Sunday, October 31, 2010

It's been a while!

Well, lots going on, but since Naomi killed my old computer by spitting water on the keyboard back in July I just can't get back to all those old things that were once in the favorites and so easily accessed! Plus, I'm hopelessly addicted to Facebook and Farmville!
I'm doing fine, lots of times it feels like I'm just putting little fires out all over the place!
Naomi has been off Zonegran, the med we tried starting in January 1010, since July. Once again we only saw improvement coming off the drug. More vocal, just more "there" and interactive. She is slowly making progress. There are tiny things she does that seem monumental. She has been doing itinerant services for the last two years and this year we've incorporated it into the classroom setting a bit. So once a week she goes to preschool for 1 1/2 hours. She sees PT first then her itinerant teacher takes her in a classroom and she's with her for an hour. Also during that time she is seen by OT and Speech in the classroom. She loves being in the class with kids. My only concern is it messes with her naps, which are always changing! She only sleeps about 1/2 hour to an hour but she needs that. So that's the only reason I'm hesitant to send her more. We tried to get a chair for her and it was too expensive but then I saw an almost identical one for her that our insurance should cover made by Rifton so we're still waiting to hear about that. It's getting the company that orders then to push it through that's the hold up I think. She still gets therapy once a week at the local pediatric therapy place she's went for over 2 years now. She loves riding the bike during PT.
Isaiah struggled at the beginning of 6th grade. He was doing his work but it wasn't making it to the right place so he was getting 0's and late assignments. I didn't know the school has to do an evaluation on your child for a learning disability if you request it. I called the school and left a voice mail for the principal on a Friday morning and when I hadn't heard anything back on Monday afternoon I went and mailed a certified letter requesting testing, and got a call on Tuesday. I took Isaiah to Cleveland Clinic for a hearing evaluation and it's fine. I've also been talking to a professor at a local university who teaches LD teachers about the neurology of learning. Isaiah shows a lot of signs of Central Auditory Processing Disorder. Basically his ears hears fine but his brain doesn't process what he hears correctly. He's also a very visual learner and has poor auditory memory. So that's hurting him a lot. There may be some attention issues too. But I'm getting everything checked I can before I take him to the pediatric developmental neurologist in December. We went to Kent State University to the Pathology and Audiology department to have his tested for the CAPD but I won't know the results until next month when we go back for 2 more shorter tests. It's just frustrating. He's a very bright kid, but doesn't learn like the schools teach. He's still getting B's and C's, and that's after the rough start so we'll see what the next 9 weeks bring.
My Dad is still kicking and he retired October 30 after working at the same place close to 40 years. He is a Vietnam veteran and the VA has given him full disability because his cancer may be connected to the use of agent orange exposure while in Vietnam. The cancer is still there. Still stage 4, but it's not doing anything. He says he feels good. My mom went in to have a swollen part of her thyroid taken out to be biopsied and it ended up that the swollen part was fine but there was a smaller area next to it they hadn't detected and it shows positive for papillary cancer. Which is a good one to have. One dose of radioactive iodine should take care of it. With little to no side effects.
My kitchen is finished! Bill worked hard this summer and got that done. Now, as expected, little things here and there are happening. Small roof leaf, new gutter it just seems like you fix one thing and something else happens! Friday I called the gas company because once in a while we smell natural gas. The meter is out front and when I went out to get the mail I smelled it pretty strong. So I called and they came right out. It was an underground leak so they had a crew come out Friday late and fix that and put a new meter in. Well then they detected a small leak in the house. Told me to get a plumber in and call a 1-800 number and they'd come out Saturday to fix it. So I got a plumber in here on SATURDAY, you know that cost extra! I hated to have Naomi in here with no heat or hot water. So he fixed what they said leaked then we called to have them come back out. They said they may not be here til Monday and I was LIVID. Someone did end up coming back out but the thing is, you need the plumber and the gas company here at the same time incase there is a leak and he can tighten it up. Well, there was still a leak, but they couldn't find where it was. They sprayed all the joints and nothing. So they wouldn't turn the gas back on. The plumber came back out and we just had him redo everything he hadn't done already. So he was here about 8 hours total yesterday. He put a gauge on the meter and it should tell if there is a leak. Then I'll call back the gas company and get them back. Though now they will charge me $60 for coming. It's just seemed to snowball. It's cold in the house but no hot water is the worse!
Well, I guess I better save this. It's been a long time and this is about all I can think of to update :)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

And So It Goes

I have watched this countless times over the last two days.
It depresses the heck out of me, but I love it!
It's not the reference to a lost love, it's more than that. It's loss in general I guess.
There's a part where he says " Everytime I've held a rose it seems I've only felt the thorns". That makes me think of kids like Naomi. There's so many thorns some days I don't stop and enjoy the rose.
There's so much worry. Stupid stuff like meals, bowel habits, medicine weans (after a month I'm sure we're out of the woods), her falling. The stress of her screaming when I change a diaper, comb her hair, put her helmet on. Sometimes I am so sick of the screaming, there's no reason for it. But I understand she can't communicate and that's frustrating. But still, the screaming feels a bit like torture some days.
So here's what's new or not so new
We dropped her Zonegran to 25 mg in a.m. on April 28 and so far so good. She still takes 50 mg at night. That dosage didn't change. I'm supposed to call anytime now and see about dropping another 25 mg. But we are going to a graduation out of state and I really don't want to be in the middle of a med wean while away from home. One good thing is taking away just 25 mg also rid her of the "can't sweat" side effect. I've had her out in 80+ degree weather for over 20 minutes and there was no sign of over heating.
Naomi's stroller is not here yet. It is litterally on a slow boat from China :) When we ordered it they were manufacturing the strollers in China and have since moved it to USA. Which is a nice change! But it's taking FOREVER. 3 weeks ago they said it should be here in 2 weeks. But no word yet! I can't even remember how long it's been since it was ordered. I know I thought we'd have it by the end of April and that didn't happen.
School is almost out! I am so happy! Isaiah has 2 test tomorrow and I wish that was it, but I know he started a new chapter in Social Studies on Monday, so I'd think they'd test on that at some point. They are running out of time!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Fashion Babies

I heard something on TV yesterday that really irritated me.
We all know Sandra Bullock adopted a baby. Well, she's being criticized for adopting a black baby. Some say she just did it because it's fashionable. Seriously! People are so stupid! Can they not just be happy that a baby found a good home? And "Fashionable"???? Is that really how they want to put it?
Immediately what sprang into my mind was Paris Hilton and her stupid tiny dogs tucked under her arm. Then Brittney Spears and every one on TV seemed to have a little dog, the tinier the better, tucked in their arm, in their purse etc....
But a baby?! As a fashion accessory? Come on!
I was telling all this to Bill last night and laughed and asked "When will a baby in a helmet be fashionable? Cause I got one of those!". I'm not into shoes or jewelry or any of that so that's my only hope of ever being fashionable!
Come on Angie and Brad! Strap some hockey helmets on a kid or two and help my cause along!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


The after effects of EEG glue (when the Daddy can't take anymore screaming and says "that's enough")

We said good bye to Dr. Tuxhorn yesterday. She said "I'll carry you all with me in my heart" and I just about lost it! I am such a baby. I swear I am still mourning the loss of her today! I woke with a terrible head ache and was extremely nauseous. I know it was from the stress of yesterday and from crying and trying hard not to cry!
First Naomi had her EEG done. We saw the woman who has twice put leads on her head in the monitoring unit. She recognized Naomi and said "Weren't you just in the PMU?" I laughed and said October 2008! She said she recognized Naomi's face but was terrible with names. I told her I can't even imagine she remembered her at all! Naomi warmed right up to her, so she must not remember her! LOL!
We had a really good experienced person put the leads on. Which is nice when your child screams through the whole thing! Eventually she gave up the fight. No more twisting, kicking, scratching etc..... but kept on screaming.
They caught 2 seizures on the EEG. The paperwork says "atypical absence seizure". She stiffens when she has them. A tonic sort of motion. Her whole body doesn't stiffen, mostly her legs and she may slow her breathing, but never stops breathing. They're quick too! She had one in the exam room and I saw it coming and before I could say "there's one" it was over. Tuxhorn said the EEG shows improvement. Instead of spikes every so often the only spikes were when she actually was having a seizure. So good news, I guess. Or we'll take it as good news!
Tuxhorn feels Naomi would be better served staying at Cleveland Clinic. She doesn't know anything about the ketogenic program at Rainbow Babies. Doesn't even know if they have one! So we are set to see Dr. Lachhwani in July. We've seen him before, as I think I mentioned. He did rounds in the PMU when Naomi was starting the ketogenic diet.
One great thing has come of this! We get Martin back as clinical nurse! WHOOOOOPPPEEEEEE!! He's Dr. Lachhwani's nurse and when Tuxhorn told me that I was so happy! I told her the nurse is more important than the Dr. We converse more with the nurse and the nurse gets things done and relays messages for us. So I'm thrilled to have him back. I think he may have OCD about his job! But that's what I want!!
Tuxhorn said we can go ahead and take away one pill from Naomi's Zonegran dosage. She said give it a month and if everything goes smooth call Martin and see about going down again on dosage. We had a couple 80+ degree days and I noticed that Naomi was warm to the touch and had more seizures than usual. Probably because she can't sweat on the Zonegran, so I really want that gone!
Dr. Tuxhorn mentioned Banzel and Vimpat, neither FDA approved for children. She said if she thought either of them would surely help rid Naomi of seizures she'd push us to try them. She doesn't feel that way so is fine with us weaning off meds. Nothing has made a dent in her seizures and some have even made them worse.
Naomi got her Vitamin D level tested. So yes, that was 3 blood draws in one week. Although this guy was a pediatric phlebotomist and that makes a huge difference!

Friday, April 23, 2010

New Neurologist

You know I LOVE our neurologist Dr. Tuxhorn. But she's leaving Cleveland Clinic! Boo Hooo!
But word is she's going to be the new head of pediatric epilepsy at Rainbow Babies Children's hospital. Which is on Euclid Ave. in Cleveland just like Cleveland Clinic!
When I first found out she was leaving I was just really hoping she'd stay in the U.S. and not go back to Europe. So to think she's just going down the road is great news.
I still don't know if she'll take patients at her new position. Rainbow Babies is part of University Hospital, which I think is part of Case Western University. BEAUTIFUL campus by the way!
Naomi has a routine EEG on Tuesday then sees Dr. Tuxhorn later in the day, so we'll no more then.
I really hope we can just move with her! We've seen her since November 2007 and I really don't want to switch. Just in case I've already decided we will see Dr. Deepak Lachhwani if we HAVE to stay at Cleveland. He did rounds once when she stayed in patient at the pediatric monitoring unit and had a very nice bedside manner. So I'd be comfortable with him. But still really hate to think of loosing Tuxhorn.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pet Peeve

I have a new pet peeve. When people put their relationship status as "it's complicated".
One I know for sure is actually "unhappily married". Another is "unhappily divorced". Both should be single!
Why do they put anything? You can leave it blank.
Another funny is what people put under "interested in". I guess that could be taken any way. Some put friendship, men, women or both. I wonder if those who put men and women actually know what that sounds like.
I've learned to hide people on Facebook and I love that.
I wish real life was like Facebook. Where you can just delete the connection if they offend you or you just don't like what they say.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Isaiah got an invitation to a birthday party yesterday. He's been talking about it. Saying that this boy was having a party and he was invited. We kept telling him we'd need something in writing. You know how kids are! This kids parents could have been planning a family only party and here he goes to school and invites everyone! But yesterday he brought home the invite. We had thoughts of going away for Spring break but nothing has been written in stone yet. This boys party was 2 days into Spring break. I told my parents that any plans they may have thought of would have to work around this. Isaiah really wanted to go and this boy is a little odd. I think he gets picked on. I know even Isaiah has lost patience with him before because he's sort of immature and whines a lot, that sort of thing. But Isaiah did bet him a birthday card and some Pokemon cards and wrapped them up himself and gave to the kid. I told mom I thought Isaiah better go because with the timing of the party other kids may be out of town, no to mention he's not Mr. Popularity.
My mom said Isaiah told them one weekend that at lunch the kids were picking on another little boy and saying he had cooties. He'd try to sit down and the kids would block him and say "no you have cooties". Until Isaiah spoke up and told him he could come and sit by him. I guess the teacher said something to him, praising him for being kind to that boy when no one else would.
He's such a good soul!