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Stuffy

I’ve been burning the midnight oil, the candle at both ends, and I’m plumb tired.  So tired, that I think overworking myself has caused me to get a little run down.  Nothing like the full-force of allergies to say, Hey!  Slow down!

It all started on Monday when my son and I enjoyed a lovely day by eating our lunch outside in a courtyard surrounded by beautiful blooms and singing birds.

Shortly after we walked back to the office, I started to sneeze and get a runny nose.  Within a few hours, I had full on sinus congestion and zero capability to breathe through my nose.

I could not wait to get home and relax.

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That night, I was miserable and groaning with little sleep and a lot of drippy nose and stuffy head.  They were the worst sinus allergies I’d experienced since I was a teenager living in the Ragweed pollen capital of the world in central Texas.

Calvin was pretty miserable, too.  He crawled into bed with us and was restless.  When he woke up the next morning, his eyes were red and puffy. Poor little guy!

All I wanted to do was stay home and sleep and do nothing but snuggle with my son.  However, I had a full patient load for the day.  So, I dropped off Calvin with a friend for the morning, and then I headed to the office to hang out for eight hours.  An eight hour day isn’t a terribly long work day.  But, when you’ve got the worst allergies, eight hours feels like twenty plus.

I may or may not have had a tissue crammed up and hanging out of my nostril to absorb the run-off snot.  And no, there is no photo.

Thankfully, another chiropractor was able to fit me in during the late morning to adjust my inflamed spine and to work on my horribly stuffed nasal passages.  I felt well enough afterward to continue with my day (even though I still wanted to go home and crawl in bed and rest).

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So, to sum up my afternoon:  Calvin woke up early from his nap because he was too hot.  Sweating profusely from too many blankets.

He said, Hair wet.  Take a shower.  Wash hair.

Not only did I have two hours of patient care remaining, but I had a miserable little guy who wanted my full attention.  When one patient was finishing up, Calvin kept saying, All done. Bye bye!

That’s code for: Please, leave now.  I want my Mommy all to myself.

He said this for the next patient who came in.  I tried to add in some training.

Calvin, we don’t say those things.  That’s not being a good little host.

Futile.

Especially when a two year-old isn’t feeling well.  Forget manners.  It’s all about being direct and expressing your needs.

My heart was torn.  I wanted nothing more than to cuddle my little guy and get him home.  Yet, I need to focus on patients when I’m at work, whether or not I’m feeling well, and whether or not my son agrees.

I looked at the clock all afternoon hoping my husband would get off work early to pick up our son.  No such luck.

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Being a working mom is hard with little ones who want constant attention…especially when you have a job where you care for people who need constant attention.  Also, it’s tough when your babysitter is on spring break for days that are super full.

God bless friends like Elisa who can help out in a pinch.  God bless chiropractic care and homeopathic remedies that actually work to relieve allergies.

Note: I still have residual symptoms from my allergies, but they are seventy-five percent better.  Because I’ve been run down and working so much that I regretted not having fun outings with my son, I more than made up for it today. (More on that later…)

By the way, while all of that stuff was going on, Angie Bremont of CVille Entremom announced the winner of the First Annual CVille Entremom of the Year.

*photo from Little Miss Pip via Flickr.

Blog…interrupted

I want to offer my sincerest apologies for the minor delay in the Holiday Gift Guide posts.

Lame, but true excuse:

You see, there was a Tropical Depression Ida last week.  I don’t know what it is, but every time we get large buckets of rain for long periods of time, our modem has “issues”.

My husband’s diagnosis: “the modem is fried”

Thank goodness it’s a rental via Comcast.  We’re exchanging it today.

Meanwhile, I hauled a sleepy little guy to a place with wireless internet so I could knock out a few quick reviews/giveaways for the Holiday Gift Guide.

I promised you daily goodies, and I will deliver, however, some of them may get all crammed up into a couple of days.

Thanks for your patience.  We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming shortly.

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Photo by Flickr via Ohmann Alianne’s photostream.

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Never Forget

American Flag - jcolmanEight years ago, today, America faced an unforgettable and unpredictable tragedy.  It was such a jarring event that most people can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing when the news about the planes crashing into the World Trade Center first broke over the air waves.

America has never been the same since that day.

So many things have changed: commercial air travel, airport security, and domestic military operations, to name a few.

I starkly remember that overnight, our “peacekeeping” training missions changed in a heartbeat to pro-active and intense air defense missions.

Parents hugged their children a little tighter that night.

Couples embraced more sincerely and more frequently.

Otherwise empty churches were suddenly standing-room only.

Neighbors became a little more vigilant and neighborly.

And then, time trickled by and unearthed a little complacency and neglect.

It’s been eight years, and some folks say it’s been long enough.  But, it’s not long enough if we forget to learn from our past in order to protect our future.

Complacency yearns to stuff itself inside like a warm, down-filled blanket that shields against the cold and dark.

I’M going to hug my son a little tighter.

Kiss my husband a little longer.

Thank my brothers and sisters in arms who keep our freedom free.

May we never forget.

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**Photo from jcolman’s photostream.