This crazy life

I actually had an epiphany this weekend about the state of my life...I mean besides crazy.

But...you're going to have to wait for another post before I dive into that topic. I am so far behind on taking care of my house and my kids.  Even though I really wanted to try to get some rest this weekend and try to feel better, that didn't happen.  Not at all.  I saw all the things around this place that have been driving me bonkers and tore into them.  The main thing was the wall I ripped out in the summer!  Yes, it's been undone since then...just an ugly eye sore.  I got as far as sheet rocking it and then I don't know...someone tried to die or something and I got distracted.

But it's done!  Mud, sanding, more mud, sanding, texture and painted even!   It's far from perfect or ideal but it looks like I made an effort to care...so that's good.  I actually think it looks awesome for the likes of me with no real handyman experience.  Sam cut the shims off from the door we hung this summer on Shelbie's room so she doesn't get "shanked" (her words) every night when she gets up in the dark.

Since all of us have been sick with one thing or another the past few weeks, I bleached all the hard surfaces, washed all the blinds and scrubbed all the baseboards.  I vacuumed the mattresses, cleaned out the storage room, cleaned out my closet and the garage.

I did a lot!  What I didn't do, that I should have done was create the handmade Nordic Santa ornaments for the Festival of Trees that I am in charge of this coming Saturday.  I have a feeling there will be some long days and short nights in my very near future somewhere between pie making, turkey basting and cheese balls!

In kid news...Spencer is at 4 weeks post surgery.  He is doing okay. I can tell when I talk to him that he is worn out and feeling pretty poor.  I don't think he realizes how much his body has been through both in mind and spirit.  He didn't give himself any time to recover from surgery, he started his new job just 4 days after surgery and starting a new job when you feel great is hard.

Sam is pretty much feeling better from pneumonia.  His heart has had some issues Saturday and Sunday which I'm not sure what to do...but like usual, we wait and see what comes of it.  It keeps me on my toes to live like that.  I've needed to get a bunch of paperwork for him to get signed up with disability services at College.  I finally did that today!   It actually was easier than I thought to rustle up all the testing he had back in 4th grade...which is what the College was asking for!  So, jumping through hoops this afternoon was all sorts of fun.

Shelbie...Sometimes, I'm surprised I don't get fired from being a mom!  Seriously!  She has been complaining all weekend about her broken finger.  I kept saying, "Shelbie, of course it's going to hurt, it's broken.  Give it time."  But she insisted..."There's something not right mom."

So, this morning I unwrapped it to see if the swelling was down and it was down a lot but call me crazy... I don't think this is right!


 I was shocked when I saw this!   We are 5 days out and the darn finger is starting to heal this way!!  I called the nurse in the clinic where it was 'set' and explained what was happening and she said she would show the pictures and x-rays to one of the other providers.  She called back 10 minutes later and said, "I'm sorry, she probably needs to have some pins placed so we are sending a referral to the ortho surgeon."  Sheesh!  I should have been more on top of this. I feel bad.

As I was driving to work this morning in Idaho Falls, I was laughing at how sometimes, I treat my kids like I treat my cars.  My last car had no paint on the bumper for 6 of the 9 years I owned it because I just didn't have the resources to fix it so we just became accustomed to the lousy looking car.  Honestly, for one second I thought...It's just a pinky finger!  It's not the end of the world if it's a little crooked.  No big deal!   But then I thought...I guess we better try to repair it so it looks new-ish again!  Ha ha ha...I'm a dork!  Actually, I'm just tired.  It's tiring trying to keep us all looking like newer models than we are!

Anyways...

 I think our doctor forgot that Shelbie doesn't produce collagen like the rest of us and she has hypermobility issues so that is likely going to create some problems in healing.   Of course...it can't just be simple.

I'm hoping maybe a different kind of splint but that really feels like wishful thinking. In reality, I believe she will be having surgery and probably by the time they fit us in, it will be re-breaking it and then pinning it or screwing it...whatever they do...but first we have to get through that PET scan on Monday!  Ugh.

Anyways, such is life.  It could be worse.  One crazy day at a time I always say.   Really, I just started saying that.
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