Hell Week, Part Deux

I thought my last post had caught it all. Well it hadn’t. Richard came down with the flu, and it was confirmed flu. Which meant H1N1, so it appears the entire family had a version of it. That positive test confirmed what I believed anyway. Richard had came down with a horrible case of it and was laid up for the entire week.

So Liz’s fall break ended and returned her to school on the 18th. It was very chilly that day. On my return home, Liz called me and told me she was having a horrible asthma attack. She wound up with an ambulance trip to the ER. 4 hours later, 4 neb treatments and a heavy dose of steroids they sent her back to campus with instructions to follow up with the Wellness Center on campus. Well since we had the flu in the house the ER put down a diagnosis of flu. That requires a mandatory one week off campus. So I had to return on Monday to pick her up again. Richard was home in bed and Mandy was home sick too. Plus a couple of the girls had fevers so they all stayed home.

I was given a parking ticket in the 5 minutes that I was up in the dorm room helping to get her things down stairs and in the car with a $25 fine. I put in an appeal before I even left the school. (Thankfully I just received notification that they down graded the ticket to a warning.) So home we went.

By Wednesday Mandy was getting worse so off to the doctor we went. She had bronchitis and was starting with pneumonia. So she was home for the rest of the week. As the week progressed children headed back to school. Douglas and Emma on Wednesday, Patrick on Thursday, and Becky on Friday. Richard attempted to head to work on Friday and made it a half day. Friday was also the day we took Liz back to school. So Mandy and the girls went with us for the outing.

Mandy headed back to school on Monday feeling much better. She had quite a bit of work to catch up on since the quarter ended yesterday. We think everything was completed.

Remember I mentioned that Richard had sideswiped something in one the numerous construction areas. On Tuesday we took the Scion into be fixed. The shop will have it for about 12 days. So much for a “little” damage. LOL

Oh and Liz had a horrible reaction to some of the medicines she was put on and had to come home once again after we dropped of the car. We got all the straightened out and she in now back at school. We are praying until the Thanksgiving break. It has definitely been a rough semester for her.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Fun Week

The Zoo has had a very interesting week, that hasn’t allowed much blogging time. As of right now I have 10 sick people in the house. It started Tuesday with Douglas. He came into my room before school and said he didn’t feel good. I touched his forehead and it was HOT! I took his temperature and it was 102. Needless to say he stayed home. Then Marian started with a fever that afternoon. That evening both of them went to the doctor.

Then on Wednesday his fever spiked to about 105. Not a good thing, so we did a trip to the ER. Again he was diagnosed with a virus. That afternoon Maggie started with the fever and she was complaining about an earache. Off to the urgent care we went. Turns out she had a positive strep test, but the ear was clear.

On Thursday Patrick and Emma started with a fever at school. I was already at the school helping set up the book fair. The school nurse came in to tell me that Patrick was in her office with 102.9 fever. I had her check the girls too. Emma was starting up with 100 degree fever and Becky was fine. So Patrick and Emma came home with me.

Thursday night Abby started with the fever. Unfortunately on Friday I had to take Liz to several doctor appointments and her MRI for her shoulder so Mandy was stuck at home with the sick ones. Once we got home from all of the running around with Liz, I took Douglas (who was still running a fever) and Abby in for a strep test since Maggie had tested positive. They were negative.

(Oh and on the way home from work on Friday, Richard sideswiped something in the construction zone. So his car, while drivable, needs some work. He was ok and no one else was involved.)

I headed home from the doctor’s and fix dinner. While fixing dinner, Becky came up to me and told me her head hurt. I took one look and knew. Yup she had the fever too. Then Mandy said she was having issues and sure enough she had a fever, thankfully not as high. So off Becky and Mandy went to the urgent care center. Once again the flu and strep tests were negative.

We all get home and get everyone into bed. And Richard tells me he isn’t feeling well. So he headed off to bed early. And today Liz is starting with it, just in time to head back to the university on Sunday.

So if you count it, that makes 10 people in the family that have it. I am just praying I stay well for the next few days and get everyone else over it. Then I can “think” about coming down with it. But we all know, moms can’t ever get that sick. 🙂

I hope your week was healthier than my family’s week!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

HGP — Week 8 — Kitchen Week

This week we are in the kitchen. Since the kitchen is the hear of the house, my kitchen is in pretty good shape, I just have a couple of cabinets that I should go through.

Holiday Preps

~ Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.

~ Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.

~B uy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).

~ Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.

~ Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.

~Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.

Checkpoint Week!

~ If unable to find an item for a person on list contact them or their family for ideas.

~ If a homemade gift is not going well, set it aside for after Christmas and decide on another gift.

~Buy pumpkin for Halloween.

~ Review costume plans with children.

How are you doing with your Holiday Grand Plan?

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Menu Planning Monday — October 12

Back in the saddle again! Liz is home this week on her Fall Break, so we have several doctor appointments. Mandy is getting her braces off (finally!) and Richard has a court date because he witnessed an accident back in August. So it will be a busy week! Crockpot and quick meals on order this week.

Monday
Baked Chicken Breasts
Acorn Squash
Green Beans

Tuesday
Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce
Rotini Pasta
Salad
Garlic Rolls

Wednesday
Crockpot Beef Roast
Broccoli
Mashed Potatoes

Thursday
Chicken Soup
Sandwiches
Apple Slices

Friday
Pork Chops
Baked Potatoes
Butternut Squash
Applesauce

Saturday
Homemade Pizzas
Salad

Sunday
Beef stew
Dumplings
Rolls

Happy Eating

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

HGP — Week 7 — Guest Room

If you are lucky enough to have a spare room that you have set aside as a guest room, this is the week to work on that. If you do not, use this week to catch up or to work on a room that will take you more time (we all have those dungeons).

Holiday Prep

~ Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.
~ Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.
~ Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).
~ Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.
~ Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.
~ Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.

Decorate for Halloween

If you decorate mainly with a fall harvest look, then a few Halloween things can make it for Halloween. After October, replace the Halloween decorations with Thanksgiving things for a minimum of work.

The only form to print out this week is the Guest Room Checklist.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

HGP — Week 6 — Children’s Rooms

This week we are working in the Children’s Rooms.

Holiday Prep

~ Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.
~ Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.
~ Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).
~ Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes.
~ Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.
~ Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.
~ Check smoke detectors and clean them, change batteries if needed.
~ Make “goody basket” for guest bath, from samples found in abundance in stores right now.

The form to print out is the Child’s Gift List.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

HGP — Week 5 — Master Bath

A couple of catch up posts since my life was so crazy and I missed them.

Week 5 we were in the Master Bathroom.

Holiday Prep

~ Make one batch of Holiday Goodies.
~ Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL.
~ Buy two canned food items from menus (get 2 of each item, one to use and one to donate to food drive).
~ Buy 1/8th of TO BUY gifts. Save all receipts, note return policy before buying. Ask for gift boxes
~ Wrap and label packages. If needing to ship, get some shipping boxes now and store packages in them.
~ Work at least 1 hour a day on homemade gifts.
~ Take toys and books that are outgrown, clean them up and prepare them for donation to toy drives.
~ Make list of toys and books that children would enjoy and that would fit in their rooms and that would work with what they have. Keep it hand for telling family what they would like.
~ Inventory clothing and have another list of clothing items needed. Measure the children and put measurements on this list.

You should have printed out the Family Wardrobe Planner and the Gift Ideas Planner.

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Hi everyone!

I want to apologize for being such a bad bloggin’ buddy. Since taking Liz to school at the end of August it has been one thing after another. First she collapses two days in and is taken to the hospital. She had been trying to save her flex dollars from her meal plan and wasn’t eating enough. Between running around with orientation and then playing around with her new friends, her body told her in no uncertain terms to FEED ME! She has since learned her lesson and is using her flex dollars.

Then three days later, later she was playing a friendly game of tennis with her friends. She swung hard at the ball and injured her right shoulder. (She will have to tell you whether she actually hit the ball (or not)). So another trip to the ER. At least this time a friend drove her and an ambulance was not required. I told her being on a first name basis with the ER staff is NOT something she really should try to do.

We had to find an orthopedic doctor in the area. He isn’t happy with the shoulder. She did about a month of physical therapy (which required some travel time for me too), but there isn’t a lot of improvement. She goes for an MRI on Friday and then heads back to the orthpod. She is probably looking at surgery this summer. I will let you all know what we find out.

Oh and then about 2 weeks ago, she comes down with some bug. They tested for mono, but that was negative. She didn’t have a fever so they didn’t think it was H1N1. They sent her home for the weekend to rest, I took her to our local doctor and it turns out was another virus that basically mimics the flu, but you don’t have a temperature. So she was home for a week to rest and recuperate. I took her back a week ago, and then went pick her up yesterday. She now off for a week’s fall break.

Oh and we also had a neighbor’s tree fall into our yard after one of the horrible rain storms last month. It was covered in honeysuckle vines. So Richard and the children moved the vines to the woods. Guess what, there was poison ivy in those vines. Douglas and Emma had it the worst and required steroids to get it under control. Richard also had a bit of it. They are finally all now cleared up, three weeks later.

Oh, while this is going on, I come down with a nasty cold/bronchitis and was wiped out for a couple of days.

So that is where I have been. I should be back, barring anything else happening. And with this family, who knows….. 🙂

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome