Monday, June 23, 2008

Yay, insomnia!!!! (Thanks, menopause.)

With a title like that, you might think I am slightly nuts. You will notice, however, that during this little time of sleeplessness I have updated my blog some. So...yay insomnia!!!! This is probably when I will write the most. Since the whole hysterectomy thing, this insomnia business has happened more frequently. I think it is because I am getting "old". Yes, I am aware that 37 is not really old, but my body has decided otherwise since there is no uterus or ovaries and I am now one of those menopausal-type (or is it post-menopausal type?) of people. My body is doing all of those "I don't have a uterus anymore" kinds of things. It is actually kind of an adventure. You never know what surprises await you. There's the whole waking up with your pajamas stuck to your sweat-drenched body and then the bipolar body temperature changes. Then there are the unanswered questions of, "How in the world can I still be getting pimples, when the rest of my skin resembles cracked mud?" -or in my case, extremely white, cracked mud. I can't help but notice that it is 4:00 a.m. now and I am not asleep yet. I guess I better go back to bed and see if sleep comes before the light does. So, until the next time, I'm signing off.

My evil nemesis

So, I do have an evil nemesis called pancreatitis. It has been the bane of my existence for the last four years or so now. The first time I was hospitalized with an acute attack (which wasn't very cute at all), I spent about three weeks in the ICU. Now I seem to be more of a chronic pancreatitis-type of person. Here is my little link with information about this stupid and annoying problem:

It is interesting that most cases are caused by alcoholism (I NEVER drink) and the gall bladder acting like a big jerk-organ (I don't have a gall bladder). The bad thing about the pancreas is that it is one of those non-disposable (necessary for life) organs. Otherwise, I would have had somebody hack it out and pitch it in the trash with my uterus and gall bladder a long time ago.

I guess pancreatitis is not a cool thing to have, what with all of the stuff about complications and all. Mostly it bothers me when it is hurting too darn much. I think that if I die from natural causes someday, that it might have something to do with this junk. I don't really care, though. That's one thing about life...none of us are getting out of it alive. Ha-ha. The trick is to see who can stay in it the longest and have the best time. :)

June 23, 2008

Wow! How can it be that I haven't written in here for so long?!!! This is actually my biggest problem...keeping up with all of the junk I start. Let's not even mention my poor kids' scrapbooks. So I am getting it-that this blogging thing is basically your online journal. While it may not be very exciting for others to read, it will be here for when I'm old and senile and don't remember who I am. I don't even know how to add friends or other links. Yikes! I just don't have time to be learning all of this technological stuff.

Since I last wrote, I have spent some time with my extended family. My niece, Erin, came to Show Low for a week to visit. It was fun having her there and I was very happy that she was able to spend time with us so my children can know their cousins a little better. I brought Erin back to the valley last Monday and have been staying at my parents' house ever since then. The four younger boys are at their dad's house for three weeks and Tyler went to stay with my brother & his family during that time. Later on today I am heading home. I will pick up Tyler and my two other nieces, Sarah and Amanda, in Miami. They are going to stay with us for a few days.

You know, I hear people complaining about their family members and I guess I have always kind of just taken it for granted that my family is so wonderful. My parents, brothers, and sister are amazing. I love my sisters and brother in-law. They are kind, thoughtful, and loving people. My nieces and nephews are without a doubt the best ones there are. (I may be a little biased, but that doesn't mean I'm not correct.) I have enjoyed getting to spend time with my family the last couple of weeks.

People talk about heaven and what it is supposed to be like. Honestly, when I am with my family, I think I know how it really is.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Today I am back from a trip to Phoenix for some ELL training. While I was there I was able to visit with my parents a little in the evenings. That was nice. I have wonderful parents and I do not often get to see them so I was happy for the chance to visit them. The trip home was quite the adventure. I could feel myself falling asleep just between Superior (a town that I always refer to as "Inferior") and Miami. That is not a good thing since there are still about two hours of travel time to get home after getting to Miami. I decided that I would just keep driving and if I got too tired, I would pull over and sleep in the van. Then I noticed a bad odor. I wasn't sure where it was coming from, but thought that it might be from the car in front of us. I passed that car, but the smell stayed. I decided that I better stop in Miami and boy did I find a nice surprise. One of the little boys (name not mentioned to save future humiliation) had diarrhea after he had fallen asleep and it was EVERYWHERE. I only had napkins in the car to try to clean it up. He had a similar accident just before leaving Mesa and we had already thrown away his underwear as a result of that. So here it was 10:00(ish) at night, diarrhea everywhere, no running water to clean up the mess (literally), two more hours of travel time, and an exhausted mother with six other kids along. (Did I mention that Erica's friend had come along?) I decided that was the end of our travels for the day and we checked into a Motel 6. I had Tyler help me get his brother out of the van without getting poop on anything else. (He held the shoulders and I held the ankles.) The other kids took stuff necessary for sleeping into the room while I stripped him down from the waist down, threw the shorts away (there was no saving them), and hurriedly got him into the shower. After he was cleaned up, we all went to sleep with him nearest the bathroom. We slept in, which was nice, and arrived home in the early afternoon. I took a nap when I got home and I am still actually tired if you can believe that. Alex and Jared missed cub scout day camp, which was this morning, but there is another day of it tomorrow. Erica and Tyler are doing road shows tonight and tomorrow night so I took them to that this evening and will pick them up later on tonight. This weekend I plan to clean and do laundry. I am hoping to maybe pick up my neice on Monday for a short visit. TTFN. (Tigger quote.)