Thursday, April 29, 2010

Recent Sickness and Emergency Room

Well, no one really knows because I haven't shared it, but since Sunday I have been dealing with some weird problem. Sunday night, I started to have massive lower abdominal pain. After about an hour after the pain started, I had to vomit. I thought that the vomiting would relieve the pain but it did not. I then vomiting about every 20 minutes. It came to the point that I wasn't really even vomiting anything, yet my body was still telling my stomach to do it.

I finally decided to go to the emergency room. I was in so much pain that I couldn't sleep or even get comfortable (even in a bath). After waiting an hour in the ER waiting room, I was finally seen. I was given an anti-vomit medication, morphine, and an IV. They ran a ton of tests on me including a pap-smear, sonogram, internal sonogram, urine test, and blood test. There was nothing wrong according to all these tests. I really thought that this whole issue was intestinal. Except, I had no proof. When I finally was able to have a bowel movement, it was pretty bad. YET, it did NOT relieve the pain. Over time, the pain went to a 2 on the scale of 1-10, whereas when I came it was a 9.  I was discharged with pain medication and anti-vomit medication. Then I had a lovely "crap-your-pants" moment in CVS while getting the prescription... which is ALWAYS pleasant.

The next day (Monday) I felt "ok". I didn't need to take any of the medication. I was kind of gassy  (to be honest.. maybe TMI) but I felt ok. But I did not have a bowel movement as expected.

Tuesday went buy with the same feeling as Monday, a bit more pain here and there but still ok. But no bowel movement.

Wednesday came and went with no bowel movement and that is when I figured something was wrong. I had Ivan go buy some fast acting ex-lax to just help this situation. According to the box, it should work within 6-12 hours. Well, I am sitting here now Thursday at 7:44 with no proof of it "working". Therefore, I took some more and we will see what the result is. In the meantime, I am back on the pain medication as I am in tremendous pain. Why is my body putting me through this? I have no clue. I just want it to be over with. :( I have to work from home because I can't drive to work with the pain meds and I get tired and have to take frequent naps because of the meds.

Anyway, prayers would be appreciated.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Moving...

So we finally closed on our house. It is such a relief to have that done. Yay, another checkmark on my to-do list. Too bad that my to-do list is so big that one checkmark really doesn't make a difference. UG.

So as most everyone knows, May 7th is the day, the day we move out. We are leaving probably around noon and driving to my parents' house in Tennessee (7.5 hours) and then the next day getting up at the crack of dawn and driving to Spring, TX (near Houston) (16 hours). Luckily, I will probably not be driving... thanks to Ivan..! He is the best.

I wish that I could say that everything will be relaxing until May 7th. But, oh no, it is more like all out craziness. Ivan and I have to finish the packing by this Friday (the 30th) since the moving company is coming. Of course, all of the packing is NOT done... but hopefully it will be. After that, we get to finish repainting the apartment back to white and cleaning it like Cinderella.

I think the most relaxing moment of the month of May will be the time I am riding in the car on the drive to Houston. When we get there we have to unpack, register our cars, get our licenses, grocery shop, and be there for all the appliance deliveries. Now some of this will probably be fun, but I am sure it will be stressful.

Anyway, I am glad that I won't have to do this again for quite a few years. I feel like I JUST moved to Maryland..but I could never settle. I am happy to finally be in a HOUSE and be settled! Now, if I just had all the money in the world so I could buy furniture.. haha! well guess that will have to wait!

Stay tuned for moving in pictures.. fun fun!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Political Upset and Frustrations

So, I edited my blog font, colors, and picture. I just was really getting sick of that tree thing. It was pretty but it was getting annoying. So I picked a different picture. I don't know how long it will stay before I get bored of it... but we will see.

Anyway, I watched the news this morning... and I shouldn't have. All it did was absolutely frustrate me for the day (not to mention scare me).

Obama is still pushing through the VAT tax idea... however it is on the back burner until after the November election most likely. 77% of Americans do NOT want it. Now, why in the world would they pass it? I know! I know! because 1) they don't care what constituents want 2) they want us to be fully dependent on the federal government and 3) they are NOW trying to get down the debt. Oh and btw.. they are STILL trying to blame the debt on Bush. YES Bush did cause a lot of debt.. However, Obama's stimulus bills have done almost NOTHING for the economy AND they incurred more debt than all the past presidents combined. You cannot blame that on Bush! I love how Obama got elected by talking all about how "high" the debt was.. and he cause even more. More debt than this nation has ever seen.

Oh and now they want the VAT tax.. to cover the stupid health care bill and the debt. How about reducing spending? What a GREAT concept? If I wasn't able to cover my debt,... I don't have the option of bringing IN more money.. I only have the option of cutting my expenses. This is what the government needs to do. Right now.. the people are working for the health of the government. I though the government was created to help the people.. but it seems VERY opposite right now.

The American dream has been turned upside down. Why would I want to put myself through school to get a great career.. when I know I could do less and not pay as much in tax. Right now, individuals and married couples making over 250K (which may be a lot in Oklahoma but definitely NOT in NY)... hit AMT (which takes away almost all of the deductions available to them). They also will now have more tax from the health care bill. Oh, ya and there is a new bill in Congress for "green" schools which have already been proven to use MORE energy. The normal wage earner in this country will pay between $50-$400 dollars extra in tax if this passes. Any couple making more than 250K will pay an extra $4,000!!!!! How ridiculous is this?!

You know, I had a very wise professor once that gave an analogy. He said, "my grading scale works like this.. if you make an A you will get a B, if you make a B+ you will get a B and if you make a C you will make a B, and if you make a D you will get a B... because... we will be redistributing your points to those who made less points". All the A people who worked really hard in class, had much more stress, and gave up fun activities to get their grades screamed! All the people who had spent time slacking, partying, having fun, and made Cs and Ds thought the system was pretty "fair"..This seems soooo absurd when put in the terms of grades... but of course with money.. it is "ok"

I am just so mad at this country right now. I feel like I should just stop watching the news because it is getting absolutely ridiculous. I hate working when I feel like the government is doing everything they can to take the money I earn away from me. There is no motivation to even work hard anymore.

I also find it intersting the democratic Senator Byrd from West Virginia was even upset at how the democrats are using "reconciliation" to pass controversial legislation. He was so mad because that was never the purpose of it...

I am just all over the place with my thoughts right now...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Day 7 in France

So I guess I got distracted once I came home and forgot to post the last day in France. Actually the last day was probably one of the most relaxing. In the morning, Ivan went by the bakery and got some yummy quiches to eat for breakfast.






 We had finally gotten used to the metro so we metro'd to a place near Notre Dame. There is this small island right behind Notre Dame which had flower shops, cheese  shops, gelato places, butcher shops, doll shops, candy shops, etc. It was a very small street but had a lot of people. It was very fun.


Then we visited the Latin Quarter. It was pretty neat, very busy. We weren't planning on eating anytime soon and there were a lot of restaurants. We then walked all the way to the Champs Elysees (which is a long way)... we walked along the Seine river.


We stopped to have Haagen Daz ice cream fondue. It was pretty good. The store had the worst service though and all menu items were extremely over priced. Anyway, this fondue had little balls of ice cream that you dipped in the chocolate. It was neat.




Then we walked back by Notre Dame and found a painter. Needless to say, we bought an oil painting.


We went home to have our last dinner with Ivan's family and packed for the long flight the next day.