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Meal plan for December 17th – 23rd

This post is hard for me to write.  I don’t know where to begin, and I don’t know what to say.  My heart is having a hard time reconciling the news that happened on Friday.  I cried in the car on the way home, and snuggled my boy for as long as he would let me (about 5 seconds before a request of “stop squeezing me mommy so that I can go play”).  My heart is broken for the community and those families.  Nothing about this makes sense.

Jack asked why I was crying, and I said a very bad man hurt a lot of kids and adults.  He asked if it was The Joker.  I said no, The Joker was pretend, and this bad man was real.

Since the dawn of time, there has been violence.  There was violence before bombs, guns, the internet, and 24 hour a day cable news.  There has always been violence, and no matter how and what we legislate, there will still be violence.  And that makes me sad, and exhausted, and could lead to extreme despair.

However, there has always been hope.  And goodness.  And kindness.  And love.  And today, when I snuggle my family a bit tighter, that is where I’m going to be focusing my energy.  Hope.  And goodness.  And kindness.  And love.

Switching gears here, because frankly typing the above left me sobbing.

On Tuesday, we got the results of Jack’s sleep study.  I wasn’t too surprised to hear the doctor say “significant sleep apnea”, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping it would be a different diagnosis.  After confirming that he wasn’t in any danger while he was sleeping, I made an appointment for January 2nd to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist.  This is going to be an expensive endeavor (we have high deductible insurance), so I want it to “count” for the next year.

The doctor who called me after reviewing the results has only met Jack for a few minutes.  Without really knowing Jack, he said that if the apnea wasn’t treated, “as he ages, he’ll become very hyper and have a hard time focusing in school”.  Become hyper?  That boat has sailed!  Jack has the energy of multiple kids, and exhausts me on a daily basis.

People like to say their kids have energy, but then they meet Jack.  My friend came to stay with us in June, and has always said her daughter was energetic.  After one hour of playing with Jack, her daughter sat on the ground and refused to move another step because Jack had exhausted her.

The likely next step after the ENT appointment will be a removal of Jack’s tonsils.  His tonsils are so large that they touch his uvula, and impact his sleeping and cause his extreme snoring (like a tiny bear cub with a chain saw).  The removal will hopefully allow him to have a restful sleep.  When adults aren’t rested, they crash and get super sleepy.  When kids aren’t rested, their exhaustion comes out in the form of being “active”.

I keep picturing “post surgery” Jack as a neutered cat, sitting quietly around the house, getting fat, and being a slug.  We’ll see.

This week I started and finished up this quilt for the daughter of my friend.




The back

I have a confession to make…I haven’t planned what we’re eating until I started writing this sentence.  Here is what we’re having for dinner this week (maybe).  Reminder, I only plan dinners, because breakfast is always smoothies or eggs with something, and lunches are always leftovers.  We rarely eat dessert during the week, and our dinner drink of choice is water kefir soda.

Monday:: Baked potato soup.  This didn’t get made last week because I was too tired and made popcorn instead.  Go me!  With the soup, we’ll have roasted Brussels sprouts, and some fruit.

Tuesday:: Quesadillas, salad (from the garden), tomato soup (home canned), and fruit.

Wednesday:: Breakfast for dinner.  We’ll figure out what that means Tuesday night.

Thursday:: Popcorn dinner!  Jack won’t be around on Friday, and I’m off work on Friday, so Thursday will be our “Friday”.

Friday:: I have no freaking clue.  My sister and I started a new holiday tradition where we swap kids for a night.  Friday, my sister and brother-in-law are taking Jack overnight so that I can focus on last minute Christmas presents and doing it alone.  Sunday, we’re taking my nephew so that my sister can do the same.

Saturday:: homemade pizza, salad from the garden, and if you guessed fruit, you’re correct!

Sunday:: family dinner at my parent’s.

What are you guys having?

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14 comments on “Meal plan for December 17th – 23rd”

  1. I recently found your blog and I absolutely love it. You remind me so much of me and my friends. Don’t change anything – you have a great personal style and your voice is unique on the internet.

    I wanted to share my own story of my son’s issues with his tonsils. My son had his tonsils (and ultimately) adenoids out at 6 years old. He had frequent and severe ear infections and continual strep throat starting at 10 months of age. He was not a good sleeper and very, very active (which is why I only have one child!) After having his tonsils and adenoids out, he rarely got sick and began sleeping through the night. He never snores now. The difference was like night and day. I’m not one who rushes towards surgery or medications as the answer, but it was the best decision that we made.

    It isn’t an easy surgery for a young child, but the payoff is worth it. My only advice to you is make sure you like and trust the ENT who treats your son. Trust your instincts, Luke. 😉

    Good luck and thanks for letting me butt into your business.

  2. I too had a child with similar problems, and who developed asthma before he was a year old. Treatment wasn’t much help back then (he’s 25 now). Later on we found out he and one of his sisters had severe allergies. I just wish I’d known as much then as I do now about them. I also have asthma due to allergies. I know you don’t want to get too extreme about his treatment before he finishes his medical tests, he’s still just a little boy and so much of what the schools blame on ADD is just allergies. It’s still going to worry you when he can’t breathe or sleep. I think it’s possible to go to the other extreme and try to protect them from allergens when they need to let their systems work around them. My son finally out grew many of his problems, but there were a tough few years there.

  3. I wish I’d had my tonsils out when I was Jack’s age! I finally had them out, along with my giant adenoids, when I was a junior in high school. I went from catching every single bug that went around and being on antibiotics over and over to NEVER catching anything. It’s been absolutely night and day for me, too. It would’ve saved my parents a lot of money in doctor’s visits if I’d had them out younger, and I would’ve missed a lot less school.
    The surgery sucked, but I definitely could’ve been better about taking my painkillers on time to keep on top of the pain. I mixed orange-flavored codeine with haagen-daaz (sp?) mango sorbet.
    It’s so worth it!

  4. My oldest had her tonsils out at 4 1/2. It can definitely make a big change in activity levels, mood swings, and definitely eating. I will say that she did not bounce back quite as fast as the other commenters’s kids. I am not one to spread horror stories and try to scare people, BUT, everyone kept telling us how it was no big deal, so we were completely unprepared for how hard it was. There’s a balance there somewhere, and I will probably completely miss it, but I would hate for anyone else to be as stunned as we were. She was in a LOT of pain, and getting her to take the meds was difficult, because liquid codeine tastes AWFUL. We tried mixing it with a lot of different things over the couple of days that she needed it. I am sure Jack will be fine 🙂 I just wish someone had warned us a bit more of what might happen. (It was still the best decision, and she is 3 inches taller than I am at age 13, so we obviously got through it! Just those first few days were rougher than we were prepared for.)
    Praying for you guys!

  5. My 4 year-old gets his tonsils out this Tuesday for the same reasons…I am hopeful for both more restful sleep for him, and calmer days for us! We shall see. I won’t miss the man-sized snores…
    BTW – thank-you for popcorn dinner. We’ve adopted it on occasion, and I am in love.

  6. I feel pushy, as a stranger, but if you’re looking for alternatives to surgery, you may want to look into removing specific foods from your little one’s diet. My daughter’s tonsils reduced back down to normal size when we removed some common allergens (gluten, dairy and soy) from our diet. I saw other improvements too–she stopped wetting the bed, she *started* taking naps again at age 3.5 (she’d stopped napping a year prior), and her sleep at night got much better (no more wakings). Those other things happened faster, but it took about a month for the tonsils to return to normal size.

    Anyway, love that Vicks EO disk recipe, that’s how I first found your blog and since then I’ve enjoyed many other posts.

    • I don’t think that anyone who is legitimately trying to help could be pushy!

      Honestly, I’m waiting to see what the ENT doc says. Jack had food allergies growing up, but has grown out of them.

      He sleeps awesome (11 hours straight w/o a single wake up), but his sleep isn’t restful because of the tonsils. We’ll see what the doc says!

    • When the sleep isn’t restful, it is time for the tonsils to come out. Our asthmatic son with a similar sleep situation became a new kid once the surgery had healed.

  7. My daughter had her tonsils removed over the summer. She was 2 and 1/2. Her tonsils where horrible! They were almost touching each other when she would open her mouth and say “ah” The surgery was pretty easy. She woke up from surgery screaming for pretzels- which she then got mad because she wasn’t allowed to eat them. She had no problems eating and her pain was easily managed by a little tylenol with codine for about 48 hours after surgery. Then plain tylenol for another day. Then I gave up keeping any restrictions or keeping her resting. She was ready to eat normal food and was completely back to normal energy wise. The over all result- I am so happy. She was a HUGE snore-r from the time she was 6 weeks old. She also got constain throat infections. She hasn’t had ANY illnesses but a very mild case of strep throat last week. Big change since before surgery when she had 10 throat infections in one year.

  8. Today we are ‘cleaning out the fridge’ which means we’ll eat what we find in there and get rid of all the leftover bits and pieces! Tomorrow will be a ‘Girl Scout’ dinner of gourmet burger patties from HEB all wrapped up in foil and baked with veggies and sprigs of rosemary. I LOVE how this smells AND tastes!! Wednesday my daughter and I are having a little party celebrating (and mourning her last day of work!) her nanny. She is super sweet and like family now. What am I making? Cracker assortment from Trader Joe’s and your Roasted Garlic Brie in Puff Pastry!! It will be a REAL party!!!

  9. My son had his tonsilsa/adenoids out on his 4th birthday..they were huge. I always felt he was a good eater, but he was always thin, wiry and muscular (very active boy). After the surgery, he was a super eater and caught up weight wise. Surgery went fine, but he was the one they warned ‘might have a weird reaction coming out of anesthesia..standing on my lap, screaming and trying to rip out the IV. He was eating burgers in two days. Hope it goes well with you for the ENT and surgery. He will sleep so soundly you’ll keep checking on him!

    Donna R.

  10. I was interested to hear about your sons apnoeas, My daughter who is 3.5 years now has been having them since she was 8 weeks olds, with many, many trips to hospital. They still have no idea what is causing them and her appointment at ENT showed everything was fine. Luckly in UK we dont pay for health care so all the ongoing tests dont cost but I would still desperately love to know what is causing it.