The kids and I didn't get to do the fun run this morning.
Eli has been sick this week. He's had a bit of a cough, and it was bad enough that I kept him home from school on Wednesday. He seemed to be doing much better Thursday and Friday, so I figured everything was fine.
But he gave me the biggest scare of my life this morning (it probably wasn't even related to the cough, though).
He was in the bathroom, and said he needed some help wiping. So I went in there and helped, then when I was washing my hands, he said, "My brain feels weird. I feel really dizzy." I didn't think much of it, because I get dizzy quite often, especially right when I stand up, and it goes away in a second or two. Then I was helping him get his pants back on, and he said, "My brain feels really really weird" and he seemed to be off-balance.
Then I started getting concerned. I tried to get him to walk into the hallway, and he was able to move, but he was really limp. I asked him if he was okay, and his face went completely white--his lips and everything were paler than I've ever seen them. He wouldn't answer me, and he was just staring off into space, like he wasn't hearing me or anything. (All of this happened within a couple of seconds).
As he stood, he seemed really unsteady, and I thought for sure he was going to faint. I panicked, and picked him up, ran into the living room, and sat him on the chair; then I yelled, "Jerry, get out here now!" (he was sleeping), and he must have sensed the panic in my voice, because he was up in a flash. I grabbed the phone to call 911, but then Eli started talking again.
Within a couple of minutes, he was 100% back to normal. And for the rest of the day, he's been fine. Since the immediate threat was over, I didn't see any use taking him to the ER. Jerry thinks that maybe he just sat on the toilet too long, and when he stood up, he got a head-rush. I was worried that it was an "absence seizure", which isn't very uncommon, especially in kids. I know a couple of people whose kids have had them before.
I am going to take him in to see his pediatrician on Monday, just in case, but he seems like he's totally fine now. It was the strangest thing. (Like mother, like son, I guess! He seemed to be feeling the same as I did before I fainted, and it was just a one-time freak accident). But of course, I still worry.
So we obviously didn't go to the fun run, because we were actually getting ready to leave when the whole thing happened. I told the kids we would find another one soon and they can do it another day. Eli asked if he could still have his medal, so I gave it to him ;)
This afternoon, I got a phone call from my Weight Watchers leader. I had e-mailed her about my goal weight situation, and she gave me a call, which was nice of her. I explained everything to her--my weight loss, that I joined WW Online for the last 20 pounds, and that I want to become a Lifetime Member by losing the last 5 pounds.
She was super nice and didn't make me feel judged at all. She's the leader of the At-Work meeting where Jerry works, but she also does meetings at a WW center on Thursdays and Fridays. I decided to go to her meeting on Thursday mornings--it fits in great with my schedule (the boys will be at school), and since she knows my story, I won't feel quite so awkward being there in order to drop 5 pounds.
Since this Thursday is Thanksgiving, I think I will go on Wednesday instead. But she made me feel much better about going (I was a nervous wreck); so hopefully all will go well. I'm sure it will, but stuff like this causes me so much anxiety!
For dinner, I made one of my fall/winter favorites: cabbage casserole. Everyone always complains about the smell of cabbage cooking, but I happen to love it! I even loved cabbage when I was a kid--especially cabbage casserole.
I did a very short interview on SparkPeople radio recently, if you'd like to listen. You can find SparkPeople radio on iTunes or on their website. The whole segment is about seven minutes. I don't know how to link directly to my segment, but the title starts with Katie... so it shouldn't be hard to find ;)
I had no idea that SparkPeople radio even existed! I'm going to add them all to my iPod so that I can catch up on them. It hasn't been around long. It took me a couple of minutes to figure this out, but there are "full episodes" and then segments--and they are listed separately. So you could listen to the entire thing if you wanted, or you could just listen to short segments at a time (my interview is in episode 4).