Glaucoma, Part II

Glaucoma, Part II

I went back to the ophthalmologist this week for a re-check on my eyeball situation. The good news is, the new medication seems to be working, and my eye pressure has come down to a level it hasn't been at since 2008. (Why was I not told in 2008 that my eye pressure was higher than normal? Perhaps it wasn't…
Eyeball rot

Eyeball rot

I feel like I hit 40 and have started to fall apart. In addition to my recently-diagnosed degenerative disc disease (or, as I like to call it, "spine rot"), it turns out that I also have glaucoma. Glaucoma (I call it "eyeball rot" because frankly the options here are to either find the humor in this or to dwell on…

Quick Daily Updates, May 2012

May 25 "For Douglas’s sake, don’t forget your towel today! 5/25/12 is not just the annual Towel Day to honor the genius of Douglas Adams, but Super Towel Day (5 + 25 + 12 = 42!!!!) A day that won’t recur for another … century, when the cosmic solution to life, the universe, and everything just may be revealed. Why…

33 pound sack of wiggling cats

Jamie saw his allergist yesterday, and Doc said it was a great visit. First and foremost, our child weighs 33 pounds now. 33! That's like 1/4 of what I weigh!! (In my dreams) But -- he is by no means fat. I mean, look at him. He's a very slender little boy, and the doctor said he's actually on the…

March 2010 (ish) Recap

Oops and OMG. I have had this written for like 2-1/2 months now and it's been sitting patiently in my drafts folder, waiting for me to notice it and post it!! ----- Joel and Valerie's son, Alec Ian, was born on February 24. He's adorable! He weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces at birth, which was a complete shock to everyone,…

Food allergy update; new words

We had additional allergy testing done on Jamie in late February. The allergist did "patch testing," where they taped little samples of suspect foods to Jamie's back, covered in bandages and medical tape. They had to stay on for 48 hours, which wasn't as easy as it sounds. I think the samples itched, and so did the medical tape. And…

Another piece of the puzzle

January was a month of discovery for us in regards to Jamie's health issues. The endoscopy and colonoscopy in early January revealed eosiniphils in his esophagus, a type of cell that indicates the presence of allergic reactions. Oddly, there was no inflammation in either his colon or his esophagus. The extent of the eosinophils puts him right on the border…

Moosewood casserole, adapted

I am doing casual research to broaden my culinary repertoire to include foods that Jamie can eat (no wheat, eggs, or dairy — more on that in my next post). I adapted this casserole from the Moosewood Cookbook. It is delicious. Sadly, Jamie did not seem to think so. But it was a very different taste and texture from anything…

Endoscopy

Last Monday Doc took Jamieson to the pediatrician for his one-year checkup. Overall everything (other than the usual digestive issues and eczema) is fine. He is in the 95th percentile for height, weight, and head circumference -- back on the charts, at last! Here's hoping he slows down a bit in growth. He is 27 pounds 13 ounces and 31-1/2…

Poor Mr. Pants

Jamieson has had a bad couple of nights. Last night and the night before, he required us to be with him nearly constantly throughout the night. Doc and I have been taking shifts, laying with him on the mattress we put on his floor, trying to keep him asleep. He's been having a particularly rough time of it really since…

New Help for Moms with Postpartum Depression

New Help for Moms with Postpartum Depression By Bonnie Rochman, Parenting An inpatient psychiatric unit specifically dedicated to women suffering perinatal (prenatal and postpartum) mood disorders opens and gets new moms the help they need. hortly before last Mother's Day, 28-year-old Lauren Meehan-Machos broke down in front of her startled husband. "This is more than I can handle," she sobbed.…

Unlocking the puzzle

Jamie's visit to the gastroenterologist on Thursday proved to be rather interesting. We went in armed with a very complete written history of his issues, a video of him doing his growling-animal-in-pain thing, and a bunch of questions. We were SO prepared. We had a nice visit with the doctor (Dr. Annette Whitney), who was quite personable. She seemed very…