I feel like it’s been forever since I have had any time to sit down and write something for HCJ, between school, school, Little Baby Cupcake, headaches, Muckfest fundraising, zappadoo repair and regular life there hasn’t been much time! Let me explain.
Being in the education profession means that I must keep all sorts of certifications and other fun stuff so, I had to take a graduate class on reading instruction. This was a great way to spend my Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks; it made for some really long days, weeks and weekends writing papers. Finally that’s over so now I can work on getting through to the end of the school year.
Before the school year ends Little Baby Cupcake should be here!! For those of you that don’t know, my wife and I are expecting our second child at the end of this month a little girl. We’re very excited for her arrival, as is her big brother whom thinks she should be named Little Donnie after me…So we will call her Little Baby Cupcake until we can come up with a name for her…a girl’s name. Along with picking out a name we’ve been getting her room ready and all of the other fun stuff that goes along with preparing for a new roommate to move in.
While I have been super incredibly busy lately I did have a nice 3 week visit from my old friend cluster headaches just to remind me that…well I really don’t know why he stopped by we really don’t get along, at all! 25 Headaches in the first week landed me in the emergency room on a nice sunny day. The upside was I got to watch the entire baseball game in the waiting room; the downside was I also got to watch 3 helicopters land at the hospital. If you came to the ER by helicopter you can have my place in line. 8 hours in the ER and I received my steroids so I was all set to go home. Usually a big infusion of steroids kicks out my unwanted guest, not this time he stopped by every few days but has finally gone, I hope.
This year Mother’s Day fell on a Sunday, a seriously rainy Sunday. Being the good son that I am I was on grille duty for dinner. My Bioness did not enjoy having wet feet and shorted out. This left me back under gimpy cane power until my replacement part came in the mail. Not having my electronic foot drop device (or zappadoo as my son calls it) for a few days really put me in my place. Since I’ve been trucking around on the zappadoo I have really not had to struggle to get around as much as I once did. I struggled, huffing and puffing around at my carpeted school. I took a few stumbles and crashed into the walls on multiple occasions, but all in all it was a humbling experience and I am grateful that I do have the zappadoo.
Through all of this my MS has been behaving itself, I thought when the headaches kicked in I would get a visit from him too. But it seems that Tysabri continues to kick butt and no such flare up. In honor of kicking MS butt all over the place Healthcarejourney.com has sponsored our MuckFest team this year! If you’ve never seen or been to a MuckFest check it out, better yet join our team and help raise some money for research!
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