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Five For Friday 12/14/12

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1.  Medical Stuff:

  • 1 Day of PT.  We discussed having me take off PT during my two-week break from teaching, to see how I do on my own.  Therapy has become a form of security for me, so this makes me a little nervous…but I am willing to try.
  • 2 Days of Home Rehab.
  • I had my monthly appointment with Larry.  He did a lot of manipulative medicine to put my ribs back into place and to help me breathe better since I started out the week with a bad cold that turned into a sinus infection and made my asthma flare.  He also did a lot of cranial work, and an OA release on my neck.
  • Like I mentioned, I ended up with a sinus infection and some asthma issues.  I have been on an antibiotic now for 5 days and am feeling much more human.

2.  I had to take in my new Escape to get the engine fixed since it had been recalled.  This is the car they gave me while it is getting fixed:

I’ve never thought of myself as the Mustang type but it will be fun to drive the next few days…As long as I don’t push something that opens the roof.  That would be interesting.

3. My sister, Kristen is having a girl!  She found out on Friday, and we are so stoked for their family.  This makes 7 nieces!

4.  On Saturday, I helped host a Chris Trapper (of the Push Stars) concert at SCENE Metrospace. He has been a supporter of EDS, Dysautonomia, Vasculitis, and other Invisible Illnesses since he performed last year at our first benefit.  The concert went well, Chris put on a beautiful show like usual, and it ended up being a late, FUN, night. We ended up closing down the bar with Chris, his nephew, some friends, and family members.  Let’s just say I did not move from the couch on Sunday, but it was so worth it.  Thanks again, Chris.  See you in April for the benefit!

Chris and Jamie.

My sister-in-law, Jill and me.

My cousin, Jen, Chris, me, and Jill.

5.  The Connecticut Tragedy.  It has really, really hit me hard, like it has so many people.  I just keep thinking those kids could have been my kindergarten babies.  As a teacher, I cannot even imagine what the kids, families, first responders, staff, the community, (and the list goes on), are going through.  As a school, we’ve done the lock-down drills, but I can’t help but feel that we need even more training for how to respond to an emergency of this magnitude. It’s hard because I’ve been thinking a lot about how I could better protect my sweet, innocent kids, if God forbid, something like this were to ever happen…it pains me to admit that I’m not sure what the answer is…It all feels so unsettling as I have felt a gamut of emotions the last couple of days. So what do I do when I don’t know what to do?  I pray.  I’ve done a lot of that lately.

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