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Monday, October 27, 2008

Mish Mash & Hodge Podge

So lots of little things happening right now. There's really nothing that can be its own blog posting, but there are enough smaller things that if compiled together can make one random messy post.

Probably the most important in our life today is the fact that Calvin is having some serious, and I mean SERIOUS inner ear issues (say that 5 times fast...)
inner ear issues
inner ear issues
inner ear issues
(heck! try typing it 5 times fast...)

He woke me up early this morning (5:45) vomiting. That, in and of itself is amazing. We've been married for pert near 21 years and I think that he has only vomited maybe 3 times out of sickness that entire time. He emptied his stomach every 15 minutes until about 7:30. It turns out that, for him, the room was spinning. He was motion sick and nauseous from that. Yes, it sounds like vertigo, doesn't it?

Vertigo Overview
Vertigo is the feeling that you or your environment is moving when no movement occurs. Imprecisely called dizziness, the term vertigo is the specific term used to describe an illusion of movement. Unlike nonspecific lightheadedness or dizziness, vertigo has relatively few causes.

Poor Calvin, can't move without throwing up. Seriously. Something as simple as rolling over makes him nauseous and he throws up. Our neighbor suffered with this same condition a couple months ago,(and continues to get episodes) so we called to get advice. He offered to come over and show us the funky treatment that cured him. It was a real chore to get Calvin downstairs from our bedroom to the living room. He was completely off balance by the time he got to the bottom of the stairs and I had to grab him and keep him from falling over. By the time he sat down on the couch, I had to have a bag ready because he had gotten so sick from the movement that he began vomiting again.

Ron was very helpful and it was nice for Calvin to have someone that has suffered in the same way to talk to. I have sympathy for him, but Ron understands how terrible this condition is. It was also very nice that Ron's son is a fairly new elder and together they gave Calvin a healing blessing.

We got Calvin upstairs, Ron brought over some anti-nausea and motion sickness medicine and I think Calvin is ready for the night. Tomorrow we'll take him to the Ear, Nose, Throat doc and get the official diagnosis.

Pray for him, will ya?

Funny thing: Adam is tired of the vomit drama. I always shoo Adam away when Calvin begins to throw up and I think Adam is beginning to feel disgruntled about it. He made a sign while Ron & Jill were over and it made us all laugh. (I took a picture of it, but you can't read it.) It says,
"Stop Borrfeeng."
(He's 6. He spell phonetically.)
The sign is hanging up in our bedroom.


Life hasn't been all dry heaves and belching. Saturday was WONDERFUL!!! Calvin and I left the children at home and we drove 30 minutes to the shopping mecca of our area and started Christmas shopping! Yippee!! I am so thrilled to have a large chunk of Christmas bought, paid for and, yes, I will admit it...


But the best part was that it was just the two of us. My love language is "Quality Time" and Calvin knows this. He's always so good to put aside the papers he's grading (he's a faculty member at University of Phoenix online) and spend time with me. We had a blast.


I got to teach the Young Women lesson on Sunday. We're on lesson #40 which is titled, "Loving Ourselves and Others." I was excited to make a handout with this poem on it:

Today you are you, that is truer than true.
There is one one alive that is youer than you.
Shout aloud,
I am what I am!
Thank goodness I am not a clam or a ham
Or a dusty ole' jar of gooseberry jam.
I am what I am,
What a great thing to be.
If I say so myself,
Happy everyday to me.
--Dr. Seuss

Don't you think everyone should have this poem memorized?


A funny/embarrassing thing happened to me Friday night. It was the Halloween Carnival at Adam's school. I signed up to sell the tickets for the activities. While I was sitting there, a guy walked up to me and started talking to me like I knew him.

I didn't.

I mentioned that fact, "Dude, I don't know you!"

And he said, "Oh yes you do. We are intimately acquainted.... "

(a slight pause as I looked at him, my face red, my eyes wide....)

"Well, you're intimately acquainted with my teeth anyway," he continued.

I just laughed then. He thought I was the hygienist that worked in his dentist's office. He laughed too when I told him that he had me confused with someone else.

I was glad Calvin wasn't there, though. That could have been awkward.


Devani or Jon said...

I am so sorry about Calvin. Few things are worse than throwing up all day.

You meet the strangest people at those school carnivals!

It was good to meet you in person,

April said...

I hope Calvin gets feeling better soon. I'm sure that is not an easy thing to deal with.
I love the new picture at the top of your blog!

Yvonne said...

I'm so sorry about calvin--hope he's better soon.
(Love Adam's sign ; )

The new picture on your blog is great.

Anonymous said...

I too can empathize with Calvin. After I had Kelsey (the next day) I had vertigo. Mine lasted a month though. My Dr. was in Corvallis, can you imagine Hwy 20 with Vertigo, not fun. I walked by holding onto walls, and the DR. wouldn't let me drive, great with 4 little kids. I still have to be careful about turning my head to quickly after 18 years. Tell him good luck my friend been there done that.

Sarah Miller said...

Good luck with your sick hubby, that vertigo stuff doesn't sound like much fun. Anyways, I can't believe how grown up Ally looks! You do know that means you are getting old, don't you?! J/K Sorry, we missed seeing you when we were in freezing cold Idaho (by the way, it is 88 degrees today in lovely St. George),but we are going back up for Thanksgiving and we'll try to come see you! Love ya.