Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sick House....

I am still waiting for the feeling of peace and tranquillity I was expecting to come from the move from California to Arkansas. I am sure it is there, lurking somewhere, but at the moment we just seem to be bouncing between one yucky thing and another - namely the flu virus that is sweeping its way across the whole of the US.

I should have known it was going to strike us. I went to see the new doctor here (Dr. Janelle Potts), lovely lady, and she offered me the flu jab. I politely declined saying everyone I knew who had the jab, got the flu anyway, and so far, despite being offered it every year we had escaped the flu without it! That was the kiss of death right there, at that moment. As soon as the words left my lips, we were doomed!

So far there is only young H who has escaped. He must have the most amazing immune system to have remained unscathed while myself, S and G have all been suffering, but unscathed he is! G has had it the worst - He has now had 10 days off from school and is on a mixture of Tamiflu, Amoxycillin, Decongestants and Acetaminophen. Thankfully his school, got together some work which I collected for him, so the the effect on his studies has been minimalised. Unlike in the UK though, we had to get a note from the doctor to confirm that he is actually ill and not just skivving. The lady I spoke to at the school has been dealing with a lot of parents of sick kids these last few weeks, but she was really surprised that it has gotten such a grip on George. Even the doctor was surprised by the grip it has on him. Hopefully though the current concoction of drugs will have enough of an effect to make him able to go back to school on Tuesday. I am just grateful that Monday is a holiday from school since it is Presidents Day, because it means we have an extra day to work on getting him  back to full health. On the plus side, G and I being ill together has meant that I have been the recipient of lots of hugs from him - something that at nearly 15 he had decided he was beyond! As his Mum, getting a hug from him is a wonderful thing and is almost worth being sick for. He has reached that stage now where is he taller than me and thinks it is uncool to hug his Mum - hopefully his hugginess will remain after the illness has passed.

Other than being ill, I think life is pretty good here in Arkansas. It appears that Rogers, the town we live outside off is actually number 10 in the top 100 places to live in the US, which is kind of cool. Of course it is all as a result of Walmart. The retail giant choosing to have its Global HQ in Bentonville (the town next to Rogers) has meant that many of it's suppliers have also set their HQ's in the area, and this has resulted in a very Cosmopolitan community - or at least that's what the press says. There is still so much of the town and the area that we have not yet discovered, and we are looking forward to all being well so we can actually get out there and see what the area has to offer besides the stunning scenery.

S and I have joined our local Fire Dept. The town has it's own main Rogers Fire Dept, but out here on the lake the vastness of the area is broken down into smaller areas each with it's own Volunteer Fire Dept. As one of our neighbours is the Chief of the local Dept, and as it would seem our road is affectionately call Fire Fighter Road, because most of it's residents are members of the Volunteer Fire Dept, we thought it would be a good thing to join as well, so we are now the Dept's latest recruits. Volunteering meant that we had to complete a load of paperwork and get background checks done, but we got the letters through from Homeland Security last week to say that we had both been accepted. NOw the real training begins, and has actually begun in earnest. Last week, along with all the other members of the Dept, we took the FEMA, IS100 course and test, which is a Federal requirement for all Fire Fighters. Now we are working towards the FEMA, IS700 which will give us the required NIMS qualification as well. I think after that all of our training will be more hands on. There is a course we need to attend on 'Wildfires' and the other week we attended a course on 'Wilderness First Aid' which was basic but informative. Apparently training takes 12 months to complete, after which we will actually be as qualified as a paid Fire Fighter, just without the pay! We think it is a worthwhile thing to do in the community, although I am hoping for less rather than more call outs, once we are far enough advanced through training to be given the all important radio and bleeper! Last year our little Dept received 92 call outs of their own and were asked to assist other local Depts on several more, so obviously life as a Fire Fighter is never dull..

Finally for this post, I would like to bring a friend and ex-work colleague to your attention. My friend Vicky has decided to start writing a blog, and we all know how hard ti is to get any sort of following when you start these things. She is such a lovely young lady, so I wanted to try and give her a boost by mentioning her in this post. It is also a thank you because her asking me questions about blogging, made me realise just how long it has been since I posted anything myself, and I really want to share this new part of my adventure with all my readers. Anyway, Vicky is blogging about life and fashion and all that kind of stuff, she is recently married, so I am sure we will hear all about the trials and tribulations of being a young married couple in the UK. She also is a nursery nurse so we may get some useful posts on the development of young children - as I said Vicky is an ex-colleague, so I know she knows her stuff and will be thrilled if anyone had any questions for her. Like me she is also an avid photographer and does some great work. She tells me she is planing to show off some of her work in forthcoming posts, so I for one and going to look out for that.

Please take few minutes to visit her at:

That's all for now - off to take some more decongestants
Have a great Day!

PS. A few photos taken the weekend before we all got sick

One man and his dog - S and Lola

Sick me! Never

G enjoying some fishing before he got struck down with the flu

Even I had to give the kayak a go - Can't be outdone by the kids


  1. Lovely to see you after so long Lou but such a shame to hear you are all feeling so poorly. I hope you feell better very soon. The fire fighting sounds very exciting and a great thing to get involved in. Popping over to vist your friend. xx

  2. Hi I'm Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)


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