Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I'd rather be healthy

Isn't it strange how sickness hits a person? I got up on Sunday morning and dressed and went to church only to find that it was unusually cold in the chapel. Or was it? No one else seemed to be shivering like I was. I put my head on the back of Clare's neck and she confirmed I was feverish. I went home to bed and stayed there.

Since it was a holiday weekend there was no way to see or even talk to my doctor until Tuesday. By then I thought the fever had finally broken as I woke up in a sweat. Sammi was exhibiting the same symptoms I had. I called the doctor's office for a throat culture for both of us. Good news! No strep throat. Bad news, no antibiotics. A virus! How do you deal with that except ride out the storm? It hasn't been fun. I pray none of the others who live in my house or visit often (the Gourleys) get this nastiness.

Now that I think about it, I think perhaps Tom had this too as he was clearing his throat a lot more than usual and his voice sounds odd. He never tells me when he's feeling under the weather so unless he has a symptom that I can physically see, I can't help him out. Today he woke with a lot of crustiness in his eye. Could it be another stye? I didn't find one, but we'll see what Dr. Peterson finds this afternoon. When it rains it pours! Stay healthy out there!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

What a long day!

I spent my day in Marion. You would think that would mean I was there for either a track meet or better yet, spending the day with the Gourley family. It was neither. I learned today that if you are a coach in Wisconsin, you need to attend a training about first aid and coaching philosophy before you begin your second year of coaching. Well, I'm in my 5th year but only my 1st as an employee of the Bowler school district. They pay for the training which isn't cheap.

From 8am until 1:15 I learned a lot about first aid and some about making tough decisions. We actually had a 30 minute break to go and get food and then continued until about 4:55. I can't tell you how hard it was to stay awake. I wasn't the only one struggling though. The 2nd part of the training is supposed to be 8 hours but our instructor wants people to still be sane, so she skips alot of the "put into practice" stuff.

The other thing that I need to do yet is take a test on each of those things that were taught today. It is an open book test so that's good, but I'm afraid with all the stuff crammed into my feeble brain in one day, I'll forget most of it. I need to score an 80% or take the test over. That shouldn't be difficult, should it?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

I suppose there was a day when I thought Mother's day was something really cool. Probably back when I was a new mom. Then back in 1993 when my own mother passed on, I realized how wonderful she was and how unappreciating I was. I'd go to church to have some well-meaning member of the bishopric remind us to go home and call or visit our mothers to tell them that we love them. They never gave me the phone number to the spirit world though so I was left with no mom to call or visit. I know, life's not fair.

Now it's just another Sabbath day spent with my children and visiting my wonderful mother-in-laws. I've learned, through experience that if my expectation is that of wanting my children to give something extra in the way of being kind to one another or worshipping the ground I walk on (j/k about that last part), that I will be disappointed and know that I'm a failure as a mother. Therefore, I just treat Mother's day as any other Sabbath day and then I'm not disappointed and the plus side is that I know I'm a good mom. With that in mind, I don't mind every other mom out there celebrating Mother's Day so I hope you had a good one.