Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My boy

I just love my little boy. So what if he isn't that little... lol he will always be my baby.

I think despite his laziness when it comes to his grades, bedroom and stuff... you know normal teenage laziness... I think he is a pretty fantabulous kid!

He had a very good Christmas.  I got him a Fossil watch, a hat he had been wanting, a nike jacket, and tools/tool box for his car.

His Dad gave him money.

I called him today because I haven't heard anything since Friday from him... I knew he was safe, but he knows to check in with me too.... he is at his Dad's.

He said he was doing good and coming home tomorrow.  I asked what he got for Christmas and he said money... and he had already spent it.

He bought an i-phone.  I said who is going to pay the monthly fees, he said him and his dad.... so I was excited for him. Why? Because I have heard how bad he wanted one since he was about 12... I mean almost daily.  But with car insurance, and feeding him lol there was no way I could add the expense of a phone too.  Also, I don't get adequate help in the form of support so all of his day to day needs I have to meet... therefore I couldn't promise to pay an expensive data plan every month. 

He sent me a text from his new phone so I would have a number.... I text him back... here is a screen shot.
 
 
All I could do was smile... I love my boy and he is awesome! :)


Feeling better


 
I am finally feeling better after being horribly sick with C-Diff bacteria. 
 
It feels so good to feel more like myself again!!!!!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Productive Sunday

Today  has been so productive! I have ran 3 miles, went to work to do Payroll (I know it sucks to do this on Sunday), grocery shopping, laundry, and cooking.

I prepped some food for the week... made low carb cheese crackers, tortilla chips, ice cream and breakfast burritos for the week.  I also made a yummy dinner of philly cheese stuffed peppers.

I have been super busy since before Christmas with the shopping, cooking, cleaning... I am ready for a few days of nothing!!! :)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Saturday Shopping

Thomas, Cathy and myself headed to Florence to check out he mall and do some shopping.

I racked up with some winter running gear!  I got 4 different outfits, and two jackets.  I bought some with my gift card from Cathy and then She spoiled me by buying me the rest.

We shopped until we dropped (literally).  We had dippin' dots too YUM! I got the yogurt, lol I tried to be a better than I could have been. haha.

On the drive home we went out of a way to eat at a little country diner Thomas and I had eat at years ago, it didn't disappoint.  :) I love little country places with awesome food!

Christmas is officially over, and now we are ready to move on to the New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Day after Christmas

Christmas is not over yet!!!
My Brother is coming today, with my 3 beautiful Neices and my sis in law.

I am super duper excited! This is the first time that the girls have ever got to see out Christmas light show! :)

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Here are some photos from our visit.

They got here in time to watch the BAMA songs that we added to the show (ROLL TIDE) and watched some of the favorites in the show. We came back inside to have some dinner ( I made "stuff") and cookies.  Then we loaded up to drive to Destiny's work to surprise her with a visit.

It was a short but sweet visit, made my Christmas that much more Merrier to get to see them all!







Thursday, December 25, 2014

HO HO HO

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
 
Our Christmas begin on the EVE, we had a nice evening with family, food, and Christmas lights.
 
My Mom, My Dad and Karen, Cathy, Destiny and Derrick, Desmond, Thomas and myself as well as our guest Mark all sat down to eat dinner at 6pm.
 
We had Ham, potato salad, chicken n dressing, mac n cheese, broccoli casserole, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, and banana pudding.  (The Broccoli casserole was a hit)
 
This year was a bit off, because for many years my Dad and Karen would spend the night with us and be there when we woke up for Christmas gifts.  Then he started going to a hotel room but still here first thing on Christmas morning. And, now, this year he left on Christmas Eve and wasn't here for Christmas morning. It was a little sad for me, but I understand where he is coming from too.  He started being here on Christmas after I mentioned one year it was pretty depressing just me watching the kiddos open their gifts on Christmas morning.  Now Destiny doesn't come on Christmas morning and Desmond is plenty old enough..... so I understand there is no NEED for him to be here, but I sure did miss him Christmas morning!
 
On the Eve, we all watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes... not your traditional Christmas movies... but my Dad had never seen them and was wanting to so we put it on the big screen for him.
 
Christmas Eve was full of another gift, Cathy Decided to spend the night with us, and it was nice having both Mom's here on Christmas morning. It was pretty funny hearing the two of them cackling like children on Christmas morning trying to be quiet but laughing so hard they woke the whole house up... (all but Desmond, as he decided to sleep in still haha)
 
We had a marvelous Christmas morning full of gifts, smiles and love. 
 
After the gift opening we had breakfast (Ham biscuits), and got ready to head to Thomas' brothers for more Christmas celebration.
 
All in all I chalk this up as a very nice Christmas.  I only wish I had more funds so I could spoil my man... because I am poor when it comes to money... but rich when It comes to love!
 
But, never the less my guy spoiled me, as he always does. 


 
My Cathy got me this beautiful necklace too, it has my kiddos, myself, Thomas and Her birthstones in it, and It could not be more perfect!!!! :)
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas light show and Dinner

I decided not to make the diabetic friendly dinner... after I made a low carb/sugar cake and it was a bit of a flop, I decided I couldn't torture my family by experimenting with new foods... I will work to find healthier food options and have a healthier holiday meal in the future though... no worries. I just rather the enjoy the meal I prepare  :) HAHA

I have helped Thomas work on some Christmas light sequences.... there is so much time involved in all of this light show, but it is absolutely WONDERFUL!!!

He has absolutely out done himself this year.  If you are able to check it out you definitely should!!!

If you are not able to here... you can check out some videos and our website here.

Website: Lights on Harrison Street

YouTube: Lights on Harrison Steet, Thomas T

And we even made the Decatur Daily.... here is a link to that article.

Decatur Daily: Lights on Harrison Street

Again, I am so proud of all my guy does, for the joy of others. :) Merry Christmas to all!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Party Animal-----not!

We decided to roast hot dogs across the street at our neighbors house.

I decided to drink entirely too much! It didn't end pretty.... that's all I am going to say.

 
 
 
Luckily this guy took good care of me! :)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Date Night

 
My guy got me Train wine!!! I enjoyed a glass at Applebees and then we went by Publix and picked up more! I have the best DATE! :) I love him.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New tree, new hat

My guy let me change up the tree this year. He bought me a new skirt for the tree, and let me put soft white lights back on the tree instead of the LED lights that were sort of blue tint.   I absolutely LOVE IT!!! WE still get a real tree, and found this beauty at Lowe's this year!

 
 
Thomas also bought me a new hat..... ROLL TIDE!!!! HO HO HO
 
 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Bubba and Salters Christmas

Friday afternoon, my Mom and Maw-Maw, Jimmy and Aunt Rita all came up to see the light show.  It was a nice visit and I hope they enjoyed the lights.

Late that night my Brother rolled in around mid-night. We gave him his own private light show. He really enjoyed them I think.
Once we got him settled in, he wanted to watch Dawn of the Apes.. he stayed up until after 2 am to watch this movie... he said he really enjoyed it!

We woke up early on Saturday and drove to B'ham for our Salters family dinner.  It was a blast... we had a delicious meal, played dirty Santa and most of all got to spend time with family.  After our dinner we loaded up and went by my Mom's to surprise her! She was excited to see my brother I know lol but maybe me too. :)





 

Monday, December 8, 2014

C-Diff... Really?

As some of you know, I have had health issues for a while.  Recent onset of Diabetes, started Metformin, started with profuse diarrhea, discontinued Metformin, weeks later Diarrhea improved but still present. I also had lab work, colonoscopy with EGD (also included stool sample and biopsy) and abdominal ultrasound.

The lab work was normal considering I have Diabetes, but it showed I was slightly dehydrated... Thomas and both spoke up to that because I DRINK WATER ALL THE TIME!!!  But, I have had diarrhea lol so I guess it would be normal to be dehydrated.  The colonoscopy and EGD was normal, besides something that was sent to biopsy and some inflammation in my upper GI region which he wanted me to take Prilosec for... (Really? I have no symptoms in the upper GI and I HATE taking medicine... but he said I only have to take it for 6 weeks to help with the inflammation).  I have not received results of Biopsy or Ultrasound yet, but today I received a call from my GI doctor saying my stool sample reported a bacterial infection.... C-Diff.

Clostridium difficile is a bacterial infection found in feces... it can develop by taking long term antibiotics (which I have not) or through contact. 

This bacterial infection definitely explains the fatigue, diarrhea and ultimately feeling lousy that I have been experiencing lately. No telling now if the Metformin helped me get this bacteria by causing profuse diarrhea, or if I had this and Metformin had no effect on me at all? I just don't know, probably never will.

I do know that I started on an antibiotic today, will have to eat yogurt for the next few weeks and hopefully will get back to myself.  I would say it has honestly been about 6 weeks since I have felt well.  I haven't ran much, I have tried so hard to make myself, but the energy is just not there. I do good to get up and go to work, and clean the house... I mean seriously every task I complete I WORK hard to complete these days.

I am happy to have found what the heck has been the problem, and hope to feel better soon. Hopefully the rest of the test results will come back with good results.

Sorry to write so much about my health, but others my have issues like mine and maybe I can be of help to them, and its my journal and its a way for me to reflect on things like this in the future when I can't remember lol.

C-Diff is a serious infection, and it NEVER crossed my mind, nor my physicians with the prolonged, horrible diarrhea I have had, I mean Metformin made sense, because I hadn't been on it long and its side effect is diarrhea.... but just remember diarrhea more than 3 times a day is not normal... especially if it continues up to 3 days.... you might need to see a physician!

Anyway, I have said the D word enough in this post lol  

Friday, December 5, 2014

Whew, glad that is over with!

So if anyone is curious as to what happens with a colonoscopy and/or upper GI endoscopy... here is a synopsis of my day.

I hurried up to get to my appointment on time. Only to wait in the lobby area for about an hour. Then I am taking back to a holding are.... where a Nurse goes over a bunch of paperwork, lets me go potty and then gives me an IV.  Then my man is allowed back in the holding area with me, where we continue to wait for well over another hour.

 

From there I am taking into a SCOPE room. Where an anesthesiologist discussing my sedation with me, and I am hooked up to more wires and such.... and then my doctor comes in and says something like "I am going to take good care of you"... and poof, that is all I remember!



I wake up in holding area with my guy there, the nurse says I did great and as soon as I wake up I can get dressed. YIPPEE

I hurry up to get clothes on because I know my guy is tired of waiting it has been well over 3 hours actually already 4 hours by now... and that my friends is longer than any half marathon I have completed lol so I know its rough on him, because I myself I am exhausted from the long wait.

I get dressed to wait longer!  The doctor comes in and gives me photos of my procedure, and says everything looked good. He sent a sample tissue of my upper GI for pathology and some stool samples for culture... and says to continue taking the new Rx for Prilosec he gave me this week.  He said he wanted an ultrasound for the burning in my side, just to see if everything is ok... then I am good.

We wait again, for the nurse to schedule the ultrasound... lol finally I have my appointment for Monday morning and we can hit the road!

We went to eat immediately because OMG I can eat a cow right now!  I chose Mexican, not the healthiest food in the world, but I knew I could have chips and salsa IMMEDIATELY!!! :)

Anyway, glad that is over, and the procedure went well considering I don't remember a thing... and good news I don't have Crohn's or anything causing extensive issues..... I guess its just been the number that Metformin has done to my system. :)


Big day--- ughhhh

Well today is the big day! I go for my colonoscopy and EGD.  I am a bit nervous, but know in the end it will all be over. haha

I am STARVING right now.

My fasting blood sugar is 95.  I expected it to be even lower since I basically consumed NO CALORIES yesterday on a liquid diet, and did the colon cleanse.... but, I guess its a good thing its not too low because I can't have anything to eat or drink until after these tests.... I NEED CAFFEINE!

Also, anyone who has to drink the golytley I have empathy for you.... OMG that stuff is so horrible! I managed to drink 3/4 of the gallon or actually 4 pints of solution.  My poo was running clear as water and I honestly couldn't stomach another drink so I quit..... I hope that it is ok.... if not I guess I will soon find out.

I am fixing to go wake Thomas up so he can shower and get ready to take me, I am so thankful I have him beside me through everything life dishes out... the good the bad and the ugly. lol Here goes nothing....

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

More Health issues

My stomach has not been right for a while now. I have posted about it in the past, its more on the line of my gastrointestinal system just not working quiet right.

I had an appointment with a GI doctor today.  I told him about my symptoms (Bloating after meals, diarrhea at times, constipated at others... no real normal flow, and burning/stinging sensation in right lower side).  He has ordered up some tests to try to figure out what is going on with me.... so I go Friday for a Colonoscopy and upper GI scope (EGD) so he can do some investigation as to what is going on with me.

I am not looking forward to this as this is my first test of this nature and lol well... I am I picked up my drink mix today and the jug is quiet intimidating.

Also, it is this Friday... and Thursday night prior is my company Christmas party.  They were planning a sips and stroked thing but I will be required to drink my magical drink prior to this party.... so it looks like I will be missing out on that, I kinda hate to, but I also want to get this testing done before the end of the year while it is still under my deductible that I have already met this year.... so, here I go!

I really liked the new doctor, I am glad to get things checked out considering my Dad's medical history of colon cancer.

So, .... the rest will follow