Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I've been a bad, bad blogger!

My life has been fairly eventful these days...

I've had a couple of (near) major issues, including some question about my health, some issues with my older dd at school, and the need for me to transition to full time work.

First the health issues. I have experienced weird symptoms including vertigo spells, paresthesias, and minor coordination issues. This has been ongoing and cyclical in nature for quite some time. I will have a few months that I feel OK, only to have the symptoms return. I finally convinced my doctor that I needed further testing. It turns out that I have a brain cyst which may predispose me to having vestibular migraines. Now, I've had this since I was born... it's just the nature of the thing... and my brain has formed "normally" to accomodate this void in the back of my head. It's actually kind of interesting to look at my MRI images. It was going to take a while to get in to see a neurologist, but, lucky for me, I work with MCV physicians. I got to see one of the top neurosurgeons in the region, and she thinks surgery would not help me. (WHEW!!! I wasn't in the mood for brain surgery, anyway! LOL!!!) My next step is to see a migraine specialist and get a second opinion from another ENT (I saw one in January.) Anyway, my biggest fear was that I had MS, and the MRI definitively answered that question for me as a no!

Second, the school issues. My child is bored in school. Her best friends are in higher grades than she is. She gets 100% on all of her tests. She reads at a 3rd grade reading level in 1st grade. She is in a mixed level class, and I was concerned that she was not being challenged enough. I met with her teacher and made what I hope is a good start in assuring that a few things change to meet her needs. The most important one is that she be allowed to check out books at a higher reading level than 1st grade! The librarian at her school wouldn't allow it, so I asked her teacher to change that. Now my dd can check out any book she wants! Yay! We have another conference scheduled for the middle of November.

Third, I had to go back to work full time. My dh's benefits expired since he lost his job. He is employed doing contract work, but that is without benefits. Clearly the job market for health professionals is better than it is for financial professionals! (go figure!). So, now I work longer hours with less pay, but at least we have health benefits... and for the first time in 6 years I will have paid vacations!

Lastly, I have some pages I did for Scraplovers this month using papers from Scenic Route and chipboard words from Maya Road. Thanks for reading if you have gotten this far, and take care!

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