Ok, so this one is going to be a bit long. I’ll break it up and add a bunch of pictures so you don’t get bored.
What you’ve missed…
Thursday was the first day of school for my older two kids. Dorian is on the football team this year and during practice he injured his knee. It was so bad that the Sports Med had to call me to come get him and he was carted out to my car.
We went straight to the doctor for an X-ray because he could barely even walk. After inconclusive results (there was a spot the Doc thought was broken but she couldn’t see it well enough), we were given a sheet to schedule an MRI the following day. It was probably close to 7pm when we left the doctor.
That evening was rough. Dorian had a ton of homework, was in so much pain, and he had to wear a brace that made everything worse. My son is usually pretty chill and a bit of a smartass but always in a jokey-jokey kind-of-way. He is rarely emotional, like we’ve been to funerals and this boy doesn’t shed a tear. This brace that he had to wear made him miserable and at one point I found him leaning up against the wall in tears from frustration.
Homework was mostly filled with nose blowing and tear soaked eyes. I guess I’m pretty strict when it comes to schoolwork and I didn’t want my son falling behind on the very first day of school but I just didn’t have the heart to make him continue. I gave him a “pass” and emailed his teachers to inform them of the rough first day he had and hoped they would understand and allow his homework to be late.
The next day I took Dorian to school (on crutches) and told him I’d be pulling him out early for the MRI appointment. After the hour long MRI and another 6 hours of waiting on the results, we got the great news that it wasn’t broken, just a sprain.
We (and by “We” I mean He) celebrated with cake.
The cake photo above and the one below on the right are from Friday night. We were celebrating a few things that evening. One was Dorian being ‘broken-knee-free’ and the other was the positive turn of events for my stepfather- in-law who has been in the hospital for over a week now.
It is a very long story with the stepfather-in-law but basically it was thought that he may be experiencing heart failure but he is not. He does have a laundry list of other issues however, and started dialysis last week. I’m not going to get too much into this because I don’t feel like it’s my business to put out there. He is my Husbands stepdad and was there for most of his life, since he was 2 I believe, but I still don’t feel 100% comfortable sharing his personal business.
Any who… the cake was obviously from Claim Jumper, land of big portions, and we had A LOT to take home with us. Despite all the chaos the last few days I have managed to keep my meals pretty damn clean.
Tri Tip, Sweet Potato with nothing on it, and Veggies.
If the above wasn’t enough for one weekend, I seem to have developed an allergy and to what, I have no clue. The one and only time I have ever had a reaction to anything was about 3 months ago when I used Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer.
I put it on my arms and legs while headed to Knotts Berry Farms with my kids. Within 10 minutes or so I had a red, bumpy rash all over the areas I had applied it to. It was miserable! My saving grace was baby wipes. I immediately knew it was the lotion and I started pulling baby wipes out of the diaper bag and wiping myself down while I’m going 70mph on the freeway. I had to get that stuff off right away.
This issue popped up about 3 days ago but I ignored it until last night because it seems to be spreading. It started on just my ears but now I have tiny bumps on my face, neck, ears, arms and fingers. My ears and any other area covered in the bumps will start to itch and burn if I scratch or rub it. Below are some pics. It’s hard to see because they’re not colored bumps but I think I got a good shot of them in-between my fingers and you can also see how red and slightly swollen my ears are.
Today I have stopped taking any and everything that is new within the last week and that includes my “Max Phase” pills for my Advocare 24-day challenge and my Meal Replacement Shake. I am still drinking my Spark because I’ve been using that for a while now.
It’s a bit frustrating to make it this far in the challenge and then just have to stop but it doesn’t mean I’m quitting. I’m still eating right and exercising so we’ll see how this goes.
The only change may be that I was going to celebrate my birthday late because my challenge ends on the 24th and my birthday is on the 22nd, but now I think I’ll let myself live a little and enjoy my birthday on that actual day.
If anyone has any clue what the hell is going on with these bumps, I would love your feedback. For now I’m just taking Benadryl and eliminating the newest things in my life.
If you made it to the end, thanks for reading. =)