May 12, 2007

Been Busy

Life just keeps happening around here. This week has been such a busy one, but it's been good. I'm not going to get into all the details of Taylor's allergies because: 1. There's TOO much and 2. I still have a lot to learn about them myself. You may think that allergies are just allergies, but when you throw asthma and possible lung damage in there, it's so much more than just popping a Claritin every morning! He's doing great though. He's sleeping through the night and able to go outside without having to use his inhaler. The one thing I need to be thinking about is if I want him to continue on all the meds that they prescribed, or if I want to take him for allergy shots. I think the shots are the way to go, because they make up them up out of the specific things he's allergic to. However, it's a time commitment. It's a pretty far drive and to start out he'd be going twice a week. They could probably get him right in if we got there at the right time, but then you have to sit in the office for 30 minutes. Thank goodness I have my mom right here to help. Nothing has been decided though. Did you know allergy shots have been around since 1911? Longer than any antihistamine! The amazing thing is, our insurance would rather pay for the shots then the drugs. Plus, the shots will give him an immunity to allergies and the meds just mask it. The shots can make it so he never has to take medication and eventually may not even have allergies. The doctor gave me a very interesting article to read about allergies and how they come about. Basically it's your body overreacting to whatever you've taken in. They attach to your cells and then your body reacts to it as something being there that shouldn't and basically that's when it all begins. I know I won't be able to explain it right so I'll stop there, but it was a very interesting article and helped to explain it better to me.

My mom and aunt went up to Michigan for the day. We were planning on going, but my poor doggie is sick or hurt or something. We're not sure what is wrong with him and have you tried to get into a vet on a Friday or Saturday? It's impossible. We took him to a little "urgent care for animals" type place last night and when we walked in we were told there was a 2 hour wait. There was hardly anyone there, but I guess there were some badly hurt animals in surgery and in the back. My aunt went with us and when the receptionist said that, we both looked at the clock at it was already 9:00... meaning my dog wouldn't be seen until at least 11:00 and then we probably wouldn't be back home until 12:30/1:00 am. I didn't want to make my aunt stay out that late since she had to get up at 6am. So we left and kept an eye on him. He came home and went right to bed. I was going to take him to his vet this morning, or at least try to, but he seems to be doing a little better. I think he pulled something in his back. If it's not better by Monday, I'll take him in. I was a little leery to take him last night anyway because they always seem to need to do things they probably don't really need to do, and dollar signs start coming out of nowhere. I love my dog, I would have paid almost any amount if he was truly on his death bed and my mom even offered to let me take her credit card last night (just in case), but if he can get over it on his own, that's what he's gonna have to do. He never seemed to be in any major pain, it was more like discomfort. Make sense? Do you know how many times I've had discomfort but didn't go running to the doctor. Our bodies are made to heal themselves in many cases and I think that's what we should let happen.

The boys are both out working in the flower beds out front. We have reddish color lava rocks in them right now, which matches our shutters and front door, but we're going to take them and do something around the back patio and then put mulch in the front. The area where our fountain/pond is now, I'd like to make into a deck or some sort of porch. I bought a small black iron patio set today and it would look really cute out there. It's more of a bistro set with only 2 chairs, but it's really cute. The boys and I put it out back for now and we had lunch out there today. Next year we are getting a pool!! I don't care what happens, I want a pool. Hopefully we can get the back yard and patio in order so it will finally look decent out there. It's ok right now, it just needs some tlc. I like sitting out front better anyway. More people around. Plus the afternoon sun is at the back of the house so the front is pretty cool on hot days. I'd still like to somehow keep the fountain/pond. We've had fish in there for 4 or 5 years... they always go to the bottom in the winter and come back up in the spring. Plus listening to the water is so relaxing after a hard day.

Tomorrow we will go to my dad's church in Muncie, then we're going to Outback Steakhouse for lunch (yum!), then we'll come home and do the whole gift thing, then hopefully be able to work outside some. We're FINALLY getting our storm door on Monday. I can't wait. It will be so much nicer. The daycare parents can just walk in and we'll get more light in the front of the house. Plus the dogs will be able to look outside when they're downstairs, so that will be nice for them too.

Well, I better get off here and see how the boys are doing. I hope you all have a very blessed Mother's Day!