Saturday, October 30, 2010

Single Mom Again

Well, marriage number three is over. I’m on the way to being a single mom once again. This time to an Autistic toddler that needs extensive therapy and constant supervision. To think I was in such a good mood yesterday. The day was going great then something changed and I got tired of always having my plans ruined.

The last few years have been difficult somehow we always managed to make it through. You’d think that surviving an Autism diagnosis for your child, two years of unemployment and various ups and downs as income decreased and bills increased would make you stronger. When you think that things can’t get any worse they do.

Even the best of intentions can cause pain when things are done without paying attention to what’s going on. Sometimes the things that you consider to be helpful are the most harmful when you haven’t been listening. The worse part is that it all could have been avoided with a little attention to detail. I know I’m self absorbed but I do pay attention to what other people say. I don’t require a lot of attention but I do require you to listen to important matters such as how we keep a roof over our heads and food on our table.

Little things can upset the budget and throw you out of wack when it comes to having a budget so tight you’re lucky to have money left half way through the month. I have enough to occupy my time without worrying that the lights will be cut off because of stupidity.

Once again this is going to be continued later because it’s getting way too long. That and I’m tired of listening to my own thoughts run around in my head. Guess, I need a new blog since the name here doesn't really fit anymore.

Friday, October 29, 2010

To Be Continued

I have been up since just before six this morning. Right now I have three windows open to write in and one open to blog in. I was reading an article on how to write multiple articles in a short amount of time and that was one of the tips mentioned. I’ve always managed to write numerous articles when I had no choice but to write multiple articles at one time that was a foreign matter all together. Anyway I decided to give it a try. 

Well, I got a blog post written at Sidetick about working and wanting to work than ever lately. I was reading an article by Lyn Lomasi on writing multiple articles in a short time span and thought I’d try some of the things she suggested. So far the tips are working well enough I’ll be referring back to that specific article repeatedly. Right now I’m wishing that I had more than one computer to work on because my screen isn’t big enough and my memory won’ t allow me to use more than four windows at once without locking up my computer.

I did the blog post until I was finished because I was actually into it. Now I’m working on this which will be posted on my blog when I’m done while I write a review of a website and take notes on an article that I outlined. So far this is a rather productive morning. I updated my checkbook in the middle of all this and paid hubby’s phone bill so his phone wouldn’t shut off! I even figured out that he can get a hair cut today. Now to figure out the child support he owes.

I have a feeling that I’m not going to like the answer since we’ve barely been covering the bills the last few months. The good news is that it can be caught up, his ex-wife is rather understanding about it because she knows that she’ll get it eventually. I think it’ll be the 1st before we can even pay a week, I know it’ll be the first before I can replace the bottle of Complete Formula that Theresa needs. It’s only $35 and I don’t have it because we had extra bills last month. I have to figure out how to come up with it and at least a 4oz bottle of fish oil for her.

Theresa diet is getting cheaper but I need to make an appointment to go over her diet again. Lately she’s been getting things she’s not supposed to have without behavioral issues (at least not extreme issues) so I’m wondering if her gut is healing or if she’s just on so many supplements that it’s not affecting her as much.

Since it’s Halloween I decided to let her have whatever she wants this weekend. We’ll see how it goes.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rainy and dreary

It's rainy and dreary out. My alarm didn't go off this morning. I checked to see why and somehow I'd managed to set it for tonight. Good thing I don't work the night shift anymore or I wouldn't have woken up in time to realize that it hadn't gone off.

Theresa is being rather good this morning even though I bought her the wrong milk. Oh well, it's all I have so she used it this morning. She got her B-12 shot yesterday. Last night I finally realized why that needle never looked right, it should be much smaller and not long enough to go into the muscle. Of course for the pharmacy to give me the right needle I'd have to be somewhere that had progressed into the time we're in now.

I'm really hoping that it doesn't rain the day of the special citizens day at the fair. If the weather is bad she won't get to go. We have to be at the gate at 8:15 that morning. I hope I don't oversleep that morning or I'll have a mad toddler on my hands. I still don't know what I'm going to do about lunch that they because she can't have what they're going to serve. I have to send her food to school because she can't have so many things.

I'm going to enjoy going to therapy in the rain, the buildings are always colder when it rains and these people drive like maniacs. Oh well, back to work now so I can earn money to go buy Theresa the ice cream she's asking herself for. She's entirely too social now, she keeps walking up to strange boys and kissing them.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Way too early in the morning

It's way too early in the morning. It's barely 6 a.m. and I've been up for an hour already. It's hot as it can be in here, my thermostat says that it's 75 degrees. I'm wondering what happened to those nights bordering on cold and when they're coming back. I'm really glad I'm not to the West or North there's a horrible looking storm moving through and it's not done moving across country.

Theresa was up a minute ago I don't hear her now so I guess she decided to roll over and put the covers over her head. I had to give her the B-12 shot yesterday. Kelly had to go get her youngest and she wasn't back by the time we finished therapy. So Kara and Jennifer held Theresa so she didn't knock the needle out and I gave her the shot in her leg. I did good considering I was as nervous as could be after the last incident with the needle when she knocked it out and got cut with it. The shot is temporary though, over the Thanksgiving holidays I'm going to have to get the nasal spray because I won't have anyone to hold her down so she can get her shot.

The nasal spray doesn't get the same results as the shot but I won't have to listen to horror stories. Share my pain, mother is a nurse. Last night she came to check on hubby and once again she's concerned about Theresa's medications and supplements. Well it seems when she first started nursing that she had a patient that had been stuck so much she had an infection. She drew back the plunger on the needle to see if blood came back so she'd know if she hit a vain and she got puss. Gross! If that wasn't enough she reminded me that there are nerve endings in the leg, well the whole body has nerve endings. The point being if I were to miss and hit a nerve Theresa could become paralyzed.

The B-12 shots are temporary to bring up her language and help with her memory. The alternatives don't work as well it has something to do with them being absorbed that it's too early in the day for me to remember now. I did look at the alternatives before I decided to put her on the shot.

I have to remember to get her lab results today, I forgot yesterday. I was so caught up in giving her the shot that I didn't even think about the results of the labs when Kelly stopped to ask if I needed her for the shot. I hope she's there today, I think she's going to be at the doctor's office today but I'm not sure.

OK enough rambling I have some work to do before we go to therapy today. On the way home I have to stop at the clinic and the grocery store to pick up something for us to eat for the rest of the week. Hubby is going back on his diet, I'll be doing all the shopping for him now. He's not going to be happy, Theresa's diet would eliminate a large part of his problem if he'd eat it without complaining which he won't. Well, I'll be back soon.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Just another weekend

It's just another weekend here and it's almost over. I sometimes which that we had three and four day weekends more often. I get so tired during the week taking Theresa to therapy, working around therapy and trying to work in enough time with her so she doesn't end up pulling at me to get my attention in the middle of work. She's so smart that it's scary.

I did manage to write one new article and get some editing done. Budgets are much fun, I think I figured out how many plastic training pants Theresa needs. Two packs should take care of it, then I have to buy one more pack of plastic pants and a pack of training pants and she'll have enough to take care of two to three days.

Friday I realized that one of her therapist can't tell the difference between a question and a statement when she's in a hurry. It's also kind of annoying when you make a statement and someone answers a question. It's almost the holiday season so I'll be putting up with that a lot. In-laws make the best annoyances when they like to make decisions they have no business making.

OK off to edit the second article of the weekend and try to write one more. I'll edit it tomorrow. I'm going to work on my resume tomorrow too. Hopefully I can find the template since I can't remember how to put one together. I'm hoping next weekend will give us an opportunity to do something fun. The 3rd we go to the fair so that Theresa gets to experience it for the first time.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Long Week

It's been a bit of a long week here with everyone getting back into their routines. Theresa has had the easiest time since she thrives on routines. We managed to get to therapy on time without incident this week; we even managed to go to a parent teacher conference. Theresa answered questions using pictures and got them all correct. She refused to talk because they were trying to show me how well she does with them.

Today we have to stop at the pharmacy and pick up one of her prescriptions when we get out of therapy. She'll hopefully get a B-12 shot today. She's not happy getting them but the results are great. I feel guilty about her getting stuck so often but she's making great progress and I have to make sure all of her levels are monitored to ensure she's not having any negative effects.

The food diary I started for her needs some serious work. I keep forgetting to fill it in. I guess I'm just going to have to make a sign for the "helpful" grandparents informing them that the "helpful grand-parenting" isn't appreciated; especially when they're refusing to respect my beliefs the way they usually do.

OK it's time to go to therapy so I'll be going for now. The weekend is here!! I get to work through it once again but that's OK too.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Just a Boring Sunday

Once again I didn't manage to leave the house today which is kind of relaxing for me. I started an article, updated my working blog and decided to start two more. Theresa was a little angel today, she even took a nap while I listened to music and online shows as I wrote. I also did a few Internet searches for odds and ends that I didn't find.

Most of the day was spent without heat or air conditioning turned on since the day was kind of comfortable for the most part. I actually like it when I can open the windows and have fresh air I'm just not that big on going out side anymore. I'm not sure I think Dove season is the biggest pain in the butt ever; I really prefer to sit outside and inside for that matter without hearing gun shots.

I've got too many ideas going around in my head. There are a million things I want like a new house, it doesn't have to be big it just has to be in one piece. I want a fenced in yard (front and back) except for the driveway into the garage. I don't particularly want to pay a mortgage, home owners insurance and my own repair bills but I'd love to have a small plot that didn't take that long to take care of. I need the fence so that Theresa can play outside without having to chase her every four seconds.

OK now it's time to go finish my day. I got a few hours and in about two I'm going to go soak in a nice hot bubble bath to relax and have uninterrupted me time. IF it's interrupted for any reason other than my child needs something I'll be hiring armed guards for the next time.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Managed not to leave the house for once

It's Saturday which for most people means resting but for me it usually means catching up with errands and housekeeping. Today I managed not to leave the house at all! That's a step up, the only thing that I did today was take the tiny load of laundry drying in the spare bedroom down and finish an article I started yesterday.

I watched some old videos online and played mindless games such as Mafia Wars. I even took a nap today. I'm beginning to wonder why I have a t.v. It takes forever to find something I actually want to watch and when I do it's a rerun of something I've seen a thousand times. I can go online and find a specific episode of whatever I want to watch. I wouldn't mind having a few of the shows on DVD or whatever is replacing them or will replace that in about two years.

Theresa was fairly good today, she even waited until I left the room to take the bread from her daddy. They both know she's not supposed to have it but it's their little secret, or so they think. Well, I'm still tired the nap I took didn't last nearly long enough so now I'm calling it a night. Well, after I play a little Mafia Wars.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Almost a normal Friday

Today was almost a normal Friday. We had ABA after all. Theresa got her B-12 shot while we were there. Poor thing is too smart. When they went into the office with the couch to give her the shot she started looking around and got rather irritated. Luckily this did not have a negative impact on her session.

Theresa was rather good today, we managed to get all of her supplements in her (once I got all of them). This morning she was without three in the morning she'll only miss one. Tonight she got all of them. A lack of a nap today made it easier than usual to get them into her.

I'd love to know who the idiot that came up with the sizes for children's clothing is. I put there pairs of pants on Theresa before I found one that fit. The shirt I put on her was a 5T, it fit perfectly and was so cute with the different colored stripes. I tried to put the matching green pants on her but the 5T was a little too long and way to big in the waste. Next came the 2T pants that were about an inch too short. Last were the 24 month pants that fit just right. Now who's the donkey that came up with this measuring system?

She's been rather talkative today and was still trying to force me into singing kids's songs before she got too tired. Well, today was rather uneventful so I'm going to play a mindless game, do some searches and work on my next article.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday again??

Hard to believe that it's Thursday again. My days run together because of all the appointments that we have each week. We didn't have any until today and hubby took Theresa. When he got home I had to call about the rescheduling of next week that they did. They were going to move her to 11a.m. which would have ended the appointment at 11:45 meaning that I would have to find something to do with her until her 1:30 speech or bring her all the way home to turn around and leave again. Getting out at 11:45 would put us home at 12:15 and we'd have to leave again at 1:00 to avoid being late. That's two trips across town which I can't afford. Well, they couldn't find another day that would work so it was changed back to the 12:30 so it'll let out at 1:15. That leaves me fifteen minutes to get her to her next appointment.

Tomorrow we only have ABA which starts at 10am and ends at 11:45 so the therapist can organize her data. Last week I had to go twice in the morning for speech and then back in the afternoon. I'm wondering if the people that rearrange appointments ever think of the finances of those that they're changing appointments for.

I'm beginning to hate children's songs. I'm glad that Theresa is learning the words to the songs but I do wish she didn't like them so much. She's been singing "Row Row Row your boat" repeatedly. At the moment I'd be eating a bowl of chili with half done beans because Hubby refused to start them before he put everything else in. I think I'm going to pour it in the crock pot so it'll be done in the morning. I'm starving so I'll eat it anyway. Well, it's time to go search for jobs and try to start an article again.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Interesting Day

Well, the morning started without turning on my computer but I did turn on the coffee pot. The city was doing upgrades and the power outages for 15 streets were supposed to begin at 8a.m. I got up before 6 this morning and turned the coffee pot on. I even ran my bath water so I'd be able to get into the tub before they turned the power off. We made two pitchers of tea last night to prepare since there was wouldn't be anything to drink if we didn't.

Well, I turned my surge protectors off so that there wasn't any power to the items plugged into them, turned the air conditioning off and opened a few windows to prepare. I drank most of my pot of coffee and took my bath. I left the water that I had ran in the tub. The reason? I have a well so without power I'm without water to do things like flush the toilet. I ran some water in two of my sinks so I could wash my hands and made sure that my teeth were brushed.

Well, I sat patiently waiting for the power to go off. At about 8 this morning my power went off for all of five minutes. Oh well, I got a lot of writing done before I tried to go to work and this was one of the most relaxing days I've had in a while. I finally turned the television on for the baby, my computer on for me and watched as the little one decided to go in the other room to pick out her own cartoons. Oh well, she's three and she likes cartoons that teach.

What I did not do was let the water out of the tub, it still got used to flush the toilet until just a few minutes ago. There was still enough to flush it a few more times when I let it out of the tub but I don't think I can tote it in the middle of the night to keep the bucket full that I had to sit in the other tub. You see through some joke of the universe between the two bathrooms in the house I have one that's fully functional. Nice huh? One day I'll get around to fixing the cracked bathtub so that it supports people and replacing the commode that doesn't work.....just as soon as I can afford an actual plumber because I can't life a toilet or bathtub.

Well, we spent the morning with power although the air stayed off most of the day until it reached almost 90 degrees in the house. About mid morning there was a nice surprise the cable went out which means I lost my Internet. So we tried to find something to do. Theresa was hyper and wore herself out so I put her down for a nap. I rolled some pennies while hubby played a video game. Then I took a nap. Well, that's about as boring as the day gets but it was rather restful. Goodnight all.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sleepy Tuesday?

It's Tuesday and it's been a sleepy day. Theresa is out of school this week so I didn't have to get up early yesterday and won't have to in the morning. She doesn't have therapy until Thursday afternoon. She has occupational therapy at 12:30 that afternoon so we should be home around 2 in the afternoon. Friday we have applied behavioral analysis at 10am. We should be home from that about 12:30, then we have the weekend to rest. I'm really confused as to why there isn't any school next Wednesday.

Today I haven't felt like doing much of anything. Theresa began the day informing me that she wasn't going to eat her grits. She started in with "I want 'Donalds" as she calls McDonalds because she can't say it. When I informed her I wasn't going she put in for "cookies." Well, I told her we didn't have any and she started pulling out the stuff to bake them with. So I baked a few dozen peanut butter cookies for her from scratch without real butter, real milk or eggs. I'm proud of me.

We've spent most of the day just sitting around. Theresa talked and watched cartoons, hubby did dishes, I did a small load of laundry to hang in the back because I didn't feel like going outside and wasn't sure about the weather. Hubby went through a couple of boxes of my oldest daughter's clothes that she'd outgrown to get out some that fit Theresa now. Most of them still have the tags on them. I'm resisting the urge to make a display out of them for the most annoying person I know that keeps trying to buy the child clothes but doesn't have any better taste than to wear a moo-moo to renew her vows in.

I just put on some black-eyed peas to go with the leftover chicken, lima beans and green beans that will making up supper tonight. I figured out that Theresa just ran out of about $80 worth of supplements I can't replace for a few days and missed her shot last night. I don't feel like going anywhere and I don't have the strength to argue to get it in her so she's just going to have to get it later. OK time to go pretend to do some more work later.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A little tumble

Today started fine, all I had to do was stay home and rest. I had to give Theresa her B-12 shot, well she won't be getting her shot today. I'm to stiff and sore to give it to her. The morning was fine I did a load of laundry and hung it out to dry, did some of the dishes and got all of Theresa's morning supplements fixed and in her without too much of a fight.

Theresa watched t.v. with her daddy while I did all this, then she came in the living room to watch Scooby Doo movies. She was being so good. I decided to go check the mail and that's when my day got kind of bad. I'm not even sure how it happened. I was getting ready to go down the front steps and fell out into the yard face first. I landed kind of roughly and had to call for my darling hubby. Of course when he heard his name he just yelled "what"?, Theresa was already looking out the door and said "come here". He had to come help me off the ground. So now I have a bruise on one leg, a skinned knee and a couple of sore toes.

I think my couch is the safest place for me to be the rest of the week. Well, until Thursday we have therapy that afternoon and the next morning. That is if I don't give into the urge to show my dear hubby just how bad he's annoying me at this moment.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Peaceful Sunday

Today was rather peaceful. I wrote six articles made the Helium homepage with an article about Manatees which makes for a rather productive day. I even went to the store to get a few things to last up until Friday and a couple that will last until the end of the month.

I made a large batch of laundry detergent today. The five gallon bucket that I made is setting now and should last until this time next month at least. I still have everything to make the next batch except for the soap that I prefer to use. A bar of Colgate is 55 cents, or I can get a couple bars of Zote to use. Of course they say you can use bath soap. The batch today had half a bar of Zote, 3/4 a bar of Colgate and a couple scraps of irish spring. I love the way Irish Spring smells.

While I was out I saw the finger paints I want to get Theresa for Christmas because she loves to paint. I also saw a craft desk with crayons, paints, sponges and paper. She'll adore it. I bought a pack of pull ups with 58 in it for $17.97, I'm not sure but I think that I could have bought two packs cheaper. I have noticed these work better and fit better than other brands so the dollar is one I'll eat.

All and all this was a peaceful Sunday. I even wasted a little time playing games.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The kid is hyper today

Theresa was fine this morning as I fixed her breakfast and did two loads of laundry. I even managed to write a total of thirteen articles today while she watched cartoons. She loves it when she gets to watch her cartoons back to back and she actually tries to talk about them. She was a bit hyper today because of foods she's not supposed to have that she got too much of but that would be my fault because I haven't been to the grocery store.

I was so tired when she took her nap I took one or tried to it lasted less than an hour. We watched "Sixteen Candles" together when she got up from her nap. She was really into slapping when she got up. She thinks it's funny when you say "ouch" so I think I really have to stop doing that but it's kind of difficult when she hits you directly in the eye.

I'm proud that she actually got all of her supplements today. Well she got all of the ones that she has. She's out of zinc and fish oil. I don't have the empty fish oil bottle to remind me to order it so I forget a lot. I'm order the larger bottle next time so it actually last her all month and maybe a little into the next month. The 4oz bottle has 24 - 1tsp servings, she's on 3/4th tsp once a day so it last a little bit longer than 24 days but not much. Or maybe I'm just not that good at measuring. I forgot to get the right needle to give her shot with so she's stuck with the one I have until I can go get the 3ml. Good thing she doesn't need the shot until Monday.

There is a store less than 10 minutes from me and I pass right by it every time because I forget that it's there. I have to make some more laundry detergent soon, I may just do some laundry in the sink since I wear the same few shirts over and over. It doesn't take as long to wash one item and I won't have a lot to put away. I have to get Theresa more training pants and the plastic covers. She has training pants without the covers and I think that she may have two days of cloth training pants. Who's bright idea was it to sell them in such small packages at such an outrageous price?

Well, I wanted to get a little bit more work in so I'm going to stop rambling now.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Theresa's schedule change

This morning we had speech as usual and of course Theresa did great. After speech we usually have ABA but her therapist wasn't there today. Instead of going directly to ABA we went to the doctor's office. Theresa needed a B-12 shot and she's gotten to where she fights so much when I try to give them to her that I was ready to give up. The last one was given at the clinic where she gets therapy to make sure she got it; today the lady that gave it to her was on vacation so to the doctor's office we went.

Theresa doesn't like the doctor's office especially when she's already seen the needle since I took one with me. My sweet little girl had a panic tantrum. She actually opened the door and went outside to escape. She tried about three times to actually leave the office without me to keep from getting the shot. When we went into the room to wait for the nurse to draw up the shot she went to fussing. She knows what needles are and she fought the entire time I was trying to expose her little leg for the nurse to stick her.

Funny thing is that she fought the entire time I tried to get a hold of her hands and lay her down for the shot but she never cried. Actually as soon as I got her in position the nurse was done with the shot. Theresa didn't even cry afterward. I asked how she managed that and she told me that she changed the needle. Instead of using the 1ml needle the pharmacy gave me she used a 3ml so it took less time to get the B-12 into Theresa.

Well, we came home and Theresa ate an egg with barbecue sauce on it. Then she cleaned up after herself by throwing my bowl in the garbage instead of putting it in the sink like she usually does. Once that was all done we went back to the clinic to have her ABA session with Danielle. She's never had therapy with Danielle but she knows who she is. Theresa did great she didn't try to swat at her when she made her follow through with a task or when she kept on until Theresa said the word or phrase that they were trying to get her to say.

Theresa also got to stay up an hour past her bedtime putting pennies in a piggy bank because she told me "I want help." It's so hard to believe that a year ago she was virtually mute. I'm so proud of her that I'll never be able to make it clear enough.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Next week is going to be all screwy

The kids are out of school next week and Theresa only has two therapy appointment. Thursday she has OT from 12:30 to 1:15 and Friday she has ABA from 10am until noon unless they cancel it. This should be fun trying to get her through the week without her regular schedule to keep her calm. Well, I won't need as much gas to get her to those two as I would to get her to all five.

I cancelled my appointment with the eye doctor because my eye feels fine. Now I have a freaking tooth that's bothering me. I really don't want to go to the dentist. I hate going to the dentist, I do want an electric toothbrush with rotating bristles. No idea where that came from.

I was reading about Google TV earlier. Really wondering why if you've got the Internet on the Television and you can watch about a million shows online would you need cable too? Oh well, I don't really see buying a new television set just to have Internet in it.

OK now I have no idea what I'm thinking or talking about anymore. I think I need a new blog just to rant, some woman was talking to me while I was trying to listen to Theresa in therapy today.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Increasing Supplements Again

Theresa had preschool this morning and speech this afternoon. She also got her B-12 shot while we were at the clinic. Kelly volunteered to give it to her today since I'm having trouble getting it lately, Friday I'll take her by the pediatricians office to get it done. She's making great progress so we're not quite ready to stop it yet. I may switch her to the nasal spray when the prescription is empty though. It's $32 and it doesn't work as well as the shot but it does have benefits. The biggest benefit is that she can't cause herself an injury with the nasal spray. I'm not sure if her insurance will cover it or not but it's worth it.

We added two new supplements today to help her progress to the next level. That makes a total of two prescriptions and eleven over the counter supplements for a total thirteen. I spent two hours figuring the costs of all of them, the total and the average that they cost each month. The only thing I figured out is that the supplements are over $200 now. I also spent an hour trying to figure out my new schedule. What I figured out is that I have to do even more work while I watch the therapy sessions.

Friday she'll have ABA in the afternoon with Danielle because Sara isn't going to be there at all. So instead of cancelling they moved it to keep her from missing it. I asked them to see if they could rearrange her speech that day so that the appointments would still be together. If they can't we get to go to speech from 9:30 to 10 and then go to ABA from 1:30 to 3:30 that afternoon. It's going to be interesting to see if Theresa actually cooperates for that schedule change. She was really mad last week when she missed her therapy.

We have occupational therapy tomorrow and I still can't find her scissors. I have no idea where they went but the $15 or so I paid for them is screaming at me to find them as soon as possible.

I'm working on an article about her progress but so far it's going slowly because I'm having trouble finding the information about the supplements she's on to put in it. Theresa got her little hands on the notes that I made while I was talking to Kelly and the pediatrician about the reasons for each. She even took the paper with the risks and benefits.

The 19th of this month we go back to see Dr. Cotter for a re-evaluation of her diagnosis. It's really hard to believe that it's been a year. The 3rd of November I'm taking her to meet her preschool class at the peanut festival for special citizens day. She's never been so this should be rather interesting.

A year ago I wouldn't have even tried to take her to the peanut festival. Of course a year ago she didn't do anything but spin, line things up and echo commercials. It's amazing how much difference a year can make, she even notices that there are people around her now. Well, it's almost time to call it a night.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

This family is getting expensive

Well, tomorrow Theresa gets her B-12 shot. I had a talk with the Kelly today about the fact that she's getting increasingly violent trying not to get the shot and she told me we could cut back to once a week with it since I don't want her off of it yet. She's making fast progress with it. Kelly told me there is a nasal spray that doesn't work as well and is a lot more expensive. I'll have to wait a bit to change her over. Tomorrow we add two new supplements to help her progress; approximately $13. I still haven't gotten the $8 bottle of zinc or the $38 bottle of fish oil replaced. Nice timing huh?

Hubby's blood pressure was sky high last night. I've got to get his stubborn ass back to the doctor but it's a waste of money when he won't do what he's supposed to. He quit drinking so his medicine is more effective when he takes it correctly. I was looking for something on his counter last night and found a prescription from 2007 that's still half full.

I have an appointment to follow up on my eye the 12th at 7:40 in the morning. The doctor told me I could cancel it if my eye felt back to normal. So far it's not quite there, my vision is blurry I"m hoping it's just my bad vision and the fact that I'm wearing the wrong prescription. I think I'll get myself new glasses and brakes for my birthday. I've needed brakes on my truck for a while but my darling hubby doesn't know any better when it comes to being able to stop. He thinks it's supposed to take forever.

I did a load of towels today when we got back from morning therapy. I hand wash the shirt I want to wear tomorrow and a couple of Theresa's night gowns because she needs them and there isn't enough laundry to justify doing another load. I still need to buy her some more plastic pants to cover her training pants and keep her from getting accidents on the floor. Somehow I have ten pair with plastic pants. Why don't they just sell them together? The stupid packs aren't even when you buy them separately.

I can make my dish detergent or use a few slivers of Zote. I like the Zote but it's a delicate wash and to use it for stain removal you have to soften the bar and let it sit on the stain. That's a pain in the butt, the Colgate soap makes me nauseas but you can rub it directly on the stain before you put it in the wash. I can't find Fels Napa or Washing Soda here. The PH increaser is rather expensive and oxi-clean causes foaming.

Now I'm rambling and can't remember what I was saying. I just know that I'm taking back over the baby's shopping. Of course today she kept insisting on a cookie but we didn't have any. She didn't actually want a cookie, she calls rice cakes cookies. Theresa actually likes plain rice cakes, she'll be a lot healthier than I am now in another thirty years.

Good night all.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Yes, I'm exhausted and it's just Monday. I have no idea why I'm so tired the only thing I did today was go follow up with the eye doctor and take Theresa to speech. I spent most of the weekend on the couch watching television because I felt nauseas from the eye drops. I actually tasted them (no I didn't drink them) and it was rather nasty. The few times I actually when to put something in my mouth after I used them whatever it was tasted awful.

I made a meatloaf that turned to mush sort of but it had a nice barbecue flavor thanks to the darkening (burning) hubby did to it. He roasted some potatoes to go with it. The meatloaf or whatever it actually turned out to be took forever. I remember hearing hubby complaining because he'd took it out to rest and it wasn't done. Well of course this irritated the daylights out of me since I hadn't asked him to butt in in the first place.

The doctor finished with me in time today so that I could call and get Theresa back into her speech appointment. That was a good thing because she was mad that she didn't get therapy on Friday. I need to get up and begin to work again. I haven't done much this month and I have the feeling that I'm going to have to play catch up. I have the feeling that I'll be spending a few weekends working all night long to make up for the time I took off and the extra bills that I ended up with this month.

Theresa brought home permission slips for the special citizens day at the fair today. I'm not sure if I should take her or not. She'd enjoy it but I don't know if she'd stay calm enough to see everything. I'll do some thinking and then decide I have until the 18th to get the papers back to school.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Restful weekend with a talkative child

Well, part of the weekend was peaceful. Thursday morning I had a rather painful injury to my eye that just got worse as I took Theresa to her appointments that just happened to be scheduled for that bright and sunny afternoon. My eye got increasingly painful so I cancelled the next days appointments went home and made hubby call to get me a doctor's appointment.

Hubby called into work so he could take me to my 9 a.m. appointment and ended up calling in for the afternoon to take care of me. We went to leave and Theresa pushed her daddy back into the house saying "Bye-bye see you later" and closed the door in his face to go out with me. She didn't protest to get in the car instead of the truck but she was confused when her daddy got into drive. As we headed out and stopped at the store so he could get me some sunglasses and have his back she looked even more confused.

Theresa was being her usual adorable self at the eye doctor, she charmed a group of older ladies in less than five minutes. I of course was filling out paper work half blind while she did this and her father pretended to watch her so well that I had to run her down after she went out the automatic doors. $50 upfront for new patients without insurance. I got my eyes numbed to check the pressure, an eye test without my glasses in the dark and waited forever for the doctor to shine a light in my eye. My cornea was scratched. I got an antibiotic and they called in a prescription that the pharmacy didn't have and I figured that since the doctor said I didn't need it I'd do without it. The end of the visit found me giving them nearly $45 more and scheduling a follow up for tomorrow.

Well, hubby took us home and went to get us lunch, took him forever and he had to go back out to get my prescription. Next time I'll call first to make sure it's there. The first time he was gone Theresa was a little angel, then she turned into a toddler. She was fairly good most of the weekend although there was a short time that she made me wonder whose bright idea toddlers were.

Theresa loves to hear people say "ouch" so she hits and says "ouch' hoping you'll echo it. It might be cute if her favorite place to hit people wasn't directly in the eye. Of course since she's tiny and cute her aim is perfect and you never suspect until she's already nailed you. It's painful enough on a good day but try it with an injury.

In spite of her hyperactivity this weekend she's been talking up a storm using complete sentences for requesting. Well, I'll take that and I'm kind of glad she can aim although I prefer she not kick me in the eye again. OK it's time to hang the laundry out. Yes I know it's the middle of the night but my dryer doesn't work and I forgot my towels were soaking I don't want them to disappear.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bored as can be

OK I'm bored, actually I've been bored all week long. I didn't do very much work this week, not even on the school mornings. I have cancelled two therapy sessions. Friday was cancelled and that took two appointments out in one day. Monday Theresa gets to go to preschool and miss her speech because I have a follow up with the doctor. She's going to be even more confused, that pesky schedule has to be kept no matter what.

I redid the budget, didn't like it a bit. We have three girls expecting Christmas and two that have birthdays in December, this is going to be fun. Oh well, I'll figure it out I always do. My movie's about to come back on so it's time to go.