Saturday, 21 September 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: week 37-38/2013

Somehow I thought that I would have so much time this week to do all the things I wanted to do for a long time. Turns out the week was as busy as those before because we had appointments every day...

I am even late to hosting my TToT so I hope to finish this list quickly and publish it.


1) Thankful for the fact that the first week of school went rather smoothly for Sunny. Of course it is too early to tell if his teacher will live up to the positive image I have of her and how Sunny will handle being away from kindergarten and having less time to play in the long run but at the moment it seems that he is fine.

2) The song "Carrie" by Europe. I used to be a big Bon Jovi fan back in the 80's and I always considered Europe as some kind of "competitors" to Bon Jovi. So it was absolutely impossible for me to like them both. But (without admitting it to anyone, not even to myself ;-) ) Carrie was always a song of them that I really liked. Due to my "dear friends" from the GEMA I could only find a subtitled video of their song. Whatever, time to learn some Spanish ;-)


3) Thankful for my friend who visited me last night. I prepared a delicious dinner for us and we chatted until midnight. It was really good to see her again (because we do not get to see each other very often).

4) Thankful that I was able to help another friend this week. Her daughter had her first week of kindergarten and she stayed with me for two mornings to "lick her wounds" and to be consoled and distracted. Although it added up to the fact that the week was so busy because I could not do anything around the house while she was here it felt so good that I could be there for and take care of her. It was totally worth it!

5) Thankful for Sunny's new teacher (so far). She seems to be a really nice, sweet, and dedicated young lady. What I also really like is that she is planning on using the talker much more than the teachers from kindergarten did. Next week she wants to take it home with her in order to get accustomed to it and to check out the layout and all that stuff. She also already requested me to program new pages with the things they are dealing with in school at the moment. I have a really good feeling about her! Hope it will stay this way!

6) I am thankful that the rash Sunny had this week was only urticaria, so neither anything to worry about nor infectious. This morning his skin already looked so much better. Apart from the rash Sunny was his happy self the whole week so I guess he was not too bothered with it (although I know that it was itching since he scratched himself occasionally but he did not seem to be burdened by it).

7) Thankful that a private affair with public authorities we have been dealing with and fighting against seems to be coming to a positive close for us. I do not want to count my chickens before they are hatched but right now everything seems to work out fine for us. We are cautiously positive about it.

8) Thankful that there will be only a few appointments next week, so I hope that next week will finally be a bit more relaxed and less stressful. I am tired of complaining about my busy and stressful life :-/

9) I am happy that the communication journal I prepared for Sunny is finally finished until to date and that he loves it and that the teacher loves it, too. It needs to be updated on a daily basis now but at least the parts I wanted to include (I made it all back until July and might do some more days of Sunny's past when I find the time, hahaha...) are now in it. It was a lot of work but it was totally worth it. Also, his teacher already drew pictures in it together with Sunny and added some photographs she took during class. I love how cooperative she is! If you are interested to learn more about it please let me know. I might do a separate blog post about it then.

10) This week we went to a final follow-up examination. Sunny had major surgery when he was nine months old and the progress of the surgery's outcome was monitored over the last years. This week was the last appointment of this kind and the surgeons and doctors were so impressed and satisfied at how beautifully and perfectly everything turned out. They were as content as we are, so everyone was happy and we can cross this part of our lives off our list.

Sadly, the main surgeon retired about two months ago, so he did not attend the appointment which was a real shame. He was the nicest, kindest doctor we ever met and I really would have wanted to thank him once again for what he had done and how perfectly he had had it done. Should anyone ever need to place their precious child in the arms of a surgeon, he was the perfect man for that. He was calm, very experienced and specialised in this field of surgery. He was the ideal of a doctor and surgeon. The clinical world will miss out on him and I just hope that his successor will be able to live up to the standards he set.









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26 comments:

  1. I'm glad you had a great week, Joy, and that Sunny's teacher seems to be so nice and dedicated! And the time you got to spend with friends, so precious!

    I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie, we are really happy about her, too!

      Hope your start into the new week was fine!

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  2. Glad to hear that (hopefully) things are coming to a close for you...albeit not counting the chickens before they're hatched either. Also so glad about the final follow-up exam to Sunny's surgery...always good news! And what a nice little tribute to the surgeon. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, we are hoping for the best outcome, too!

      And the surgeon totally deserved this shout-out! :-)

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  3. And I am thankful that you've had a great week, Joy, and that Sunny had a good first week of school. Thankfully he is ok too!

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  4. There are some awesome things on your list this week, not least of all that Sunny's so happy and healthy and settling in so well at school. I'm glad his teacher's such a good one.

    I'm glad that you've been able to spend time with your friends, both supporting and just enjoying their company. There is nothing like the company of good friends, and mine are people I'm constantly thankful for.

    I hope that the whatever-it-is you've been fighting is quickly and effectively resolved :)

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    1. I am really happy about the teacher, too! Hope she will remain as great as she is!

      Yes, spending time with friends is so important, isn't it?

      Also: thank you for your good wishes, we hope for a good outcome, too!

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  5. I'm so glad to read your number 8. I've been searching for weeks for a half way grateful way to say that I'm so sick of hearing myself complain! I hope the struggle of yours cleans up soon to your advantage ...no chickens counted in advance... I wouldn't want to jinx you.

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    1. Haha, that was a dream I dreamed!! Sunny got sick on Sunday which means that my week is totally screwed up again... :-/

      Thank you for crossing your fingers for us!

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  6. It makes such a difference when you have a good relationship with your child's teacher, doesn't it? I've also liked Bon Jovi for a long time, but don't really know much about 'Europe', so you've educated me!

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    1. Totally right, it does make a difference!

      Oh, really, you did not know Europe? I am not even sure they were popular in the US?

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  7. sounds like a full week, but in the end a positive week. that is really what it is all about, that what we do makes a difference and that we can alter another's life/reality in a positive way

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    1. You hit the nail on the head, I agree with you 100 %!

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  8. I always like to hear about good teachers. I'm glad you have one and that Sunny is having a great start to school.
    Yay to the end of follow-up appointments!
    Hoping your week is less busy/stressful.

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    1. Aww thanks Christine! Agree to everything!

      As for the less busy week... that does not work out! :-/

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  9. I've been doing a bit of #4 this week, too. It is nice to be able to help others, isn't it?

    I hope that #7 turns out all right!

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    1. Yes, you are right. I love helping others! :-)

      Thanks for crossing your fingers for us!

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  10. I am so glad things have been going well with school for Sunny and that you have a teacher working with him who is willing to communicate with you! That is so awesome! Over the years, when my son (who has Asperger's) was in public school it was hit and miss...some years he had teachers who were so great to stay in touch with me, some years, not so much. For 6 years he had one-on-one assistants--different ones--and some years it was like pulling teeth to get those people to communicate with us. We always were elated when we had one who truly loved our son and worked tirelessly to help him--it is priceless! I pray Sunny's year continues to be as good as it is right now!

    And thanks for the 80s glam hairband flashback! That was awesome!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! I hope your school situation turned out good this year after the summer break? I am so thankful for her, too, and I hope our relationship will stay as good as it is!

      Gotta love those 80's hair bands! :-)

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  11. It sounds as though Sunny's school year is off to a terrific start! I hope the teacher is everything he needs and he has a terrific year!

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    1. Thank you Dyanne, I do hope it will stay as positive! xo

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  12. The relationships we have with our little boy's teachers is above and beyond powerful and wonderful. To me, that's thankful enough here. Also? I am sure that your Sunny's surgeon knows how thankful you are...

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    1. Oh, I love to hear that your teachers are great, too!! Tucker deserves this so much (any child deserves good teachers really).

      Yes, I hope the surgeon knows how thankful we are. But it still would have been nice to shake his hand one more time.

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  13. It's so important to have good teachers in our children's life. It doesn't just benefit our kids, it benefits our families. Good luck, with everything :)

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    1. Thank you! You are so right with this! :-)

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