Friday, April 5, 2013

A Week in Pictures

So, this week happened.  It was not at all as expected and we pretty much gave up on most of the scheduled school.  Amber kept up with math, and did a bunch of history reading.  We threw in the remainder of astronomy when she was interested.

The biggest thing I learned this week was: even if you have time to complete regular school items, sometimes it is best to simply skip it.

Amber had a scheduled GI doctor appointment on Monday morning.  It turned into a long appointment at the children's hospital a half hour away, where the GI doctor is located, then x-rays at the children's hospital, and finally blood work back at the lab by our house because our insurance won't allow outpatient blood work at the hospital. I'm rolling my eyes right now, again.

Tuesday was only Amber's regular orthodontic visit for her braces, a half hour away again.  This is a theme with us.  It turned into an unusually long visit for some unknown reason.  The positive though is that Amber is 2/3 of the way done.  She will finish at 18 months on the dot because she has been so diligent in wearing her rubberbands.

Wednesday, we were back at the children's hospital, bright and early, for Amber's upper endoscopy.  Yes, that was an ordeal for her and she was groggy most of the day afterwards.

Thursday we were exhausted and so gave up school in favor of cleaning our neglected house.  Today, Friday, Amber has a friend coming over after she completes a math assignment.

Throughout the week our former house has had showings daily (sometimes multiples).  I'm praying really hard for one of those to make an offer... today. No pressure or anything.  :)

Below are pictures of the things Amber did learn this week that had nothing to do with the scheduled lessons:
How far, in relative distances, the sun is from the individual planets. From our driveway, Neptune was up the hill, around the curve and in the empty lot.  Approx. 9 houses. 


Smiling pretty the first time means we get to church in time to talk to cousins before service.


Easter egg hunting is significantly easier with a short 5 year old than with children her own age.


Large learning experience: 
1. How endoscopy works
2. What happens to the needle in an IV
3. How long Amber can look at an IV before she passes out.
4. What Celiac disease is and her odds of having it. (Still waiting on biopsy... sigh, and I may have it. We've known that for years.  I may have to be retested soon).



Ice Cream DOES make it all better




Cousins and an uncle can teach a dancer girl to catch balls.
But she still throws like a girl.

Babylon 5 is an awesome TV show, and we learn a lot about politics.  Amber also had many questions about it all.  She also learned that when her mother tells her she will like a TV show or movie, her mother is usually right.

Rollerskating is still hard for the sensory girl with the weak core.  But at least we know why now and her therapist is working on it.  Amber has been trying since she was 2 to do this. 




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16 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a bit of a rough week with a little fun thrown in. Praying that you'll get some answers and solutions soon! I'd love for you to link this post up at Friendship Friday at http://www.faithfulmomof9.com/friendship-friday-linkup-and-collage-friday-2/
    I'd also love for you to consider doing a guest post for my {About You} page. http://www.faithfulmomof9.com/about-you/

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  2. Sorry for the rough week. It looks like you had some awesome learning through it all. I know that it is hard homeschooling through a medical filled week.
    Blessings, Dawn

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    1. Dawn, thanks for stopping by. I learned this week that it really is OK to just throw the plans away and do anything that might seem educational. Anything.

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  3. Smiles in spite of it all :) I've not been over before, stopping by from Hammock Tracks. Hope your next week is 'better' than this one.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. We are hoping for more predictability in next week, and less early morning appointments. We are NOT morning people.

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  4. Christy -- YES! Throw the plans away when you need to. It all works out in the end. I used to fret about this but I just don't anymore. Life is too short. :-)

    I will be praying as you both go through the testing, etc... for celiac disease. I'm sure this weighs heavily on you.

    Thank you for always linking with Collage Friday - it's a blessing to know you!

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    1. Thanks Mary. You are so inspiring and affirming. Your blog often seems to have just the right topic, when I need it.

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  5. That's all kinds of things going on in your life this week! Hoping all the test results come out as well as possible, and it seems you all learned PLENTY even without regularly scheduled lessons.

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    1. Thanks, we're not sure what to pray for at this point. Amber's blood tests indicate Celiac, but biopsy is required for actual diagnosis. I have the same story. My bloodwork always indicate Celiac and biopsy is "vague". I don't want to wish for a positive on Celiac, but if that's what it is then we need to know to change our eating habits.

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  6. What a rough week - poor both of you! It is rough when appointments turn into unusually long ones unexpectedly.

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  7. What a week for Amber and Mom! Could you limit some gluten and see if that helps? Or maybe it doesn't work that way? I'd say a big ice cream is perfect for a week like this! LOL

    Is's she beautiful in her church dress!

    You know, it's "funny" about kids with sensory challenges...they all have similar challenges, but they can be effected very differently. My son with SPD is NATURALLY good at ice and roller skating. He skates circles around every one else...but he's fallen off his bike twice in 2 days. :(

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    1. Unfortunately, you have to cut out all gluten for it to work. You also can't cut it out until they are done testing or it messes up the tests. It's a fun time. Lol

      Amber has a weak core, so all balance items like bike riding and skates have been difficult. She's learned to compensate in regular life and dance but she can't on skates and bike.

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  8. I hope you get some answers soon. That must be hard not having clear direction on what would be the best for your health and your daughter's health. I loved watching Babylon 5 when it first came out! Do you watch it on Netflix? I've been meaning to look and see if it was on any of the video services...I think I would watch the entire series again!

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    1. We have the entire Babylon 5 series, movies and even the ill-fated spin off series Crusade on DVD. We liked it a lot. :-). I was lazy and didnt want to get the DVDs out so I checked the services. Netflix doesn't have B5, but Amazon does, for $1.99 per episode. No thanks. I'm not that lazy. Lol.

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  9. What a week. The beauty of homeschooling is that you can adjust and readjust, right? BTW, my sister has Celiacs, so I know it's a long journey and lots to adapt to. I hope you can find out soon the best was to proceed for you and your daughter.

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  10. Christy I have so MISSED reading about you and Amber's weeks!! I am so sorry to see she has had to have so many tests and long doctor's appointments! I love that you can learn no matter what is going on. Isn't that the way it is supposed to be? Ice cream does make everything better! And tell Amber Keilee and I both throw like girls too. :) I have never seen B5 but since we have such similar tastes I will check it out. I have learned that if someone who really knows me well tells me I will like something I should listen to them. :) Happy weekend friend!!

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