If you are in the company with those who thought my feed was broken due to the lack of post notifications this winter and spring — have no fear, your email is working just fine. It’s me who is not.
This winter has been interesting at the Seuss house — to say the least. Let me catch you up:
- Thing 1, 2 and 3 entered eighth, eighth and fifth grade in September with the normal zeal kids have when they must say goodbye to summer and hello to books, tests and six-hour school days.
- They all returned to their fall sports (soccer for Thing 1, football for Thing 2 and 3), but Thing 2 pulled himself from football after the first day of “hitting,” feeling his concussion suffered last season still wasn’t completely ready for another season of football.
- Early in October Thing 3 took a bad hit in football practice, complained that he thought he might have a concussion — we ignored him, thinking he was way too versed in concussion terminology because of his big brother.
- Around the end of October beginning of November Thing 3 came down with a “cold” that simply wouldn’t go away. He missed a couple of weeks of school in December because the pain in his head and tiredness just wouldn’t go away, and the medication wasn’t clearing up, what was later diagnosed as, a sinus infection. Meanwhile … his November report card left the Grinch and I shell-shocked with C-minuses and Bs for the normally straight-A student
- In February, after Thing 3s sinuses cleared, but his headaches and inability to focus on schoolwork continued, he was diagnosed with a concussion and medical fatigue by a neurologist. Apparently he had indeed suffered a mild concussion in October, but that coupled with his illness had taxed his brain so much that it was shutting down in the focusing, learning etc. areas. The kid was exhausted.
- The good news … he rested, we reduced some of his workload, kept him out of sports for the winter and by April we began to see Thing 3 return to himself. SIDE NOTE: During all this he rehearsed and performed in a new play festival for a few weeks at a prestigious theater company with Equity actors and could remember all his lines and stage directions, no one can figure that out.
- Life returned to “normal” and everyone headed into the spring sports season — soccer and lacrosse (Thing 1); lacrosse (Thing 2 — yay, head good enough for contact sports again, he’s so excited); and baseball (great easy transition back into sports) for Thing 3.
- Half way into the season Thing 2 ends up in the hospital after an on field lacrosse pile up results in a 195 lb kid landing on 103 lb Thing 3, and a lacrosse stick takes a chunk out of his knee down to the bone. Twelve stitches later, CT scan of body with slight fluid found in pelvis and rest — Thing 2 returns to lacrosse 2 1/2 weeks later!
- Meanwhile … Thing 1 falls in lacrosse and hits her head on the ground, complains on and off of headaches and pulls a muscle in her hip a couple of days later and is out of lacrosse and soccer for a couple of weeks.
- Thing 1 recently returned to soccer to play a tournament on Memorial Day weekend — Thing 1 walks off field hysterically crying, her head feels like it’s going to explode! Tournament over. Note to self: Schedule ANOTHER doctor’s appointment.
- Appointment is scheduled for the following week, Thing 1 is diagnosed with a concussion and taken out of all activities for a week — including school.
- ANOTHER NOTE TO SELF: Buy very large helmets for all three kids for everyday wear. I’m sick of doctor’s appointments!!!!
- This week we returned to the same neurologist Thing 2 and 3 had seen. I ask if she offers a frequent-flyer discount. She laughs. I didn’t. I wasn’t kidding.
- Thing 1 bombs her IMPACT testing —Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing — and bursts into tears as her soccer season is OVER and her hopes of having us drive her to Washington D.C. to catch up with her class that left that morning for their eighth-grade trip are shattered. She is put on half days for the rest of the year and will return to the doctor in July.
- Did I mention that I launched a new website and have been working on it full-time as it grows, the Grinch and I have been working on flipping a house, he continues to work three jobs and volunteer constantly (Oh and he is president-elect of the local realtor board) — and in the middle of all this SHIT I decide it would be the perfect time to ween off my antidepressants.
- The good news is — I’ve tried to remain optimistic through it all — we’ve maxed out our insurance deductible in only six months. I wonder if my insurance will cover a tummy tuck? It will all be payed for.
All in all it’s been a stellar year thus far! I don’t know why I haven’t had time to blog on Renaissance Mom?
P.S. Though there hasn’t been much time to write, this year certainly provided some fodder for the blog, so stay tuned as I ween back in. I hope my followers are still there.