Sunday, April 06, 2008


and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down.

First--the new dog. He is amazing. I had heard stories about shelter rescues being very grateful and wonderful pets and it is so true. I highly recommend it. This little guy's favorite place is draped across your head or shoulder when you are lying down. Cosmo and Harley have become fast friends and if they aren't together, they are looking for each other.

Second--work. It is going to kill me. Does anyone know a rich little old couple that would like to send my kids through college so I can not work 18 hours a day? No? crap. Hey a girl can always hope.

Third--the boys. So much stuff is going on here and most of it is scary. S1 called from school on Wed night/Thu morning telling us he was on his way home-sick. Once we got the whole story out of him it turns out he has been vomiting for 2 weeks. No food stays down. On Thu. using my connections I got him in for an appointment and they told him he has IBD. I wasn't there (he is 19 now and goes into the office as an"adult") so I couldn't ask questions like..if he has IBD why is he vomiting but not having diarrhea etc. Apparently the lad is constipated too and none of the food is going through the way it should so it is coming back up. THEN...this morning when he was still vomiting, I started asking a zillion questions and when I asked him if there was any blood in the vomit, he says "no just some black slimey crap". HOLY probably IS blood. When I asked him if he told the doc on Thu he said "yea, I told him there wasn't any because blood is red mom"--OK I guess he wouldn't know that it can be black, he is a kid with no medical knowledge but don't you think the MD on should have pressed a little bit for more info?? I am going to ask BigD to call a gastroenterologist that is an acquaintance of his (that calls here frequently with police questions so now the tables are turned and it is his turn to help us) and see if we can get this squared away. My guess is that S1 is working on an ulcer. He is a very intense kid, a self proclaimed perfectionist that puts a lot of pressure on himself to be all things to all people. He is also the one of my three that I worry about the most.

Moving on to S2. When he was in 7th grade he was playing basketball and during a game his knee went right when his foot stayed planted. Since then I have suspected an ACL tear because of his continuous symptoms. He has had many MRI's, CAT scans, etc and none have shown a significant problem but I can see the knee doesn't look right and he has significant symptoms off and on, lots of pain etc sooooo to make a very long story short, he is going in for surgery this week. He will be in a brace for 4-6 weeks-and is hoping that he can be crutch free for the prom and graduation. We had contemplated waiting till summer for the surgery but then his whole summer he would be laid up so since he can still go to class (and probably gets LOTS of sympathy from the girls) it made sense to do the surgery now and get it out of the way.

There is a part of me that is terrified taking in a big healthy 17(will be 18 in a couple weeks) year old and doing surgery but this has been bothering him and keeping him from his beloved basketball because of the instability and I finally found an ortho guy that I trust and more importantly he operates in a hospital I trust so we are hoping this will go smoothly and all will be well.

Thankfully S3 is blissfully normal and happy with no concerns at this time. (Did I just jinx myself??)

So, now I have been at the "new" job for a couple of weeks and I can't work this week with all the appointments, procedures, surgeries etc that will be going on. Thankfully, the office is very family friendly so it shouldn't be a problem. Damn, I hate having to even ask for time off, when I was just self employed there was never that concern. I know I need the job, it just makes me appreciate all the years of self employment even more.

Anyway,,I am sure none of you are wanting to hear more of my worries. You came here for pix of the new guy in the without further he is helping S3 IM his friends~ He thrives on being loved and I tell you after a crazy week there is noting better than unconditional doggy love.
Stressed? I don't think so.


tz said...

the picture of the dog with you son is adorable!

oooh, sounds like an ulcer a pretty bad one too...poor guy. my oldest is a stressor like that..he was on prilosec because he was so stressed about the 2nd grade...i have no idea what he'll be like in college!

Rob, Tina and the boys said...

Rob had an ACL repair in 1999. He blew his knee playing softball the week before our wedding. He hobbled down the isle in a full leg brace (luckily his tux pant leg was wide enough to hide it) and we kept the crutches in the car. Coincidently I worked in a physiotherapy clinic at the time and had 3 physios at the wedding watching his every move!

beagle said...

You ARE superwoman!
Here's hoping S1 & S2 are all fixed up soon.

You're making me want a dog! What would the three cats say about that?? (lucky for them I am allergic).

Cosmos is SO cute! Glad that Harley has taken him under his wing. And he looks pretty happy under S3's "wing" too!

hope548 said...

Man, you have a lot going on! I hope things settle down and you get all your boys healthy! The new dog is adorable, so glad that's working out!

Sitting in Silence said...

So glad the Pup has settled in...he looks so happy.

Hope work settles down a bit for you...dont run yourself into the ground and get sick or anything...

Let us know how your son goes at the DR's....hope he is ok.

Thinking of you.

Deb said...

I love the photos!!!!

And there certainly isn't anything like the unconditional love and affection one gets from pets.

Kawana Aminata Oliver said...

Ohhhh Thos pics are sooo cute ;-)

BPD in OKC said...

way to go adopting a shelter dog! good for you! I adopted a shelter puppy last summer, and he's so amazing. He's the best dog I've ever had. He was so grateful to be rescued.

Good luck with everything you've got going on. You'll get through everything fine. I agree with beagle ... you are Superwoman handling everything you've been handling.

tammy said...

praying for your son. i'd love to talk with you about what's going on with him, some of his symptoms are very similar to my son's initial problems.

feel free to email me if you want more information or just some mom to mom support.

*and thank you for your loving & supportive comments on my blog!