Thursday, May 24, 2012

1 bad, 3 good - an update

Well, let's get the bad out of the way first - Doug is in a bad way. Out of the blue, he started feeling "dehydrated," then had a fever, then started getting really winded. 2 days later, diagnosed with pneumonia. The doctors did debate admitting him to the hospital, but decided to keep a close eye on him. He has reported 2 days already this week, with a third followup tomorrow. Two shots of antibiotics, one of steroids, 2 breathing treatments, and 2 prescriptions. He can't do much but walk really slowly around the house. It's quite scary, actually, when the rock of the family is all the sudden bedridden. The boys are handling it quite well; Roman was very anxious and worried for a couple days, but Charlie luckily is still in the stage where he believes everything we tell him. :)  Doug reports he's getting incrementally better, and that's all we can hope for. He's off work, trip to Germany cancelled, and his life is pretty much in limbo right now.

For the rest of us, however, life is good! Roman has decreased his anxiety pill and seems to be doing well; we report again next week for followup. He has agreed to continue neurofeedback for another 20 sessions, which will make a grand total of 60 when we're done. He made a new friend on the block who lives by the park; and he has been a mellow constant for over a week now. No meltdowns, just regular "kids getting mad" stuff. It's been a real pleasure to be his parent this week!

Charlie has been kicking butt in the athletic arena. He passed his tung soo do testing last week, making him a "Tiny Tiger" with a stripe. He can't graduate up to the "big room" until he is 5, so he will just accumulate tiger stripes now.  In swimming he has moved up to Junior 3 class with a big goal of swimming across the width of the pool by himself. It's amazing to see what he can already do; rollovers, swimming half a width, going under to the bottom to get rings. He is a born fish, that boy.

I myself, while being very busy, had a great professional evaluation. So great, in fact, that I qualified at the highest level of effectiveness, a position my principal assured us would be difficult to obtain as it's such a high bar to meet. That made me very pleased! But I am definitely ready for this group of 8th graders to move on and school to be over for the summer. Come on, June!

A low-key Memorial weekend is planned. Big thoughts of Greenfield Village (for Civil War weekend) or the local fair have been dashed, with new thoughts of a clean basement and laundry replacing it. I guess it happens once in awhile, eh?

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