Monday, August 18, 2008

What a rotten week it's been!

I don't think I have mentioned this before but my MIL was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma back in February. She has had such a struggle the last 6 months and has had numerous stays in the hospital. She has now been in the hospital for over two weeks and we don't look for her to make it.
My terrible week started last Sunday August 10th. We went over to see my MIL and take the kids to see her because she had been missing them. After we had been there all of 30 minutes or so, my hubby got extremely sick. He was white as a sheet, broke out in a cold sweat, and doubled over in pain. So I rushed him downstairs to the ER. We assumed he was having another diverticulitis attack because he had been diagnosed with it about a year ago and had a few attacks since then. The CT scan they ran on him showed no divers, but they wanted to admit him anyway because his blood pressure was going through the roof. A couple days later he was taken down for more tests to find out what was going on. It turns out he had inflammation of the esophagus, inflammation of the small bowel, an ulcer in his small bowel, and his gall bladder wasn't functioning at all. Needless to say he was looking at gall bladder surgery.
The day they did his surgery was on Thursday August 14th. He did pretty well but was in alot of pain afterwards. That same evening was also when my MIL got some results back from a lung biopsy she had earlier in the week. She had been having trouble breathing and wasn't getting better from what the dr first thought was double pneumonia. The drs thought she might actually now have Lymphoma in her lungs. The results came back good and we were all thrilled to hear that her lungs were clear of cancer!
However, that joy was short lived. Later on the same night my MIL started gasping for air. The respiratory team tried every way they could to get her breathing normally again, but to no avail. They ended up having to put her in ICU and on a respirator. Now we have been told that her lungs are full of blood clots and fluid and her heart is getting weaker everyday. Yesterday morning her heart stopped once and then started back up and her left lung collapsed. The drs now say they will keep her on the respirator two more days and if there is no improvement at all it is time for us to ler her go.
This breaks my heart and absolutely infuriates me! I hate cancer! I don't understand why it has to fall down upon good people, or anyone for that matter! My hubby, his brother, and my FIL are all so heartbroken they are like walking zombies. I've cried more the past few days than I have since my Dad died 9 years ago. It kills me to think that she will not get to see my kids grow up or the new grandchild that my BIL has coming in January. This is so unfair! I just want to scream and throw anything I can get my hands on. But nothing helps, cancer is an evil thing and takes away those who mean the most to us...I am still praying for a miracle because I know it can happen if it is God's Will.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Working From Home

So, I've been doing this work from home thing for several months now and I have to honestly say I love it! I started out in September 07 just working part time from home to supplement my income as a substitute paraeducator. I decided to go at it full time in February 08 and I'm so glad I did. I have just been totally amazed at how much more convenient things are for me now. If I need to take a day off, I can. I don't have to ask or tell anyone about it, I just simply don't schedule myself to work that day.
It has also saved me tons of money. I no longer have the gas expenses, lunch expenses, or need to buy dressy clothes for work. I tended to wear jeans at work alot before, but it seemed like every so often I was buying something new. I do miss the people I worked with and the kids I took care of at school, but I just feel like this is what is best for my family. I just never would have imagined I would like working from home so much.
I work for a few different companies from home. My main job is as a customer service rep for Liveops. I usually average at least $13-$15 an hour with them. I also have a few other side jobs I do as well. I'm a contract keyer for Key For Cash doing basic data entry online. I also do work for Here, I view web pages and give recorded voice reviews and short written reviews. I absolutely love this job because it is so easy! I get paid $10 for each 15 minute session I do and I also get to check out some really cool sites. Finally, I do occasional writing for various companies. This is fun too, since I obviously like to write alot.
So, working from home has made a huge change in my life. I am happier and still make decent money. I would recommend working from home to anyone who's looking for a happier, more stress-free way of earning a living.