Thursday, September 20, 2007

Status Report

I'm so busy learning these days, my brain doesn't have time to wander or contemplate anything. Right now I'm sitting at the kitchen table and the girls are playing with a plastic dinosaur and a plastic rooster. Doc's out getting milk and nosedrops as we are out of both. We are out of milk because we are always running out of milk. I swear, these kids keep the local dairies in business. We are out of nose drops because Lucy put them on her knee. It was itchy. You know.

I spent most of last night in a mouth-breathing haze. I will admit it: I'm addicted to nose drops. The former owners of this house had a dog (I'm allergic) and I believe that the carpet is saturated with dog dander. My sinuses are just fine until I go into the bedroom and they slam shut. It's got to be the dog detrius. Anyway, when Doc asked if I needed anything from the store, I barked, "NOSE DROPS." He was taken aback by the forcefulness of my request, nay, demand. Hey, I'm a junkie for the stuff. What can I say? I like to breath...

Doc's fixing Jambalaya on the stove. It smells good, but I'll pass on it. I don't like rice. Go ahead and laugh at me; I can take it. It's resemblence to maggots is too close for comfort. I can't eat the stuff.

Riley is off to find the Sit and Spin. I pray she doesn't find it. It plays tunes just like the Barbie Guitar does. Loud and obnoxious. Only, it's worse: The manufacturer didn't want to shell out the big bucks for tunes like "Everybody Dance Now" and instead created a song that was almost just like the original but not enough that they would get sued. Fortunately, the dinner bell rang so she was distracted.

I'm off to feed the heathens. I hope you've had a nice day. Wish me luck as I try to hold the universe together.

15 comments:

  1. I was explaining to a doctor once about having to use nose spray at night to breath. He told me not to use it because it can be addictive, and the sinus's require more of it to un-stuff. He asked how long I had been using it, and when I replied every night since I was about 15 he about had a seizure.

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  2. If you decide to let the universe go for a few moments, Billy Bragg taught me that "when the world falls apart, some things stay in place." So you've got that going for you.

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  3. Have you cleaned the carpet and have you tried Chloratrimaton (sp?)
    Both my kids have allergy problems an those little yellow pills work wonders. Don't go for the generic, get the real stuff. It's about $13 for 24 of the 12 hour kind.

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  4. They should really make Sit 'n Spins for adults.

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  5. Ah, the good old days of child rearing.

    I used to have horrendous sinus problems, and finally dragged my ass to an allergist.

    Now, as long as I take my daily generic claritin from Costco, and a puff each of Flovent and Flonase each morning I'm pretty good.

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  6. Of course you could always develop a coke habit to take care of that nose...

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  7. You know what's good to un-plug a chronically plugged nose naturally? Hot sauce. Also horseradish.

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  8. May I have your helping of jambalaya?

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  9. I recommend microsurgery on the sit n' spin. Take it partially apart and when you see wires, quietly snip them with a pair of nail scissors, then reassemble the thing. That way, the kids can see the batteries inside, see you change them and never know that you had anything to do with it. I used this as a survival skill when I worked in a pediatric E.R.-- sometimes people had batteries WITH THEM so we had to go to the 2nd level.

    RE: the nose drops-- I'm totally addicted, too: I have a CPAP machine and if I can't breathe through my nose, I can't breathe, period. HOWEVER, go to the doc and get some nasal steroids-- they're MUCH better than that nasty OTC stuff.

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  10. I remember reading in a book about medical forensics something like, "never order anything with rice when eating dinner with a forensic entomologist."

    rice as maggots... that's somehow a new one on me. I always envisioned maggotts as fatter and segmented. You ever seen "Flushed Away"?? There's a scene in there just for you...

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  11. Beckeye - I'm so with you on that one! At least adults can still go on swings.

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  12. Good thought, Vikki. A nice hot curry will do the trick too.

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  13. Eat brown rice, it doesn't look so maggoty. I feel the same way you do.

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