Thursday, July 16, 2015

Eighth Grade - Minus 2 Weeks and Counting

Firstly, in real school related items I did post our plans for Amber's eighth grade year which has technically already started while not actually starting. Our state begins the recording period for the  school year on July 1st, therefore everything she's done in July is counted towards her eighth grade year. We won't officially start back to full days of school until August 3rd.

Working on math again. She's feeling about ready to go back to school.
Amber had finished almost all the items we were reviewing for this part of the summer and since it was a difficult week for us, so I let her off the hook on most school assignments. That's the beauty of schooling year round. When the days are rough, we have the luxury of foregoing school work. Yet with all the time off this week Amber has found herself at loose ends quite often. She is mentally about ready to start full school days again, especially since it has become horribly hot here and she knows we will take plenty of rest days throughout the school year.
 
We did have a family fun day on Sunday complete with watching Jurassic World for the second time at Amber's request. I did exercise Sunday evening too, which invigorated me for a busy Monday. I wasn't up early Monday by any means, but Amber and I both still finished our weekly housework along with exercising. I managed the impossible feat of washing, folding, and putting away all the laundry in one day! We ran errands, including school supply shopping, in the 95+ degree weather and even stopped for Amber's allergy shot. We sorted and prepared Amber's very recently outgrown clothes and shoes for a friend who came by Tuesday, and I almost made dinner. I came so close with dinner, but at the last minute fizzled out. 

Amber and Grandma out shopping. We only rested two times! And Milori, the pretty kitty.
While at the allergist for Amber's weekly shot we updated her medication list and they sorta freaked out. Apparently one should not take allergy shots while on a beta blocker because the rescue medication for a reaction does not work in conjunction with a beta blocker. Oops. Amber needs the beta blocker more than shots, so for now she's off of allergy shots and relying solely on medication for her cat allergy. We have mixed feelings over this. On one hand we don't have to make time for the shot each week and Amber isn't getting stuck in the arm. On the flip side, she's still allergic to cats and won't be getting any better. 

Wednesday was a very early morning with Amber's upper endoscopy at the hospital. She had no difficulties with the procedure and was only gone from the prep & recovery area for roughly 10 minutes. Although the GI doctor biopsied all the way from the esophagus to the small intestine, most of the sites were "just because we're here" types of biopsies and they don't expect any special information returned. Amber's esophagus was the reason for the procedure and it does have some areas which look concerning. Again, the GI doctor can't say much without the biopsy, but it's probably good we took her in, especially since she's off the allergy shots and the suspected eosinophilic esophagitis could now get worse. I hate autoimmune stuff.

What does a girl who's parents won't let her have a TV in her room do? Watch Disney channel through their app on her iPad :)  She'd been so easy going and stoic during her endoscopy earlier that same day.
Today the kitty siblings had their annual vet checkup and even though we take two of them at once, it's a much smoother visit than taking Biscotti. All is well with the kitties for another year now.  The vet says Milori is actually considered a large cat for his breed. He's not fat (only 11 pounds), but has huge paws and head for an Angora. To us he's still small, considering Biscotti is a large breed cat.

This weekend I desperately need to make school planning a priority. We have the curriculum and I know what we are doing, but lesson plans are not prepared.  Without them I'll be winging my way through the first part of school in two weeks and that's never a good idea.  It's time to buckle down and put in the effort to get school ready for another year.

Happy Weekend!

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13 comments:

  1. I just finished writing out my first 4 weeks of lessons. I can't believe we start back on Monday. You all got so much done on Monday. Good for you. I am glad everything went well with Amber's procedure. I hope the results are helpful.
    Blessings, Dawn

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  2. I wish you all the best, Amber! I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome & POTS, so I know a little about what you suffer with. God bless you in your homeschool and your health :)

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    1. Lisa, God bless you too. I hope your POTS and EDS are manageable.

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  3. Every year when we had cats my allergies would turn my fall cold into bronchitis or pneumonia. We used to have a Maine Coon cat as well, Love that breed. Reading the symptoms now I wonder if I had eosinophilic esophagitis. A group of coyotes move in too close to our house and we lost our cats. I have pictures of coyotes in the yard of our old house. We decided to not get another cat given that it would be very difficult to force it to be an indoor cat with kids leaving doors open. I haven't had bronchitis or pneumonia since but I dearly miss having cats around. I borrow (pet) other people's that I meet on my walks.

    http://www.talesofahousehusband.com/2010/08/04/wordless-wendnesday-coyote-in-backyard/

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    1. We're waiting to see if it's EE, but the GI doctor suspects a food issue. She didn't think the cat allergy as milk as it really is could result in EE. Glad you're doing better without kitties, but sad too. We do work hard to watch our doors for cats. None have gotten out yet, but there's many years for them to try!

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  4. Amber looks happy and it sounds like you guys did have a productive week in many ways! It would be my dream to have Jeremiah so eager to begin school!! We don't have a TV at all here. We just watch shows on our computers or iPads too. I hope the test results give you good news!

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  5. America seems to break for summer and then start back much earlier than over here. In the UK school don't break up until a week or so and then reopen first week in September. I look forward to hearing the results of Amber's tests and will be praying they will be helpful for her future care. I believe (if I remember correctly) that you were having a procedure done as well. I do hope that went well also. Have a lovely week. x

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    1. We are starting back to full days of school about two weeks earlier than the local private and public schools, but we take off quite a few more days over the school year than the schools here. I have noticed that your Summer time off (and the Canadians too) overlaps with us, but isn't exactly the same. And I did have a procedure done on Friday, but I don't have the results yet. It was just a barium swallow to check out my swallowing ability - I seem to have forgotten how to do it sometimes. I have a different procedure this Thursday too because I'm getting old and may have the same fructose malabsorption as Amber. Lately food has not agreed with me in any fashion.

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  6. Hmm....I just noticed you and I share a common person in our Google circles that surprised me. Do you know a Mark N____? Because that would be super strange, but also interesting! LOL You and Amber will be starting back to school very soon! I never decide on an exact date, but I'm thinking either 9/1 or the Tuesday after Labor Day. Since we're doing some summer school we're a little flexible there as they'll have completed about 24 days of school...

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  7. Oh! You are friends with him! I'll send you a FB message...

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  8. Hubby recently had that procedure done. I am so glad it went well for you guys. So that all has to do with an autoimmune issue? Hubby has serious acid reflux, so I was interested in what other reasons an endoscopy would be needed. We don't have cats, but I am glad they get to the vet without major incidents. A friend of mine has a cat that acts like they are skinning it when they crate it ;-)

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    1. An upper endoscopy can be done for many reasons. Anything from the throat to the upper small intestine is checked through an upper endoscopy. This was Amber's third one. They biopsy for celiac through this test, check for ulcers, etc. I have them every few years too, but because of other issues. It's really a simple procedure but so helpful.

      I'm glad your husband's procedure went well. From what I understand EE can be caused by reflux, but in Amber's case they expect it to be an allergic reaction which is autoimmune. Amber was checked for reflux before and didn't have it.

      Our cats aren't fond of the carrier, but the siblings are ok together. Our other cat acts like he's dying in the carrier. He howls and carries on. That's also the one the ver has to sedate for any exam.

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  9. Wow, you had quite a busy week! I'm impressed you got all of the clothes washed, folded and put away. I never seem to manage that last load. I hope Amber's biopsy comes back with helpful news. I'm so glad I found you at the #WeeklyWrapUp

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