Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Metal Plate

Sorry I have been a bit MIA...I had an accident last Monday and its seen me out of action since then. So what happened you ask? Well I had to go to the bank machine (in the pouring rain) to get some cash out and as I walked from the car to the bank machine my feet slipped out from under me and I fell on my backside and I put my left hand (palm down) down to break my fall. I fell hard...boy did I fall hard!! My wrist started to swell almost immediately. And by swell I mean it absolutely ballooned up!! The pain was enormous...the most intense thing since my sciatica pain back in 2009. Unfortunately I had to pick Mia up from school so after getting my cash out I had no choice but to get in the car and drive 1 handed (which is quite the feat when you have a manual) to Mia's school to get her. Even trying to get eve out of the car in the pouring rain 1-handed was SO hard. I got into Mia's school and asked the teachers for an ice pack. I was shaking from shock by that point but Mia's teachers were so wonderful. They helped get the girls into the car for me and I managed to get us all home. David got home from work about 1/2 hour later and took me straight to the doctor. The doc immediately sent me off for X-rays. By this point the pain was making me sick to my stomach...I couldn't move my wrist or arm at all. The doc got the X-rays and immediately I knew things were serious. 'The break isn't where I expected' he said. 'You will most likely need surgery' he said. 'You have not 1 but 3 fractures' he said. So they strapped it up, put on a sling and sent me to the ER. My good friend Jill was kind enough to take me to the ER and stay with me until they assessed what needed to happen. At the ER they did a CT scan and have me a temporary cast and made an appt for me to see the orthopedic surgeon the following morning. Went and saw Dr Jtham the following morning. He proceeded to tell me that what I had done was the worst break you could do to your wrist. He said surgery had to be done and a metal plate had to be put in as well as bone grafting done. The surgery was scheduled for Thursday morning. I was on strong painkillers to try and get through till the surgery. Thursday morning came around and I was looking forward to the surgery so that I could finally start recovering. I hated leaving my girls. I had to stay in hospital overnight as well. The surgery went well. Dr Jtham said my wrist looked great and that he didnt anticipate any further problems. I had a very hard time waking up from the anesthetic. It wasn't till about 8:30pm before I could keep my eyes open for any length of time. David brought the girls in for a visit and I looked shocking!! Lol. I had my morphine drip in, cast on my arm and oxygen tubing in my nose. Both girls handled it all so well though. I'm so proud of them! So I've been home now for a couple if days from the hospital. Starting to feel a bit more human. Pain is slightly better but I still need painkillers. My main problem (thanks to the painkillers) was severe constipation. 6 days later and things are now 'flowing' a bit better lol. All in all this has been a pretty traumatic experience...and it's not over yet. I see the surgeon again on Thursday when they will take off my cast and put on a splint. I will be in the splint for 3-4 weeks but its removable for showers etc. fingers crossed everything heals ok!!

That's all for now...I'm exhausted!!


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Another Week...

Another week down! I can't believe how fast the weeks are going now that Mia is in school! Again, not too much to report this week. Mia had a big week at school as it was her 3 day week. She cried on Monday and Tuesday a bit when I left her but Wednesday she was fine. I'm so proud of her and how she is doing at school. Her teachers have told me that she uses her manners, loves her art and craft and loves playing with her friends. I love picking her up at the end of the day and spending the next half hour hearing all about what she did, who she played with and what her favourite bits of the day were. All the while her throwing in the phrase "I missed you while I was at school mum". Melts my heart!!

Eve and I had a pretty simple week! I got my regular cleaning tasks done but Eve was a bit out of sorts still being a bit sick so we just took it easy. I did manage to get some sewing done and did a passport/travel doc holder for me to take when the girls and I go to Canada in a few months. Here is the finished product..

Other than that my crafty stuff was on the backburner this week!! We have been enjoying some family walks lately and Mia LOVES pushing Eve in the pram. Here she is being such a good big sister!!

Also, my new stroller arrived this week!! The one that I ordered to take to Canada on our upcoming trip. This stroller is AWESOME!! It is called the Quicksmart stroller and it is an award winning design! It folds up so small, comes in a carry case and is made specially to fit in the overhead lockers of planes so you don't have to include it with your checked baggage!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

And a few more pics of our week...

Until next week!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I'm Late...

No I'm not late in the way that I KNOW you are thinking...what I mean is that I'm late with my blog post for last week. My sincerest apologies to you all!! We have been struck down with sickness in our household...well Eve and I have been anyways!! Luckily our little schoolgirl has escaped unscathed as has her father!! Lucky them! Eve and I are still struggling to get over it. Mine was almost gone and it has now flared up again!! Now onto last week...

A fairly uneventful week overall. Mia did SO well with school drop offs. No tears at all!! I was one proud mumma!! Only a 2 day week at school for her last week. She had a great time and did lots of crafty stuff!! Wednesday the girls and I went to our first music class for the year which was lots of fun. Singing, dancing, instruments etc made for a great morning out. Then on Thursday Mia had her first play date with her new friend Chloe from school. Mia has done nothing but talk about Chloe since school started so I thought it would be nice to invite them over. The girls had a great play together, her little brother Lachlan and Eve had a great play together and Helen and I had a lovely chat! We hope to catch up with them again soon!! Here's a few pics of the girls from this week...

I managed to get some cleaning done last week, a bit of knitting and a bit of sewing.

Talk soon!!
Crystal xx

Friday, February 8, 2013

Mia The Schoolgirl

What a HUGE week this week!!! My baby girl (who certainly isn't a baby anymore!!) started her first day of Kindergarten!! She had 3 days at school this week (Mon-Wed) and overall she did so well!! Monday was a bit of a rough day (for both of us) as Eve and I dropped her off at school, stayed for a little play and then had to say goodbye. Mia cried but the teacher picked her up and distracted her enough for me to leave. I was TOTALLY lost the entire day! Even though I had Eve at home with me the house felt so empty and I couldn't stop thinking about Mia, wondering how she was going, if she was eating the food I sent, if she was making friend etc. I got nothing done all day!! lol.  When Eve had her sleep I even sat in front of the tv and didn't even turn it on...that's how out of it I was!! There were tears on Mia's part but also on my part once I got back into the car after dropping her off. I felt this sense of baby girl is growing up and leaving the next so to speak! When Eve and I picked her up that afternoon the teacher said she took a while to "find her groove" but once they moved from outside play to inside play she was more settled. Tuesday drop off was even worse tear wise for Mia. She cried quite hard and REALLY didn't want me to leave. But when I picked her up at the end of the day the teachers said she did really well and settled much more quickly and didn't ask them nearly as many times when I was coming back to get her. Wednesday was more tears but not as bad as Tuesday and about 2 mins after I left another parent came out of the school, saw me in my car about to drive away and told me that Mia was happily playing. So the fact she settled within 2 mins of me leaving was very reassuring. Wednesday was by far MY most productive day lol.  I came home after school drop off, played with Eve, put her to bed, cleaned both bathrooms, put on slow cooker beef stroganoff for dinner and did some sewing. I know both Mia and I will eventually "find our groove" with this new thing called school but it has been a very emotionally draining week (for both of us!). Mia seems to really have enjoyed herself though and loves to tell Eve and I all about her day when we pick her up. That in itself is reassuring. It is now Friday and she has already asked a number of times yesterday and today when she gets to go back to school so that's a good sign! Only a 2 day week for her next week (Mon-Tues) so fingers crossed the crying subsides even a little bit more!! Here are pictures of my big school girl!!

Other than school starting this week not much else has happened. I've managed to do a bit of sewing and am trying out a new pattern and a new technique (ruffles) to make a pair of pants for Eve. Mia saw the fabric and now wants a skirt out of the same fabric so I'm now working on that too! Here is the start of Eve's pants...

That's it for this week! Talk to you soon!! xx

Friday, February 1, 2013


Oh my has been about 9 months since my last blog post!!! Talk about SLACK!!!! I REALLY need to get back into this because I see it as the best way to keep track of everything that happens in our house from kids getting teeth, visits with family and friends etc etc etc!!! So my goal in 2013 is to blog AT LEAST once per week just to keep track of everything!!

I don't think there is any way for me to catch up on everything that I have missed in the last 9 months so I'm not even going to try!! lol  With that being said I will start with this last week...

Mia was due to start Kindy (I know!!! The time flies doesn't it??!?!) on Tuesday but due to all the storms, flooding, etc her teacher wasn't able to get into the school and so school was cancelled for her first day :(  Mia was quite disappointed as we had been getting her all excited for her first day (including getting her special things for her lunchbox etc) so she was sad about it being cancelled but is really looking forward to Monday. She has a 3 day week next week (Mon-Wed) so that should really help her get adjusted to her 'new' life as a school-attending little girl!!

Other than the disruption this last week of floods etc there hasn't been too much going on. Yesterday I came down with a HORRIBLE head cold and Eve seems to be getting a bit of it today and is kind of cranky, high temps etc. Lets hope both girls don't get it as bad as I have it because it isn't fun!!!

I'll leave this post with some pics.  We had a WONDERFUL visit from my parents last Sept/Oct and had the lovely Kacey from Jae Photography take some photos of us and the girls which turned out beautiful!!

Woohooo....first week of blogging complete...lets see if I can keep it up!!!