Saturday, August 21, 2021

We Are Alive...Barely

 Okay, so things are not quite THAT dramatic, but we have had an INSANE week.

Sunday night Eleanor broke her finger so we were in the ER for over four hours. She has a splint for the next 4-6 weeks and can't fully rehearse if it involves holds or pushing up from the floor, etc. So that's fun.

Then for extra funsies, my kidney randomly decided to make a massive kidney stone so I was in the ER Monday night into Tuesday morning. I was admitted to the hospital early Tuesday, was out of surgery by 4:40ish PM, and home by around 8.

OH! And of course, it all happened during the first week of school.

On top of that even, an individual at my school has already tested positive for COVID. Please pray that the individual recovers and is restored to health once again.

Hope your week went better than ours!

Happy Reading,
Sarah and Eleanor

47 comments:

  1. Well... They do say that things come in THREE'S - and there's your THREE. Hopefully that's the end of it for quite some time!! A speedy recovery to ALL of you!!

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    1. Hopefully!! Last week went much more smoothly. Eleanor did stay home today because she was not feeling well, so we laid in bed all day and napped and read. She had her dance camp/team bonding this weekend and I think the combination of two late nights, little sleep, rehearsing all day, allergies, smoke from the campfires, and me having a cold caught up to her because she's had a stuffy nose and did not sleep well last night at all. Luckily the rest today helped so she should be ready to go tomorrow!

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  2. Sending healing vibe to all of you! What a start to the school year! I hope the rest of the year goes a bit smoother for you both. How's Ellie holding up with the finger? I know she was super stoked to have a solo this year.

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    1. Thank you! Life has been much calmer since that post thank God! Last Monday orthopedics said Eleanor could stop wearing the splint and only buddy tape the pinky to her ring finger. She only has to do that during the day and at dance. She can sleep with no tape on, and it is healing nicely. She will get her solo choreo this coming Sunday and she is SO excited!!

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    2. That's great to read. I'm so glad she'll still get to do the solo!

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    3. It was a big relief to both of us as well. She got her choreography and she is so excited.

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  3. Insane is right! Broken finger, kidney stone AND COVID! I hope all three of you have a speedy recovery back to normal health. Take it easy, Sarah, although you're home you body stil needs to heal. I bet Eleanor's frustrated as hell about her finger.

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    1. Thank you so much Flora, we truly appreciate it. The last ten days have been good for Eleanor and I and we are on the mend. The student is still out with Covid, but things are looking okay so hopefully that situation continues to improve.

      Eleanor is frustrated, you are right! Luckily she no longer has to wear the splint, and can buddy tape. It is healing up really well and in a couple weeks she won't need to tape it anymore either!

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  4. what catastrophes!! it's awful, the things that happen when a person is least expecting them! I hope you and Eleanor recover okay...

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    1. We are doing much better now, thank you so much MP. The finger is healing nicely and she no longer has to splint it. She only has to buddy tape it during the day and for dance. A few more weeks and she can stop doing that as well!

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  5. Oh, my goodness, Sarah! I'm so sorry you've had to deal with all these health issues. Here's hoping for your and Eleanor's uncomplicated recovery. And, of course, for the person with covid. It's so depressing - and infuriating - that we are still having to deal with this because of people's refusal to take the necessary and sane action to protect themselves and others.

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    1. Agreed. I am curious why these people suddenly care so much about what is in this vaccine, when I highly doubt they know what is in every other vaccine they've ever taken - or the hot dogs they eat. Or literally anything else they put into their body that is not made naturally.

      We are healing up well and Eleanor no longer has to wear the splint. Buddy tape only for the next couple weeks and then she should be good to go!

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  6. seeing things come in threes, you should be good to go. lol i have been in the emergency room with a kidney stone too, so it is best to take care of it while you are there.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Exactly! I could not risk having to miss more days of school if I ended up having to come back to the hospital later. It was about 4.5-5 mms, so I was not likely to pass it on my own anyway. Done and done!

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  7. Yikes! That's not a fun way to start the new school year! I hope you and your daughter feel better soon!

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    1. Thank you, Vonnie! we are nearly 100% again finally. Eleanor is out of the splint and just has to buddy tape the fingers for a few more weeks. All is looking good so far!

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  8. What a brutal start to the week! I hope you're both soon on the mend.

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    1. Right?? Being gone the second and third days of school was not my idea of a good time!

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  10. What an insane week for you! I really hope this coming week is super boring and everything goes smoothly. I hope your daughter recovers quickly and that you're feeling better.

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    1. Thank you! Last week and this week are definitely much calmer compared to that whirlwind! Eleanor's finger is healing up really nicely. She is out of the splint and has to buddy tape for a few weeks, then she should be good from there! What a relief!

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  11. Gosh, what a nightmare. I'd been wondering why I hadn't heard anything from you. Good that they could remove the kidney stone right away. Hope you'll recover soon. All the best to you, Eleanor and everyone at your school.

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    1. Thank you, Marianne! I had the choice of being admitted to the hospital or going home, but since the stone was around 4.5-5 mm, I was unlikely to pass it on my own anyway and would just end up back in the ER. I had it removed the next day and was home that night. Definitely can't be missing school so early in the year!!

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    2. Good decision. Hubby had that a couple of years ago. He stayed in hospital for a whole week until they decided it wouldn't pass naturally. I doubt he'd wait that long again even though he doesn't have to go back to work.

      In German we say: Gute Besserung!

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    3. Danke schon (no umlauts, ugh. Pretend I did not just make a big language gaffe).

      I can't imagine dealing with the pain for a week. He's way tougher than I am!

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    4. Haha, you could reword the sentence and say Vielen Dank. LOL. There is a way to write umlauts on an English keyboard, with the ASCII codes. If you're interested one day, I can explain it to you, not too difficult.

      Anyway, he had no choice, they wouldn't operate on him, they said the stones will pass naturally. Even after a week, he got a stent, so the stones still were not gone.

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    5. That's terrible! Because mine was in that gray area being between 4.5 and 5 mm, I said I wanted it to be removed. This happened to me once four years ago and in that case it was over 5 mm so they removed it and I had to have a stent. No stent this time, thank goodness!

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    6. We're happy it's over but know that it can return any time. Still, I'm glad you got through this.

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    7. Thank you, glad your husband is as well. They're so random, I don't eat or drink anything that normally causes them, so who knows when the next one will come around! My first one was four years ago, now this one, and I will be glad to never have another one again!

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    8. There might be something one can do to prevent them occuring too often but, as so many illnesses, you probably inherit them. My father was diabetic in his early fifties, three of my grandparents were in old age and so was my mother. I knew I'd get it one day. I have it, only slightly at the moment, even though I always tried to avoid it.

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    9. I know my uncle gets them sometimes, but my mom does not. Not sure if my grandparents do or not. I'll have to ask. I have a follow-up/ultrasound with my urologist and he said I may have to start a med to help prevent them. I don't want to take meds because I avoid medication as much as possible, but I also don't want to have that excruciating pain ever again.

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    10. I know the feeling. I avoided them for as long as I could but there comes a point where you can better live without than with them. My doctors always say "as much as necessary but as little as possible".

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    11. Most definitely. I hate taking meds, even Aleve or Tylenol, unless I absolutely have to.

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    12. So do I. But I have to take some regularly by now.

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    13. Same. I get stress-induced a-typical migraines. Let me tell you how fun those AREN'T. Luckily it has been months since I have had a really bad one, but on top of the daily meds, I have an emergency one to take if a migraine manages to get through.

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    14. I have them, as well, but they don't usually help much. Unfortunately. Yes, all of us migraine sufferers know the problems.

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    15. When I first started my meds a few years ago, when a migraine still came on I would sometimes have to take two of the emergency ones an hour apart. I have not had to do that for a very long time now.

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    16. I've had ups and downs, times when it wasn't as bad as at others. At the moment, due to the summer and Covid, I suppose, I have a bad time.

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    17. I was surprised at how under control my migraines stayed during Covid; since they are stress-induced I thought they would be much worse. I lucked out.

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    18. That is great. It didn't help me. I am not as much under stress as I used to be, and even though my migraines didn't stop after the stress stopped, they got worse during Covid times. It was probably psychological stress.

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    19. Agreed. It was so stressful to so many. I think what kept me calm and centered was the fact that I knew I was keeping Eleanor safe and still being able to provide an education for her. Homeschooling those three months was the absolute best.

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    20. I kept telling myself how easy it was for us. We didn't have to go to work. We didn't have to worry about losing a job and hence our income. We didn't have to deal with a couple of children in a small apartment and their education. We get on really well, so we didn't have any abusive behaviour in the house. Etc. etc. etc. But like most people, I missed going out, seeing friends, and especially seeing our boys. And the worry that one of us might get sick, no matter how careful we were. It's something you can't push aside so easily, no matter how much you tell yourself that you're so much better off than many.

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    21. Not seeing my mom was probably the worst. She visits so regularly, despite living five hours away, so staying away for even a couple of the months was hard. But we were all also working really hard to keep my grandparents safe (and still are, they both have underlying conditions), and it was so hard on them as well because they wanted to see us and spend time with us.

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    22. Will have been the same for her. My sons are all grown up but for me they will always remain the little boys I raised.

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