7 Quick Takes: Disordered Eating Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Music take #1. This song came on randomly while I was doing my Word II homework in one of the computer labs on Tuesday.

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Music take #2. Loreena McKennitt’s newest album came out this month and it is excellent. I’ve listened to it while working on homework and we listened to it on the way down to Seattle Children’s yesterday.

A song for this weekend:

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Background on yesterday. Since getting hooked up with the Autism Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital last year, we’ve been able to get referrals to specialists at Seattle Children’s outpatient clinics and one of those is gastroenterology. Long story short, the gastroenterologist we saw was concerned about Daniel’s weight and when he lost a pound between appointments (possibly due to solving a constipation problem), she had kittens. We already had an appointment with the gastroenterology department’s nutrition staff for last Friday, so she ordered bloodwork to go with it.

We went down there last Friday (the 18th), got blood taken (OMG… THEIR PHLEBOTOMY TEAM IS AWESOME!!!!), and met with a wonderful nutritionist… who gave us a week to get kiddo up to 2000 calories per day (at least) or we would be talking about a feeding tube. They gave us samples of a couple different calorie-dense formulas and Daniel chose to bulk up with four boxes a day of this one after we tried him on all of them. (He wouldn’t touch Pediasure at all, even the chocolate flavor.) We’ve also been giving him extra peanut butter and adding heavy whipping cream to his milk.

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So about yesterday… We had an 8:30 appointment with Seattle Children’s yesterday morning (which meant leaving at 6:30 a.m. because traffic from where we live north of Seattle to the hospital in the U District is hideous) and they were good with his weight gain. We see them again in two weeks and I’ll be scheduling a weight check with his doctor this coming week to check in with her about all of this.

I also get to chase a referral for feeding therapy. Woohoo.

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For those who will inevitably ask if all of this could have been prevented… The answer is “we don’t know”. One thing we probably should have done is the high-risk infant screening through Benefis when he was six months old. The problem: Jon was about to lose his parish in Montana and we were traveling all over the place trying to find another call for him. We were also 2 hours from Great Falls and would have had a heck of a time doing feeding therapy there, depending on how often we had to be down there because of our work schedules and having to share a car.

We did have him followed at UC Davis and through Easter Seals and our local Regional Center in northern California, but he got pickier in his eating as he got older.

Another problem: we’ve moved 5 times since he was born and have had to start over with the acquiring of specialists each time. We’re staying put long-term so we should hopefully be able to nip this in the bud right now.

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For those wondering what is causing this… Preemies, particularly those who have had to be on ventilators, are notorious for having texture issues. Add in sensory issues from autism and you have a fun situation.

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My current ear worm. Enjoy y’all!

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7 Quick Takes: 38th Birthday Edition

7 Quick Takes

I’m up to my hairline in homework and my kid is having a meltdown, so of course I’m blogging. 🙂 My birthday is this Saturday, so here are 7 random facts about me.

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I don’t like lettuce. I’ll eat salads if the dressing can mask the flavor of the greens, but I hate lettuce on sandwiches and burgers.

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I’m allergic to cats. Shocking, I know. I’m on a bunch of allergy meds and I get shots weekly for it.

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My first broken bone was at 14 months old. My evil twin slammed my finger in a door and broke it. It was too small to cast so they had to use band-aids to immobilize it.

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I taught myself to read at age 3. Almost 35 years later, I’m still going strong.

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I’m an alcohol gel nazi. I blame it on having a preemie who had quite a few hospital visits between the ages of 2-5. My favorite scent: apple.

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I didn’t get addicted to coffee until my 30’s. I don’t think I drank it regularly until I was 34 years old. My go-to order: iced venti lattĂ© from $tarbux with whole milk and two pumps of vanilla.

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I am deathly afraid of heights. I even hate standing on a chair to get something off of a shelf.

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7 Quick Takes: “42” Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Why yes, I am a geek. It turns out that Douglas Adams was onto something when he wrote that the “answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything” is 42. Apparently, there are 42 million proteins in a cell at any given time. Cool, eh?

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Daffodils. I was sitting at $tarbux earlier and complimented a woman on the daffodils that she had bought. She smiled and put them up to my nose so I could smell them. 🙂 I can’t wait for the tulips in a week and a half!

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I can’t believe it. In midst of being sick and dealing with legal crap this quarter, I managed to pull an actual 4.0 for my GPA. I’m actually kind of shocked because I figured I’d probably have an A- in my 10-Key class but my perfect score on the final balanced it all out. Duuuude…

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Striving for balance. Kelly asked in this week’s Quick Takes how school is going and how do I balance it all?

I’m currently on Spring Break and will start back on April 3rd. I have 4 classes with two of them in-person and I’m also going to be the department’s tutor this quarter. This means one-on-one tutoring (which I already have done since my first quarter though now I’ll get paid for it) and doing drop-in tutoring hours. I’ll have everything on campus with me bookwise depending on the day and what I’m doing, and I’ll be spending any spare time in the computer lab doing homework or crocheting while watching YouTube because I need to get this baby blanket done before the squish is born in June/July.

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Prerequisite choir take. We’re doing the Hallelujah Chorus for Easter and my choir director found one that is pitched in C instead of in D. I know the general alto part well but this video helps to get it in my ear.

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One of my frequent ear worms. I wish we could do this with my church choir someday…

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My thoughts on the March for Our Lives on Saturday. I’ve seen a lot of negativity directed toward the kids that are organizing marches this weekend. (They’re up to 837 worldwide.) These are students standing up and telling our country that they are sick of burying their friends and being afraid in school. We need to listen.

This song sums up my thoughts.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: March 19, 2018

For Today… March 19, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny. It was cloudy in the morning and most of the day but everything melted off in the late afternoon.

I am thinking… about what to put on my signs for Saturday’s march.

I am thankful… that my annual female exam went well and I might not have to have another one ever. (We’re working on getting a hysterectomy approved for me.)

One of my favorite things… my fairy godmother’s corned beef and potatoes.

I am wearing… a grey heather long-sleeved shirt and black jeans.

I am creating… a baby blanket.

I am listening to… quiet in the house. (It’s much later now and Daniel is asleep.)

I am hoping… that my Celtic knotwork cross is fixable. (Jon mailed it back to me finally and it arrived broken.)

In my kitchen… Mom made Guinness stew last night for Dad’s birthday.

Post Script… Mountain Lion Madness looks interesting!

Shared Quote… “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.” — Stephen Hawking

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7 Quick Takes: Triennial IEP Edition

7 Quick Takes

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“Standing in the rain.” I spent yesterday morning standing in the rain to support middle school kids in their walkout. Details are here.

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Attending a birth. Someone sent this letter to Dear Prudence and asked her to arbitrate in a situation between a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law, in which the mother-in-law is butthurt that her daughter-in-law doesn’t want her in the room while she’s giving birth. However, her own mother is permitted in there and the mother-in-law is crying that this is *SOOOOOOOOOO* unfair that she’s being made a “second-class grandma”, even going so far as to call her daughter-in-law’s parents to make them badger their daughter into changing her mind. The son and daughter-in-law (as well as the daughter-in-law’s parents) are furious with her and she can’t figure out what she did wrong.

Prudence excoriated her (quite rightfully) for being an entitled shrew because childbirth is not a spectator sport. Someone decided to do a running Twitter commentary on the issue and then George Takei picked it up. Let’s just say that Uncle George’s fan base was not siding in favor of the mother-in-law and excoriating the misguided people who attempted (badly) to argue in her favor.

So, for the sake of any readers of this blog who might argue in favor of the mother-in-law, let me put this in words you might be able to understand: Childbirth is a private medical procedure. It is a part of life, but not one which many people want to share with their mother-in-laws, women who didn’t freaking *RAISE* them and take care of them when they were sick. If you decide to make this a hill to die on, prepare to lose a relationship with your daughter-in-law, your future grandchild (your daughter-in-law is not stupid enough to let your son take her child to see you), and likely your son because you will have demonstrated that you have no intention of respecting the parents’ boundaries for their family, especially their children.

Capeche?

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Tickling my funny bone. I know this is clickbait, but it’s funny clickbait.

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Triennial IEP meeting. To be compliant with IDEA, the school must do testing every three years to make sure that special education is still appropriate. This year, I discovered that someone had put the wrong date in the computer as to when Daniel was due for his triennial evaluation and this meant that we had to pull everything together in a very short period of time. Thankfully, Daniel has an amazing IEP team and we made it. The meeting was Wednesday and while it was painful in some ways, there was positive progress and we have good IEP goals for next year. His gross motor skills have also improved enough that he is being discharged from physical therapy, which is definitely a positive step.

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If you’re interested… March for Our Lives is a march dedicated to talking about gun violence and sensible gun control. (**NOTE** Sensible gun control does not mean that we are taking away everyone’s weapons, but rather discussing appropriate legal regulations that would allow people to own their weapons, but do a better job of keeping them from falling into the wrong hands. I want to make this abundantly clear.)

If you’d like to attend a local one or find out more information click here. There are marches being held on March 24th on 6 continents, which I find pretty amazing. If this is not of interest, feel free to ignore it. 🙂

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Lenten meal ideas. Need some vegetarian/vegan meal ideas for the next two weeks? Click here.

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Duuuuude… The results of the astronaut twin study with Scott and Mark Kelly are out and apparently, long-term space missions can alter our DNA.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: January 28, 2018

For Today… January 28, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… cold and windy but not bad overall. We’re supposed to get some rain tonight.

I am thinking… about my trip to San Jose for court. I have everything set up for Daniel care and I have to trust that he’ll be OK with my mom and sleep OK tomorrow night. It’s unnerving to say the least!

I am thankful… for everything falling into place for this trip.

One of my favorite things… a good Reddit thread.

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a berry-colored long-sleeved shirt with black slacks and black flats. I switched the slacks out for black jeans when I got home.

I am creating… this blog post. 🙂 Also random stuff on my hooks.

I am listening to… Shawn Colvin singing “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon”.

I am hoping… court is decided in my favor on Tuesday.

I am learning… FICA tax calculations.

In my kitchen… I’ve been eating a lot of tuna subs from Subway.

In the school room… Daniel is becoming a little parrot so I’m having to start watching my language around him.

Post Script… sharing this infographic on how your cat is plotting to kill you. You’re welcome.

Shared Quote… “How, then, to imagine, the expansive heart of this God—greater than God—who takes seven buses, just to arrive at us. We settle sometimes for less than intimacy with God when all God longs for is this solidarity with us. In Spanish, when you speak of your great friend, you describe the union and kinship as being de uña y mugre—our friendship is like the fingernail and the dirt under it. Our image of who God is and what’s on God’s mind is more tiny than it is troubled. It trips more on our puny sense of God than over conflicting creedal statements or theological considerations. The desire of God’s heart is immeasurably larger than our imaginations can conjure. This longing of God’s to give us peace and assurance and a sense of well-being only awaits our willingness to cooperate with God’s limitless magnanimity.”
–Greg Boyle, S.J.

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5 Quick Takes: Reasons My Quick Takes Are Late Edition

7 Quick Takes

I’m usually one of the first to post their Quick Takes when they go live on Friday at midnight (9 p.m. PST where I am) and it’s now Saturday without a post from me! Why, do you ask, are my Quick Takes late this week? Well…

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My bed broke. At Christmas, the SKORVA beam that goes down the middle of my IKEA bed broke. My brother had experienced something similar with his IKEA bed, so he helped me prop it with books. The new part arrived after New Year’s and I installed it… but there was another problem. The LUROY slats on which the mattress sits are in two pieces, not one and certain slats kept slipping and making part of the mattress sag. My bed will be slept in by someone else while I’m in San Jose so I had to get this fixed. I just duct-taped the two halves together in such a way that Red Green would approve.

Admittedly, I still think that the designers of the SKORVA and LUROY should be trampled by a herd of syphilitic reindeer.

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Court. As some of you know, there’s a request for order hearing this coming Tuesday in my divorce case. I was supposed to be able to testify by phone but was informed by my attorney two weeks ago that they were demanding me to be there in person because they couldn’t handle both Jon and me phoning our testimony into the hearing.

[insert me banging my head against the wall]

So… I cleared it with my parents to have them take care of Daniel and made arrangements to fly to San Jose on Monday afternoon, stay overnight, have court in the morning, and fly back to Washington on Tuesday afternoon. I’ll be gone for a little over 24 hours and am having to put everything together for my mom so that all the Daniel care stuff is automatic. While I have things more or less in place already, I’m having to edit the Daniel care journal to update it about medication and stuff like that.

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School. I have work for two classes due on Monday and one of those classes is an enormous time suck. I’ve got everything for the first one done and am about to dive into the calculations for the class that is the time suck.

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Daniel had no school on Friday. It was an in-service day or something so he was home yesterday, and that makes things a bit more complicated. Thankfully, he’s a good kid and we were able to go do some of the stocking-up for my trip without a problem.

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Health. While I’m recovering more from the respiratory crap last week, I’m still not 100% and still not sleeping well because my breathing sucks. There are a large number of naps being taken and sleeping in happening as a result.

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