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A little white lie with red and blue sprinkles July 21, 2009

Filed under: Family,Kids — travit @ 10:34 am
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Riley's Doughnuts

Riley's Doughnuts

My husband is a district manager for a large retail store chain that sells food and convenience items.  Often Carson and Riley will come up with snack suggestions that they feel their dad should begin to market in his stores.  As the 4th of July approached, Riley told him that they should make a white doughnut with red and blue sprinkles to celebrate the holiday.  He began to tell her that one was already in the works but I quickly stopped him and gave him a look.  A silent look from wife to husband that meant “lie to your young innocent child.”   At that point he told her that he would give the big bosses her idea.  For the next several days she would ask about it and he assured her that it was in development.   A few days later he came home with a box of “Riley’s doughnuts.”

I typically don’t like telling lies to my kids, but this one made a 6 year old girls week.  Now, I must figure out what to do about the book she wrote that she expects to be published and available for checkout at my library.

 

Absence Seizure Epilepsy June 10, 2009

Filed under: Family,Kids,life,Uncategorized — travit @ 4:06 pm
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Absence Seizures are episodes that I didn’t even know existed 3 months ago.  I had never heard of them and thought most seizures were of the grand mal variety, I knew of other types of smaller seizures but really didn’t know much about them.  Things can change so quickly.

A few months back, most often after picking her up from kindergarten, I began to notice that Riley would often stop talking mid-sentance and begin to stare off.  She would often swallow and look like she was about to be sick.  I would call her name and she wouldn’t respond for a period of 10-15 seconds. I wondered what was causing this but decided it must be a combination of stomach nausea and the attention span of a six year old.

Near the beginning of May I took a course to re-certify myself in First Aid and CPR.  During the First Aid section, the instructor discussed what to do if someone has a seizure.  He mentioned that all seizures are not the Grand Mal type that people often think, but in some cases they are first noticed because teachers think children aren’t paying attention in class.  What appears to be daydreaming is actually a type of seizure.  Hearing this was like a kick in the gut.  It instantly struck me that Riley was having seizures. 

I came home and immediately began to do research and quickly found information about Absence Seizures.  The description of the seizures fit Riley’s actions perfectly.  I talked to Matt and he found videos on YouTube.  The first video I watched was so hard because the little girl in the video had a seizure that looked exactly like one of Riley’s.  I watched the videos over and over again and cried because I didn’t know what the future would be like for Riley. 

On that Monday, I called the Dr. and they had her come in that same day.  They checked her out and agreed that Absence seizures were a possibility, but an EEG would need to be done to be certain.  We scheduled the EEG for early the next week.  Riley had at least 5 seizures during the EEG, which was hard to watch but beneficial in getting a diagnosis.  The EEG confirmed that she was having Absence Seizures.

Two weeks ago we saw her Pediatric Neurologist for the first time.  He feels that her seizures are treatable with the appropriate medication.  We started with a 1/2 dose and moved up to the full dose last week.  So far and we haven’t had any of the side effects that can be common with the antiepileptics.  She will have to have a blood test done later this month to be sure that the medication isn’t causing any liver or blood problems.  Since moving to the full dose the seizures seem to be under control.  We are very cautiously optimistic at this point, she is a trooper and handling all of this so well.  I couldn’t be more proud of her, she is such a great kid.  We are so lucky to be her parents.  She has been stronger than me through the test and diagnosis process and for that she is my hero.

We’ve had to make a few minor changes.  She can’t take a bath unless we are nearby, she is really starting to understand the joy of a nice warm shower.  We have to be even more vigilant about helmets for biking and constant supervision while swimming, which we were before the diagnosis but we talk to her about these precautions a lot more frequently now.  Since the seizures are a state of unconciousness, she doesn’t really understand that she is having them and has no memory of them after she has one.  It’s been a learning experience for the whole family.

So there’s the update.  Our one wish that the positive path we’re on now will continue progressing  forward.   We’re very lucky and she is one tough ballerina.

And in the midst of all this, she graduated from Kindergarten.  Yay Riley!

The graduate

The graduate

 

Winter Sucks January 18, 2009

Filed under: Family,Kids,life,Me,Photography — travit @ 4:38 pm
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I’ve been so busy lately and I’ve completely ignored my little blog.  I’ve been working on my writing lately, but none of it has ended up here.  It’s all in random word files on my computer, half of which I end up deleting because I get frustrated by my own lack of talent and ambition.  I should probably be working on my self esteem issues too.

It’s been so cold here lately and I haven’t been taking any pictures at all.  We had an ice storm right before the holidays and I went out with Carson and Riley and while they slipped and slid around the front yard, I took pictures of the ice coated branches and remaining leaves.

A cold gnome and his special friend.

A cold gnome and his special friend.

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It's hard to make a snow angel when the snow is frozen solid.

It's hard to make a snow angel when the snow is frozen solid.

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Use Your Imagination October 29, 2008

Filed under: Family,Kids — travit @ 8:44 pm
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Yes, I know it’s been forever and a day since I’ve written on my poor old neglected blog.  I’ve taken pictures, I’ve had thoughts, I just haven’t taken the time to get them up here.  I will try to do better.  The only people that still read my blog get here through googling chicken enchilada recipes, I should at least make an effort to entertain them.  Right?

Tonight the kids, Matt and I carved pumpkins.  It was so much fun and perfectly highlighted the difference in my two children.  Carson hated reaching in and pulling out the pumpkin stuff, it completely icked him out.  Riley on the other hand, loved it.  Couldn’t get enough of it.  When I told her to take a break and I would finish cleaning it out she asked, “Can I watch?  I want to do this with my kids when I’m a grown up.” How sweet is that?

The jack-o-lanterns came out looking pretty good.  This is where I need you to use your imagination, I forgot to charge my camera batteries. Bad, bad amateur photographer!  If they don’t get smashed by random punks before then I will take pictures of them lit up on Halloween and get them posted here sometime before the next administration takes office.

 

Fun at the Fair September 15, 2008

Filed under: Family,Kids,Me,Photography — travit @ 6:09 pm
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I know what my readers want.  Clearly it’s more posts with towns/cities/counties/municipalities/monarchies with names that are fun to say.  In this case it’s not a new name, we’re back at the Sheboygan County Fair, which takes place in Plymouth, WI and not the county seat of Sheboygan.  Perhaps there is a story full of county politics and intrigue as to why that is, but quite frankly I don’t want to get involved.

The fair was everything you would expect from a county fair in Wisconsin. There was food, most of it fried or dairy related and in some cases both, fun in the form of impossible games and rides of questionable safety standards and cows.

When did fairs get to be so expensive?  We purchased over $20 in ride tickets and the kids were only able to ride 4 rides, and you can not find a game to play for under $2 these days.  I remember when you could hand a transient a dollar, they would hand you a few darts and you would pop a balloon in exchange for a Poison or Motley Crue mirror.  You know, the good old days.

Test driving the tractors.

Test driving the tractors.

I think they were trying to match their outfits, I've taught them well.

I think they were trying to match their outfits, I've taught them well.

I thought this was so sweet.

I thought this was so sweet.

What???

What???

Bumper cars

Bumper cars

Funnel cake, anyone?

Funnel cake, anyone?

What do pigs dream about?

What do pigs dream about?

Oh look, another cow.

Oh look, another cow.

 

The Second First Day of School August 24, 2008

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Thursday was Carson’s first day of school and Riley’s first day of school at her a.m. Kindergarten.  Another first day meant I got to buy her another first day of school dress.

She picked this flower for her teacher.

She picked this flower for her teacher.

Carson ready to go. Note the cooly slung backpack.

Carson ready to go. Note the cooly slung backpack.

Helping his sister find the way.

Helping his sister find the way.

I think this may be the cutest back to school picture ever.

I think this may be the cutest back to school picture ever.

 

The Revenge of the Dragonfly (or Damselfly) August 15, 2008

Filed under: Excercise,Family,life,Me,Uncategorized — travit @ 11:59 am
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First, we learned that I had been given some false information on whether or not Dragonflies have legs. Then I become even more confused when bug sculptures and damselflies got thrown into the mix. Now I fear I’ve made some enemies in the dragonfly community and they will not rest until I pay for my ignorance. Well it’s either that or I’m incredibly clumsy. I will let you, my intelligent and good looking readers, decide.

My mom, Carson, and myself met my Aunt Nancy up in Geneva with plans to bike the path along the river. It was a beautiful day, not too hot with a nice breeze. We headed north from the Fabyan Forest Preserve. The bike path is curvy and it weaves in and out of the woods and runs right along the Fox River. About 2 miles up the path I hear a buzz near my ear and see a large dragonfly by my head. I feel it hit my hair and I assume fly away. About a minute later I hear an even louder buzz and realize that the damn bug is stuck in my hair. The logical thing to do would be to lightly apply my brakes, get of of the bike and remove the bug from my hair. I choose a different tactic. I freaked the hell out and started swatting at my head while still biking fairly quickly down the path. When I realized the swatting wasn’t helping I slammed on my brakes. This caused me to fly from the bike and land hard on the ground. No permanent damage to me, a few bruises, sore shoulder and a cut or two but I will be just fine. My bike did not fair as well. It’s alignment is wonky now and I broke some plastic near the gear shifter dial and I broke of a reflector.

After the crash we biked back to the car so that I could rest for a while. My mom and Aunt rode some more while Carson and I took a tour of the windmill at the forest preserve. We took the tour right as they were beginning operation of the mill for the day and it was really interesting to see how an old mill operates and all the work that goes into catching the wind properly. All of my life I thought a windmill turned or it didn’t, I didn’t know that they have brakes and could be turned to maximize the potential. Since we were planning on biking the whole day I didn’t bring my camera along. While I’m sorry that I missed some good photo ops, I am glad it wasn’t on me when I crashed the bike.

After the tour I was feeling stronger and we biked with my mom and Aunt 1.8 more miles down to an art fair in Batavia. They had a bike check where we were able to leave our bike in a secured area while we wandered around the fair. The art fair featured a lot of the same artists as the show went to in Genvea a few weeks ago. I enjoyed looking around, especially at the photographer’s works, but there wasn’t much in my price range at all. My price range is from very, very cheap to very cheap. When we finished walking around the fair we grabbed some lunch and took the path up the other side of the river back towards the car. About .5 a mile from the car it started to thunder a bit and rain. By the time we got the bikes loaded on the rack and into the car it started to pour. Our timing could not have been better.