Veronica's May Journal

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Fri, 05-07-2010 - 1:15pm

Busy busy week this week, so I haven't been posting although I've visited daily. Stevie had to go to get blood drawn on Wed. We sedated him a little with some ativan before hand and he was feeling pretty good, so it wasn't very traumatic, although he did jerk his arm away right at the end and we ended up with squirting blood all over the place, lol. After the blood draw, we came home and did something very spur of the moment and not like us at all, but we went and saw some puppies and BOUGHT one! So, in about 2 weeks, we'll have a brand new mini dachshund puppy in our house. Our 13 year old mini schnauzer is probably gonna have a COW, but hopefully they will get along okay. She'll come home right at the beginning of summer vacation, so I'll have a couple months without work to start her potty training and sometime in July we should be able to get her into a puppy obedience class (after she finishes off her shots). We forgot our camera when we went to pick her out, so maybe we can get back to visit this weekend and I can grab a shot of her.

Did day 2 of week 5 of our couch to 5K program last night (it was snowing like cats and dogs on Wed. night when we usually go, so we put it off a day). We did 2 eight minute jogs last night, and tomorrow is our first really long jog (20 minutes straight). Not really looking forward to that, but think I might be able to pull it off if I don't psych myself out, lol.

Yesterday's menu

B- one egg, one egg white, one piece 2% American cheese, one piece ww toast, 1/2 c. spicy V8
S- none
L- large salad with ranch dressing, 1 veggie burger (no bun), 1/2 c. ff cottage cheese
S- powdered milk, cocoa, peanut butter "brownie"
D- 2 salmon patties, large salad with ranch dressing
S- none really, but I did have 2 rum and diet cokes while reading my new Sookie Stackhouse novel

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Sat, 05-08-2010 - 9:49am
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Wed, 05-12-2010 - 11:51am

Sorry to be so long away girls, but life is crazy atm. School is done on Friday, so work is nuts, the boys are on half days, which means lots more Stevie time. We took him to OT yesterday and it was horrible. Kelsey ended up looking like she was attacked by a wild animal. She has 4 wounds about 1 inch under her eye, a big scratch down the side of her nose, 3 more down her cheek and her mouth is a little swollen. I got scratches on one arm, cute little half moon holes in the other hand and a nice cut about half way across the inside of my elbow (which I got while I was driving and he grabbed my arm, which of course, prompted Kelsey to jump into the back seat and restrain him, which is when she got injured before she could hold down his hands). I won't be attempting transport with him again until we get his car seat, which should be in the next week and a half.

We had a big meeting Monday with the director of a children's residential treatment program. The program sounds perfect and exactly what I think he really needs (intensive, consistent, 24 hour care, but still in a home like environment), and if it was in Fairbanks, I'd be starting to work on getting him in there now. But, it's not in Fairbanks, it's in Idaho. But, there is the possibility that if he gets the intensive treatment now, he may be ready to come back to Fairbanks when he's 18 and live in one of our residential options, which tend to be a little less intensive. My mind is spinning around in circles trying to figure this out, and I'm trying really hard to not listen exclusively to my mother's heart which is breaking at the thought of my baby not being here with me. If we decide to pursue this option, we would still have time to adjust, as the whole process takes about a year to finish, so he would still be here for a while, and we would be spending that year meeting the staff, getting them to know Stevie, doing assessments, writing a plan and goals, etc. But, we wouldn't get an opportunity to see his actual home until we actually take him down there.

Needless to say, I've been doing more emotional eating than I'd like, and gained almost 2 pounds this past week, but it's totally not my focus atm. Hope ya'll are having a good week, will check back in when I can. Love ya'll.

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Wed, 05-12-2010 - 5:54pm
Awww hugs darlin!!
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Fri, 05-14-2010 - 8:49am

First off....happy last day of school! We are not out for another month so I'm very jealous :)


I'm so sorry you and the family are having to make these very difficult decisions about Stevie's care. It does sound like it is getting unmanageable at home and transporting him for therapy. I'll be thinking of you Monday. I know you said you would not be able to visit the place until you were actually taking him for placement but do you think they could put you in touch with other families that have a child there? Kind of like a "reference"....I would just think that knowing other families are happy with their decision and the care their child is getting would be very reassuring.


((Big Hugs)), Judy

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Wed, 05-19-2010 - 4:42pm

Wow, it's been too long since I've been here, but it's been hectic and emotional and crazy here. So, school is now done.. finished off the year without too much drama! Saturday we took off early to go cut down some firewood. Got home and the boys started splitting what we'd gotten immediately as some of it was already trying to rot. About 3pm they were still at it outside and I hear this huge pop and a gigantic (45 foot tall) white spruce comes crashing down in the back yard. When I get out there, you can see the rot in the tree right at the base, but the tree was still green as can be.. apparently a colony of carpenter ants had moved in. It didn't hit any people, structures, or vehicles, BUT, it took out the electricity, cable and telephone wires. The electric company was out at about 7pm to hook us back up. We waited until yesterday for the cable and telephone. We are busy chopping up the spruce for firewood now, and dh joked that if he knew the trees at home were gonna start falling down he'd have saved the gas for the firewood trip, lol.

As far as the Stevie situation, we have decided to go ahead and start the process for placement. I'm still not sure I'm emotionally ok with it, but intellectually I know it's the right thing. I feel like God is leading us in this direction, and I have faith that he'll help me get through this process. Anyways, it's hard to update frequently anymore with Stevie home full time from school now.. I started this post at 7:30 this a.m. and I'm getting ready to post now at almost 1pm, lol. I'll update as I can. Still praying for you Sue, and thank you to both Sue and Judi for your support, it means the world to me. Love and hugs,

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Thu, 05-20-2010 - 10:21am

Wow, it's been too long since I've been here, but it's been hectic and emotional and crazy here. So, school is now done.. finished off the year without too much drama! Saturday we took off early to go cut down some firewood. Got home and the boys started splitting what we'd gotten immediately as some of it was already trying to rot. About 3pm they were still at it outside and I hear this huge pop and a gigantic (45 foot tall) white spruce comes crashing down in the back yard. When I get out there, you can see the rot in the tree right at the base, but the tree was still green as can be.. apparently a colony of carpenter ants had moved in. It didn't hit any people, structures, or vehicles, BUT, it took out the electricity, cable and telephone wires. The electric company was out at about 7pm to hook us back up. We waited until yesterday for the cable and telephone. We are busy chopping up the spruce for firewood now, and dh joked that if he knew the trees at home were gonna start falling down he'd have saved the gas for the firewood trip, lol. Wow!!

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Fri, 05-21-2010 - 10:25am

I hope you all can find some sort of summer routine and Stevie will

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Mon, 05-24-2010 - 1:34pm

Had a pretty good weekend, except that we are under attack from yellow jackets.. I killed 3 in the house this weekend, yuck! I wasn't 100% on plan all weekend, but good enough to drop a little weight from last week, thank goodness! Almost back under 160 again. Stevie had a better weekend, very calm, but still wanting me to rock him for hours everyday. A very nice older lady from our church has offered to come help with him and I think I may take her up on her offer, just to rock him for me so I can get some major house cleaning done! I need to shampoo carpets and scrub walls, which is really hard to do when you can't leave your son's side for more than 3 minutes, LOL.

Yesterday's menu

B- one egg, one egg white, 1 piece turkey sausage, 1/2 c. spicy V8
S- split a cappuccino with dh on the way to church (non-fat milk, sugar free butter rum syrup)
L- large salad with chicken, ranch dressing
S- yogurt, 1/2 c. sliced strawberries
D- refried bean enchiladas, broccoli with 2% cheese, small salad with ranch dressing
S- 1 oz. 2% cheddar cheese, 10 grapes

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Mon, 05-24-2010 - 5:02pm

Yellow jackets...how awful.