June. Summer. Illness. That’s what I think of as I contemplate this update. Although we had some really good times, it was while I was having a really bad time. All I can say is, I’m so glad this month is over!
We started out with a visit to my favorite park, Wilshire Trails Park in Gainesville, GA. It is beautiful and the playground is awesome and they have a butterfly garden as well. What more could you ask for?
Lorelei loves our phones! We have even put a baby game or two on there for her to play. No doubt this girl will be a techno chick. She could care less about the tv, she wants a DS, a tablet and a phone. Thankyouverymuch.
Hey, hey, the gangs all here!
My mom, the kids and I visited the Nature Center in Asheville, NC. We enjoyed seeing all kinds of animals. Bears, Cougars, Wolves, Foxes, Snakes to name a few.
This is a cougar sleeping off lunch.
A Bobcat pacing.
Two Otters sleeping. Can you tell I read a lot of children’s books?
A quick pic of us before we left.
A beautiful butterfly bid us goodbye on the way out.
This was all while I battled a bout of poison ivy. At first, I didn’t know what it was. It looked like an ant bite, then maybe a spider bite, to which seemed to get infected with the red ring around the bites growing. And then it started to spread even though three times a day I was putting warm compresses, neo and band-aids on it. It hurt, so bad and was extremely itchy. Band-aids are not my friends. The area where the adhesive had been on my skin took longer to heal than the actual poison ivy. I was freaking out about my “spider bites” and was in pain and miserable, so I went to the doctor, who prescribed me Prednisone. Yes! Fix it! Make it all better! My brain shouted all the way to the pharmacy. It DID NOT! Ok, so it made the poison ivy better after a week or so, but it did not make me better AT ALL. I do not have a good reaction to Predinose. It knocks me out. Dizzy, lethargic, non-functioning mom over here. Not good. Right before I started taking the medicine I noticed a different rash on my belly, but the doctor assured me that the Prednisone would take care of it. The rash continued to spread all over my body while the posion ivy got better and I was miserably locked into taking this medication. You can’t stop Prednisone in the middle. You can- but it is to your detriment possibly. Back I went to Urgent Care (which I hate, but don’t have insurance on myself until October) where a different doctor swore I had a Strep rash. Which was funny (so not funny) because Jason had Strep right when I got posion ivy and the Prednisone inhibits your immune system, so the rash was having a fabulous party running rampant all over my skin (which was hideous at this point). I was down enough in my taper of Prednisone pills that I could safely come off of it and we waited 48 hours to see if I was just having a reaction to the medication before I was given good ol’ Amoxicillin, which was HUGE pills I had to take twice a day for ten days. I’m getting really good at taking pills. After about two weeks I am finally better. It took a month to sort this all out and I am wiser and more cautious now. No Prednisone for me! /rant
And of course, no month is complete without a trip to the ER. Noah jumped in the extremely shallow (2ft!) part of the community pool and hurt his foot. It swelled up right away and he refused to walk on it. Since it was late Friday afternoon, our doctor’s office suggested we’d be better served going to the ER. Sigh. They look right at home, yeah? Thankfully, nothing was broken, just bruised and a few days of elevation and ice, took care of it.
Let me say again, thank God this month is over! lol Until next month.