So I told you last week I have become a book addict.
Well, I have read 3 books in the past 2 weeks, and just about to finish my fourth.
As my little guy has been laid up on the couch, I have been right beside him with book (ereader) in hand.
I have loved snuggling up with him and it's been a great chance for me to try to relax during this very stressful time.
This book is really well written, considering the difficult subject matter.
It takes place in Paris in 1942 during the German occupation.
It is an amazing, moving, and at times horrific and very disturbing, story about the strength of a young Jewish girl.
It is so touching, however I did have to put the book down, wipe the tears and try to find the courage to begin again.
It is so well written that you just have to find that courage to keep reading because you just have to know what happens next.
Even though it was hard to read at times, I really loved this book.
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
This one didn't pull me in as much as Sarah's Key, but nonetheless it was another good read.
Never Let Me Go
This one was a weird one for me, because it had a bit of a Sci-Fi type twist. I saw the trailer on TV for the movie. It left me wondering what it was all about, so I decided to read the book. It was another good one, but a strange concept.
Currently, I am reading
I am loving this book.
I can honestly say, for this month anyway, reading has become my passion.
Anyone want to do an online Book Club???
We can't meet at each others houses and discuss the monthly read over wine and cheese, but we could do it by email.
Let me know if you're interested.
All this reading has unfortunately, taken me away from scrapbooking and photography my other passions, but I am beginning to feel the urge for something crafty...perhaps recover that old chair in my hallway that begging for a new look.
Or perhaps I should just try to tidy up this house since my mom is arriving tomorrow.
She changed her flight to come here 2 weeks earlier to give me a hand.
See, we are never too old to need our mamas!
She's coming to look after her baby, so her baby (me) can look after mine.
Better get cracking....happy Tuesday (which feels like a Monday) everyone!
I can honestly say there is no worse feeling in the world, than when a loved one is sick.
Especially, when that loved one is your 6 year old child.
Last night my little lamb was taken to hospital and diagnosed with HSP.
I know, I had never heard of it either.
HSP stands for Henoch-Schoenlein Purpura
Essentially, it's an inflammation in the blood vessels and/or capillaries.
It usually happens in children ages 2 to 11 and is more common in boys.
The cause is unknown and it's not contagious.
It is believed it's an abnormal response of the immune system.
On Tuesday evening after a lively game of mini-sticks (in my living room I might add), my little lamb complained of a sore foot. After my careful examination I noticed a small bruise and slight swelling on the arch of his foot.
After a little rest and some ice he seemed okay. Although limped a bit as he walked.
He then started saying his arm hurt and his wrist hurt, etc.
I just chalked it all up to the good old hockey game.
He woke up around 4am complaining of a sore throat and said his arms and legs hurt and he couldn't sleep because of the pain.
A dose of Advil did the trick, and we were all back to the land of nod.
The next morning he said "remember I am not going to school today". I then started to think something was a little fishy and honestly, sad to say, thought he was making everything up.
He stayed home and we cuddled on the couch all day.
He seemed fine, no fever, and ate normally.
This brings me to last night.
His brother had his final game of the season last night and we took him to the rink. My little guy was all set to play mini sticks with his buddies.
In the car on the way home, he began to cry, complaining how much his arms and legs hurt.
Once home my husband looked him over, said he was fine and we both, once again chalked it up to being tired after a grueling game of mini-sticks.
Then it was my turn, I went over to my little lamb as he lay on the couch and I looked at his legs. He had bright red bumpy dots all over the lower part of his legs. Then I noticed lumps protruding from under his skin.
I asked hubby if he had noticed this minutes earlier, but he hadn't.
Almost before my eyes lumps started appearing under his skin, the size of golf balls.
It was terrifying.
I began to panic, we all began to panic. I was crying, he was crying, we were all crying.
He was whisked away to hospital where he stayed until 130am. After a battery of blood and urine work he was able to come home, with nothing more than Advil.
He was so brave!
There is no treatment for this strange unheard of virus. It's a matter of waiting for the swelling of the joints to go down, so he can walk comfortably. We were told, as well, that once the symptoms disappear, it will likely reoccur within 3 months.
He will have to be closely monitored, with weekly visits to the doctor because the danger here is, that it affects the kidneys and bowels. It can actually cause kidney failure, intestinal bleeding or obstruction, and in rare cases, death if it attacks the central nervous system.
When I tucked him into bed last night, I leaned over to kiss him goodnight. My hair fell down over my face and his.
He looked up at and said "mom you look like Lady Ga Ga with your hair like that".
As I walked back to my bedroom I was left wondering if that was a good thing or bad.
At the end of a terrifying night I was nice to end it with a little giggle.
Okay so here's the part that I get all preachy, but for the record, I am not a doctor or nutritionist (shocking, I know).
I am simply passing on what I have come to learn from doing a little surfing the web, oh and reading the box it came in.
Saffron is an all natural ancient herbal remedy and the most expensive spice in the world.
Saffron offers a variety of health benefits and has been used in ancient medicine over four millennia.
Saffron can be used for:
Anti-depressant and relaxant
Treat acne and skin diseases
Anti cancer and tumor agent
Curing respiratory problems such as asthma
Aphrodisiac for Impotency
DO NOT USE WHILE PREGNANT or nursing.
As I said before, I am not a doctor, so as like anything else, use at your own risk.
Maybe in a year from now I will start grow an extra arm or leg from all this Saffron Tea that I am drinking.
Who knows, but for now I am enjoying it's great taste and soothing quality.
Now, if you will excuse me it's back to my couch and my book.
I am just starting The Pioneer Woman's book "Black Heels to Tractor Wheels"
If you don't know who The Pioneer Woman is, you should check out her blog. Her link is just over there to the right, on my blog.
She's fabulous. Great giveaways, great recipes, funny stories. Just wonderful!! I love P-Dub!!!
One other note: Gabi.....can you hurry up and get moved in already....I am missing you!!! Hope it's all going well!! xoxo