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Saturday, October 6, 2007

From liquid only to soft foods

I was happy when I arrived at the hospital today to see Amber sitting up and bright eyed. Although her pain was just a little less she was about to receive a soft food tray. My last update was liquids only so this was a very pleasant surprise.

Her best friend accompanied me to the hospital today and we took Amber on a road trip to the garden, gift shop and family library. She said she feels dizzy and light headed with a little pain, but at least she was anxious to get up and about. She even reported that she had sat in the rocking chair on her own and opened the blinds. "It took me along time to get over there," she said, referring to the window, "but I did it."

Very good news... hopefully just another day or two and she can return home!

Friday, October 5, 2007

When your kid is sick, it hurts...

It's Friday and Amber is still in the hospital. I'm actually there now, but came to the family library to see if they had some teen magazines for her. She doesn't feel like trying to concentrate on a movie and she isn't interested in reading a book right now. Both of those things she really loves to do so it's a little upsetting to see her not want to do that... she doesn't even want to play with her baby sister.

Well, the doctor said her stomach is healing, but it's slow going. She's still in pain and although she's back on a clear liquids diet (she was on IV only) there isn't any change in her pain. Hopefully she will continue to be able to take the clear liquids and be discharged soon.

This has been a rough week. I'm exhausted and starting not to feel well, but I shouldn't complain. My patience is getting really thin, but -- again -- I shouldn't complain.

I have to get back to her room now, but I just wanted to stop in to say "hello" and give an update. Thanks to all who've left comments, well wishes and prayers... I hope to be back soon.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Amber admitted, answers to come

Although it's not the best news, it is the beginning of some real answers. Amber was admitted to the hospital today and is scheduled for an endoscopy tomorrow. She has missed more than two weeks of school and her pain doesn't go below a '5' on a scale from 1 to 10. Her pain normally hoovers at a 6 or a 7, she says. (It was up to a 10 last week.)

She was finally able to see the GI and I let him know his office folks had told us the only way to see him before Oct. 11 was to go to the emergency room. He was surprised about that and said he would address it. I plan on sending a "strongly worded letter" so that he doesn't forget, but to also tell him my appreciation in his proactive approach to find out what exactly is going on in Amber's stomach especially given that she hasn't improved any on the medication, which she's been taking for about seven days. (It's a 14-day regimen so she should feel some change if not feel complete recovery.)

It's way too late for me to be up since I have to get up around 5 and go back to the hospital. I wanted to spend the night, but they wouldn't allow the baby, Anna, to spend the night. Although she had been in the hospital since 11 a.m. and it was 9 p.m. they said she couldn't spend the night. Something about liability as far as sleeping arrangements and germ exposure to her. I think they're full of it. Anna is a quiet baby (no one knew she was there until they came into the room), first of all. Had we arrived at the emergency room at midnight then we would have been there "over night." And I could have easily brought her portable crib from home or she could have slept in her stroller. She had already been "exposed" and... well, enough of that for now.

I'll have an update regarding Amber soon... but if you don't hear for me just know that I'm taking care of everyone and I'll be back to blogging (reading and writing) as soon as I can. Thanks for all the well wishes, prayers and concerns.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Magazine addiction

It’s official! I’m addicted to magazines!

Years ago I used to spend tons of money each year on magazine subscriptions. Among them were Self, Writer’s Digest, Essence… and maybe a couple of others. When things got a little tight I let my subscriptions go except for Writer’s Digest (hey, that’s work related) and put the money toward bills.

Since then when I’ve had the money, I’ve picked up magazines here and there on the newsstands. But when I realized that O was cheaper with a subscription I dropped hints to the hubby and got that one for a mother’s day gift. Then when I saw free-trial subscription ads and free issues on the Internet, I quickly filled them out. Now the number of magazines that come to our house is staggering… well, maybe not staggering, but it made me realize that there is an addiction. (And, whisper, I think my teenage daughter is becoming addicted too!)

Here’s a list of the ones that have arrived in the past three weeks:

O The Oprah Magazine



Elle D├ęcor



Family Fun

American Baby

Country Living


Prism (it’s my local hospital’s health guide)


There’s also Vibe and Vibe Vixen, but I haven’t seen those in awhile so maybe the subscriptions ended. I recently picked up (from the store) issues of Essence, Yoga Journal, Quick & Simple and Everyday with Rachel Ray.

Amber gets Brio & Beyond, Teen Vogue, Good Housekeeping (she always gives that one to me!), Seventeen, TV Guide and Cookie. This isn’t including the many catalogues that she gets: Victoria’s Secret, Alloy, Pottery Barn Teen, Pottery Barn Bed & Bath, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and one more that she can’t remember.

Uh, I think that’s it.

Out of all those magazines I think about two are paid subscriptions. I get excited just thinking about it so I gotta go now and read some magazines!
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