Well, what can I say?
It's been one crazy year, full of up's and down's and all-around's!
There were meetings and medical issues galore, drama and doldrums, and only one fight with Aetna this year (THANK YOU!)
So sit back as I do a mini-review of the highlights and low lights.....
2010 started out rough from Day #1.
We headed to an area indoor water park to enjoy some R&R with the kids, even though I had a congested cough.
Sure enough, that had to be the beginning of my medical issues.
I fell at the water park, suffered rib contusions, and developed subsequent pneumonia because it hurt too darn much to cough.
Two weeks out of work.
Kaitlyn experienced her first tooth extraction (without Novocaine...because our dentist walks on water and is ab-so-lutely amazing!).
Kaitlyn also developed a bowel obstruction, learned first hand what it was like to receive not one but TWO enemas, an then sustain an ileus with subsequent pediatric unit admission for 23 hour observation.
Kaitlyn had her first IEP Meeting with the Kindergarten team and it went well.
I fired Andrew's Early Intervention Coordinator.
Kaitlyn developed pneumonia (this was the 1st episode of 2010).
I complained about the whole "No Child Left Behind" issue and how it affects special needs kids.
There were looming lay-offs in our school district, with special ed being hit pretty hard.
Oh, and Andrew felt left out so he got pneumonia, too!
I turned 40 this month....the new 20!
Aetna chose to deny our nebulizer machine that I was using to treat the kids' pneumonia because they felt it was "not medically necessary".
HUH? Breathing is not necessary?!
Andrew had his "Transition Meeting" from EI to Early Childhood Education and the program coordinator was less than professional.
Let's just say that the School District Superintendent heard from me LOUD AND CLEAR!
The layoffs in our school district were less than expected (YAY!), but we did lose our music teacher (BOO!)
Kaitlyn was bumped up to 35% Inclusion with General Ed.
The Naughty Chair was used quite frequently by Andrew.
What the heck are "Sight Words" and what happened to phonics in school?
April was relatively mild.
Kaitlyn correlated bad behavior with "Going To Jail" and even dropped the F-Bomb.
She got in trouble several times for not using her "Walking Feet" in school.
Thus, the attitude from Miss Kaitlyn begins......
May brought some chest pain to me (figuratively speaking, that is) when I opened a Confidential letter from Kaitlyn's school indicating that she failed her hearing test.
Subsequent nervous appointments with our trusty ENT confirmed that she hears better than us! Whew!
Andrew had his ECE evaluation and was being given an IEP for speech.
Lightening strikes twice in my house on the speech front.
There was that off-the-cuff, nonchalant comment about "oh, we know about his murmur" WHAT HEART MURMUR?!?!?!?!
ECHO exams, EKGs and Pediatric Cardiologist appointment pointed towards a PFO and Still's Murmur, although neither are related.
Yep, more chest pain for Mom.
And then there was my brief encounter with that oh-so-nice FOX Chicago News guy that dismissed my red swollen eyes and ditzy behavior in the hospital parking garage.
And Miss Kaitlyn graduated from Kindergarten.
In June, we broke up with Jill, our beloved SLP that had treated both of my children for speech issues.
Unfortunately, her ex-employer was more driven by money than a child's needs.
Kaitlyn refers to him as "The Mean Man"....yep, you're right, Kaitlyn!
Andrew started with a new SLP for the remaining 10 weeks of EI.
Then we took a speech break for both kids.
Then...our rainbow after the storm....Miss M walked into our lives (actually, Google lead me to her!)
Summer was upon us and we spent a lot of time in the pool.
Kaitlyn continued swim lessons.
Andrew's visit to the ENT confirmed vocal fold nodules because he is just so loud and rough on those folds.
Should grow out of it, I was told.
Kaitlyn learned about fire, strangers, and the such at Safety Town.
We quit EI for Andrew based on the poor performance of his assigned SLP.
We were told this month that Kaitlyn no longer needed glasses since she was now 20/20
We took a much needed family vacation to Door County Wisconsin and did nothing but relax in a pool, walk on the beach, eat freshly caught lake perch, and that's that!
Back to school was easy for Kaitlyn, but harder for Andrew.
He had some serious adjustment problems being away from Mom and Dad.
But lots of hugs, reassurance, and reading books like "The Kissing Hand" and "Llama Llama Misses Mama" made things a little easier.
And we celebrated the little guy's 3rd birthday!
Andrew was still having school adjustment issues.
We were blessed with an awesome preschool teacher for him and an even better Itinerant SLP for him twice a week after school.
Kaitlyn got strep throat pretty bad.
Oh, and she also did something strange to her ankle (sprain? Tendon irritation?) and was required to be in a CAM walking boot for 3 weeks.
And then there was my take on the whole Katy Perry/Elmo video...I saw nothing wrong with it!
Here, we saw Andrew spelling his name on video.
Kaitlyn began a Religious Education class for special needs children.
Kaitlyn developed a 104.1 degree fever and was diagnosed with pneumonia for the second time this year!
We had the Chicagoland Apraxia Walk which we missed due to the pneumonia, and her birthday party which was pushed back a week due to her illness.
And once again, little boy Andrew did not want to be left out and asked for a trip to the ER for a nasty bout of croup and 102.4 fever.
We did have an awesome Halloween, though!
Here we had Parent-Teacher Conferences, RTI for Andrew, and an OT plan for Kaitlyn.
Andrew and I designated Fridays as "Our Time" where we would spend it at an area museum and then for a McDonald's treat.
He also got his Big Boy Bed this month, and "Our Time" would soon end as his school placement would be changing and he would be going to school 5 days per week now.
We ended the year with me hosting some blog giveaways here.
We were also informed that Kaitlyn would need another eye surgery to fine tune the muscles in her left eye that were drifting due to her growth and nothing that we did wrong.
Aetna tried their antics again by trying to deny all of our speech therapy claims, only to have them reprocessed and paid...thank you very much!
And Christmas brought sheer joy to our household.
And lets just add one more tiny bout of pneumonia for Kaitlyn (um, that's THREE if you are counting!) and a nasty sinus infection for Andrew.
We were scheduled to head up to that same water park this weekend, but we chose to delay that trip.....seeing that it was the place were all of this fun started!
You can go through my 2010 entries to read all about these stories if you are searching for a good laugh!
My wish to you is to have a blessed 2011...
may the words continue to flow...
may the apraxia's out there go by the wayside...
may the sensory issues resolve...
and best of health to you all!
Thank you for reading....and Happy New Year!