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Entry 1 ~ October 23, 2010
~ Work Hard, Live Hard, & Get Sick Hard!

It has been a rough week of sickness here. This is how it all went down . . . Connors: pneumonia and strep; Owen: strep; me: strep and bacterial lung infection! Eeeeekkk! We all know that when the mama gets sick it is bad news for the entire family. I really strive to live a healthy life. We eat very well, no fast food, little processed foods, etc. I watch my cholesterol and make sure to eat lots of fiber each day. I really try to get in some exercise each day. However, when I get sick I just go all out and get SICK! After eight days I am finally beginning to bounce back which is a good thing because I have a clinical shift this week on the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant unit. I must be 100% healthy while interacting with these sweet little children.

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The sickness has brought on temporary memory loss as well. Things such as missed band practice for Ethan, forgetting Girl Scout meetings for Anna and, the worst, forgetting to perform my Tooth Fairy duties have been impacted as a result of being a sick mama. I explained to the children that the Tooth Fairy must have thought our address on her list of deliveries was an accidental duplicate since Ethan had just lost a tooth the night before; therefore she skipped over our house not realizing that Anna had lost a tooth as well. They seem to have bought it. I have a firm saying here "You must believe to receive." Ethan is 10 years old and though I am fairly certain he has serious doubts about the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, he plays along knowing well enough that as soon as he tells me he does not believe that is the end for him. Potentially, these three magical characters and the fun goodies they bring could be carried on into my children's adulthood if they so choose to believe. Alas, Ethan presented his theory on the Tooth Fairy. He said he believed that the Tooth Fairy must come to our house and to retrieve the tooth, however, she does not come with money in hand. Instead he hypothesized that the Tooth Fairy retrieves money from our wallets to replace the tooth. He was quite adamant that there was no plausible way that the tiny Tooth Fairy could carry all this money with her to each house every night and moreover that she did not have access to unlimited funds to carry out her tasks; therefore the parents *must* be supplying the money. I found this rationale rather accurate and well thought out. I think it was his way of telling me "I know the truth, but I'll play along." Very smart.

These next four weeks will be very challenging and demand extensive time management skills. I have clinicals and nursing care plans to write. The university I attend has very particular requirements for the assigned nursing care plans and last semester mine ended up to be eighty pages long, yes 8-0! Needless to say I am not looking forward to that aspect of post-clinicals, in addition to the final exam thrown in for good measure. Thanksgiving is my goal date. The date I have put in my mind to reach. If I can just reach Thanksgiving I will be able to breathe a sigh of relief . . . that is . . . until the next goal date is established.

I have clinicals Halloween weekend so I will wish you all HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Have fun with your kiddos, be safe, and eat a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup for me!

Kristin

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