Monday, March 30, 2009

Yeah!!!

Ok first this was totally taken from Eonline!

Yay! Weeds is going to be back!  I have to tell you I love this show!  The writing Excellent, the acting Excellent, and the plot Excellent!  YAY!

Weeds: Who's Nancy's Baby Daddy?

Weeds, Mary-Louise Parker, Justin Kirk, Demian BichirSonja Flemming/Showtime; Monty Brinton/Showtime

Get ready for the baby-daddy drama of '09!

Weeds is finally back June 8, and executive producer and creator Jenji Kohan confirms to us that there's only a slim chance Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) is not pregnant.

So now that we know she'll have a bun in the oven (that's what slim chance means, right?), when the heck are we going to find out who the father is?

Could it be Andy (Justin Kirk)? He does have that unrequited love for his dead brother's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) widow. Or is it the most likely candidate: Mexican drug kingpin Esteban (Demi├ín Bichir)?

To get the exclusive details on the fifth season of Weeds, we turned to Jenji and Justin directly...

The million-dollar question: Who fathered Nancy's forthcoming little bambino? Jenji tells us it's not safe to assume someone other than Esteban is the father. But whether they'll go with him as the baby daddy, Jenji says, "You never know."

Could it be Andy? Justin Kirk says, "I don't think it is my baby. I asked about that. I'd like to think my semen was so powerful that even though we didn't have sex, it somehow leapt across the house. I don't really know how reproduction works, but something like that."

Sorry, Justin, that's not how it works. But you could just raise Esteban's child for him. "Wouldn't it be a kick in the ass if I'm going to be stepdad to Esteban's baby?" asks Justin. Yes, it would, especially since you're harboring feelings for your dead brother's widow. "I do believe that the story of Andy's burgeoning feelings for Nancy will be explored in some way or another," adds Justin.

Do you want to see Nancy and Andy together, or is that just creepy? Or would you want Nancy to be a female kingpin alongside Esteban? The comments section is yours for the taking.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A lesson learned

As most know a few years ago my dad had endured a head trauma. He has recovered and a lesson was learned regarding head injuries by our family. Perhaps that his why Natasha Richardsons recent death due to a head injury was not as shocking to us as it was to other people. While her death is very sad and my heart goes out her her husband, sons, and to her family it also seems to be an event that has at least saved one life. I just read a news article that I will post below. I felt that was important enough to share with everyone who might read or stumble on this blog. As a mom of young kids this story touched me as did Mrs. Richardson's death. Head traumas are, from what we were told, hard to diagnosis. Days can go buy before symptoms show up. It is a scary thing to see. The story has a nice ending but also a reminder to all that we need to be more aware.

By Elizabeth Cohen CNN Senior Medical Correspondent



(CNN) -- Connie and Donald McCracken were watching CNN one evening last week when they learned of the tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson from a head injury. Immediately, their minds turned to their 7-year-old daughter, Morgan, who was upstairs getting ready for bed.

An injured Morgan McCracken has benefited from awareness after Natasha Richardson's death.

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Two days earlier, Morgan, her father, and brother had been playing baseball in the yard of their Mentor, Ohio, home when her father hit a line drive that landed just above Morgan's left temple. A lump formed, but the McCrackens iced it down and the swelling subsided within an hour.
"For the next two days, she was perfectly fine," Donald McCracken says. "She had no symptoms. She went to school both days and got an A on her spelling test as usual. There were no issues whatsoever."
But after hearing about Richardson's death, the McCrackens wondered if Morgan was really as OK as she seemed. After all, Richardson had been talking and lucid immediately after her fatal injury.
When they went upstairs to kiss Morgan good night, she complained of a headache. "Because of Natasha, we called the pediatrician immediately. And by the time I got off the phone with him, Morgan was sobbing, her head hurt so much," McCracken says.
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The McCrackens took Morgan to the emergency room at LakeWest Hospital in neighboring Willoughby, where doctors ordered a CT scan and immediately put Morgan on a helicopter to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, with her father by her side.
"I knew it was bad when she had to get there by helicopter in six minutes, instead of the 30 minutes it would have taken to get to Cleveland in an ambulance," McCracken said.
When the helicopter arrived at Rainbow, the McCrackens were greeted by Dr. Alan Cohen, the hospital's chief of pediatric neurosurgery. He whisked Morgan into the operating room, pausing for a moment to tell McCracken that his daughter had the same injury as Richardson: an epidural hematoma.
McCracken remembers standing in the emergency room, feeling like the life had just been sucked out of him. "My heart sank," he says. "It just sank."
Unlike Richardson's, Morgan's story has a happy ending. After surgery and five days in the hospital, she's at home and doing fine. "Dr. Cohen told us that if we hadn't brought her in Thursday night, she never would have woken up," McCracken says.
Now the McCrackens sometimes wonder if they waited too long to get Morgan to a doctor. After hearing about Richardson's death, many people are asking themselves the same question: Do all head injuries need attention, even ones that seem minor?
"Sometimes there's a gray zone, and there's no right answer," Cohen says. Watch for tips on when to go to the ER »
In most cases, it's pretty clear when someone needs medical attention after a head injury, says Greg Ayotte, a spokesperson for the Brain Injury Association of America and a cognitive rehabilitation therapist. "They're confused, they're agitated, or they might be dizzy or unresponsive," he says.
But then there's what doctors call the "talk and die" scenario, where someone seems fine, only to die hours, or sometimes even days later.
"Talk and die" can happen with several different kinds of brain injuries. In the case of epidural hematomas, the injury Richardson and Morgan had, blood pools in the area between the lining of the brain and the skull. "Fluid is building up in a contained space, creating pressure. Something's got to give, and that something is the brain," Ayotte says. If you don't get to the hospital to have surgery to drain the fluid, "the deterioration can happen very quickly."
Here, from Ayotte and other experts, is a list of what to do after someone has suffered a head injury.
1. Be vigilant
Keep an eye on someone who has hit his head, even if the person never lost consciousness. "A lot of folks are still under the assumption that as long as you're not knocked out, you're OK, and that's not true," Ayotte says.
2. Look for dizziness, vomiting, headache and confusion
If the injured person has these signs, take him or her to an emergency room, says Dr. Jam Ghajar, clinical professor of neurological surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, and president of the Brain Trauma Foundation.
3. Look for changes in symptoms and behavior
Any sudden change, such as Morgan's headache going from mild to severe in minutes, means the person needs medical attention. For example, Ghajar says, if a person gets suddenly sleepy in the first 12 hours after a hit, it may mean the parts of the brain responsible for staying awake are experiencing pressure from a bleed.
4. Be especially wary if someone a) has been drinking alcohol, b) is on blood thinners, c) is elderly or d) is a young athlete
It's tough to distinguish brain-injured behavior from drunken behavior, so when in doubt, take the person to the hospital, Ghajar says. Also, blood thinners can turn a mild bleed into a major bleed, so be especially vigilant if the injured person is taking blood thinners such as warfarin.
He also warns people to be extra vigilant when an elderly person hits his or her head. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information on traumatic brain injury and senior citizens. The CDC also has information on concussions in young athletes.
5. Go to a certified trauma center if you can
The American College of Surgeons has a list of certified trauma facilities; a hospital that's not a trauma center may not have a neurosurgeon on call. You can also look on this map from the American Trauma Society. Find your state, select trauma centers, update the map, and you can find information about trauma centers in your area.
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The McCrackens say they look back and still can't believe Morgan suffered such a severe injury and didn't show any signs for 48 hours. "She didn't black out, her speech wasn't slurred, she wasn't dizzy, she wasn't any of the things you'd expect," McCracken says. "And you don't want to be one of those panicky parents who takes their child to the emergency room all the time."
Cohen's advice after a head injury: When in doubt, go. "It's always better to err on the side of being conservative," he says.
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CNN Medical Producer Sabriya Rice contributed to this report.

Friday, March 20, 2009

So relaxing...

Due to having a never ending cold it has been a while since I got to go to the gym:( Yesterday I felt better than I had in almost 3 weeks so I took advantage and the girls and I went in the afternoon. I decided to swim thinking it wouldn't aggravate my chest too bad and it would be fun and it was!  Ava was in her kick boxing class and the girls in the day care and for the first time is a long time I got to swim without a care! At least until the pool got so crowded that I decided to give in and go to the Sauna.  What a way to relax!  This was the first time I took advantage of the Sauna and I am so glad I did.  It was great, I only wish I had taken more time to enjoy it!  Next time I will.  After I showered, again another true luxury since I didn't have any girls coming in or banging on the door to come in or having to hurry before they woke up.lol  Finally I got the girls and picked Shane up and came home to homemade chicken soup in the crock pot.  I thought this is it!  I felt so much better, almost cured of this illness.  Shane and I both went to bed by 10:00 and I figured we would get a great night of rest.  And he did!lol  I woke at 12:00am to realize I had a freaking earache! Thankfully I had some drops and so far they are helping but WTH?!!!   Still it was a great relaxing day at the gym just not a great thing for my ear.l

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Shane

Took some Muccinex ES this evening and am waiting for them to kick in so I can try to get some sleep and felt the urgent need to post.  I just don't have much to write about so I thought I would dedicate this post to Mr. Shane Rowe.  I'm sure he'll love that.lol  Shane turns the big 33 tomorrow! Yeah!  Now for the next 6 month he will make several references to being older than me and how he remembers life at "my age"lol.  He can keep his whole 6 months though I'm not in any hurry for my birthday to get here.  Not that I mind getting older I just am fine being 32.  When Shane turned 20 I helped him celebrate his birthday with Mildred and Lori Vasquez.  I had no idea of what to get him so I got him boxers and I remember being so embarrassed by it.lol  But Mildred of all people convinced me to do it.  I look at that picture now and we were so so young looking it in.lol  I remember the b-day when he turned 21 and I took him to Los Cuates and he ordered his first "legal" beer.  The waitress was like OK and Shane pulled his license out anyway to show her he was 21.lol  After that like most birthdays they all seem to blend together or at least they are right now due to foggy head.  So this will be the 13 birthday we'll share together.  Time does fly by now it seems.  In years past I always tried to make his birthday "special" by having a party for him or at least inviting people over and making a big to do but it only took me years to realize that just isn't Shane or what he would want.  So tomorrow I have a Corned Beef Brisket to cook which I know will not be as good as his (Amazing is his) and some cabbage and a nice German chocolate cake.  Then we'll play his game and maybe Oregon Trail which he just downloaded to his IPOD. (Nova was a character tonight and almost died several times.lol) A simple uneventful night but one that is going to be great for him. I hope!  So happy Birthday to Shane!

Friday, March 6, 2009

What a spaz I am

First before anyone thinks it I am NOT pregnant. That being said I can't stop crying like a baby. I don't know why my hormones are all out of whack but lately I am tearing up at the slightest thing. A few days ago Shane put the PS3 to view our photos and as I watched the photos of Ava, Kennedy, and Nova show they grow up I couldn't control the tears. Shane finally stopped it because I was so sad. It comes and goes but today was really embarrassing. Parent/teacher conferences were scheduled earlier this week but Nova was pretty sick so I had to reschedule for today. I had talked a few times with Mrs. Phillips, Ava's teacher, and she told me that I shouldn't worry she only had good thing to report and so I figured I would go and hear that Ava was doing ok/well and that would be it. Ava, as it turns out, did exceptionally well this last quarter in all areas. However her math with from proficient to advanced as Mrs. Phillips told me this I felt them come one. Stupid me can't even listen to another adult without bawling. I was able to keep them in check but I had to fight to do it. Luckily Ava came up and they had a little conversation and it gave me a moment to get it together. Later I called Shane to inform him of the news and once again it happens! WTH is what I wondered but then I thought more about it. I think it has to do with the fact that it was about 2nd grade that I began to have my math fears. So to see Ava do well with it is such a relief. Also last week Ava and I had a horrible night of me explaining fractions to her and her not understanding what I explained, or least I thought. Turns out it sank it and she did so well she got put on the board for praise! I think I deserved that check but whatever!lol So I know these tears were happy tears but still I hate looking like a spaz in front of a teacher!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Being Dinosaurs!