This morning I took Alyssa and Ryan for their annual
autism influenza vaccinations. Alyssa put on a heroic, “I’ve got this” front right up until she was sitting on the table and the nurse was about to inject her. Then she freaked out and I had to physically hold her down. Ryan freaked out the entire way to the doctor’s office and into the office — I had to pry him out of the car and physically drag him onto the table — but he actually held still for the injection. They both agreed that the shots were less painful than anticipated. I tried to explain that anxiety is cruel that way – it can make situations seem so much worse than they really are.
After dropping the sproglets off at school, I came home, did a bit of work, then packed up some food to take to my mom and Puff, who had been at the ER with my other brother, Cat, since 6:30am. Long story short: my mom injured her left foot, and Cat had a meltdown (which has been coming; the writing has been on the wall for months) and is now committed for inpatient mental health treatment. My mom is a diabetic, and she and my brother hadn’t eaten since before they arrived at the hospital, hence my mid-afternoon jaunt to take them some sandwiches, yogurt, granola, and muffins.
Now it’s going on dinnertime, and there is SO. MUCH. to do between now and Saturday that I have no idea how I’m going to get it all done. Somebody hold me.
Your car talks about you to other people. She doesn’t say any words, but as you drive around and people see your car, it’s screaming about your life to them. If you’re curious about what is being said as you wait for the light to turn green then check out this interactive infographic.
It will ask you what type of car you drive and then take you through the various things that this demonstrates about your personality, age, gender etc. Some of it I’ve found is way off, however it’s right on the nose about the majority of what it says. It features other cool little titbits as well, for example, it might tell you what’s most likely to be in your boot or maybe a great fashion choice that you should consider purchasing as it would suit your personality and car.
Give it a go, it might just surprise you.
In the past few years Dan has seemed to have completely fallen apart. Current issues he’s dealing with (and I’m helping, hopefully, to the best of my ability):
- Depression (better in recent months)
- Anxiety (worse in recent months)
- Sleep apnea (sleep study is scheduled for October 28th)
- Sleeping issues/insomnia (possibly related to needing the updated sleep study and tweaks made to his CPAP)
- Possible Restless Leg Syndrome
- Left shoulder rotator cuff injury / separated cartilage (not sure which – MRI is scheduled for this Friday)
- Right hand injury – deep gashes/damaged tendons due to the mixer mishap (we see the orthopedist again today at 11:00am)
This bulleted blog post brought to you by Dan’s sleeping issues / possible RLS / hand pain, all of which have kept both of us up since 2:30am.
- Should I have been the one to make the bread?
- Dan shouldn’t have added the extra flour to the recipe – maybe if he hadn’t, the mixer wouldn’t have rocked off the counter
- We shouldn’t have doubled the recipe
- I should have been the one to try and turn the mixer off
- We should have just baked canned biscuits instead
I took Dan to his first of what will probably be many orthopedic visits yesterday afternoon. The verdict so far is that he indeed did a number on both fingers (right middle and ring): no bone involvement, thank goodness, but deep gashes that include the tendons that run along the top of each finger. Thus far Dan does have some movement in each finger, so that’s good, but the damage and swelling is so bad right now that it’s hard to tell how much damage there really is. We head back next Tuesday to discuss whether or not to proceed with surgery.
For now, Dan’s fingers are individually bandaged and wrapped, and his entire hand is splint and wrapped almost all the way to his elbow – he only has his thumb available for use. And of course luck would have it that this happened to his dominant hand. Vicodin, ice packs, pillows, and sleep are all his best friends right now.
Pictures (warning: GORY) after the cut.
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