Sunday, April 18, 2021

The post-Covid post

Also known as the reason I didn't do the A to Z Challenge this year!
I spent over a week like this.

So let's go back to Sunday,  March 28 - I got a text from my office manager at work - someone who was there Friday who had tested positive for Covid.  Woot.  She wanted everyone who had also been there to get a rapid test.  Of course the Spawn was just getting ready to leave for work and the Spouse was at a buddy's house so I wasn't about to drag BabyBoy out to some doctor's office parking lot to wait hours to get tested.  I took the first appointment I could get, Monday at 1:30pm.  However, I was starting to feel some symptoms.  I was tired & achy & felt like I was coming down with a nasty cold.  

I went to get my rapid test and it came back negative, but I still opted to stay home because I was feeling pretty lousy.   Tuesday 3/30 I went to work and kept my mask on all day.  Wednesday I was up early, not knowing which end to put in the toilet, if ya catch my drift.  I took a shower and it literally sapped all my strength.  I couldn't bring myself to put clothes on, let alone drive into work and be productive.  So I texted Jen and told her I was staying home and she advised me to take another rapid test Thursday before I came back.    

The Spawn had been complaining that she had no sense of taste of smell.  She went Tuesday, got tested and her rapid test came back positive.  She had no other symptoms at all.  The Spouse also wasn't feeling well, he mainly just felt like he had a mild cold and still worked (from home) every day.   He decided to go with me Thursday 4/1 and get tested, too.  My rapid test was negative again, but I also took the PCR test, which the lady at the urgent care told me is more accurate.  I went into work that afternoon and again Friday.  Saturday morning, the Spouse & I both got emails that our PCR tests were positive. 

The Spouse was already feeling better, so he only told one other person at work.  I had to stay home for 10 days after my test, (even tho I'd been there 2 days! At least I had kept a mask on.) I spent a lot of time napping with the cats and forcing myself to eat.  I literally had no appetite and could only eat a few bites at a time.  Then I'd get nauseous if I didn't eat!  And the chills were no joke!  Several different times I had to put my feet between the Spouse's thighs and my hands under his arms, trying to get warm!  

Oh and there were 4 of us out at work at one time.  And I checked my email earlier today and someone else tested positive Friday again.  We've actually lost 2 of our guys from Texas to Covid.  The boss man is paranoid and is insisting we all get vaccinated.  Which I don't agree with since nobody knows any long term effects to these vaccines that showed up so quickly.  

I started feeling better around Wednesday the 7th.  We had some beautiful warm spring days and several times I wanted to take BabyBoy to the park at the end of the street, but I would get tired & winded pretty quickly.       
Needless to say, our Easter wasn't very exciting.  We didn't even color any eggs!
At least we had some plastic ones in a tote in the garage so we could at least get some pics of BabyBoy "looking" for them.
Boys should get dirty!

I waited until the last minute to RSVP for a building search class with my SAR team on the 10th.  I wanted to go, but I also wanted to make sure I was feeling up to it!   
I'm so glad I was feeling better (and it was the very last day of my quarantine - oops!) because this was so interesting & a lot of fun!

Crossroads Village / Huckleberry RR is a county park that's got an old steam engine train you can take rides on and a village from the late 1800s.  But since so many places in Michigan are still shut down the village has been closed, but somehow, Pat, the lady at the head of the K9 One search & rescue team (See my post about Halloween Camp - it's the same lady!) managed to get the entire village for us to train in!

First we heard stories about some of the call-outs Pat has been on - she had been in Joplin after the big tornado and had some good ones to tell.  Then we learned about building searches and how to leave markings for other teams saying when the building was searched, any hazards or victims and such.  

So then we got to explore!  We were put into 5 teams and given a sector to search.  The scenario was there had been a tornado and there were 6 missing first responders that we had to find.  If a building happened to be locked, we had to mark it as if it was structurally unsound and was not searched.  The buildings that were unlocked were fair game to be searched. 
Heehee - this is one of the ladies from my SAR team in the village schoolhouse. 
Some of the buildings are usually not open to the public and they use for storage.  I was excited to find all of their Halloween stuff in a barn!
We were not able to search this house!  
Going back to things I should have known from Halloween Camp last year - normally one would expect to be looking for an adult human, since that's what you'd think a first responder would be?  Surprise!  See that teddy bear in my left arm?  That's one of the "policemen" that had been "missing".   He's also wearing a tag that says "I'm OK, just scared!  Help me out from under this debris".  
One of the other bears that was found had a tag that said "skull crushed" and another "broken legs".  

And there were hazards that you needed to be aware of like "broken glass" (a 8x11 photo of a aisle in a grocery store with broken bottles), a photo of a meth lab and a fake pipe bomb, since you wouldn't want to use your radio around something like that! 

So that was quite an interesting & fun day.  I really enjoy working with K9 One - Pat is an amazing lady in many ways!
Coming home from my sister's house one day.  
Pretty awesome!
My one lonely daffodil.
Ugh - I need to work in my flower beds!

But that's about all of the excitement around here.  Saturday was my last day of quarantine, so the office manager asked if I could come into work on Sunday.  I needed to get some invoicing done so accounting could close the end of the month.  I ended up being there over 8 hours, since I had a week's worth of emails to go thru and catch up on planning & also going thru a week's worth of mail that was overflowing my inbox.   And I wasn't finished!  I got some invoicing done, but it was done half-assed and it wasn't actually submitted to the customers for payment until a couple days later. 

Anyhoooo, it's time to turn in for the night.  I am going horseback riding tomorrow (well, today now!) with the sister & a couple ladies from the SAR team and they like to be out early.  

Later!

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

It's Spring!!

Happy First Day of Spring!!
It's been a while!
I love this tree - I have 1000 pics of it in my phone. 
How's it been going?  Still all good here.  We're all good & healthy. 
We let BabyBoy out of the cart at Target and he took off out of the baby section, across the aisle and into electronics.  I love this pic!  I sent it to the Spouse and told him BabyBoy was following in his footsteps, because if the Spouse ever disappears, I know this is where to find him.
Chillin' in the cart at Target - all he needs is a drink from Starbucks Tim Horton's!
While at Target we got him an outfit for my niece's wedding on 3/6.  And do you think I have any pictures of him in that outfit??  I'm pretty sure the Spawn does, tho. 
Rusty was feeling pretty dapper with the bowtie on.
(love the photobomber back there!)
I waited until *after* the wedding to bring Chuck & his new girlfriend out.
This has to be my all-time absolutely favorite wedding picture!  
I asked the bride if she needed some Kisses in her wedding photos and she knew right away what I meant. 
These nice days are the best!  BabyBoy just roamed around the back yard for easily 45 minutes, carrying his stick around. 
Rusty requires a leash, tho.  But he's happy with it!
 
Last Sunday we had a drill with the search & rescue team.  Literally all we knew was it was happening around 8am.  Which makes sense, because you never know when a call-out will happen!  
 
Normally I would be out at Sis1's house (she's also on the SAR team) the night before so we could drive together.  I don't live in the same county, whereas she does = closer to any possible location where the drill would be held.  So I got to her house around 7:45am and we sat there & visited & drank coffee until the call came. 
We thought we would have to pay a toll to get down the road!   
I really don't see geese like this very often!  Usually it's Canadian Geese everywhere.   But this beauty was in the road, singing the song of it's people.

Right after that, a cardinal flew right in front of us - both my sisters firmly believe a cardinal means you're being visited by someone who has passed.  This happened to be on what would have been our Dad's 85th birthday and he passed in 2009, so yeah - Dad paid us a visit.   
 Sis & I were among the first to get there so I volunteered to do radio.  We had a nice covered pavilion with picnic tables to sit at, but it was cold under there - so I did a lot of roaming around in the sun.  They were laughing at me here, because I was trying to eat a donut and they kept wanting to me to contact the teams out in the field - as soon as I took a bite.  So if you look close, in my left hand, under the notebook - there's a donut!
 
But it was an educational day.  We had a SARIA (Search & Rescue Initial Actions) class a couple weeks ago - that was pretty cool.  It was basically what to do if you're the first on a scene - how to start getting the ball rolling and people out in the field, until someone higher ranking arrives.  And then we covered lost person behavior - there's a book all about this!  It's fascinating.  Anyway, we used what we learned from SARIA to get going and eventually got the subject found.  It was really windy out that day, and the subject had "gotten lost" the day before, so the K9s had a hard time with the scent.  But that's the whole point of drills - to learn new things and put to use things we've already learned!    
 
This is the face of someone who is up to no good!
I have a bunch of photo albums & pictures frames in baskets under the coffee table and he was trying to be sly, reaching into said basket.

We were supposed to have our annual "GNO" or Girls Night Out tonight, with Mom & the sisters & various nieces but Sis1 got sweaty out working in the barn Thursday and then caught a chill and still isn't feeling 100%, so we postponed it.   So I volunteered to help out with K9 training with the SAR team - they have the dogs out every week, and they strongly encourage the rest of the team to help out with them at least once a month.  Normally it's Sunday morning, but this week it's Saturday afternoon.  Hanging out in a park on a day that's sunny & almost 60*??  Count me in!!

Anyhooo.  I need to finish this up and get some posts pre-written for the A to Z Challenge - it's right around the corner!  


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Monday, March 8, 2021

#AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal!

It's that time of year again!  

Welcome to my little corner of the Interwebz!  

I skipped out on the A to Z Challenge last year but now I'm back!  

It was the first time I've missed an A to Z Challenge since 2012! 
Let's see, 2012 / 2013,  I did 3 blogs because I'm a glutton for punishment. 
2014 / 2015 - 2 blogs
2016 - 2019 - 1 blog (because I merged those 2)

My Theme is going to be pretty redundant - it's going to be things that interest me!
I have a wide variety of interests, ranging from being a grandma, being a veteran, being a member of a search & rescue team, Halloween, taphophilia and other fun stuff. 

Hope to make some new friends along the way!


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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Titles are hard!

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted - there literally has been very little going on, which means nothing really worth posting about.

Most important - We're all happy & healthy(ish)!

So let's see.  Looking back (I didn't mention this in my last post) - in addition to my AFib diagnosis, I went into the dentist for what I thought was a cleaning & found out it was for a crown!  Grrr.  I knew we'd talked about waiting until the beginning of the year (insurance reasons) for the crown, but didn't realize that was what this appointment was for!  

So I got my crown and was back in less than a week later for a root canal on the opposite side of my mouth!  Woot!  And then it got infected. 

I can't win.  My cleaning is March 3.  I don't want to go!  
Not my favorite view. 
My little pharmacy.   
There's 2 fewer now since I haven't needed any pain relief for a week now. Which I am happy about because the stuff he gave me was supposed to last 6-8 hours and barely lasted 3 before wearing off!
Random funny stuff we get at work. 
We haven't had any exciting search & rescue stuff going on since the assist last month.  We have a CPR recertification with the sheriff's department next week and next Saturday is an all day class on search & rescue initial actions (SARIA).   I'm not sure what it's about, but the book we'll be using is called Lost Person Behavior, so is will be interesting.

One of my coworkers is going up north this weekend to go snowmobiling with some buddies and I told him to be careful, that I don't want to get called out to look for him! 

We did watch the SuperBowl - mainly for the halftime show and the commercials.  We didn't have very high expectations for either this year.  We were entertained by the halftime show, even with the jock-strap looking masks.  And the commercial for the GM electric batteries with Will Farrell was hilarious!  The office manager at work went around selling squares - and our stereotypical nerdy IT guy, who didn't know how squares work or even watch the game - won 3 quarters!   The bastard.  He could have at least bought lunch for the office. 

So I've been enjoying the day today.  The Spouse went to go hang out with one of his buddies and the Spawn & BabyBoy are out with her male interest.  She should be coming home soon, so I'll have to go out & shovel the snow before they pull into the driveway.  That's the Spouse's major pet-peeve!   

After my last training with the SAR K9 team, I bought a pair of snowpants since my thighs tend to get cold for some odd reason.   Those things are WARM!  I haven't worn them for training yet, but I sure worked up a sweat in 18* while shovelling snow!

Because I need to sign off with adorable-ness...
BabyBoy is now 13 1/2 months old!  
He measured 25.5 lbs and 32 inches tall at his checkup and wears size 18 months!

Later!
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Words of wisdom from a drag queen.....
   

Monday, January 18, 2021

Happy New Year (a bit late)!

Happy 2021!  
Holy Crap.  What happened to 2020?  What happened to January that it's over halfway over??
It was like a whirlwind of a dumpster fire!  
Christmas Eve
We ate snacky finger foods, enjoyed some adult beverages and exchanged gifts.  Thankfully we started with the youngest opening their gift first, since Spawn had drawn my Mom's name and decided to mess with her!  Mom loves the dollar store (don't ask - I don't know why!!) so she got a dollar tree gift card, put it in a fancy gift card box.  Put that inside another box, and then another box.  Then a gift bag and another box. then a bunch of grocery bags and then one last box!  Each box was wrapped in different paper and stuffed with different things - we had a good laugh about the whole thing.  So yeah - glad Mom was last! 
Spawn & BabyBoy!
None of the Timmy's around us had ornaments this year, but the Spouse was able to find one probably on ebay and bought it for me - hooray!
Oooooooo!  Stuff he was finally allowed to get into!
We woke up Christmas Day to about 4 inches of snow, so the Spouse spent most of the afternoon clearing the driveway, which meant he didn't get packed for his trip to Arkansas.  So he left on the 27th.  
FYI - if you're motivated, you can make it (driving) from Metro Detroit to Hot Springs in about 14 hours. 
I thought I'd get to sleep in that weekend the Spouse left, but apparently this squirrel felt the need to tell me the bird feeder was empty!  This was right above my head and woke me up out of a nice nap!

So I offered to babysit so Spawn could go out on New Year's Eve.  Since I couldn't tell if I was hearing fireworks or gunshots, I opted not to put BabyBoy in his crib in the front corner of the house.   So I made a nice little nest in bed with me and Rusty snuggled in, too. 
January 2 was BabyBoy's 1st birthday!  
He clearly enjoyed his cake. 
It's been a long time since I sat down and did some arts & crafts!  I wanted to do something and then remembered that I'd gotten these 6 plain wooden nutcrackers from a secret Santa a couple years ago - so I got them out and painted them as zombies!  

Last week, we got a message from "Sgt Sarah" who is now in charge of the search & rescue team, asking who was available to go to Alpena County in northern Michigan to assist in a search for a person who had been missing since New Year's Day.  
I was going to leave Chuck in my car, but the lady I rode with saw him and asked if he was coming!

We met Friday night and several of us carpooled, since it was a 3 hour drive from the sheriff's department.   The motel we stayed at had several other teams there, too.   
This was a multi-agency search.  The stats said 10 K9s (and handlers), 13 horses (and riders), 40 ground pounders and 8 people doing operations.  
Multiple local sheriff & FDs were there, the DNR and people from 9 different SAR teams.  
Because a dog trained to search out human remains should look like a werewolf!
We called this our party bus - taking us out to the 12 acre sector we were assigned to search. 
That's me waving.

It was tough searching, since there was 3-4 inches of snow on the ground, sitting on top of pockets of long grass.  So honestly, we could have easily walked right over a person and think it was just a log. 

I don't know what kind of adventures the other ground teams had, but 2 of us in my unit found water.   One girl tripped and landed in a large puddle.  I went down on my knees and while they stayed dry - water soaked into my boots.  Luckily we were almost done with our sector so we just toughed it out until we got back to staging to change.  

We were expecting to stay out until 8pm searching, but at 3:30, the Alpena County Sheriff called it off.  We didn't find the person, but the local teams will continue searching areas of interest.   There's a 99.9998% chance it won't be good news when they do find him, but it'll help the family with closure. 

Anyhooo.  
Random cuteness....
He's still not walking, but can stand up from the floor and wave a toy around, so it'll be any day.  And his 6th tooth is ready to pop thru, if it hasn't already!   Thanks to the 'Rona, he's a couple weeks behind on his checkups, so we'll find out how tall he is in 2 weeks. 
I almost died laughing at work when I saw this on some paperwork!  
AKA "Mr." Asshole!

So I recently had a mild health scare.  I've been having regular "spells" since July where my heart will start pounding erratically and I'm out of breath just walking from one room to another.  They average about every 2 weeks and last a couple hours.  I've been keeping track of what I ate the day before and other little oddities.  I had a bad one right before Christmas where I got light headed and almost blacked out!  The Spouse has a little portable blood pressure machine, so he took it for me a couple times over a several hours and it was fluctuating wildly.  Then I woke up during the night on January 4 having one, so I decided to call my doctor when the office opened.  Of course when I went in, 2 days later...everything was fine!  They did an ekg and drew blood.  Nothing.  So he referred me to a cardiologist for a stress test and an echocardiogram.  And wouldn't you know... the day I was scheduled to go in for my testing I had a spell??  

Kinda perfect, actually - since they got to see what was happening.  The little tech girl had hooked me up to the ekg, getting ready to do my stress test when she looked at the machine and said "hmm.  I don't think we're going to do this test today - I'm going to step out and grab a nurse!"   The nurse came in and asked a bunch of questions and said she was going to talk to the cardiologist on call and if he couldn't see me that same day, they would send me to the ER!  My heart was going 160 bpm while at rest.  Luckily, he had a cancellation and I was able to see him right away.   And that nurse never left my side until he came in the room! 

So yeah.  I have AFib or "atrial fibrillation",  Basically the upper chambers of my heart beat different than the lower chambers, causing palpitations (yup, I could feel them), shortness of breath (yup) and fatigue (yup - but I thought that was just from not sleeping well on our lumpy old mattress)  so the cardiologist started me on a baby aspirin regimen and beta blockers - which are supposed to slow the heart beat and reduce blood pressure, easing the workload on my heart.  

So I'm feeling some kind of way about this.  I've never been a dainty, helpless little flower, and because I'm not small or delicate in any way - I have always felt like I had to be strong and capable and sort of unfeminine.  Which is funny, since I know big girls who are very feminine!  When I went in for my hysterectomy a few years ago - I had no issues with my parts being removed (in fact I was happy about that!), but I kept thinking the Spouse is sitting there while I'm recovering and thinking I'm a weakling and a burden.  And now he's a 1000 miles away and he doesn't have to deal with me for a couple more weeks.  

So there are a lot of mixed emotions churning around inside right now.  I'm glad I found out what was going on and am taking steps to help.  But the fact that there's no heart disease in my family....?  and the fact that this won't go away?  I'm only 47 and will be on meds the rest of my life??  
I'm sure I'll come to terms with this eventually.  I've told Sis 1 since I saw her this past weekend, but haven't told anyone else in the family yet.  I'm not sure how to bring it up! 
I forget what FaceBook page I saw this on, but I think I need to order some!
Especially now.     



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