Tuesday, February 28

Update on Pissed Off!!

I guess the flood of emails that Representative Gannon received in the last couple days has caused her to put down her by the law dictionary attitude and take notice of what the people who vote to keep her high and mighty ass in office want to see. She has written to Daryl Logullo to let him know that she now supports the bill. I will be waiting patiently to hear how she votes on the issue. I will keep you all posted. Thanks for all the kind words, it really does soften the blow when someone else is just ignorant.

Thought I would share a picture of my kiddos holding up the world.

Monday, February 27

Pissed Off!!!

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that in 1999 I lost my third child. The state of Florida is in the process of considering changing the laws about issuing birth certificates to parents of stillborn babies. I spent the better part of yesterday sending emails to many representatives and senators. I have gotten several responses. I am prepared for negative reaction but I was expecting it from a male not a female. Not sure why but in my mind that is what I was looking to see. I am going to ask you all the question I asked them... How can you die if you were never alive?!
Click here for a law dictionary definition of death. Now here is my letter to the representatives and then the response that has me so pissed off. Of course my name has been changed to protect my identity on my blog. Not sure really what I am looking for here but if your opinion is that of Mrs. Gannon please refrain from commenting on this post as I can not and will not debate this with anyone.
To the Honorable Anne M. Gannon;

RE: House Bill 439

Very soon, your committee will discuss Bill 439. I am asking that you
vote YES on this important legislation.

Here's why:

Florida law does not allow for a birth certificate to be issued to a
mother of a stillborn child; yet these same parents receive an infant
death certificate.

How can you have a death certificate without a birth certificate?

My son Jakob was born still on September 23, 1999 at 41 weeks
My son died due to unknown causes. I can tell you that two days before
delivered my son he was alive. My son moved, kicked, and quite
frequently had the hiccups. When we had an ultrasound he saluted us,
blew bubbles, and closed his legs tightly so we would not know if we
were supposed to buy blue or pink. My two older children felt him kick,
sang him songs, and celebrated his life because they knew soon they
would be holding their new baby.

After enduring the ultrasound to tell me my son had died, 14 hours of
labor with stronger than normal doses of pitocin to encourage
contraction, I gave birth to my third child. My son was a perfect 9lb
2oz 22in long baby boy except he was not breathing. I left the hospital
the next day with a small purple box, 5 pictures and arms that ache now
as I am typing this letter to you.

My husband and I were devasted to find out that the state of Florida
not recognize our son's life. We only found out through our funeral
that we would not receive a birth certificate. The man was very nice
offered to get us additional copies of the death certificate. My
question was how can you die if you were never alive.

So I am asking you to vote yes on this bill to not only bring closure
my family but to the 1,750 families that have been affected by
stillbirths annually in the state of Florida. Please feel free to
contact me with any questions or feedback on this bill.

Respectfully yours,
Tampa, Florida

Ms. Beanhead, I would support a stillborn certificate but not a birth
certificate. I do understand what you are saying but issuing a birth
certificate is just as bad as not issuing one. If you check Black's
directory you will see the definition is to be born alive the child
have been still in a living state after having wholly quitted the body
of the mother. Rep. Gannon

Saturday, February 25

New Job and stuff

I think I may be changing jobs. I have an offer to go to work in a doctors office. This job would be steady pay and steady work but little flexibility. My job now is not so steady but has lots of flexibility. The job at the doctors office also offers many chances to see early obstetrical ultrasounds. I have been working there on the weekends for a couple weeks now and have seen 10 or more ultrasounds. Which is priceless for me. I feel bad that I have to quit working for my mom but I have to do what is best for my family and myself.

I went yesterday to get weighed. I had only lost one pound this week. Since I had been around them so much this week they think that I am not eating enough. So I am supposed to keep a food log for three days to make sure I am getting enough calories.

My girls have FCAT next week. For people not in Florida this is Florida's test to make sure our kids are actually learning something in school. My oldest daughter has taken it for the past 2 years so it is no biggie to her. She scores well above her grade level. My youngest daughter is a bit nervous because this is her first year taking it. I know she will do well. I just wish they did not put so much pressure on these kids to score well. The overall school score is how funding is decided for the schools. Just a bit more pressure than I think these kids deserve.

Wednesday, February 22

Totally Lazy

Okay I admit it between work and school and the hubby and the kids I have been a lazy blogger. I have not really had the energy to come up with something witty or even remotely resembling a real post. I have also been neglecting commenting on my favorite blogs. I am reading but just don't have the time to comment on all. I promise that over the next day or so I will be back to normal and I will have a relevant post and maybe some info about a new job.

For anyone keeping track or who is just curious I weighed in on Sat. and I had lost another 3 pounds which brings my total to 16lbs in 3 weeks. I will post inches lost in the next post. I am shocked at the difference already!

Thursday, February 16

This is Neat

I was hanging out a Chatty's tonight and catching up on all the posts I have missed this week and she had this. I think it is pretty neat and would love it if I could get all of you to do it for me. If you make one for yourself let me know so I can post for you.

Wednesday, February 15

Weird Weather and stuff

Okay I have had it with the weather. I mean you get up in the morning and it is 30 degrees by lunch it is 55 and by 3 in the afternoon it is 75. My goodness 45 degrees in one day! I like it a nice crisp 71-72 and the sun shining.

I have been going to deaf dinners and coffees for the past 3 weeks. I am enjoying myself. I have met some wonderful people and have learned so many signs. I am hoping that I can attend a deaf service in the next few weeks at a local church. I also decided that I am going to sign Broken Road by Rascal Flatt for my final. I am nervous and excited all at the same time.

Okay off to do homework...

Monday, February 13

Dentist Update

I took my son to the dentist this morning. He will have to go back on Friday and have one if not both of his front teeth removed. He has an ascess in one of them. They took xrays and it looks like he has teeth in his gums to replace these. They will also have no enamel but at least they are there. I am upset that he is losing his front tooth at 4 years old but I am relieved that he has the adult teeth to replace them. Anyways that is the news from the dentist.

Saturday, February 11

Weekend Update

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Thanks for all the clipart suggestions..ie google. I found a picture I like and have uploaded it to my new site. The name of the site is silent coffee go check it out. Remember it is still a work in progress. I am hoping to start adding some links to lots of good information tomorrow.

I went to the doc today for my 2 week weigh-in and blood pressure. She did the bp first and for the first time in a long time it was in the normal range! Then onto the scale I was shocked when I saw that I lost 1.5% body fat in the last week. I also lost 6 pounds. Woohoo go me! Doing the happy dance over here at the bean house. Have a great Sunday everyone!

Midterm Project

I am taking American Sign Language this semester and for our mid term project we have three options. I thought I would make a blog about ASL and turn that in as my project. I have beeen searching and searching for some kind of image to put on the blog but have come up with nothing. So now I am asking all of you. Where do you find images? Do you have any suggestions for me? If so please leave them in comments.

Thursday, February 9

comment fun

Okay so things have been kinda heavy around here this week so I thought we would have some comment fun. You all know that little comment verify thing down at the bottom of comments. Yeah that one that drives you nuts...;)

Well I want you to turn those letters into a sentence! It can be whatever your heart desires. So here is how it goes. My letters are QPIHDS, so my sentence is...
Queen Penelope insists her daisies stink.

Have fun and thanks for all the wonderful comments!

Tuesday, February 7

Ectodermal Dysplasia

Most people say ecto... what when they here me say it. For me it was a relief and a curse the first time I heard those words. Relief because that means that what I have been dealing with all my life has a name, a curse because my son is now going to have to deal with it also. You are probably all wonder what the hell I am talking about so here is a great website that has loads of info. Sometimes I go to that site and I think to myself well it could be worse and others I say why us? My son and I are affected by an x-linked recessive genetic disorder. Our disorder affects our teeth, nails, and sweat glands. Most people would never notice that something is wrong with either of us. But let us spend more than 2 minutes with a good dentist and he is full of questions. We have NO enamel on our teeth. This makes are teeth smaller, weaker, and sensitive. My son's front teeth are extremely small and tonight I notice that one side has almost completely worn down to the gums. I feel horrible. I feel like I have cursed my child. I remember what it was like growing up and being called names. I would give anything for my son to not have to go through what I had to endure. I will take him to the dentist but at this point they are baby teeth and they really try to focus on adult teeth. Not really sure where I was going with this post but I guess if I get the word out and more people are informed maybe it will make a difference in my son's life!

Saturday, February 4

1st weigh-in

Okay today was my first weigh in. I was so nervous that I had not lost that I almost did not go. I lost 7.1 pounds in 1 week! I am so happy. My goal is 42.6 pounds so I am thinking at least 2 months if not 3. Then I will follow maintainance for several weeks and then on my own again. I am very excited and feel like I am going to succeed.

Thursday, February 2

New diet

I haven't post much in the last few days because I haven't been feeling all that great. I started this new medically managed diet and it is taking it's toll on my attitude. I started last Friday and will have my first weigh-in on Saturday. I had to cut out all sugar and all carbs for 4 days. I am now eating a few carbs in veggies but nothing like I am used to. I am a suger junkie and it almost killed me the first 3 days. I am feeling better today and with my meds I have not had any feelings of hunger or like I am starving to death. I just have super bad headaches from the lack of sugar. I think it will get better once my body adjusts or at least I hope so. I will be sure to keep you all post with my weight loss.