Tuesday, April 20, 2010

How about an update on Kaitlyn

It sure has been a while ;)

Kaitlyn is doing great in school.  Yesterday she moved up another reading group.  The group consists of 10 kids, 1 is Kaitlyn, 1 more from her class and the rest are all second graders.  She's doing fantastic.  She reads every sign she sees on the side of the road, in the store, or wherever she can see words.  On top of that, she can sound out and spell out every word.  Which means we have to be sneakier talking around her ;)

She is also super proud that she is now on the 500 page, so every day she gets to write up to 500 and thinks she'll be up to 600 in days.  At this rate, she just might be up to 1000 by the end of the year.

Now, the bad news is that her school is closing.  It was really important to us that Kaitlyn be able to go to the same school with the same kids all through her school years.  We are fortunate that we are an open enrollment district, so we get to pick which school we want, regardless of whether it is the closest or not.  We were up in the air between two schools.  Our problem is that we do not like one of the major changes they are doing in the schools, which is changing them all to K-8.  I just don't feel comfortable with sending my precious, innocent 5 year old to school with 13/14 year olds.  But, I guess we are going to have to get used to it.  We were torn between two schools.  One is closer, has an organic garden, but it doesn't get out until 3:45 every day.  Which seems so late to me.  However, it does start at 9:00 AM, which will probably be easier with a new baby in the house this winter.  Her current principal will also be moving to this school, which is great for Kaitlyn, and some of her other classmates.  The other school gets out earlier, is a larger school physically, and isn't too much further.  We opted for the first school.

We also got Kaitlyn's MRI results back.  They started with the good news.  No tumors or unexplained masses.  The bad news wasn't terrible, but it isn't great.  We may have found the cause for not only her migraines but her asthma and allergy symptoms as well.  It appears that she has acute chronic sinusitis in all 10 of her sinus cavities.  For her age, the doctor was surprised by the severe degree of inflammation.   Her neurologist believes that surgery is in her best interest to try and mediate some of the damage, her pediatrician is of the idea that we need to try other avenues first.  So, first we are doing a strong antibiotic for the next 21 days (1 week down!) to see what that does.  She will see the ENT specialist on May 19.

The MRI also found a small cyst on her brain.  About the size of a raisin.  Many people have these cysts and never have any problems with it at all.  We will redo the MRI in 2-5 years (unless she shows signs of problems prior) to see if the cyst is filling with fluid at a fast rate, if it is, the cyst will be drained.

Kaitlyn is LOVING T-ball.  I am uploading some pictures now, but she's doing great!  She plays 2-3 times per week and is showing so much improvement at every game.  She needs some reminders once in a while to pay attention to the ball, but once she sees it, she takes off after it, regardless of whether or not it is hit anywhere near the position she is playing!  I have some great video I can't wait to upload.  Her favorite positions right now is first base and pitcher since she gets to play more :)

She's also growing like a weed!!  She's outgrown all of the pants that we bought too big for Christmas.  Almost all of the weight gain is length since she's up to nearly 44" and still at the same weight.  She loves eating healthy (most of the time) and right now is obsessed with eating protein so she can get really big and strong.

I am going to try and get her to read for the camera today so I can share with all of you :)

And that's most of the updates for Kaitlyn for now :)

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