Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lots Of Miles To Paint.

Well, another week has come and gone. It was actually a pretty good week for us. I got over 3000 miles at work this week. That's about 500 miles more than usual. It's going to make for a nice paycheck next week.(Uncle Sam's gonna love it too, I'm sure.) Susan was able to work a full week too. That's because Joshua actually stayed well enough this week to stay in daycare all week long. Amazing!

This week I drove from Dallas to Birmingham and back. Then I drove from Dallas to Lubbock and back. My last run was from Dallas to New Orleans and back. Yep, all turn-arounds this week. That doesn't happen too often. It did keep me out until almost 6am Sunday morning though.

Last Sunday, Susan & I started working on redecorating the second bathroom. We tore down all the old wallpaper, textured and primed the walls, and taped off everything we didn't want painted. Once the work week ended and Saturday arrived Susan, Stephanie & Kaitlyn painted the bathroom while my mother-in-law made sure my son didn't try to help. A 21 month old is not the best person to tackle painting a room. Anyway, after they finished for the day there were only a few finishing touches to be done. Susan & I finished the rest of the painting today and now all that's left to do is take the tape off, put the wallpaper border up, and put the new bathroom accessories in. Once everything is done, we'll have us a bathroom that looks like a fish aquarium. My wife has been videoing every step of the process. She's also taken pictures and will most likely post them on Flickr when everything is done.

That's about all I've got for you. If I missed something, I'm sure it's in Susan's Blog. Go there and check it out.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day Mush

First of all, Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their day and was treated special by the one's they love. I know I was. I actually wasn't even supposed to be home today, but as luck would have it, my last load was cancelled due to the bills not being available. I was going to be headed from Dallas to Austin and back again. Instead, I was told to have a good weekend and got to come home. Since I wasn't expecting to be home today, I had to make a quick pit stop along the way and make sure I got my wife some flowers, candy, & a cute little stuffed red monkey with hearts for eyes. Susan seemed to like them all, but she loved the Valentine gift bag it came in. I knew she would. She love holiday bags. This one was red with hearts all over it. I don't think she has a Valentine gift bag. Well, now she does.

Joshua got a stuffed monkey as well. Susan bought him a brown monkey that holds a heart with a picture of Mommy & Daddy in it. If you want to see it and the look on his face when we gave it to him, go to her blog at . I think it's one of the most awesome pictures of him we've ever taken.

I was given two Valentine's Day cards. One from my son and one from my wife. My wife also made me a batch of sugar cookies with frosting on top. They look delicious. One of them even says, " I Y Daddy". I can't wait to eat them. Anyway, I guess that's all I have for now. Everyone enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hearing Mono In Stereo.

Let's pick up where we left off. On Sunday morning we woke up and Joshua still had a high fever. We made an appointment with the pediatrician's office and went in for yet another visit. This time the doctor was able to get a better look at Joshua's throat and saw that his tonsils were swollen and had white spots on them. He told us he wasn't sure , but he thinks it might be mono. Mono? A 20 month old can get mono? He said it's rare, but it can happen. The doctor decided to send us to the emergency at Cooks Children's Hospital for further testing. When we got there, the place was packed. Luckily, we got a room right away because we had a doctor's referral. We ended up spending about 4 or 5 hours there and the doctor told us that Joshua does have mono.

Then Monday rolls around. I watched my son at home all day, because Susan had to work and the daycare won't take him until the doctor releases him to go back. I expected to have a very long and difficult day with a very sickly little boy. Instead what I got was a boy who wanted to sleep almost all day and never ran a fever the whole time. When he was awake all he wanted to do was eat. I gave him fruit, he at it and wanted more. I gave him cheese crackers, he wanted more. I gave him gummy Cars, he wanted more. And so on and so forth. I also called the doctor to update him on Joshua's condition. However, it was me who got the surprise. Now the doctor is saying his tests show Joshua doesn't have mono. I told Susan what was going on. She and I agree that the symptoms Joshua has had are the same as mono. What else could it be? So, until we hear different, we're going to treat it as mono. Which just means giving him Tylenol to ease the pain. Later that night, when it was bedtime, he wasn't tired. He slept for about 2 hours and woke up screaming at midnight. Susan tried to comfort him but, that's not what he wanted. She could hear his tummy growling. He was hungry again. So at 1 in the morning I made mac & cheese and Joshua at it like it was going out of style. All I can say is, at least it did the trick. He was ready for bed and went straight to sleep.

On Tuesday it was the same thing. He slept until 10am. When he woke up, he was fussy and was crying for mommy. Mommy was at work already. So when I walked into his room he took one look at me and screamed, "NOOOOOOO!!!!! MOMMY!!!" and whet into a crying fit. Boy, I felt wanted. Oh, well. He'd just have to deal with it. The rest of our day together went okay. He mostly wanted to sleep again, but I tried to limit that so he might sleep better at night.

When Susan got home from work we all went out to dinner with her mom, David, and her brother. Actually, we first went to my work and dropped off my car so that after dinner she could just bring me to work and her and Joshua could head home. At dinner, Joshua didn't eat too good. He had already eaten plenty all day long, so he mostly just played with his food at dinner. When he was done, he began getting fussy and want to go. We weren't done yet and Joshua wasn't happy that he had to wait. More fussing ensued. When dinner ended, we got in the truck and in about 5 minutes he was asleep.

Once I got to work they already had a load ready for me to take to Houston. I got to Houston around 2am. Then they told me to take an empty trailer to Jackson, MS. I made it as far as Baton Rouge, LA and now I'm taking a break. That also mean that I need to quit typing an get some rest. Everyone enjoy your day.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Rodeo Fever

The last few days have been long and stressful. I've been out on the road going from Dallas to Houston to Memphis to Jonesboro and back to Dallas. My son continues to run a fever and the doctors he's seen cannot figure out why. My wife has missed work most of this week watching Joshua because his daycare won't keep him with while he's running a fever. He's seen 4 doctors since last Tuesday. He has been given a shot of antibiotics on Friday and Saturday. The fever still hasn't gone away. They've listened to his lungs, checked his ears, looked in his nose, examined his throat, and even had him get a chest x-ray. The results so far are all the same. They can't figure out what's wrong. Tomorrow we have to go back to the doctor again, but I'm not sure it's going to do us any good. I just don't feel that anyone's going to look at x-ray results over the weekend. He might get a third shot of antibiotics, but I'm not even sure of that. I just hope that my son gets to feeling better soon. I feel so helpless about it all.

Even though Joshua wasn't feeling too good today, we have had tickets to go to the Fort Worth Stockshow & Rodeo for months. Since Susan's Mom paid for them there was no way we would even consider bailing out on it now. I'm glad we didn't. We all had a good time. Joshua stayed in pretty good health most of the evening with only a few fever spikes the whole time. He did sleep quite a bit though. When he was awake, he was just in awe over everything. Especially during the rodeo. He just loved watching all the horses running all over the place. All-in-all I think everyone enjoy themselves.

Well, that's all for now. It's been a long day and I'm ready to call it quits.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Working With A Feverish Child.

It's Wednesday night and I am at home about to leave to work in a few minutes, but I have enough time to tell everyone about the last couple of days events.

So, yesterday my son's daycare called my wife and she had to leave work an hour early to get him. He was running a fever and with his history of febrile seizures they felt it was necessary he get picked up. I set a doctor's appt. for him and we all met up at his pediatrician's office. Unfortunately, his regular doctor was booked up and we had to see someone else. That someone else was the worst doctor I've ever met. She was very impersonal with us and our son. On top of that, every time my wife would try to ask a question she would cut her off and say something else. She was even dressed like she was on a date rather than working with little kids. It made us appreciate our normal pediatrician that much more.

Joshua's daycare has a policy that says if a child is sent home sick that he cannot return the next day. This posed a problem for Susan & I since I had to go to work last night and she had to work today. Normally, once I'm off to work I don't return until Sunday morning. Luckily, when I called my work and told them what was going on they were able to get me a turn-around to Abilene and back home. Susan's work let her come in late. So, Susan watched Joshua in the morning until 11am and I watched him until 6pm. Then my wife came home and took our son over to her sister's so I could get some long deserved sleep. I called my work and they aloud me to come in at midnight instead of 10pm so that I could get a few more hours sleep. I am really grateful for that.

Susan and Joshua return home around 9:30pm and Joshua went straight to bed. I got up and helped my wife unload some groceries that we need for the house. Now I am ready for work. Joshua keeps going between running a fever and not running a fever. I hope the little guy feels better in the morning. Otherwise, he'll have to see the doctor again and my wife will have to miss a whole day of work. This time I'll be gone and won't be able to return in the morning. I hope everything works out for the best.

It's time for me to pack up my stuff and head out. I'll post more later in the days to come.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Out With The Old And In With The New!

I figured it was time to join the crowd and move away from wordpress and start a new blog here. The customization seems to be more advanced on this site. I think mostly I was just getting bored and needed a change of pace. With that in mind, I am going to try to blog more often than I was on the other site. (we'll see how that goes.) Anyway, this is my first blog here and I want to try and set things up for my theme. So, for now this is all I'm go to say here. I'll type more later when I get this thing looking the way I want it to.