Monday, August 24, 2009
In which Caryn is STILL trying to catch up!
It's been long enough that now shame is starting to set in. Many things have happened...most of them medically related. I have henceforth decided to dub this year, 2009, the year of medical woes, or MW's. I mean we are in August for crying out loud and I think we just completed our 4th trip to the ER, not to mention numerous Dr.s appointments. So lets back track a bit. Last year we noticed that Walker would have these moments where he would "zone out" and at first we just thought that he was ignoring us...then we would try to get his attention and he wouldn't listen...so we would yell...nothing. So i started to pat his face or flick him to get some sort of reaction and there was nothing not even a twitch to acknowledge that he had been flicked. These episodes would happen anywhere between 5-7 times a day and maybe last a total of 5-15 seconds ( and when it's happening it seems a lot longer). We kept swearing that we would take him in...then in January they stopped. All was well, until they started back up again in March...and we went back and forth on what to do. I thought i knew what it was, but we didn't have any way of knowing. So in June I finally decided that we had to get on this, when, Walker started walking while he was zoning...he would just veer off and walk. Short of picking him up and carrying him he would just keep walking until he came out of it...and we'd ask him where were you going and he would say "i don't know". The last straw was when I told him to climb up into his car seat (which he does quite well) and I turned to put my purse in my chair and when I went to buckle Walker in he was standing in the middle of the parking lot lane...I went and grabbed him and thought unless we get him help. He could be putting himself in real danger and not even know what he's doing. I took him in and we met with his Pediatrician and I told her what was happening and that I'm not a crazy mom...I believe that Heavenly Father was really blessing us because Walker had 2 episodes in the 10 minute time frame of our Dr. visit...not only that she had done a "something medical thing" for 2 years with a neurologist so she had seen it before and knew the quickest route to go. She set us up to have an EEG done on Walker before he had an appointment with a neurologist so that all the work would be done for them to look at. So while we wait untill August for Walker's EEG let me fill you in on what else is going on. Meanwhile, David was released as the Elders Quorum President and was called as a Seminary teacher. In July David's sister and her family came to visit (5 boys)and his Mom and Dad (and 2 kids) came to visit...so we had a house of 15....and our dog. During which time Caryn took another visit to the ER...this time for severe abdominal cramping...after 4 hours, they told me I was fine and sent me home. Had the cramping all week went back to the Dr. and they said we found blood in your urine but no infections or anything so they did a cat scan....again nothing was wrong...so I guess I was just faking it for a week. This is all while David family is here...then the Bishop wants to talk to me so he comes over to our house which is bursting at the seems with family and we step outside....now let me, let you in on a little secret I KNEW the Bishop wasn't here to see me...well let's put it this way I knew there were "changes" in the ward and a few people were gonna get moved around but I had only been in Primary for like 10 mths so i figured he was there because I was going to be released and put in as a Primary teacher or I was going to be asked to be David's seminary helper (and no I don't think seminary helper is a real calling). So we are standing on my front porch and Bishop says Caryn we'd like to extend to you the calling of Primary President!!!!!!! WHAT THE.....uhhhhh..... wait .......the current Primary President has only been in less that year and a half.....are you sure....and of course me being me and feeling well astounded I just laughed and said NO WAY ....noooooo .....laugh ......what.. ......nooooo.....give me a minute.....after I did this for like 3 min I looked over and there was our good bishop just waiting... and I realized what a dork I'd been. I said ..."of course I'll accept I'm sorry I kind of over reacted, but yes I'll serve in what ever way you need". If that isn't classic Caryn a great spiritual moment and I dorked it up! I have to say that it was a punch that came out of nowhere! I also wasn't real thrilled to be following in Meridith DeLaMare's footsteps (her husband got a stake calling so they had to release her, but she made it look so easy and she was so organized...why....why)...so we will see where this adventure takes us. Now back to Walker...on Aug 18th we took him to Children's Mercy Hospital where after only 4 hrs of sleep in a 24 hr period he was hooked up to the EEG machine and was tested...then we had lunch with Aunt Kristi (she was our designated driver) and then we came back and meet with the neurologist where they diagnosed Walker with Petit Mal Epilepsy also know as Absence Seizures. So we are just now starting to get him on his medication so it will help with the seizures and hopefully Walker will out grow it in the next 10yrs or so. BUT wait we aren't done because the Crowning glory is that Walker walked into the corner of our wall (we think he was having a seizure (they are harmless...no body convulsions...just "zoning")) anyway he hit it just right and put a nice size gash into his fore head...So we took yet ANOTHER trip to the ER to get his little head put back together. SO now you know,that if I haven't gotten around to blogging...and if there is another significant pause in my writing, I'm either at the ER or a Dr.'s office or very busy drowning in my Primary calling. ......as soon as Dave gets home I'll post some Walker pictures!