One of my babies from the daycare. She’s growing up! If this doesn’t make you smile, you’re not human. Sorry for the sideways-ness.
As far as my weekends at home tend to go, this one was pretty ballin.
On Friday I went to the Hoover game with my family. Don’t worry alums. Nothing has changed!
On Saturday I began to feel really weak. I didn’t know if it was just from sleeping rough the night before or what, but I shrugged it off. Me and the sister went and got our hair did; an up-do and make up for her, a much needed trim for me. We then went and picked up our fabulous photographer, Kelley Davis, and headed downtown. Marie had her senior casual portraits made at Sloss Furnace, Morris Ave and the Alabama Theater. I cannot WAIT to see how they turned out. During the photo shoot, I was feeling much better than earlier in the day and forgot about not feeling well. Unfortunately, dehydration hit after the shoot and after chugging two glasses of water and one glass of sweet tea at La Fiesta I began to feel downright cruddy. My lymph nodes in my neck were swollen and my head was pounding. I felt that sleeping it off might help.
2:56 am. Saturday, September 26.
I wake up on the couch downstairs to the worst headache I’ve ever experienced. I’ve had on and off migraines since the 6th grade, so headaches are not all that uncommon, but this was unreal. Since I was having chills before bed, I had doubled my layers of clothing. As soon as I woke up, those unessential long layers were immediately shredded. My fever was up, and my body was not happy with those clothes. I trekked up the stairs, holding on to every thing possible along the way until I made it to my mom’s bedside. Luckily, daddy sleeps in a different room ‘cause he snores. He wouldn’t have been happy with this sickly child creeping up next to him. My lovely nurse of a mom didn’t skip a beat once I told her how bad I felt. She set me up at the end of her bed, making me feel like I did when I was sick as a kid. My temp was pretty high for someone who hardly ever runs fever, so I ended up sleeping with a bag of ice on my face. Since my head was pounding, that helped. The animals wanted nothing to do with me, though. Mom moved to the couch to let me have her bed, and they followed. Can’t say I blame them. I was moaning like a freak. I finally fell asleep and was able to stay asleep for a good while. Around 2:00 was the “Dancer’s Fighting Cancer” Gala with Alex Swader performing with the Dale Serrano Performance Team. Alex is 10 years old and was diagnosed with cancer at age 8. He is in remission now. He is SUCH a cutie and SUCH an inspiration! I shouldn’t even be complaining of my wimpy virus. What these kids go through is HELL.
After the gala, mom and I went to the doc-in-the-box. Fever was up, heart rate was up, weight was up (bleck). They decided to take blood. I’ve only had blood taken from a finger prick, but since I was being tested for Mono and Walking Pneumonia they needed more than a prick would provide. I’ll try anything once and I figured it wouldn’t hurt that bad. Umm, I was wrong. Apparently, I have “threaded” small veins. The first try the nurse (at least she was sweet) poked me, couldn’t get the vein, FREAKING DUG into my arm and gave up. After apologizing, her and my mom (a nurse) tried to find some viable veins. She told me she wouldn’t poke me again if she wasn’t sure she could get it the second time. Thank goodness. I might have slapped her. Anyway, she ended up getting it the second time and it wasn’t bad at all. I wasn’t aware it would be so difficult. I’ve had an I.V. before, and the guy got that one on the first try with no problems. After she stuck me the first time, I immediately began crying. Not because of the pain, but because my anxiety kicked in. Being the anxious person I am, stuff like this sets me off BIG TIME. I have ALWAYS hated shots (except in my mouth, I’m more than used to those, but that another story for another day), and this didn’t help things. I layed there and cried like a child for 20 minutes afterward. Thank goodness for my mother. Being one day away from turning 22, she could have poked so much fun of me, but she understands my anxiety. The tests all came back negative. Turns out I just have a nasty virus. Unfortunately, with viruses you can only treat the symptoms and just let it run it’s course. That’s fine with me. I’ve had plenty of viruses, and I know I’ll have plenty more working at the daycare. I must say, though that working in the daycare is SO worth being sick more than usual, but again, that’s another story for another day. After the doctor told me the verdict, the nurse pulls out her syringe filled with some steroid. Now, remember. I am almost deathly anxious of needles. I figured, “Hey. It’s been awhile since you’ve had a shot. Just suck it up. It won’t hurt that badly.” Turns out my thoughts and my fight-or-flight response didn’t talk this over because as soon as I walked out of the exam room toward the waiting room I began to get tunnel vision and my hearing started to fade. Being one that blacks out if I don’t eat enough, I know exactly what this is. I sat down to regain my vision and hearing. Again, thank goodness for mom. That could have been baaaad. It’s not even the pain that got me, even though having a needle shoved into your hip isn’t a walk in the park. It’s the though. I seriously dislike being anxious.
All-in-all, this weekend was fun. There were memories (Hoover game), exciting moments (Tap Gala) and scary firsts (blood drawn and shot in the bum).
Oh, and that Bama game. Don’t even get me started. ROLL TIDE.
If you read this I guess I should have warned you. I complain. A LOT. Sorry.
Here’s to a memorable birthday week!
The Bucket List. Place an X by all the things you’ve done and remove the X from the ones you have not.
Things you have done during your lifetime:
(x) Gone on a blind date
(x) Skipped school
() Watched someone die
() Been to Canada
() Been to Mexico
(x) Been to Florida
() Been to Hawaii
(x) Been on a plane
() Been on a helicopter
(x) Been lost
(x) Gone to Washington, DC
(x) Swam in the ocean
(x) Cried yourself to sleep
(x) Played cops and robbers
(x) Recently colored with crayons
(x) Sang Karaoke
() Paid for a meal with coins only
() Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t.
(x) Made prank phone calls
() Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
(x) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere
(x) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
() Danced in the rain-naked
(x) Written a letter to Santa Claus
() Been kissed under the mistletoe
() Watched the sunrise with someone
(x) Blown bubbles
(x) Gone ice-skating
(x) Gone to the movies
() Been deep sea fishing
() Driven across the United States
() Been in a hot air balloon
() Been sky diving
() Gone snowmobiling
() Lived in more than one country
(x) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(x) Seen a falling star and made a wish
() Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
(x) Seen the Statue of Liberty
() Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
() Been on a cruise
() Traveled by train
() Traveled by motorcycle
(x) Been horse back riding
() Ridden on a San Francisco CABLE CAR
(x) Been to Disneyland —- or Disney World
(x) Truly believe in the power of prayer
() Been in a rain forest
() Seen whales in the ocean
() Been to Niagara Falls
() Ridden on an elephant
() Swam with dolphins
() Walked on the Great Wall of China
() Saw and heard a glacier calf
() Been spinnaker flying
() Been water-skiing
(x) Been snow-skiing
() Been to Westminster Abbey
() Been to the Louvre
() Swam in the Mediterranean
(x) Been to a Major League Baseball game
() Been to a National Hockey League game
() Been to a NBA Game
(x) Played in the snow
Looks like I need to get going on some things…
- I’m allergic to the most common antibiotic: Penicillin.
- I’ve seen every episode of The Nanny at least 25 times.
- I waited 17 years to pierce my ears, and now I have 5 piercings.
- I love my job.
- I’m actually excited for my younger sister to come to UA.
- I’m obsessed with One Tree Hill.
- I’m so much different from your average sorority girl at UA.
- I’m afraid to disappoint people.
- The majority of my time is spent in tshirts and Nike Tempos. I only dress up on weekends.
- The Great Gatsby is my all-time favorite book.
- I’m super quiet, but that doesn’t mean I’m snobby or weird.
- I still have nightmares about a certain dance teacher and algebra/precal teacher from high school.
- I’m not afraid to graduate. At all.
- I’ve never had a relationship last longer than 3 months.
- I don’t break the rules often.
- I love to travel, and I would travel more if I had the means.
- Even though I’m super Conservative, I want to live in the Village in NYC one day.
- I am absolutely amazed at how fast college has flown by.
- I’m also absolutely amazed that I’ve been as successful as I have. I was told by someone that I wouldn’t last a semester.
- I love living in the sorority house.
- I’m a huge baby when I get sick. I complain a LOT.
- I think I intimidate some guys with my knowledge of football.
- I have the best roommate/friend anyone in this world could ask for.
- I’ve never been out of the country. If I could, my first destination would be Italy.
- I’m an incredible homebody. I’d rather hang out with a group of people at a house than go to a party.
- I would tap dance for the rest of my life if I could.
- I cannot believe I’ll be freaking 22 next Monday.
- I’m sarcastic, and I’m afraid I scare a lot of people off that way.
- I took a leap of faith earlier this month and failed, but at least I tried.
- I don’t bite my nails. I bite my cuticles. It hurtssss.
I need to ramble but I’m so darn tired. I ended up staying home after the Bama event at my home church. I’ve got a Biochem quiz at 8am, then class at 9 and 12. I’m seeing a nap from 10-11:45. No joke. Then I’ve got work, The Huddle, and I have to practice. This week will be challenging for sure, but I suppose the reward is good ol Alabama football on Saturday. I won’t lie. I’m going out on Friday. I have a feeling it’s going to be much needed. Praying for Alabama Phi Mu’s. From what I’ve been able to piece together they lost a sister tonight :(