Friday, May 27, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up

I had started doing weekly wrap ups back in April and stopped for some reason. I've decided to bring it back.

The main wrap up for this week is: whooping cough! You got it right. Mom on a Line has been suffering from whooping cough (at least that is the working presumption--tests were not done because it wouldn't change my treatment).  I have been terribly careful about not spreading germs, so I hope I did not inadvertently infect someone.  A few lessons learned from this is (1) everyone needs their DTap booster every 10 years; (2) my kids vaccines seem to be working; and (3) I'm miserable when I can't breathe.  How does DQ do it?!?

I have been sick for two weeks now. My throat has been hurting that entire time. I've been coughing like crazy. I lost my voice on Monday and still do not have it back. My lungs are so sore. It hurts to breath. And I had to have two shots! Waaaaa!  Okay, I'm done whining now.

Back to the wrap up.

We got our new range.  It has not been hooked up yet. Apparently, the Mad Scientist needs to buy a connector part.  I am so excited to cook something with gas.  The kids are a little afraid of having fire in the house though. They haven't seen the new range in action and the idea of actual flames to cook the food is too much for them to deal with. The first time it is used should be interesting.  If it's really interesting, I'll share the story here.

DQ has fought with me every single morning this week. She has decided to start screaming fits whenever she doesn't get her way. Of course, I don't give in. That makes the fits go louder and longer. It has been pleasant. NOT! I'm ready to move beyond the horrific threes, thank you very much.

Our cable is going. AGAIN. Last spring for about 4 or 6 months, we had no cable.  It started leaving us slowly, a channel here and there would begin pixulating. Then the channel would just be gone.  Eventually, they all left us. We called out technicians. They'd fix something or replace that box. It wouldn't work. Then we were told it was a problem with the electrical wiring in our house. We had that replaced at great expense. Still not fixed.  Then we learned if we stopped using internet, we'd get cable and spent a while switching back and forth and buying $100+ power splitters (who knew!).  None of that worked. Finally, a new person came out and fixed the outdoor connections. That seemed to fix the problem . . . until two weeks ago when the channels we watch most started to pixulate. We've now lost Nick Jr. completely (no "Little Bill"!!!). We have NBC and Food Network in regular, but not HD, which is fine . . . until those go as well.  I need me some down time! The whole situation is just odd and annoying and if it goes as last time, in about a month, we'll have nothing.

DQ only had one doctor's appointment this week, so that is good.  The appointment was yesterday. She woke up with gunk in her hair and dried blood in her ear. Apparently, there is no infection this time.  The doc seems to think she busted a blood vessel in her ear. The first thing I thought of was her screaming fits with the ear piercing screeches. Can you bust a blood vessel from screaming because you don't want to go to bed?

That has been my week. (Except for the part where I embarrassed myself on this blog by posting high school photos!) Anything exciting happen in your week?

Happy Memorial Day! Let us all remember the sacrifices made by the thousands and thousands of veterans who have laid their lives on the line for our ideals, freedom, and safety.


  1. Hmmm, I'm still coughing from my cold (?) two weeks ago!! Almost entirely at night. Doesn't sound like "whoops" though. My sisters arrive Sunday for a week visit. I talked to one today who is coughing. I can't wait for the cacophony of collective coughing!!

    I hope you are not being charged for your cable!! I had a problem like that with my e-mail awhile back. It took weeks and many "visits" with Apple and AT&T before a technician that I snagged off a pole in front of the house came in and disconnected by WiFi box which was the problem all along!

    Good luck with the cough, cable and screeching DQ!


  2. What cable provider do you have? We had Time Warner digital cable for a while and had the SAME problems. Our boxes would just randomly stop working properly, with channels pixelating and disappearing one at a time. (It's ALWAYS the kids channels!! What the heck is that about??)

    We have FIOS now and no problems so far. But, it's only been 2 mos. :)

    Happy Weekend!


Having a child with a CHD is like being given an extra sense---the true ability to appreciate life. Each breath, each hug, each meal is a blessing when you've watched your child live off a ventilator, trapped in an ICU bed, being fed through a tube. Each minute is a miracle when you've watched your child almost die and come back to you.
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