I can hardly believe that Septembr is here. Not only that, but it's been 4 1/2 months since I've written anything here! My how times flies when you're having fun....So here is the fun I have been having since I last wrote in April.
For those of you that follow me on Facebook, you will probably remember the bit of trouble I got myself into in April, which in turn caused a bit of trouble for Brian. Something happened with one of the bosses where Brian works that made me so angry I shot off an e-mail to that boss that was fact-based, heavily sarcasm-laden, and darn right ugly. If the office were closer, I'd have shown up there to have my say, and Brian would probably be out of a job. However, this particular boss did not respond to my e-mail, and in fact didn't even speak to Brian for a few days. Eventually the air was cleared somewhat, and next thing you know, they offered me a job!! It was kinda hard to believe after my temper tantrum and my sarcasm, but we hammered some thngs out, and by mid-May I was working for them. I work from home Thursday thru Monday morning, and luckily it falls within Social Security Disability guidelines, so I can still get the benefits, thank God. It doesn't prevent me from having my TT's although I've taken them down a few notches.
Around April, I noticed that I was no longer angry about having MS. It just came to me one day that I wasn't having the same anger issues that I used to have. I know that there are actual "steps" to go through to deal with a life-altering change, and it took me nearly 2 years to get through that process. Do I like having MS? Hell, no. But I also have realized that there is nothing I can do to change it. I still get angry, especially on the bad days, but not as bad as I used to. Everyone always says "It could be worse" or "get over it" or my favorite (sarcasm) "you don't really have MS, go for another opinion". BUT, every one has their own way of dealing with things, and every one has to take the time they need to come to terms with it. For those who say "get over it" or any of the above, I would like to see how you handle being told you have a chronic progressive disease. And then have it take away parts of your life little by little. Ooops-the anger just reared itself a bit!
In June, we went to the Dave Mathews Band concert, which we try to do every time they come around. We had a great time as usual, although we got soaked from a major downpour. It happened when we went the year before, but that time we had lawn seats. This year we decided to get seats under the tent (still an outdoor concert area), but we figured we are getting to old to hang out with the teenagers in the lawn, and plus the massive downpour was horrible. So, we paid extra for covered seats, but when we got there the seats were right at the edge of the tent. And it poured as usual, and we still got soaked! Even still, it was a great time. About two days before the concert I started having horrible pain on the right side of my neck--from the thyroid area right up to my right ear. I woke up the day after the concert with a large swelling to the right of the thyroid and even worse pain. I went to the doctor, and they put me on high doses of Augmentin in case it was an infection, but meanwhile I had to go for testing. I had an ultrasound of my neck, x-rays of neck and chest, and an upper GI series. The ultrasound showed a cyst-like mass on the right lobe of the thyroid. Next up--off to an endocrinologist, where they proceeded to do a needle biopsy of the thryoid. Let me just say that it was not a pleasant experience. Needles in the neck? Not my cup of tea. The first needle was for an injection of lidocaine. Then three needles for the biopsy because they were having a hard time getting enough of a sample from the gland. Unfortunately for me, the lidocaine didn't numb the area, so I felt everything. I didn't tell them though because at that point I just wanted it to be over. Results came in the next day---non-cyst of the right lobe of the thyroid. Yay! the big C scares me to death as I am sure it does everyone. The bad news is I have to go once per year for the needle biopsy. Ugh. Not looking forward to that!
Kids finished school late June, so Summer began, and with it came the I'm boreds, and can't we go do something today Mommy? All in all, the summer has been great and the kids have been enjoying themselves. Luckily, we have a swimming pool because the heat has been unbearable! I actually am looking forward to winter and snow. Bring on the cold weather!!
In July, we went to my sisters family's 4th of July party, complete with a bon fire and fireworks. That was a good time. That same weekend we went and bought 2 Bearded Dragons to add to our zoo-like home. They are great! I never thought that having a lizard would be so cool. They are adorable, but they are still babies. Each one will grow to about 2 feet in length. My dragon, Ceasar, eats like a pig and has already more than doubled his size. Brian's dragon, Cecelia, is more prim, eats less, but has an amazing personality. She is a real people person!
In August we went on our annual camping vacation in Pennsylvania. We brough along one of our daughters friends, so there were 7 of us staying in a 12' by 16' rustic cabin with only electricity for an ammenity. Toilets, showers, water were all elsewhere. The good thing is there are so many things for the kids to do, they don't hang around the cabin that much! My sisters family stayed in the cabin next to us, and my parents stayed in their camper. We had so much fun as usual, but it's always nice to come back home to be with our animals, shower in our own bathroom, and have a stove, oven and microwave! We are considering different places for next year's camping trip, and we are even considering buying a camper so we can go more often. It's always nice to get away, even for just a couple of days.
My youngest's birthday is on Monday, the 6th, which is the same day his great-grandfather was born, although that was in 1910. Unfortunately, my son didn't get to meet his Great-Grandpa because he died in the 80's but my Great-Grandma met him. She died about 3 weeks after he was born, but all she talked about was how he was born on his grandpa's birthday. She was so happy and took it as a sign. Too bad she is no longer with us, she would be amazed at the young man he is becoming, even though he will just be turning 9!
Tonight is my daughter's orientation to go to our middle school. Middle school includes grades 6, 7, and 8. I can't believe my baby is going into 6th grade! I am proud of her for all she has accomplished so far, but on the other hand I am scared to death of her going in the Middle School. This is the same school in which I became a "bad" girl. I started popping pills, skipping school, I even smuggled in a bottle of vodka one day. And this is middle school, not high school! I could go on and on about the things I did, but I can only hope things have changed and not so bad there. Believe me, I will be the all-knowing, all-watching mom!
I've added a few pictures of things we have done this summer
Here we all are visiting replicas of the Nina and the Pinta--Christopher Columbus's ships.
Same day as visiting the ships--Roller skating!
This is the Pinta.
Daughter Megan received an award for the DARE program in school. She wrote an essay about drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and she was chosen to read it in front of an audience. The Officer standing next to her is the one that had been working with the kids for the entire 5th grade year. The funny thing is, I went to school with him, and he was NOT the type to become a police officer. In fact, he was one of the most notorious for causing trouble in school!
Megan and Tyler played summer soccer. Aren't they just adorable?!
And that is it for now. Here is the update of my life!