Sveta and Annalyn both just earned I-Pods for their 8th grade graduation. Grandpa and Grandma got them for the girls just like they have gotten all the other kids who graduated 8th grade. Sveta just came up to me a minute ago and said, "Look Mom. I can set reminders on it like to pick up poop in the morning." She sure makes me chuckle. She got the I-Pod for music and games and to type reminders to herself. :)
At the suggestion of many of you, I requested to get a referral to a cardiologist for Oliver. I also asked for blood work to be done to make sure everything looked good. Ever since our first visit with the pediatrician I have called to follow up every two days about the barium swallow. Needless to say, this office does not have their stuff together. Yesterday while on the phone with them again, they asked me to come in since I was adamant about getting paperwork in my hands and having them address Oliver's reflux immediately. I brought him right in and we saw a neonatologist who happened to be there. Finally I thought Oliver was in great hands. I told her all of my concerns with his heart and something being missed and how I wanted a cardiologist to see him and after listening to his heart for a long time, she reassured me that his heart was great. I still pushed as politely as I could since we have a PPO and don't need insurance authorization until she flat out told me that she would not refer us. I asked about the bloodwork and about seeing a geneticist and she told me that both were not necessary given his age and how healthy he looks. She wanted to poo-poo his reflux too until he threw up all over her a few times in which I told her that if she didn't do something about it, I would go elsewhere. She prescribed Regalan and told me I should get a barium swallow. (??) (Did she not read his chart??) I told her that I was trying to get one and the problems I was having with the office and that I needed a prescription and for them to fax it over to the hospital. Well if writing UGI for reflux on a prescription pad counts then she did her job. But she told me countless time that I didn't need them to fax anything. Good thing I was there to remind them to weigh Oliver before I left only to find that he has lost an ounce since three weeks ago. I called this morning to schedule the test only to find that the doctor's office had still not faxed anything over. I was livid but remained calm while the scheduler called the office while I was on hold. Fast forward to this evening and the scheduler called me back to say that the office has still not faxed them the prescription and so they can't schedule the barium swallow. I also found out when I got the Regalan prescription that the other doctor wrote up the prescription for the Zantac every 10 days instead of 30 days even though she approved Oliver to be on it for two months. And here I thought I must have measured wrong since I ran out a few days ago. Both are supposed to be be given three times a day for two months but one I can get once a month and the other I need to go and get 3 times a month because I have nothing better to do but run to the pharmacy and spend three times as much for three separate prescriptions. Big sigh. Of course I asked the pharmacist to call and request the change but the doctor office didn't correct it by the end of today. It is okay to think and feel this office is totally inept? Actually please don't answer that. I already know the answer but am trying to give them a few more days to make things right.
Today I finally went to the Social Security Office to change Galina's name on her card. I took her and William. Once there I was reminded why I had put off doing it for so long. Thankfully we were out of there in half hour. To do a little something special with them, we went to Wendy's for lunch. Of course William loved it the best.
Yesterday I went to buy the boys' bus passes and since the skateboard park is close by, William begged me to drop him and a few of the kids off to skate. I was very hesitant to leave them without adult supervision but after thinking about it for a little while, I asked Caleb to go with them. I agreed to drop them off only for the twenty minutes it would take for me to run and get the passes. They were still very excited.
I think I have hit a new milestone in parenting. I can't stop the kids from growing up.
We just watched this movie. It was fantastic. At the beginning Annalyn thought it was very predictable. Well it's not.
I finally got around to posting the rest of our pictures from Ukraine. You can see them here.