Well visit, illness, ears, zombie eyes

Landon had his well check yesterday (8/25/10). He is 41 inches tall and 41 lbs. They tested him for hearing and eye sight, both he passed just fine. Last Thursday he started complaining that he had a “mouse in his ear” Turns out he had a bad case of swimmers ear. He’s on track with everything, except for drawing. She wanted to know if would draw people in three parts. I told her he doesn’t draw at all, he prefers the computer over pen and paper any day. We need to work on his writing and coloring. Well, and his diet. He doesn’t eat veggies or a wide variety of things. Part of that is him being denied an entire food group, but a lot of that is him being a picky eater like I was.

Landon got 4 shots, including his Dtap booster. He was freaked out by it. Afterward, I realized that I hadn’t explained to him why he needed the shots. I feel bad about that. I explained it to him and he seemed to at least understand a little better. He’s done with shots until he’s 11, outside of the yearly flu shot.

I had the doctor peak in Oliver’s ears too, even though it was Landon’s appointment. Turns out one of his ears was not healing up, but starting to get worse. She prescribed a stronger drug for him too. Dr. Letiza is awesome that way.

Oliver crawls all over the place now without any issue, and pulls to standing on everything. He’s done a tiny bit of cruising, but not a ton.

Landon is doing very well overall, he’s obsessed with Pokemon at the moment. I told him he needs to learn to read so he can play the video game. His response was to ask me if I would play it with him instead. I wonder if it would be boring for him without the skill to read.

I am really addicted to the show Leverage right now. I’m on season 2 at this point, about halfway through. We watched the episode with Wil Wheaton last night. It was awesome.
Bobby has been sick as a dog for almost week now. He went to the doctor on Monday and the doctor told him it was a virus and to deal with it. When he woke up Weds his eyes were crusted shut. They looked like this all day yesterday:

He went back to the doctor and they finally gave him so drugs. He’s been hacking up his lungs, sore throat, and miserable.

I am really hoping Bobby feels better this weekend, I need a nap!

Tansy and Ollie
Ollie
Ollie
Landon and Dada in the pool

Ollie’s ears, Tansy added!

Last weekend we had Landon’s birthday party, which went swimmingly. Everyone seemed to have fun and enjoy themselves. I know Landon had a blast.

Wednesday at Oliver’s well check he got diagnosed with pink eye. I absolutely love Landon and Ollie’s pediatrician, Dr. Letiza. They do the well baby book program, where each well baby visit the child gets a free board book. She saved us a copy of “That’s Not My Dragon” because she knows we are gamers, because Dr. L is also a gamer. Anyway, she warned me that a lot of younger kids get pink eye, and it turns into an ear infection. Ollie has been fussy since the appointment, and his customary stuffy nose was worse. By Friday he was driving us up a wall. I think I also have pink eye, again, which is lame. Friday night Bobby was hosting his first Eclipse Phase game, which I was looking forward too. Instead, around 6pm, I picked up Oliver and noticed he was warm to the touch. A quick under arm thermometer later, and I’d confirmed a fever around 101.

I didn’t wait for anything, I grabbed Oliver and we headed out to Good Night Pediatrics. There is one less than four miles away. Oliver had a 102 degree temperature when they checked us in. His weight was around 11KGs, or 24.15 Lbs. The doctor there asked me what was wrong, and I told her I thought Ollie had an ear infection. She looked at me in disbelief, and asked me why would I think that? Was he pulling on his ears? I just shook my head and told her to check him out.

Sure enough, double ear infection. They wrote me out a prescription for amoxicillin and numbing drops. I dropped the RX off at Walgreens and took Oliver home. 25 minutes later I went back out to get the prescription. I pulled into the drive thru and the guy got the prescriptions. He was about to send them over to me when he paused, getting an odd look on his face. “Excuse me Ms. Mayer, but does Oliver weigh over 35 lbs?”

I told him no, Ollie weighs 24-25Lbs. He then told me something was wrong with the prescription, and would I mind waiting a moment. About 10 minutes later he told me they were still waiting to hear back from Good Night Peds. I told him I’d come inside. After about an hour, I asked him if me calling the doctor might help. He told me it might, as they had called the office and been told they were too busy to reply right that second, but that they would fax over the correct RX. I called and explained I’d been waiting for over an hour.

Finally they faxed it over. It turned out that the doctor had written the RX for a child weighing in at 24KGs, or 54 Lbs, instead of a kid who weighs 24 Lbs (11KGs).

I’d dropped off the RX at 7:15pm and come back to pick it up at 7:45pm. I left Walgreens at 9:15PM. None of this was the fault of Walgreens. I am very thankful they caught the doctor’s error, and that they worked diligently to fix it. I do understand that Good Night Peds was busy, and I will go there again, but overall, the waiting around was the fault of the doctor.

Ollie is still fussy this morning, but lacks a fever and seems much Improved from last night. I’m hoping he’ll be his normal self soon.

Needless to add, Bobby’s game was sort of canceled. In two weeks hopefully we will finally be able to play!

In other news, I went to the AZ Humane Society on Tuesday. There I met a bunch of cute kittens. In the end, I decided to adopt Tanzania, and bring her home with me.

She is spayed with all her shots. She’s going to the vet on Monday, because she has a “kitty cold” going on, which is fairly normal in shelter cats. She is four months old, born around the start of April 2010. She was brought in as a stray from the west side of Phoenix. She’s been highly affectionate and great with the kids. She likes to curl up in Landon’s bed at night with Landon. She’s approached Ollie, but leaves as soon as he gets rough. She hated Morocco when she first met him, but is slowly warming up to him.

We are calling her Tansy for short. The shelter had her name as Patsy, but she had been at the shelter for all of 2 weeks. She was on TV under the pets on parade segment on the news last week. I didn’t find this out until after I’d already started filling out the paperwork to adopt her. I pretty much knew I was taking her home as soon as I saw her. She is just such a sweet kitty.

Tansy 8/17/10
Tansy

Tansy and Rocco
Latvia and colo

More pictures of the kids here.

Books day 30: Kushiel & Harry Potter

30 day Book Meme
Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?
I am, as always, reading to books at this time. I am listening to an unabridged audio book and then also reading a second, hardcopy book.
My current audio book is Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. This book took a long time to get into; I’m a little over half way done with it. I am enjoying it, but I also find it a little flowery for my liking. I’m not sure if I’ll read the second one yet. I think I may have to wait to see how this one ends.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve never read the Harry Potter books. For my birthday, my friend Mel gave me book one, so currently I’m reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone By J. K. Rowling . Harry has made it safely to Hogwarts, met his friends, and is about to sneak out of the dorms to fight with that Draco kid. So far, I like it, but I don’t love it. I am currently planning to borrow book two from someone. I own book one and book three for some weird reason, but none of the other ones. I feel like I need to collect them all to have for the boys at some point.
And that’s it. Thirty days of books. Hope you enjoyed it! Anyone have any questions? Book recommendations? Any ideas of a meme they want me to do next?

Books day 29: The Dark Tower

30 day Book Meme

Day 29 – Saddest character death

I don’t like character death. I prefer not to read books with a lot of character death in them. I much prefer happy endings to sad ones. Despite this, I can think of a lot of books where the death of a character has made me cry. For the sake of this, I’m going to use one of the deaths in a series I was surprised to enjoy. Be warned, the rest of this post contains spoilers for The Dark Tower by Stephen King.

The Dark Tower books are outside of my normal reading. I don’t like horror. Stephen King is able to make my sick to my stomach and highly uncomfortable with his detailed descriptions of unpleasant things. I really loved these books though.

SPOILERS BELOW

Books day 28: The Dark is Rising

30 day Book Meme
Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsession

The first series I remember being obsessed with was The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper.
I totally loved this series as a child. I’m hoping Landon and Ollie will like it too.

I always enjoy reading about how things start, so it was enjoyable to me to read about Will coming into his power. The follow on books were excellent as well, and I loved how Will was portrayed, with his young/oldness all in one boy.

Also, I had a mad crush on the character when I was reading the books in elementary school I think it was the first fictional character I remember having a crush on.

At my elementary school they had this contest, where whoever read the most books in the year, the top five or so, would get the library copy of one book of their choice “dedicated to them.” It was just a piece of paper glued to the front inside cover of the book, saying that Firstname Lastname had read XX books in the year XXXX and that this book was their favorite. After much debate, I chose The Grey King. It was so hard to pick my favorite of the series.

I used to be able to recite the poems at the front of the book from memory, “When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back.”

We’re going to pretend no one ever attempted to make this into a movie. That was some terrible movie. I couldn’t even make it to the end.

Books day 27: Werecats

30 day Book Meme
Day 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it

There was a time , about six years ago, when the answer was pretty much anything supernatural. I used to bemoan my limited choices of supernatural romance. I’d pick up anything by anyone! And then suddenly the market exploded, and there is so much crap out there. Now I bemoan that anyone can toss a vampire into a crappy book and suddenly it gets published. There are a LOT of great authors out there, but now there is also more crap to wade through to find the good ones!
So, given this flood, I’m going to say Werecats. I can only think of four series that have some form or another of werecats. Please tell me if I’m missing any!
First off, we have the most awesome were cats ever, in the Shifters By Rachel Vincent. Her werecats are truly awesome. They live in prides and can shift into large cats, the size of panthers. They have a very interesting society, and are both born into being one via genetics, or it can be transmitted via bite as well.
In the Matrix of Destiny Series By Dara Joy , there are werecats who actually aliens. They turn into house cats. The series itself is very humorous. I highly recommend these books for any geek who also likes romance novels.
In The Breeds by Lora Leigh , the main characters aren’t really were cats. They are people who are genetically augmented with cat DNA. They have certain features like cats, but cannot shift form.
And of course, the Anita Blake books by Laurell K. Hamilton are full of werecats.

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