It's Friday, and this is the first chance I have to sit down at my computer to do something other than schoolwork. Yes, it's been a crazy busy week. Let me tell you all about it.
This week was my son E's last week of school before spring break, so I knew we'd have a lot of work to do before he could sit back and relax. His allergies have been acting up lately, what with the weather being wacky, and he'd been scratching his eyes quite a bit, especially at church on Sunday. His left eye looked irritated, so I did most of the reading to him so he could rest his eyes. He had portfolios due this week for science, hope, music, and English, plus he had his unit test in algebra. I worked with him and he got quite a bit done, but not everything. I came home from work and we did some more school, but he wasn't feeling well due to his eye bothering him, so he went to bed.
Tuesday morning we got up early to work some more, but his eye was looking pretty bad. It wasn't red but it was crusty. He said it hurt, only not his eye. What hurt was his eyelid, the outer part of the eye. I found some eye ointment and put it on him, and we continued doing school. I have to admit, I was starting to get stressed. My son was falling behind in his schoolwork, his eye was getting more swollen, and my boss told me she'd be taking the day off on Thursday. I was praying the ointment would alleviate the irritation in my son's eye; if it didn't I'd have to seek medical attention, and quick.
Wednesday morning, it became clear that my son needed a doctor. His eye looked positively awful, and he wasn't able to sleep because his eye kept crusting over all night. Thankfully I was able to get him an appointment for 10:30 am. We did an hour and a half of school before we left. Wednesday is his busiest school day, because he has 3 live lessons to attend. I knew he'd miss his science class, but at least he could attend music. I was so glad the doctor was able to see him. The office was so packed, but there are several doctors at this practice, and I wasn't going to be picky. His regular doctor didn't see him, but the one that did is great. She examined him thoroughly, then said he had an eye infection, most probably due to all the scratching he'd been doing. The eye is so delicate, and scratching it (especially with dirty hands) can easily bring on an infection. She was concerned, however, that he might possibly have eczema on that eyelid as well. E had eczema as a small child but never on his face; it was always in the back of his elbows and knees. She gave me an appointment to come back today (Friday) to have it looked at again. Meanwhile she sent him some eye drops, an ointment, and Zyrtec for the allergies in addition to Allegra. I about passed out when I saw the pharmacy bill for the meds: $130! And I have insurance!! So much for affordable healthcare :P. It took an hour waiting at the pharmacy for the medicines, which got me to work late. Talk about really stressing out! Good thing I only work 3 hours on Wednesdays, because I go to church and serve in Awana. This Wednesday, however, we didn't go to church. E didn't have youth group anyway (they'd gone on a trip the day before) and I wasn't going to take him with me to be around the little kids with his eye all swollen. Besides, there was lots of schoolwork to catch up on, so that's what we did. I missed my girls, but I'm glad I stayed and took care of my son who needed me more.
Already Thursday he was feeling better, even though the Zyrtec made him sleepy. We got lots of schoolwork done in the morning, then I went off to work. I wasn't sure if my boss would be there or not; she wanted the day off, but I don't think her husband knows what to do without her there. He really depends on her a lot! I walked into the office, and MM was nowhere to be found. I said a short prayer, then got to work. It actually went pretty well! My daughter said I looked like I had it all together and was more relaxed than I'd been all week. The other teachers were so helpful, too. They pitched in if I asked them for help or if I had any questions. MM did finally show up about an hour before closing; I think when you've been at the helm for so many years it's hard to let go, or believe someone else can do the work. I hope that, as she sees the work I do and that things are running smoothly, she can trust me to work on my own without having to check on me constantly. I have always worked independently, so it's weird for me to have someone looking over my shoulder, but I also recognize I've been there for less than a month. Obviously there's still much I don't know, and much I need to learn. With God's help I'll manage, I'm sure. After work I sat down with E and told him we would finish school. Spring break would begin on Friday, and he needed to have all his work turned in by Thursday night. I'm pleased to say, he did it! The only thing left was a report on Beethoven's symphony Eroica, and he sent it in at 10:30 at night. We won't have to think about school till March 23rd. Hallelujah!
This morning (my "day off") found me back at the doctor's office with my son. He had to be there at 8:00 for his recheck. When I woke him up in the morning, he let out a yell and said, "My eye isn't stuck together!" Poor kid, he'd been waking up to an eye that was sealed shut every morning, and now the medicine was doing its work and he was looking considerably better. There's flaking around the eye where the rash is drying up, but the swelling is almost completely gone. Praise the Lord! The doctor was pleased to see how much his eye had improved in such a short amount of time. It was a huge relief for me as well. I trust God, and I know He will always do what is right and best for me and my family, but I won't deny, when one of my children is sick it's like the life is drained out of me. All I want is for them to get better. I guess I'm no different from every other mom in the world.
After we'd finished at the doctor's office, I dropped him off at the house and began my journey into grocery shopping. I started off at Winn-Dixie, hoping to find some good deals on meats. I got a package of steak and a London broil that were on sale, but the ground beef was ridiculous. $4.53 a pound?! Gimme a break people! I skipped on that, but did get my canned goods, pastas, breads, those sorts of things, spending a total of $93.18. Not bad, considering my total budget is $300. I dropped that food off at the house, then headed out to Walmart. I picked up whatever I hadn't gotten at Winn-Dixie, like dog food and breakfast foods, plus I got some ham steaks and frozen foods, and spent $97.70. I left there and stopped off at Pep Boys. I was in need of tires - bad - but I'd had to wait till I had my income tax return. Now that I had the money (and the time) I went and scheduled my tire replacement appointment for 4:00. From there I went to Costco to get my bulk items, including ground beef. I don't particularly care for the ground beef at Costco (it's very fatty IMO) but it's $3.79 a pound, a large cry from the $4.53/lb at Winn-Dixie. My total at Costco was $70.87, bringing my total to $261.75, $38.25 under budget. That's great, because this week I bought pizza from Little Caesars and KFC on Wednesday when I was running around with my son, so I'm still within my budget.
I got all the groceries home and put away with my daughter's help. After lunch we made a trip to the bank so I could finish opening a checking account. I wanted a separate account for myself now that I'm working, and I'd tried doing it online so I wouldn't have to visit the branch. It worked - but when I tried using online banking, I found out I'd have to go to the bank to get a special pin number. So much for not having to make the trip :P. To give you an idea how crazy our weather is in Florida, we got to the bank as it was starting to look like rain. We were there for about 20 minutes, in which time it rained pretty heavy and steady, but by the time we were done the sun was out and it didn't look like it had rained at all. That is so typical in Florida, it surprises none of the locals.
I came back home to drop my daughter off (she'd gone with me to the bank), then went to get my new tires. While I was there my daughter made one of my all-time favorites, spaghetti carbonara. Boy was I thankful for that! After a non-stop day it's really nice to come home to a delicious meal. I'm so blessed.
Bare Escentuals had another Beauty Rush on Wednesday (my very insane day), and I was gonna skip it because I didn't think I'd have time to even look at what they had. But while we were having lunch I took a peek to see if they had any skincare on sale, and they did. I went ahead and placed an order for a kit containing neck cream, toner pads and body lotion; then I found an eyeshadow duo for $7 and another kit for $21 and I snatched them both up. That was before I found out that my son's medicines were $130. Part of me wishes I'd waited and not placed the order; part of me can't wait till it gets here!
There's more to add to my "fun" week, but I'll leave it for the weekend. Right now I think I'll take a shower, then relax a bit before bed. I think I've earned it. Good night ya'll. Pleasant dreams.