Thursday, June 30, 2011
The x-rays were taken with her out of her brace. The original curvature was a 47 degree at the top and a 55 degree curvature at the bottom of her spine. She is now at 49 and 59. Bummer. The last set taken in March had shown no change - which was good. The doctor then wanted to see x-rays of her in her brace, so....back we go to MD Imaging for another set of x-rays, and then back to the doctor's. Then we get to wait for him to 'fit us in' to see us again. It really wasn't too long, I've waited almost as long for a regular appointment, but we didn't see him again until almost noon. With the brace on, her curvature was at 43 degrees and 61 degrees. The top was good, but the bottom was not. Now we go to the brace specialist. The doctor mentioned that he thought we needed a whole new brace built for her. After all this, I took Alli back to daycare. She missed the entire day of school, and I missed over half the day at work.
In the mean time, Ralph had an MRI on his leg. He probably won't get results back from the doctor until Friday, if it is anything like AJ's MRI. We'll see. I'm thinking this is going to be an expensive summer for medical bills. The insurance company set us a notice that they covered $0.27 of AJ's MRI because of his deductible. I told Ralph we should offer to save them money by paying that $0.27 ourselves - it will cost them more than that to mail a check!
And....AJ went out to the college last night for an orientation, and is ready to sign up for his classes (about $500.00 for the classes and $700 - $1,000 for the books!) and he got a parking ticket while he was out there - another $25.00! I was ready to go to bed early and call the day done, I tell you!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Poor Ralph - he went in a few weeks to the doctor about a large lump behind his knee. The doctor ordered a sonogram, which came back clear, so Ralph was told to wait a couple of weeks to see if it went away. It didn't, so he went back in to the doctor yesterday. In the meantime, he had seen an article about COPD, and felt that he had a lot of the symptoms, so was going to talk to the doctor about it. He now has an MRI scheduled for tomorrow on his leg and sees a cardiologist next Tuesday. They ruled out COPD via e-rays and an EKG, so now he goes to a specialist, and they don't know what is going on with his leg yet. As usual, we will wait and see!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
We have baby grass growing! It looks like a lot of the large bare spot in the back yard (just beyond the pool) has grass growing. We will probably still have some areas that didn't take this time, but I'm hoping the yard will look better soon. The first area we seeded looks good - just off the fountain area. If we can keep enough water on it, I think we may have a back lawn!
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
The weather has been so nice lately - I think it was only 93 yesterday - beautiful for Redding! We are supposed to be even cooler later this week - that's odd for Redding too. I have some more replacement plants to put out today, and hopefully the lawn seed is starting to grow. We are watering the newly planted areas three times a day just to keep them moist until the new grass comes in..The area we planted a month ago look really good - hopefully the new areas do too. It will be so nice to have a back yard of grass instead of dirt! We still have a ton of weeks mixed with the old established grass, but we can't kill them until the new grass is established. I'm thinking we have a two or three year wait in front of us before we have a nice lawn in the back.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Work got busy again, too - the week I took off for vacation caught up with my desk. We are also near the end of the month, and that is our busiest time, too - combining the two makes it really busy! I'm very glad I have the two extra people in my department - I would be way stressed by now if not! Even with them, it is still busy, and it seems like someone is on vacation all the time now (and one of them was me :D ) Oh well, tis the season for vacations! I'm looking forward to the three-day weekend next weekend too!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
AJ and Dallas went out to Whiskeytown yesterday to go sailing. One of AJ's leaders does the Sailing Merit Badge for scouts, and he took a troop up yesterday to go sailing. AJ loves it! He's quite happy he doesn't have to do the paperwork side of the merit badge anymore - he just gets to go up and go sailing and make sure none of the kids drown. Next weekend, he is going up again with our troop. This was the first time Dallas had been sailing and I think he enjoyed it too.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Here are directions for the bookmark. I'm not sure of the formatting
, since I pasted it from Word, it looks a bit odd on my page!
(2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc) around (24 sc) Join in next sc. Chain long enough for a bookmark (I used around 70). Fasten off and put a fringe on bookmark.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 09, 2011
We had a new first yesterday. AJ went in for an MRI on his head. He has been complaining of headaches when be bends over for a couple of weeks, so I took him in to see if he had a sinus infection. The doctor wanted to run more tests. We should get the results back in a few days. I hate waiting!
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Winter came back, again. Wind, rain, hail, and another tornado - this one down by Yuba City. Is it ever going to be summer? I hereby note that I will not complain about the heat this summer. Ever. We saw the sun today for a few minutes here and there. Not enough I'm ready for the heat!