Wednesday, August 22, 2012

We’re Still Here. Also Where I Claim Cartoons Make You Smarter

I think things are on the upswing around here. At least I hope so.

Caedmon is feeling much better, and hopefully some tests we ran at the doctor’s office on Monday will give us some answers for this mystery illness.

Caedmon had to have blood drawn, which he’d never done before. He did fabulously; Didn’t even flinch. Later, he kept asking me why that nurse had to poke his arm. But his real concern was with the gauze pressure bandage she put on his arm. He wanted that thing gone immediately. I guess it’s good that he was more worried about that than having blood drained from his body.

Honor learned a few new tricks yesterday. She learned how to “play” her first instrument – a toy recorder. Yeah. The bane of every parent’s existence. And who was the genius who bought it for Caedmon a few years ago? That would be me. I know. I brought it upon myself. But it’s a rite of passage. I shouldn’t deny my kids the joy of tooting a recorder and squash their musical curiosity just because it causes me to lose brain cells. Right?

After an extra day off school, Caedmon has not been excited to get back in the groove. I can’t really say that I blame him. But part of his stuff this week is to learn to tie shoelaces. As we were working together last night, I actually got to use the word “aglet” in a sentence. And I wouldn’t have known that term if it wasn’t for Phineas & Ferb, quite possibly the best cartoon in the history of ever. So there you go. Cartoons can help you learn. Nevermind that I have the aglet song stuck in my head now.

Oh, and if you’re keeping track, it’s now Wednesday and the roofer still hasn’t come. I’ve spoken with the property manager, and he promises me that he’ll be in touch “soon”. Yeah. Apparently our definitions of “soon” are not the same. Maybe they need to watch some cartoons.

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  1. Glad Caedmon is feeling better! New follower and your blog is so cute. Precious family. :)

  2. I was just checking to see if he had fever again. I know exactly how you are feeling. It's really frustrating to watch your son run a high fever every single month for no apparent reason. We are hoping Silas "outgrew" his mystery illness. He hasn't had a high fever since December. Two years of high fever and countless tests and possible diagnosis was plenty though. Silas always had high inflammation markers but those lab tests were non specific(CRP and SED rate). The doctors would tell us that he had inflammation in his body but we don't know where. It was so frustrating.There are lots of periodic fever syndromes. Silas didn't really fit the clinical picture of any of them. He had the genetic testing done and had a gene change for FMF. We tried colchicine, sulfasalazine, and prednisone. Prednisone would stop the fever almost immediately. PFAAPA is the other fever syndrome. My heart goes out to your family. We learned a lot and I read everything I could find and we visited more doctors than I ever wanted to see. I pray you guys don't have to do the same. I will keep praying for your son. Mauree