Little Janey had surgery to correct her kidney reflux and this picture makes my heart hurt because oh boy, I didn't know how hard the whole deal would be for all of us, especially her and especially her mom, because what mom's heart doesn't split in a thousand pieces when she has to comfort a child in pain? We spent a night at the hospital-enough for me. She woke up the next morning and said, "Mommy, get me out of here." She has been on the mend slowly and surely, but it has been more painful and longer than I expected-I guess I didn't know what to expect because none of my children have had surgery. She has a pretty nice "Madeline" scar to show for it all but has been such a little trooper.
I am so grateful for her very experienced physician who I trusted completely, and also I kept telling myself while in the hospital that it one thing to be in the hospital for a good reason-to fix something so it works better-than for a reason like the little boy next door to us in the hospital receiving chemo treatments. Talk about worry and heartbreak and stress on part of the parents. I can't even imagine.
I am so grateful for wonderful family and friends that helped us out this last week.
In addition, I am so thankful to all of you moms who gave me advice and shared their experience a year ago when I found that Janey had kidney reflux and asked on this blog for help-I received so many emails and it helped me so much decide what different courses of treatment we might be in for. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I was given this awesome play dough recipe that our preschool uses and we have had already made two batches. It's fun and easy and cheap to make, smells delicious and stays soft and mushy if you keep it in a tupperware container between uses. We split this recipe before mixing in the Koolaid so that we get two "flavors". (That usually get mixed together nevertheless.)
Kool Aid Play Dough
3 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup salt
4 tsp cream of tartar
2 pkgs unsweetened Kool Aid
3 TBS cooking oil
2 cups water
Mix together with blender. You can mix two Kool Aids of the same flavor with this one batch, or divide the dough and mix one packet with each half for two colors.
Younger Next Year for Women
It explains the science behind aging-which to me is the really motivating part. I have really been thinking about this all since I started eating better and exercising this year, and what a difference it has made in everything from my fitness capabilities to my skin.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone over the age of 40 (so maybe some of you might want to buy it for your parents :). It turned me from sort of majorly panicking about the process of aging (something about approaching 50 does that to you!), to thinking, "Heck I can totally take control of this process and keep right up there with my kids for a long long time."
This book has taught me that SO much of what we witness when it comes to aging does NOT have to happen that way-so much of it is about pushing our body to "remake" itself through exercise and feeding it right.