7 Quick Takes: Cat on a Window Screen Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Let the blogger cage fight begin! Bonnie is doing the Sheenazing Awards again this year after a hiatus of several years and is taking nominations until July 21st.

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Sigh… I learned a new thing last night: my window screen cannot sustain the weight of a 4 lb kitten. *glares at Minion*

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This explains a lot. Arabic has been irritating me and this is probably why. I’m also not loving Memrise so I will probably wait until the course on Duolingo is done being developed.

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WANT! Mint chocolate is one of my weaknesses, so these are on my WANT(!!!) List.

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Daniel update. His upper G-I x-ray came back normal so next on the agenda will be the nutrition appointment on the 23rd and surgeon consult/pre-anesthesia appointment on the 24th.

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For historical clothing lovers… I recommend this YouTube playlist.

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Whoa. This is amazing.

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7 Quick Takes: I Need A Nap Badly Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Seattle Children’s Appointment #1. I’ve touched in the last 6 weeks on Daniel deciding to stop eating. Well… he decided to start puking up his meds as well. This was not a medicine reaction but a behavioral one (gotta love autism!) and to keep from having to clean carpets nightly or mop floors twice a day, we had to start limiting what he could have several hours before meds were taken. That drops calories significantly and he had lost a couple pounds by Monday when we got to the hospital for the nutritionist appointment. R, his nutritionist, had kittens and went off to consult with one of the gastroenterologists in clinic about whether or not to admit him. My mom was watching me in order to see if I was about to have a panic attack. I was just sitting there mentally calculating what I needed her to bring back down to me from home. (Seattle Children’s is a good hour away without traffic and there would have been some hideous rush hour traffic involved.)

The good news: the gastroenterologist declined to admit him and we were sent home with our marching orders and warnings of what refeeding syndrome looks like. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Our G-I PA of Awesomeness has gotten us an expedited pre-anesthesia appointment/general surgery consult for a G-tube and we had imaging stuff done for that today.

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ESY. ESY (extended school year — it’s summer school for kiddos with special needs) started this week. Daniel had to miss Thursday for his audiology appointment and I felt bad about that because he LOVESLOVESLOVES school.

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Minion update. Minion continues to be completely and utterly psycho in a kittenish way. He likes to climb chairs, walk across tables, sit on laptops, and Mom has even found him in her bathroom cabinet! (The Greenies are kept in there.) He even decided to void his adoption contract and follow me outside yesterday. (Part of his adoption contract was that he would remain an indoor kitty.) Apparently, he forgot to read that clause in the contract and decided to take a stroll through the dahlias and the grass. Mama is allergic to grass and black kittens (oops!) so he had to be bathed to keep me from turning into a giant hive. (We’ve known about the cat allergy as long as we’ve known that I have a touch allergy to grass. I get shots for both weekly and my previous allergist even used to ask about how my cats were doing.)

Beastling had a vet appointment this morning and our vet techs and the vet of the day were happy to see him again. (Apparently, they used to take him out of his enclosure and play with him when he was at the vet waiting to be adopted.) He is now almost 4 lbs of black furry insanity and doing well. He got two shots and we’re just watching him super closely for a reaction.

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Summer class update. I had my resume rough draft due this week in addition to an assignment where we were coming up with phrases to describe aspects of things employers want. I was sweating both assignments and just got the grades back: 100% on each of them. I was stunned! Along with my perfect score on my assignment from last week, I have 100% in the class.

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Seattle Children’s Appointment #2 This one was for Audiology and we had to be at Seattle Children’s at 9… which meant leaving the house at 6:45 a.m. so that we had time to grab coffee. (Rush hour in Seattle is worse than any traffic I’ve seen in LA, the Bay Area, or Sacramento.) The audiologist had an assistant who went in and helped with Daniel. I had to go in and sit with him after a while because he started getting teary in the anechoic chamber, but he was able to make it through the hearing test. He did show mild hearing loss in one ear and mild/moderate in the other. These results are going to enable us to get him new hearing aids this fall. Mom and I were stunned by how well he did — it was like, “who is this kid?!?!?!?”

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Seattle Children’s Appointment #3 This was an upper G-I x-ray to rule out any issues keeping my kiddo from eating. It was another morning where we had to be at Seattle Children’s at 9 and it was also one of those times where my kid had to be NPO after midnight so he didn’t get his ADHD meds until AFTER the x-ray. Oyyyyyy…

Between my mom and the radiology tech holding him in place, the Child Life person showing him Daniel Tiger on an iPad, and me shooting contrast into his mouth, we got it done. Not something I want to repeat any time soon and he’s been out-of-sorts for two days because of the delayed ADHD meds. Gah.

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Duolingo update. I’m loving Duolingo and the way it is set up as it is making me feel pretty confident in my Spanish. Because I’m a language geek, I’ve also added French (well… reviewing it) and Irish. (Irish actually makes sense structurally from a French perspective.) I’m trying Arabic through Memrise and not liking it as much.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: June 24, 2018

For Today… June 24, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny and around 70F.

I am thinking… about Homer, my parents’ grey cat who had to be put to sleep this morning. My heart is broken.

I am thankful… for the safe delivery of my nephew Braden in the early hours of this morning.

One of my favorite things… black cats. There’s one in the lobby of my vet’s office who we will be adopting tomorrow.

I am wearing… grey shirt and black jeans.

I am creating… a Facebook entry to put up tomorrow announcing Homer’s passing.

I am reading… True Identity by Imani Dodley-Olear

I am hoping… to meet my new nephew soon.

In my kitchen… I’ll grab some leftovers later.

In the school room… two weeks until ESY.

Post Script… the evil overlord list compiled by Peter Anspach

Shared Quote… “As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the cat can be over-estimated. He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism. I do not wonder that many writers love cats; I am only surprised that all do not.” — Carl Van Vechten

Hosted by The Simple Woman.

7 Quick Takes: End of School, Additions to the Family, and The GOP Are Not Pro-Life Edition

7 Quick Takes

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What the actual [expletive]?!?!?!?!? Please tell me how separating kids from their mothers and keeping kids in kennel enclosures is appropriate, especially by politicians who happen to be pro-life. I freaking dare you!

Don’t believe me? Here are two articles from the Seattle Times on the subject:

Rep. Jayapal meets 174 asylum-seeking women, many separated from children, at SeaTac prison

US senator refused entry to facility holding migrants’ kids

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Prayer request. This is around a mile from where I grew up and a pool where I competed with my swim team a few times. Please pray for all affected.

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Done! I turned my last final in this afternoon and I am DONE!!! I have three 1-credit classes left in my program and they are spread out over this summer and fall. While it is definitely bittersweet to be saying good-bye to some of my classmates and two of my instructors (one is retiring and one is on sabbatical during Fall Quarter), I’ve gained a bunch of Facebook friends and I’ve proven through my Capstone Case Studies for Integrated Projects that I do know my stuff backwards and forwards.

Right now, I’m just waiting for final grades in two classes.

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New books. Rachel Held Evans‘ book Inspired just came out and I picked up a copy of my friend Imani’s book True Identity yesterday. Along with Jen Fulwiler’s new book and the new one from Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., I should have a lovely summer of reading.

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Ahem. Who has two thumbs and gets to go hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speak tomorrow?

This girl!

**UPDATE** It was AMAZING!!!!

Me and PB Michael Curry.

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Auntie Jen. My amazing sister-in-law is within a week of her due date. Please pray for a safe delivery for her and for my coming nephew.

Thanks!

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Wedding bells. My youngest cousin is getting married on Sunday. Please pray for Sarah and Evan as they begin their life together. Pray also for me because it’s at an herb farm on the grass… and I am **VERY** allergic to grass.

*stockpiles Benadryl cooling gel*

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7 Quick Takes: CLEVELAND LOST!!!!! Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Refer to title please. 🙂 My hometown boys (the Warriors) SWEPT the Cavs in the NBA Finals. That’s three NBA Championships in four years. 2016 (Cleveland’s ONLY championship win) was indeed a one-off (and a very last minute victory given that they have ONE good player).

And yes, I do enjoy hating on Cleveland sports. 🙂

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This describes me so well. I saw this on the Book of Faces this week and seem to have found a new favorite word.

Hiraeth.

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Wow. This past Wednesday (the 6th) marked my last in-person class for my program. Everything else is either online or part of my internship this fall. It’s bittersweet because while I’m happy that the quarter is winding down, I’m going to miss my classmates. We’ve been together for 1-2 years (depending on where people are in their programs)

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Leaving an evangelical cult. I’m conjecturing that Dawn (the speaker) is a cousin of Elizabeth Esther. It was interesting to watch.

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Daniel update. His gazzazzapop is giving him a weight gain of at least 1 lb per week, which is good as it is taking the threat of an NG tube off the table. He’s fighting against having to drink it, but he doesn’t get a choice at the moment because they are the only calories he is currently getting. (The little beast stopped eating solid food.)

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Music take #1. Here is something calming that I like while working on homework.

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Music take #2. This is a favorite from her latest album.

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7 Quick Takes: Late Night Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Integrated projects. I turned my first Capstone Case Study in on Sunday. I was talking to my instructor on Wednesday while she was grading them and she told me I had done very well.

My response: “By your standards or mine?”

She laughed. (I had gotten 109.5 out of 110, which is excellent by her standards while I was bugged by the 0.5 point I had lost.) She created an optional discussion post where we could post part of our case study (in this case, a flier for a yurt tour) and it has been fascinating to see what people put together for it.

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Mea culpa, Lord. Sleep deprivation and stress have led to me feeling like I was going to have a panic attack multiple times this week. On Wednesday, I came home after my tutoring shift and did noon prayer (about 2 1/2 hours late) which was helpful. I also felt like the Spirit was reminding me that I need to pray about things a lot more often. (Admittedly, my prayer life sucks right now.)

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God speaking to me through music. One of the way God breaks through the armadillo shell I seem to have around my soul these days is music. Unapologetically Episcopalian shared this piece on their Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon and it was needed.

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Update on the kid. Because I am a slacker mom, I forgot to schedule my beastling for a weight check today (it *IS* technically Friday). If I can’t get him in briefly at our pediatrician up here, I’ll just stick him on a scale at home and see if he’s gaining appropriately.

He’s drinking his gazazzapop (“gazazzapop” being a word my grandpa used for a liquid without a name) willingly and I can’t wait until summer when we can space it out over the course of a day, rather than having to fit three boxes in between when he gets home from school and when he goes to sleep.

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Linguistics geeking. This sounds interesting.

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Yet another distraction. Finding out about this is not a good thing for my productivity…

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Good night. My snuggle buddy has declared that he would like my chest, so I am signing off. Sleep well, y’all!

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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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