The Ups and Downs of The Morning

We woke up this morning to a bit of good news followed immediately by some bad news.  Ben has been out of work since last Tuesday thanks to a screw up with the roof trusses order, but his boss called first thing this morning to say everything arrived and to head on in.

Yay he gets to go back to work!  He’s been driving me crazy all week with the exception of the time he’s spent working on the bike.  He finally finished putting the motor back together…again.  He was going to get it put back in the bike today before it rains, but he won’t have time.  That reminds me I need to find our waterproof motorcycle covers so he can get everything covered up when he gets home.

That’s the good news, though.  The bad news came in right after his boss called.  I got a call saying my Mom wasn’t feeling well last night.  She was diagnosed with Addison’s disease last year.  She wasn’t feeling well last night, so she decided to spend the night with my Grandparent’s.  In the middle of the night she started throwing up and passed out, so my aunt took her to the ER.  I found out this morning she is in a holding room waiting to be admitted because she’s got a kidney infection and very low blood pressure.  Because Addison’s disease is an autoimmune disease and I’m battling yet another stomach virus I can’t go down there.  My sister is in the same boat since her son is dealing with the same virus.  Thankfully my aunt was able to stay with her today, and hopefully the docs will get her taken care of soon.

So yeah, that’s how our day started.  I’m about to grab a snack and make a call to the hospital to check on my mom.  Then I’m going to scrub the bathroom down to try to prevent the spreading of anymore of these nasty germs we can’t seem to stop passing around.

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You may have heard recently that the FTC has yet again updated their guidelines concerning how bloggers and advertisers should disclose payments and product reviews.  I’m not going to get into the full disclosure issue or all of the changes.  I have always been honest about review compensation and I believe in full disclosure.  I have a site wide disclosure policy, but I also disclose within posts at the bottom of each post.

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When One Door Closes…

This post was written and set to publish on Jan 18, but it didn’t publish correctly.  Instead of re-writing the post I have published it with the original date and will continue updating in another post.

Ben runs into his old boss and picks up a new job hours after my mini job meltdown. He says his luck is changing, and I say all things happen for a reason. I’m just thankful he found a new job so soon, but I’m also ecstatic because this is where we wanted him to be. He’s back home literally working 2 minutes from the house. That saves us $150-175 a week in diesel alone. This job also pays more, so I’m really happy about that!

That’s one less thing I have to worry about stressing me out right now. I also got everything finally taken care of with the old doc’s office. They finally got my records sent over to my new doctor with the exception of the records from my first ultrasound. New doctor’s office said we won’t even worry about those because I have an ultrasound coming up on the 4th they will use. I finally got all the financial crap taken care of with old doctor, too. That’s the good news.

The bad news is my blood pressure is staying steady in the 150s/80s, so I’m officially chronic hypertensive. After the preeclampsia I knew this could happen. I knew my bp could decide to shoot up with my next pregnancy and stay up forever or it could mean I would have bp issues later in life. I’m officially a high risk patient now, and the nurse practitioner started me back on Labetalol yesterday. I’ll go back on Tuesday to see how I’m responding to the bp meds, and from here on out I’ll be seeing the high risk maternal-fetal medicine team.  I guess we’ll see what happens!