Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I received the archived invoices, and after reviewing all the payments on them, the amount that you show of $17.18 is correct. I am having the Apria account adjusted down to that amount, and I turned in an urgent request to remove the balance that went to collections. Any payments that have applied to the account at CBCS will be refunded to you per my request, and you should receive an apology letter from CBCS in 2-3 weeks stating that she was sent to collections in error and has been removed.
I apologize that it took this long to get this issue resolved, and please let me know if you feel there is anything else that needs to be addressed on the account, or if you do not receive the letter or refund from CBCS. Have a good day!
The doctor took a look at her and mentioned her nystagmus (this is where you eyes sort of shake from left to right involuntarily) and that she's finding her "null point." I had sort of noticed her eyes shaking. It's not really obvious but if you look close you can see it. I tried to convince myself it wasn't there. According to him, Chloe can turn her head until she finds her null point - the point at which her eyes stop shaking. He also said that Chloe has had so many problems with her eyes that there are any number of reasons for her nystagmus. He warned me against worrying over internet research (that he assumes I'll do). I left his office without a feeling of comfort.
Then Chloe's Vision Therapist, Linda, came over for a visit on Thursday. She feels like Chloe's not moving around quite as steadily as she was a few weeks ago and that she's not using her eyes together quite as well. I would have to agree. Again, pointing things out to me that I know but don't want to admit to myself. I expressed my worry over the doctor's diagnosis. What if he's wrong? I mean, he only looks at her for a few minutes... She asked if I'd considered getting a second opinion. I don't know why but I'm having such a hard time with that. Can anyone tell me why I find this so difficult?
We have an appointment in about two weeks. The vision therapist has kindly agreed to join us for the appointment. She's so much more well-versed in the language of vision than I. I'm really glad she's going. Also ,the doctor is usually pretty fast and I always feel like I'm sitting on his shoe and hanging onto his leg asking questions as he's leaving. Linda won't hang onto him like that. She'll look at him and smile. And her smile will say, "You might as well sit down doctor. You ain't goin' nowhere an'time soon."
Until then, let the worrying continue...
Update: I think I just figured out why getting a 2nd opinion makes my stomach feel queasy. 1. I want to give this doctor the benefit of the doubt because he knows her really really well and I can't imagine trusting another doctor who just met her and (maybe) read her file.
2. I already switched Chloe's eye doctor once. I'd like to think I made the right decision at that time.
3. I hate ruffling feathers or offending people. (Just being honest. This actually did occur to me.)
Solana - 6 years
49lb and 46.25inches. 75th%ile in both height and weight.
She's easy - the picture of health. Whew!
Chloe - 2 years
22lb = 6th%ile
33inches = 23rd%ile (length)
17.75inches = 5th%ile (head circumference)
We can't be anything but pleased with her growth. I sometimes worry about her texture issues and the fact that she still eats mainly purees. I've really been pushing her on trying solid foods and that often takes such a long time that she ends up eating a lot less food than she would with just puree. But she's growing and getting a stronger hold on that growth chart every time she's measured. All the doctors seem happy with her growth so we're thankful!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Feeding the goats. They had one of those candy dispensers that you feed a quarter to and it'll give you a handful of food. We put the food in our cherry tomato container and she even fed them the leftover stems from our tomatoes. Talk about recycling!
This little penguin was very interested in Solana. Or was he just waiting for her to drop some food?
Posing with the bamboo. Solana really really likes bamboo. I'm not exactly sure why but she talks about it a lot. And she found a piece on the playground one time. So strange. And exciting! It occurred to me last night that I did a book report on bamboo in sixth grade. Why did I choose bamboo? I have no idea. I guess I also had the same fascination...
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
The original blog post she sent me is here and they have a really cute gift tag that you can download and print. I found a nice little bag in my "gift wrapping stash" that I wanted to use so I didn't need to decorate it. Here's a list of what I put in it:
Mrs. Eckhart's Emergency Kit
Binder Clips - to help you keep it together
Stride Gum - to maintain your stride even in sticky situations
Band Aids - to help heal boo boos
Pen & Note Pad - to jot down your best ideas
Highlighter - to remember to highlight the positive
Tissues - to wipe away the fears (and tears)
Granola Bar - when you need a little pick-me-up
Lotion - to keep things running smoothly
Deoderant - for those times you ran out the door too quickly
Cough Drops - for a strong voice to deliver your important words
Toothbrush and Toothpaste - to freshen up your day..
I was thinking of printing out the list and adding it to the bag but I think I might hand-write it on a pretty little piece of stationary for a more personal feel.
I actually had a bunch of these items at home already. I only had to buy:
Stride gum ($.79)
Note Pad ($.49)
Cough Drops ($.10)
Granted, I spent more money on the pens, cough drops, and tissues, but I kept most of them. Plus, I hit the Walgreens back-to-school sale and used the coupons from their flyer so the stuff I did buy was super cheap. Still, I think anyone could put something like this together for around $5 pretty easily
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The infamous pumpkin volunteer.
I definitely don't think this is the best garden we'll ever see. I'm still learning for sure. And the lack of sun doesn't help matters much. But unless I convince Dave to dig up a section right in the middle of our yard where there aren't any trees (unlikely) this is the best I get. If there was more sun we'd have had a better Spring and probably more tomatoes by now. Otherwise I think we're doing ok.
Here's hoping for a productive rest of Summer and Fall!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
You may notice that there are almost no other people in these pictures. It's not because they were strategically taken. The resort was practically empty the first few days we were there! It was like we had the whole place to ourselves. We considered whether or not to go because of the violence we'd heard of but Dave did some research and we decided it was plenty safe. Plus, we never left the resort except to go to/from the airport. It's a bummer for them that they're so empty but it sure was nice for us!
At one point during the week Dave and my Dad took off for a round of golf. They were transported to one of the other Palace Resorts because ours didn't have a golf course. It ended up being an all day affair. My mom had some spa treatments scheduled at the same time (I think she had a massage and facial, or something like that) so she was also gone for 3 hours or so. I was stuck watching the girls all by myself during prime laying-out time! And let me tell you. It was ROUGH! No fun what-so-ever. Here I am watching Solana.
Pool time was fun, relaxing, wonderful, rejuvenating, intoxicating. :-) We can't get enough of those resorts and I almost wish I'd done these blog entries while we were still there. I'm missing our home away from home!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Then my mom sent me a lovely text. Cry 2.
I don't talk about Leila a lot but sometimes it's completely appropriate and a fluid part of the conversation for me to mention her or the "twins." Sometimes I think it makes people uncomfortable and I imagine they rather wish I didn't. I feel like I certainly don't try to shove my grief in anyone's face and I usually speak matter-of-factly. But I also don't try to hide my thoughts of Chloe's twinness or Leila's existence either. If it comes to mind and makes sense I'll just say it. Yesterday I posted something on Facebook about Leila and 20 people commented saying wonderful sweet things about her. It felt so lovely to have her recognized and remembered. I love her so much! Cry 3.
My sister, Leticia, prefers to text me personal messages rather than comment on FB. She did and it was poetic. Cry 4.
After soccer the girls and I ate lunch and then Chloe laid down for her nap. Solana helped me bakc a carrot cake for Leila's special day.
Then we went to Kroger for cream cheese (icing, of course), balloons, and a few other things before stopping at the local bakery for a take-n-bake pizza. By the time Dave got home the pizza was ready and the cake only needed icing. He brought flowers and said they were for all of us but Solana was pretty insistent that they be for Leila. So be it. Solana, Dave, and I then gave a team effort designing and decorating the cake. It came out beautiful. And, if I do say so myself, Solana and I bake the BEST carrot cake.
Solana asked if she could make the peace sign in the picture. (?)
We sat down at the table to eat and I suggested Dave say the prayer. Have you ever noticed that, even in a moment of weakness when you are just a hairs·breadth away from crying, you can still be strong and stoic if someone next to you needs that of you? I ended up saying the prayer. Besides, I'd already cried 4 times that day.
Then we took our balloons outside and wrote messages to Leila. We each sent her one but Chloe got to send her two. Since she is her twin and all... It was sweet and perfect. I like celebrating Leila on her special day. It makes me feel happy and connected to her. And I think it's good for all of us.