Wednesday, July 14, 2010

14th July and all is well

I'm pleased to report that all is well on the JIA front. PuffyFingers seems remarkably unpuffy and is flourishing. This Enbrel stuff is the business. We have a check up tomorrow, everything crossed that my parental opinion is not utterly wrong (as has happened in the past).

LMI has turned 5 and is even more entertaining than usual. She still likes being called Daisy. But seriously, Daisy Moss? It sounds like the latest garden centre hybrid. At least it's not Pete.

I am fine and so is the other half. He's recovering from a week on call. Apparently being on call when you're in your twenties is very different to being on call when you're nearly 40. Over the week he rarely got home before 11pm and was called out on different days at 3:30am, 4:20am, and 2am. The 2am call came the day after the 3:20am one, so he'd got about 3 and half hours sleep one night to be followed by 2 hours the next night. It was just like having a newborn in the house again.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Goldysocks and the Librarians

Once upon a time there was a girl with yellow hair called Goldysocks. She went to the library. She borrowed all the books.

When Papa Librarian came back he said "Who's been using my books?"
Mama Librarian said "Who's been using my books?"
Baby Librarian said "Who's been using my books; and has used them all up?"

Then Goldysocks brought back the books and ran away.

Who needs external entertainment when you have a 4 year old at the breakfast table?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Poor Little Cinders

Picture the Fingers household this morning...

I was zooming around unloading the dishwasher, making a packed lunch, making a cup of tea, finding white socks for school*, etc.

PuffyFingers was tucking into a bowl of Cornflakes.

LMI was in the larder.

Me: "LMI, come out here and bring the cereal you want with you."

LMI emerges and deigns to sit down.

LMI: "Where's my breakfast?"

Me: "In the larder, I asked you get the box of cereal out while you were in there"

LMI: "It's just not fair. You treat me like Cinderella and make me do all the housework"

* Query: Why do we never have clean white socks despite the fact that I know I bought at least 12 pairs last August?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Playing statues

I've just spoken to the radiology department and we're going to try doing the MRI without anaesthesia. Normally a 6.5 year old would get knocked out, but everyone thinks PuffyFingers can manage to be still. I'll certainly hope so. She's done really well staying still for CT scans but this is a lot longer and a lot louder.

She gets to take a CD with her to listen to while she's in the machine.

I asked if I could stay with her as I have pins in my ankle and they said that would be fine. Really?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

MRI booked

After a little bit of phone tag (who books an MRI of a potential arthritic jaw? The Rheumatologist or the Maxillofacial Surgeon?*). PuffyFingers MRI scan is all booked up. She'll be heading in on 15th April, MRI at 11:15, facial surgeon appointment afterwards.

I'm unsure right now whether they'll want to try with her awake and keeping really still or if they'll knock her out. We'll find out soon. In the meantime I've discovered lots of videos on YouTube about preparing your child for an MRI. The wonders of t'internet.

If she stays awake then a parent is allowed in the room with her. The parent must have no metal on them. This could be problematic. I have two pins in my left ankle from an incident involving a rock and a parachute. They've been in there so long I rarely think about them (cough... mumble... 19 years). I strongly suspect that my two pins are going to stop me from being with PuffyFingers.

The OH will just have to do the caring parent thang. This could be fun...

* It's the maxillofacial surgeon

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

8pm and all's well

PuffyFingers is totally back to normal, not a limp in sight.

She gave the cold to me. I was utterly wiped out for 48 hours, I even took the unheard of step of taking a day off work. I normally manically hoard sick days for when I need them for child related time off. I'm not surprised PuffyFingers was limping; I think I was, and I don't even have arthritis.

I have thoughtfully passed the lurgy onto the OH and young LMI also appears to be going down with it. The OH has also had to take a sick day; and is presently laid out on the settee (sofa, couch, davenport or whatever else you want to call it) watching QI on the internet.

I'm waiting to see what shape LMI is in when she wakes in the morning. It's all fun, fun, fun in the Fingers household.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I may have a teeny bit overoptimistic


PuffyFingers had a harder day with her knee. I gave her Tylenol at 1:30 and we have done her rice bag a couple of times. She has been hopping so she doesn't have to use it. She is at the front desk with a rice bag and books. I really hope she feels better soon,

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Lovely School