Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Home Happenings

Here are some things going on in our life right now:

Blake's prosthetic leg has been causing him pain the last several days. He has been readjusting it at school constantly or asking to go to the bathroom to fix it.  Needless to say, this is causing a disturbance in the classroom.  Went in to see the prosthetist. Had some adjustments done.  Hoping it will be more comfortable for him. It is so hard to tell whether or not Blake is in real pain.  Blake is our family drama queen, so I never really know how much something is bothering him.  He is also fidgety.  So readjusting his leg could just be a way to deal with not being able to sit still.  He is still much slower in his leg than he is on his crutches.  Blake does not like to be slowed down or held back at all.  So he could be complaining about his leg just so he can use his crutches.  The prosthetist is skeptical that the leg is causing him any type of severe pain.  I believe it is still somewhat uncomfortable for him and it will take some time to get use to it.  I pray he is not in a lot of pain and I am making the right decision to keep him wearing his leg for most of the day.

Emery loves going to school.  She is actually upset if we have to run up there for something and it is not time for her to go to school.  The teachers are great with her.  She is going to be evaluated by a speech therapist at school that has had training in Prompt - a method of treating apraxia.  I cannot even explain how excited I am about this.  I have requested that Emery have two sessions per week with the school speech therapist since she is at our school twice a week.  Praying this request is granted.

I am fighting battles with two different insurance companies right now.  Our old insurance company and our new one.  Frustrating and time consuming to say the least.  While doing this, we have decided to continue Emery's therapy for half of her 60 minute sessions.  We simply cannot afford to pay for full sessions while waiting on insurance appeals.  I am hoping our initial denial for one more year of covered therapy will be overturned.

I thought once we reached September, things such as medical appointments would slow down a bit. That has not happened yet. Between speech therapy, physical therapy, activities, school, dental, orthodontic, optometrist, ophthamologist, prosthetist, and pediatric appointments, I get very little else accomplished.  I consider it a good day just to get dinner on the table, get everyone where they should be on time and not forget to pick anyone up!  I do manage to keep up on laundry, but keeping the house at a preferred level of clean, just doesn't always happen.

Since June, I have been going through some personal life changes (by choice).  It has been a long, lonely and very challenging time.  Unfortunately, it has not only been hard on me, but on those I love the most.  I am hanging on to the hope that I am near the end of this journey and the long-term benefits will out weigh the short-term costs.  I could start a blog about this topic as well.  I continue to pray that I am on the right path and will soon reach my destination.

Ashley's volleyball season is in full-swing.  There are still issues going on there that go completely against everything I have always believed and thought to be true.  But, Ashley loves the sport and continues to play.  Despite Ashley's sweet, demure nature, she is one strong young lady.  I am so proud of her for holding strong for something she loves. 

Nicole is off to a great start in high school.  The majority of her classes are honors and AP courses, so she has a tough load.  But, this is the path she chose, and I have every bit of confidence that she will be successful.  Nicole is and always has been an independent thinker and she thrives when challenged.  I am still very disappointed that she did not pursue any sports this year.  However, she needed to make that decision for herself.  So hard to let go sometimes!

Our house and many of its contents are in dire need of repairs and updates.  It has bugged me forever.  I have now excepted that there just isn't money available to keep up with everything.  Maybe once we have Emery in school full time I can go back to work.  I have no idea who will do all the running to appointments and activities, however.  I guess I will cross that bridge when I get to it!

Well, that is it for now. We are having our family portrait taken next week. I am excited to have a professional family picture taken with the twins. It's about time I got around to doing it!

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