Mary-Gail's "hold me"
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Mary-Gail's "hold me"
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
When I dropped Arla off at 8:30 am I specifically asked them to give her some pain medicine (I also asked this to the tech on the phone when I called at 8:15 am to get Arla in). My worry was they were going to keep Arla in a kennel until 1 pm and then do the surgery and not have given her any pain meds in the meantime. Well, when I called at 10:30 am to check on Arla, they still hadn't sedated her and the tech wasn't sure if she had been given pain meds or not. So, when I picked Arla up I asked the vet what time they took her back to do surgery, she said it wasn't very long after I had dropped her off. What is the definition of "not very long" to them? Because 2 hours IS a long time - especially when you have a NERVE IN YOUR TOOTH EXPOSED!!!!!
I was on our morning walk w/both sets of girls and stopped in front of my sis-in-law, Carol's house, to talk with my nephew. Isaac played with the furry girls, while Rebecca & Mary-Gail were screaming in excitement over seeing the Kemp's cat. Amy came outside, picked up the cat, and brought it closer to Rebecca & Mary-Gail to see. Now, althought I call Pixie & ArlaMae my girls, they are, in fact dogs, and do what dogs do when they encounter a cat - they want to eat it! Arla and Pixie ran to Amy, meanwhile tangling their leash cord across Mary-Gail's neck. Mary-Gail started to cry, the cat hissed and swiped at Arla (who got cut on her chin from the cat's claws). I yanked Arla back from Amy and Mary-Gail, which caused Arla hit her mouth on the curb, which caused her bottom tooth to chip (actually it split down the middle so the front of her tooth chipped off exposing her nerve), which caused me to be so extremely sad (and so extremely frustrated with Amy to do such a stupid thing like bring a cat close to dogs), which caused our walk to be over, which caused Rebecca & Mary-Gail to scream, which caused me even more sadness because I know how much they love being outside...
I'm just going to say it - I feel like a failure. I can't relieve Mary-Gail & Rebecca's sickness, I can't help Arla - instead I take her to a dreaded, foreign place, all alone, to be sedated and have her tooth yanked out - I can't keep my house clean, I can't figure out what to have for supper, I can't find time to exercise, I'm not a good mom. This is really, really, really hard. Really hard.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Mary-Gail's fever spiked to 102.3 Sunday night. I'd been dosing her with Tylenol and alternating with Motrin to try to break the fever, but I couldn't get it lower than 99.9. I took her & Rebecca to the Pediatrician Monday to have Mary-Gail checked out - I thought she had another ear infection (#6). 2 hours later we were seen. SueAnn checked Mary-Gail's ears, they were OK, and then she checked her throat - red, raw, and swollen was how SueAnn described it. SueAnn swabbed Mary-Gail's throat, which induced severe dry heaving, and tested the swabs for Strep Throat. The rapid test came back positive. Positive for Strep Throat. We're on an antibiotic twice a day for 10 days.
Rebecca was so protective of Mary-Gail during our office visit with SueAnn. Rebecca was screaming in protest, so much so that the little veins in her neck almost popped! SueAnn was amazed to see Rebecca's reaction; Mary-Gail is the little sister after all.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Prettiest girls in yellow and blue!
See how happy these girls are?!
Can hear their laughter?!
Kristie brought by some toys that her kids have outgrown and one of them was this Little Tikes Activity Cube w/slide. I have been searching for one of these for so long! Little Tikes doesn't make them anymore, and the cubes posted on classified sites sell so fast - I thought I'd never get one. I even mistakenly bid on one on Ebay - it was in Maryland and the seller wasn't shipping it (which explained why the shipping costs were "FREE." Someone out bit me at the last minute - whew!) As a last resort I took JoJo's kid's cube (JoJo wasn't too keen on the idea, eventhough she said it was OK).
Kristie gave us the cube with the orange slide, and JoJo - we'll be bringing your cube back this week.
Kristie - we LOVE our new toys!!!!! THANK YOU!
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Mary-Gail showing her skills of climbing the slide
(and taking a break while going face-first down the slide)
Rebecca comparing her NEW slide with her "old" slide - the new slide won!
I snatched the girls to take a quick self-portrait of me and them
Suddenly this Cozy Coupe has become more cozy :)
Rebecca telling Mary-Gail to "share!"