Archive for August, 2012


A for Effort

August 24, 2012

T1 has been trying out for the school soccer team. I got a text message from her this morning that she did not make the team.

I don’t want to be that soccer mom. But it is hard.

About 30 girls were trying out for 16 slots. Of those 30 about 20 were the small fast love-to-score girls; 10 were defenders. T1 is of the later. But for most of try-outs she was in the goal box.

I asked if the coach even saw her in a defensive position during the scrimmage … the answer: no.

And this is after she was given the encouragement (not sure by who) that because she played other positions she was being considered for back-up goalie.

I wanted her to make the team but make no mistake, I know my daughter is not a soccer star. Should we have pulled her from her losing team(s) and tried the area travel team to better develop her? Again, I never expected her to be the next Mia Hamm or Hope Solo. I did put her in soccer camps and conditioning clinics.

I wanted her to make the team because I wanted to prove to all the little fast scoring girls that left her losing teams they weren’t “all that” and that you need strong defenders on a team as well. I am not great example of good sportsmanship, I know.

This actually does make my life easier–I don’t have to juggle church, three soccer teams, Girl Scouts, and viola lessons. (When are we getting back to Soo Bak Doh??) Two soccer teams is enough.

And maybe this is good for T1. She tried. She did her best. It is a learning experience not to … oh who am I kidding? She had enough of learning that everyone can’t be a winner on those losing teams that everyone else felt no loyalty towards. She finally got on a winning team and 7 of them then jumped ship for the travel leagues so who knows what this season will be like. There is one girl in particular who I hope didn’t make the team because as T1 said, she’d stop running and would pass and when she did she couldn’t aim the pass.

Okay… not good sportsmanship again…

But yes, T1 needs to learn from this lesson just like she did in orchestra this spring when she stopped practicing and the third chair won her place in 1st. That was a humble lesson to learn–that even though you have an amazing amount of natural talent, if you don’t practice you can lose what you had earned.

Maybe it will help T1 to realize that things have more value if they don’t come easy.

And I can’t shield her from disappointment. That would be even worse than being that soccer parent.



A matter of blood…

August 23, 2012

Okay, so I was able to talk with the Chief this morning so I can spill on here. It has been a long 36 hours waiting to hear from him, but such is the life.

All three of us had blood work drawn on Monday. Fasting. Waiting over two hours. UGH!

I wanted to have my blood sugar and cholesterol checked–my rhuemy said my last blood sugar was high but I wasn’t fasting; however, my meds can mess with my blood sugar. I’ve been on provastatin since February to lower my LDLs but I haven’t had any tests done to see if it is working. I’m curious. So I got my GYN to send me for well-woman blood work. I waited at least two weeks to get over the virus that cause me to have a fever for 5 days and mild bronchitis. I’ve learned from experience never, NEVER have my blood sugar done when sick.

I briefly mentioned that T2 is having unusual bruising. I brought this up to our awesome pediatrician at their physicals. It is not “true” bruising–doesn’t last for days. I can only describe it as similar to my Labor Rash–the breaking of all the little capillaries in your skin so that you look purple and bruised. Except there is a cause–the extreme pushing. It can happen from hard crying or vomiting. And the purple can yellow a little bit, like a bruise, and fade relatively quickly. T2 had this purple bruising at camp from belly flopping. All up and down her arms and she was so proud of these bruises! They faded.

Then a couple of weeks later she had weird bruising after going to the gym. All she was doing were planks (a core exercise where you hold yourself up on your forearms and toes) on a textured surface. 24 hours later she still had the hexagon patterns in her skin, all purple and turning yellow. No trauma, just a pressure bruise? She was on a really strong antibiotic for a recurring ear-infection/double swimmer’s ear. It was day 9 of 10 but I called in to the doctor because the directions said to call for unusual bleeding or bruising. We were told to stop any ibuprofen (she took one dose 9 days earlier!).

Remember also she was not on this antibiotic at camp for the initial bruising from the belly flops.

After talk to the chief, before the physical, we were concerned about anemia or something else going on. Thankfully our pediatrician listens. And she tries to find ways to make sure tests can be justified to the insurance. “Does anyone in your family have high cholesterol?” Yup. Me. So she ordered lipid panels for both girls for “Familial hypercholesterolism” and addition tests for T2 for contusions.

Not even 24 hours later I got a call. T1 has the Chief’s genes and her cholesterol is fine. T2 is not so lucky and has my hereditary high cholesterol. T2 has high LDLs and low HDLs. But some of her other tests were off. She has high platelets, high absolute lymphocytes, and a high aPTT. Her iron is fine so it is not anemia. I was told to come in and pick up an order to have two tests repeated.

I had her blood redrawn this morning. Thankfully it wasn’t a two-hour wait. We talked about her high cholesterol and what it will me. We talked about how we have to get her HDLs up. Then I explained that they are worried a mistake was made with her other tests so they want to be sure. “And if there is a problem, we will deal with it.”

So what could it be? Needless to say, WebMD is not my friend right now. The big concern is the high aPTT. She basically has the blood of someone taking heparin, a blood thinner. My dear friend ordered me off WebMD and explained “It could be a virus–she did just get over the same thing you had. She is obviously making more platelets to compensate for the high aPTT.” It could be a liver problem (the antibiotics). It could be a blood disorder, a missing clotting factor. It could be a Vitamin K deficiency (time to start eating bananas!). It could be serious, it could not be.

I am hoping there will be just as fast a turn-around and we’ll know by this time tomorrow. As the Chief said, tests are not always a diagnosis so we’ll just go forward. I’ve got to put this in God’s hands. This is my baby–my baby that had a mystery illness at 18 months old, that tested positive for exposure to TB (and had to be treated with INH which does a number on the liver!), that had viral induced asthma, that now has my high cholesterol problem… This is my baby who just started 5th grade.

My doctor hasn’t signed off on my report so I still don’t know about me … I did emphasize to the nurse that I needed the results tomorrow for my child’s health history. And then I can completely freak out if my cholesterol meds aren’t working or if my PsA meds are going to make me diabetic sooner rather than later … but right now I just want to hold T2 and spare her this!


New Training Vessel for KP Announced!

August 21, 2012

Lots of changes happening at Kings Point. I was very dubious about the loss of the Kings Pointer though I do feel the decision made sense in light of waterfront upgrades and nowhere to berth her during renovations. The Chief had very strong opinions about the value (or lack thereof) of a training vessel for those in the engineering track.

Here is the latest news out of Washington…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Department of Transportation Secures New Training Vessel for U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that the Department’s Maritime Administration has secured a new training vessel for the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. In an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Academy will receive a space shuttle solid rocket booster recovery ship, the MV Liberty Star, which will provide a hands-on learning environment on which midshipmen can train using modern navigational technology, including dynamic positioning and advanced towing techniques.

For the full press release, please follow the above link.


August 17

August 17, 2012

It is not as if I don’t have anything to say or that I don’t was to say it … it has just been a crazy roller coaster month. I was on such a high early that of course I crashed physically. I’ve been sick, so has T2. We’re on the mend. My tests, which I did post about, were negative. I’m relieved. I still have some blood work to do but as I’ve posted before I will never get blood drawn while I’m sick again! I tried to donate blood (just before getting sick) and they missed my huge veins for the first time ever. Ouch! I could not take my Enbrell injection while I had a fever so I went almost 13 days without a shot. It does not bode well for when I have to go 20 days without a shot for the upcoming dental implant surgery I’m having next week. I’m back at E.o.t.T. and for the first time this year I’m actually losing weight instead of gaining. Down 5.5 lbs. but I have 8 more to go to get back to what I weighed last October.

Lastly, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It has been caught very early and the prognosis is good. There is a strong chance it is genetic because her first cousin and her sister have survived breast cancer themselves. I have already gotten orders to schedule my baseline mammogram. I will carefully weigh my options if her pathology comes back with the genetic markers. I really don’t know if any of the medicines I’m on would accelerate or exacerbate this type of cancer. Blood cancers and lymphoma are the types you hear about in the warnings in the commercials.

School begins for T1 & T2 in just a few days. T1 had “business night” last night and we discovered a scheduling conflict for her elective language. Sadly she will not be able to take German until high school if she decides to change out of French. T2 is waiting to hear who her teacher is and we’re hoping she gets teachers her sister hasn’t had.

The Chief continues to sail along, riding some stressful waves. Probably 6 more weeks until he comes home. Can’t wait.

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