Tuesday, February 18, 2014

IOU... Pics

Until I figure out how to get the darned photos off my Google + and into this blog, you'll have to be patient and bear with  me. :)

In the meantime, here's some new developments.

Geri's transplanted cornea recently started to reject. We could see a haze developing over it and tell that her vision was getting worse. Of course, we immediately called the cornea specilist to get an appointment. Then I got sick (see below) and we had to push the appointment but we finally saw him. He agrees that there is a haze forming. She is being given steroid eye drops to try to reduce the haze and stop the rejection. If that doesn't do enough, she will be given a shot of steriods in her eye, under anesthesia of course. If THAT doesn't work, we can opt for another transplant. We'll make that decision if and when we get there. Please pray that God works his wonders through the steroids. Surgery is just not fun.

I don't know if I mentioned my medical garbage previously... but I have a condition called POTS. Short version... my nervous system flubs it's lines and my pulse and blood pressure go wonky, leading to fatigue and nearly passing out. I also have a gluten intolerance. Fun stuff. Anyway, I'm on a drug for the POTS that works great, but affects gut motility and digestion. A recent gluten exposure combined with the new medicine to land me in the hospital for a partial bowel obstruction. I nearly ended up going to surgery and losing part of my small intestine, but it resolved on its own. God is good. I'm doing better now, but being super careful about gluten exposures. I'm not giving up my medication, at least not at this time.

Geri's verbal development continues to be awesome. She amazes me daily with the stuff she says. The other day, when I dropped her off at school, I stopped to let her teacher know I'd be picking her up from school early for a doctor appointment. She said "Oh, that's today? Geri told me about it." I don't remember ever telling Geri directly that she had an appointment coming up, but I know we discussed it in front of her. She heard me talking about it and then went to school and told her teacher "I go to the eye doctor in Denver." I nearly cried when I heard that one. On a related note, I guess I now need to be careful what I say in front of her...

Friday, January 10, 2014

Words, Words, Words

Geri has made huge advances in speech lately. Here's some of my favorites:
"No, Papa, turn on the BIG light!" (Dad turned on a table lamp instead of the overhead light)
"I'm a super hippo!"
"Fashionista!" (Yelled with joy when saying goodbye at school)
"You had an accident at school?" "Yeah" "What happened?" "I was bouncing on the ball." "You didn't want to stop to go potty?" "Yeah. I wanted to bounce." (My part is in italics.)
"Look at me!! Hey Mom, look at me!!!"
"I want flute loops!" (Flute Loops... the breakfast of champions!)
"I did it!!!" 

There's about a million of these little gems. It's so cool that she can tell me what she wants. The other night I asked her if she wanted egg and cheese on her gyuvech and she requested cheese, no egg. She'll finish a small bowl of cereal and say "Can I have some more?" or she'll finish a bowl and say "I'm full!" When she stubs a toe she can tell us, between tears, what happened. If her belly hurts, she can say so. When she has to go potty, she can let us know!!!

But the best part is seeing her personality more clearly. Seeing her intelligence more starkly. Having her tell me what happened at school, what she wants to do, who she wants to see... She's more grown up when she's using her words.

And the most bestest part of all is hearing "I love you" or "Obecham te" in her little voice. Last night Daddy wasn't home at bedtime and she was crying and she said "I miss Papa!" and I just was blown away. Sometimes, she'll sit near me and just say "Mom! Mom! Mom!" over and over. It's magical.