that what has been tried so far has not worked and that we need some answers.

The disconcerting thing is that this is not behaving like the lingering tail end of a nasty illness. He feels equally sick or maybe even sicker on Day 53 than he did on Day 1. There have been some slightly better days, and then some worse ones along the way. In retrospect, it is pretty clear the Santa Fe trip did him no good health-wise, even though of course it was great for him to get to spend some quality time with his dad.
 

Sagitta

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So sorry to hear about your hobby travails CCM.

Yesterday (Wed):
Work from 7-3, work, have some miss-communication that results me in missing dinner at someone's place, some relaxing time at home instead...bed by 11pm.
 

pygmalion

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I really want them to do a chest x-ray. I realize I am not a doctor and this an uninformed opinion...but I think we can safely conclude that what has been tried so far has not worked and that we need some answers.

The disconcerting thing is that this is not behaving like the lingering tail end of a nasty illness. He feels equally sick or maybe even sicker on Day 53 than he did on Day 1. There have been some slightly better days, and then some worse ones along the way. In retrospect, it is pretty clear the Santa Fe trip did him no good health-wise, even though of course it was great for him to get to spend some quality time with his dad.

This is worrisome.
 

3wishes

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CCMM, your DH needs to be seen pronto - and why was a chest x-ray not done sooner? scratch head...pondering.
as well as, more than likely, a specialist - essentially if your at day 53 and he's no better, something is up that needs addressing.
 

ChaChaMama

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Husband did get in to a doctor for the 4th time since he's had "the plague." (Not the actual diagnosis.) They have now pulled out some big guns.

In addition to Prednisone (steroid type drug),
and his regular asthma medications,
he is now also taking
Levoflaxocin (an antibiotic that is frequently prescribed for people with PNEUMONIA)
Hydroc/chlorph polis (Hydrocodone and Chlorpheniramine)--A narcotic cough syrup, or basically
a very serious Robitussin). It is also sometimes called Tussionex or Death in a Bottle.
Apparently ODing on this would be a very bad idea, so he'll try to avoid that.

I have to say that--although it is too early in the day to be sure of anything--his cough sounds less bad today than it did yesterday. He's still coughing a lot, mind you, but it doesn't seem quite as body wracking.

The doctor also said that if he doesn't show improvement by Monday, they will do a chest x-ray ALTHOUGH he also said that it would not effect the way he is the way he is treating Husband. I guess they are now proceeding with the theory that he is indeed Really Sick.

I'm going to call this progress.
 

ChaChaMama

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THURSDAY:
Got up and started grading exams early.
8-10--Graded exams.
10-10:45--Put away laundry.
10:45-11:45--Graded exams.

12ish--Left for Towson.
1ish-2:30ish--Two stupendous lessons w/Nik. Paso and rumba.
Only downside: I have concluded that my new open paso routine has so many spins that it actually makes me a little nauseous, but I'm fighting it. Maybe once I have the choreo down a little better, I'll figure out how I can spot on some of these turns.

3:30ish--Home.

Downtime.

7ish--Husband to doctor.

I put in 5.53 miles in 1 hr on the treadmill. Child was in with me for the first part, and she and I simultaneously watched a video of WDW's Boo to You! Parade (from Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party). Her idea.
Shower.

Husband home with his new meds.
Chanukah.

Putz. Bed.
 

ChaChaMama

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Oh--forgot to mention that the doctor did say yesterday that YES, Husband's chest did sound "a little worse." So it's not just our perception that he's not getting better. The stethoscope confirms the perceptions of Sick Person ("I feel worse") and wife and child of Sick Person ("You sound worse too.")
 

3wishes

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I'm sorry CCMM, out here, in So. Calif, in the medical communities I've worked with and been a part of via family members, a Chest X-Ray is the first thing done when there is no improvement within the first week or two, based on symptoms or after the first round of antibotics if required in the first two weeks, and because of the influx of out of country children/adults world-wide into So. Calif, it's then TB test. Also, many many, did I say many? too many to count - are now receiving Pneumonia Vaccines that are good for 5 years.
I truly hope your DH responds to treatment sooner rather than later.
And, just thinking out loud, is he allergic to possible "mold" hidden from eyesight - somewhere?
ok, enough of me...fingers crossed for you and yours,,,54 days is much too long for anyone.
 

NURDRMS

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The Appliance Guy (that's really the name of the company; how cute is that?) came out and Fixed My Dryer!!! Yay! Now I can begin attacking two weeks' worth laundry. Yay.

To work, where all day long two of the top leaders of my organization alternated coming into my office to complain about each other. Did I mention that these were two of the top leaders??? Finally sat them both down together and worked out the issue. Told my exec to not let anyone else into my office that wanted me to be their mother. He said, "Yes, Ma'am!" and immediately asked to borrow $20. Funny guy.

Off to lessons where pro and I put together first part of showcase routine. This showcase is entirely based on music from movies (in fact, we're each showing a clip of our movie as our 'walk on') so we're doing a tango/paso to Puss in Boots. Lots of lifts and drops...very fun. We'll finish the second half of the choreo tonight.

Home to child and dog (DH is in Nairobi or some such place) where we all proceeded to tackle the pile of laundry. Child and I sorted and loaded, dog chewed on socks.

Watched Grey's Anatomy (the only time I watch TV is this show each week - my guilty pleasure.) More laundry. Bed.
 

3wishes

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Go to studio for early morning coaching lesson.
It was GREAT, and given that, who needs a gym? Just go to a coaching where the coach insists
on MORE hip swivel, MORE stretch, MORE MORE MORE...p-u - change shirts, can't stand myself. HA!
Head to Kohl's, with sale page in hand.
60% off jewerly, remember that DH told me 4 weeks ago, if you want to replace your diamond stud
earrings that you lost down the shower drain when you washed your hair, don't expect me to pick
out the earrings, you should buy them yourself. I was so hurt, because he asked what I wanted for
Xmas - yet this was the response I got, 4 weeks ago.
So, 60% off white gold diamond stud earrings, with a 10$ peel off newspaper sticker, plus a 30% peel off mailed to house sticker, and 70$ Kohl's cash. Paying nearly nothing for them!!!
YEP - tickled pink, white gold diamond stud earrings, now in ears. SCORE!
Head home, smiling all the way! And singing a happy happy tune!
Walk into house, DH is home from gym,
DH to me "how was Kohl's?" my response "Kohl's was MAGNIFICENT"
DH to me "why?", I turn, I move hair behind ears,,,and Do the Vanna White modeling technique and show
off my new earrings....
DH turns white and face drops..."what"? are you ok? what's wrong?.DH talk to me...
DH says,,,"can a girl have too many diamonds? Guess what I got you for Christmas?"
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh DH, so your not such a hard A_ _ after all,,,and no, silly boy...a girl
can never have too many diamonds.
Finish wrapping Christmas Presents.
Watch Big Bang Theory.
Read.....interrupted by a phone call with a choir of co-workers (ex co-workers that is) singing to me~ LOL.
What a way to end the evening.
 

j_alexandra

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YEP - tickled pink, white gold diamond stud earrings, now in ears. SCORE!
Head home, smiling all the way! And singing a happy happy tune!
Walk into house, DH is home from gym,
DH to me "how was Kohl's?" my response "Kohl's was MAGNIFICENT"
DH to me "why?", I turn, I move hair behind ears,,,and Do the Vanna White modeling technique and show
off my new earrings....
DH turns white and face drops..."what"? are you ok? what's wrong?.DH talk to me...
DH says,,,"can a girl have too many diamonds? Guess what I got you for Christmas?"
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh DH, so your not such a hard A_ _ after all,,,and no, silly boy...a girl
[/quote]

A kiss on the cheek may be quite continental... good for you!
 

samina

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CCM, is it possible that your husband has been exposed to mold spores, with perhaps an undiagnosed sensitivity? I know from personal experience how challenging that is to the bronchial system, how traumatic the experience can be (and to witness), and how long it takes to recover.

Another factor to consider is over-exposure to chemicals, even the combined effect of household and body care items. The lungs are a major organ of detox.

Just two things to consider in addition to whatever medical care he is currently receiving. Lung challenges are a particular personal sensitivity of mine, and I recently had one apparently related to mold for the second time in my life that spanned two months, from September to November. I did come up with a natural cough medicine that gave instant relief whenever I needed it. If DH ever expresses the desire for a natural remedy for those symptoms, PM me and I'll be happy to share it.

Wishing him a speedy return to good health...
 

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