Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The hospital has a set of tests they run when any kid has a seizure at this age - white blood counts, different bacterial tests, chest x-ray, etc. All this was taken within 30 minutes of arriving at the hospital. The nurse gives Zach some Tylenol for his fever and headache (kids actually have migraines after a seizure!). Then we wait....and wait...and wait....we were told the blood tests should only take 30 minutes...after 90 minutes Jen goes out to find the doctor - who apparently was on his way to "talk" to us already. Of the blood tests they had back (white blood count) things looked normal. Zach did have an ear infection and a touch of bronchitis - so they decided to give Zach an IV antibiotic and a prescription for us to take for the next 7 days for his ear. We are to give him Tylenol/Motrin for the next two days straight to prevent Zach from getting a high fever and having another seizure. We are also told to see our pediatrician on Friday (since tomorrow was Thanksgiving holiday) - the rest of the blood work would be "done" and Zach could be checked out again.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Honestly it doesn't matter. A tax break isn't a huge incentive for us (trust me....it doesn't really make a difference when you have two engineering salaries). Jen's only request was not to be in the hospital during New years Eve/Day. So that left two options - Monday, December 28th 2009 or Monday, January 4th 2010.
As of right now baby #2 is currently scheduled to make his first appearance to this world on Monday, December 28th 2009. Three days after Christmas...ironic because Jen's birthday is three days before Christmas.
Wait...that is less than 7 weeks away. Whoa...slow down there father time! Our second baby boy is going to be here in 47 days? I guess I better start getting things ready!
Monday, November 9, 2009
This past summer some of Dustin's co-workers all decided to have a weight loss competition....I think it stemmed from his boss losing weight for his daughters October wedding. So at the beginning of July the IMFT Corporate Planning weight loss challenge began - same rules as the show "the biggest loser" - the one with the highest % of weight loss wins. What were the stakes? Everyone donated $20 and at the end the winner was suppose to decide where they all go to dinner together with the $$. There were eleven people total involved. The competition ended the beginning of October - Dustin came in SECOND PLACE (only 1.3 pounds from actually winning the competition!). Between July and October Dustin lost 29 pounds (his personal goal was 30 pounds). For the past month and a half he has continued to diet and has lost an additional 14 pounds....yes DUSTIN HAS LOST 43 POUNDS!!!!
Dustin has banned me from blogging about this until now - he wanted his big reveal to the world. I got the approval once the scale showed this:
Below 200 pounds! Something we haven't seen in probably six years. If he was to lose another 10 pounds he would be back down to the weight he was at when we were first married in October 2001.
Silly us didn't think about taking formal "before" pictures....so I had to dig through our photos during the July time frame to find one that showed his "fullest figure". Dustin is the one in the red shirt - with the belly sticking out (naturally).
Here are some pictures taken today:
That belly is gone! His pants hang on him...he has drilled three new holes in his belts...and he is getting comments from everyone on his new look. Some of our favorite comments from friends/co-workers have been: "you look smaller" and "if you turn sideways I can practically seen through you".
Now the next phase is weight loss management. The same group of guys from work that did the weight loss challenge have decided to have a new challenge to see who can maintain their weight until the start of 2010...so needless to say we won't be going hog wild this holiday season with the food!Great job Dustin - you look HOT (I can say that)....
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The Utah health department has not released the H1N1 vaccine to any doctors office - anyone that gets the shot for now has to go to the health department for it. This week was round #3 of H1N1 availability...here is how the first two rounds went:
Round #1 - 10/24/09 Saturday shot clinic in Salt Lake county...apparently completely insane. People double/triple parked around the health department to find out that 7,000 doses "spoken for" with people in line in only 30 minutes!.
Round #2 - 10/27/09 Tuesday shot clinic in Utah County. We had a close friend go at 8am when they opened the doors. She said there were 2,000 people in line in front of her and she waited FIVE HOURS to make it to the front and get her shot. Did I mention it was SNOWING outside with a high of 35 degrees on this day?
Then the health department got a bit smarter for round #3...and that is where we came in ;)
On Monday at 8am the Utah county health department started handing out priority tickets for H1N1 vaccines. Jen, Zach and Glen are on the priority list...Dustin is technically not. Jen headed down to the health department - arriving at 11am (couldn't get out of work earlier than that!). She only had to wait in line for 2 minutes to get four "tickets". Our "tickets" were to come back today at 2pm for the shot. By the time Jen got back to work on Monday the Utah County health department had already posted on their website they were out of tickets. Jen must have been cutting it close!
So today all four of us - Jen, Dustin, Zach and Glen (Dustin's dad) arrived at the Utah County Health department about 10 minutes before 2pm. There was a line forming at the door - we were probably #25 in line. At 2pm they opened the doors - in 5 minutes we were at the front having someone review our paperwork. Then we went into another room where they had 10 different lines of people administering the vaccine. In another 15 minutes we were done and on our way. Overall I thought the whole process went fine - no long waits. They had cool band-aids and stickers for the kids.
A few other thoughts....that shot HURT way more than the normal influenza shot. It burned going in. Zach actually didn't fuss too much with his shot. All the other kids in the room were crying - they all knew they were getting shots and all the parents just kind of looked at each other because what can you do? Pregnant women don't need a second dose of the H1N1 vaccine anymore, but kids under the age of 10 do...so in a month we are going to be looking for another shot for Zach...hopefully by then the supply can meet the demand.