Tuesday, 31 May 2011

The Final Push to Move

There is nothing like a little stress to knock a few kilogrammes off your weight and add a few sleepless nights to the list. Along with trying make sure everything for Hayden is under control and that things will work seemlessly. 

This is the first time we have moved house since Hayden became disabled.  I had not really sat down to think what moving him would mean, especially when it comes to his mail.  After much thought it dawned on me that itwe have decided that it is not worth the effort trying to move his mail again so I organised a Post Office Box.  It will mean that when we move again Haydens mail will be safe in the P O Box and I wont be missing any appointments, community service cards etc.

(source flickr)

So yeah to the PO Box and the easy moment I have created for the next and every other move we make.  No more to mail to move.....well that is once we have changed all of this lot of addresses.
Now with each box packed and labled so we can find things in a hurry one last look at our house, the 13 May we said goodbye to this part of our life and onto something new.

Friday, 27 May 2011

In hospital again

The first day of the school term, I had work and Haydens school rings me at morning tea time to say that he is not well, he is vomiting.  I listen hard to what they say, excuse myself profusely from my days work and go collect him from school.  Sure enough I needed to take Hayden to hospital and naturally he was rapidly dehydrating as I took him into the hospital. I know for sure IV fluid and electrolyte balance medication will be required.

It had been many years since Hayden had been this sick before winter even started and I was really taken unaware.  DH was away overseas for work and it took a lot of planning to organise life for my other children so I could be with Hayden.

Naturally my rusty hospital entertainment skills swung into action and I was able to test out a few more ideas.

Firstly to add to my bag of tricks I needed to put a balloon and top up the little toilet bag I have for Hayden to play with.  It is the sort that you get off when you are travelling internationally by plane.   All sorts of goodies come in handie.  The bag I have has a pair of socks, toothbrush and paste ( Hayden loves brushing his teeth), lip balm, comb etc.  All things to have a little fun with.

Luckily Kids First Hospital have a wonderful team of play specialists who were on hand to help me entertain Hayden for nearly 4 days.  I can tell you that in addition to what I provided I have seen the same Barney (yes Hayden is stuck in a time warp and loves this character) DVD for two days solid.  I could just about repeat the dialogue verbartum.  Hayden was stuck in bed for three days unable to get out because he was hooked up to an IV pump through his port a cath, which really frustrated him and as he was unable to be medicated for his servere ADHD and feeling grotty certainly did not help.

So here is what a hospital stay looks like for Hayden and me

Hayden and I have just arrived in hospital and are waiting for the special nurse to insert the port a cath needle so bloods can be taken and IV fluids inserted.

After quite sometime waiting I drag out the latex hospital glove, fill it with water and we play a catching game.

The next day he is not a happy person and is giving Hospital Teddy plenty of hugs in between the nausia.

Of course I am not looking my best in hospital.  The bed by the window is had and drafty.  I am woken everytime something needs to be done, such as bloods or take his vital statistics etc.  It is not a good look.

On the final bedridden day Hayden is sure looking a little happier.  Here is with the next best thing to do with a vomit bag.  Hayden loves it.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Wordless Wednesday 25 May

I am back and catching up with my life.  Todays photo is not a new one but one my family got access to just recently.  Lets just say it is family. 

I am linking this to My Little Drummer Boys

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Monday Menu 23 May

Here is this weeks menu.  It is taking some time to adjust to our new surrounding and little time to exeriment with new recipes so you will need to just hang in with me while I get life back in pace with me.

Monday  Chicken and Chile Wraps

Tuesday  Grilled Steak with potatoes and veges

Wednesday  Meatballs on spaghetti

Thursday  crockpot stew

Friday  Lamb and pearl barley soup

Hmmm I cant wait for this fridays soup.

I am linking to The Organising Junkie

Moving House

Well it has been quite some time since I have updated the new to me things.  Life has really taken over and since I last blogged we have sold our house, moved house, Hayden spent 3 nights in hospital and I have been working hard.

This all started the week before Easter when our house, which had been for sale over 12 months finally was confirmed for sale with two and a half weeks before we moved out.  We were caught totally unaware and essentially homeless.  There was nothing on the market that we could buy or wanted to buy if it comes to that.  So frantically I packed our home of 4 1/2 years.  Each box carefully labled and padded as required.  Luckily I am not prone to keeping things that are no longer of use and the local supermarket had a plentiful supply of banana boxes with lids on them.  Of course with it being the end of the school holidays the children were on two weeks break and we had a family holiday planned.  Needless to say it felt like life was beginning to spiral out of control just a little.  This was also compounded by the fact that DH was busy working and not home for much of the critical packing time.

So there will be no more misty view out my front door and looking forward to something new all be it temporary.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Monday Menu 16 May

My poor blog has been neglected.  I have had no time to blog.  Since I last blogged I have been on holiday, my son Hayden has spent three nights in hospital and we have moved house.  Hopefully I will now be settled into a routine so my blogging can start up again.

So here from my new, but temporary location, here is this weeks menu.

Monday  corned beef, baked potato and green vege.

Tuesday   stirfry with sweet and sour sauce.

Wednesday  chicken noodly dinner  (will post this recipe later in the week)

Thursday  crockpot stew

Friday  chicken wraps

Saturday  ham, leek and pasta pie

Sunday  leftovers

I am linking this to Organising Junkie.  Go and take a look.