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Monday, January 7, 2013

Yearly Update (heh)

I know that I always say I’m going to update more and somehow I never do. So this time? I’m not even going to say it. I’ll update when I update and it’ll be a surprise to everyone. On the seizure front, nothing really has changed. We’ve added drugs, we’ve taken drugs away, we’ve amped up her VNS output and the end result is still the same - no good seizure control. We are hip-deep in the disability approval process right now and hopefully we’ll get an approval soon – we’ve gotten too many denials.

Kels has decided to take a semester break from college. She’s so very discouraged with her progress and how very slow she has to take it because if she carries a full load she tends to stress herself into more seizures. I want her to have a semester of “normal” life and socialization outside of the home, but at this point I don’t know that even getting a part-time job will be feasible since her seizures are so unpredictable and will wreak havoc with a work schedule.

On my own school front, I’m finishing up my certification and will be ready to begin my Demonstration Teaching in August. I am so done with healthcare I can taste it and while I am grateful to have a job, I’m ready to be done with this place and move on to the second half of my work life.

My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer the Sunday before Christmas, which entailed a week-long hospital stay and lots of hospital time (see?? I just can’t get away from hospitals – work there, hang out there with my kid in my free time, hang out there with my dad in my free time, hang out there for myself in my free time…) His prognosis is okay for a man his age (70) with the only treatment for him being hormone therapy. The big joke in the family right now is that he gets to go through menopause right alongside his two girls.