Monday January 10, 2005
Sorry for the long wait! Let me start by saying, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY
GIRL!!!!!!!!!! Alex turned 7 today. It's unbelievable on so many levels! The
child that we thought would never have to opportunity to grow up is doing
just that, and doing it very quickly! We are thrilled!
have been so crazy around here, but for once it's the kind of crazy that
we'll take! Alex's counts have been fantastic and she is only going into the
clinic every 2 months! She has started having her immunizations again and
has been absolutely phenomenal about it. The last three clinic visits she
has been poked once for a blood draw and then five more times for her
immunizations and she hasn't let out a peep! She just sits there and watches
them do it. I'm so proud of her.
know some of you are probably wondering about the surgery that my mom
mentioned in the guestbook in November. Late in October, the school nurse
called me to tell me that she had been doing the yearly eye tests on the
kids and that Alex's right eye tested 20/50 while her left eye tested
normal. I told her that I would get her into the eye doctor to have it
checked since that was the eye that she had had the targeted radiation. Back
in 2001 when she had the radiation the doctor told us that it wasn't a
matter of "if", but rather of when she would get a cataract in that eye. So
I called up to Children's and the earliest they could get us in for an
appointment was February! I was afraid that if it was a cataract that her
brain might shut the eye down if we waited that long, so I called Nick's
ophthalmologist and they got us in 2 1/2 weeks later. In that 2 1/2 weeks,
she went from 20/50 to 20/200! Cataracts grow fast in kids! This gave us a
reason for why she was falling down the stairs and tripping so much! She had
no depth perception! He immediately got us in to the surgeon who scheduled
her for cataract removal surgery the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The
surgery went very well and when I saw her eye when she woke up I couldn't
believe anything had been done! There wasn't any sign of trauma at all. It
was amazing. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to get all of the residue off of
the membrane, so she will have follow up laser surgery sometime this month.
Even after that, she will need to have glasses which she is very happy
about. She tells us she wants pink with polka dots and flowers! I'll be
calling ahead to make sure they hide anything that resembles this!!!!!
School is going much better for
her. She still has her days where she seems to forget how old she is and how
to treat her friends, but those days do seem to be getting farther apart.
She is really looking forward Saturday. She is going to have her second ever
birthday party! We are going to have it at the Rose Tea room here in Gig
Harbor. She is so excited! For that matter, so are we! I decided to make her
invitation and had a ball! Of course I spent a fortune doing it and was up
until 3am several nights in a row, but I had fun! As an added bonus, they
turned out REALLY cute!!!
Nicholas, is Nicholas! We are
constantly finding him in the middle of tables, dressers, you name it! I think
he's part mountain goat! Boy is he lucky he's cute!
That's about it for the kids. Todd
and I are doing great. We want thank everyone that did their holiday shopping
through Alex's Coupons this year! Todd has been working really hard on the site
and it finally feels like it's taking off. Right now he's working on getting all
the Valentines links together and he's also going to put up a wedding section.
He really thinks of everything.
I've been keeping busy helping
at the school and I somehow managed to get myself harangued into chairing the
annual bingo night! Just one more thing to confirm my insanity! Lastly, I want to thank everyone that donated money
Night Walk. It was an amazing night and we raised $1200 for the
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!
That's about it for now! Thanks for checking in on us. We'll catch up with you
again in a few months!
Andrea, Todd, Alex and Nick