Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Surgery and other updates

I had my surgery on Monday, the 11th. Everything went well. My ACL was replaced, minor repair to the MCL and the meniscus was only partially shredded so only a minor repair was required. The surgeon estimated I will be on crutches for about 2 weeks. Not too bad. I began rehab therapy yesterday and will go twice a week for 6 weeks. The exercises I have to do are killers, but I know they are necessary for recovery.

I saved some tasks to complete that I could do from the sofa due to my lack of mobility. One of the tasks was updating my blog! I also labeled Blake's school supplies and placed a few school clothes orders online. School shopping is almost complete. We need to take a trip to Shoe Carnival and pick up a few more items and we will be done. School starts August 26th so I will need to finish up for sure next week. Also have haircuts scheduled for all four kids next week.

I finished the kids 2013/2014 memory boxes just before my surgery. That is always a project. Glad it is done. I really need to get working on scrapbooking since Nicole graduates in 3 years and Ashley in 4 years. I am way behind. Just beginning 2008, so I really need to kick it in gear.

We did not go to the cottage this past weekend so I took some time for me. Nicole watched the twins Friday afternoon while Ashley and I went out to lunch and then went to our favorite scrapbooking store, Pages In Time. My sister watched the twins on Saturday while Bruce and I went furniture shopping and out to lunch. We are finally getting new sofas for the living room. Ours are in very bad shape. The new sofas are very inexpensive, but will look better than what we have now. Then on Saturday night, Ashley watched the twins and we had an adult dinner outing at Founders Brewery. I sure enjoyed my 2 days of spoiling myself. Just what I needed prior to surgery!

I thought I was completely done with St. Anthony sports for at least 2 years until Blake was in 5th grade. However, my dear friend asked me to be her assistant volleyball coach for her 5th grade daughter's team. She agreed to assist for me way back when Nicole began volleyball and we barely new each other at the time. So there was no way I could say no. Practice already began on the 11th (coincidence that it was the day of my surgery). Ashley is filling in for me until I'm back on my feet. So much for a break from dealing with all the middle school sports drama at our school. But I am excited to work with my friend again. Looking forward to a good season.

Well that is it for now. It's time for me to do my killer knee exercises again. yikes!

Emery's Evaluation at The Imagine Center

Emery's appointment was last week Tuesday. Bruce had a business meeting on Monday near the appointment, so we left Monday morning and stayed overnight in a hotel in Northville. Bruce went to his afternoon meeting and Emery and I hung out in the hotel room. When Bruce returned, we took Emery down to the pool to swim for awhile. We then enjoyed a nice dinner out. I think Emery enjoyed being an "only child" on this little trip.

Emery's appointment was at noon on Tuesday so we had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before leaving for the appointment. I had never been to Northville before. It is such a quaint little town. Many small shops, deli's and coffee shops along the main street. I would have loved to walked around and enjoyed the town if it were not for my knee.

I was so nervous about how Emery's appointment would go. In addition to worrying about Emery slipping into an episode and the doctor not being able to adequately evaluate her, I was afraid we would be disappointed as we were with the prior two neurologist appointments.

Well this appointment could not have gone better. The neuropsychologist that worked with Emery was wonderful. Emery was extremely comfortable and completely herself. There is no doubt that she was adequately evaluated. The doctor spent a considerable amount of time asking us questions about Emery. In addition, I filled out several questionnaire forms pertaining to Emery. I provided the doctor with all of Emery's medical records from the orphanage and the timeline I prepared of Emery's development and issues since we adopted her.

The doctor immediately began pouring over the information. She was thankful to have the information and believed it would greatly assist in Emery's evaluation. She asked us may questions regarding Emery's medical records and the timeline. The discussion was very thorough.

The doctor then proceeded with formally evaluating Emery's cognitive abilities. She sat on the floor with Emery and played with her while asking her to complete various tasks. She included Bruce in some of the activities while I completed the questionnaires. In addition, Emery demonstrated her gymnastics skills for the doctor, which was very entertaining for us all.

The doctor discussed several topics with us including institutional autism, special education services through the public schools, state assistance for special needs and ABA therapy (applied behavioral analysis). She indicated that she feels Emery's issues are orphanage related and she believes Emery has a lot of potential.

The next step is for the doctor and her colleagues to get together to review and analyze all of the information about Emery and determine a diagnosis, therapy plan and education plan. Our next appointment is September 9th to discuss the results of the evaluation, the doctors conclusions and obtain a written report.

Overall, I could not be more happy about how this appointment went. I feel we are on the right track with Emery. Having a specific plan in place combined with the right resources is exactly what we need. Praying everything goes just as well at the next meeting.