Friday, October 21, 2005

Plug for CarnivAOL & Miscellaneous Life

I want to plug CarnivAOL.  Paul, works very hard on this journal that gives us a place to highlight our writing efforts and get to meet some new J-Landers.  Please go visit it via this handy link CarnivAOL and also follow the directions to email Paul your journal entries by 10/23, so he can add them to the next issue, due out on Tuesday, 10/25.

Next up, I got my flu shot on Wednesday.  All day yesterday I was happy that I was not getting a big swollen lump at the injection site and annoyed that my bra was apparently pinching me under my arm.

Fast forward to bed time, I haven't had my bra on for sometime, (I know, too much info) but my armpit still hurts and I still have not had a bell go off, until I try to lay down and roll onto my right side.

OUCH!  I leapt up out of the bed!  What the #@*&????

Upon further examination, I have a huge swollen lump of lymph nodes under my arm, and after further investigation, yes, this can be a side effect of getting a damn flu shot.

Great.  Every time I rolled in my sleep to the right I woke up.  It was not a good night.  I cannot sleep on one side all night thanks to RA which stiffens me into a pretzel.  So, it was a lot of fits and starts all night to find just the right position to sleep with the minimum amount of discomfort.

Here is the worse part:  It hurts to pick up my coffee mug to drink!  ARRRGGGHHHH!!

Next time, I will not be so busy chatting away with the RN that I absent mindedly let her inject me in my right arm!

Oh!  Don't let this scare you from getting a flu shot, I am sure that I got this stupid reaction because I am immuno-suppressed from the drugs I am on for my RA and Lupus. 

And now, for something completely different...

Thanks to John Scalzi at By The Way...

Weekend Assignment #82: What was your favorite bedtime story as a child?

Extra Credit: As an adult , have you shared that favorite bedtime story with a child?

I loved any and every story as a child.  I was born a voracious reader and I still am.  I don't recall any particular favorite but I had a big Disney Treasury of Bedtime Stories, and I do recall my daddy reading from that book for many nights.

As I got older, my favorite bedtime reading was Nancy Drew.  I would read and re-read her books, putting myself in the stories and solving the crimes with the help of Bess and George.  I still have my Nancy Drew's and now, my kids have been enjoying them, event the boys!

Yes, I did read from the Disney Treasury book to my kids, from the exact same book that was mine.  Mostly, my hubby did.  Since he works all day and is not home with the kids like I am, bedtime was and is still his special time with the kids.

I would read GoodNight Moon to the kids when they were toddlers before they went to their bedroom with dad.  I still love that book. 

The kids now read on their own, and after daddy puts them in bed they all have reading time with their book lights.  They go to bed earlier than most kids, which gives them the opportunity to decompress from the day and develop great reading skills.  It gives hubby and I time alone each night before one of us falls asleep.  We usually get to watch a few shows together and get time to talk.  The kids are all great students, so the plan is working so far!

Okay, that is enough blabberings from me for today.  Now, go visit CarnivAOL and send Paul a journal entry...scour your archives...go!

Be well,
Dawn

 

15 comments:

lv2trnscrb said...

Yes ma'am; will head over to Paul's this weekend sometime; thanks for plugging him.

Ouch regarding the flu shot!! We are getting ours tomorrow, but I know we won't have the same reaction (hopefully).

Loved your answers for the reading assignment. Been reading them in different people's journals. Good Night Moon is a popular one to read to the youngsters. (and one of the ones I read to mine when they were young).

I miss those days of them snuggling next to me and reading....well, there's always grandchildren in the next twenty years (don't want to rush Matt)

betty

ryanagi said...

I loved Nancy Drew books!  I tried soooo hard to get them all. Ultimately I still had a couple gaps in my collection.

sazzylilsmartazz said...

Nancy Drew rules and I certainly hope your arm feels better soon:-)~
Dianna

ckays1967 said...

good night moon.....

I love it!

jckfrstross said...

I get my shot next week david got his yesterday and amanda got hers today zach hopefully next week glad the shot didn't have too many side effects

Deb

eml625 said...

Now YOU cant pick up your coffee ??!!! Noooooo ! Hope that feels better soon

Ellen

pixiedustnme said...

"they go to bed earlier than most kids".......i still here the complaints from my princess, but that's when we do our reading - and you're right, it's the perfect time to decompress.  life is too busy not to pull the shades and chill out with a good book  http://journals.aol.com/pixiedustnme/Inmyopinion/entries/1303

swibirun said...

That's why I don't get flu shots.

When my doctor asked if we wanted Trevor to have the chicken pox shot, I asked her if she recommended it and she told me that she couldn't give me her opinion.  So I asked if her kids had gotten it and she said no.  That was good enough for me.

Plus I had to get MMR shots when I enrolled in college in 1990.  I ended up with a hepatic rash.....thanks for the protection.

Chris
http://journals.aol.com/swibirun/Inanethoughtsandinsaneramblings
http://www.bigoven.com/~swibirun

fisherkristina said...

I never read Nancy Drew.  Sorry about the flu shot.

Krissy
http://journals.aol.com/fisherkristina/SometimesIThink

jouell3935 said...

OKAY Now that is just wrong! wrong wrong!!! MESS with a womans coffee like that!! NOT RIGHT!
LOL
Hope all is better!
Peace
Jodi

knightbek said...

Ouch!  Do what I do.  Get a good sturdy straw to mainline that coffee!  I do this at work a lot, but that has more to do with the mug I use.  Has to be spill proof, and the straw helps plug up the hole in the lid.

My older sister loved Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys when she was a kid.  I never read much Nancy Drew, but she did get me to read a few of the Hardy Boys books when I was younger.  Those always made for fun reads.

Bill, the Wildcat

lurkynat said...

Dear Dawn,
Ah ys the fairy tales! I ahve to write Johna bout those..and my dad insisted on oodles of Classics now I would really thank him alot remember Dawn? Did you read Dickens and mark Twain.etc? I lvoed allof those!
Btw youare a geat motivator! chuckle I needed to send Pauk my favorite one and you got me to do it! I love you!:):): thanks you angel! love,natalie

sangrialel said...

Dawn, So sorry about the swollen arm thing from the flu shot.  Thank goodness I have never had any type of reaction to it.  (cross my fingers) I am a huge reader also!  Ilove to read to my grandson too!  Lelly

justaname4me2 said...

I love finding all the entires on Pauls journal, makes finding the diamonds nice and easy..
Is it bad to admit I've never had a flu shot? And ohh no, your entry didn't reinforse at all why I don't want one :o)
I hope your feeling better now and can move that arm around~

One last thing, I love Goodnight Moon, my daughters love it too. I imagine, my grandchildren will love it too. A classic that always warms the heart.
Wishing you well!
Rebecca

libragem007 said...

oh I love that children's book Goodnight Moon.
Gem :-)