Monthly Archives: May 2009

One More Day!

Just one more day, one more exam and summer vacation will officially begin at 12:15 tomorrow.  WooHoo!  Even more good news, Jes was able to finish everything – thanks to a few sleepless nights – and is doing fine. 

We ARE heading out for Virginia and West Virginia tomorrow.  Jeff and I will get to enjoy the Greenbrier Resort this weekend while Wes will visit friends in North Carolina and Jes will be in her beloved Virginia with friends.  Because of a Friday exam, Jes and I will be driving separately which means we get to hang around our old “hometown” until Tuesday instead of rushing back with Jeff on Sunday.  

After our weekend, we’ll head back home to tackle all of the doctors appointments that I rescheduled for the week after school. We go to the neurologist on Wednesday, then the cardiologist and finally the gastroenterologist.  Jessie will be getting the blood tests testing for celiac next week so we’ll get the results from that when we go to the GI doctor.  Jessie still thinks that he will say she has celiac disease even though she hasn’t had any reaction at all.  I think she’s just bracing for bad news, but I honestly don’t see how that can happen.  We’ll see.

Hope everyone’s “end-of-school” weeks are over and you’re enjoying your summer vacation.

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Lenox, Here We Come

It’s been a good weekend.  Between studying and preparing for the upcoming week, Jessie actually got a few breaks.  We went to Lenox Square in Atlanta Sunday afternoon to go to Jessie’s favorite stores, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters.  We both picked up a few new things for summer.  It’s difficult to keep Jes focused on what she actually NEEDS, but we succeeded rather well AND had a great time.  I think we stopped just before she was totally wiped out, so that’s a good thing.  Thank goodness for little packets of peanuts and Powerade! 

After watching movies this weekend, catching up on “Glee” and “The Fashion Show” and eating more bad things than I can (or will ever) possibly own up to, I’m ready to get back to somewhat of a normal state.  

The boys will be back a little early today because Wes is having trouble with some dental work that was done a couple of weeks ago.  I’m thinking that he has an abscess because Advil is not taking care of it, so they’re on their way home.  Poor thing.  I think they did have fun while it lasted though. 

Have a relaxing Memorial Day.

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We Made It – Almost

It’s FRIDAY!  TGIF  The fellas are happily biking in West Virginia.  Jessie and I are ready for a relaxing girl’s night in.  We’re having take-out yummy food and watching a movie called Bride Wars.  At least I think that’s the name.  Last but certainly not least, we have brownies, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, oh yeah.

Jessie finished everything in Spanish except for the final exam which she’ll take on Tuesday.  She’s finished with Algebra 2. Believe it or not, the breathing is a little easier now.  In addition to the Spanish exam, here’s the “to do” list for next week (Tuesday to Thursday):

10th Lit

  • The Kite Quiz
  • The Kite Runner Test
  • Voc 5 Sentences & Quiz
  • Final exam

 Drama

  • Final Exam

 US History

  • Cold War Unit Test
  • Final Exam

Biology

  • Project (due Tuesday)
  • Final exam

All that and we’re trying to leave early Thursday morning for a family/business trip.  Sheesh. Jes is worn out from this past week and desparately needs to catch up on some sleep.  We will enjoy this evening, then the studying begins anew tomorrow.

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A Married Woman’s Dream

 

Yippee and Whoohoo!

Hip Hip Hurray!

Get your mind out of the gutter, this dream doesn’t involve (insert name) George Clooney.

I’ve just blogged on my “other” blog about our upcoming weekend, menless!  Sorry to all you male readers, but a I don’t know a girl out there who doesn’t relish a weekend of chocolate, chick flicks, NO cleaning AND control of the remote.

Jessie will be studying as I enjoy my weekend.  Don’t worry, I’ll squish strawberries and slide them under her door.  

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Six Days And Counting!

We’re down to six days!  Whoohoo!  I say “we” loosely, of course as I am only the first-hand witness to the madness. 

If all goes REALLY well, Jes will be finished with Algebra 2 and Spanish 2 by this Friday.  Then I think she just has a final exam in Biology and a project.  Maybe some other stuff for next week, but I try not to stick my head within two feet of the general work area or ask too many questions.  Otherwise, danger will immediately ensue.  

Jessie’s actually doing pretty well, not too scary and continues to be confident.  She is sleeping okay, but waking up tired.  I honestly don’t see how someone can do this for too long on lousy sleep.  I think the only thing that’s getting to her is that she has been too busy to walk, do pilates, or go anywhere but school and home.  Yeah, that would get to me too.  Perfect definition of “stir crazy.”  Oh, she DID get to watch American Idol last night.

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Happy Busy Cheerful Monday Morning To You

How’s that for a greeting?  This week is beginning on a busy note.
Then again, doesn’t it always?

Why the picture of Gossip Girl?  Read on, Dearie…

We are down to our final two weeks of school.  Jessie went in this morning for a biology end-of-grade test, which she happily reports was easy.  This afternoon she will be going in for a lit test on “The Kite Runner”, reportedly, the most depressing book she’s ever read.  Then she will be taking another test for one of her online classes.
I must say that so far she’s holding up far better than Mom, who woke up at 1:00 in a panic that Jes was awake and still studying.  The only one awake at 1:00 was Mom.

This week’s dilemma:  What to do when you’re so busy you can’t watch your favorite shows?  (Gossip Girl season FINALE – we’re talking about Jessie here, American Idol FINALE? Oh PULEEZE let it be Chris!)  Mom’s always creatively correct solution is to DVR them all and look forward to watching them in two weeks.  This was met with a shocked, “Are you crazy?!?!?”  Hmm…

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Confession

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but I must confess that Jessie’s words yesterday were actually mine.  Shocker, huh?  

I did show the post to her for approval and do you want to know what kind of response I received?  As she proceeded to read, I heard a few chuckles, then an outright laugh at the “idiots” part.   Apparently, it’s okay to call both parents and brother idiots.  Yes, she does text under the table. I got only one objection, “I do NOT text that much!”

In response, I’ll admit one more thing.  As she stated this, she had a little knowing grin on her face.  Oh yeah, mom nailed it.

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In Jessie’s Words

Jessie is working like a fiend.  I stand close by, driving her nuts and saying, “Is there anything I can do?”  As if…  

We are currently down to two weeks of school remaining.  

Brief example of typical day (In Jessie’s words):  

Wake up, eat breakfast and begin to study.  Work on papers and projects due.  Mom is standing by me, driving me CRAZY!  Break to prepare my lunch.  Stop to text. Refuse mom’s offer to prepare my lunch.  I’d end up with steamed broccoli and salad.  I take lunch to computer and resume work.  Stop to text. Head into school to take two make-up tests.  Mom picks me up.  Text while mom is talking about something. Come home.  Study.  Hold on…friend keeps texting me.  Email biology project to teacher.  Done with daily requirements.  Break to text.  Wait.  Receive email that the english paper was due today.  It is 4:00 and teacher tells me that IF I email it to her by midnight, she’ll only take off 10 points.  YIKES.  Text this to a friend.  Mom asks me about something else.  What?  Would I like a smoothie???  Is she crazy?  I don’t have time for a smoothie.  Text friend to complain.  Finally finish paper and email it to teacher. Stop to text.  Parents are forcing me to actually sit down at the table and have dinner with them. Are they crazy?  I don’t have time for chit-chat.  (They don’t know that I text under the table!) Okay, chit-chat was not so bad.  I got to laugh at my brother, mother and dad.  They’re such idiots.  Okay, back to the computer, but before that, I need to text.  Work on drama project that’s due on Monday.  I’m feeling encouraged.  Stop to text friend before I go to bed.

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Sleep Study Results & Update

I have been a slacker now for almost a month!  Posts have been few and far between, which is a no-no in blogland.  This is the busy season for any chronically ill teenager trying to play catch-up and finish the school year.  For the parent of a chronically ill child, the road is hot between the school and doctor’s appointments.  Jessie is plugging away with Hamlet, Algebra 2, Biology, Drama, Spanish 2 and US History with her usual insistence that everything will be fine.  (Shouldn’t this scenario be the other way around?)

We had an appointment yesterday for results from the sleep study.  Jessie had an end-of-grade test, so I went alone.  Long story short, she woke up 18 times during the night of her study and never was able to fall into a deep sleep (REM).  We needed a doctor to tell us this?  Jessie is also a mild snorer.  (Good thing she doesn’t bother reading this blog.  She’d kill me for writing that.) She didn’t have any other issues like restless legs or apnea.  The doctor wrote her a prescription for Flonase to clear her up a bit at night to see if that helps.  If not, we will try a little higher dose of Melatonin.  If THAT doesn’t help, they will just have to give her something else to help with the sleep.  I don’t know why, that all of a sudden in October, the Pamelor just quit doing it’s job.  

Other than that, things are quiet around here.  No more doctor’s appointments for the week.  I have cleared the schedule through the end of the month allowing for “the crunch.”   We were supposed to get the labs done for gluten testing, but we’re holding that off as well.  Jes is still happily consuming all things gluten without any stomach problems.

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Busy Week

I’ve lost track of the days and am too lazy to figure out when Jessie began eating gluten.  At any rate, she has yet to see a reaction, which is wonderful.  I think we have the lab work done next week.  If it’s negative for Celiac, then they are probably going to do another endoscopy to make sure everything is okay.  You can get false negatives with the blood work and the final result will be when they have a peek at her intestine to see if there is any damage.

I am HOPING that the sleep pattern gets a little better and holds out until the end of May because the school crunch as begun. Jessie felt pretty bad yesterday, but went to school in the afternoon to take two tests.  It will be like that every day from here on out. Great way to work on that stress level, huh?

Today I (we) have Jessie’s 504 meeting at school which should be interesting since she’s had such a bad semester.  I still haven’t dealt with the recommendation of regular-level classes for the fall.  I was always under the impression that the teachers make their recommendations, but the parents can overrule.  It’s been told to me that they need to see Jessie in school full-time in the fall to allow her into the honors classes. (mostly “A’s” a a couple of “B’s”.  nothing ever lower, even on homebound) According to my research, we’re getting dangerously close to discrimination and I don’t want to have to result to threats.  I would be okay going along with their suggestions, except for the fact that classes are many times full at the beginning of a semester, meaning she wouldn’t be able to get in.  Today’s 504 meeting won’t cover that topic.  It will cover any accommodations that will be needed for school. 

My car goes to the shop this morning and I’ll drive a rental for a couple of weeks.  It’s a relief because I’m beginning to hear strange noises when I drive.

I may be taking a “roadtrip” with Jeff on Wednesday and Thursday, but I’m still on the fence.  He has a meeting in Charlotte Wednesday afternoon, then will head to Roanoke, VA for the night with meetings on Thursday.  Then he’ll drive back to Georgia (7 hours) on Thursday afternoon, putting us back at around 9:00.  The kids are urging me to go.  I have to admit, it would be nice to see my buddies in Roanoke for a few hours on Thursday.  Plus the location of his meeting in Charlotte is across the street from a great mall.  I think I could “suffer” through a few forced hours in Southpark!  Finally, he’ll be staying at Hotel Roanoke, which is a neat hotel in downtown Roanoke.  Hmm.  My only concern is the kids.  Jessie has to stay on track, which she assures me she’ll do.  I can picture them now eating candy bars, popcorn and soda for dinner on Wednesday night.  Sheesh.  It’s tempting, all the same. 

Have a good day.

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