Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the US. To my Canadian readers, yes, we celebrated in October too. I like this whole double holiday thing! To my American readers, yes, Canadians celebrate it in October, not now. There are advantages to living in a semi-foreign country. Now if only I could get double work holidays I'd be set.

Things I am particularly thankful for this year:
Great friends.
New little babies : Natasha, Victoria, Lauren and the rest.
Having had the chance to know some fantastic people who aren't with us anymore.
Family. No matter how far apart we are, we're still family. Ohana.
New friends. Ohana once again guys, you know who you are!
Quiet time at home.
Loud Saturday nights at home.
Laughing until you can't breathe anymore.
My health (such as it is.... more on that later)
Learning. Sometimes teaching myself, sometimes in classes. On many subjects.
The tree outside our windows in the courtyard.
Fresh blankets from the dryer.
Resettable alarm clocks.

But how've we been?
Busy. Typical answer, I know, but our life is hectic. We literally don't know what to do when we're not running around like chickens with our heads cut off. As for the reference to my health above, I've been having a rough go of it. I've been fighting a migrane for 4+ weeks. I was fighting a nasty systemic infection and started a new antibiotic for it on Nov. 14th. Finished on the 20th. Seemed to have worked (fingers crossed). On Tuesday the 23rd, I broke out in full body hives. Seriously not good. Call my Dr. She's not in today. Decide this can't wait and drive 50 miles to my old Dr, who takes walk-ins. Discover that apparently I'm allergic to the antibiotic that I finished taking 3 days ago! Worked for the infection, just not for the rest of me I guess. Now I'm doped up on serious anithistamines, but that's a concern as they make my asthma worse. Can't win for losing I guess, but overall I'll take the hives to be rid of the infection. I can no longer feel my pulse with my eyeballs. This is good. So, in summary, not great, itchy head to toe, but going to survive.

I should run. Remember to be thankful for the things in your life.

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