Of course in the middle of fall semester (perhaps exactly in the middle?) and that is keeping me very busy!! I tend to do algebra at the beginning of the week mostly and biology at the end. Then I tuck transcription in usually Wed/Thurs (job due today, so nothing different there).
In the few evening hours I’ve had and sometimes early morning I’ve been going through ALL my blog posts here, starting ins 2003. They all needed tagged and categorized. I don’t even really understand the difference between that so I’m doing both – tagging and categorizing, mostly the same titles. Ha. If that causes trouble I suppose I shall find out somehow- but at this point it seems fine. Also adding the pictures back in where I can where they were”lost” going from Livejournal to wordpress.org then to wordpress.com then to blogger then back to wordpress.org.
My goal is to have this blog ready for real publication, where I post it on autism sites, etc., and really try and get some help and recognition for autism and deafness. Chris needs a lot of help. I DID get a comment http://criscollrj.com/2010/05/23/the-brick-wall/ from a person at the National Deaf Academy, who found my blog online, and I was thrilled about that. If I can just get all the tags done and the blog totally organized, and then keep trying to add to it, perhaps it can get top recognition and the boys can really get some help.
So then, of course this with studying, working, and everything else I’m doing, challenging, but it should be SO worth it!
When I was a little girl I remember labeling and assembling all my school supplies weeks before school started. I loved the way the notebooks and pencils looked, all new, crisp, and shiny, and the way they felt smooth and clean in my hands. To this day I still have a habit of ruffling the side of book pages, feeling absent-mindedly how smooth the side of the book feels as I read or listen in class. I don’t know what it all means but I do know it hasn’t gone away. On a side note, I think Ryan has inherited my addiction to school supplies – he loves his notebooks and bookbags very much – it’s so cute!
It is a good feeling to have gone back to school after wanting to for about 15 years. I remember in 1995 first considering that I would like to go back to college after that time being absent for 9 years. When I graduated in 1987 I had been going for 3 1/2 years, and even though I didn’t realize it at the time I think I needed a break simply from not knowing what I really wanted to do with my life. Continue reading
Mostly – ha ha.
To do —
- Take transcription test for Allegis insurance today (step 5 of the application). Trying to add another backup contract as my favorite backup contract lost their whole department last week and we all lost our contracts. Don’t want to have less than three eggs in the basket . . .
- Do just 40 minutes of audio by Thursday – yay, that is SO like a week off!
- Spend a great day with Chris tomorrow – want to make him a great dinner! Hope to have Rog visit too – he should be home VERY soon!!
- Play with Ryan at the park today where I’m dropping off Colleen for her “Otaku Picnic” – it’s not one we go to a lot so Ryan should love it!
- Clean office this weekend and finish going through files (haven’t gone through them since 2008).
- Monday and Tuesday CLEAN MY BEDROOM THOROUGHLY. It has been a long time since I did this – I won’t say how long (not even sure!)
- Wed. Ryan goes to Cleveland for dentist – special needs clinic.
- Thurs. Drs. appnt with Chris
Things are going fairly well – enjoying the spring weather- hope it’s not immediately 90 degrees as I’m really enjoying 60s and 70s. On my break from school this week too. Should have my grade from Spring semesters (which was my first back) by next week — Enjoyed presenting on music and religion yesterday in class. Did powerpoint and word document.
summer – first algebra class and computer class, both online.
Since with new wonders of Facebook, my blog now appears in my profile when I update, I just wanted to thank you all for being on my friends list. Many of you have joined recently and I haven’t been able to personally write you, but I thank you for being in my circle of friends and family.
I do have some prayer requests at this time.
- Roger continues to heal from his gall bladder surgery, but has hit some difficulty here and there along the way. He had to have a more complicated surgery than normal due to a cyst he had, and I believe that is why it’s taken longer to heal. The doctors have also been watching another cyst he had in another area of his pancreas, but it was not prudent to work on that at the same time as the surgery so they were waiting and watching. He still had it as of last week at his CT scan, so they will be watching it another 6 weeks. If it is not gone they most likely will have to do another surgery to drain it. This also may explain why Roger has had a slower recup time and extra nausea and pain. Lately, however, he has had more good days than bad so we are grateful to God for that.
- We are in prayer that he can resume work slowly and get back to normal. Whether he has to have a second surgery will determine how fast that will happen. We would also like him to get home SOON (he’s at his mom and dad’s house) but with Ryan being rough in his affection for his daddy we were afraid to have him stay at home yet all the time. Ryan talks to him every day on the phone and gets so excited when he gets to see him sometimes!
- My paperwork load has been very heavy but I’m trying to get through one project at a time. It has been harder to keep up on my paid transcription work with the hundreds of pages I’ve recently had to scan and fax and mail and drop off to various agencies lately with different updates the agencies had to do on our kids, etc. They all came up at once, and multiplied with just trying to keep up on calls in regard to hospital bills and just keeping up the checkbook and filing and all the items one has to do, it has been a little overwhelming!! I am now trying to get ahead of my transcription a little this week, and am hopeful the largest part of the paperwork elephant is now behind me. There are still some things left to do though, and I’m trying to keep track of them.
- Christopher’s placement. We had a meeting at Christopher’s school Friday about how to help him progress more and learn more and learn to self-regulate with some aggressive behaviors and his not sleeping still, often. We all agreed that we need to contact the autism school I mentioned in my last post, in Florida, and I will be doing that this weekend. I pray the Lord’s will will be done in that area, and that we know the best thing to do for Christopher.
Thank you for prayers. We are all just trying to get through all this the best we can, and still enjoy the spring with the blossoms, and enjoy the family when we can all get together and communicate as much as we can. Rog and I had our first Facebook chat last night! That was fun 🙂 And I’m going over there and visiting a few times a week – Friday after my school has become a tradition.
I only have 3 classes left of my first class in 23 years. I still have 4 papers to write to catch up on my homework, but I will do it. It’s a good thing I love to write. Then I have a final paper to do along with a power point that I plan to do on music and religion (it’s a religion class). Next semester I am taking two online classes, first summer session computer introduction, and second summer session my first remedial algebra class. So I shall continue to be busy.
It’s a fitting day to thank the Lord publicly for His grace for us. As most of you know, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every year thanking Him for a miracle we had in 1994, when we had a mortgage and additional payment for a trailer, a baby on the way, and fear in our hearts that our trailer wouldn’t sell. Right on that day suddenly a person bought our trailer, with cash, and I’ll never forget crying in thankfulness looking at that money on the table.
This weekend, 2010, right before St. Patrick’s Day we had a financial deliverance once again that was sorely needed, and was a surprise. Things are still difficult but I am so grateful!
- Caused by unsuspected gall bladder trouble, Roger has been in the hospital since February 11, save 5 days he was home and had to be readmitted. We are hoping his surgery is SOON. He had complications from the gall bladder trouble of pancreatitis, heart trouble, and pneumonia. His dr. appointment is tomorrow; we believe these should be resolved enough for surgery hopefully! Roger is aching to get back to work after being off for over a month!
- I went back to school in January, just part time. Taking a comparative religion class — starting off getting my Associate of Arts degree which I need to complete in order to go on. Planning to get my Master’s in Speech Language Pathology along with an autism certificate from Kent State.
- Chris is at his grandparents, and still struggling with his sleeping. We are still planning to most likely try and have him admitted to National Deaf Academy in Mt. Doro, Florida.
More soon — have massive transcription to do today —-
I’ve noticed that nature greatly soothes me as well as prayer. And also just being with family and laughing.
But things are crazy, and I just have never any time for blogging, etc. I often think lately that I’d just like to totally quit working so I can catch up on pretty much everything and spend more time just hanging out with my kids and hubby. But I love my work, and right now it’s necessary. So I continue to get up at 3 to type and have toothpicks holding my eyes open most of the day —
97 minutes to get out, proofed, by tonight – I have 6 minutes done – so why am I here? I’ll be quick!
Chris is officially discharged from his group home Oct. 1. However, they’re still keeping him while they look for more homes for him. I believe he’ll be home here and G & C along with us will share his care.
Chris’s school is going very well and they have him in a new language program that is helping him a lot!
We are unable to get Chris’s waiver yet as there’s still a huge huge wait list – like 15 more years maybe.
Ryan has a new teacher this year as well as a new autism coordinator in his school. He is doing well but won’t eat lunch or wear his hearing aides – sigh. Sunchips are my friend . . .
Colleen is working hard at school and enjoys times with her friends –
They’re all growing up so fast.
I am seriously seriously considering going back to school in the spring to become a speech therapist, and need to apply for my financial aid. This of course means a little cut in my work but I need to try.
We’re going back to the Maryland mountains Tuesday as part of our business trip and I’m going to meet my good friend Pat from a transcription board I’m on!
Hello everyone! Sorry I’ve been scarce. hope everyone is well! I had a crazy morning but just resting now. I decided not to go to the exercise class originally because I had a headache AND had to go to the store. Still hoping to go 2x a week but only been there once so far.
I’m going with Ryan to Giant Eagle after he gets home, and rest and clean while he’s at school. I’m going to take a shower/bath in a little while. I’ve already done half the dailies. I just got the shakes because I didn’t eat any protein this morning so I just had an egg sandwich and hopefully those shakes will calm down. Maybe I’m shaking from the migraine meds too…
I may also have a headache because I’m out of cocacola – don’t know. Going to buy some at the store – yum!
This morning I lost Ryan’s hearing aides, bookbag, and shoes, and my library card. I found the hearing aides in time for school (remembered I’d put them in this little bag) but not the shoes until after he went to school in sandals. Still haven’t found the bookbag or the library card. Luckily the library renewed them over the phone with my drivers license, but said it was a one-time favor.
My aide was in an accident as in the hospital! I don’t know any more than that. Prayers appreciated!
Rog is doing good. Got 248 files done yesterday and his goal today is 300. Then tomorrow he should be finishing up and come home. God is providing and sustaining us.
I’m still looking at court reporting or captioning so I can bring in hopefully in one day what it takes a week to make now – that would be more worth it. I wish I could start the court reporting course now but know it’s above my ability with all on my plate at this time. http://www.tri-c.edu/catalog/0305/sequences/programs/court.htm And from what I’ve seen it’s all online, I believe. So I would hardly have to leave the house 🙂
Comments: DSL is better -they called last night and it turned out they
were detecting noise on our line and wondered if we had a phone plugged in without
a filter, I said the only one is where the dish is. they said to unplug that and
now it’s the fastest it’s ever been since we lived here. What gets me is the
place previously had said it was fine to have the dish plugged in without a
Comments: DOES ANYONE have any potty training tips for Ryan? He has gone several
times, pee, and one-two times, poop, since he was 2. But I can’t get any
consistency. He takes his poopy diaper off and throws the poop in the toilet.
That is good. But I can’t get him to sit there and go. He won’t stay. Any tips?
He is 4.
Hoping I can get a new degree to have a better paying job. I just don’t know
what, yet. And how to get there, to college.