Stocking up on those hospital frequent flyer points

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Well. What can I say but this last week has been slow on progress due to Logan constantly teething. Two weeks ago Logan didn’t have any teeth and now four have broken through! Monday night we couldn’t get him to sleep until 11pm, Tuesday we had friends around to plaster the ceiling where we had the original light fittings removed and down lights installed a few months ago, Wednesday was another teething night and Logan didn’t go to sleep till late and Thursday we managed to paint the second coat on Logan’s room. Friday we did a few touch ups in Logan’s room and taped up the upstairs bathroom ready for a busy weekend of painting. We had a babysitter organised for Sunday so we could paint as much of the upstairs as possible and plans to go and meet our new little niece so a big weekend planned, however as always life has other plans for us almost always involving hospital.

I wasn’t feeling too well most of Friday night with a slight headache and a bit of an upset stomach and just as we were getting ready to go to bed I started to feel worse. Jared suggested I go to the toilet and hop into bed and sleep it off. I was sitting on the toilet and I remember saying to Jared “I think I’m going to pass out” and then next thing I know I can hear Jared yelling and I can see blood. Lots of blood. It took me a few seconds to realise what was going on and to sit up, Jared couldn’t get into the room as I was blocking the door. There was a surprising amount of blood on the floor and I couldn’t understand where it was coming from at first. At least not until Jared put some tissue on my head and told me I had a big cut in the middle of my forehead that might need stiches. My left cheek was hurting and it was getting hard to keep my left eye open. Whilst I was sitting on the bathroom floor trying to get the strength to stand Jared called an ambulance which I thought was overkill at the time and called his mum to come watch Logan. We moved to the couch to wait for Carol to arrive so Jared could take me to get my head checked out.

I started to feel better sitting on the couch although I was incredibly cold, so cold I thought I would never get warm again. I have passed out a few times starting when I was eleven. To my supreme embarrassment I passed out at a school assembly in front of the whole junior and senior school as well as the school founder and Chaplin and all the teachers. It must have been a special occasion considering everyone was there. Since then I have passed out, on average, once every year or so and no-one seems to know why. I have been to hospital a few times and they have just checked my blood pressure and sugar levels and sent me on my way. I usually get enough warning to either tell someone I am passing out or most of the time to at least sit down. After my pass outs I am usually lethargic all day and a bit shaky, but this time was a bit different because minutes after Jared’s mum Carol arrived I knew I was going to pass out again. Luckily I was already sitting down and had people around me this time.

Jared called the ambulance phone operator back to check on where the ambulance was and she directed Jared to put me on the floor in the recovery position so that I wouldn’t hurt myself. The ambulance arrived a few minutes later and started asking me lots of questions whilst checking my vitals. They said my blood pressure was extremely low and they wanted to put some fluid into me before they tried to walk me out to the ambulance since they couldn’t get the stretcher to the door. Whilst they were looking for a vein to put a cannula in I started to feel sick again and gave them a warning seconds before I passed out again.

With each pass out I was getting colder and colder. It was a very cold night but I felt like I was in a freezer! They got me into the ambulance after receiving some fluids and proceeded on the longest drive to the hospital ever. The hospital is only around a 10 – 15minute drive away but it felt like it took a lot longer than that. This was my third time in an ambulance and I have come to realise that the journey in the back seems to take twice as long as it would any other time. Not sure if it’s because you can’t see anything out the windows so there are no reference points or just being sick or injured. Maybe both.

We got to the hospital and a nurse started checking me in. She said is there any chance you could be pregnant. I replied with I better bloody not be. I must admit I hate that question because if you are having sex there is always a chance you could be pregnant. I told her my story about having a premie baby and Hellp syndrome and she told me she had also had Hellp syndrome but at a much later stage so she could deliver naturally.  Now I was scared, what if I was pregnant? I want to be in peek physical condition when we next try for a baby because I am so high risk and have so many potential complications. They moved me to a bed and as they were helping me move across my head started bleeding again. Apparently my blood pressure was so low the bleeding had stopped and now that it was climbing back up the bleeding had started again.

Jared arrived just in time to see them fix up my wound, they didn’t want to use stitches because it would probably scar and on closer inspection the cut was too deep for glue so they used a tape that works the same as stitches. After that I had to wait to be taken for a cat scan. They wanted to check my head and my check for further injuries AND check for any blood clots on my lungs because of my history. Now I was even more worried. Please please please no more blood clots. The cat scan that checking for blood clots on the lungs is terrible, I would almost rather any other test. I was transferred to the machine table and hooked up to a machine that injects a liquid for the cat scan machine to see into my lungs. The dye brings the taste of nail polish to your mouth and noise and is so intense it makes me feel sick and my favourite reaction is where you get this hot rush through your body that makes you think you have peed your pants. So much fun.

I waited anxiously for the results. Not pregnant and no blood clots thank god. I really didn’t want to deal with either of those nightmares right now. The doctors where still concerned because it’s obviously not normal to pass out so regularly and I kept setting the monitor off with an erratic heart rate. They wanted to keep me in for further observation but I convinced them to send me home so I could sleep. The referred me to a cardiologist to look into the erratic heart rate and if that comes up with nothing they said I needed to go to something called a syncope clinic where they would do a bunch of tests to try and get to the bottom of my episodes. I was happy to go home but I really didn’t want to add more specialists and tests to my ever growing list.

I spent the weekend and most of the week recovering. My head hurt a lot, Logan head-butting me right on the cut didn’t help with that and I was also finding it hard to get my energy back. On Sunday night Jared came down with a stomach bug and was so incredibly sick, it was horrible. He called in sick Monday from work after spending all Sunday night throwing up. Maybe what I had was part of the same bug, although I never threw up.

It’s been a couple of weeks and I have been to see the cardiologist who did an ECG that apparently was fine as well as an ultrasound of my heart which was also fine. I will have to go back tomorrow to have a 24hr heart monitor put on to see if there is still irregular heart beat happening but if that shows nothing then I will have to make an appointment at the syncope clinic.

With all this going on we decided to hire a painter to finish upstairs and the living areas downstairs. He has one last room to complete tomorrow and it’s been fantastic. So quick and easy I don’t know why we didn’t do it sooner. The work on rebuilding the deck is slow but progressing and today Jared took the car to get our logo stamped all over it and it looks fantastic! We are so close to getting the house on the market and now Jared has stopped working it’s really getting exciting. On Sunday we are hosting a big party to celebrate Logan’s first Birthday and then on Monday we head to Fraser Island for a two week trip with friends where we will be using the opportunity to test all our set up and equipment. Hopefully this will show us if any of our equipment isn’t up to scratch or if we need to get anything else. I have been feeling very guilty over how long it’s been since I’ve put up a blog post but with the Fraser Island trip just days away there are some exciting blogs AND vlogs coming so keep your eyes out for that.

Week three update:

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More and more things have been sold online. Bit by bit things are disappearing and now that everything that we are selling in the garage sale is out in the garage, the house is feeling much more manageable although it is still a mess. Jared and I are painting most nights after Logan has gone to sleep and have now finished the two downstairs bedrooms, the hallway and we are moving on to the dining room.

Tuesday night we had our favourite car guys from Torqued 2 Spec around at our houselast night to discuss the upgrades we want to do to the car, which consisted of me saying over and over again ‘but how much does that cost’ and ‘how much have we spent now’. It’s hard to stop  yourself going overboard because we are going to be depending on this car for such a long time and we want to make sure it’s up to the challenge and is going to do everything we need it to whilst not adding in cool gadgets that are not really necessary or are not making like a lot easier.

Our friend Kris is coming over this weekend to babysit so that Jared and I can really get a move on with the painting. We are hoping to build the spare room bed again and move downstairs with Logan this weekend so we can start on upstairs and hopefully finish.

The Deck rebuild has started and is now just a frame. A couple of beams have been eaten by termites and need to be replaced which is an additional cost we had luckily already budgeted for however we had not budgeted for the stairs leading from the garage to the back garden being rotten and needing to be replaced as it’s the only access point.

The weekend was absolutely mental starting on Saturday with us starting the second coat of the downstairs hallway and painting the entrance porch outside and the front door. The front door and entrance is not finished yet but it’s already looking miles better. In particular I love the fact the front door is now blue instead of bright orange (why didn’t we do that sooner?). Saturday afternoon Kris came to babysit while we went to Bunning’s hardware which took us two hours and a lot of money, but totally worth it. I am not sure how we managed to fit a new vanity and a new laundry tub into my Subaru Forester as well as a laundry bench-top, blinds, curtains, two large tubs of paint and new tap ware.

Sunday we took out the old laundry tub and painted the laundry then disassembled Logan’s cot and moved it downstairs. Logan is starting to show signs of crawling so his Cot needed to be taken apart to be lowered anyway. We then built the spare bed downstairs for us to move into and painted Logan’s nursery with its first coat of paint and removed the old brown blinds from the upstairs hallway. All the trim in the downstairs is white but upstairs it’s still old fashioned and brown so we will have to update it all the white. Luckily my mum was able come and watch Logan while most of this was going on especially when we realised his second tooth was coming through and that’s why he was being irritable.

The very exciting task I did achieve Sunday was to buy decorations for Logan’s 1st birthday party which is less than a month away and I have started making enquires for a cake. It’s hard because he won’t remember this birthday so half of me says don’t go overboard but on the other hand he will only have one first birthday and we worked so hard to get him to this point it’s more of a celebration for Jared and myself, so of course what have I done? I have gone overboard!

We are absolutely exhausted and everything hurts from all the manual labour and I am currently crashed out on the couch watching Keep your daydream on YouTube to keep my motivation and excitement up. It’s amazing how hard you are willing to work when you decided you really want something and find small things to keep yourself motivated.

Next week is another big one. I have hired a gardener to come and curb the madness that is our garden and he should be starting on Monday. We also have friends coming over Monday night to give us a hand painting and plastering to try and get ahead with upstairs as I wanted it closer to done by today. I am going to try and spend this week packing more things away and adding more things to our garage sale piles. This time I am also hoping to do a letterbox drop to advertise another garage sale next Saturday. We are also hoping to launch something very exciting this week so keep an eye out on our Facebook page Stromlifeadventures!

Week 2 of the de-clutter



The online sales have slowed right down. Last week I was on a massive roll and this week is slow. The mountains of stuff piled up in the lounge room and dining room are making me anxious and frustrated. Jared and I are at a bit of a stalemate because he wants to spend the weekend painting and I want to have a garage sale. His reasoning is that the painting will take the longest and we can’t sell the house until it’s painted which is all true. My point is that I can’t live with all this stuff everywhere and it will need to be gone to paint anyway. The more stuff you have to move around while painting the harder it is. Also the garage needs to be emptied this weekend so the builders can get a trailer in there to start work on the deck and the only access to the back garden is in through the garage. We could spend Saturday for a half day on the garage sale then take everything left to the charity shop then spend all Sunday painting.

It’s already Wednesday today and the week is closing in fast so if the garage sale is to go ahead signs need to be made (thank god for those left over pizza boxes), price tags need to be stuck on to things and everything needs to be sorted into areas. I might see if tonight Jared can help me move some things in the garage to make room and I can start setting up the tables in there and moving things out to get it ready. I will need another hanging rail from somewhere so I might put up a post on the local Facebook page to see if anyone can lend me one for the weekend. The thought of all this is completely

Sunday evening has already rolled around and boy has it been a hectic week. My good intentions to get us back onto our Keto diet have failed massively with the appearance of Logan’s 1st tooth on top of a growth spurt along with Jared and myself painting till 11pm every night completing two bedrooms and getting a start on the hallway.

We spent all day on Saturday and Sunday on our Garage sale getting up at 6am to set up and open the doors for 7am. I won’t say it was a complete success but it defiantly was worth it and we have learnt a lot of things to make the next one better. We finished the weekend exhausted but $1,100 richer. The best part of the sale was meeting some great people. Everyone was very supportive of our plans and had some great advice to share. It was surprising that a few people had done something similar, one lady had taken her four children around Europe for over 7 months and couldn’t speak more passionately about the fun and adventure her family experienced.

What’s planned for this week you ask? Most likely the never ending chore of painting along with selling more things on Facebook and Gumtree, hiring a graphic designer to create an amazing logo for us, setting up our Patreon account and draft some sponsorship proposals up. We might have to slow down a bit this week due to my body rebelling. I am nothing but aches, pains and sniffles. Overall we have had a very successful week, although there is still a long way to go to reach our goal however after chatting with everyone at our garage sale we are feeling pumped and motivated to press on.



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