half heard in the stillness-- between two waves of the sea.

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Freedom!

I am afraid to say this, but I think I’m better. My intestines still feel sore and kind of not right, but my poop is normal. NORMAL. I’m still beyond terrified that it won’t last, that this a fluke and not a cure, or that it will come back. Could I really be free of a billion of my closest microscopic friends after all this time? Could I really have a future of emergency-poop-free life awaiting me now? I can scarcely...

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Christmas Day Photos!

Walking in the living room to see that Santa had arrived… It may look like he didn’t bring much, but Rosie and Ada got iPad minis from us. Small in size, big in dollars. Dimple! Rosie specifically requested a black newborn doll from Santa Claus. I took everything out of the packages and put it into storage tubs before wrapping it so that I wouldn’t have to fool with ripping stuff out of packages on Christmas morning. The clean up was...

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Christmas Eve Photos.

Here are some of the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day pictures! First our traditional Christmas Eve at my in-laws. I took some pictures before dying of giardia upstairs. Tyler took the later ones. I’ve trained him how to use my camera in manual mode pretty well. Attempts at group pictures…fail. Baby hat hair! This was one of the pictures I took, but I don’t remember it. Random levitation, that’s talent. “IT’S ALMOST TIME TO OPEN THE PRESENTS!” Too excited. Too excited....

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Gingerbread House Decorating!

I never got a chance to post pictures of the kids decorating their gingerbread house a week or so ago. That’s Ada’s special stuffed animal, Birdy. Henry’s hair constantly looks like this in the back. When you get it wet it curls, but it never stays even with gel. I took three pictures in a row, and I realized later in one picture Ada is licking the gingerbread house! This was before he learned to break out of baby jail. It...

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Tinidazole, Day 2.

Tinidazole is nasty. What is in that medication?! The bitter taste in my mouth was horrible yesterday. It was making me feel really nauseated last night, just because there was no escape from the taste. Even breathing made me taste it. Ew, ew, ew! It’s lessened today, but still there somewhat. Today it’s at least more manageable. Yesterday I couldn’t even eat because all I tasted was bitter metallic grossness. Right at the 24 hour mark Henry started nursing again. Thank...

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The Verdict.

Yesterday was my doctor appointment. This new doctor is an internist, but he does general practice medicine. I chose him particularly hoping he would be thorough since he isn’t just a regular old general practitioner. My mother in law was going to watch the kids for me during the appointment, but she was sick. That meant I had to take the kids with me. So fun, that was. The girls were ok, but Henry was…not. He just wanted to run everywhere...

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I’m certain now.

Ok, one more entry with microscopic poop pictures ahead. Run for the hills if you don’t think this is super fascinating. (And also a bit horrifying that these creatures are INSIDE OF ME.) Check this out. Here is a picture of giardia under a low power microscope, snagged the picture from Google images. The giardia are tear drop shaped. Here, in the white circle, is a picture from my own dear intestines. (Full size) There’s no mistaking that, is there? I...

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Took a Peek.

Today Rosie has the cold, and Henry is grumpy, Ada is grumpy, and I can’t stop pooping. Fun times! I made a doctor appointment for 10:15 Monday morning. I can’t wait to talk to him. Unfortunately I still have to poop my way through the weekend before we get to Monday. Ugh. I was laying in bed with Henry when I had a sudden thought. What if I looked at my own poop under the microscope? At first I thought it...

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Beaver Fever.

I have been felled by The Cold. Fortunately it’s not horrible, just annoying. I’m crediting the use of the essential oils for that. I’m extra tired and kind of congested, but it’s not like some colds I’ve had in the past where I’m drowning in mucus. May it pass soon without secondary infection! Warning! Below I will talk about my severely handicapped intestines with mention of poopy things. If you don’t want to know about my poop, don’t keep reading. And don’t say I...