Monday, May 26, 2008

E.R. visit of the weekend...

Well, we had a goal of making it until Thanksgiving without a visit to the emergency room. We made it three weeks and one day.

Today we were all excited about the Heller's coming over for Memorial Day, grilling out and just hanging outside on such a beautiful day. I was busy in the kitchen getting ready to cut up the melons (Watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew). I decided that I was going to be a chef today and use the butcher knife instead of the steak knife I usually use and trust for cutting everything up. (Honestly, I had watched Rachel Ray earlier in the day, she really gives me confidence in cooking!) So, I grab the honeydew and the butcher knife and start cutting away. One cut, right down the middle. I get the knife stuck and while trying to pry it out, it seams I tried to cut my finger off. I have a deep cut that is a millimeter and a half long on the inside of my middle finger on my right hand. Well, lucky for me, I am left handed! I guess if you are going to do something like that, do it on the hand you don't use.

The funniest thing about my hospital visit is the fact that they were very concerned about giving me a tetanus shot. Lets see, I have had two surgeries in two months and no one else was concerned about this issue but, the doctor today was.... I HAD TO HAVE A TETANUS SHOT TOO!!! Oh, and it was the same E.R. doctor today who did Annie's stitches a month ago. Next time we might call us by name.

We arrived back home and Jason (who doesn't like melon's) spent the next hour and a half cutting up the melon's for everyone. He is totally my hero!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Long Weekend....Just what the doctor ordered

Before I start on this post, I want to say how sorry I am for the people in Northeast Iowa who have lost their loved ones or homes from the tornadoes tonight. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. My Dad and Mary do not have power in the town they live in, they didn't think there was a light on in Oelwein at all. Dad said he thought it would be a day or so before it came back on. The town next to them, had quite a bit of damage. I can not imagine what you are all going through.

Now, onto the long weekend. I really needed this. I didn't realize just how tired I was until I slept late the last two mornings. Now, when I say I slept late, you have no idea how late I mean.... I slept until 9 both mornings. I know that doesn't seem late to some people but, that is very late to me. I am usually up by 6, and never any later then 7. I felt so guilty sleeping that late.

Yesterday, Jason took the girls golfing over in Sibley with Brian. It was crazy windy! After they came home, we all went to Spencer to do some grocery shopping. That completely whipped me out again! So, we came home, made some tacos, and watched National Treasure 2.

Today, woke up late again, cleaned the house, went to lunch, came home, and cleaned the house some more. Denny and Cynthia stopped by for a little while and then, we played fire drill. Since we moved the girls bedroom to the basement we have been talking about what they should do in case of a fire. Well, today, we practiced it!!! They know completely what they are supposed to do and how to do it. They have it down to 40 seconds from start to completion. That rocks. I am so proud of them. It was like am obstacle course and they rocked it!

Well, I hope everyone else is having a great Memorial Day weekend! Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the families in Eastern Iowa.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The rudeness of others.

You know, most of the time I can find good in any situation. If something goes bad, I can find something good about it. I try to be very positive. It bothers me to be around people who complain or are negative all the time.

I went to pick up the girls today and as I walk in, I see the grandmother of one of the girls friends.
She lives in Sioux City and I know she must be here this week helping the family out with the kids. Anyway, I wait by Abbie's room first and talk to my friend Jodi who is waiting for Olivia. This is an everyday occurrence that usually ends in one of our daughters convincing us both that they need to play after school or need to spend the night at the others house. (It works 1-2 days a week.) The girls get out of class and Abbie and I say good bye and head down to Annie's class. I stand by this Grandma we know and I say hi. She proceeds to start grilling me about my hysterectomy, no hi, or how are you feeling, glad you are doing so good. First she asked if I had a complete hysterectomy, to which I say yes. Then she said that that was hard to believe seeing as I am at school already and up running around. I guess she had one 4 years ago and and didn't work for 7 weeks. So, mine must not have been that serious. (that is what she said.) I assured her mine was serious and a full and that I am just not good at staying down and I feel good. She informed me that she can't stay down either and mine just really wasn't as bad as hers... I just blew her off and was very excited about Annie walking out of the room so we could go!

I have kind of been stewing about this since I left school, how dare she minimize cancer! She just had a hysterectomy, she didn't have cancer to go with it. I had something to be excited about when I heard that it was all gone, all she had to look forward to was .... her life without her uterus.

I was just talking to Jason about it when he reminded me that she really is not a very nice person and she probably doesn't even know how miserable she is. He is right. I am doing great and I am free of cancer. That is the most important thing! I am not going to let someone so rude disrupt my happiness.

So, onto something better. Congratulations to everyone who participated in Ironman 70.5 Florida this last weekend. Sounds like the conditions were brutal! I think just the fact that people finished under the weather conditions is amazing. Kate, I am so proud of you for finishing the race after dropping at mile 9 of the run. You were such a major contender in your age group at the beginning of the run. I know Lake Stevens will be a great race for you! Tell Mom she had better get the house reserved for Clearwater. I see the trip is in our future again.

As for our other race fan, Tony Stewart, he did okay this last weekend. To bad it wasn't a points race. I feel like he is going to win this next weekend! Charlotte is his track.

Have a great week everyone. I will let you know what the Dr. says after our appointment Wednesday.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Race Weekend......

As Most of you know, we here in the Klatt house are big race fans! Now, we are not just big Nascar fans but, we also follow the Ironman atheletes! And, so, you can see just how big this weekend is to us!

All I can say is Go Kate Monster! Although we are not in Florida for the Ford Ironman 70.5 at Disney, we are all going to be hanging on our computers!

Katie is amazing! Not just because she is my sister but, this is her second year in Ironman and it is her first year in this age group. She is only 29 but, in Ironman, even though her birthday is after the season is over, she has to compete in the womans 30+. That is a crazy hard age group to compete in! She ROCKS it! It is really life changing to go to any Ironman event. Not just as an athlete but also as a spectator. You are not just spectators, you are totally involved in getting each and every athlete over that finish line! You can't help but want everyone to finish and do that best that they can do. You cheer for everyone! You hope that the support you give your athlete and any other participant will help them. I am completely emotional when I am at a race! Every time I see Kate, I cry. I am so proud of her out there, it is crazy! (Good thing I am not there tomorrow! My hormones are making me cry like a baby for no reason all the time!).

Well, for the 2008 season we have new team T-shirts, They are so cute and hopefully ones that Kate can spot! We will all be sporting our team shirts tomorrow morning!

Thank you Nonnie for the new shirts! They rock like Aunt Katie!

So, all I have to say is RTS Kate Monster!!!!! We wish we were there! Also, a shot out to Wes, Marni, and everyone else racing this weekend!

And, last but not least go to Tony Stewart at the All Star race tonight!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

First day back to work.

So, it was my first day back to work. And, I can not tell you how tired I am! Just three hours and I am completely wiped out. Basically I went to work to find the bottom of my desk. It was buried under a foot of papers and mail. Wow, I don't know how to get back into it. I don't want to submerse myself into work as I have the past few years. I want to start slow and take one day at a time. The problem I have with that is that I care about my customers and they are used to me doing everything they ask of me. I am going to try and focus more on my family then work. (My new resolution) I don't want my work to lead my life. I just seem to push myself more and more and then it is completely consuming.

I am a goal person and I have huge goals for myself at work that I set and then set higher and then set higher. I don't know how to slow that down. But, I promise to my family, that I will try! It is hard for me to understand why everyone isn't like that.

Okay, I am going to talk about something that not everyone is going to want to hear so, if it gets to be too much, just change to someone Else's blog....

I am having a serious problem and don't know what to do. I think my hormones pills are giving me headaches everyday. I won't call them migraines because I can fall asleep. It takes a while, a long while but, I do fall asleep. When I have a full on migraine, it hurts so bad I can not get to sleep, it hurts to bad to fall asleep. Usually someone would just talk to their doctor but, I don't feel comfortable calling Dr Bell. I haven't heard from her or any of her nurses since we have been home. I don't feel like I can call her. She is an extreme type A person. She may have a brilliant mind but, she really sucks in the caring department. I am just going to wait until the 21st to see her and try and talk about all my concerns then but, my head hurts so bad at night and every night, I try and play it off to Jason.

Speaking of Jason, he is throwing in the towel on our yard. I didn't think I would ever hear that come from his mouth. He actually called Chemlawn to take care of our yard this summer. I was floored! He is like the guru of the green grass. He said it had to do with something about not getting the yard fertilized in time this year but, I can not believe it. Jason said it will take two years to get our yard straighted up and then he will take over again.

Okay, I know I am random today on topics but, I really don't know much. I am excited for Dancing with the Stars tonight to find out who the finalists are for next week. That is the real excitement in my life (pretty boring!).

Sunday, May 11, 2008

My Secret...

So, I have a very guilty secret. Are you ready? I love to watch Survivor and Desperate Housewives. Usually this is okay, Survivor is on Thursday nights and Desperate Housewives is on Sunday night. Well, tonight is the one night a year that they conflict. And, as it is Mothers Day, I should be able to watch what I want to watch. NOT!!! I am having to flip between one show to the other. Not fair. Okay, so I should probably get over my guilty obsession. I actually know quite a few people who watch Desperate Housewives.

I had the GREATEST Mothers Day! Annie and Abbie were so excited. My mom had a gift for them to give me and Jason actually took the girls shopping as well. So, all in all, I had a few presents to open. I received lockets from both of the girls that had matching lockets for the girls to wear. The lockets are a cool idea and the girls are proudly wearing theirs too. Then, I have been playing with the girls' Webkinz on line for the last few weeks. I really have enjoyed myself. I kept telling the girls I wanted a Webkinz for Mothers Day. Well, I didn't get a Webkinz, I received two Webkinz. I have been having a blast today setting up my Webkinz home and playing online with them. The girls are showing me how to do some of the stuff I didn't know how to do. And then, my lovely husband gave me the most beautiful picture fame for a couple of photos. I seriously scored this year. Annie keeps asking me when Kids Day is and I keep telling her everyday.

I hope every mother had just as great a day as I did. Happy Mother's Day!!!!!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Life through the eyes of Tiger...

It is 8:30 Friday night and, the only really exciting thing that has happened to me today is Tiger's day of running the neighborhood. He has had a very exciting day! This morning as I am helping the girls get ready for school, I let Tiger out as normal. Well, it was raining today so, I didn't want to chain him up because my lovely husband just planted grass seed and I didn't want Tig to disrupt it when it was wet. (I don't know about those things, is it okay for the dog to be on wet short grass or best not to?) I became busy with the girls and forgot about him. Later, as I am trying to get the girls out the door, I look across the street at the neighbors house and thought they had some body's really big black lab in their yard. Duh, it was Tiger. I called him and he came running in like he thought he was in trouble. It wasn't his fault I forgot about him.

Tonight as the girls and Jason went to the school carnival, I let Tiger out again and kind of forgot about him. (This time I chained him up!) After about 20 minutes, I look outside and he is in the backyard neighbors yard? WTF??? He broke his chain. He does that usually twice a year. Well, once again he came in the house like he did something wrong. Usually when he comes in the house like that, he has been to someone else's yard and taken their toys. He loves tennis balls and squeaky toys, usually when he has been on the run we have an increase in the number of tennis balls inside our house. We are kind of low right now so, I guess up until today, I have been pretty good about keeping Tiger in line.

Little Grams stopped by to see me for a few minutes today. I think secretly she is stopping to see Tiger. They are becoming good friends. She has fingernails and scratches his head just right. He just sits on the floor by her and soaks it up as she rubs his head. He weighs almost double what she weighs. It is funny to see those two together. So, she brought me tulips and Tiger her fingernails.

As I write this, he is laying beside the chair and snoring very loudly! He is going to go into shock next week when I start going back to work a little bit. It's okay because I probably will too! He has just become accustomed to me being home all the time. It really cuts into his nap time having people stop by all day to see me (but he likes it now!). The life of a large dog (120.5 pounds) who thinks he is a lap dog. Have a great weekend everyone. And, Happy Mothers Day to you all too!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A dreary Wednesday....

How is it that something two six year olds say can make their mother so embarrassed. My mother has been helping us out with the girls the last few weeks. She comes in the morning and helps get them ready and headed off to school. Today started off not very good at our house,

1. Jason was late getting out of bed, which in turn makes him late leaving the house and late for work. Usually I push him out of bed after the first snooze alarm goes off. Last night, he slept in the front bedroom because I haven't been sleeping well and he thought it was him snoring. So, I was not available to push him out of bed. I am sure after the 5th snooze alarm it dawned on him that maybe it was time to get up.

2. I was showered and dressed waiting for the girls to come up stairs after they woke up. They have an alarm clock and depending on how things are going it is anywhere from 7:03-7:20 that they show the whites of their eyes. Well, at 7:27 I finally had to go down stairs and hurry them up. They were fighting and slamming doors. I don't know what was going on with them! I had to push them up the stairs.

3. My mom arrives at 7:45 and we are finishing up getting lunch made and breakfast going. The girls are in a bad mood and they were not wanting Non to take them to school or pick them up. So, they proceeded to tell her that. That made me feel terrible and guilty. I need help right now and Mom had stepped up to the plate to help. She didn't have to do that. She is actually supposed to be on her way to Florida right now. Kate has a race next weekend at Disney. Mike left today and my mom should have been with him. They just bought a house in Florida and she doesn't even get to set it up herself.

4. I want to go to Dad and Mary's house this weekend with everyone and I can't. I tried to talk Jason into it, and then reality sunk in. It is a 4 hour drive and I can barely make it around town with out the bouncing of the road hurting me, how and I going to make it 4 hours? It sucks!

Okay, on to something better! Little Grams is on her way today to spend time with me today. I asked her to bring her Yahtzee. We used to play that all the time at the lake house on Big Spirit on rainy days and today is just that kind of day. I don't know if it is supposed to clear up outside but, I really stormed her last night. I think the temperature dropped also. I sat outside yesterday for about an hour and soaked up the sun. It was really nice. I hope we have some more of that before I have to go back to work!

Have a good day everyone!

Monday, May 5, 2008

All Good News!

Mary, the nurse from Dr. Bell's office, called about an hour ago to tell me that I am clean. The pathologist had a hard time reading my uterus because of the oblation. That is what took so long. So, now I get to start hormones. Hopefully they will take care of the hot flashes and night sweats.

So, I can officially call myself a cancer survivor. The girls are just pretty happy that I won't lose my hair. That is a big thing for a 6 year old. (I think it would have embarrassed them!)

Okay, I don't know anything else, just waiting for Jason to get home tonight. I think he will be more relaxed tonight! He has been wound pretty tight the last week. Have a great evening everyone!

Just sitting here waiting.....

Okay, so I had a rough weekend! It should have slid on by but I will recap for everyone.

Friday, I had been waiting for the doctors office to call with pathology reports. Actually, I was kind of expecting them to call one I arrived home just to check on me to make sure all was going good. NOPE. They never once called to check up on me? I don't know but, I think that is kind of weird seeing as last month I had endometral oblation (sp) and I received a call everyday for a week to see if I was okay, I have a complete hysterectomy and no call? So, finally Friday afternoon, I called to see if the pathology report was back yet? Dr. Bell told Jason it would be Thursday or Friday. The nurse who answered the phone told me they would call me back..... at 2:30 they called to tell me that the pathology report was not back but, Dr. Bell and Jenny (her nurse practitioner) would have to decide what they wanted to do before they would call me with the news. I don't want to read into that call at all. We are just going to sit here and wait.

Saturday, I was freed from my cell for a couple of hours. My mom took me to see Maid Of Honor at the theater. I had wanted to see that movie and I talked her and Jason into the fact that I only had to walk a short way from the parking lot into the movie, sit for a couple of hours and then back to the parking lot and home. The movie was cute. Just a feel good movie which is perfect for me right now. Boy did that little bit of activity wear me out! I was really tired Saturday night. But, that just means I slept great that night!

Sunday, I woke up with the start of a migraine. I hurried up, took a shower and sat in the chair. I was attempting to act like nothing was wrong but, I knew better. Jason called Dr Bell and she told him to get it taken care of. Off to the hospital we went. It took us an hour and a half to get through the E.R. And, needless to say, I slept the rest of the day way.

Here it is 11:30 Monday and we are still waiting. I want to take a shower but, I am afraid the hospital will call while I am in the shower and I won't hear it. So, I stink and I wait. LOL!!!

I can't wait anymore for the shower so, I am going to go take a shower and get something for lunch and wait some more this afternoon.

Have a great day everyone! It is a beautiful day in Northwest Iowa!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

A quick post...

I just wanted to post quickly this morning. I am pretty doped up this morning. We arrived home yesterday at about 3:30 with the promise to the doctor that I would stay down at home. Well, I am going to try my best. I have the dictator on me (Jason). Bless his heart. He knows he is in for a trying time with me. Every time I want something I just go to do it. I promised I would try and be good!!!!!

So, we are doing the wait game. Actually we are doing the wait game for a few things.... the pathology report and (excuse me for talking about it, blame the meds) my bowls starting to work. Sorry, I warned you. The night before surgery I had to do the bowl prep. It actually worked to well. I had the squirts so bad I was up all night. When we arrived at the hospital I was so dehydrated there were some issues trying to get an IV in me. My nurse tried twice and he actually called in reinforcements, another nurse who tried. He dug and dug around in my arm. So, he finally decided to throw in the towel and wait for the anesthesiologist. Both nurses said he would defiantly be able to get the IV. So, there I sit waiting for the anesthesiologist, with hot compresses on my arms and hands. Supposedly the hot compresses will make your veins pop out? Something I didn't know. But, also something that didn't work. They did get all the blood they needed from my arms but, barely. Then, I had to have a shot in my stomach for clotting. I tell you what, I was just about to the end of my rope. I can handle a ton of stuff but, I hate it when someone has to start an iv on me! I don't know why because in the scheme of things, that is so minor but, it was just the beginning. Dr Hesser (the anesthesiologist) came in, and let me tell you, he was all full of himself!!!! but, very funny. He said he never has a problem getting an iv in and sits down all cocky, and guess what, after digging around for 10 minutes, he couldn't get it either. He had a partial line in so, I had to hang my hand just right for the iv to keep going. But, Dr Hesser reassured me that after they put me to sleep, he would get one in. Well, come to find out, he struggled then as well. I will be wearing long sleeves for quite a while! I am black and blue all up my arms. And, they hurt!

Okay, I will continue in a little while, I really need to take a break and a nap. I am glad to be home but, it really wore me out coming home yesterday. I HURT!!! Have a great day everyone!