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A long overdue update

It seems in life, curveballs are one of the only reliable things. I’ve been thrown a couple of those in the last month which is one of the reasons that I’ve been so absent. There’s another reason too, and I’ll get to that.

I’ve been having some medical issues lately that involve a blistering rash reaction to sunlight, swelling of my legs and feet, joint pain, and a crushing fatigue.
It’s been a total bummer because I’m finally in my dream house, homesteading like I’ve wanted to do forever, and back in a place I LOVE <3.

I hadn’t wanted to go to the doctor, because…well…I just don’t like to. But, because my heart was also acting up (I have this thing where every so often my heart will do this weird thing with racing heart beat–like 120+ bpm when I’m just sitting still, skipped beats, and a really funky rhythm), I decided to go.

I wasn’t surprised to hear that after a butt load of blood and urine tests, EKG, Echo cardiogram, Holter monitor, and even an x-ray, there’s no medical reason to explain my symptoms.

My next appointment is with a rheumatologist in Iowa City at the end of the month.
I have to admit, that with all of my nutritional and health training and knowledge, I go into a doctor’s office with much skepticism. I am 95% certain that there is something in my diet that is causing this, but what? Me questioning that was met with an equal amount of skepticism from the physician.

So, I have decided that I’m going to go to the specialist and continue to take the water pill that was prescribed. I’m also making radical changes in my diet.
I’ll let you know what’s going on with that in the not too distant future.
Here’s the other thing that’s going on.

If you remember in this post, I talked about how I was going to go back to work. Then in this one, I admitted that I hadn’t gotten the job I’d applied for. Well, I won’t be going to work outside the home anytime soon.

Sometimes things happen that make you realize that you can make all the plans in the world, but in the end we’re really not in control. There’s also a lot to be said for taking advantage of opportunities when they come along.

I was reminded about this recently when one of my girlfriends here was telling me how unhappy she was with her daycare center. She asked if I’d be interested in watching her kids. At first I told her I’d watch them until she found somewhere new, but I didn’t want it to be permanent.

But then my husband and I started talking about it. Why shouldn’t I watch them? They are two little boys that I adore, and it would be a steady income. Best of all, I wouldn’t have to leave my house to do it.

Iowa’s daycare registration is pretty straight forward, and if I played by the rules and jumped through the hoops, I could take all the tax deductions that come with having a home daycare. (This isn’t my first rodeo with this concept. When Punkin was a baby, I did home daycare for a year so I was a little familiar with the tax benefits).

I did str

uggle with this decision a little bit. Did I really want to take on someone else’s kids when I finally got all of mine in school? Did I want all these littles in my home? Would this put my friend and I in any bad situations? How will the family like having kids here 12 hours a day? And many others.

After much thought and contemplation, the pros far outweigh the cons. As a matter of fact, many of my fears of going back to work were eased with this decision.

•I’d be able to pick up one of my kids if he was sick. This is a biggie considering the friend I would have had pick them up before is the one whose kids I’m now watching.

• I’d be home if one of my kids had to stay home. We wouldn’t be scrambling to decide which one of us would miss work that day.

• Shizz will still get done. I can stay caught up on my household chores as well as my gardening chores. As a matter of fact, I’m planning on building a daycare garden for the kiddos next spring. They’ll get to participate in growing some of the food they’ll eat.

• I’ll be earning a decent income (with HUGE tax benefits) doing something that I like. No, it won’t all be rainbows and unicorn poop with several little ones running around, and some days will downright suck, but quite honestly, I love the idea of providing parents with a place out in the country with room for the kids to run where they can feed the chickens, help gather eggs, get their hands dirty, and eat good-for-you food.

So while I’m waiting for my fingerprints to go through, I just have my friends two boys.In a couple of weeks that will turn into my friend’s four boys (her older two will also be coming) which means that I’ll have EIGHT boys here.
Someone send ESTROGEN!! and some margaritas. I’m thinking by Friday of that week I’ll be due for a couple.
How has June been treating you? Is your month flying by like mine has?

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