eye pain

Mar. 15th, 2012 03:31 pm
cassidyrose: (Harlie tongue)
My left eye started hurting quite badly Tuesday night. It continued all day yesterday. I couldn't see any apparent irritation but it *hurt*. Last night [livejournal.com profile] ptor and I both saw what looked to be a small eyelash protruding from the outer corner of my eye. I tried to brush it off to no avail. I finally got tweezers and pulled on it and it came out. Only it wasn't an eyelash, it was an inch=long cat hair that had been jammed in my eye for who knows how long. That was, most likely, the culprit for the swelling and inflammation the doctor saw today, and my pain for the past few days. I have magic eye drops now that have already reduced the pain.

The perils of cat ownership.
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
I am here but really tired and really busy. We have started the process of house hunting and it is already giving me an ulcer.

Onward.

My foot is fucked. Some sort of benign bone tumor which will require surgery to remove and a bone graft to make not-painful.

This would require me to be off my foot for 8-10 weeks.

Envision that with a 16 month old and a 4.5 year old.

Yeah. Not gonna happen this year.

I have made the decision to return to dancing, hiking, yoga, and more walking within my pain limits and revisit the issue next summer if I am still in pain.

It is what it is.

Spent nearly four hours at sheep shearing day at the farm yesterday and finally replaced the broken DVD player. I no longer have to do my pilates workout from memory. Oh, and I replaced my new phone for the *second* time as the first one fried itself within a week and the second one kept crashing. Asshat at the store who gave me attitude is on my shit list.

Trying to plan a trip to Yosemite and a trip to Washington state to visit my sister and her family this summer. Need to get moving on that. Also hope to take the kids to the Monterey Bay Aquarium soon. We are taking S. to Maker Faire but leaving L. at home as it would be too hard to wrangle him there this year. Next year they can both go (and both went last year, but L. is at the age that it will just be a BAD IDEA).

Going to NOLOSE, just need to register. Should be performing there as well. On the fence about whether or not I want to submit a workshop proposal. I did two last year and I am feeling kind of burned out of late, in general, so I may pass. I have until May 1st to decide.

That is all for now.
cassidyrose: (light blur self)
A couple of weeks ago S. got sick and then better. Then last Wednesday he got *really* sick with an upper-respiratory thing. He stayed home from school, swimming, and pretty much everything the rest of the week. He is just now getting better. A little over a week ago L. was pulling on his ears and I took him to get checked out. No infection, just sinus congestion. Last weekend I got really sick with an upper-respiratory thing which seemed to clear mid-week and left me with a raspy voice. Then I started coughing Friday night and haven't stopped. It is mostly a dry cough so I am not too worried, but it is painful and I cannot sleep and it is painful. Last night I started feeling fluish and now I am congested again. On Friday, L. started with a runny nose and coughing. We were up much of last night with him and his wet, bad-sounding cough and my dry, very uncomfortable cough. I took L. to urgent care today and he has fluid behind his left ear and his right ear is infected (puss and everything!) That explains the excessive crying. The doctor believes he also has bronchiolitis. This explains his poor appetite and trouble nursing. He has lost half a pound in a week. He also cried through the exam then fell asleep while being examined.

He is on antibiotics for the ear infection now as well as regular ibuprofen for pain and fever. He is really, really sick. Sicker than I remember S. ever really being at this age and sicker than S. was recently.

Oh, and Peter had a couple of weeks of back to back sinus things so life around here has not been fun.
cassidyrose: (baby fly on bike)
Today we have to go stand in line at the County Clerk's office to get S.'s birth certificate. We hadn't gotten around to getting an official copy yet (we have all his hospital paperwork) and now of course we need one for kindergarten enrollment. We also need to get his immunization card updated at the doctor's office and drop off paperwork at his dentist for them to fill out. I already have the letter from our landlord saying we really do live here and a not from the doctor say he has a physical scheduled (oh, I also need to drop paperwork for his doctor to fill out). In addition to all that hassle, we also have to provide: photo ID, our rental agreement, our car registrations, and a utility bill for establishing residency.

This registration process is pretty epic.

I also need new slippers but my foot is kind of bothering me so I may not be up to shopping.

And that is all for today. Mostly just hanging out at home because I am not supposed to stand or walk for very long at all on my foot.

Onward.

2010 recap

Jan. 2nd, 2011 01:39 am
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
To sum up 2010 I am tempted to say, "I had a baby in December of 2009" and leave it at that. Because, really, a whole lot of this year was devoted to the care of feeding of that baby and his older brother.

That said, here is a run down of the year:

Dance
I choreographed one new dance, which was really two dances, as it was a combination tap and jazz dance. It was some sort of postpartum mania which moved me to do this ~two months before a show. It's a great dance though, and the debut of tap with the Fly Girls.

I started another dance, a lyrical/contemporary piece, which I am really excited about.

I excavated a couple of other of my older dances.

Performed a handful of times, including our big show this past July, "Go Big or Go Home", where I performed six pieces, three of which were mine.

Taught a number of folks in a number of classes and took one master tap class which was awesome but kicked my ass and everyone else's as well.

Activism
In June I attended the NOLOSE conference and presented two workshops there. I had a great time and was happy with what I accomplished with my workshops. I still want to write up and post more about my "What about the Children? Fat Panic and Kids" panel here.

I know I did at least one interview for a student movie/documentary (I think) and I sadly cannot remember if I did any other media this year.

I started the process to be photographed by an fine art photographer, which may not sound like activism, but it kind of is. She is shooting a number of the Fly Girls. It sounds promising.

Health
Had a few illnesses, including a bad stomach virus and one bout of food poisoning. Postpartum uterine injury which sucks and has impacted my dancing and general mobility. Stress fracture in foot (which I have been dancing on for over a year because it was misdiagnosed) and weird nerve thing down left side of lower body. Teeth mostly OK, eyes doing OK, skin OK...onward.

Kids doing well health-wise. L. got croup in June which was scary and required an ER visit and S. had handful of colds and stomach bugs. [livejournal.com profile] ptor had a number of sinus things which sucked.

Employment
[livejournal.com profile] ptor started working again in April after sixteen months of unemployment. This was and remains a very good thing.

Random

I joined the executive board of S.'s preschool. It is a whole hell of a lot of work.

We started looking for a new place to live but kind of dropped it for the holidays. Need to pick it up again.

S. finished the three year old class at his school in June, went to summer school there, and entered the pre-K class there this past September. He is loving it and is starting to make friends which is great to see.

S. turned four this year and L. turned one. They are amazing.

I have cooked a lot and have expanded even more the type and variety of foods we eat. I have perfected my own banana-peanut butter-chocolate chip muffin recipe and have baked many other things. Not much time to fuss with yeasted breads this year, but hopefully soon we will get there.

I was really getting back into yoga, doing it while S. was at school and L. napped, but the stress fracture is forcing me to put that on hold for a while.

I got a new camera, a Canon Rebel, and have a very nice 50mm macro lens for it and a decent telephoto lens for it. I am working on my photography as I can in my mostly non-existent spare time.

Where we went and what we did

Due to the newborn situation and [livejournal.com profile] ptor working a job where he doesn't get vacation time, we didn't take any big trips this year. However, we've done a lot as a family and even more just me and the kids. Most all Saturdays were spent in Berkeley with me at rehearsal and [livejournal.com profile] ptor and the kids hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] catzen, then we all would have lunch and hang out together. S. had school three days a week through July and since September has been going four afternoons a week. In addition to that are trips to the library and park, as well as music and swim classes for both kids. There were bike rides and walks and lots of cooking and baking.
For family bigger outings (or things I did with the kids), here is what our year looked like by month, according to my photo files: )
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
Christmas is over and it was all fun but the adults around here are feeling done. We did Christmas in the Park and Zoo Lights this week. Christmas Eve we did a gumbo dinner with [livejournal.com profile] catzen and today we had my family here (my mom, dad, aunt, uncle, and [livejournal.com profile] catzen. The kids got lots of gifts, including a veritable mountain of Legos for S. who spent the entire day working on them. L. is mostly excited about his new toy vacuum and just the general festivities. I got [livejournal.com profile] ptor a grain grinder which he has wanted for a while and he got me a new drive for my computer (I need more storage desperately). I also had gotten the new camera a couple of months ago as an early birthday/Christmas gift.

S. and I decorated gingerbread cookies last night which was fun, but I am embarrassed to say my cookies do not look significantly neater or better decorated than his. He is good at this stuff. He had a lot of fun serving his cookies today--he was very proud of them.

So tired now. Oh, yeah, [livejournal.com profile] ptor was working all day, so that kind of sucked and added to both our tiredness. He is off until New Year's Eve which is great. However, I have a complicated stress fracture in my foot that I am not supposed to be walking on any more than I am need to so a lot our possible plans have been dashed. So unamused about the clusterfuck of injuries I am dealing with, not to mention that I have been dancing on this injured food for over a year (it was misdiagnosed). Best case is minimal activity (no dancing, no swimming, no yoga, no walks, etc.) for two months while it is immobilized and it will get better. Worst case is surgery to remove stuff so that it can heal.

Anyhow...

More about health later. For now, we made it through Christmas, the kids are finally asleep, and we really need some rest now.
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
Home from visiting my parents and other family for my and L.'s birthdays. He is enjoying all his new toys and S. is enjoying his "big brother" presents (small things gotten mostly to distract him from L.'s gift opening). I am headed to bed in a minute and hope to get some decent sleep. L.'s one year appointment is tomorrow, then maybe we will get S.'s hair trimmed.

I am wiped out from a VERY busy week last week. Last weekend I went to three parties then got food poisoning on Sunday night. [livejournal.com profile] ptor had to stay home from work on Monday because I could barely move (though I did still manage to nurse L.). I still felt sick through Tuesday. On Wednesday S. had a dentist appointment and that night I had a long (three hours) school board meeting. On Thursday morning I had a MRI done on my foot (possible stress fracture) and Thursday evening was S.'s class holiday potluck. Fun, but I barely got to sit down on Thursday. Friday was a somewhat ill-advised trip to Toys R Us with the kids to get L.'s birthday gifts and Saturday we headed out of town.

Too. Much. Activity.

S. has no school this week which kind of sucks, especially since it is raining and L. has a runny nose, so indoor kid-places are out as well as outdoor stuff (though I may just send S. out back on the deck in boots and a jacket and tell him to collect rainwater or something. Christmas Eve and Christmas will be here because [livejournal.com profile] ptor has to work a 6-6 on Christmas day.

That is all for now...must get some sleep.

injured

Mar. 9th, 2010 03:42 pm
cassidyrose: (light blur self)
It started with my left foot hurting. Then it spread to my shin, quad, and hip. In an attempt to stretch my leg out in a way that alleviated the pain long enough so I could sleep I managed to really hurt my lower back. Or something else injured it. Either way my lower back is now fucked which is making daily life remarkably unfun with the kids.

I am icing and it and taking ibuprofen and that is helping a bit. Rest is probably one of the best things I can do. Try telling that to S.

Oh, and to add to the fun, I did a super-easy yoga practice two days in a row late last week because I was so stiff I could barely move. Sadly, that tiny bit of downward dog aggravated my shoulder injury.

So, so pissed off with my body right now.

::gripe::
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
We are up and starting on a slooooow Sunday. S. and I are still rather sick. Poor S. has beens sick since Monday with a bad cold...I've had the same thing for the past few days. Ugh. I don't want to do anything today except rest. S. is tired of being in the house but, well, he's a sick little guy. His cough is starting to not sound good. :-(

That's about all I have to update. Since we didn't have fevers we were able to get our H1N1 vaccines at the county clinic yesterday--we only had to wait in line for an hour...woo-hoo! S. has to get another shot in 3-4 weeks and I really hope he can get from our health care provider by then (they currently have only a super-limited supply restricted to those with immune issues, etc.) so we don't have to stand in another clinic line. Last night S. kept asking us, "Why are some people scared of a poke from a little needle and some blood?" The crying and screaming kids at the shot clinics perplex him. Now, he didn't want to go because he said the shot hurts, but he did go and doesn't scream. He just winces a bit.

I am hoping to finish Baby Pickle's blanket today or tomorrow. It is looking nice. And I just want to sleep more.
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
S. is sick with some sinus thing and I was up with him until 4:30 this morning. Thankfully he finally slept and stayed asleep until 11:30. He cannot breathe when he is lying down so he doesn't want to sleep. Poor guy.

I have officially hit the final-weeks-of-pregnancy-wall. I am so tired I don't want to do anything. Seriously. Unfortunately we have a whole lot of stuff to get done. Just putting one foot in front of the other.

[livejournal.com profile] ptor has an in-person interview today and another (at a different company) tomorrow. We are hoping something comes of either or both of them. However, now that we are so close to Baby Pickle showing up it is not great timing, but we need the income so we will do whatever we need to do. I am very disheartened that Adobe is laying off 680 employees, Applied Materials 1,300-1,500, and EA is cutting 1,500. These are all huge tech employers in the Bay Area and that is a whole more jobs just gone. Not to mention Sun's recent massive downsizing and the impending NUMMI plant closure which will eliminate nearly 5,000 jobs at NUMMI alone, not to mention the tens of thousands that will be affected by the plant's closure.

The weather is finally sorta kinda changing around here. No longer feels like the end of summer.

I am jamming away on a baby blanket for the baby, and also need to get a hat done for my nephew and for S. We also need to take care of holiday gift shopping very soon. I'll put it on the list.

The political climate continues to distress and depress me. The Stupak Amendment to the health care reform bill is just one glaring example of why. It is clearly the goal of far too many to restrict access to abortion to a level which would effectively make it illegal once again. It's just wrong and tragic.

And with that I should go fix S. the blackberries he has requested and convince him that we need to rest today because he is SICK!!!!

bleah

Sep. 2nd, 2009 02:58 pm
cassidyrose: (light blur self)
S. is definitely sick. We had suspected he was on his way to sick-town and sadly he arrived today...at around 4am. He is napping now and I may do the same. I am feeling rather tired myself and not 100%. We are hoping this is not H1N1--his fever is still pretty low and he is not horribly ill, but the risks of H1N1 to pregnant women is making us nervous. He is mostly pissed off that we won't take him anywhere today. I am hoping he sleeps for a couple more hours.

So that is the great excitement around here. We were all going to go the Children's Museum today but obviously those plans got nixed.

I am not happy that my head and sinuses hurt, either.
cassidyrose: (light blur self)
We are all still sick. And very, very tired. I am ready for us to be healthy, dammit!
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
We are all still sick. I took S. to the doctor today and his ears are completely full of fluid again. They have not been clear since sometime prior to February. Urgh. We are seeing an audiologist in a few weeks as well as the doctor to see how badly his hearing is being impacted and whether or not we are getting any sort of drainage going. If it does not resolve soon we will need to explore options with an ENT. YUK. [livejournal.com profile] ptor and I are coughing a lot and are quite congested. We are tired. S. slept 12 hours last night and took a 3.5 hour nap this afternoon. He never sleeps that much at night. He is one tired guy.

Other than being sick, we are still working on [livejournal.com profile] ptor's job search. He had another interview in the city today and it went OK. Some bad, some good. We should know soon.

I have a bunch of half-started projects around the house that I need to finish. It is overwhelming sometimes.

For Easter we are going to Ardenwood Farm with my parents and aunt and uncle. We plan on a picnic, checking out the baby animals and maybe doing some of the Easter-related things going on there (golden egg hunt and Easter egg roll).

I need to finish the latest dance for the Fly Girls this week so we have time to work on it before the Day of Dance. I also need to work on planning the rest of the year in terms of choreography.

That is all for now.
cassidyrose: (light blur self)
I was sick for a couple of weeks over Christmas. It seemed to have resolved. Or not. Or it did and morphed. Over the past couple of days I started having pain on the left side of my face, jaw and ear that went from "Wow that is annoying" to "Wow, that really frikkin' hurts and makes me a kind of nauseated". So I saw the doctor--ear is clear, so it just referred pain from my sinuses, but it hurts. Not ear-splitting, ear-drum bleeding hurts (been there, done that) but enough to make me not want to do a whole hell of a lot. The doctor figures it is an infection resulting from the previous illness. I hardly have any noticeable congestion so it is a residual thing and I am trying not to get anxious about the fact it is happening on the side of my face where I had surgery four years ago. I am hoping an visit to the ENT and a CT scan (or worse, the dreaded nose-scope) are not in my future.

Anyhow, I am certainly not contagious given that I my nose is not drippy, I have no fever, the initial cold/flu has been gone for some time and I am on antibiotics of doom, so anyone I am cooking for this weekend should not be worried.

This is really just obnoxious and an annoyance to me and I felt like whining.

I think I will work on my Cthulu doll for a while and go to bed.

ouch

Oct. 30th, 2008 03:26 am
cassidyrose: (unamused)
Horrible sinus headache. Cannot breathe at all through my nose. I have been working non-stop for the past three hours after a two hour rehearsal. I am so tired but probably cannot sleep due to the breathing issue.

Damn.

craaaaaamps

Oct. 7th, 2008 12:42 am
cassidyrose: (Harlie tongue)
Cramps from hell.

Again.

Urgh.

sore

Oct. 5th, 2008 12:45 pm
cassidyrose: (unamused)
Last night my knees were on fire. Today my whole back hurts. It hurts when I cough or breathe deep. The new hip hop piece we are working on is really cool but it is a body-trasher. Ouch.
cassidyrose: (light blur self)
Most of the signs of my illness that started two weeks ago are now gone. However, I am still coughing off and on and my chest feels tighter than I think it should. I am also still really, really, tired. Not just sleepy tired, but drained. And I am getting nauseated intermittently (threw-up yesterday) as well as getting headaches. I rarely get headaches or nauseated much at all anymore so I am not sure what is up. Pretty damned sure I am not pregnant so I don't think that explains nausea.

I am just whining. I have a lot of work to do and I am only getting a fraction of it done as I can barely slog through my days right now.

just sick

Sep. 8th, 2008 05:01 pm
cassidyrose: (Harlie tongue)
Been sick since Thursday. S. has been sick an indeterminate amount of time--at least since then, if not before and he still has some signs of illness. I am still quite sick. It started with a raging sore throat bad enough that the doctor swabbed me for strep (neg). S. had the throat issue too. Now I am super congested and it is in my chest as well. Oh, and I sound like I smoke in both cough and voice. So sexy. It sucks in and of itself, but it double-sucks because I had to cancel all sorts of shit over the weekend as a result. Annnnd, I have to take decongestants so I don't suffocate but they wire me up so much I can't sleep even though I am so, so tired. On the plus side, I've gotten a lot of work done. But dear gods, I have so much more to do.

Just whining.

Back to work while S. sleeps.
cassidyrose: (aerialarch)
I messed up my right hamstring on Tuesday. I injured it back in 2002 after I dropped into my right side split while in a too-cold studio and no longer being properly warm. It has given my problems off an on since, but it is usually OK. This past Tuesday I injured it either by sprinting with the stroller while trying, unsuccessfully, to catch a bus, walking the three miles to the pool rather quickly after said unsuccessful sprint, or in my Tuesday night dance class while doing some sort of insane leg stretch/strengthening exercise. I know I aggravated it in the dance class, but I think the initial injury came earlier that day. Driving home that night it hurt a lot to push on the gas pedal. Not muscle soreness, but pain. I have tried really backing off on it (no strenuous walking, no yoga, no intense stretching, minimal dance) and it is improving. It is key that I do not worsen the muscle pull and/or cause a tear, but it is really, really, really hard for me to back off and not do any activity that will strain my hamstring. I am taking care though. I was unable to dance for over a year after my nasty foot injury of 2003 and I really do not want a repeat of that.

Injuries suck.

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