Tuesday, October 28, 2008

We have a diagnosis...

it wasn't a spider or anything like that after all. I have Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, often pronounced "mersa") also known as the "superbug". My sister who's a nurse explained it to me as a strain of Staph infection that is immune to any antibiotic that has a penicillin base. I had a follow up appointment today and the doctor told me that it was a very good thing that I went to the ER when I did. He said that if I had waited even another day, I probably would have been admitted to the hospital. He said that I am taking the right meds and need bi-daily follow up for about a week. They drained the wound and it feels and looks much better now.

Things are still pretty much the same at my house this week (other then the infection). We are just plugging along. I can't wait to post pictures of Ava in her Halloween costume. She is going to be a bumble bee this year. She will be so cute! Hope all is well for everyone. Loves....

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mommy's been bitten by ummm....

SOMETHING... ok so all of the things that I wanted to get done this weekend, none of them got done! We think that I got bit sometime Friday night. Whatever it was that bit me, put me in the ER and on two HEAVY antibiotics for infection. The doctor's aren't even sure exactly what bit me. By the time I finally sucked it up and went to the hospital (I thought I would just take care of it on my own), it was so inflamed, swollen and infected the doctor just had to take a biopsy of it to find to exactly what it was that bit me. So I have to go back to the doctor later to find out what it was. Needless to say, I didn't get any before pictures but my entire eye was swollen shut and black, blue and red in color. We took this picture about 8 hours after I got home from the doctor and it looks great compared to what it looked like before. I'm still pretty swollen and it's getting red again as I type but nothing like early this morning.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

ok ok....

So I am WAY overdue for a post. Sorry I haven't posted for a while but a lot has been going on. I've finished two classes in the last week and plan to finish another before the end of the month. If I kick it in drive, I'll be done with school in 10 months. However, I'm going to give myself 18 months just in case ;). Kyle is still looking for a job and I am still arguing with insurance companies. I'm hoping for the best regarding both circumstances. Here are a few pictures that I took this morning. Ava decided that she wanted to "pose" with Gus. My poor puppy... it's a good thing that he's a good dog. I'm also posting a few from the last week as well. It's been so nice here the last few days. I'm not very looking forward to it getting cold. I think tomorrow that I'll take Ava somewhere and take some pictures in the leaves. I'll post them when we get home. Hope all is well. Loves to everyone....

This was taken a couple of weeks ago. I just thought that it was cute!

These pictures are of Ava making "soup" out of a dozen raw eggs. Mommy was just so thrilled when she saw her. We talked about how to make soup and ingredients that are supposed to be used and the fact that you only make soup in the kitchen from now on!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Please help Kaden

My friend Amy at over at Kaden & Angel Ava's blog needs all of our help. Kaden is a finalist in a competition his mommy put him in for sleeping babies. If he wins, he'll win a brand new bedroom set which he desparetly needs. The picture is so sweet. If you pop over to her blog and look at the post on October 15th, you'll find Kaden's picture. I'll tell you a little bit about it. Amy and her family were staying in the Ronald McDonald house while their sweet Angel Ava was fighting for her life. When Ava was born, they wouldn't let Kaden in to see his baby sister because of illness. One night when she and her husband got back to the Ronald McDonald house, they found Kaden asleep with a picture of his sweet baby sister.

So here's how you vote... go to http://www.5minutesformom.com/ Kaden's is picture #18 and it says Kaden & Angel Ava under the picture. You'll need to scroll down a bit on the page to the post dated October 15, 2008 titled Sleeping Angel Photo Contest Finalists.

Please everyone friends, lurkers, anyone... vote for Kaden!!!!


Just a quick update from my last post. I'm still fighting with insurance companies. Kyle's old company won't pay out anything old on Ava until they had a letter from my insurance company stating they "denied" the claim. However, the claims were never denied, they were paid and now my insurance company is requesting the money back... which, the doctor's and hospitals are doing! Right now I'm just going keep on top of things and hope for the best.

Still nothing on the job front for Kyle yet. I'm feeling more hopeful this week then last so again, everyone keep your fingers crossed for us! Loves....

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Ok this post is out of pure frustration... I'm going to talk about somethings that I have never posted before. I'll start with back on May 27th, a day that we will NEVER forget. We went to SLC for Kyle's grandpa's funeral. I actually rode up with Kyle in the company truck because he was going to go to work for a while after the funeral and I was just going to go over and see my dad. Well our day went from funeral, to worse. My dad came and picked me up from the shop and I was going to his house to borrow one of his cars so we could take that to the funeral instead of the company truck. On my way to my dad's house, my mom who had Ava, called and told me that I needed to call the sitter to see if she could take Ava because her little brother, my uncle had passed away that morning. I called the sitter and she graciously took Ava. As soon as I got of the phone with the sitter, Kyle called to tell me that he had just gotten layed off. Could this day get any worse!!!! The part about him getting layed off really upset us for more then one reason. He had talked with his boss the day before about this "meeting" and he reassured Kyle that the meeting didn't affect him in any way shape or form. He could have just been honest with Kyle and told him that layoffs were possible so I could have followed him in my car so we had a ride home. I'm glad that my dad has more then one car/truck so we could use one of his to get home.

Ok, now to why I'm frustrated today and it has to do with Kyle's old job. When I added Kyle to my medical insurance back in August, I got a letter in the mail that they had "deemed" that Kyle's insurance was Ava's primary insurer and my was secondary... me totally confused calls the insurance company because he doesn't even have this insurance anyone. She tells me that insurance law states that since Kyle's birthday is in March and mine is in April his comes first therefore his would be the primary on Ava. Ok... I'm still trying to understand this... so we call his OLD insurance company and they tell us NO, they've paid as the secondary on the old claims for Ava and they tell me that they are the secondary... so I call my insurance company back AGAIN and the rude... I mean very nice lady on the phone gives me the exact same story so I ask her if she can call the other insurance company so we can get this settled. Guess what she tells me??? She can't make any outgoing calls that I am going to need to take care of this problem myself. I tell her that how can we resolve an issue like this if we can't talk to the other company, she now puts me on hold. So I'm now on hold for 48 minutes waiting for someone to get back with me. A supervisor at least he claimed to be a supervisor gets on the phone with me and tells me that he'll call the other insurance company. About 4 hours later I get a call stating that the problem has been resolved. Kyle's insurance company had his birth date wrong on their system and they've acknowledged the mistake.....

Now here's where it gets fun. I get a call yesterday morning from good ole Bonneville Collections. If you're from Utah, you know who I'm talking about! A very very ignorant bitch -- sorry, that's the nicest word I can call her right now... calls and demands that I give her $100.00 today. I am really at a disbelief right now because I honestly have no idea what she's talking about. After I get her to quit talking for a minute, I ask her what in the world she's calling about. She tells me, you already know why I'm calling and me eating a cracker which is now lodged in the back of my throat tells her again, I really don't know. Well she finally tells me that I owe them like $1800.00 in medical bills which, I've never paid. I proceed to tell her that is just not possible, I am insured and she must be calling the wrong person. Again, she starts basically calling me a low life and telling me that I'm just trying to get out of my financial obligation. I now have a complete come apart and told her not to call my f-ing house again and make demands. She then tells me that I can't talk to her like that. I then proceeded to tell her that if she'd call and use some "customer service" instead of a demanding attitude, I might be more willing to listed to what she has to say! She again started to yell at me so I just hung up at that point. Ok... they called my house 36 times yesterday.... and I am NOT over exaggerating about that!

So I go to my mail and what do I find... a hole bunch of bills demanding payment in full right now! I call Kyle's insurance company and they tell me that they paid on the claims as the secondary therefore, they're not responsible for any additional payment since its been more then 45 days since the services were rendered. I am getting bills that go back to 2006 that I thought were paid long ago. My insurance company is now demanding a "refund" from any medical payment they paid out on Ava since April 2006. That means that there's still more bills to come that I don't even know about yet!

I'm really ready to just throw in the towel today! Kyle had an interview at one of the local Coal Mines last Monday and said it was one of the best interviews he'd ever had. They told him that they would let him know yesterday either way about the job. We never heard from them so we're just assuming that he didn't get the job. It's more frustrating for Kyle then anyone else. He's sent out over 100 resumes and not one offer... he keeps getting told that he has "too" much experience and they can't pay him for that experience. Even though he knows how much the jobs pay when he has applied. For now, he'll just keep on looking and hope for the best. No wonders I can't loose any weight.. my stress level on 1-10 scale is at a 15 right now and I'm only averaging like 4 hours or sleep a night. However, things could be a lot worse though. We could be loosing our home like a lot of other people, or we could be without any medical insurance at all.... and we're all healthy and happy! and come tomorrow, I'll probably feel like an idiot for even posting this and delete it!

On a lighter note..... my sister is coming down to watch the SNL presidential "spoof" from Thursday night with me. We've decided that every time the actor that plays Senator McCain says "my friends", we're going to take a shot of crown and make a fun drinking game out of it! LOL we probably won't do that because it's only like 2:00 in the afternoon but it still sounds like fun. Maybe we should wait and watch it tonight instead!!!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Mascara anyone!!!!

Sorry for the lack of picture posts lately but I've been having problems with my computer. Friday's offically start mommy's weekend (yes, I like the 4 10's). On Friday's, I usually try to get the house cleaned and laundry done so I don't have to do it the rest of the weekend. Today I was in rotating laundry when I thought to myself "it sure is quiet". Anyone who has a 2 year old knows when it's quiet, it can be a bad thing unless you know they're sleeping. So I walk back towards Ava's bedroom and can hear her just giggling. When I went in, this is what I found..... She had found mommy's makeup bag and was making herself "pretty". I tried so hard to be mad at her because we all know how expensive makeup is but I couldn't bring myself to get mad so I grabbed the camera instead! She looked at me and said "mommy I'm so beautiful, I'm as pretty as a princess"! Of course mommy reminded her that she was much prettier then any other princess!

Then after I got done giggling with her, it was off to the bath tub she went!


A couple of weeks ago we took a family trip with Ava's grandpa Kent to Lagoon. However, mommy didn't realize that the batteries in the camer were dead so we didn't get very many pictures. Here are a few we got though.

Isn't Ava's "leash" so cute!

Riding with aunt Misty

Ladybug ride with aunt Misty.

Biggest girl, she knows how to have fun on a ride!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Another fun tag....

I'll be honest, this one is going to be a little hard for me. I got this tag from my blogging friends Kaci at my three sons and Amy at Kaden & Angel Ava. Here are the rules:
1. Link your tagger and email these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

Facts about myself:

1. I never touch ANYTHING when I leave ANY bathroom. I always open the door with a paper towel!
2. I play Texas Holdem every Wednesday night with a group of friends. This is my weekly therapy.
3. I LOVE to blog! It's so much fun... I've met some amazing people that I now consider friends!
4. I am an Amazing Race junkie... I never miss an episode! Someday I will go on that show!
5. I have a very close family and talk to my mom and sister everyday!
6. I am petrified of ANY bird... big or small, I am full on petrified!
7. I have two tattoo's, a butterfly on my foot and daisy on my lower back.

Okay, I know that it says that I am supposed to tag 7 of you. However, I am just going to tag anyone on my buddy list who hasn't done this fun tag yet!

Monday, October 6, 2008


I got this off of the Harwood Family blog and thought it sounded like fun!

I am... a wife, mother, full time employee and full time student.
I want... to have another child (maybe someday) oh... a little extra money would be nice too :)
I wish... Kyle could find a job. He had an interview today so cross your fingers for us everyone!
I hear... Ava's voice even when she's not around.
I search... for ways to simplify our lives.
I wonder... why people abuse their children (I work for DCFS).
I always... put my family before myself.
I usually... eat chicken at least once a day. It might be for dinner or it might be for lunch but it's a daily thing!
I am not... excited for winter. I don't want it to get cold!
I dance... when Ava and I hear music. She's a pretty good dancing partner!
I sing... in the car where no one but Ava can hear me :)
I never... drink coffee.
I rarely... spend money (we don't have any right now to spend... LOL)!
I cry... when I am sad or frustrated.
I am not always... as happy as I seem.
I lose... "stuff" you name it, I loose it! keys, purse, lipstick etc.
I'm confused... by how smart Ava really is. I had no idea that a 2 1/2 year old could be so smart!
I need... to be more confident in myself.
I should... go back to work but think I'll take off the afternoon.
I dream... of life long happiness.
I TAG... anyone on my buddy list who wants to share a little about themselves.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Picture Tag!

PICTURE Tag! My cute friend Katrina tagged me and so I guess it's my turn to do this. Here's what you have to do. Go to your pictures file, pick the 4th file, and the 4th picture. Post the picture and tag more people. So here is my picture. It was actually a lot of fun to do this because I started looking at all of my pictures when Ava was just a baby. Ava was about 4 months old in this picture, isn't she cute! I can't believe how fast she's grown up!

Now it's my turn to tag 4 more people.
Kaci @ my three sons
Amy @ Kaden & Angel Ava
Sheila @ Porter Family
Mandy @ Cosper Family