Thursday, January 29, 2009

RIP Nana

As if things could not get any worse.......

The day I was brought home from the hospital from having my gall bladder taken out, I found at that my grandmother had passed away.

She was 92 years old. I can't even explain the hurt I am feeling right now. I feel like I have a dark cloud looming over me and I just want it to go away. I am waiting for these streak of horrible events to just vanish.

My nana has been through soooo much in her lifetime. The thing that hurt me most was listening to my dad on the phone trying to tell me that she had passed away. The only words that crept out of his mouth when he said that he had something to tell me was "Nana....." and then he fell silent and started crying.

I don't think I can write any more right now. I am too upset.......

RIP Nana 01.28.09

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gall Bladder

Well I am happy to report that I had my gall bladder removed. After my son was brought home from the hospital I had an appointment with my surgeon (Dr. Rashidi) about the 3 attacks I have had in the last month. I informed him that I fear what will happen to me EVERY time I eat. His answer was "Well you know what that means...right?"

I was scheduled for surgery 2 days after I met with him. I went in on the 23rd and was suppose to leave the hospital the next day. When I was on solids the day that I was suppose to leave, I told the nurse that I would like to stay 1 more day just to make sure that I can keep solids down.

The next day, I felt kind of sick. I was geared up to go home and Big A was on his way when I looked in the mirror and noticed that my eyes were yellow. I KNEW something was wrong, so I called my nurse over and she said "Ok, I'm calling your Doctor right now."

Within the next half hour I met with a GI doctor and my surgeon once again. They stated that there could be stones still in my system. They drew a picture on the whiteboard in my room and explained that I would have to have an MRI to locate the problem, but they were pretty sure that I had stuff left over in my "common bile duct." (CBD)

I had the MRI an hour later and had to wait a day for the results. When they came back, the doctors were correct. There were some debris left over from my gall bladder that was in my CBD and it was backing up bile into my system which was causing me to turn yellow.

I got extremely sick that night and could no longer hold foods in. I was vomiting like crazy and felt like I was going to die.

The following morning I had an ERCP performed. This is where they go in through your mouth and cut a hole in your lower intestine so they can drain out the duct. It took 30 minutes to do and I was terrified since they don't completely knock you out.

I was fine once it was over and I don't remember any of it. I feel better and I am just glad it's out now.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


On Saturday night I could not bare the sound of D struggling to breathe anymore. At first it started with a small cold that seemed to have escalated to him having a difficult time taking a breath.

I drove about 15 minutes out into Gilbert to take him to Good Night Pediatrics. They are great! This facility is open from 5pm-5am and there are several locations throughout the valley for situations like this that occur on the weekend when the doctors offices are closed and you don't feel like taking your kid to the ER for something so minute.

Unfortunately, when I got there his oxygen was VERY low and he was positive for RSV. I was given the option of driving him to a hospital to be admitted or to have an ambulance come pick us up.

I drove him to Banner Desert and he was admitted right away. I really feared for his life at this point and am kicking myself over and over again that maybe I did something wrong.

The poor little guy had his nose and throat sucked out every 3 hours or so, and he had Albuterol treatments. He was in the hospital for 5 days and he is home now. He seems to be doing fine, but all of this was soooo scary.

On top of it all, I had a freakin' gall bladder attack while I was staying overnight with him and I had to go to the ER again to get it checked out. This is the 3rd time this has happened. Ugh......

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Phoenix Children's Museum

This is one of our many trips to the Phoenix Children's Museum. If you don't have a membership here yet, then I suggest you get one. It's soooo worth it and there is even stuff for infants to do which is great!

This was our second time this week that we had gone there. This time, I went there with my friend Sunshine and her 2 daughters. They had soooo much fun!

This picture above of the CD's does no justice. When you first walk in, this is what you see to your right and it is just beautiful! Nadia is not very fond of me. Once this picture was taken, she ran away.

D slept when we first got there.

I thought this mirrored thing looked really neat.
Outside, the kids got to wash windows. It may not seem like a fun thing, but they loved it.

They got to play with clay in the art center. Little A told me that he was going to make me some tomatoes.He LOVES the noodle forest!!Yasmeen and Little A had a great time at the supermarket. Yasmeen didn't want to lose her spot as a cashier.
These shoes were painted just outside the 5 and under area.

D got to chill out on a lily pad.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Wind and Cleanliness

For some reason or another I have been having a difficult time trying to get Little A to clean his hands. Whenever he comes in from playing outside, the first thing I say to him is "Go wash your hands."

For a long time, he was listening to me and would immediately run to the bathroom before I could even mutter those 4 words. Recently I caught him in the bathroom cleaning his hands with hand sanitizer. When I asked him if he washed his hands with soap and water first, he said "no" and then followed that with "my hands are clean--smell them."

Yeah ok, they smell great kid. It's Bath and Body Works Coconut hand sanitizer--of COURSE they smell good.....but are they clean?

Just the other day he came in from playing in his sandbox. I could see the mud stains on his hands and even under his fingernails. When I told him to go wash his hands, he held them up high and said "they ARE clean."

I said "No they're not. You were just playing in the dirt and I can see it caked all over your hands."

To which he replied "They're clean. The wind outside blew the dirt off my hands and made them sooooo clean."

He's cute, but who is he kidding??

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year to everyone!! Hope this year brings everything you are hoping for......and more!!

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