Sunday, February 27, 2005

We had church, but nothing got interesting until dinner. We had sandwiches, and me and my dad took some of the lettuce stalks and put cheese, lunch meat, and mustard or mayo on them. Well, I took a lettuce stalk and put strawberry cream cheese, peanut butter, mustard, and chocolate syrup on it. My mom started gagging when I showed it to her - especially when I ate it and said it wasn't that bad. I have always liked to do strange stuff with food, but so far, this was my most extreme.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Later this afternoon, my brothers' friends called and invited them over for an hour. Me and my mom dropped them off, and we just ran some boring errands (grocery store, pharmacy, blah blah blah...). The family had bought one of the kittens that our preist's daughter's cat had. He's so cute! He meows when he wants to be picked up, and meows pretty loudly when he's hungry. They say that he eats a ton - which isn't good. I think he has digestive problems, because he will eat everything (and anything) that you put in front of him. He'll eat dog food, dog treats, pancakes...the list goes on and on. They're going to take him to the vet to see what's going on. I hope he's okay!

Friday, February 25, 2005

Me and my family went to the White Mountains today. We did a short two-and-a-half mile hike to a hut. It was a lot of fun - there weren't any clouds, so we got some great views. Afterwards we went to the new visitor's center 20 minutes down the road and ate lunch there. We just got sandwiches, but they were really good. I fell asleep in the van on the long ride home. We were all kind of tired, so we just went out to eat dinner at Woody's. Now we are home, about to watch a movie.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

My mom and I saw the "kidneyist" today (I think that "Kid's Kidneyist" is better than "Pediatric Nephrologist"). We went to talk more about this IgA (or Bergers) disease. He was saying that if I had to have a kidney problem, my level of this disease is the best one to have. He said that I might have occasional flare-ups of this disease if I get a bad cold or flu. And if I do have a flare-up (which I already had a couple months ago when they first found protein in my urine) I'll just have to rest a bit and drink lots of water.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

I woke up really early because we all went to bed around 8:00 p.m. last night. I got up around 6:45 a.m.,(normally I get up a little after 8:00) I emptied the dishwasher for my mom, and started doing school. I got a little under half of my subjects done when my dad asked me and my brothers if we wanted to go for a short hike. I said yes, so me, my dad and our dog Ouzo went to the Wolf Tree trail. It was a perfect day for that hike. It's short (about two and a half miles - in fresh, deep snow), but it was really pretty with the fresh snow on the trees. It was sort of a cloudy day, but that's good for winter hiking because the sunlight reflects off of the snow - and that's not only bad for your eyes, but it gets tedious to squint the whole time.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Yesterday was my last day of taking the prednisone! Although the Doctor might put me on another medication for my kidneys. But right now I am just eating carefully and hoping that I don't have to go on another horrible medication. I hated the taste of the prednisone. When you swallow it, it has a horrible bitter taste that stays in your mouth all day. Yucky.

I have outgrown a lot of my clothes that we just got a couple months ago. I only have two or three pairs of pants that fit me, and a few shirts that fit. Me and my mom went to Hubert's. They are having their winter sale (which is kind of dumb, because we have three more months of winter left) so we got some good prices. It's always nice to find clothes you like for a low price.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

We only did half a days worth of school. We went to the Montshire Museum of Science after lunch. They had a couple of really cool exhibits up. One of them was "Ancient Rulers of the Ocean." It had casts of ancient fossils of these amazingly huge and scary fish. There was one that had a HUGE sort of lizard-like body with a neck about 20 feet long - maybe even longer. And one that looked like a gigantic humongous, enormous pirana. There was even a sea turtle casted-fossil-thing that was about as big as a Volkswagen Beetle. Another cool exhibit was a crime scene investigation. You would be the person trying to solve the crime (you would take a piece of paper and fill in clues) It was a really cool set up. First you would walk over to what looked like a tiny section of a living room, with a broken window, a drop of blood, and a broken fishbowl with a plastic fish among the glass. Around the little living room set up, it looked like the outside of the house. There were some foot prints and bike tracks. Then you would walk over to a little TV where they had the suspects talk and say what they did on that day. The fun part was the little labs. It had a set up of a DNA testing machine, you would match up the DNA (you didn't actually test someone's blood - there was an evidence pattern and other patterns that you had to match it up to), then you would move on to the footprints, then fingerprints, hair, clothing, and then guess who it was. It was fun, but showed you what a tedious job that a crime scene investigator would have.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Well, we got the results of my kidney biopsy in - this may be my last post. Just kidding. But it's something called Berger's disease. No, not "burgers"; you have to pretend you're French for a sec - Ber(soft "g")gaes. It's some autoimmune system disease that we're still trying to learn about. But my dad has been doing some research on this, and some web sites recommend a low protein, low sodium, lots o' veggies diet. Also it's bad to take ibuprofen, aspirin, and all that pain-relieving stuff. Ugh. Well, I guess it's better than kidney failure. I'm going to talk to the Doctor next week - he said it wasn't that serious.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

We had an oration day at the library. I recited "A Late Walk" by Robert Frost. One little boy (about five or six years old) and his friend (the same age) did a little performance that they acted out. They were so cute! They were pretty good too. It was the first skit that someone has done. I always get really nervous before the oration day - you know, screaming and ripping my hair out over the stress. But then I stand up...and it's not so bad. I don't really know what there is to be afraid of with public speaking. You're just talking in front of people. But I guess it's good to master the skill when you're a kid rather than try to deal with it when you are older.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Happy Valentine's Day! I went to a Valentine's party last week, so I didn't get any cards today - sniff! But my mom did give me and my brothers each a Reese's heart. It isn't that healthy though.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

We had church today, then after church some people had their houses blessed. My family didn't go, but I went with my friend. First we went to her house to get it ready to be blessed. She is the friend that is moving to China, and she gave me some Chinese candies that they got from their first visit. She gave me a couple of jasmine tea candies (which are my favorite) and a green tea caramel. The only good thing about her moving is that she can send me a bunch of candy! She also gave me some taffy that they got from San Francisco. Anyway, the house blessings. Right. The last one to be blessed was the one that had food. So I ate there, and my mom picked me up.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

The past two days were kind of, er, different. On Thursday, we had big snow storm. There wasn't that much snow (about 6 inches), but it was extremely sticky. If you were rolling a snowball around on the ground, it would become huge in minutes! It clung to the branches like ice. And even though there was only a little snow on the branches, it weighed down the trees and tore branches off. We lost our power around 9:30 a.m., so we had to turn on our generator. It was so much fun playing in the snow and dodging the falling branches, though! Me and my brothers made two huge snowmen, and one little one. Actually, we made a dad called Bob, a mom named Sally, and the little snowman was their son, Loud Mouth George. We turned the generator off at about 10:30 p.m - I was reading with a flashlight after my dad turned it off.

The power turned on at some point during the night - so Friday was fine, we got a little more snow. I had tap, and did school. Today was also fine. Our snowmen family are melting a little bit though.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Today was the last day of skiing. It was extremely foggy - you could just barely see three feet in front of you. The snow was okay, a little slushy from the warm weather we have had recently. I went to the snowboard park for the first time. I did a few small jumps and the halfpipe. It was fun!

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

My mom bought the house for my Grama! She went to the realtor this morning to sign a few hundred papers an make an offer. Later today, we got a call from the realtor saying that the sellers had accepted! Yay! My Grama is moving up here in April sometime. It'll be the first time in years that family will live close to us.

Monday, February 07, 2005

My mom found a house that we might be interested in buying for my Grama! I haven't seen it, but my mom has. I saw a few pictures that she took while she was there with the realtor. There was another house that my Grama wanted, but it was priced ridiculously high for what it was. But this house (from what I saw in the pictures) looked pretty nice, and it looks like it has a little more space than the other house she was interested in.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

We went for a walk in our woods this afternoon. It was a really nice day. And it was sooo warm - in the 40's. We walked to Bubba Pond, then to the place where they did the logging, then walked home. When we got home, we saw our neighbor's dog (the STUPIDEST Golden Retriever in the world) in our back yard jumping around a tree and whimpering. We looked up the tree, and he had scared our cat Lovey up the tree! Now, Lovey is extremely skitterish and nervous - sometimes we think that we should've called her Nervous Nelly. Anyway, the dog was too stupid to notice that we were trying to shoo him away. He just kept smiling stupidly, and stealing our dog's Frisbee. My mom called our neighbor, and he came up and got the dog. Lovey was pretty far up in the tree, and was stuck in a forked branch. She couldn't move for a little while. Finally, she backed down the tree until I could pick her up and bring her inside. Well, that was my adventure for today.

Friday, February 04, 2005

I am still really sore. It hurts to walk. It hurts to talk. It hurts to breath. It hurts to cough. It hurts to...Well, I think you're getting the idea. But it does hurt to do just about anything. I am surprised how much it does hurt! All I had was a little tiny needle flicked into my kidney! The Doctor said it was mostly the anesthesia that he put in. I went to tap, but I didn't dance. I just sat and watched. Occasionally the teacher would ask me to judge the other girls tapping - which I hated.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Well, I FINALLY got my kidney biopsy today. I was worrying that they were going to cancel me at the last minute. We got there around 10:30 a.m., They asked me a few medical questions (of course), I changed into my gown, and they put my I.V. in. Then, while I was still awake, I laid down on one of those stretcher beds that roll around, and they rolled me to "the room"!!! They put on an oxygen mask, which made me feel more awake (which, I thought, was the total opposite of trying to put me to sleep), and they put another tube in that had stuff that relaxed me. Then, the ultrasound dude came in, started "ultrasounding" my kidney...And that's all I remember of that part. When I woke up, I was kind of confused, and it was hard to talk and keep my eyes open. I remember a nurse taking my temperature and telling me to roll over (I was lying on my tummy), then she rolled me into a recovery room. I got a really nice room - it had a TV and everything. So it was just me and my mom hanging out at the hospital for a few hours. It was so quiet and relaxing I didn't want to go home. My lower back really hurts where they did the biopsy, I could hardly move at first. I am still hurting (I am obviously home now), and I am going to go lie down.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Today was awesome skiing! It was sunny, warm (in the 30's), and the snow was perfect. I actually had to wear sun screen. You dudes who live in the South are missing out BIG time. Ha ha.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

We went for a walk in the woods for recess. They are doing some logging in there, but they shouldn't be allowed to. The woods are part of a nature preserve, and they are doing a ridiculous amount of logging. The woods are thinned out enough. They cut down some beautiful trees that were a few hundred years old. What they really need to do is clear out the dead wood in some areas so it won't be a big fire hazard.

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