Sunday, February 24, 2008

Nothing significantly new here, lately! Anna caught one of those cold/bronchial viruses, so she's been coughing a lot lately. I had something similar about two weeks ago--nothing alarming . . . just one of those things where you need Vick's Vapor cream at night and a humidifier going (although I think something is wrong with the humidifier I recently bought---I may have to call the manufacturer). At least that means that we should wait another week or two for the upcoming blood test. Anyway . . . Anna didn't have to wait around anywhere (and find some way to kill time) for the regional Capital Area Science Fair, because we had such a busy weekend (last weekend), that my parents let Anna spend two nights with them in Maryand (that sure helped with logistics of last weekend). She had a blast with Mom and Dad and her best buddy cousin, who also spent the weekend with Grandma and Granddad. Mom and Dad's house is the only place she's ever spent the night (besides JRA Camp or on vacation with us). That seems rather odd in some ways, but that's just the way it's been. At least Anna's to the point where she doesn't need all that much help with organizing her medications. She has it all down-pat, and she's in a routine whereby she knows it's a regular part of her day (after breakfast for the 100 mg of Cyclosporine, and bedtime for everything else).

Friday, February 01, 2008

"Let's think of something to do while we're waiting" . . . Anna spent last Saturday at the high school science fair, where her brother, Joel, had a project which compares three types of roller coaster launches (he tied for second place---gets to go to the regional science fair on February 16th). Anna chose to go over to the college (which was hosting the science fair) with Abby and Joel. We learned last year that there is a whole lot of time between set-up and judging and awards, so Scott and I decided to stay home and get some things done (we're working on renovating a room in our house . . . a LONG, slow process in a 70+ year-old home) until about an hour before the awards ceremony (it's REALLY great to have a teenager who is a responsible driver!---and I think they enjoyed being out by themselves). Anna took paper and crayons to keep her busy during the "down time."

Anna had an eye appointment yesterday. No cells at all in the right eye (although the pressure in that eye is around 21-22, which is interesting. Normal is anything under 18 or so). Still a trace in the left eye, but better than last time, although my comment of "Good!" with a smile got a cautionary response of "Well, we can't get really excited, because this has a pattern of fluctuating." I know that. I'm a realist, and we've been on this road for quite awhile. But I am choosing to be happy for today!

Another ice storm this morning (mostly rain now). We'd rather have snow. Oh, well! Slow start to the morning, 'cause the kids had a two-hour delay.