Monday, August 26, 2013

A Great Start!

We are settling into school pretty well.  Amelia is a trooper!  We wake her up at 5:15am because she and Dan have to leave the house by 6:15am.  She doesn't complain or fuss.  She's not eating much for breakfast these days.  Usually, she will have a few bites of a waffle or some toast, but that's it.  She just doesn't have an appetite in the morning. 

After she is gone, I struggle to get the other two up!  They are NOT morning people!  But, they come by that trait honestly...because neither is their mother!

I must share with you that I contacted Amelia's teacher last week just to touch base with her to ask her how things were going in the classroom.  I've tried not to hover or be overbearing.  Although I wish I could be a fly on the wall in that classroom, I've truly left it up to her teacher to notify me if there was a problem.  Amelia seems to be in a good mood when going to school...and when I pick her up!  This is a good sign!  Last year, she would cry every morning and sometimes in the afternoon when I picked her up.  It was gut wrenching.

Here is the response that I received from her teacher...hold on to your socks!

She's doing very well. I have had no problems with her at all. She seems at this point to understand everything and is helpful and kind.  You should know she sits next to someone who as it turns out is having trouble sitting still, she has been wonderful with this child. Has patience and tries to help them make the right choice.  I'm really happy with how she is handling that. Don't worry if there is a problem I'll let you know. I'm going on the assumption there wont be. Have a great day. 

Ms. V.
Now, I realize that it's only been two weeks, and I realize that she will have good days and bad days...but I could NOT have asked for a better outcome so far!  For a few hours after I received this email, I felt like I was walking on a cloud.  Could she really be talking about my daughter?  Of course she could!  I've been thinking about that old T.V. show "Truth or Consequences".  At the end, the host would say....."Will the REAL Amelia Widener please stand up".....and she DID!
In other news....I had my yearly mammogram on Friday.  For the first time in five years, I was NOT nervous or anxious.  The tech was 11 year breast cancer survivor herself.  She helped me to feel comfortable and relaxed.  When the results came back "NED (no evidence of disease)", I felt relieved that I had made to my first milestone!  I have officially hit the 5 YEAR MARK!  This is HUGE!  I will see my oncologist in September and discuss how to move forward!
Last January, I had a bad case of acute bronchitis.  My physician was worried that it might have turned into pneumonia, but with antibiotics and rest, I got better.  However, the cough has never truly gone away.  Off and on over the last several months, I have had some wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pressure and coughing.  Some weeks it doesn't bother me at all...and other weeks, I feel as though I've definitely got something going on.  I'm finally going to to my regular doctor on Wednesday to see if we can get to the bottom of this.  At first, I worried it could be lung cancer...but, I'm leaning more towards some kind of allergy or the return of my childhood asthma.  I do have an Albuterol inhaler that I keep in my purse and I must admit, I've used it quite a bit lately.  However, it helps, and that's a good thing. 
As someone who has battled a life threatening disease in the past, I naturally conclude the worst when I'm not feeling well.  In my mind, I've gone over the possibility of lung cancer, pulmonary embolism, and a heart attack.  Although I'm not a doctor, it seems to me that after 8 months with any of those would be getting worse and I would know by now!
Still, I am concerned about this because it's never fun when you feel as though you can't breathe.  I will keep you updated as to what my doctor suggests.


Barb, ofs said...

I'm glad to hear the good news from your daughter's teacher AND that you got a good report from the doctor!! 5 years--excellent!

My husband has recently developed asthma and he has allergies as well, and I know that every new symptom he has makes him panic and think that his cancer has returned (the type of cancer he had usually relocates to the lungs. He will have to have chest X-rays every year for the rest of his life.)

As a longtime asthma sufferer I sympathize with you. After trying different things my doctor discovered that Singulair works well for me. I also take a Mucinex each morning and I have an as-needed inhaler which I rarely have to use. I hope you quickly find a combination that works for you.

Thia said...

Congrats on the milestone and Amelia's great start to school!
Has there been an introduction of anything you could react to? A new detergent etc?

Just Be Real said...

Positive outcome. Thank you for sharing dear one. Blessings.