Sunday, December 7

Crazy Christmas Time

Joy to the world did not include my house. There is little joy to be found during Christmas in our home. Did anyone see the 20/20 (or maybe it was Dateline) special about RAD? That is my household and it is only ramped up around Christmas time. The kids start doing wierd things and acting out in wierd ways around the holidays. For example, the other day Jasmine smuggled sugar into her room (we normally do not keep sugar in our house, but I needed some for Thanksgiving). We lock the pantry at night, so I am not even sure how or when she got it - but anyway, she took the sugar and sprinkled it all throughout our house on the wood floors and tile and then there was a pile of sugar in her room. We are getting used to these episodes but they are still tiring. As I am writing this, there is an hour and 1/2 long tantrum going on in the background.

Jasmine broke her arm on the monkey bars a day before Thanksgiving so that also is making our holidays more interesting and giving her more amunition to complain about life. Kimberly is going to participate in the science fair this year and so in our "spare time" we are working on that. My car has a HUGE oil leak that started when my friend was in the hospital so we are also down one vehicle. I filed a complaint with the hospital with a local deaf advocating agency - still waiting on the latest information from that.

I have also started interpreting more at church to sharpen my skills so that hopefully I can become certified to help the Deaf in our community more. Last week, I interpreted a funeral - that was interesting.

Rebecca had her yearly opthamologist appointment and they said that her perpherial vision has worsened, but her central vision has remained the same. She was upset that she was not getting new glasses - we may still get her some new frames. We are going to a retinal specialist in May to have her evaluated further. The doctor mentioned that we may be able to have surgery to prolong her sight longer, but that it is not a cure. I'm not sure yet if I want to do that, we will have to see how much her sight would improve and the pros/cons of the surgery. We will find out in May.

So, I appologize for not blogging more but as you can see my life has been full lately. Hope everyone has a great season and I will try to keep in touch better.

Happy holidays!

1 comment:

Ashley's Mom said...

I am so familiar with the RAD stuff. My oldest daughter is a classic RAD kid, and boy it can sure make life difficult. I think it is even more difficult when it is combined with physical or cognitive disabilities. I haven't found a good treatment yet though I have been searching for 9 long years.

Just know that I understand and am available to listen if you need to talk.

One more complicating factor is that our children with RAD can appear to be such sweet, wonderful children to the outside world. I have found that a lot people just can't grasp what RAD means to a family.