Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sick as a Dog

David, Zachary and I have the flu. Yuck! Lauren is the only non-sicko in the house because she had the flu about three weeks ago. She is going to visit Grandma and Grampie tomorrow for a little mini-vacation from the sickos. Yes, all four of us had our flu shots back in October. No, the flu shots did not help us any. (My AANP Smartbrief e-mail mentioned that there are two flu strains that are not covered by the vaccine.) We donated a lot of money to Redimed and Walgreens today for our diagnoses and Tamiflu. Wow, that is an expensive medication! We paid about $240 for three prescriptions so our flu symptoms could be reduced by a few days. Oh yeah, add in another $2.99 for Zachary's bubblegum flavoring. :-)

Here is your influenza education of the day from your friendly neighborhood soon-to-be-nurse practitioner (NP). First of all, influenza is not the same thing as the stomach flu (pet peeve of soon-to-be-NP). Influenza is a nasty respiratory virus. The acronym FACTS can be used to describe the main symptoms. They include Fever, Aches, Chills, Tiredness, and Sudden symptoms. To be slightly more specific, the fever is usually pretty high (100+ degrees). People may also experience severe muscle aches, a dry (non-productive) cough, a headache, chills, and fatigue. A runny nose is more common in kids than adults, as are stomach symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea). Antibiotics are not useful for the flu since it is a virus. If you have symptoms, it is important to see your doctor or nurse practitioner (!) within the first 24-48 hours so you can start taking an anti-viral medication such as Tamiflu.

Positive notes of the day:
1) We got sick this week instead of the week we're going to Florida!
2) I start my family practice clinical hours next week instead of this week.
3) Lauren is healthy!
4) David had his worst symptoms over the weekend instead of during the work week.
5) Redimed is open on the weekends.
6) Leftover Valentine's candy is good for sickos.
7) Having every single one of the flu symptoms is a good review for any flu questions that may appear on the NP certification exam.
8) Lauren and I made it to church before I started feeling any awful flu symptoms. (Apologies to those whose hands I shook. That'll teach you to wash your hands directly after church.)
9) TiVo is great for the days when one wishes to stare at the TV for hours at a time.
10) Lauren was very busy today despite the rest of the family's inactivity. She played with dolls, wrote in her "journal," colored, played with her Princess Plug-N-Play game, and did a lot of cutting (a favorite activity). She also helped me make jello for Zachary.

* A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish Proverb
* Fresh air impoverishes the doctor. ~Danish Proverb
* Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window, except that the birds might eat them. ~Martin H. Fischer
* The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not. ~Mark Twain
* Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson
* Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. ~Mark Twain

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Valentine Eating Dog, etc.

In 2006, the per capita consumption of candy was 26 pounds! Apparently our dog is as crazy about Valentine's Day treats as we are. Lauren made a Valentine at school that said "I love you" in candy hearts. We recently found Riley munching on the Valentine. Luckily, we discovered this before she ate too many letters. We didn't know candy hearts were appealing to dogs but, then again, Riley will eat anything we give her. Here is the partially munched Valentine:

Lauren doesn't wear a lot of barrettes and other frilly things in her hair, despite her enormous collection of ponytail holders, barrettes, headbands, etc. She actually went to preschool the other day with pigtails and barrettes! (She did not come home with them.)

Zachary's last basketball game is this coming Monday. Then we're on to minor league baseball! He was really excited to earn an "Accelerated Reader" keychain at school recently!

Just TEN family practice clinical days to go before I have completed the clinical hours required for my nurse practitioner program. Hooray! (My last class continues through April, but it will be nice to be finished with one component.)

David has been busy at work lately (e.g. 2 briefs to work on in one day recently) so he is surely looking forward to our upcoming Florida trip. We are going to Disney World for a few days and then we'll watch Matt play baseball in Port Charlotte.

Enjoy the rest of the week!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

My favorite things I did today include...

Lauren: Drinking my Blue's Clues yogurt drink, eating my Pop-tart, and playing at school.

Zachary: Doing puzzles with Daddy at school during "Puzzles with Parents" and watching the IU game.

Indiana 77, Purdue 68

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Birthday Fish

Zachary got a fish tank for his birthday so we are now the proud owners of two goldfish. Lauren named the orange one Rosie and Zachary named the silver/orange one Slippy. We may add more in the future but, as Lauren so eloquently put it, we have to make sure they don't "get croaked" first.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Zachary's Birthday

Zachary's birthday party at Crazy Pinz

(L) Zachary's Pikachu cake, (R) Cakes that Lauren & Zachary decorated

More Crazy Pinz pictures

Zachary turned 8 on February 11th! He had a party with his friends at Crazy Pinz the day before. They ate pizza, cupcakes, and ice cream, bowled, and played the arcade games. Zachary had a Little Shots game on his birthday so he got to play basketball before having more cake and presents at home!

February is a big birthday month in our family. Happy birthday to Grampie Struble (2/7), Zachary (2/11), and Grandma Bailey (2/17)!

Have a great weekend!
Love, David, Michelle, Zachary & Lauren

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

For God so loVed the world
That He gAve
His onLy
That whosoever
Believeth In Him
Should Not perish,
But have Everlasting life.
John 3:16

Zachary's 8th birthday was Monday! We will post pictures later!
Love, David, Michelle, Zachary & Lauren

Thursday, February 7, 2008

"Sometimes when I get up in the morning, I feel very peculiar. I feel like I've just got to bite a cat! I feel like if I don't bite a cat before sundown, I'll go crazy! But then I just take a deep breath and forget about it. That's what is known as real maturity." ~Snoopy

Tuesday we tried a new restaurant in town called Granite City. It was a loud place but the food was good. We only waited about 10 minutes to get in, which isn't bad for a new restaurant! Zachary has already requested a return trip. Lauren liked the cheese fries appetizer we got.

As you probably know, Zachary got his tonsils and adenoids taken out two weeks ago. We have been celebrating our strep throat-free future...a little prematurely. Lauren came home from preschool yesterday with a fever. We made a trip to the pediatrician's office today and she has STREP THROAT! Ho hum. So, we got the $50 antibiotic (yikes, that's with insurance coverage) and she'll soon be on the mend.

Zachary's 8th birthday is approaching (Monday) so we're having a little party at Crazy Pinz this weekend. He requested a Pikachu (Pokemon) cake so I'll post some pictures after the masterpiece has been created!

We're off to start the bath routine a little early because Zachary wants to watch Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? before bed. Considering the number of questions he gets right, apparently the answer should be yes! :-)

Happy Thursday! David, Michelle, Zachary & Lauren

Monday, February 4, 2008

I made myself a snow ball as perfect as could be.
I thought I'd keep it as a pet and let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas and a pillow for its head.
Then, last night it ran away
But first -- it wet the bed.
~Shel Silverstein

Today Lauren told me, "I wish I had eyes in the back of my head so I could see my ponytail and run backwards." :-)

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Top Ten List: 10 things we did this weekend

10. Went to church/Sunday School
9. Went sledding
8. Went to an IPFW basketball game
7. Shopped at the Fresh Market
6. Made brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and double chocolate Jello dessert
5. Listened to music
4. Read books
3. Watched a movie (Babel)
2. Superbowl
1. Drank hot chocolate

Zachary's additions to the list: "Did MadLibs, drove in the car, got a football at the IPFW game, played with the football, and that's all."

Lauren's additions to the list: "Went to bed, played, did a lot of fun stuff, played V-Smile with Zachy, and that's all."

Pictures: 1) All bundled up, 2) Getting ready to sled, 3) The sledders, 4) The procrastinator
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