Thursday, March 25, 2010

Can you figure it out?

Take a look at this drawing. Can you figure out what it is?
It's a beaver car. Seriously. I couldn't make this sh*t up if I tried. Two students were working diligently during free time and called me over to show me their masterpiece. When I asked them to "tell me about their drawing" this is what I learned. I've labeled things for your convenience and my entertainment.

Again, I couldn't have made this up. It's me driving a beaver car with B riding shotgun. A lookout window, you know for when you need a better view, and the two students who made it coming along for the ride. It's moments like this that I love my job :-)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Kids are weird

If you have been a reader for a while, you know from my stories that kids are weird. Today was no exception.

[During know, with teaching and stuff going on]

Student: (raises hand) Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be inside a Snickers bar?
P.S.-I've never been this glad to be able to share a "kids are weird" story and to be back at work!

Friday, March 19, 2010

More Questions, Some Answers

Yesterday the lumbar puncture went as well as possible and I'm finally back home. Today while the PT and OT were visiting I had another episode where I start "radiating" and they grabbed the blood pressure cuff, pulse monitor and checked everything. They found out that when that happens my oxygen levels have crashed and my heart rate is off the chart. I was standing still and my heart rate was at 144. They sat me back down and a few seconds later it went back to normal. They continued to monitor it for about 20 minutes and any time I moved all my levels went crazy. After resting for an hour they took my bp/pulse/oxygen sitting and everything was normal. They had me lay down and the thing started beeping like crazy when my heart rate crashed. They had me sit back up for a few minutes and then stand. Instantly my oxygen crashed and my heart rate went to 135 and was climbing quick. You would think my heart would be pounding in my chest but it wasn't. It felt like it was beating normally and I was having a hard time catching my breath. My doctor says there is a problem in my central nervous system where my body is having difficulty regulating these things (duh) and they are going to do another test called a Tilt Test in the next few weeks. This may have a lot to do with my dizziness, headaches,vision problems and "radiating" episodes and thankfully there is medicine they can give me to help my body regulate itself. I also have an appointment on Friday with the only Neurological Ophthalmologist in the hospital system to have him check my eyes and see if they can fix my vision problems. My doctor thinks there may be two competing things going on in my body and the MS diagnosis is still on the table (along with some other really things with REALLY long names) until they get the results back from several tests on my spinal fluid. At least right now we have some possible answers and not just questions.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


I was doing better after my three steroid shots until Tuesday evening when I had a setback. I got all tingly again and felt awful. I went to work Wednesday morning and my boss sent me home when they saw me. I called my doctor and he had me admitted to the hospital last night. So far today I've had another MRI, this time of my spine to look for lesions and am waiting on the results. They are also going to do a vision test to try and figure out/correct my eyes and are still talking about a lumbar puncture as a last resort. I've been told I'm out of work until next week and hopefully will have some answers today. Again, thank you for all your well wishes and continue to send good thoughts my way.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Best Girlfriend EVER

Before I get into today's post I would just like to say thank you all for your kind words and thoughts. It has touched my heart in more ways than I can eloquently explain in words to you here. Now to the post-

I truly have the most loving, best, and most perfect girlfriend in the world. You can fight me on this about how your significant other is the best, but sorry people Girlfriend takes the #1 spot. As you know from the previous post things are a little shaky around here right now and Girlfriend's statement about she taking care of me from my Just Call Me Nurse post could not be more accurate. She stayed with me on Thursday night after band (I made her go to try and keep our lives as "normal" as possible right now) Then took me me yesterday to the hospital for my first of three Solumedrol infusions. FIRST we found out I had to go upstairs to the transplant unit to which Girlfriend stated, "What the hell?!? They're not sticking people's body parts in you!" When we finally got to the right place (3 locations later) I was told it was supposed to take 1 1/2 hours. At 2 hours all I had was an IV line in my arm and nothing attached. Girlfriend looked at me straight faced and made the BEST comment of the day, "They know that putting a line in you and attaching it to nothing isn't helping right? Where the hell is the medicine, I'll do it myself." Once it was in she had more funny statements including, "Now that you're on high dose steroids you are going to be cut like the Hulk-GRRRRRR!" and "I'm glad your not a dude or your balls might shrivel up. Well, that's not the only reason I'm glad your not a dude." 4 1/2 hours later we were finally done and on our way to pick up Q, a movie, a pizza and peppermints for home.
She has since dubbed my IV line "my accessory" since I wear oh so many accessories on a daily basis, making statements like, "Your accessory is looking excellent with your outfit today" and "make sure you color coordinate your clothes to your accessory tomorrow, it's bad to clash." My personal favorite was when she sat down next to me on the couch, "EWWWW, your accessory just touched me!" VERY quickly followed by, "I'm-kidding-honey,-I-promise-I'm-totally-kidding........(whisper) kinda."
She has taken amazing care of me with not a single complaint-this morning she taped and covered my line with a trash bag so I could take a shower, washed my hair for me since my arm was all plastic wrapped and unable to bend and been just wonderful since we talked on Thursday at work. Today I sent her to band rehearsal for their concert tomorrow and a home nurse is coming to show us how to do the second and third treatments ourselves and for all possible treatments in the future.
Backing up a moment-on Thursday we were laying in bed and I point blank asked her how she was doing with all of this. Her response was something like, "I'm not really sure. I'm taking it in moment by moment, day by day. Right here next to you."

That ladies and gentlemen is why I have the best girlfriend EVER.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Prayers Please

As you read earlier this week I had a ton of blood work and an MRI done yesterday because of some weird episodes I have been having for the past few weeks. Here is a recap of my symptoms-dizziness, headache, blurred/overlapping vision, difficulty concentrating, loss of coordination, loss of stable balance, head to toe tingling in waves, numbness in fingertips and toes, fatigue, muscle weakness. My doctor called today with the results of all my tests. My vitamin D and iron levels are low so I need to take supplements. My MRI came back "stone cold normal" except....for swelling around the right occipital nerve. He then told me that it may indicate the onset of MS. After I got off the phone with him I looked up symptoms of MS-I read like a textbook case. All I could say for about ten minutes was, "But I'm only 26 years old." Tomorrow I go back to the hospital to start three days of Solumedrol IV treatment to try and help with the inflammation. Home Health will be bringing the second and third treatments to my house this weekend. I also have a Visual Evoked Potential test sometime next week and depending on those findings a lumbar puncture (a.k.a. spinal tap) after that. When I called Girlfriend and told her what the doctor said here's a chunk of our conversation:

Girlfriend: Honey I'm so sorry
Me: I'm sorry too
Girlfriend: Why are you sorry?
Me: This is not what we had planned
Girlfriend: No it's not, but I love you. Everything will be ok. We are in this together.

Cue the waterworks people, because I LOST it then. I talked with my grade level after school at our planning time and they are WONDERFUL. They are taking care of all my lesson plans for next week so I can just relax this weekend. My mom finally stopped crying after I talked with her and I'm trying to convince her not to come down yet. I don't want her to come down until after we know more, because right now there is nothing she (or anyone) can do. Girlfriend and I have canceled all plans this weekend and she's coming to stay with me tonight and take me to/from the hospital tomorrow.

Readers, if you are praying people I ask for your prayers at this time. Prayers not only for me, but for my family.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Update on B and Girlfriend

B is on antibiotics and is doing better (as far as I can tell) today. He goes back to the vet next week to get his urine checked and make sure things are clearing up on the inside. After he finishes his antibiotics he will be getting his teeth cleaned. I feel like a bad mom, because even though I brush his teeth, he has gingivitis which the vet thinks caused his infection from licking himself. B will continue to get UTIs until I have his teeth cleaned and everything in his mouth fixed. Fun times all around. On a more positive (and less expensive-I was going to say cheaper but thought better of it) note Girlfriend is feeling much better. She was able to keep food down all day Monday and was able to go to work today. I sent her back home last night with a sleeve of crackers and half a bottle of Pepto.

Scorecard results: Me-2 Sickness-0

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Just call me nurse

There is something wrong when I am the healthiest one in the house this week. I took B to the emergency vet this morning when late last night we noticed blood around his "privates" after he peed. After talking with a vet on the phone I made an appointment to take him in first thing this morning. The vet believes that B has a UTI and he is currently sleeping on the couch next to me all medicated up. He has to have antibiotics for a few weeks and has to go back to be checked again in 10 days. The only positive thing is that I like the emergency vet I went to WAY better than B's regular vet and I'm seriously considering transferring to this place. I've been a wreck since seeing him bleeding and Girlfriend was going to come with me to be the emotional rock, but she started puking around 6AM and didn't go back to sleep until after 8:30. She is also all medicated up (Pepto and Emitrol which she keeps throwing up-not exactly helping her) and currently is sleeping in the bed where I can keep an eye on her. I took off tomorrow to keep an eye on B, and Girlfriend if she is still yaking up her inside. She doesn't want to eat anything but I am force feeding her saltines and ginger ale. Earlier Girlfriend was laying on the couch and said exasperatedly, "But I'm supposed to be taking care of you!" To which I responded, "You took care of me last week, let me take care of you now so you can take care of me later on. Staying well is going to be a team effort for a while." Some background-last week I went to my neurologist because I have been having some strange episodes. He took 7 vials of blood to test for anything and everything possible, except pregnancy. On Wednesday after work I have to head back to the hospital to have two MRIs done to hopefully find out some answers. So, yeah, if I'm the healthiest one in the house-something is wrong. Keep your fingers crossed I don't mix up their meds ;-)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Important survey!

I have a question for all bloggers. I'm currently having a bit of a moral dilemma and I could use your help. Girlfriend does not know that I have a blog. It's kind of my personal little thing and I like it that way. It's my place to vent, share, express myself, etc. without the eyes of those in my life. We had a long talk about not keeping secrets this weekend because my altruistic intentions of keeping health problems from her REALLY hurt her feelings. I shared, she understood, all is well with us, but it got me thinking about my blog. It's not hurting her, or our relationship, by hiding it from her. Should I feel obligated to tell her about it? Is it fine to keep this just between me and those of you who read what I write each week? Am I trying to justify my actions? Absolutely. However I would really like your input, especially those of you who have a blog-do your significant others (or family members) know about/read your blog? If yes, how does this affect what you write (i.e. do you censor things or run it by them first)?