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27 May 2009 @ 12:01 pm
 
Thanks to all who participated in the various discussion on this post last week. There was lots of talk about writing and concrit, about the horrors of overly long school music concerts, and about Where The Red Fern Grows and age-appropriateness. Yay!

I need to get the kids' summer schedule info off to their aunt, so we can determine a good time for them to visit (in and around her family's schedule, which includes a trip to Europe and sending the youngest off to college). Our own summer plans are made last, both when to go up to Oregon and the always-too-late campsite reservation for our favorite place in the Sierra-Nevada. Registration for that opens in January, but I'm never remotely ready to commit to anything then. First comes Lauren's Girl Scout Camp signup, and we have to postpone everything until we know the results of that. Then, this year, classes for grade-school kids to take at the local college, then visiting their aunt, then Oregon, then camping. Finally have Christopher's course info back (Fail! Too late! Unless he makes the waiting list), and that session overlaps with the course Lauren got into. Either way, it simplifies things).

I'm tracking down photos from Lauren's Kindergarten year for a graduation project by one of the other moms. Took forever to locate the right photo album. When HSH "puts things away," he usually just puts them someplace instead of where they belong, and it drives me nuts. Worse since the ECT treatments that he's still undergoing.

Some of you have kindly asked about HSH's painful knee, which is STILL undiagnosed and the problem has now spread all the way down the leg. His doctor decided to focus on the knee itself, finally (the original source of the pain—if only HSH were more forceful with his doctor). A late-April xray revealed an "abnormality" there, and an MRI was approved. But the first available date was not until a month later (tomorrow), despite many phone calls about being fitted in earlier. The doctor is looking for a stress fracture, or for an infection (unlikely) in the tissue sheath that covers the bone. Meanwhile, the pain has increased (we're over the 3-month mark now), and the swelling is all the way down through his right foot. He can barely get his shoe on. :(

Keep your fingers crossed for some answers from that MRI...

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cindytsuki_no_bara on May 27th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
planning your summer sounds so complicated. yowza.

poor hsh. :( i hope the mri offers some answers, ideally of the "we see the problem and can fix it" variety.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 27th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm hoping too. Something like, "Oh. We know what that is. Here's the treatment to cure it."

*fingers crossed*
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 27th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Me too-- if we could get some answers, ideally they could treat the problem and make it go away.

3-4 months of throwing painkillers at it is really not the right solution. :0
etherealflaimetherealflaim on May 27th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Ow ><. Much luck with the MRI, HSH!

And ECT? As in, the ECT? That sounds so terribly painful.

And I think the whole putting things someplace instead of where they belong is a guy thing... as much as it pains me to have to look for things, when I have to clean I usually end up with some statistically significant portion of the clutter placed in some random not-indended-to-be-storage space. I blame it on genetics! ^_^

Good luck with your campground reservations, the summer scheduling, the MRI, etc, and try to find some time to enjoy the summer!
~EF
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 29th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
Yes, it's THE ECT. It's painful, it's not as effective for him as we'd hoped (consistent, unfortunately, with medications not being very helpful-- but this was a last resort!) And it affects his memory quite a bit, not just short-term but also in wiping out parts of the past (old knowledge, old associations, old memories). We keep hearing that the memory loss isn't "permanent," but the memory won't come back until the treatment stops, and there's no sign of that happening at all. It's still every 4 weeks, after more than 1 1/2 years.

as much as it pains me to have to look for things, when I have to clean I usually end up with some statistically significant portion of the clutter placed in some random not-indended-to-be-storage space. I blame it on genetics! ^_^
That's exactly what's going on here-- 'clutter' is put in hiding, rather than away. :0

I've sent an email off to the kids' Aunt now, and I'm hoping to get her schedule back at least to the point where I can make the campground reservation. Those sites fill up fast!
brigid_tanner: boys-ties that bind hugbrigid_tanner on May 27th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
I don't understand why the doc wouldn't have already been looking at the knee, since that's where the problem started. Hope they can finally get some answers and give him some relief.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 29th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
It's been frustrating.

When HSH went in, and complained about the knee (several weeks of pain at that point, minor swelling then), the doctor noticed some swelling farther down the leg. He went off onto a whole tangent about possible "clotting problems," and there was a big delay in getting all the tests for THAT covered, with ECT treatment delayed out 8 weeks from 4 because clotting problems would prohibit ECT.

But I was not happy when my husband came back with that news, and I really think he should have been more forceful at the time.

The initial presentation is the most likely point of origin in a medical problem like this, and that should be the first area you focus on. It's almost an allegory to Occam's Razor.