Friday, November 13, 2015

16 Months

Eily loves to color.  I swear it is one of the words most often uttered from her mouth these days.

She drew this just for me this morning.  Not bad for a 16 month old!  I'm not sure when they are supposed to be able to make circles but she has been making them for a couple of weeks now.  This is her best one yet.

She not only takes the crayons out of the box but she also puts them back in the box when she is done.  Smart kid.  I hope this continues to happen with some of her toys but I doubt it.  I know I was messy as a kid and I don't expect her to be a neat freak either.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Little Things Make Me Smile

Eily seems to now have a favorite book.  Shake It Up Baby by Karen Katz is her go to book when she wants lap time with Mama.  As of today she can: touch her nose, rub her tummy, hit a drum, shake a different rattle than the one in the book and so on all upon prompt from readings in the book.  I'm so very proud of her.

New things she has said or says a lot more often:

Daddy Leaving
Kray (she is trying to say crayon and points to them)
Nana and Banana which refer to her lovey toy of which she named banana

She loves to dance to country and 80's music which is done daily.

Legos...she plays with those daily and is building upwards quite well now.  She had some issues before with getting the pressure to make them stick well.  These aren't the mega blox.

One of her new favorite food is fish; she likes fish sticks but real fish is better.  She loved the fish that Daddy ordered at Red Lobster the other night.  She turned up her nose at the chicken breast we ordered for her.  She doesn't like shellfish.  Well it took me years to acquire that taste too.

As for eating with utensils.  She can make short work of applesauce with two num num dippers, one for each hand.  With a metal fork or a spoon she can dig into most anything that is cut down to size as well.  It doesn't mean it will all stay on her plate; we are working on that.  But yes we do feed her off of dinner ware now and not just the tray.  She does drink from a cup, sometimes with a straw and we do hold the cup since if we didn't we'd all wear the contents.

She still gets 3-4 bottles of formula a day.  6 oz each.  It is to make sure she gets her proper nutrition especially on the days she wants to be a picky eater.  After each bottle she gets water.  Before bed she will get her teeth flossed and brushed.

She has 13 teeth right now and is still in the process of cutting the last three canines.  They are being really rough with just points up.  Today she has a low grade fever of 100.1 so Tylenol was given to help with pain and fever.

Eily early this morning.   I'm trying to tame her locks with a barrette.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Verdict

Well I don't have to go to court this coming month.  I thought I'd have to take that trek up to my mom's house and stay over then drive back the next day.  I thought I'd have to stare at my brother or the back of his head in the court room.  Nope.

I finally heard back from the district attorney's office today.  I called a week ago.  I waited patiently when they said they'd call me back immediately.

They called me yesterday and left me a message while I was at a doctor appointment.  I called back today.  I had to leave a message.  I stated I had to know today because I wouldn't be home tomorrow due to back surgery.

The Verdict...


Are you kidding me?

Seems as though my sibling passed the mental evaluation.  Cased is dismissed.  He won't have to do community service.  He won't have to apologize to me or Mom.  He won't have to pay for my hospital bills as far as I know or pay for the cabinet he broke.  So I'll be stuck paying for the almost 2k bill.  Nice huh?   

I asked if he will be allowed to get a gun permit.  The ADA said yes.  Great.  So that means he could get one and hunt me down.  Why not, I mean I live on an open installation.  I humiliated him.  He would want vengeance.

Since he is not nuts that means he tried to kill me while being totally sound of mind.  Wouldn't you think that would warrant a bit of some kind of penalty?????

I asked the ADA.  All I got was a snotty answer from her of "what do you want us to do?". 

I'm more scared now then I was before.  Sure there is still a no contact order in place by the court for life.  He isn't allowed near me or to contact me in any shape, matter or form.  Mom has had it with him too and his nonsense.

Friday, October 9, 2015

15 Months

Eily turned 15 months old.

She has 13 teeth.

She is about 32.5 inches tall.

She weighs 24 pounds.

She went to her very first bounce house birthday party last weekend.

First time down the slide and all by herself.  The look of sheer joy and I was glad I caught it on camera.

I had the radio frequency nerve ablation done to my lower left side of my back on Wednesday.  My back is bruised but it is feeling much better otherwise.  I am looking forward to having the right side done on the 21st.  I do have pain where the bruising is but I am taking motrin for that along with applying ice.  However, I cannot feel the pain down deep because the doctor was successful in burning out the root nerves that send signals to my brain where the problem is in the facets along the spinal column.

Don't mind the two circles in the photo please, they are from the grommets on my yoga pants.  I am allowed to wear some street clothing during the procedure and yoga pants are one of the garments.  You can see the four needles, L5- S1,  where the doctor had to do the root nerve burn out.  These needles were about 7 inches long.  After the procedure I needed help standing up because my left hip had slipped out of joint again!  You can see it is out of joint in the xray too.  LOL.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Endometriosis is Not in my Head, at least not yet

Yesterday I had my annual beg the PCM for referrals and prescription renewals appointments.  I told the good and wise man that I was having pain with my orgasms.  He stated that I could not still be having endometriosis and that he called the surgeon's office that did my procedure, talked to an LPN there, and she said it couldn't be.  I bed to differ.  He disagreed again.  He said I have no organs to trigger an attack.  I have no uterus to cause the bleeding and no ovaries to stimulate a flare up.

According to an article I just read on endometriosis even men can get the disease.  As far as I know men don't have a uterus or ovaries!  I detest a know-it-all doctor that really doesn't want to listen.

So when my referral comes in to see a doctor for my endometriosis I'm going to try to get the one I want in Atlanta.  I realize it is out of network and I'll have to pay out of pocket.  If they help alleviate my pain it will be worth it.

Other things I found out at the doctor appointment, rather I kind of knew this but it took my good wise man of a doctor months to figure out, I'm a high risk for congestive heart failure.  Mom recently tested positive for protein in her urine.  They put her on meds for it.  I tested positive twice during my pregnancy for protein in my urine.  Dad died of congestive heart failure after having numerous attacks of it.  My legs are always swollen.  The doctor finally increased my dosage of Lasix.  Hopefully in a few days the swelling will go down.  I've been able to keep my blood pressure under control with my meds, diet and exercise.  It was 128/60 yesterday.

I've been here for 17 months and my good wise doctor finally realized after all my asthma attacks I might need more than just nasonex and my asthma inhaler.  He put me on Zyrtec.  Yes, I can breathe at night!  One night of no coughing up strings of mucus.  Yes I know gross but well that is life.

Eily now has 12 teeth.  The thought of mucus and Zyrtec trigger the teeth memory.  She is on Zyrtec and drools all the time with the teething.  She cut 5 teeth last week.  The last of the front top teeth popped through and all 4 of the 1 year old molars came through together.  Time to celebrate with her favorite steak J told me...Ribeye.  J and Eily do love Ribeye.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

14 Months

Little E turned 14 months old yesterday.

Our lives are increasing with more activities every day.  E loves to pull the books off of her shelves, my shelves and J's shelves.  She chews on them.  Of course this leads me to talk about the two molars that are making an appearance on the bottoms.  There I mentioned them.

Her hair is getting darker.  It is now more of a reddish brown and more curly.

She can now dunk her cookies in milk.

She is now drinking milk.

She has moved fully onto tableware to include her metal fork and spoon, plate and bowl however, she still eats with her fingers too.

Her favorite sentence is still, "I did it".  But she does say  other sentences such as: "how are you?", "I want that." and "are you okay?".

Her newest word twisted my head around as it was a Saturday morning.  She said appropriately enough to me, "SATURDAY!".  So cute.

We are working on her Spanish and her numbers still.  I sometimes will slip in some French and German when I'm not really thinking about it with my replies to her.  I just get so tired and words just ramble out of my mouth.

We did start potty training.  I purchased a bi-lingual potty training book, English/Spanish.  I don't know Spanish all that well but J is fluent.  We do sit her on the potty about once a day and we don't force it as of yet.

E's taste buds are quite developed I think.  She loves my cooking.  I made a Shepard's pie the other night using lamb and beef with carrots, peas, red skin potatoes, gravy and various herbs and spices and she loved it.  How many kids at this age love Lamb?  I made a casserole with Chorizo in two weeks ago and also a week before that and both weeks she ate it.  When I cook it is like she can never get enough of my cooking.  She eats all the food off of her plate and starts eating off of her dad's plate next!  Oh and she loves the left overs too.  She also loved the cranberry meatballs I made a few weeks ago.  Tomorrow night I'm going to make Swedish meatballs using ground turkey.  The only dish my daughter has yet to like is the Sauerbraten.  It was a little to sour for her taste buds.

As for me....
I had the experimental lidocaine injection done to my lumbar facets.  I felt relief for about 6 hours.  I think that it was a success.  I'll know more in two weeks what the doctor thinks about the procedure and what he saw in the xrays.  Fingers crossed that I'll be a good candidate for the root nerve burn out.  I'd like to have 6-12 months free of lower back pain.  I'll still have to deal with the pain in my body but less pain is better in my book.  Less pain means I'll be able to function better and do more with my daughter too!

Oh and for fun I'm working on removing peeling paint in the house since BBB reality won't get a move on to it do the repairs here.  I'll paint it when I'm done as paint won't stick to peeling paint.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Riding Out the Storm

We are due for one heck of a nasty storm to hit us in the next few days.  Because of the Red Cycle that has started up AGAIN, we will be riding out the storm on the installation.  One vehicle family.

No passes and no leave is granted during Red Cycle.  Unless of course it is a family emergency.

Next week I am undergoing a medical procedure.  It is elective.  It is also experimental. If it works then I will go for the next phase.  Unfortunately I have to be in a lot of pain for the experiment to be performed on my back first.  It is called a Diagnostic Lumbar Facet.  The doctor goes in with needles and injects a local anesthetic to the nerves at the facet with the hope that it will stop the pain for a few hours.  If it works then he can go back in in a few weeks and burn out the nerve roots.  That is temporary too.  They grow back in about six months.  With all my other medical conditions causing pain one less source of pain would be nice.  I'm hopeful that this will work.

Rather than drive up to my Mom's house in NC and leave my DH without a car for a week and skip out on the back appointment we are going to ride out the storm.  I'm hoping that it turns out to be nothing.  Praying that it is just going to be minor damage.  But we are going to move any possible objects that can fit in our attached shed  into it rather than make them possible flying debris.  I've also asked DH to bring in the sheets of plywood, nails and hammer just in case a window gets broken.   Not all of our neighbors will be so thoughtful to bring in their things I'm sure.

Hoping that any of my readers in the path of the storm stay safe.