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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Few Unrelated Rants

So to give you an idea of the mood over here, I started this morning after being up until 3:30am, plunging a toilet.

After being in the ER with a friend last night, I have decided that unless I am dying or bleeding profusely and even then probably not, I am never going to the ER. I know they do what they can and it isn't a slight on the whole ER but what an awful experience. I have been to the ER so many times and I can tell you, when I took Nico in for the split open head and asthma attack, the nurses and doctors were wonderful. When I took Gia when she fell and her head was bleeding, again, they were the best ever. When I had my surgery and then got sick, they were horrible. One person told me I had one thing (a bladder infection) and then five minutes later, someone else told me something different, none of which was what I actually had which was bronchitis. Last night was ridiculous. Three hours later and we walked out of there with my friend feeling stupid for going. Let me tell you what else, the ER at CDH on a Monday night after midnight is a scary, scary place. It was packed and I swear there was a woman there that I was afraid was going to die before anyone got to her. Once we were seen, the one nurse was wonderful and also thought there was a good reason for why my friend was there but then the ER doctor (and why on a very crowded night did it seem like there was only one?), who we did not like at all, came in and was so dismissive that both of us felt stupid and shamed for being there. Oh, but I REALLY enjoyed going down memory lane with him as he told us of all his daughter's injuries in her 17 years of life. That was fun at 3:00am.

My fourth graders have a field trip today. I care deeply for the state of our environment. Really I do and I will probably be judged and looked down upon when I say this but I know I am not alone. I might be the only one saying it but I KNOW I am not alone in this. Asking me to pack the twins a "waste free" lunch for this field trip is asking a lot. Maybe the packet came to us last week and my kids are terrible about giving me that stuff or...maybe they did and in all this chaos, I forgot. It's a crap shoot. Could be a little of both but this morning after no sleep, my darlings let me know that I need to pack them a waste free lunch with little Tupperware (like I am letting those out of my sight and into the hands of my 10 year olds that can't even remember to give me a field trip packet). I even thought to myself in the hours we were waiting last night that today would be an "Uncrustable" day, which means, an Uncrustable, a fruit cup, a bag of chips and a HoHo. In other words, the opposite of "waste free" and the result of two sets of tears today. Tommy, especially, was very upset because I don't have a canvas lunch bag for him and I get it. I freaked out until I saw that it said the waste would just have to come home which was fine with me but still not fine with the twins. Soooo much complaining and whining. "This is just like my regular lunch." "Ummm, I can't really drink Sprite. It bothers my stomach." "Why can't I just use the new Tupperware?" "Can you peel my banana so I don't have the peel?" This is not a rant against their teachers. It was not them that required this. It was the place where the field trip will be and again, let me say, I love the environment. I want to save the environment. My use of disposable diapers, water bottles and lots of little plastic baggies of food and other items might say otherwise but really I do.

I never felt like I had fat fingers until I got a touch screen phone. The amount of typos is off the chart and actually laughable when the auto correct tries to figure out what I am saying. Apparently it was elves and fairies that developed those screens. Am I the only one that has trouble with that?

I have stayed well within the 1200 calorie allowance I get in order to lose some weight. I have eaten nothing but two eggs a day, bananas, carrots, apples, Lean Cuisine meals and once in awhile to change things up, grilled tilapia. Admittedly, exercise has not been as often as I should (and with the day I am having so far, today doesn't look promising either) but I have really been watching what I eat. I have had one Coke (and it was half) in a month and probably 3 alcoholic beverages. I stepped on the scale (I know, D.W. I need to chuck it) the day before Mother's Day and I am up 3lbs. I know...I have heard it all...I need to exercise. I might not be eating enough. Yuck, yuck and yuck. I am going to try Brad Pilon's plan "Eat, Stop, Eat." I'll let you know how it goes. I thought 40 was the new 30 (or is the the old 30?) and let me tell you, I wish that was true. I was 10lbs lighter at 30!

I'd love to hear what diet plans work for you. I know it's a lifestyle change and that I need to exercise more but did a plan kick start your loss? I'd love to know.

Or, just tell me your terrible ER stories or that you have fat fingers too. :)


At May 15, 2012 at 7:35 AM , Blogger mCat said...

I worked out, watched what I ate and still couldn't lose (4 years ago - overweight)
It wasn't until I actually starting calories and running that the scale started to budge. Running is the biggest calorie burn bang for your buck.

And my worst ER story? Gah! Last time I was there. I was taken to xray and since they were busy, I was asked to wait for a few minutes. I laid on the bed just looking around and right in my face was a poster with xray pictures of bullet wounds. All different places of the body with funny captions. When I saw the head shot, I lost it.
When the tech came to get me for the pictures, I asked what the purpose of the poster was? He responded that one of the employees put it there as a lighthearted way to educate patients and give them something to chuckle at as they waited.

I then said,"considering my daughter in law blew her head off on Christmas eve, not everybody finds this funny"

Silence all the way back to the room where I fell apart crying. The attending nurse became livid and I was told the poster was removed immediately. Nice that they would take it down, but images are stuck in my head. Sometimes they forget to have compassion

At May 15, 2012 at 7:45 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

OMG, mCat! I'm so sorry about your daughter in law. That's terrible and what a horrible poster! It's so true about compassion. The best doctors and nurses still see people and not just patients. I'm still floored that they thought the poster was funny. Geez!

Ugh...I hate running but I think you are right. I might have to suck it up.

At May 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Heather said...

I never lose any weight. I have definitely tried to stick with a better diet, nothing specific, just being careful and I also started running a year ago. My scale doesn't say that I weigh any different, but I did go shopping on Friday and I will say that I felt GOOD when trying on clothes!!! That was a plus.

I started running with the Couch to 5K program and it really did work - I highly recommend it!

I hate the ER. I always make my husband take the kids for their broken bones and stitches.

And the waste free lunch is weird. I would think it was just the opposite - they want everything to be able to be thrown out and not have the children carry everything around. PS I am addicted to ziploc baggies - use them for everything!

At May 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM , Blogger Missy | Literal Mom said...

Wow - craziness at your house right now! If your lunch can't be an uncrustable, I have to say I have no idea what waste free means either! I think schools forget a lot of the details at this time of year - I *almost* think it's on purpose b/c they're so ready to be done for the summer! But I'm sure it's more b/c they have a ton of stuff to do too!

At May 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

I've been following your running adventures. :) I'm living vicariously through your early morning runs and love the honesty of how sometimes sleep wins out. Good for you that the clothes fit better. Right now, I have two outfits I will wear in public and neither are very good. :) I just know if I felt better, I'd put more thought into what I was wearing. They go hand in hand and right now...I'm chasing my tail. Hate the way I feel so clothes look ugly. Ugly clothes because I hate the way I feel. I thought the same thing about the waste free lunch. Odd. LOVE Ziploc baggies!

At May 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

It is craziness. I wasn't even supposed to post today (trying to go to every other day) but couldn't help myself. I think the teachers probably agree that it was annoying. It wasn't them. It was the place that the field trip was held. They probably would have thought like Heather and that the more they can throw away, the less they have to hear kids whine about carrying it. I remember when I was teaching...this time of year came and I was like a caged animal ready to be freed. :)

At May 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM , Blogger Kimberly said...

Seriously, do you ever get a calm moment in your life??

The ER itself drives me crazy. I've seen too much there, heard too many stories, and have way too many fears of it.

And a waste free lunch? Yeah, ok. That's next to impossible for a field trip day!

At May 15, 2012 at 9:11 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said... feel like no to ever getting a calm moment in my life. To make matters worse, insomnia has hit and Gia didn't nap so I am still going on 3 hours of sleep.

Never going back and no one can make me. I will avoid at all costs.

I'm a little scared that I haven't seen the waste that they were supposed to bring back. I think it might be fermenting in their backpacks.


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