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OMG I can't believe how quickly my little girl is growing up!!!! I thought I was ready for it, boy was I wrong! I teased her over the summer about seeing her crush, Brock. He's a cutie, she takes after her mom in having good taste LOL. She is 12 going on 30, I swear! When we went school clothes shopping, I realized how much she has grown. Boy am I going to have my hands full! So, I was asking her last week what she was going to wear today. She said she didn't know, but she wanted her friends to notice her, but not really, and that she wanted to stand out, but blend in. In other words, she wanted to show off her curves, but not have EVERYONE notice, just Brock. LOL I even said something, oh, so you just want Brock to notice you right? I get the OMG look and, "MOOOOM, you're gonna make me blush!" Which she did. HA I told her, "Angelica, I've been there sweety, I know exactly what you're going through." As if mom.... So she calls me after school today, everything went well, except her Language Arts teacher is strict. Something about sitting back down, IDK, she's a preteen girl, you know how they can be...rambling, talking too fast, whatever. Besides, I wasn't really paying attention. LMAO Once she hits a certain tone, everything is pretty much incomprehensible anyway. I just pretend to listen, unless I think I hear something I need clarification on and then I ask her to calm down and repeat herself. So anyway, I asked her if Brock was in her Language Arts class, because he was last year. She said, a little sadly, no, BUT, more excitedly, we have lunch together! I was like oh cool, did you say hi??? No, he walked in and kinda walked by really fast, but he looked at me out of the corner of his eye and gulped. OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGG I wanted to die laughing! I am so happy for her that she and her crush still like each other, but I'm still her mom and she's too young! LOL I mean, I KNOW she's a beautiful young lady, but then again I'm biased. I just love hearing her so happy and excited about something again. Other than Naruto. LOL So anyway, the summer break was good for everyone it seems, and I'm sure Brock is going to have an even harder time working up the nerve to talk to her now. (He bought her ice cream last year.....)That's good though. Really, I'm just glad she's so happy. She's been through enough b/s in her life so far, it's good that she has something to make her happy that isn't family related. So, with a huge sigh, here we go with another school year, one step closer to my having to admit that my baby isn't such a litte girl anymore. It saddens me, but makes me happy at the same time. I know my job isn't over yet, but if I've done the good job I think I have so far, she'll do just fine.
Her original neurologist that I didn't like, Dr. Rathinam, is no longer practicing so we got to see Dr. Kojic. WHAT a difference!!!!! She didn't argue with me that Angelica was having seizures or anything. She wanted to know exactly what happened yesterday and between Angelica and I we were able to tell her. She has been diagnosed as an epileptic. She's ok with that and I'm actually just thankful to have a diagnosis of sorts. They still aren't sure what's triggering the seizures, but Dr. Kojic thinks the ones yesterday were a combination of her outgrowing the dosage she was on and a lack of sleep from the weekend. She was very shocked to learn of all the restrictions Dr. Rathinam had put on her and said, no, she needs to live her life, that's what the medication is for. She is absolutely allowed to have caffeine, chocolate, ride the roller coasters, etc. Just before bed, she needs to not watch tv and read something boring so her brain isn't stimulated. Angelica absolutely loves Dr. Kojic so I think I'll hold off on finding a new neurologist. She is to have an EEG on Wednesday morning so we'll see what that says. Just glad that my little girl can finally be a normal little girl again. They increased her anti-seizure medicine and she should be good to go from here.
Well, it's been over a year since she had a seizure and I thought we were 'free and clear'. We only had 10 more months to go with her not having a seizure and they were going to take her off the meds. Unfortunately, she had another set yesterday. They were very, very different from her seizures in the past so I'm very concerned obviously. I wanted to change Neurologists but have to go see the one we don't like today. Maybe now she'll listen to me Ha! She stayed awake during both seizures this time, and her warning was that her left foot hurt and/or felt very, very heavy. She was on a campout with the Girl Scouts so one of her friends happened to see it and was able to tell me about it. She had a second, much smaller one in the ER which was witnessed by the nurses tending to her. Scary stuff I tell you! From what Angelica, Eryn and Susan (her troop leader and b/f Charlotte's mom) told me, this is what happened. I have to put it down so I don't forget. You know me! Friday and Saturday nights she felt like she was dreaming while she was still awake. Sunday morning, her left foot had been jerking before she got out of bed. When she did get up, she had a hard time walking at first. While in the bathroom with Eryn, her foot started seizing first, it started going back and forth by itself. While she and Eryn were out of the stalls and still in the bathroom, her foot was still doing its thing and Eryn had looked away for a moment and felt Angelica kick her. When she turned around to look, Angelica was on the floor shaking. She was able to stay alert and continue to talk during the entire 3 to 4 minute episode. When her troop leader got to her, she attempted to have Angelica roll over onto her back, as when she fell she landed on her face, and Angelica was unable to roll over. Her left side seemed to be temporarily paralyzed. Once she was able to roll over, she was still having foot pain and problems. When they attempted to walk her out of the restroom, she was unable to walk as her left leg and foot were not working properly. The smaller seizure in the ER which was witnessed by Holly and Lisa, the nurses tending to her, only lasted about 15 seconds. I was brought into the room very shortly there after and her leg and foot felt very heavy for approximately 30 minutes afterwards. Angelica stated she had the same sensation/problem after her first seizure. I have to call and make an appointment with the neurologist today, so I'll post an update later. The thing that shocked me the most was something the ER doctor said, I only remember his first name was John, go figure! He asked if she was epileptic. I said no, her neurologist hasn't said that. She's only said she has spells. He then explained that typically, if a person has 2 or more seizures and they are unable to diagnose the reason, they are epileptic. I never knew nor thought about that. Good to know though, and definitely something I'll bring up at our appointment today.

Yes, my baby is officially 11 today! Well, technically at 7:06 p.m. but close enough!
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Ok I'm pissed off in case you couldn't tell. If you know me or have read my previous blogs, you know the hell my daughter went through last year. My mom decided to log on to the site earlier to check up on things as we do from time to time. Well all the records are there from the time the report was initially filed through the denied appeal. That's fine, I have NO problem with that. What I have a HUGE problem with is the fact that my 10 year old daughter's name is on that site It isn't bad enough that he molested her, now you have to put her name out there for the whole world to see? I know, it may seem like a double standard, but most of the blogs pertaining to that are set to where ONLY my friends can view them, not the entire world. The records were sealed and I believed that was to protect her. I called the State Attorney's office and was told, pending verification from her boss, that the only time the names are withheld is when the defendant is under 18, not the victim. WTF???? So yes, I'm pissed. Feel free to put your 2 cents worth in, good or bad or just ignore me. I just had to get this off my chest.
Well this coming weekend, my little girl will be moving up to the next level in Girl Scouts. Right now she is a Junior Girl Scout, and this Saturday, the 12th, at 10 a.m., her service unit is having a bridging ceremony to move the Juniors that are ready up to Cadet's. She is sooooooo excited and so am I!!!! Then on Wednesday of the next week (the 16th), since Sunday starts a new week LOL, she will be 11! I'm so happy but so sad at the same time. She's not my little girl anymore. We're not doing anything special as we're having a surprise party for her in North Carolina. My Aunt and cousin are putting it all together and they are sooooooo excited. I'm just excited to be getting out of here for 2 weeks! Friday, May 18th, her school is having the awards ceremony. Basically the graduation. *Sniff* My baby will be graduating the 5th grade. I'm not sure I'm ready for this LOL She's managed to get straight A's all year so I'm really looking forward to this ceremony. I'm so proud of her, and I know she's super excited. The 23rd we leave for our North Carolina vacation! Wow, May is gonna be a great month. Many happy yet sad moments. But all part of life and part of my baby girl growing up. *Sigh* Lord help me. **Addition** I forgot! I am going to the church tonight to register her for classes so she can celebrate her First Holy Communion. I am soooo super excited! She is too, but she's nervous. We're just converting to Catholicism and it's all so new but so exciting. Two of the girls in her troop attend the same church we just joined and made their First Communion yesterday! It was great. Ok, back to work. LOL
We breezed through December with no signs of a seizure. On January 14, 2007 she came home from a weekend at her dad's saying that her legs hurt. The seizure kinda hurt, mom! I kept a close eye on her and thankfully, nothing came of it. She has been under a lot of stress the last two weeks due to FCAT testing, and it's the time of the month she seems to have seizures. When I went in to wake her up this morning because her alarm had been going off for 10 minutes, I had a feeling but didn't really want to worry. First words out of her mouth were, "I felt weird last night, but I think it's just where my Care Bear flopped over." I of course asked her what she meant she felt weird. She said it felt like her legs were in the bed but she realized it was her Care Bear. But it wasn't her legs, it was her arms. "But it's just where my Care Bear moved." To me, that means she's headed for another seizure. My cousin, who is epileptic, tends to have the tingly feeling in her hands and feet before she has a seizure. Like when your hands or feet go to sleep. I know she thinks it was only her Care Bear, but in my heart and I know it's more than that. Thankfully she's on Spring Break starting tomorrow and I'm out with her. So if she does have one, neither of us will miss any time. Well, I can't say for sure that was a seizure but the way she was after hints that it could have been. UGH. March 26, 2007 - We had a follow up with the neurologist. All seems well and Jelly has switched to the pills for her seizure meds. Makes it easier for camping, etc. LOL I swear that since she started having the seizures she's gotten clumsier and clumsier. Maybe it's just me. Anyway, last week at extended day one of the kids threw a ball and it bounced off a tree and hit her in the back of the head. She seemed to be ok and no seizure resulted. Thankfully. Today, she calls from the extended day office to tell me she slipped and fell and hit her head. WTF?? The ONE place you don't want someone prone to seizures to hit LOL. Needless to say, I won't be sleeping well tonight. PLUS she's supposed to go on a camping trip with her Girl Scout troop this weekend. I just pray that all goes well and she doesn't end up having a seizure before or during the trip. I'll keep ya posted.
Well we had a parent/teacher conference last night to get Angelica's report card.... For the 3rd time this year, she got straight A's. I'm soooooo proud of her. You just don't even know. Her teacher, Ms. Churchville, is going to recommend that Angelica be in advanced placement classes when she starts middle school next year. Basically, she should be in gifted classes, but they aren't called that anymore. OMG I'm just beside myself with joy and pride for my little girl. If you read any of my previous blogs, you know what a hard road she's had so far, and to come out so far on top just amazes me. She's still a little girl, but she's wise beyond her years. Hell, I didn't get recommended for a.p. classes till I was in high school! She rocks!!!!! Ok, enough bragging LOL
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