Wednesday, October 8, 2008

How did that happen?

I just realized that I have not posted in a week! What?!?!? I didn't think we were quite that busy the last several days...

Nathan had his videoflouroscopy yesterday. That was the special scope Dr. Beck wanted. It was really neat to watch! They had him sniff some white stuff, which he didn't exactly love, and took a moving x-ray picture of his head. Three different views: front, side, and up from the bottom.

The results? Definitely a muscle alignment issue, the valve doesn't move, and it looks like a partial cleft of the palate bone. Which is odd because his ultrasound at 16 weeks showed it to be just fine. Although, Nathan did have his face pressed up against the placenta, so the view wasn't that great. Maybe that's why it looked alright. She says Nathan will need both surgeries, but Dr. Beck will make the final decision. I didn't know that you could do both at once, but I don't know if the doctor would be willing to do that.

We went to see the eye doctor last week. I don't think the Peds clinic should even do an eye screening, they obviously don't know what they are talking about! He is nearly a perfect 20/20, great depth perception, everything checks out great. Good grief, how many doctor's visits does this child need to have in one month?

I have kept pretty busy with trying to keep caught up with housework, planning menus, not spending money... that's harder than you'd think. It comes down to shopping or Nathan's surgery, and my son wins. It's become sort of a game: let's see how much of our paycheck we can have left over after 2 weeks! Rule #1 is to avoid Walmart. Rule #2 is to plan the week's menu for all 3 meals using mostly ingredients that I already have and keep stocked in the house, buying only fresh fruits/veggies, eggs/dairy, and a little meat if on sale. Rule #3 is to make as much as possible from scratch, because it is more filling and you eat less of it. So far, I am winning!

My friend Amanda has been paying me to clean her house, help with her animals, and throw stuff away. We figured about $20 a week, because that's what she can afford, and every little bit helps. I don't mind cleaning the animals, I just don't want to handle the snakes. I love throwing stuff away, and it doesn't take me long to clean since she is holding her daughter and not trying to make me do it her way. It works great, her house is clean and she doesn't stress about it, and I can put a little more money towards the surgery deposit!

I'll try to remember to post a little more often. Between posting, catching up on reading and commenting, it kind of takes my whole morning if I'm not careful...

3 comments:

Rachel H. said...

I was wondering about you! Glad to hear things are okay and that you are winning the savings game! :) How cool you can help out with your friend's stuff around the house. YOu're right. Every bit counts!

Stephanie said...

Glad they're learning more and more about Nathan's nose-and-mouth stuff. Good luck with saving money - we keep trying, but then I keep trying to build up our food storage too, and it gets to be expensive!

Karen said...

You are Soooo busy girl! I am glad you have time to blog a little so we know what's going on:) Good luck with the Drs, and the saving game, and having a good time with all the boys in your life:)