Back from my Hiatus

Hi, I am back from my long, unintended hiatus from the blogging world – not that I blogged often, anyway. But I’m going to try to change that and blog more often.  I hope everything is well with you.  As for me, I don’t really have much to complain about. God is good.  So, I checked to see the date of when I last blogged, and it has been way over a year.  It’s crazy how time flies.  I last blogged about health issues concerning my youngest and the mister.  So, about their health issues…

With Desi, she was diagnosed with multiple food allergies at the end of April of this year. I’m so glad we know exactly what is going on with her because it took over two years and two doctors and a nurse practitioner to figure out what was wrong with her.  She was constantly in pain (mostly in her abdomen region) and because of that, she missed a lot of school days.  Anyway, I can’t give credit to the third provider because I’m the one who requested that she gets tested for allergies or food intolerance because I’m tired of hearing that she’s healthy and that they can’t figure out what’s wrong with her.  I guess it’s a good thing I’ve been studying almost everything about biology as a pre-nursing student.  We found out that she is allergic to milk, wheat, corn, egg whites, and scallops. She’s also allergic to cats and dogs like me (but we still have fur babies around and we’re okay).  We’ve been leaning toward a lot of vegan and paleo recipes (except we still eat meat) and anything that is allergy friendly.  I stick to everything organic. Good thing Filipino food has a lot of safe ingredients.  And thank God there are alternatives.

With the mister, on the other hand, his doctor had told him (around June) that his thyroid is still producing too much T3 and that he fell in the 5% where the radioactive iodine (I-131) didn’t do anything to his thyroid, which it’s supposed to “kill” the gland. So now it’s just a waiting game for his symptoms to reappear before his doctor decides to give him another dose of the I-131.  Now that his doc has him completely off his monthly prescription (that he will be taking for the rest of his life), he seems fine now as if he isn’t suffering from hyperthyroidism.  I’m just hoping and praying that his thyroid goes back to normal.

As for my other child, Ari, she had recently graduated from high school at the end of May.  She’s happy and healthy, and she’s looking forward to the next chapter of her life.  She just landed a job at Taco Bell, which is her first job ever, but I’m not sure how long she’s going to stay there.  She decided that she’ll register for classes in January of next year instead of this fall semester because she wants to save some money first.  Right after she graduated from high school, she took her permit test and passed.  We then put her in driving school and now she’s just practicing driving until she feels ready to take the driver’s test. I’m no longer (as) scared when I have her drive me around.  The first few times was very scary!  I even bought magnets for her car letting other drivers know that she is a newbie at driving.

As for me, I’m good.  I don’t really have much to complain about.  Oh, except the pain in my right elbow.  I’m guessing that it’s caused from always having my elbow on my desk while I study and write at the same time, and probably also from typing because my elbow is always bent.  Or maybe it’s from planking almost every night?  I dunno.  I even rest my chin on the back of my hand a lot when I’m at school, with my elbow on the table, most especially when I am listening intently to my professors.  I guess, like a bad habit, it finally caught up to me.

Anyway, speaking of school.  I am about to finish up my last pre-requirement, which is communication 101 for the fall semester.  I’m so glad it’s an eight-week class because I just want that class done and over with. (I just want to be done with school period!) The state college I am going to won’t accept the transfer credits for Com 101 because it was taken online at the previous university I graduated from.  I’ve already done plenty of class presentations in my previous classes, so re-taking Com 101 is like a waste of my time and money. But it’s whatever ‘coz I don’t have much of a choice.

I am scheduled to take the entrance exam for the nursing program (TEAS) on the 13th of this month.  I just hope and pray I get accepted.  My GPA is competitive enough, so I’m not worried about that.  I’m just worried about the TEAS. The weight of the GPA is 50%, the TEAS is 10%, grades in the biology classes is 30%, # of credits completed at NSC is 10%, and bonus points for completing a specific nursing class prior to submitting my application.  The TEAS is what will determine where I stand.  I’ve been studying all summer by going over all my notes and taking practice tests.  I just have to think positive. I’ll let you know how it goes.