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Had to make the hour long drive home today with a god-awful migraine. Worst I've ever had.

Light sensitive.
Smell sensitive.
Movement sensitive.
Nauseous.

Brought on by lack of sleep, lack of caffeine, my first rib out, muscle tension, and my hair up all day.

That was an hour I'd rather never repeat. *shudder* Managed to make it home without puking, but it was a near thing. It was, however, the first thing I did on getting home... and thankfully made me feel a bit better.

Took a couple of robaxacet and six hours after onset it appears to have finally abated. In its wake, my face feels numb and I'm awfully shaky and kinda feel like I was run over by a truck.

*sighs*

That sucked.

Pedometer

Apr. 2nd, 2009 08:35 pm
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I have a pedometer from school (part of the active-schools initiative).

According to Google, people are encouraged to walk about 10'000 steps a day. A sedentary person would walk about 1000-3000 steps a day.

On an average day as a teacher - not trying to increase the amount I'm walking - I'm at 9700.

The joys of being a teacher, being on your feet, and being on the go every day. Sit down? What is this sit down thing you speak of?

This explains why I tend to lose weight when I'm working full time regularly. *grins*

Oh yay.

Feb. 6th, 2009 05:11 pm
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*muttermutterstupidstomachbugmuttermutter*

*runs for bucket*

*sighs* I'd hoped I'd escaped. Appears not.
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I am being a good citizen and a cruel mother. :-/

Got a call a while ago from the hospital where Rhys was born. They are doing a study on the influenza vaccine and babies and wanted to know if I was willing to have Rhys participate. I, after talking with Frazer, said yes. Interestingly, the woman who called up asked me to talk it over with Rhys' father and let her know... I think it's the first person contacting me about Rhys who automatically included Frazer in the discussion.

So tomorrow we go to the hospital. Rhys will be measured, weighed, and given a general check-up. Then they will take blood, then give him a dose of the influenza vaccine. I will be getting my vaccination at the same time. I take him home, take his temperature for the next week and document any side effects, then bring him back several weeks later when they will take some more of his blood to measure the level of antibodies there. A few weeks after that, he gets his second dose of vaccine, and a few weeks after that he gets another set of blood tests and his 18 month vaccinations (which we have delayed a little longer in order to take part in this study).

The purpose of the study is to see if there is a significant difference in the immunity imparted by the standard 1/2 dose of vaccine that they give babies and a 1/4 dose of the vaccine. It is a blind study, so I will not know which dose Rhys is getting, since they won't either.

I think vaccination is important... and while this is for the flu vaccine, the results might well inform all vaccination efforts, so I will gladly participate. This does mean poking my son full of holes, but I will find some way to make this up to him. Much movie-watching and waving and kisses and saying hi to Ysabelle.

Looong day.

Nov. 6th, 2008 08:51 pm
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Rhys was so much better today. Still, a day at home alone with a sick toddler was long and headache inducing.

We went to the library and got out some books (and returned this month's book club book... a really quick read that one), then went to the store to get a few things. In a minute I'm going to check how my green tomatoes are doing and may make green tomato chutney.

Frazer's out tonight at a friend's gallery show. He should be home in about 1/2 an hour. Rhys is sleeping. And I'm exhausted.

I'm working tomorrow at Douglas Road elementary... I'm reasonably sure I was requested, which is always nice.
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For the Record: Food poisoning sucks.

It really sucks when both you and your husband have it at the same time. Thankfully, Rhys seems to have dodged the bullet... but looking after an 18-month-old while you're puking your guts up and weak as a kitten is not fun. We just played Pixar's Cars over and over again... since he will quite happily sit there are watch that non-stop.

I'm about to try food for the first time in 24 hours... and a cup of coffee to see if that'll get rid of the gods-awful headache I've had for the past day on top of the general grossness of food poisoning.

Ugh... I'm feeling better, but so, so weak. Rhys is at daycare... I'm probably going to go back to bed soon.
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Y'know... I don't think people have been taking this one seriously. If you think about the social and economic effects of it, in terms of people being removed from the work force to care for the afflicted and the familial consequences of that care, not to mention the mental anguish of those who are suffering from it, the effects are pretty staggering. And attention will shift to it now, because the boomers are getting to the age where it will be directly affecting them (and there's more of them). The problem, of course, is that the research should have been started 10 years ago.

Terry's Speech )
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I want Rhys to break these teeth. Because until he does, it would appear that he's having the typical diaper issues that occur with teething.

Poor little guy. Waking up screaming because of the pain/discomfort is a bad thing. Thank gods for vaseline and baby powder.

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