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2010 Year in Review

December 31st, 2010

2010 was a pretty good year although I didn’t blog much. Some of the highlights with a few low points as well:

The first part of the year was slow going, the highlight being seeing the Windy City Rollers in January.

I got a new computer in March.

We hatched mantids in April.

During this time there was a huge transition at work in my department specifically which was scary at first but ended up being a really good thing.

Oreo passed away and we visited Ohio and Kentucky in May.

In June we saw Aziz Ansari live and Miss Toad came to live with us.

Nutterbutter died in July.

Nothing worthwhile happened in August. Or at least anything worth writing about.

In September we visited a new area of Wisconsin.

We had a lot of fun doing Fall activities in October.

November and December were filled with family and holidays which is always fun and I got my Kindle which I love love love!

In all, a pretty good year, although it was marred a bit today by a trip to the emergency room. Remember that attack I had on Valentine’s weekend? Well last night at 11 pm I woke up with one again but this one lasted all night alternating in intensity and I didn’t get a wink of sleep. It showed no signs of going away so finally around 7 am I asked Joe to drive me to an urgent care center but they were all closed (apparently illness DOES take a holiday), so we went to the hospital, the same one all my doctors work in and I’ve had all my procedures in. I love the people at this place! Everyone is so nice and caring and this morning was no exception. They hooked me up to an IV and heart monitor, then did an EKG, took blood and urine, and did a chest x-ray. They also gave me a shot of Ativan to calm me.

We were there about three hours while we waited for all the test results. The ER doctor felt my heart was perfectly fine (same thing I was told earlier in the year by a cardiologist) and that I had suffered from a panic attack. He gave me a low dose prescription for Xanax which I plan to only take at night since that’s the only time I ever have these attacks. I just wish I knew for sure what was causing them. I think it’s a perfect storm of food and stress because last night I ate onions and drank a can of Coke Zero (onions and caffeine were present the last time I had an attack), plus Joe’s kids said some hurtful things to him in relation to my family so I had that on my mind too. I really wish I could just not care about some things but how do you do that? You try to be a good person who thinks of others but that doesn’t necessarily make the other people in your life return the sentiment. Kids think divorce messes them up, and I will never argue that point, but it’s hell on the adults too, particularly when you’re a step-parent who has to keep their mouth shut regarding a lot of things that go on.

So anyway, I’ve gotten just a few hours of sleep since yesterday morning and I’m wondering if I’m going to make it to midnight. Joe is already asleep on the couch. How old are we?

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and that 2011 is just as great, or better, than 2010!

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