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Thursday, March 25, 2010

IEP time

By Monday morning Daniel's foot was fine, so I didn't waste time in yet another doctor's office. I hate going to the doctor and spending hours there waiting to find out that nothing is wrong.

Everyone is back in school after spring break. Getting back into the routine went pretty well. John gave us a hard time with his spelling homework on Monday but that is normal. He hates all the writing. For some reason his teacher insists that he does the entire unite in one night. My older boys’ teachers let them either do it over a week or only assigned one or two activities. John and Daniel have to do them all! There are usually four pages of writing. John hates writing so spelling is the worst thing we have to deal with (except maybe church). I am trying to remember to do some of it over the weekend so it isn’t all in one day. That was inspiration, but unfortunately I got it the week before spring break. I haven’t had much of a chance to implement it to see if he will do work over the weekend. We’ll see how it goes this weekend.

We had Daniel's IEP meeting recently. As far as I can tell it went pretty well but after talking with a diagnostician (the person who sets up the meetings) from another school district I am not so sure. She said that her district is cutting out all team teaching and opting to have all the kids go to the learning support room to do their work. That just won't work with all children. Not only that, she said she had to "sell" it to the parents as a good thing and a step up. This is in a nearby school district so now I wonder if I was duped into Daniel not having the in class support he needs. He is getting less speech as well. I was told that he would be having more one on one time in the learning support classroom so he didn't need it. I feel a little guilty for having him get so much so I let it go for now. We will see if his speech continues to improve or if it stops growing. I can't get speech through my private insurance anymore so I have to depend on the school district to give him what he needs. It is hard to tell right now because he has missed so much school due to his surgery and illnesses.

I also had a meeting for John because they needed me to sign the okay for doing their required 3 year testing. The speech lady had plenty to say about where he is in that program and that he needed retesting. Especially since during the last tests he would not speak to anyone outside of our family. They had a hard time assessing how well he spoke and understood language when he refused to speak to them. Most of the rest of the testing won't be done because we all pretty well know that John is bright and is learning, he just hates showing what he knows. If you ask him questions he will answer, "I don't know," but then later he will demonstrate that he does know and was listening and learning. He is an enigma to us all.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

It's Spring Break

Its spring break and everyone is home. We went to the Natural History and Science Museum. John and Daniel had a great time although by the end they were begging to go home. They loved the Chemistry section and the Dinosaurs but didn't much care for the Native American history section (which I loved). Daniel began begging to go home during that part. Then we did the weather forecast. John loved it. Unfortunately, the teleprompter went faster then he could read. You really have to spit those words out fast to get through the whole thing. Even Eric and Mark had trouble with it. John loves being on TV. We promised him to set up the video machine at home for him to use.

After the museum we went out to eat. Daniel stuffed himself. We all enjoyed our dinner. Then it was time for The Little Gym Karate. The boys were so tired. John refused to do anything and threw a fit. Daniel was enjoying himself until he stepped on the side of a mat and went down. He hurt his foot again. The next day I tried to get an appointment with his pediatrician and his orthopedic doctor and neither one had room so we ended up in the urgent care center. The nurse practitioner didn't find anything on the film but I will take him to the orthopedic doctor next week to be sure. I have twice had doctor's tell me the film looks clear only to have another doctor tell me otherwise. The first time it was a stupid or overworked doctor. The second, the x-rays were in the incorrect place so it didn't show up. That was more of the Daniel not telling the doctor the correct place that it hurt. He has such a high pain tolerance it is hard to tell with him when he had a broken bone or when something is seriously wrong.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Daniel got his first Charlie Horse

 Daniel got his first Charlie Horse a couple of nights ago. He has a cold that must cause an electrolite imbalance because Mark had the same thing happen a week ago.  I could tell Mark how to stretch your calf out to keep it from hurting. I tried to help Daniel with it by pushing on his toes, but he just moved his whole leg. He is walking around on his toes with his knees all bent funny like he is really sore from riding a horse. It looks hilarious. I am filling him up on Motrin, amoxicillin (for the strep) and cough and cold syrup and sending him off to school. He has missed way too much all ready. Part of my heart is saying ‘Poor baby’ and the other part is laughing at the strangeness of all his problems and how funny he is to watch walk. You have to keep your humor about you when things just keep happening. Daniel is handling it with his good nature. He is saying ow a lot though.


John has been doing great. I started reading Pinocchio to him for his minutes reading. He has been getting really bad grades because we haven’t done that part of his homework. We started out reading and Arthur book. That didn’t go over well, but we finished it and he was really proud of himself. Then I searched our house for a book that had short enough chapters and was relatively easy to read. I gave him a choice of about 3 books and he chose Pinocchio. (The original not the Disney.) I didn’t realize how appropriate that book was. It talks about being a good boy and bad boy and not going to school and a lot of stuff that John really has a hard time with. I didn’t do it on purpose, but I chose a book that goes right to the heart of a lot of John’s issues. I don’t know if he will learn from Pinocchio’s choices/mistakes, but it is worth a try. It might be inspiration. The oddest part is, he absolutely loves the book. I am not having any trouble getting him to sit next to me and read with me for ten minutes. It could be that it is part of the homework routine, but that just isn’t John. He fights about everything he hates to do, and he did fight the first four chapters, but now he is not fighting at all. It is really weird.

There is one other really weird thing John did this week. He sang a solo at churc. According to Robert, the chorister was asking for volunteers to sing the question parts of “He Sent His Son” and John volunteered and then he actually sang and Robert he could hear him way in the back of the room! I was astounded when he told me. He is having a really good couple of weeks.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

We started Pinocchio

 John is doing well this week. He seems to have settled down from his spike in anger after Daniel went back to school. I am making him do homework every night and read. He does fight me, but he gets it done. Sometimes I have to do all the reading, but that is okay. We started Pinocchio last night. Much to my amazement that was the book he chose and even more amazing, he understood the first chapter. He thought it was funny. He read the narrative and I read the speaking parts. He thought wood talking was worth giggling about. Especially when I used a funny voice for it.

Daniel was doing great until he came down with strep yesterday. He tried to throw up in the morning after I got him ready for school. I thought he was just hyperventilating and told him to stop it. I thought better of it and took his temperature. It was at 100. Since Mark had been sick I wasn’t too uptight and though I would just keep him home and he would be better today but as the day wore on he started sounding like his tonsils were swelling. I called the doctor and they got him in. I figured if he didn’t have strep at least I would have a doctors note. He missed 25 days because of his surgery. I think I need to make sure he has a doctor’s note for every single day he has missed to make sure it is well documented. His doctor smiled when I told him he had missed so many days and said that the truancy stuff around here is a little stringent. (I agree.) When I told him I thought he sounded like strep he smiled and checked Daniel’s ears. When he looked at his throat he said, “Yep, its strep. We’ll test of course but I am pretty sure.” It was and now Daniel is home today for the 24 hours on medication. Will I ever get everyone well for a whole week?