My life is...
Long time listener…..first time caller!

I’ve always loved that line. It makes me laugh whenever I hear it.

Why you ask? I have absolutely no idea.

So lets do whats been going on lately in bullet points shall we, because I’m to lazy to put it into a full on story and it just makes it easier for y’all to skim through.

  • Found out in the last 2 weeks that my little man is growth hormone deficient as well and now he has to go for a growth hormone stimulation test in Apirl. YAY….NOT!!
  • Finally got a cover for my Kindle Fire and now the poor thing is getting used and abused regularly. It hardly leaves my person.
  • I have read The Hunger Games and now gonna start reading some Star Wars books.
  • I went to Maurices the other day to buy some capri’s and ended up getting a line of credit. Who knew?
  • I was made full time at work! I’m so happy about this I can hardly believe it! This makes getting 40 hours a week a TON easier! :)
  • My good friend has managed to find me all my oldie but goodie romance novels in pdf and now my Fire is loaded with all my “go to” books!
  • I went to Old Navy today to get my kiddos some flops and the big two can both fit in a woman’s size 5! UGH!
  • My husband managed to stay home all weekend and veg with me. He NEVER does that.
  • My kids have been on spring break the past week and a half.
  • I FINALLY got to meet my beautiful niece last weekend! She is perfect!
  • I have been literally working my ass off, hence my absence….but I love my job and I miss my tumblie’s!
I love my Kindle Fire!

I have managed to read The Hunger Games in less than 2 days…….and it was AWESOME!!!

Now I’m trying to figure out if I want to read Sookie, Betsy, Bella or Stephanie again.

Hmmmm….decisions.

It feels so good to read again.

I love make believe.

The boy who lived….

My oldest, Isaac, will be 11 tomorrow!

11.

He wasn’t supposed to live to see 1.

The doctors told me to plan a funeral not a first birthday party.

Now he will be 11.

The feeling is the same and just as strong this year as it is every year of overwhelming joy and gratitude that he is still on this Earth.

That little boy changed my life the minute he was born. As he has grown and had to face challenges in this world that you never want your child to face or expect them to face, he has always done so with a smile on his face. He loves to be around people. He loves his family. He loves music, games and life in general. He sees the good in everyone. He tries to be everyones champion. If one of his siblings is getting yelled at, even if it’s because they did something wrong to him, he still sticks up for them.

He enjoys life. He hardly ever complains when he is in pain. Even if he has a raging ear infection or strep throat that would make any adult cry in agony, Isaac just states that he doesn’t feel good.

He has had to endure more pokes, prods, procedures, xrays, scans, examinations, etc., etc., since birth and every year than most children his age. But he walks in to the doctors offices with a smile on his face now.

Every adult that has ever met my son has walked away from meeting him stating that he has put a whole new perspective on their life. He faces everything with a smile on his face and giving 110% effort. Something we as adults forget to do.

I have said it before and I’ll say it again….I want to be like my son when I grow up.

Everyone could take a page out of his book.

So Happy Birthday my big man! I love you so much that words cannot describe what I feel for you. Our family would not be the same without you. I hope the future brings you great things.

We love you Isaac. Thank you for choosing us to be your parents. You knew we needed you more than you needed us!

Makes me think maybe…God’s a woman too.

Yesterday was a day.

As I zipped up the body bag of my patient that had been on our unit for a month, yes, a month, the lullaby chimes that play when a baby is born in our hospital was played.

Fitting and beautiful.

Just goes to show that the circle of life is continuing everyday. As some of us are working or sitting in the hospital holding the hand of a loved one as they pass or standing next to a woman holding her hand as she struggles to bring life in the world or at home surfing the interwebs or at school filling our brain with knowledge, the world continues on as it has since it’s creation. People being born while others die.

What a way to start the day….

Yesterday started with my patient going into respiratory arrest and needing to be intubated while we were giving hand off report.

Yup…no coffee yet or anything.

I would love to say the day got better……but unfortunately it didn’t.

Our ICU has been at capacity and then some for at least the last month!

The only good thing about it is that it makes for days that fly by.

The down side is that you come home and crash and burn after a 12 hour shift.

Oh well. I’m not complaining even though it may sound like I am. I honestly love my job. I love my coworkers and I am finding my groove. I’m also doing things that four months ago I watched other nurses do with awe and amazement and swore I that there was no way I would be able to do that. And now I’m doing them. I’m not afraid to talk to the doctors anymore. It’s not that I’m afraid of them, per say…I’m just afraid I’m going to sound like an idiot when I’m talking to them about my/their patient.

Today is my day off and I have accomplished absolutely nothing.

I unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher and that’s about it.

I’m totally looking forward to parent watch night at my baby girl’s dance tonight!

I go back to work tomorrow and Friday!

Please pray that my days do not start out like they did yesterday! Good vibes would be appreciated!

Have a great day all!

I love getting good news from doctors for a change!

We went to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and Clinics today for Isaac’s 6 month check up with the endocrinologist and actually got good news.

I hardly ever get good news from all the specialists we see up there and we see several….

  • Endocrine
  • Neurosurgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Genetics
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pulmonology
  • Center for Development and Disability

Yes that’s quite a list. There was a time when I would take my toddler and my baby girl for all day visits and see 3 clinics at once. That didn’t work out so well after a few trial runs so I decided that driving the 45 minutes there and back for one appointment wasn’t so bad.

Now we have Lucas as well. He was born with the same syndrome as his big brother. So he sees all the same clinics except Neurology and the CDD. And plus now I have a big Yukon Denali gas guzzler with a built in DVD player that has made traveling back and forth so much better.

So today we learned that Isaac is still responding great to the growth hormone injections he receives 6 times a week! He is now 4 feet tall and weighs 60 pounds! He is still a little on the short side for his age (he will be 11 in 16 days!!!) but at least he is growing at a better rate than he was before we started the growth hormone! I am so excited for him! I’m so glad that something is working out for him. He deserves it!

He’s my hero!

This is what my husband bought me as a kind of early Valentine’s Day present. He crabbed about how I don’t need a new stethoscope because the one I already have is good enough (which it is.) But he bought me the new one anyway. Because I wanted it. And because he is very proud of me for finishing nursing school and getting my dream job in the ICU. He may be rough around the edges, he may bitch and moan worse than a woman, he may seem like he is constantly in a bad mood. But he loves to make others happy. He loves to give. Even when he’s complaining about the giving. I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but…..that’s Steven. He figured out that I am not a flowers and jewelery kind of girl a long time ago and possibly in a galaxy far, far away. Ha!
But now I will think of him when I use my new ears. Which will be often.  Wait….that may not always be a good thing  ;)

This is what my husband bought me as a kind of early Valentine’s Day present. He crabbed about how I don’t need a new stethoscope because the one I already have is good enough (which it is.) But he bought me the new one anyway. Because I wanted it. And because he is very proud of me for finishing nursing school and getting my dream job in the ICU. He may be rough around the edges, he may bitch and moan worse than a woman, he may seem like he is constantly in a bad mood. But he loves to make others happy. He loves to give. Even when he’s complaining about the giving. I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but…..that’s Steven. He figured out that I am not a flowers and jewelery kind of girl a long time ago and possibly in a galaxy far, far away. Ha!

But now I will think of him when I use my new ears. Which will be often.  Wait….that may not always be a good thing  ;)

The Arguello Family on Isaac’s Wish trip in 2007! This was the vacation of a lifetime! He had the best time. Well……we all did. We all still talk about that trip, of course except for Lucas. He was too little to remember.

The Arguello Family on Isaac’s Wish trip in 2007! This was the vacation of a lifetime! He had the best time. Well……we all did. We all still talk about that trip, of course except for Lucas. He was too little to remember.

All dressed up to go to the Make A Wish Gala! It was a great time and an excellent cause!

All dressed up to go to the Make A Wish Gala! It was a great time and an excellent cause!

My breakfast this morning….

Consisted of

  • 4 ibuprofen
  • 2 sudafed
  • 2 amino acid supplements
  • 1 vitamin enhanced fused with B vitamins energy drink
  • 1 glass of water

I would like to thank my beautiful daughter for sharing her cooties with me. My head is full of snot.

Thank the good Lord that I don’t work until Wednesday!