Sunday, April 30, 2006
Tomorrow is a holiday in Singapore, a celebration for the workers. Today we rented a car and drove around, mainly scouting out routes to Edda's school because I'm going to be learning to drive on the left soon. Vince saw pictures of Edda going to the pool with her class and he wanted to go see the pool, so that's where we are in the above picture.
We had a nice day, Vince is still a little bit sick, although after a dose of Motrin, you'd never know it. Edda still has a stuffy nose, but no fever and Jeremy is getting sick too, but he just took his Motrin, so hopefully, he'll feel better soon.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
So, the USS Lincoln is in port in Singapore and a whole busload of the shipmen came to Edda's school to take them all swimming at the local pool. Do you all the 20 year olds with blonde hair in my lame picture? I knew that Edda's school has swimming on Fridays, this was the first Friday that I went and I was expecting a small little bus to take everybody the 0.5 miles to the pool, then someone mentioned that the navy was coming and I thought they meant the Singapore navy. But when the bus pulled up and all these very American-sounding kids (really, I think of 20 year olds as kids) piled off, I realized they meant the US Navy. There were about 30 of the servicemen and women who came and played with the kids in the pool. Apparently, everytime they are in any port, they find different charities or good works they can do and they get an opportunity to sign up to go out and do it and it counts as being "on-duty". Pretty cool, huh? I have never felt so fondly towards the military as I did this morning.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Well, as you can see, Peter needs another surgery. Edda plowed through the patch like a beaver through a log.
Things are going well, Vince is happy to be back at his school and delighted in giving German chocolates to his classmates.
Edda started her school also and I've been taking her for about 1.5 hours everyday, but I think next week we'll be ready for 3 hours every morning and we are arranging for 30 minutes of 1-on-1 therapy at the school 3-4 times a week.
We had our first post-vacation physical therapy session with Diane today and she was impressed with the improvement in just the one month (without any therapy) that we've been away, so that's also encouraging, that are increased interaction with her just in our daily lives is helping her.
I've been a little bit anxious about setting things up, because things get complicated with childcare and dropping kids off and picking them up and such things, but we are working through it all with a lot of help. It'll be great to have grandparents around during July when schools are in and out of session - I could use a lot of help then.
Dad - Vince is so excited that you are coming. He wanted to know if you are coming tomorrow and that he needed to get the guest bedroom ready "RIGHT NOW!" Sweet boy. Loves his granddad.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Sweet. 24hr event is 2.5 weeks away!
In the meantime, on Friday, we will dine with an couple [former colleagues] who, over the years, stayed in our house a day or two while visiting physicians in Washington DC. They live in the countryside. To take a trip back and forth within a day is just too much for them. So they stay in our house. We are very happy to have them around though we never being there at the same time with them. This time we will be together for sure.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Here we are in NYC at Columbia Medical Center waiting to see our neurologist. The place is very academic, not at all fancy hospital-like.
We did a medical consult in NYC (Columbia - Presbyterian) with a leading neurologist and she immediately picked up some abnormality on Edda's MRI which is usually associated with lack of oxygen at birth or preemies, but Edda had a 10 minute birth - planned C-section - so we aren't sure where it came from. So this NYC neurologist thinks it's a static problem and it's only improvement from here on out - no future medical problems or degeration of skills. Which is a relief. The Singapore neurologist and radiologist saw no abnomalities on the same MRI and are suggesting genetic possibilites (Rett's syndrome (Edda exhibits mouthing and is socially withdrawn which are some of the markers for this) or metabolic syndrome both of which we couldn't test for in SGP). So we are awaiting the blood/urine (they took about 12 vials of blood for the "rare diseases" screen) test results for the genetic/metabolic stuff from NYC as well as a 4th opinion (NYC radiologist) on the MRI. So we will see. So it's not everyday where a parent gets news of a brain damaged child and says "Hooray", but that is pretty much how I felt that day, to think that Edda can only improve and not have any future medical problems was such a boost.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Well, first and foremost, just would like to let you know that Mom and Dad did all they could to raise their kids. It was, of course, far from perfet and we knew that. But, all we can say is that we had good intention in our hearts. We are proud of you, no matter what, and love you always.
We all are different due to different environments that brought us up. But, that does not mean, we should not just sit there and listen to the other side with grace whether it is deem interesting or not. People just can not agree with each other all the time, especially for the close ones.
I have not spent any finite moment with you talking about me, especially, about my childhood. Basically, I would like to insulate you from that. Or, more precisely, I would like to just forget about the whole thing. Thinking back, that is probably my fault. That periods of my life were very colorful, sometime not too pleasant to say the least. But, it was very rewarding also, once I got out of the hole all by myself. However, I believe, it did mold me into what I am right now. Without knowing that part of history, complete views of your Dad were incomplete. Especially, what was and is in your Dad's head.
Well, "now is the future" according coach Allen of Washington Redskins in the 80s. Let us move forward to the best we can together. And again, Mom and Dad love you always :)
Note: oday (4/22) is your Mom and Dad 39th year dating anniversary, I bought a lovely pot of orchid and two bags of Hersey's extra Dark Chocolate to celebrate. The only fool thing about this is I didn't know that orcid is made of plastic. I thought it is real. Mom is teasing me :)
Monday, April 17, 2006
It's pretty much the first couple in our group of friends to expect children. It's sorta been the first good piece of news in awhile. Right now, I'm sorta not really sure about having kids. well, obviously I'd have to find someone first, but barring that, you know, kids are a lot of work and maybe I'm too selfish for it. But P'ng and Judy's news, sorta made be backpedal a bit from that position. I'm fairly optimistic about the world, and in some weird way, I feel a sense of duty to bring someone into the world that could possible be an asset to this place.
of course, this feeling could pass tomorrow, but it's cool news nevertheless.
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Keep working and interacting with her definitely will help.
Friday, April 7, 2006
I was sore, and it was a weekend of just riding since Ted was up for the weekend. We actually had just come back from a night ride, so I was wearing my cycling bibs underneath my clothes.
That's Pauli about the receive the ball, and Hasnain is in the foreground in brown and Larry's off the the right in the jeans and black jacket.
Thursday, April 6, 2006
Ohhhh, I love these Kouign-amann. It's like a croissant covered in a crunchy sugar coating. I'm eating poorly these days, snackin...