Monday, September 24, 2007

A Post!

I'm almost giddy at the prospect.


So, why the long silence?

Well, there's been a ton going on-- some of it I can share now, some I can't talk about yet.

But I will soon.

Anyhow, a couple of weeks ago, Ryan -- who is almost never sick -- had a pretty bad case of "That Dreaded Vomiting Thing."

Thankfully, he recovered quickly (albeit seven pounds lighter)-- and (hurray!) neither the kids nor I came down with it.

But then -- right on the heels of said recovery -- I got "That Nasty Respiratory Thing."

Aches, pains, fever, wet cough-- you get the picture.

Still have the damn thing.

Evan, too.

And now, Joseph.


Friday night, he was in the 300s and spilling ketones.

Same thing yesterday, while playing "fall ball."

Double sigh...

So, what else has been going on?

Let's see, before all the illness hit there was lots -- and I mean LOTS -- of wrangling with the nurse at Joseph's new school (oh, the post that is coming... ) resulting in an ungodly amount of stress and:

Meetings with the nurse and Joseph's teachers, and an impromptu one-on-one with Joseph's endo;

Phone conversations with all of the above and the principal;

A number of insanely late nights on the laptop fleshing out the protocols for Joseph's care at school that were outlined in his 504 plan, but now apparently must be spelled out in ever more excruciating detail if I want my son to, say, NOT run in the 200s all day, every damn day of the school year.

Again-- oh, the post that is coming...

(No wonder I got sick.)


Moving on...

As August came to a close, we discovered the reason Evan no longer enjoyed bike rides...

She wanted to pedal, too.

(Thus, our Burley has been officially retired.)

Yet another highlight-- I mentioned that Joseph is playing fall baseball.

Well people, my boy's pitching is still something to see.


And finally, as we were driving home early last week, me hacking and sneezing away -- one hand on the wheel, the other groping desperately for a tissue -- Joseph called out from the back seat:

"Mom, I really hope I don't get sick."

"Why's that, Bud?"

"Because I don't want to miss one day."

"One day? One day of what?"

"Of school," he said, laughing and shaking his head-- as if the answer were just that obvious.

Doesn't want to miss a day.

Of middle school.

Now it's my turn to shake my head and laugh.


Amylia said...

Wow! I've been known to fake a day or two of illness just to get out of having to go to middle school (back in the day). Does your son pitch "submarine" style like my little brother does? It's a cool way to pitch.

Looking forward to your future posts. Good for you for fighting for what's right for your son while in school and beyond. It can be a lot of work and stress, but I am sure he appreciates it, or will one day.

Hope you feel better soon.

Jillian said...

Welcome back!

Sandra Miller said...


He does indeed pitch submarine (or side arm) style-- though he mixes it up with a very effective over-the-top fast ball.

I agree, a very cool way to pitch. :-)

And thanks, Jillian-

I've got a lot of catching up to do...

Nicole P said...

Yay! A post. I hope you feel better SOON. I love that Joseph likes school so much - it doesn't surprise me all that much that he does - he strikes me as the type of person who wants to live every single minute in just the place he's supposed to be.

I look forward to your other posts - and to hearing more about how things are with all of you.

Missed you.


Sandra Miller said...

Thanks, Nicole-

I've missed you, too.

(Can't believe it's been over a month!)

And yes, I agree with you about Joseph.

Though, I still find it amazing that Joseph made this statement about a brand new school-- and a class in which he didn't know a soul going in.

The kid just blows me away sometimes. :-)

Kendra said...

Looking forward to future "a posts" :D

Scott K. Johnson said...

Sounds like a busy time! I hope things calm down a bit and that you all start feeling better.

Very cool pics of Joseph pitching - I'd love to see it in person!

Take care!

Penny said...

Yay, Sandra posted again!!

I hope you feel better soon as well as Evan and Joseph.

I feel for you with your battle with the school. I had a meeting with Riley's principle a couple of weeks ago to get some things straight. I got my way, but it was still very stressful.

I'm looking forward to some future posts.

cesnh said...

Glad you're back, I've missed hearing about Joseph's triumphs.
Hope that everyone's healthy for the next couple of weeks at least. I've always thought the beginning of school is tough on everyone's immune systems.

Bernard said...


Good to see you back. Sorry to hear about the 504 struggles. Is 504 the number of letters you have to write for the school to do things correctly? I hope not.

It sounds as if he may be enjoying school, even if his numbers aren't great. That's surely a blessing.

Anonymous said...

Hi..what is the deal with 504 plans this year?!?!? I just went through a battle with my son's new counsler @ his high school. All of a sudden after being diagnosed with Type 1, 3 years ago, she says he is now ineligible for a 504 plan!! After calls and letters, stating that his diabetes has not gone away, federal guidelines,and much more,guess what,he is now eligible!! Never ceases to amaze me. Hope you all are doing much better!!
On the Journey..........Sherry