Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Best Text Ever

I don't want to get my hopes up, but I may be in the running for that "Mother of the Year" award afterall.....


Actual text message today, from Wally, from college:


I have a new found respect for you

for cleaning the microwave

for the past eighteen years. 


Who says a mother's work always go unnoticed?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Follow up Friday

Ok, so I've kinda let this blog go by the wayside.  It's been a combination of things.  Laziness, for one.  Busyness, for two.  I know.  How can you be busy and lazy?  Well, I get lazy because I'm so busy.  Understand? And boringness, for three.  Haven't really had much earth shattering news to post.  Or anything that is in true June form, that makes you sit back and say "Thank gawd that stuff happens to her and not me!"  Anyway.....I'm going to try real hard to post on Fridays.  Kind of a catch up day.  Think of it as a little "Fridays with June"  Something to look forward to. Yeah, right.  Anyway.

So......Beav and the Cheerleader?  It's over.  AND I still have a job.  She sent him a text.  A break-up text.  (Gah, what I would have given to be able to send a text, instead of having the awkward, breakup face-to-face like we did in the 80's!) Seems they make better friends than they do "friends", if that makes any sense.  But they are back to being friends, and my job is once again secure.  And Beaver doesn't seem to be too broken hearted about the whole thing. Can I get a collective "Whew" and a celebratory glass of wine, please?  Whew!   (Kinda wish she would have figured out the whole, "I like you better as friends, than a boyfriend" BEFORE I dropped $50 on that gawdawful corsage thingy!  AND KAT if you say one thing about it not being homemade, I may seriously come unglued and have to come and hunt you down with my hotglue gun.  The same hotglue gun I am forbidden to use.  Due to a lil mishap a few years ago.....we'll save that story for another Friday)

Last night was Beaver's last JV football game.  And what a game it was.  This was his first year.  So, he really didn't see a lot of playing time.  But last night?  Last night he was on fire.  They put him in on special teams and he had 5 tackles!  F-I-V-E!  All you heard from the announcer was, "And that was #4 on the tackle, Beaver Cleaver!"  Woooooo-hooooo!  Made a daddy proud.  Made a momma nervous, but proud.  I mean Beav doesn't weigh a whole heck of a lot and I was afraid he might get hurt!  It's been about 6 months since we've made a visit to the ER, and we're about due!  Anyway, isn't he handsome?  And tall?  When the heck did he get so tall?  He's only 15. 

 (to get the full effect of his "handsomeness" you might need to click on the pic to see it bigger! but don't forget to click the back button on your browser to come back and read the rest of this riveting post.  I'm too 'puter illiterate to figure out how to make it pop up in a new window, so that when you close the picture, you don't close the whole blog and then curse yourself like I do!)

And........see that little brown thing in my arms?  That sweet, little gob of goodness?  It's a puppy.  OUR new puppy!  Ward finally caved and agreed we could get another dog.  After we had to put our other dog down, I swore I would never get another.  But, as time has gone by and as our other dog, Sassy, has started to earn her name - as in tearing up the bathroom trash EVERY night - I've come to the conclusion that we needed another dog.  One, to keep Sass company and two, because I had a little empty place in my heart that only a puppy could fill.

Isn't she sweet?  And adorable?  Couldn't you just pick her up and nuzzle her?  Tell me what is sweeter than an 8-week old chocolate lab?  With floppy ears?  And yes, Jane, her paws do smell like Fritos!

This is Ward.  On the floor with Sassy. Trying to convince her that we still love her, too.  I'm no dog whisperer, but since Sassy won't even look at him, I'm pretty sure she isn't buying it!

Oh, oh, oh!  And I forgot the best part!  Beaver and Ward left to go deer hunting today!  They won't be home until Wednesday.  So, what's so good about that?  I'm off from work on Monday and Tuesday! I have the house to myself, and my dogs, until Wednesday.  No supper to cook.  No text to answer.  No forgotten items to run up to the high school during my lunch hour.  No store to run by to pick up items for supper that I forgot to get when I was just there the day before! What's a woman to do?  Hmmm?  Not sure. But I have plenty of wine chillin' while I figure it out. Oh, that and I do have to housetrain a puppy.  So, don't get all jealous.  It's not going to be ALL fun and games!
Wish me luck!
Til next Friday,

Thursday, October 8, 2009

AND so it goes....

To all of you, thank you for your comments.  I love you all more than boxed wine. And you know how much I love boxed wine.  In fact, if all of you lived a little closer, I think my dependency on boxed wine would lesson.  Ok, probably not.  But seriously, thank you.  I asked for funny, and really there isn't anything funny about diabetes.  I just didn't know what to do or say.  But, I appreciate your comments and I know my sister does too.  On a good note, Beautiful Daughter #1 tested her own blood sugar the other day.  They've even talked about going with an insulin pump once her dad comes back from Kuwait. She is trooping along just fine.  Her triplet sister though, is not.  Seems she's coming down with every ailment in the world.  I think she has ADD.  You know "Attention Deficit Disorder".  Only I think the deficit is in the fact that she isn't getting any attention.  Or at least "feels" like she isn't.  My sister is a terrific mother to all three of those kiddos. 
So.....again, thank you.

And now......we resume our regular programming in the Cleaver household.  Tomorrow is "Homecoming".  In more than one way.  Beaver will suit out for the varsity homecoming game tomorrow night and stand on the sidelines for the entire game - and we will be so proud of him!  (He's JV, so he actually plays on Saturday.)  AND, Wally is coming home!  It's been almost a month since I've seen him! So......Wally will get to see his brother play.  Several of Wally's friends are also coming home for the weekend.  The get together for the parents and the college kids, after the game, is at our house.  I took tomorrow off so I can get all of the appetizers ready.  Can not wait!  Have my son home. Have friends over.  Good food, hopefully, and good times.  AND, I ordered the obligatory corsage for the Cheerleader.

Yes, I think it is probably bigger than all 5'2" of her, but supposedly - the bigger the better!  I don't get the whole thing, but what do I know?  

And after this week........and having to cough up money for a new water heater, and an alternator for Beav's car, and a spray-in bedliner for Ward's truck - I mean it is hunting season and he has to hookup the camper and we don't want to scratch the bed of the truck, because after all, it is a TRUCK, again, I don't get it, but anyway - and possibly having to cough up money for a new hitch because the old hitch doesn't fit this type of pickup.  Ohdontgetmestarted........

After this week, I could use a little fun with my sons and my friends! Oh, and with Ward, of course!

Monday, October 5, 2009


I took down Friday's post.  Seemed kind of petty after I got into work this morning and had this email from my sister.....

Okay, I had this long email ready to send yesterday and it didn't go through so I'll retry it again......
On Thursday, Beautiful Daughter #1 (BD1)  had a doctors appointment because she had been using the bathroom so often at school.  Her teacher wondered if she was trying to get out of class and when I asked her about it she said she "had to go"  so I told her to stop drinking so much water and she said she was just always thirsty.  So the doc did a urinalysis on her and her sugar was extremely high.  He had us go down to Pordenone (about 40 minutes away) and have blood work done.  Once there her blood sugar was almost 400 (normal is 70-120).  They did other tests and confirmed it was diabetes.

They admitted her and started her on an IV and insulin.  Over the next three days we talked with Dieticians, Doctors and Diabetic Counselors (the three D's!).  As you can imagine it was nerve wracking.  We have to get treatment off base and with Hubby being in Kuwait it was pretty stressful.  I had friends take the kids for the three days we were there and that was hard.  I HATE asking for help and felt totally helpless.  They wanted to keep us until Monday but told them I had to go home for my other kids, so we finally made it home Saturday night.

So, this is what we know.  80% of her pancreas is not working.  Her body is producing antibodies to stop the insulin production.  Her body was dumping the extra sugar in her urine to get rid of it and in turn she was thirsty and trying not to get dehydrated.  They say that it's a genetic cause, not her lifestyle or diet.  They want the other two triplets also tested (please pray this is negative).  They also feel good that we caught this early.  They said that usually in kids it's found later once the diabetes has done damage to something else in the body.  All of her other labs for her kidneys and liver look normal.

Currently she is taking insulin 4 times a day and we check her BS before meals, give her a dose of insulin and then about 2 hours later I recheck just to make sure they are okay.  By looking at her you would never guess she has a problem.  She has been a trooper through it all really understands this.  Her doctors have her on a pretty strict diet as well.

We go back on Wed for a follow up and make adjustments as needed.  She knows she will always have this and will always have to take insulin.  Hubby keeps asking what complications this may cause in the future for her and right now I don't want to know.  We will have that conversation with the doctors when Hubby gets back in January.  Right now we are just letting this sink in.  I can't think about what may or may not happen down the road, that's for another day. 

Okay, sorry this so short and to the point but I'm tired and already typed it once!!!  Also, I'm a bit pissed that all of you live so far away from me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We've had some great people help out but really when things like this happen you just want your FAMILY!!  Start applying for your work Visas and get your butts over here, PRONTO!

I'll update when I know something new.

For those of you that haven't been around the block with me for a while, E is my younger sister.  The one I refer to as "Motherhen".  She got that nickname from me because she is sometimes a little bossy and controlling.  Sometimes. But more than that, she is a fantastic mother to 8 year old triplets.  She's stationed in Italy, with her husband.  Her husband has been deployed to Kuwait until January.  So......she's on her own right now.  With three kids.  Once recently diagnosed with diabetes. Trying to handle all of this the best that she can.

We sort of have this defect in our family.  It happens when we have to ask for help.  There's something about needing help that makes you feel a little out of control.  Don't know why.  But anyway.......I need your help.  I need your stories.  Your funnies.  Anything you can contribute regarding juvenile diabetes.  Maybe you know someone.  Maybe you have something funny to add.  We could use funny right now.  I don't know how to "fix" this for her.  I don't know what to say.  And being so far away, makes this suck even more. 
So, spill it.  Give me everything you got.  Help me, help my sister.  And those of you that know her blog, go by and leave a little inspirational comment or a funny.  She can take it.  You do see her last paragraph?  She's still got funny.  And if you have humor, you can get through just about anything.........