Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Less Sloth-like

Today I feel so much better than I have. There really is something to be said for sleep -- not just rest but actual sleep -- when you're body is fighting off ickiness. I have to admit, however, that I cut way back on the hot fluids intake although I do think it was beneficial.

In fact I felt so good today that I set up an appointment to work out with a personal trainer tomorrow. I'm paranoid (like you didn't already know that) about doing too much so it will good for me to have some help in developing a routine. When she suggested we meet 'upstairs at the club' I didn't exactly mention that I haven't bothered darkening the door of 'the club' in the nearly 8 weeks we've lived here. Surely there was at least one day I felt good enough to go with TOIAW who is there nearly every day?

I also received a call back from the cleaning service. I was getting a little nervous since they came to give me an estimate on Monday but hadn't called back to schedule an appointment. I know it could use a cleaning but it's not that bad...even if it is fast approaching that point. Friday is the day and I couldn't be more thrilled considering my initial hesitancy.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Good Idea...In Theory

Flippy is fine--heard the heartbeat again!--and I don't have any signs of bronchitis. It seems it's just post nasal drip causing my cough so I pretty much wasted their time and mine (not that they would say that, of course). The prescription? Drink hot liquids every hour I'm awake. Do you have any idea how many bathroom trips that involves? Oy!

I also found out that I'm slightly anemic which is probably contributing to my lack of energy. I had no idea eating iron-rich foods is so complicated but you'd be surprised; some are easily absorbed and others are more easily absorbed when eaten with other foods blah, blah, blah. I'll figure it out. I did get permission to work-out (with appropriate restrictions) so hopefully next week I'll be able to meet with a trainer and get a good plan to follow which should also help my energy level.

In other news, PP got a nice bath and had some fun play time today. This was a bit hard for TOIAW who almost didn't leave her at the groomer's because he was convinced she did not want him to leave. He was seriously stressed about it and I would not have been surprised if he had walked back in the house with her. I guess my 'just leave her and she'll be fine' line worked after the fifth time because he did manage to tear himself away. She must have played hard because she came home, ate, and snuggled up next to me on the couch. TOIAW had doubts about whether or not she actually played and had a good time but, as I reminded him, the proof is in the puppy.

I'm off to drink my hot liquid of the hour and then get some sleep...probably in 20-30 minute intervals.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Good and Bad

I ran to the local (small) grocery store this morning for a few things and when I got home I told TOIAW that my chest feels so tight and sore. I didn't get much of a response until I explained the difference between chest and breast at which time we decided it was probably best to call the nurse and she what she said. So I called and when she heard my cough she kind of freaked out. Honestly, though, other than the cough and the sore chest, I don't feel too bad. I've been tired but I just assumed that was part of growing a baby and as soon as I could get some regular exercise, I would have more energy. Anyway, I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon so, hopefully, I will at least get to hear Flippy's heartbeat :)

It's cold here all of the sudden! I'm making a nice hearty stew that smells wonderful (see, I can smell which is something I literally couldn't do at a week ago so I'm probably fine). I hope it tastes as good as it smells. After dinner, I'm off to bed. If my life were more exciting, I couldn't stand it!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Easy Button

TOIAW has been urging me to hire a cleaning helper. Most women would love for their husbands to utter such words but for some reason I've been resisting it. Well, today I called and someone will be coming Monday. Who knew it would be so easy? Of course now I have to clean for the cleaning lady...

Now if I could just press the easy button for the big decisions in our life. The BIG one that comes to mind is our next move. We know where we'll be going--in fact, the only reason we are in D.C. is so TOIAW can learn the language spoken in that country--it's really just a matter if we will go or only he will go. It's not a country to which I have any affinity whatsoever although that alone is not enough to prevent me from going. No, my issues are more with health care and safety for the baby (whom we have given the in utero name of "Flipper"). What I really need to do is speak with an ex-pat mother who has recently been or is currently in the country; that should help, right? After all, Google can point me to an American clinic (at least that's what they call it) that follows the recommended CDC immunization schedule for infants but what is the place really like? Where are the vaccines manufactured? Do people who have been there have confidence is the level of care they have received? These are the things I need to know! In all honesty, though, I know part of the reason I am so frustrated is we thought we had the perfect plan whereby TOIAW went for six months alone and Flipper and I joined him after the holidays next year. Now they have changed the plans for TOIAW and it seems his move will be later than anticipated putting his departure date closer to my "Flipper is not moving to a more-or-less third world country before X months old" date. I don't like it when I have a plan and it doesn't work!

Want to hear some good news? I have been assured by TOIAW that, at minimum, I will have a full-time housekeeper when we move.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Tears of Joy!

I'm so excited right now I can hardly type! I'm so excited I just broke TOIAW's strict "No Calls During Class" rule. Why? I just got news that several of my friends' husbands made it home after fifteen long months. Welcome home, Guys!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Location, Location, Location

I'm still suffering from this brutal head cold/sinus thing but it does seem to be easing a bit. This morning I thought I would take advantage of the steam in the shower loosening things up and attempt to unclog my left ear. Sounds good so far, right? Unfortunately, the combination of the stuffy head, heat, and holding my breath didn't harmonize as well as I intended and I when I opened my eyes the shower was spinning. I was really scared but managed to sit down and TOIAW walked in from the gym about thirty seconds later. I still think it was a decent idea however, I'm just not sure it was wise to do while standing in the shower.

We then took PP for a vet appointment because she had not received the Bordatella vaccine and she's often around other dogs at the dog park. We take her to the vet together. We're those people. If you don't believe me, you can ask my friend Jess who recently became a reader (wilkommen!). Jess is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and she is a vet. She lived three doors down from us when we first got PP. Bless her sweet heart, she never once, to my knowledge, referred to us as 'delusional lunatics who do not understand they have a dog and not a baby' and, believe me, if she did, it would have been justified. Furthermore, today I was reading all the notes in PP's medical charts and she even documented all my odd questions as if they were completely normal. A good friend, indeed. Oh, and her dog knows sign language for sit and down; it's uber impressive. Her husband, and the husbands of many of my friends, will be arriving home soon from there "really long business trip" and I'm so excited for them I can't stand it!!!

I'm currently waiting for TOIAW to get home--but he's only been gone five hours--so we can get something to eat. Cooking hasn't really been my schtick lately. Now that the weather has taken a cooler turn and I'm feeling less queasy, I just may get back on the wagon. I went to the grocery the other day after my appointment but after spending four hours and the clinic and pharmacy, I had no energy left and I only managed to get two-thirds of the items on my list. In fact, even though I saw this product I didn't have the energy to wade across the aisle to get it...and I've regretted it hourly ever since. Have you tried it?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Lookin' Good

My appointment today went well. I had a very thorough intake appointment before seeing the OB and both went well. I got to see the baby flipping around which was beyond cool! Thank you, Lord!! She gave me some nausea medicine "just in case" but what really made me nauseous was waiting to get the prescription. The pharmacy serves several clinics--OB, family practice, pediatrics, etc.--and I had to wait for more than 30 numbers to be called before mine. It took over an hour. The doctor also wanted me to take something for my cold tonight and go to bed early. I'm delighted that I don't have to watch the presidential debate and I don't even have to feel guilty about it ;)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Home Again, Home Again

Yesterday I made it home from my trip. I had a good time (not great because I only got to see my niece once) and felt pretty good--at times--while I was there but the nausea has been back in full force since yesterday. I had a big weekend working at a craft show so maybe I'm just overly tired and my body is telling me to slow down. Believe me, I've slowed way down but, so far, no improvement. I suggested to TOIAW that he hire my mom as the official cook of our house because I did quite well under her care. Neither TOIAW, nor PP are all that handy in the kitchen.

Speaking of which, yesterday when TOIAW picked me up at the airport I expressed how hungry I was. To him, this translated to, "Take me to the grocery store" so that is what he did. I honestly don't recall what happened between walking into the store and finding myself standing in front of the canned tomatoes sobbing but I was quickly ushered out of the store and promptly fed and napped. Let's just say I think we're on the same page now when it comes to the definition of "I'm very hungry."

It's hard to tell myself this now, but last week was the first time I could see that the 'end was in sight' for the nausea gig. There were days when I was mostly functional which was wonderful! TOIAW began his language classes today so we're on our way to having a normal schedule. I even walked PP around the neighborhood this morning just to begin a routine. Slowly, slowly as they say in both Arabic and Hebrew.

I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow that I will be attending alone since TOIAW has class. Normally this wouldn't bother me but, after my experience last time, I would feel better having him with me. Oh well, it's not an option and I'll be fine.

My business website is [still] not up and running but it's getting there and I should be able to present it to you within a week. I was very pleased with our sales at the holiday market/craft show we attended last weekend which makes me even more excited to present it to you!

If I owe you an email, phone call, money, or anything else please know I haven't forgotten you and I'll get back to you soon. Just to clarify, you have a far greater chance of getting an email from me than money. For now, I'm going to return to taking it easy and catch-up on some blog reading...