Thursday, November 12, 2009

Status Memo

Thank you for all of the encouraging comments on my last post. It's good to get kicked around sometimes and reminded that worrying about contingencies does very little good. Just take one step at a time and keep moving forward. I'm working on it. Here's my status:

Teeth: LL is up to 14 teeth. All 8 incisors, all 4 canines, both top molars. The bottom molars seem to have receded a bit for now, so we're hoping for some relief. It seems that, at just under 14 months, he is almost ready to rip apart steak. Gnaw the meat right from the bone. He is a toothy force to be reckoned with.

Sleep: We finally took LL to the doctor because his sleep was getting worse and worse. We were dosing him with every child-safe medication we could get our hands on (Motrin, Tylenol, Benadryl, teething tablets) and he was still waking up by midnight every night and refusing to go back to sleep unless held upright in the glider by a loving and perfectly still parent. After several weeks of sitting upright in the chair for 6+ hours at a time, averaging only 3 hours of sleep/night for myself, something had to give. The doctor noted a little fluid in his ears (but no infection) and gave us prescription ear drops to add to the nightly regimen. He is now finally breaking through. Two nights in a row now, he hasn't needed us at all. It could be that his ear pain is resolving. It could be that the troublesome teeth broke through. It could be that he's just ready to be sleeping again. Don't know, don't care. Sleep is good.

School: AdvisorA is officially ignoring me. I don't know if it's because she found out about the funding thing, or if she just doesn't care. I haven't spoken to her on the phone for months. When I send her an email, there's typically more than a week's wait for a reply. I've been trying to set up a phone conversation with her for the last two weeks, and it still hasn't happened. Her latest "effort" earlier this week was an email that said she was available at 4:30 this afternoon, was I free then? I saw her email within an hour of her sending it, and replied that 4:30 would be great. A day later, she replied that by the time she saw my email, she had scheduled that slot with someone else, sorry, but she might be available sometime on Friday. I should just wait by my phone between 9am and 1pm on Friday, because she might call me then. Or she might not. Um, thanks.

Jobs: I have two job interviews. Yippee! Here's to hoping that LL lets me have more than 3 hours of sleep the night before.

Health: I came down with a horrible virus this week. Quite possibly the worst I've ever had. Not flu, but really really ugly. Like, attacking my nerves ugly. When I finally saw my doctor today because good lord I feel awful, she was a little shocked by how bad I was, and asked me if I was under any stress or missing sleep lately. Heh. I summarized the above bullet points, and she prescribed meds. And urged me to sleep, as if that's something I have control over. And told me to expect to feel like crap for several more weeks. At least the prevailing medical opinion is that I am not contagious, so I can continue my ridiculous life while I convalesce.

Thanksgiving: So far, I have made two briskets, one noodle kugel, one sweet potato casserole, two cranberry nut breads, two pumpkin breads, and one poppy seed cake. They are all happily snuggled in the freezer, awaiting the upcoming holiday. Spinach bars and mandelbrot are next. Twenty out-of-town relatives arriving in twelve days, and staying for a week? Bring it on!

S asked me this afternoon how in the world I'm still on my feet. I'm not entirely sure. One step at a time, right?


  1. Between the lack of sleep and bad health, it IS amazing that you are still standing! And making all that food in the meantime, well done. :)

    And 14 teeth... wow. I'm jealous. Anxiously awaiting my munchkin's mouth to fill out.

  2. That's a whole-lot-a teeth!!! Julian has 7 incisors and 1 canine is coming in..maybe more because he's drooling a lot again.

    WOW - you are GOOD - getting all that food ready for your guests and the holiday...I'm seriously impressed!

  3. I'm with S. I have no idea how you are still standing! Lack of sleep is horrible enough but throw in everything else and that is downright crazy. I'm glad to hear you are getting a little more sleep. I hope that becomes a trend.

    I'm impressed at your holiday preparations. If I were to host Thanksgiving it would be pizza for my guests. Seriously.

  4. As the others have said, I am truly amazed that you are still standing. And still making food! I am so sorry for how tough things have been lately. I hope LL continues his positive sleep trend and that you are able to get some more sleep some time soon. Feel better!!

  5. Wow, how are you still upright?

    Fingers crossed for you for the job interview and the teeth and all that other stuff!

  6. I second everyone's amazement at the fact that you're still standing, let alone cooking! I am impressed by you. Completely. Impressed.

  7. congrats on the job interviews!!! good luck with them! and feel better soon!


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