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#121 of 257 Old 01-17-2014, 05:34 AM
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I know I've been all about me lately.  I promise I will be more about others soon. 

 

But, is it possible to be free of this entirely with one good treatment and epic picking session?  I spent 5 hours picking through my kids' hair yesterday.  And, as of this morning, I found only a couple of nits on Abby's hair.  I don't think it was very bad, and I was pretty OCD about it.  I have had DH (and middle DD) look through my hair about 5 times and nothing on me or DH.  All bedding has been washed and dried (or frozen, washed and dried).  I've sprayed, I've cleaned and my skin was still crawling all night long.  I felt like I woke up every couple of minutes to scratch.  But nothing found this morning.  Is it too good to be true?


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Bec - yes. your experience is par for the course. You can get rid of them in one shot, but sometimes there can be even one nit you missed, and if you dont keep checking for a few days (every other? every third?) and miss it, that one nit can start another infestation. But yeah, that's it. And the skin crawly thing is typical of the first time. You wouldnt believe what DD1's hair looked like the first time yikes2.gif and I think we got it all clear after three thorough combings. But every time my head itches I make Dh check me again . Its just so. much. work

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Lofty - She died?  In three days?  Yikes.  

 

Bec - I'd keep combing.  I recall seeing some chart of a louse life cycle and iirc the nymph stage is the one to be wary of because they are harder to see.  I think it's two weeks or something from nit to adult.  But yes, the red alert itchy-all-the-time feeling does fade as the days go by.  Nothing grosser than the first time.

 

RM - Happy Birthday!  I hope the day brings joy and the year is a lighter one.

 

Jo - Nice work!  I can just imagine you out bopping along in the earliest light.

 

RR; Nope.  C has been home since Tuesday with something, not flu I don't think, a stomach bug of some sort.  I just couldn't bring myself to leave her to go to boxing class and then I decided that changing her sheets and taking care of her was more important that boxing at home in that time slot.  So I'm down a workout.  I'll fit it in somewhere.


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Oh, Believe me!  I am going to be combing and searching for a couple of weeks.  Bedding is being dried every day.  I have frozen the couch cushions and vacuumed them.  Constant vigilance.  Meanwhile, everyone went to school, and I have to prepare my house for girl scouts tonight!


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Oh, Bec, good luck! I'm so sorry you have to go through this!

Sparkle, just wow.

Plady, hope C is feeling better. You'll get that workout in! (Yes, she died. The news has been full of people who have died from the flu, so much so that it's making me both skeptical and paranoid.)

RR or FM: Weights on Wed. Yoga on Thurs. Ran 2, Walked 1 this morning. Yes, running 2 miles feels like an improvement. This is where I am in life. Weights tomorrow (plus yard work) and basketball games. Sunday relax + yard work, then start over on Monday!

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Lofty - Dh just admitted a 38 year old "otherwise healthy" woman to the ICU last night with pneumonia brought on by the flu. The ICU doc who came down to admit her said that he just lost a 43 yo woman with the same diagnosis. Not incidentally, this was my trajectory 3 years ago: flu turned to pneumonia landed me in the ICU with a 30% mortality rate. Said ICU doc was the one who put in my chest-tube. Apparently the flu is pretty serious this year redface.gif

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tjsmama--I think as your training progresses you'll be able to run the faster paces and be in the right HR zone. I was looking at one of my easy runs and it was all in the range you describe (well, except for a very weird but brief spike to 158 that corresponded with feeling utterly crappy for a few minutes on that run. This still freaks me out a little, but I think it was a blood sugar thing). I don't usually stay in a zone that's quite that easy, but most of my warm-ups or easy runs stay below or right around 150. Your fitness is going to improve quickly with the swimming and biking and I'd imagine you'll see improvement soon. That said, are you using your inhaler before you run? Have you experimented to see if it's affecting your HR? If so, then you could factor those numbers into your calculations.

bec--ugh! Good luck and feel free to be all about you when you're dealing with that.

lofty--our pediatrician said H1N1 was back, which is probably to blame. There's a lot of pneumonia going around too. Many of those pneumonia cases are more antibiotic resistant than in the past (hence my niece's hospitalization with chest tube last year), and undoubtedly to blame for some of the deaths. I ended up getting the pneumonia vax this year because my asthma landed me in the risk group for it and I didn't want to take chances after her experience last fall. I make sure R has wipes for her desk and in her lunch and a little bottle of hand sanitizer in hopes of preventing unnecessary illnesses. We have wipes in the car that we use every time we get in the car after being at school/church/stores/etc. I think it helps.

1jooj--yay for forward motion and beautiful weather.

Plady--hope she's feeling better soon.

RR: just 2 on the treadmill tonight. The marathon plan calls for speedwork twice a week though, which has been interesting.

NRR: crazy week! Thursday night was a marathon board of ed meeting, clocking in at 5 hours and 15 minutes with only one bathroom break. If I'd gone to the study session, I would have been there for an additional hour. The meeting adjourned at 11:45 pm. There was a fair amount of nonsense and a lot of public comment, pretty much all from parents frustrated with some of the bad decisions that the new majority has made. But there were a couple of surprises where one of the new members broke ranks--twice!--so that's somewhat reassuring. One of the votes had to do with a middle school STEM program expansion to 6th graders at one of our middle schools. Letters had already been sent to parents in the area to let them know about the additional option, but then the new president said he could co-locate a charter school in that building (something we've never done in this district and not-- to my knowledge--something that a charter has asked for here) and told our superintendent he wouldn't vote for it. That was the focus of a lot of public comment (that he tried to cut off) last night. Long story short, one conservative broke ranks to approve it. It's shaping up to be a very interesting, chaotic and frustrating couple of years.

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Last year I had flu which nearly became pneumonia and it was scary and a really long recovery.This year I got a flu shot, With my asthma I really should and last year taught me a lesson.

 

Lice only came into our house once about 8 years ago and we were lucky that it was short lived but pinworms were a major issue for my kids for a few years. Yuck.

 

Puppy just got her second shots which means longer walks and no need to avoid other dogs. She isn't crazy about walking some days, resists until she realized we are heading home and then is full of enthusiasm! Because she is so little we never go far but I am looking forward to that increasing as she gets older. Having a furry walking partner will keep me getting out there a few times a day and that can only be good. I should get my snowshoes out again tomorrow - after that crazy blizzard it has been so mild and I don't want to take the snow for granted!

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My sister mentioned H1N1 and that some elderly seem to have better immunity due to a similarity with something that went around like 50 years ago. Hm.

On that note, we are going in for vaxes tomorrow morning and hope to go to Makkah (aka Mecca) end of the month. Hope to avoid the sicks.

Lofty, I am right there with you. I would estimate I ran about 3 of the 5 miles I went this morning and I was definitely done running when I stopped. Then proceeded to walk another 8-9 miles on two other walks. Did some yoga yesterday too, but too tired today. Tomorrow we are going to the vax clinic early,so maybe I will bike during the day
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Oof, so we went in for meningococcal and left with that plus influenza, and all for free! :wink And we are all feeling it already. Dh and I both feel a little flu-ish but we aren't mentioning it to the kids lest the placebo affect do its thing. Will be in bed early tonight, and head out for a walk in the morning, I hope. Been checking weather in KSA, and it looks hot. So much to figure out and do. Yikes.

 

bec, I hope you haven't seen more crawlies. We were watching Bite Me on Nat Geo last night and I almost lost it several times, notably when the dude swallowed Ganges water (!!! on purpose!!) and also body lice...and then dh proceeded to tell me stories about his childhood. Oh. My.

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Lice just icks me out. I'm all itchy now! But I read carefully so if it happens I'm ready. (Please never ever need these skills!)

Jo nothing is wrong! Needing solitude is healthy!!

Ten months ago I stopped running due to planters and an Achilles injury. I've been very very gently jogging some for about three weeks now. Lots of walking. Days off. My ankle still bugs me some, but it doesn't seem to worsen. I've blown up like a blimp, feel ucky, and am generally a crabby mess. I need the fm.
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BBM - have you tried eccentric heel raises? I dont know if they work for plantar's but yes for achilles ?

Sorry if I sound like miss know-it-all this week

NRR: So I sort of reached the end of my rope with my spoiled children this week. I grew up with far more structure and responsibility than Dh, and he is, well, worthless in the dept. of imposing rules and structure. I am well aware that chores are good for my kids' self-esteem, sense of independence, responsibility, etc, as well as teaching work ethic, acountability, and of course, helping me, but I have been lax in implementing them. So I finally faced the fact that it would be a front loaded affair, with me teaching them how to do it all and making sure they do, but that it is a must long-term objective. I made the chart, assigned the chores, and told them that they must be done every week by Sunday or they cant go out of the house Sunday until they are. I also gave Dh chores irked.gif (dont get me started). So far so good. My 6 year old just cleaned the toilet and DS is outside picking up 1/3 acre of dog poop (biglaugh.gif) Now I just need to stick. to. it.

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Sparkle I didn't know that's what it was called, but I have been doing those and that's the only thing that seems to help at all. Often it feels like the tendon is loose, but not painful. But then I'll get pain on the side of my ankle. I have found if I just go easy I can prevent that pain. But it takes very little to trigger it. So lots of rest days and walking. I might get a mile and a half to a mile and three quarters with walking to get to 2-3 miles total. I won't feel any discomfort while running, it doesn't come until later or even the next morning.

We struggle with consistency and chores too. We'll do great for a few months and then big stuff happens, like E being hospitalized for a severe asthma attack or N getting pneumonia. Then it's so uphill it's hard to make yourself enforce it. But, when it's running well, it's lovely to have the help and count on the support.
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My kids are finally really good about chores and helping out. They all do their own laundry and it took me awhile to come up with a system that worked for everyone. They don't initiate things like dusting but what teenager would?! For me it took consistency and tons of kindness after all they have been through and after a few weeks where I really did everything, they stepped up and are really good.

 

I wimped out today with the FM thing. Could be a good day to snowshoe but the wind is cold and I just want to stay inside! Does housework count as FM?

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I could use some Dingo love right now, to counter the accusation that I am a "useless waste of space" and "irrational and driven by my anxieties" as well as "oversensitive."

 

:(

 

Good thing the morning started out well with a 10 mile-ish trek through the crunchy snow with a friend who actually, you know, likes me and considers me intelligent and interesting. He's even a male (married to a dear friend...and very happily so).


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Ewww, Nic - that person is living in their own little narcissistic reality and has no clue what normal behavior and expectations are! How awful that they slimed you with their stuff; its not yours. We know who you are, and how anxiety driven you are, and we all think your anxieties are reasonable to the circumstance(s) and well-managed! Seriously, dont listen! Think about the quality of relationships that person has with others in general v. the quality of yours. You are conscientious, giving, concerned, aware, open, etc etc. And remember that the term "oversensitive" is relative to this person's conception of sensitivity, right?...


I dont want to make it sound like the army, but we had set chores that we had to do before we went out every Saturday if we wanted our allowance. Dad would sometimes check the chores first and sometimes just hand over the money. We had to do our own laundry, which had to be worked around everyone else wanting to do theirs (6 people in the house), and we had to plan, cook, and clean-up after one meal per week. You bet my kids are going to have to do that when they are old enough (I started at 13, so only 2 more years orngbiggrin.gif). Dh had chores that he didnt do so his mom just did them for him irked.gif She has literally apologized to me ...
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On chores. Yes. This. My kids have a job list. They can choose when to do them. Any time before sat noon. And they can bargain for other jobs (both are grossed out by sweeping steps for dog hair). Allowing choice and following up = win.

Sick here. Flu? Sinus junk. Aches. Fever. Yuck.

Yucky work stuff last week. Ultimately good. But yucky process.

No fm to report. Lots of couch sitting.

Bbm does biking irritate your injury?

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Too much snow for biking, but no it doesn't. But it's boring as he'll to me.

Nic - kindly tell him to shove it. Oversensitive is code for I don't know how to handle your feelings. And using the term, "useless waste of space," is emotionally abusive. Not cool.
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And using the term, "useless waste of space," is emotionally abusive. Not cool.

Yes. This.

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Nic - Yup to the dingo wisdom.  I am so sorry that that kind of crap is being thrown at you.  You deserve so much better.

 

Ah chores.  I was just thinking about making up a chore wheel for the family and then C got sick and that went out the window.  Enforcement does seem like the hardest part (and tolerating the learning curve).

 

C is still sick, still puking.  This is day 5.  At least it seems she's keeping just enough down that she isn't getting super weak and her spirits are remarkably good considering.  And, knock on wood, nobody else has it.  

 

RR: I never did do anything on Thursday or Friday.  Yesterday I had a headache all day and napped instead.  But now I feel like I'm okay so I'm going to go bat the bag around a bit.  Nothing else is happening, I'm no football fan and the kids are convelescing in front of Netflix (Ali G is having sympathetic wooziness).


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Nic - goodvibes.gif and hugs. What he's tossing out is also classic anti-women nonsense. Jerk. You, on the other hand, are awesome and strong and making a positive difference in the world.

Plady--hope she feels better soon. That's a long time.

kerc--feel better!

sparkle--good luck with the chores.

How is it that I feel like I'm drowning in stuff to do despite the fact that I have no employment? I had been crossing my fingers that a class might yet turn up for spring semester after talking to my chair on Monday, but no dice. greensad.gif This week should be an interesting mix of job hunting and working on a paper for a conference in March. The latter is feeling pointless, but so are a lot of things lately. It's probably a mix of hormones, not having gainful employment, and hearing far too much of the conservative diatribes against the humanities/state employees/college faculty/etc.

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Nic, your day is coming. :Hug

 

Real, I sometimes feel like I am drowning too, and I have not had a job since 2011. (That makes me a little sad.) I hope you can carve out the time to really focus on your feelings and passions and drive moving forward, and figure out what is that thing you need to do.

 

Chores: we are not routine people. Or, we are maybe, but not in a typical way. So our chores rules are that I ask for help, and it is provided, generally without complaint. I sometimes let the kids negotiate between themselves, and other times I just give assignments--you clean your bathroom, you empty trash cans, like that. I have been policing the bedrooms and requiring more vacuuming, and whenever I mop the apartment, the kids have to vacuum and mop their rooms. Emptying dishwasher is their work, and they have to clean up after meals. I call them back from their rooms to re-do if I am not satisfied with a job, just like I do with their homework if it's not good enough. Dd cooks breakfast sometimes, ds sets tables, both kids haul groceries back from the store with me. I call them from the store and they meet me at the checkout. They know how to sort laundry for colors, and they sometimes hang (poorly) and sometimes fold (better than they hang). But I always run the machine.

 

The shots have kicked our a$$es. Dh and I are both full-body achey and a little feverish. I'm all joint pain, he's muscle pain and fever. No fun. And he's spending the day at home, looks like, which just tends to drag the kids down from their usual productivity. I may have to walk a couple miles today to a pet shop for some aquarium plants for a science lab. I think I am going to go out to get some pain reliever pretty soon. Hoping he's up and better by noon so he gets out of here and gets some stuff done.

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Chores ~ my kids have chores and things they are expected to do each day, but I admit I am like you sparkle, a little lax at times. DS is excellent at keeping his room straightened, making his bed, etc. The girls would happily live in filth if I allowed it rolleyes.gif. We have a few designated "kids clean the kitchen" nights where they do all the after-dinner cleanup. I grew up in a house wiith lots of chores, while DH didn't have to do anything at all. Seriously... He wants our children to help out, but they know that if they put it off long enough, he'll do it for them.

Nic - agree with the others that his language is abusive. Seriously. You do not deserve to be treated that way at all grouphug.gif.

jooj - hope you're all feeling better from the vaccinations.

Real - how frustrating! I hope your job horizons open up soon.

Plady - 5 days of vomitting?! Yuck! Hope C is feeling better and the rest of you are spared.

RR - lots of walking, dynamic stretching and foam rolling and feeling good! I got a book with my Christmas B&N gift card called The Exercise Cure that has lots of great stretching routines and foam rolling routines that really are great.

NRR - I got an unexpected week off from the library last week. Apparently the overhead sprinker pipes burst in the cold on the kindergarten hallway causing a ton of damage, so all the kindergarten classrooms had to relocate, some to the library. Hopefully everything will be back to normal sometime this week.

DS's team went to the State Robotics tournament on Saturday and got Rookie of the Year! I spent the day at a swim meet in the morning and a soccer game in the afternoon. More swim meet yesterday plus teaching Sunday School. I'm glad today is a holiday!

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We all went sledding this morning. Little man and I went down the hill together, someone had built a ramp and we caught serious air! He claimed it the best sled in the morning… I may never walk the same again.
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Love to run! My little one also love the outdoors so it makes for a perfect combo! During the all season of the year, I regularly run outside. Now that I have someone else to think about, I can't commit to running outside during the winter like I would if it was just me. Running in the cold doesn't bother me, but it is just too cold out for her and I don't feel comfortable running in the dark by myself. I have tried to go out first thing in the morning while my dh is still home, but it hasn't worked out well since he needs to be getting ready during the morning hours, and me leaving the house for 20-30mins means he has to watch her..so it has caused some tension and I just decided I won't go for sake of an argument. I have always loved running though so it's hard not being able to get out there. I need to start thinking of doing other things at home while she naps and such.

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Oh, Nic.  :Hug  What an awful thing to have said to you.  Your sensitivity is your great strength.  And your great vulnerability.  To have it used against you is just terrible.  Abusive, bullying, controlling, self absorbed ass-holery.  You don't deserve it.  As a mother and a teacher, you have such a huge impact on so many people.  I know this is something you know in your head, but I hope your heart hears all of our words. 

 

LR - We have gone 3 days nit free (I think).  It is hard to tell if I am picking out the stray nit, or if I am finding bits of skin.  Sometimes I can tell it is just skin, but is attached just like the lice.  Needless to say, I am picking everything and continuing with daily picking.  I wish my house was brighter (or I had better lighting), or that the sun was shining.  Wearing a headlamp gives me a headache.  And, my they have sooooooo much hair.  This is the only time I have found myself really wishing I had boys.  I would have just buzzed them and called it a day. 

 

RR: In all this, I have missed quite a bit of gym time.  I did get 5 miles in on the mill on Saturday, and immediately after took a body pump class (opposite philosophy of the stuff I have been doing, it being low weights, high rep.).  It was a tough workout.  The kids had off of school today for MLK day, and we took two girl scout troops to the climbing gym for some unbridled fun.  My two little ones are part mountain goat and scampering up and down the walls.  Eldest was more cautious, but made it to the top of one of sides pretty well.  A good time was had by all.


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Oh, Nic.  :Hug  What an awful thing to have said to you.  Your sensitivity is your great strength.  And your great vulnerability.  To have it used against you is just terrible.  Abusive, bullying, controlling, self absorbed ass-holery.  You don't deserve it.  As a mother and a teacher, you have such a huge impact on so many people.  I know this is something you know in your head, but I hope your heart hears all of our words. 

 

 

 

This. Nic, keep these words with you and read them again and again and again, even when you don't believe them. Trust me on this. :Hug

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Sigh. Thanks mamas.

 

Swamped in grading-land, trying to figure out what to do about my life without much in the way of resources, reconsider my professional options for something more renumerative if possible but with flexibility, and still in the midst of figuring out things for ds. Yeah.

 

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Morning mamas,

C was still hurling as of last night so today it looks like I'll be missing boxing again and checking in with the doctor.  I just hope they will do more than take her temperature and tell me to keep her home and drinking plenty of fluids you know?  And now Ali G is coughing the cough that her whole class seems to have.  I don't want to push her into school if she's feeling really bad but I am running low on patience for acting as chief cook and bottle washer.  But, I hereby swear that no matter how soul-sucking the constant chorus of snack requests or parade of dirty cups from the bedroom, I will accomplish something today!  I will vacuum and sort and organize!  I will!

 

Nic - Do you think you would act differently if dh had used his hands instead of his words?

 

Jo - Yikes, that vax reaction sounds awful!

 

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