Where has the time gone?  Everyone is back at school.  Kids are doing well.  

Eva is on her third set of casts and gets the fourth set on tomorrow.  They are soft casts which means that I can take them off a few days before the next set is scheduled to go on.  These are corrective, to try to see how much can be achieved through casting alone.  In October she'll have a set put on under anesthesia so her tendons can be released at the same time.

Aidan is loving his new teacher, I think.  It is important to him that I help him do his spelling enrichment each night even though he does his homework at homework club.  Today he asked why he needed to spend time with "that teacher" like Eva, since he already knows English.  He's referring to the ELL teacher, and I'm sure he'll be done with her services this year.

When I'm not busy with family and school, I'm negotiating with the union as school board vice-chair in my own district, attending incredibly long meetings for the same board, working at getting cable expanded in our town, serving on our state's social studies council as president-elect, or writing.  I have now sold four manuscripts since last fall.  My real joys are writing and being outside.  We have a piece of land that we will someday build a new home on and I went there every weekday this summer while the kids were in summer school to cut brush, cut trees, haul both, plant things, etc.  I'm that person who walks acreage every day and knows every. single. plant. in my walk. 

On a sour note, migraines are just about killing me.  I don't know if my lyme disease is active again or if it's something else, but I've found the doctors almost useless.  The Migraine Brain says that if one lasts more than 72 hours you should be in the hospital getting i.v. drugs because you are dehydrated even if you are drinking.  You would think that after 26 years of them someone might have mentioned that, especially since mine can go on for three weeks at a time.  Anyway, the main cause of progressively worsening migraines is poor sleep so next Wednesday I have a consult for a sleep study.  I have no trouble falling asleep, just trouble staying asleep.  For the last week I've also been clenching my jaw in my sleep so much that I can't turn my head on the pillow in the morning without the help of my hands because the pain in my head/neck/shoulders is so extreme.  This could, again, be all related to lyme or it could just all be related to migraines.  I think that colonial doctors were onto something when they used to drill people's skulls to let out the evil spirits because there are days when I think that might just bring relief!

09/21/2012 3:21am

Morning Ruby - glad to hear you back and that it was a "decent" summer - always glad to hear the kids are well and that progress happens! We are largely the same as well - extended family issues remain but over the last couple weeks I see progress in dealing with them too - but a prayer is always good.

I wish I had better advice for you with the Migranes - our oldest adopted seems to have developed something like that - initially called "abdominal migraines" later called viseral hyperalgesia. Regardless - one thing that DID seem to break the cycle of pain was a trip to our local Children's Hosp and an IV with tordol and reglan. They don't seem to know if it was the IV - or the tordol and reglan - but it would buy her a few hours of relief anyway! We'll be going to the Cleveland Clinic for further diagnostics on it.

And restful sleep - whatever that might be - will certainly help!

Hang in there - we'll keep praying - and hugs - aus and co.

09/22/2012 3:12am

Hi Ruby, Thanks for the update. You are incredibly productive. Glad to hear the update on the casting. And Aidan's progress too. Gosh, if he is questioning his own need, isn't that something! What kind of writing do you do? We are just back from China and it is going to be interesting with the amount of orphanage delay. Sorting that out from realized potential is going to be a journey.

09/22/2012 5:11am

Aus, I was sick daily as a child, couldn't even go 1/2 mile in car without being sick. Still that way with travel today-when I tell people that I don't travel well, they don't get it until they see it. On our last trip to China I slept 36 hours total in two weeks; I cannot adjust and the combination of jet lag, altitude sickness, adjusting to air quality changes, etc., etc., just does me in. They have only just linked that kind of illness to migraines, but they still have nothing to cure them.

Jennifer, welcome home! I'm going to your blog to see all the details, but good luck with the pdelays. I write lots of stuff, but this success is with romance under aeudonym, so I'm really happy. Someday I want to do that instead of teaching, or at least reduce the full-time commitment of a day to day job.


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