4th Birthday Photo Session

4th Birthday Photo Session

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Energy Sucking Sickos

Since I moved to Portland in January 1996, I find I get sick a lot here.  Every month during the winter, and every other month in spring, and once during the summer.  Oh yeah, it's a real treat.  One Dr. I saw long ago, suggested perhaps I'm allergic to the mold here.  As much as it rains here, duh...mold.  So, here I am battling my second version of the cold in our house, and sadly, Andi is battling it too.  She's got a stuffy nose and it's apparent she doesn't feel well at all.  This morning, I awoke to her coughing, which turned into gagging, which turned into a river of Alimentum.  Great way to start the day.  Hey, at least she got a bath first thing! And yea, more laundry to do!

I just sent the one week verdict to her Dr. on the Reglan.  I don't think it's working.  She's still leaking, and now seems to be puking once a day.  However, the wound care nurse set us up with some product called stomahesive yesterday, and that seems to be working on absorbing the leak.  However, when I have to change it (every six or so hours), it hurts her when I have to pull it off.  It sticks to her skin, and there are parts of her skin around her tube that are still pretty raw.  Ouch!

I heard back from the Mom who took her kid to Austria for that no-tube clinic.  She gave me a few blogs and groups to read, so we'll do that in all our copious free time.  Probably during the Blazer game tonight...oops. 

In addition to all the fun we've been experiencing, Maddux wanted to go outside about four times throughout the night.  Acting weird.  I need to take him to the vet for a check-up.  It's supposed to snow here today &/or tomorrow, plus, I feel like crap - so he's gonna have to hold on a few days until I can get there.  His vet is near the office, so, it's a good drive away.  Ugh.

Lastly, the gas and power company were kind enough to send out summaries of how our usage compares to our power saving neighbors.  Apparently, we're going straight to hell with an 18% higher usage than any of our green neighbors with rainbows shooting over them in all their glory.  18%.  Yikes.  Wonder how much that would decrease if we weren't doing a gazillion loads of laundry everyday?!  Plus, we're home all day, everyday.  Their figure doesn't really factor that in.  However, it just irritated me that they pointed all that out.  I just have visions of John Candy in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, where the people are yelling at them, 'you're going the wrong way!' and he ends up honking the horn, and sarcastically waving "Thanks!', as if to say exactly what I feel for that report.

1 comment:

  1. I was hoping Cesar Milan had e-mailed you back with some advice on Mad's change of attitude! Maybe you can call that British lady that works with dogs--she's like the dog supernanny!
    It certainly can't help your energy consumption that you are home all day in the winter--presumably with your heat on, and the washer and dryer on at all times! Poop on the energy company--they should pay YOU for using their services so regularly!
    SNOW! yay. We are getting the "storm of the century!" this weekend, so, I'm sure your version of it will be much more drastic up there. yay for you.
    Always thinking about you and the bean! <3