Thursday, December 10, 2009

In Which I Find Ways To Occupy My Time

Thanks, everybody, for your kind words. It's hard for me to be here and not in Texas, as in addition to the Feed Everybody gene I inherited from my parents I also got the Run Over There And Help gene that kicks in whenever something like this happens, which is making me desperately want to drop everything and get on a plane. I'm missing my family right now and wishing I could be there, but with Connor's recent seizures and Jeremy's lack of ability to use a public restroom it's just not feasible right now. Everyone in the family understands, of course, but that doesn't change the way I feel about it. That's the way it goes sometimes, I guess.

We did hear from the neurologist yesterday; he upped Connor's medication again and then told us he'd put in a referral for Connor to have another video EEG done up in Seattle. We aren't sure when that will happen yet, but it's a step in the right direction. Hopefully the new medication dosage will help stave off the seizures and we'll be able to go without adding another medication to Connor's regime.

The house is coming along well; the gas line went in this week so now the house has heat! It feels great in there right now. When we stopped by today Santiago was putting up the drywall, and it looked fantastic! We have a pantry now, the kitchen has walls again, and the master bathroom was taking shape while I was there. It's so exciting to see the way the house is coming together. With the crazy couple of weeks that we've had I haven't had a chance to get over there to work at all so it's been a while since we'd seen it. Tomorrow I'll be over there rain or shine, though-- the lawn needs mowing and the weeds are all coming back with a vengeance, so I need to do some clean-up before I can start back in on the ivy again. I'm glad for the work, though, as it will no doubt be a big stress reliever to be able to just lose myself in the rhythm of gardening. Now that we have heat it will be a lot easier for Jer and Connor to hang out in the house while I get some work done there in the afternoons during the week or on Saturday, so hopefully I'll be able to spend a lot more time over there in the next few weeks. I'll be sure to bundle up, as it's very cold outside!

I'll also be heading over to our storage unit some time in the next few days. While we won't be having a big Christmas this year I do want to put at least a few things up to show the holiday spirit. I'd like to get out our nativity set-- probably the one that Loki doesn't like to give baths to-- and maybe get a two or three foot tall rosemary tree or something to plant later instead of a big Christmas tree, since we don't really have room for one in the apartment. If I get us a wreath to make the house smell good it will be placed somewhere completely cat proof to stave off last year's disaster. I can't wait to see what trouble he'll get in this year to make up for the lack of Christmas decorations to shred!

Crazy cat.



Cathy said...

I am sorry to hear about your grandfather. It is hard not to be there on such occasions. Glad to hear about the Dr. working on Connor's seizures. Yea for the heat!

About the gardening... if your place is anything like mine, you are going to need an ice-ax and some dynamite to move the weeds out of the dirt. Did you not notice that it is about 19 degrees outside and everything is frozen? You can just stomp around on the lawn and it will break right off. No need to drag out the mower! I nearly froze my fingers hauling water around the farm this morning. Remember your long-johns if you decide to try working outside in the next few days.

MFA Mama said...

You're Superwoman. Really. I'm constantly amazed by your grace and ability to keep putting one foot in front of the other no matter what life throws at you. You're an inspiration to us all, Jess. xox

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Sounds like you have a lot of wonderful memories. It is hard to be far from family and not be able to be there for things like this (we are about 1000 miles from our family so I understand). I pray that the wonderful memories will bring comfort as you mourn the loss.

Glad to know there has been some progress with Connor. I hope increasing the meds really helps and there isn't a need for more. We just came back from a 23 hour EEG yesterday. It was NO fun! Sleep deprivation anyone? It did give us some answers though so that is a good thing.

Sounds like the house is coming along nicely - I bet you cannot wait to get in there!

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