Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I Wouldn't Have to Ask You to Turn the Music Up!

I love this kid!  He is always moving, jumping, running, and standing on his head!  He is helpful and kind.  He is considerate of others and notices when some one needs a friend.  He loves to read and do the worm.  He's good at both ☺  He also rocks a mullet!
As you know, a couple years ago, he was diagnosed with ADHD and Tourette's Syndrome.  He has handled it pretty well and the school has given him tools to help him in the classroom.  He has a wiggle cushion on his chair and a band across the front legs of his desk so he can have movement while he is at his desk.  His desk is on an outside row so that if he needs to stand up, he can without disturbing others or drawing attention to himself.  They even have a stand up desk at the back of the room if he ever needs to use that.  Most of his tics have been mild and he has learned to release the vocal ones outside or at home which also helps him in the classroom.

Earlier this fall, maybe a month ago, we had health screenings at the school.  He failed the hearing test and so the nurses suggested we get his ears checked.  Our speech therapist retested him a day or so later and he failed again so we took him in.  The doctor couldn't see anything that would be causing hearing trouble so he referred us on to a specialist.

Yesterday I took him to Sioux Falls to have an audio test and meet with an ENT.  They removed some wax from his ears that they believed may have caused the failed tests previously and then they gave him an audio test.  Afterwards the audiologist came in and explained that he did have some hearing loss.  It was mild to slight but it was in the midtone range where most talking levels take place.  She talked to him about getting hearing aids but told us the doctor would talk more about it with us.

While we were waiting to see the doctor, I asked Zeke how he was feeling about it all.  He said he did not want to get hearing aids.  Who would right?  I asked him why.  He said it would make him look like a nerd.  He was embarrassed at the thought and didn't want any of the kids at school to know about it right now.  We talked about how small hearing aids were and that maybe he wouldn't end up needing any after all.

When we talked with the doctor, he showed us more about the results of the test and talked to us about the next steps.  He said hearing aids would definitely help him but he wanted to wait a bit and retest him before we jumped into that.  When he is retested, if it is the same or worse, he will want a CT scan to check on the little bones around the ears to see if there are any that are not formed right.  We would also discuss hearing aids at that point.

As we were leaving the appointment he said, "Well, if I do have to get hearing aids, I wouldn't have to ask you to turn the music up when I can't hear it, I could just turn up my hearing aid!"  I love him so much!  He still doesn't want to get hearing aids but if he ends up with them, I know he will rock them just like he does his mullet!

State 2016

These four girls made school history at State.  They are the first girls cross country team at Deubrook to ever place at State.  After a season of injuries, frustrations and lots of ice, they ended up taking 6th place!  How awesome is that?
Their coaches did an amazing job of encouraging and helping them through the season.  They made sure these girls had what they needed to be successful and they were there cheering them on at every race.  Even on the bad days, they were there building them up and telling them they would get it next time.

It was a beautiful day for a race.  Before every race our girls always huddle for a prayer.  They do it in basketball, volleyball and track too.  I love seeing the girls bow their heads and seek for help from a Higher Source.  At State, before our girls ran, all the girls circled up in a prayer circle.  It was so neat to see!  Class B girls were the only ones who did it.  What a way to start the race!
Our girls all ran hard.  Each course is so different and you can't compare times from course to course.  Makenna was sad because she didn't run her best time of the season, but she did what she needed to do.  Josie took 2nd.  Andrea took 9th.  Makenna was our 3rd runner.  Her placement would determine if we placed or not.  Even though she was disappointed with her time, she didn't let the team down.  They all were able to walk away with their heads high, their hips and knees iced, with a smile on their face!
Can't wait to see what they do next year!

Friday, October 14, 2016

XC - State Bound!

In the midst of dealing with my eyes, getting ready for book fair at school, getting Zeke's hearing checked (he failed several hearing tests and is now scheduled for a more in depth audio test) and getting to Dillon's last football game, I did not ever post about our amazing cross country meets!

Last Wednesday, the 5th, was our Cross Country DVC meet.  These four amazing girls below all placed in the top 20 and ended up DVC champs!  Wow!  Aren't the awesome?!

This Wednesday, the 12th, was our cross country region meet.  Top 20 runners and top 3 teams go to state.  Last year Makenna placed 13th at regions with a time of 22:45, her best time of the season.  It was her first year to run cross country.  This year Makenna placed 18th with a time of 22:14, her best time of the season!  Her teammates placed 1st, 5th and 28th.  Top 3 runners count for points and we ended up Region Runner-Ups and our team - those same four amazing girls - will get to run at state next weekend!  They were so excited and I am so excited for them!  They have worked through injuries - foot pains, never ending ear aches, knee issues, hip flexor injuries - and they never gave up.  Their strength and determination carried them through and helped them reach their goal of going as a team.  Their coaches have also been amazing.  They have helped and encouraged them - cheering them on during their races and strengthening them between races.  I can't wait to watch them run next weekend!

After the race.  All smiles ☺
Waiting for the awards ceremony.  Still smiling ☺
After the ceremony with their plaque.  Still smiling ☺

Parker also made it to state with several other Deubrook boys not far behind.  The boys team has a bright future too!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cross my Heart, Hope to Die, Stick a Needle in my Eye

That little chant has new meaning for me now and I will never say it again!  Last year, around this time, I started having eye aches for a few days and then I had blurry spots that would sometimes be in my vision.  Over several weeks the blurry spots got worse and so I finally went in to see my eye doctor.  I had pretty bad uveitis in both my eyes.  It was in the front of my eyes and the back.  There was a lot of inflammation in the front causing my eye to stick to my cornea.  I had to have my eyes dilated for 4 or 5 weeks and ended up having injections in both eyes.  I was terrified of the injections but my eyes were numbed and so I really couldn't feel any pain.  The hardest part was holding my eyes still and not looking at the needle as he injected it into the lower corner of my eye.

A couple of weeks ago I started have eye aches again.  They were a little different and instead of just lasting for a couple of days, they lasted for a couple of weeks (actually, they still ache - it hasn't stopped).  Then I noticed a blurry spot in my vision.  It was a little different than last time.  It didn't float around, it just stayed in the same spot all day.  I kept cleaning my glasses thinking they were smudged but it didn't help!

I decided to call the optometrist again to get them checked.  I didn't want things to get as bad as they were last time.  I hated being dilated for so long and I really didn't want to do injections again.  I went in Tuesday.  I had uveitis again.  The good news was that it was only in my left eye and it wasn't near as bad as it was last time.  The bad news was that there was a little twist to it this time.  The inflammation was in the back of my eye this time instead of the front and I had fluid behind my retina.  That was what was causing the blurry vision and achiness.  She did not want to treat me any further and sent me to the opthamologist that I saw last year. 

So I went over there and waited.  They did another vision test on my right eye.  I couldn't see anything!  Then they did some weird scan thing that took pictures of the back of my eye.  Then I saw the dr.  He said we needed to get another injection and start on the drops again.  I was ok with it because last time it didn't hurt.  This time however...

He put the numbing drops in and waited for a few minutes.  Then he came back and got ready to give me the injection.  As he started to poke, it hurt!  A lot!  Nothing was numb.  Since it hurt I was kind of squeezing my eye shut so he pulled the needle back out to get a different angle.  I told him it hurt so he gave me another numbing drop (I personally think they weren't numbing drops.  I think he had the wrong bottle).  Then he told me to look off to the side so he could have better access to that lower corner.  Then he stuck the needle in again.  It hurt!  Again!  And that membrane is tough to poke through so he had to push.  Did I mention that it hurt?!  Just as he got the needle in and began putting in the steroids, the headrest that my head was resting on, fell backwards and my head fell backwards.  He pulled the needle out really fast because he wasn't sure what had happened.  Then he had to put that stupid needle in my eye a 3rd time, still not numb and slowly finish injecting the steroids.  Oh my heck!  It was one of the most horrible things I have ever had to do.  Plus, now I am scared to go back to him!  Unfortunately I have to go back next Tuesday.

Anyways, that all started at 10:15 Tuesday morning.  It is now Thursday and my eye was still dilated today.  Not as bad, but it certainly was not back to normal.  I think he accidentally put dilating drops in my eyes instead of numbing drops.  If I ever have to get another injection, I am going to make him double check the bottle before he sticks me in the eye!
This was me Wednesday morning.  If you've ever seen Fievel Goes West - I have the Laaaazy Eye ☺

My eyes still ache, my left eye underneath is still puffy.  I still have a blurry spot.  Nothing seems to be getting better yet.  I go back Tuesday and he will check me again.  Then we will discuss the need to go see a retina specialist.  I am super frustrated with this all but I am very glad that I don't have to have my eyes dilated constantly like I did last time.  The blurry spot is annoying and gets in my way and the achy eyes make days at work long but it could be worse...

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Apple Picking!

Tonight was a beautiful night so we decided to pick a few apples.  Our trees are loaded this year!  Here are a few pictures of the evening ☺

The view from our yard.  What a beautiful evening!

Nava and Sue were there to help.  Sue wouldn't stand still for a picture.

Zeke...  I love him ☺