Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Oh For the Love of Pete

I hate computer issues. I'm still not seeing my signature, but evidently you all are. Spyware Doctor can't scan my computer until we install the newest updates (which we thought we were doing.) So at 3 am this morning the newest updates auto-updated. Makes sense. I tried to run the doc and it's now telling me that the database isn't updated. I don't even know what or where that is. So I don't know what the hell is going on. What I DO know is that I'm completely frustrated. I can only check blogs for so long or a kazillion other things will start running in the background. My husband was going to look at it again last night but that didn't happen. He fell asleep, poor guy. He put in a long day. And today doesn't appear to be any better. So - please forgive my lack of visiting. I will try to get in as many visits as I can. Stinking computer!

And the fun continues in our house. Yesterday I got a call from the school that my oldest son was in the nurse's office. She told me that his stomach was upset and then was sweet enough to say - "I never see him. So I really don't think he feels well." Kudos to Austin for not using the nurse as a scapegoat all of the time. So, I went up to the school and brought him home. When we got in the car he told me that the nurse thinks this very large pimple on the side of his nose (poor thing looks like a witch) might be mersa! So, before calling the doctor, I called my mother. I mean I just thought it was a large zit! Mommy told me not to mess around. Since the nurse, who was probably just being overly cautious, mentioned mersa, I had to call the doctor. Ok. So I did and got him in yesterday at 2:15. At 3:00 they took him back! AAAGH.

The doctor came in - took one look at it and said, yep. It's mersa. My heart dropped. I think my eyeballs must have popped out of my head because he quickly said, don't worry. It's a very mild strain and he'll be on an antibiotic. What started out as just a regular old zit, got infected. He might have had a scratch on his nose and came in contact with someone at school, maybe in gym, who had mersa and probably didn't even realize it. He did say that this zit, pimple, growth, whatever we're calling it, was so large, he could cut it out. But he didn't want to cut his nose and risk leaving a scar just yet, so we'll see how the antibiotic works. Ok.... In order for him to return to school, he would have to keep it covered with a bandage. I just gave the doc this look which he must have recognized as "Give me a break" and he said so, I'll just keep him out the rest of the week being it's Christmas and all. He won't be missing that much. GOOD. The kids teased the hell out of him to begin with. Now to go back into school with a big bandage on the nose and tell them it's mersa?? Are you kidding? Whether it's a weak strain or not, the kids don't understand that. They would annihilate him. So, Austin gets an extended Christmas break.

In the meantime, he has separate bathtowels, separate linens, and his clothes are getting a private washing. He's not happy about the size of this horsepill he has to take. So I cut them in half. Even then it's twice the size of an Advil. So, I'm trying to put this all into perspective. It's the week before Christmas. I still have a few last minute things to pick up. I still have to grocery shop for Christmas dinner. Wrap the gifts. Deal with computer issues and my son who has mersa. I'm sure the school is going to be so happy when I go up there today to get his assignments and turn in his excuse. But, it definitely could be worse! Praising God that it's not worse!! Maybe my computer has mersa??

#269 ~ Put pebbles inside children's gift boxes so that when they shake the packages, they won't be able to guess what's inside.


Karen H. said...

Good Morning Julie,
I'm sorry you are still having computer problems. At least you still have updates for yours. Mine don't have any more updates. I have a Windows ME. It has been giving me alot of problems lately also. I have to restart it alot. I'm sorry Austin has Mersa. I have never heard of that before. It is so sad how kids will make fun of someone. I just don't understand it. I have always told our girls to never make fun of anyone. I was made fun of in School and I know all too well how it can be. I will pray for Austin that the Antibiotics will work and he doens't have to be cut on. I'm glad the doctor is keeping him out for the rest of the week, that way he doesn't have to be made fun of. Well, take care my friend and have a great Tuesday. May God Bless You and Yours. Stop by when you can, I have a "Bodacious Award" waiting for you.

Karen H.

FarmHouse Style said...

Hey, Sweetie! So sorry you're up to your neck in it:( Poor Austin! Having mersa is terrible, but to have it on his nose...bless his heart. It is probably fine, but you might want to double check with the pharmacy to make sure it is OK to cut his pills in half. If it is a time release med., it can effect the rate it is absorbed.

Hope your computer desides to behave itself.

Love ya,

Alice said...

There was just a story on NBC Nightly News last night saying that doctors have a better handle on Mersa now than they did even a few months ago. One of the keys is to catch it early, which you did. Since he'll be off school, maybe you can get Austin to wrap some of the presents!

restyled home said...

Poor little guy...I have no idea what mersa is, but it doesn't sound good the way you describe it. What a nice mum you are to keep him home so he won't be teased. I'd do the same...why let kids go through that when they don't have to? Here's hoping the infection will clear up quickly and he won't need the surgery.

Now go make yourself a cup of tea and breathe...


Supermom said...

At least it happened during a slow part of school.

Sigh. Kids can be so cruel. I hope the antibiotics work and work quickly.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Oh Julie!! I hope Austin gets better soon and that he's all cleared up to return to school after the Holiday break!! At least you caught it...Thank God!!

Slow down Sweetie...take a deep breath...have another cup......sorry about your 'puter......

mayberry said...

Yikes! Sounds like you're having a fun week.


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, dear Julie, sorry you are having puter problems. I can see your signature just fine. Have a good week!


Farmgirl Cyn said...

Julie...Glad things seem to be under control, and Austin is under a doctors care. Much better for him to be home than to be subjected to the merciless teasings of the other kids!
In spite of all the problems, you will have a blessed week...I'm believing for you!

bj said...

Hi, Julie...so sorry you are having all these computer problems. I just hate it when that happens.
Sorry, too, about your son but, as you say, it could be worse. The meds will probably get him going just fine.
hugs, bj

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Sheesh. I've never even heard of mersa (just did a quick search on it, though). Poor guy. Glad that nurse was paying attention!

My computer problems aren't near as rough as yours. I'm just having problems with my mutant mouse. I don't know what the heck it's doing (besides ticking me off like nobody's business!). Good thing it's cordless (makes it easier to throw).

Hope your days get happier. Or your wine gets stronger, which ever will do the most good. lol

Merry Christmas -


Whats that saying? When it rains it pours... sounds like you are having a monsoon!!... Hang in there we miss you and love ya



Anonymous said...

I've never heard of it either, but since I'm a hypochondriac I'm going to do some research now so I can start saying that I have it, on top of all my other problems.

I don't think the office will give me an extended weekend for it though, let alone a vacation.

Hope he gets well soon!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Jules,

Sorry you are having computer problems :( That is so frustrating! I've never heard of Mersa, but it sounds awful! I'll be praying for Austin. Poor lil' guy. As if there isn't enough pressure in school as it is.



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From the Doghouse said...

Yuck - good luck with Austin! I'll pray for him (and you).

Redneck Nerdboy! said...

Julie, email me. I'm a computer tech and may be able to help you out!

Sounds like you've got tons of spyware and other little background nasties that slow up your computer something fierce. I've seen it lots of times and have some quickie fixes for you if you're interested!


DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Oh Hon, I'm so sorry you are having these issues. Just try & remember that this too shall pass. I'll say a prayer for your son.
Holidays hugs to you, DebraK

Michelle said...

Oh Julie, I'm sorry you are having computer issues and all.. I hope your son is on the mend quickly! An extended vacation is fun, but MRSA is not. I'll keep your family in my prayers (and your computer too)!:)


Anita said...

I'm sorry you're going through so much.. AND sorry that Austin is going through so much!
Glad ya'll caught it early... I never heard of Mrsa before, and looked it up... nothing to mess with!

Bethany Hissong said...

Hang in there Julie!!! There's never a good time for anything to happen. Hopefully next week things will calm down again. I missed checking in with you during my hectic weekend!

joan said...


It seems like this stuff always happens when you are busy with things like Christmas. LOL Not to worry, it all passes. Wish I could help with your computer issues but I'm not good at all of that stuff and I'll keep you in my parayers so the stress doesn't get to you.

Anonymous said...

Man! My parents never let me leave early for Christmas break. You are a rockstar!

rosemary said...

Oh, Julie you have a very bad computer.....mine seems really slow but I think it is all of the traffic on blogger.

When I was nursing, MRSA was called just that...initials...MRSA. There is also VRSA...which is one step worse. MRSA has been around, but it was mostly seen in hospitals and nursing homes because of bad hygiene habits. The biggest issue with this "new" disease is the fact that it is resistant to most of the big bang antibiotics...good idea to keep him home. The less stress he is under the faster he will heal. Poor kid....as if life in general for kids now-a-days isn't hard enough.

Sandi said...

No clue what mersa is, but sheesh, i hope y'all can get it all cleared up, and your computer detoxed, too!

Alison Gibbs said...

Oh Julie, still computer problems. Good luck with it all. Such a pain in the behind.
Poor Austin. I had never heard of a mersa so I googled it.
Take care.

Rosemary said...

Sorry your computer is still having issues. This is a new one on me. I have not heard of Mersa.
Good luck with that,

Bax said...

I am so sorry about your son! I hope this stuff clears up quickly! So scarey when our kids are sick! He's in my thoughts and prayers.
Hope your computer issues clear up soon too! Boy, when it rains it pours! Don't forget to take care of you! : )

Mary Isabella said...

I love the idea of the pebbles in the packages. Merry Christmas

Cottage Contessa said...

Hi sweetie! I'm sorry to hear about your son, I hope everything clears up quickly! I'll bet he's happy to have an extended break! lol I completely understand all about computer frustrations!! ARGH! Julie if you get a chance, swing by my blog and enter the give away. Have a lovely day sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Anonymous said...

I have never heard of mersa either, but it sounds awful, and it is so hard for teenagers when they have anything on their faces.

Good luck with your computer. I hope it comes good soon.


justabeachkat said...

Hi there! I'm playing "catch up" on my blog reading tonight. I've missed so many of your posts while I was away on my NY trip.

Bless your heart with your computer problems! I hate that! Poor Austin too. I hope the antibiotics work quickly.

Hang in there sweet friend. I'll send up some prayers for you.

Christmas hugs!

Robyn said...

Julie! Sorry to hear about the computer! Great to catch up with you girly!

Mary said...

Oh Julie! Don't worry about us, we'll miss you but we totally understand! Computers are a pain in the a**. Hopefully it will be fixed soon, and in the meantime, just think of it as one less thing to worry about...

I'm so sorry about your son, and I'm glad he doesn't have to go to school that way. I'l remember him in my prayers.

Have a peaceful Christmas!

Counting Your Blessings said...

Hi Julie. I'm running out the door and only got to read your first paragraph but my oldest son says you should download the free versions of AVG Free and Adaware. Says to google them. Will stop back later. Blessings... Polly

Kari & Kijsa said...

Oh-And Christmas is usually just stressful enough on it's own! We don't know how we have missed this- but haven't heard of Mersa yet, and have several small children in school- yikes- we will have to learn about this- so glad you shared! Hope your day. computer, and Austin are getting better every minute!

Merry Christmas blessings,
kari & kijsa

restyled home said...

Hi Julie,
How is your son. I have been thinking about him...hope all is o.k.

Love, Linda

Alice said...

Uhoh, Julie, you haven't posted this Wednesday morning. I'm praying that it's "just" your computer problems and that Austin is doing well.

Cre8Tiva said...

not sure what mersa is, but i ope he is better soon...i have been so under messes, i have missed everyone...hugs and kisses...blessings, rebecca

Back Through Time said...

You have so much going on and I am so glad you didn't wait to take your son to the dr!!! I hope your computer and your son are on the mend.
Merry Christmas to you and here is an extra (((*hug*)))

Karen H. said...

Good Afternoon Julie,
I came by earlier this morning and you hadn't posted. I am checking back again. I do hope things are okay with you. I do hope that your computer gets fixed and pray that Austin is doing well today. Know that you both are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care my friend and have a great Wednesday. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

PAT said...

Sorry about your son, Julie!

Also sorry about your computer problems...hope they're all better soon, too!


Anonymous said...

Julie I hope Austin is doing better...also I hope your computer gets back on track!
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BittersweetPunkin said...

You MUST be having computer problems! I am going to write this day down in my calendar....."no post from Julie"....LOL

Hope all is OK!

Bristol said...

I feel with you. That is scarey. My step son had a huge cyst on his neck. He had to go to surgeon o have it removed. It's a good thing your son or the nurse caught it!


Meggie said...

Hey Julie: So sorry to hear that Austin has mersa. Good idea to keep him out of school...who wants to return with a big old patch over your nose? Aren't school nurses the best? I used to always tell parents whether their child was a "regular" or almost never came to the health office. Sounds like Austin may need a job or two to help pass the time....I'm sure you can come up with something for him to do.

Emiline said...

That's too bad about your computer. I hate PC problems.
I've never heard of Mersa, but it sounds awful! I hope he gets better soon. He's probaby so sad that he had to miss a few days of school. ;)

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

:( Having computer problems still huh? Sniffle...miss ya buddy :)






Cottage Contessa said...

Hiya Julie sweetie! I've tagged you for the Christmas Hoopla, check my blog for details when you get a chance. Hope you're having a great day!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Came back to check on your son! Hope he is feeling better, and the computer is on the mend. What an inconvenient and frustrating set of circumstances. Just what you need right before the holidays. NOT!
Praying for you,

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Jules,

I've tagged you for the Christmas Hoopla game. Stop by when you get a chance for details.


BittersweetPunkin said...

remember that song from HeeHaw..."Where Oh Where are you tonight...why did you leave me here all alone...I searched the world over and thought I found Julie...you crashed your puter and now you are gone...",,,(ok so I changed a few words)

Debbie said...

I hope your son is getting better day by day and that your computer woes are over soon! Oh well, more family time, huh?

Nan said...

You poor thing. Hope your son will be good as new by the time he goes back.
I had computer problems last weekend. I was down for 30 hrs.

Supermom said...

checking on you.... I hope Austin is doing better and I hope your computer is too! :)

I'm going out of town tomorrow for Christmas vacation...

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

JANET said...

Whew, Julie! What a week! I spent an entire afternoon at the doc with one of mine the Friday before Christmas.
Oh, and MRSA is practically rampant at colleges. Glad your son is doing well.