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welcome home 'e'

welcome home 'e'

My house is so clean… it’s so awesome!
I spent my morning actually putting stuff away! I am totally a ‘stasher’… I mean, I don’t like messes, but I am also not very “organized”, so usually if I am cleaning up, I am just re allocating stuff to places out-of-sight, but not necessarily put away. I broke down this morning and got it done. I did the one-room-at-a-time method. Usually, I have that syndrome of starting somewhere, and getting distracted but something in the next room and then the next. Never really  completing something. Today I was the ultimate in disciplined! I carried a laundry basket w/ me and gathered stuff that needed to be moved, and put away. Then my cleaning lady came, and cleaned! And guess what, I even let her into my scrapbook room! This is a huge step for me! usually it’s so bad in here, that I don’t have her come in at all, it’s just too far gone! LOL. But I was able to straighten it up to the point that it could be totally dusted! Gasp. I think it’s been A LONG TIME since actual dusting took place. I think that it made my cleaning lady so happy to get a crack at it! I  got super ambitious and even washed my sheets. I guess MONDAY really got to me! to top it all off, I decided to go to the grocery store. a clean house WITH food? Maybe you are wondering, what is the occasion!? (my kids were!)
Well, eric has been in Australia for 17 days.  And he comes home in just a few hours. He and my brother-in-law Clark went ‘down under’ for a dive trip that they have had planned for months.  They booked to go with Mike Ball diving excursions on a live-aboard for 4 days along the Great Barrier Reef.  On the 3rd day of the trip, eric was having some trouble equalizing, and I suspect that may be when he ruptured his inner ear!
The inner ear is the part that is responsible for our balance! About that time, he was very dizzy, and spent the remaining 36 hours of the rather rough ride in, barfing and spinning! Once they got on shore, they saw a Dr. that recommended surgery… but that would require a 3 week recovery before he could fly home (yikes). He opted to wait the weekend and see how things went. He had to be laying flat on his back to not be spinning and was finally able to start keeping a little food and liquids down. Holy cow- I was totally stressing the 3 week delay in his return, but I felt so bad for him, cause I could tell he was in bad shape.  He and Clark were planning on flying to Brisbane, to finish up their trip, but since eric couldn’t fly, nor could he sit up, they opted for the 30-HOUR train ride that they were able to book a sleeper car.   Once in Brisbane, they met with another ear dr. and he put ‘grommets’ (I think tubes) in his ears… and told him he could come home in a week. By this time, he was feeling muchas better and  LUCKILY was able to stay with the STUCK family in Brisbane… Chanel had just been here visiting, and it was such a twist of fate that eric wound up being able to camp out with them for the extra-unexpected week.   I am so thankful to them, for taking good care of eric, (and clark)… for all their generosity and Chanel’s good cooking (thanks for making me look bad!)
It’s amazing how helpless you feel from across the world!, and even more amazing how the internet makes the world so small!  I am so thankful to be getting eric back! We have missed him SO much! I can’t believe how much I depend on him for physical and mental support! (I HATE taking the garbage out, and forgot twice… UGH).  The kids kept saying ‘if dad were here, we’d be wrestling right now!’… I think it’s going to be WWF here tonight when he finally gets home!  So thankful that it wasn’t worse, and for all those who helped me out in his absence!

  • Shealynn

    7 May, 2007 at 5:24 pm Reply

    Wow! Sounds pretty incredible!!! Wish I could scuba dive at the GREAT BARRIER REEF!!! Woo Hoo for Eric!! 🙂 I bet you are going to be SO glad to have him home again! 17 days is a LONG time! 🙂

  • Kate

    7 May, 2007 at 5:40 pm Reply

    Glad to hear that it all worked out. I bet you and the kids are going to be really glad to see him! Enjoy!

  • nancy in ks

    7 May, 2007 at 5:44 pm Reply

    There is NEVER a dull moment at the swapps’. very sorry to hear about the ear situation…prayers for complete recovery. He will have to try that trip again.

  • kim Loewen

    7 May, 2007 at 5:45 pm Reply

    So sad about your hubby! Glad to hear he’s okay and coming home! It will be so nice to have him back I’m sure. And he’ll probably really enjoy the clean and organized house! hehe!

  • Melanie LaVergne

    7 May, 2007 at 5:49 pm Reply

    Sounds like quite the adventure for your hubby. Glad to hear he’ll be back safe & sound in AZ soon.
    Your organizational/cleaning approach sounds so much like me it’s scary. I do exactly the same thing. Start a hundred different places and hardly finish one. I spent the day doing banking, (hate it with a passion – can’t wait till we hire a bookkeeper!). I can relate.
    Now I will take a break and work on my Mother’s Day magnet boards for my mom & MIL.
    Thanks for sharing,

  • chanel

    7 May, 2007 at 5:50 pm Reply

    It was a pleasure … and actually SO MUCH FUN! i am sad they are gone ….

  • Wendy H

    7 May, 2007 at 7:34 pm Reply

    I’m so glad your hubby is coming home tonight!
    I saw you on QVC and you did a great job and you look so darn cute pregnant! Your products are so cute! I have a HEIDI SWAPP drawer! We were at the zoo Saturday, so I couldn’t scrap or watch it – thank goodness for our DVR (like Tivo).
    Anywho, good for you on letting your cleaning lady in your scrap room, I’m sure it will still be a LONG while before I will let mine in my scrap room!!!

  • Kates

    7 May, 2007 at 7:37 pm Reply

    So glad Eric made it home… life is definatly better with the other half around! Grateful you made it with your sanity somewhat in check! lots of love!

  • Lori

    7 May, 2007 at 8:11 pm Reply

    Sounds like my life…single parenthood can be hard; my husband is a USMC Marine and deploys quite frequently.
    Hope his ear is better!

  • diane mcvey

    7 May, 2007 at 9:48 pm Reply

    Oh, what a bum thing to happen to Eric on his trip! So sorry! But I’m very happy that he’s home with you now, and that you and the kids have “Daddy” back!!! I’m sure they were ECSTATIC!!! (and you too) We don’t get QVC here in “nowhere nebraska”, but I know you did a great job! Three cheers for having your hubby home!!!

  • Shannon Lowe

    7 May, 2007 at 10:20 pm Reply

    Sheesh! Who would have ever known? You are the queen of cool!
    So glad Eric was able to come home to you. Enjoy your clean house and your husband!

  • katie in NZ

    8 May, 2007 at 4:27 am Reply

    I hope Eric is recovered fully soon! The Barrier reef is gorgeous, lucky he got 3 days to enjoy it first! How great for you to have him home, my husband travels abroad a lot for work and I know just how that void feels while they are gone, especially when they get sick and you can’t help! Your blog is such an inspiration to me. Enjoy your beautiful family. x

  • Kris with a K

    8 May, 2007 at 5:00 am Reply

    I can totally relate to what happened to you! A few years ago, when my (now 15,13 and 11yo) kids were younger, my hubby Joe went to Germany for work. Although this all ended up cutting his trip much shorter, it was scary: he woke up one morning, drank some coffee and burned half of his tongue. just half. he then realized that the left side of his face was numb, and he couldn’t speak well. he thought he’d had a stroke (at about age 41). he went to a German dr, who suggested “infusions,” due to a language issue. joe decided instead to fly home asap. i picked him up at the airport, scared out of my mind, and with a broken bone in my foot. we went straight to the ER, him talking out of one side of his droopy face and me limping…quite a pair! long story short, they did the testing needed, including ekg and mri, and found that he had a case of SHINGLES of all things, that settled in his inner ear and had grabbed a hold of his facial nerve! he recovered just fine.
    i myself once had an ear infection settle in my inner ear, and it knocked the ‘rocks’ that are in there to tell your body where you are in space (tilted, etc) and keep you balanced all out of place. it took months and some lasix water pills to get the infection drained out. i felt like i was in the villains’ hideouts on the old Batman series!
    good health wishes, and enjoy that ultra clean house!!

  • Lydell Quin

    8 May, 2007 at 5:15 am Reply

    I know how you feel being home without the emotional support….. While your husband has been here in Australia, my hubby has been in America. He gets home from a three week stint tomorrow morning, and are we looking forward to it! Glad Eric got home safely, and I hope he heals well.

  • Angie Nichalson

    8 May, 2007 at 5:40 am Reply

    Hi Heidi. Glad Eric will be home safe and sound for you and your family. I ALSO do what you did with the laundry basket. I get tired of things not in their places, so I gather all things in a basket and then put them where they belong (or stash them as well.) CLUTTER drives me nuts but I can’t seem to get away from it with little ones. Angie

  • granmakas

    8 May, 2007 at 6:25 am Reply

    SOOOO glad Eric is back on the North American continent safe and sound…. we have missed him too and have been so worried; we just weren’t sure who to be the most worried about — him, down under or you, at home! I hope Capri remembers him!

  • Jamie ~ Alabama

    8 May, 2007 at 7:12 am Reply

    Wow! That sounds like quite an ordeal.
    Glad to hear that your family will be all in 1 spot again this week.
    Think you might be nesting? I get really bad when I am pregnant. 🙂

  • Alannah Jurgensmeyer

    8 May, 2007 at 8:50 am Reply

    Poor Eric! What a sucky thing to happen and while on the best dive trip of a lifetime!! I imagine he was really disappointed besides being in agony over the ear injury. Hope he got to see some cool sharks before the ear happened. And the 30 hr train trip….what an ordeal! I bet he was as glad to be back on home soil as you were to have him here 🙂

  • MargieH

    8 May, 2007 at 9:56 am Reply

    Kris w/ a K! My DH is experiencing this now…first, Bell’s Palsy (he had a minor concussion) and then it became Ramsay Hunt’s Syndrome. We are in the middle of treatment. Yesterday, he had dizziness and the ETN specialist prescribed Meclizine to stablize the dizziness caused by the inner ear…obviously I am no doctor but it worked for him. Today, he’s sitting up & happier :0)
    On another note…Heidi, I met your cousin (Kristy) in Chicago during the Christmas holidays. I believe she was visiting relatives (her mom?). I was working for an LSS in Naperville and she came in with her mom. We had a nice chat. Haven’t kept up with the result of the vote but hope she’s doing well!
    MargieH in Chicago

  • Suzie

    8 May, 2007 at 11:13 am Reply

    Wow. What a big accomplishment to have your cleaning lady into your scraproom. You must feel so proud.

  • Amy

    8 May, 2007 at 2:07 pm Reply

    Entire family home; no dust; full pantry – Life is good.

  • Katie

    8 May, 2007 at 7:04 pm Reply

    Count your blessings! At least your husband is not deployed to Iraq for 6 months.

  • LenaS

    10 May, 2007 at 2:19 pm Reply

    Glad your other half is OK. Maybe the ear thing was to keep him out of the water AWAY from sharks?…I believe things happen 4 a reason. I’m with U on the garbage thing–I’ve been doing it for 3 yrs now and I hate it when I forget!
    Happy Family Reunion!

  • Lyn Dwyer

    11 May, 2007 at 4:55 am Reply

    So glad Eric is back safely….nothing worse than being ill on holidays across the other side of the world.
    My hubby and I are going on a CARGO SHIP that leaves from CAIRNS to the top of AUSTRALIA in late September…..can’t wait to see the Great Barrier REEF…….even though we live in Australia we have never been to the top Eastern side.

  • Jolene George

    11 May, 2007 at 10:12 am Reply

    A really clean house WITH food is the BEST! Nothing makes me happier than that.
    I’m so glad Eric is home. I can’t imagine how aweful this must have been for him…as well as you at home worrying about him. http://jolenegeorge.blogspot.com/

  • Caroline

    13 May, 2007 at 7:24 am Reply

    Happy Mothers Day Heidi!!!!!

  • Shirley

    13 May, 2007 at 3:21 pm Reply

    I sure hope Eric is feeling better and that the “grommets” are working. What a sad thing to happen on a vacation!!

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