Thursday, August 30, 2007

Putting things into perspective

DQ's doctor appointment on Monday was more traumatic than the original accident last week. The doctor agreed she probably had an infection on her cut, but wondered if something else was going on to make her eye red. He ordered blood tests from the lab to check her white blood cell count to see if she needed a shot of antibiotics or just a prescription. This test involved taking blood from her arm - not a finger prick - from a 2 year old that is already mad about being there. The first time they tried, she pulled it out of her arm and there was blood squirting out. Thank God the King took her into the lab - I probably would have passed out by this point and ended up with a cut on my head. It took 4 lab techs and about 20 minutes to get her held down in order to take 3 vials of blood. All that time she was screaming at the top of her lungs for her blanket and her mommy. I just sat in the waiting room with my head down. Was this test worth it? Looking back, should I have just requested she get the shot instead of going through all this? What would it have mattered? I think I would rather go through labor - without drugs - than to hear one of my children scream like this again. Once that ordeal was over, we had to go back to her doctor and wait for the results. She was a total mess by this point. She just sat on my lap whimpering and crying. Her white blood count was high so they ended up giving her the antibiotic shot and eye drops. He also tried to drain some pus out of the area that is glued which involved more holding DQ down. He then stated he wanted to see her again the next day. If things were not looking better she would have to go through more blood test and another shot. Luckily she started looking better and we got out Tuesday with just a prescription. Now she is back to her normal spunky self and getting into all sorts of trouble.

DQ after a 4 hour nap Monday afternoon.

As we sat in the waiting room on Monday there was another mom with her baby - I assume the baby was 6 months or so. She was making some small talk with us stating how kids are wonderful, but they really tear at your heart when things go bad. She said her baby had spent several days in the hospital last month and she was worried they were going back again. I didn't ask her any details, mostly because I was focused on my own child and getting her calmed down. Thinking back about that mom now, really puts things into perspective. This event, even as traumatic it has been on both DQ and me, is small stuff. It makes me very aware about how thankful I need to be that my kids are healthy.

I am thankful that the most traumatic thing either my kids have had to go through is are cuts and bruises. Although it totally breaks my heart to see them hurt, at least I have never had to see my kids hooked up to monitors, tubes or in a hospital bed.

I am thankful that I can count on one hand the number of times my kids have seen a doctor outside of their normal checkups. I can probably use the other hand to count the number of days I have had to take off work because one of them have been sick.

I am thankful I have never had a bottle of children's Tylenol get emptied before the expiration date.

I am thankful my kids are strong, both in strength and will. Seeing DQ this past week, I am pretty sure no one is going to be able to push her around.

Deep thoughts from Your Royal Highness...

Monday, August 27, 2007

DQ - Monday Morning update

(Wow, what a bad picture....sorry!)

We have an appointment late this morning.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

DQ update - From bad to worse

DQ now looks like she was in a fight... and lost. Today her face began to swell up where her injury is. Looks like we will be heading back to the doctor tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

DQs bad day

DQ has had the worst day of her life today.

First she had to go for her 2 year checkup at the doctor. She had get one shot and her finger pricked. The entire clinic knew she was not happy about any of this.

Next we stopped by her new preschool she will be going to starting in September. She was enjoying the toys in her new room when all of a sudden she tripped on her own two feet and fell onto a corner of a table. She got a cut right below her eyebrow and we went back to the doctor's office. Instead of stitches they glued her owie shut. I know realize that the past two years of her screaming were only practice for this day. Even the nurse and doctor commented on the strength of her lungs. It took both the nurse and I to hold her still for the doctor to put in the glue.

DQ took a good nap after all this trauma and got up and played with her sister for a few hours. I figured we were in the clear - she was over it. However about 6:00 tonight she started acting really whiny and kept saying OWIE...I tried to give her some Tylenol, but she refused (the bottle expired in 2006, but I am sure it would still work). She went to lay down on the couch instead of eating dinner. Any of you that has seen DQ eat, knows this is EXTREMELY odd for her. I picked her up to put on her PJs and noticed she was burning up. I took her temperature and it was 102.5. Yikes! I am hoping the fever is a side effect of the shot she received today and not some kind of infection setting in. I did finally force some Tylenol down her and she is now sleeping.

The glue actually makes the wound look bigger than it actually is.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The first golf lesson

Princess is starting to follow in her daddy's footsteps. Today the junior golf clubs I ordered off Ebay were delivered and the King jumped at the chance to take her out on the course. He said she mostly only did putting because she didn't know what to do anywhere else. It looks to me like she is a natural.

When she becomes a pro at age 18 she is going to love this picture of her in front of her daddy's Jack Daniels golf cart with the beer flag.

When I got home from work she ran to the door to tell me what she got today. She was so excited and had to show me her new golf clubs right away. She calls the head covers 'Cozy Covers'. We had to look at each club and where she kept the golf balls. She was so proud. We hope she will keep this excitement about the game. This could be our meal ticket for a early retirement a game she can play for the rest of her life.


DQ finally has enough hair for pigtails! Since Princess refuses to let me do anything with her hair, DQ is going to wear these EVERY DAY! She thinks she is pretty cute with them in her hair. I would have to agree with her.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Princess in training

There is no use fighting it. We will soon have two princesses in this household. I know the King has secretly hoped that DQ would not be as girly as her big sister, but it is going to happen whether we like it or not.

Princess helped DQ get into her dress and showed her how to twirl and dance in her beautiful dress. DQ then asked for her crown. Princess was calling DQ "Anistacia" all evening. For those of you who don't watch Cinderella 2-3 times a week, Anistacia is one of the wicked sisters...

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Next stop... the LPGA

Last weekend was the King's family golf tournament. This is a semi-professional event that involves the some of the best golfers around the state....ok, maybe not the best golfers, but definitely some of the best drinkers in the state.

The tournament is a 4 person best shot and every one is mixed up - you do not golf with your spouse. I had a fantastic team this year and we won the tournament. I am sure those of you who have actually golfed with me in the past are now reading this with your jaw open. Rest assured, I have not improved - it was the other three players on my team that actually won it...On the second hole I topped the ball and it stopped about 15 feet in front of me. Of course this hole was for "Shortest Drive - Woman". I had to sign my name to the paper and steak my position. I figured the King would be so proud of me. I was in the running for this prize for most of the day, but someone finally beat me out in the last few holes. After about 10 more holes and 5 cans of beer I finally warmed up. I whipped out my driver and hit the most beautiful shot that has ever been hit with these clubs. This hole just happened to be the prize for "Longest Drive - Woman". I am not sure where exactly this shot came from... the golfing gods must have been helping me out.

What is more exciting, is that two people hit a hole in one at this tournament. This hole just happened to be sponsored by a local car dealer and these two people won a new car! How exciting is that?

Happy Birthday Drama Queen!

Today's is DQ's birthday. We had a fun day today just hanging out together. We didn't do anything special, just had mommy and me time.