Friday, September 24, 2010

Sunshine & Fedex

Okay, can't wait for the fedex part so tell you now.  Agency called and docs are on their way to Bulgaria...Wahoo!!!!  Can't tell you how incredibly excited I feel right now.  I just want to thank everyone who has made this dream a reality.  I know we have a bit of work to do ahead of us yet and many tracks lay in front of us on this adoption roller coaster ride but we are at least out of the holding pattern.  This ride is well under way!  We also received receipt confirmation that our I-800A is being processed and our biometrics appts. will be sent soon.  How soon?  Anyone's guess but I hope this coming week.  At least to know when they are would be greatly reassuring.

Now, for the sunshine part.  It has been hot here.  High 90's. Fall has begun but feels like the middle of summer.  But, my children are glistening in the sunshine so you know it's hot.

For some reason, this picture just makes me smile.  I love this picture.  I mean absolutely LOVE this picture.  The sheer joy she seems to be having splashing around in the water and letting it trickle off her face just makes me smile.  In this picture, she is simply a little girl having fun.  No labels, no limitations. 

Alyona is wondering about the camera a bit.  Almost always has a smile on her face.  Hard to believe she is 11yo some times.  

I love this picture too and don't know why.  He is not hurt, just squinting from all that sunshine.  The dirt on his face is priceless.  Every speck just is evidence of the fun he's had for the day.  He loves the water.  He definitely moved into the right family.  Though Warren despises the beach, I would live in a shack just to stay near the water.  I LOVE the beach, pool, fountains, whatever.  Nik has that same passion I do for water. 

Nik, very proud of going down the slip and slide.  He loved it.  They all did.  We had 17 kids here today(not the day of this picture) and the majority of them were playing on this little slip and slide.  BTW, you know you're a redneck & live in NC when you use a snowboard(in the background there) for a slip & slide.  It's so hot here that typically, our winter toys are mostly are summer toys.  Works for us.  

Just another shot of Nik making a run down the slide.  Simply summer fun.  I know it's fall but this summer has just seemed to drag on.  And I think that's a good thing.  Everyone is usually healthy in the summer.  Outside all the time.  I'm going to miss the summer days but do look forward to nature's beauty of the fall.  

Hope you enjoyed some sunshine today yourselves.  We are going to Peacehaven Farm tomorrow.  So exhausted from such a long week but anxious to go and help out again.  Church is on Sunday w/ Homecoming Sunday as well.  Not sure we're staying for that part or not.  We have an incredible amount to do before surgery on Friday.  Oh,good news!  We got back ALL original docs that were sent off for IRina & Max's passports.  Relieved.  Now, onto fix the social security card mess of theirs.  More posts to come this weekend for sure.   I still have yet to share last Sunday's events.  Life is keeping us busy at Chaos Manor for sure.  Enjoy some sunshine as I know winter will be here all too quickly. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

An early birthday present

As you all know, today we are celebrating Yana's birthday w/ her friends.  Well, Nik knows his birthday is right after Yana's and he even counted down the days.  Too funny.  We asked him since we were going to Walmart anyhow if he wanted his birthday gift.  As I've discussed here before, truly all the kids need a new bike.  All theirs are pretty much second hand or free, repaired again & again and definitely well worn from many hours of riding.  They love it.  So, we decided to get Nik a brand new bike.  He is well aware he will NOT get a present from us at his party as this is it.  The look on his face was priceless as we let him pick it out at Walmart.  He wanted a green bike and boy he got it!

Is it green enough for him?  He loves to ride all over the yard and around the house.  He wanted a big bike like Max but we said no.  He stands on Max's to try to prove he can do it.  

He was SO happy.  You should have seen him riding his bike down the aisles of Walmart.  I did have hold of the handle bar just in case.  Don't want to have to pay for any displays you know.  LOL.  What was nice was all the folks stopping to ask him about his new bike. Nothing like a little boy and a new bike.  He is so proud and has ridden it every single day.  Little does he know even though we told him no other gifts, we actually have one.  IRina and I found a brand new remote controlled car(something he also asked for) at a yardsale for a dollar.  It was still in the box.  

Nik's party is next weekend.  I will start on that tomorrow.  Not sure what we're doing w/ it but we'll think of something.  Some simple games and play for sure.  And, all kids love a pinata.  Have a bunch to choose from.  A party store went out of business over the summer w/ 80% off.  We did well. LOL.  Nik's already told me a couple of the friends he wants to invite.  Should be a lot of fun.  Just hope we are not stuck at Duke.  Thinking Bojan's surgery will be just outpatient but I do not yet know.  We'll just wing it.  

anyhow, just had to share Nik's early gift w/ you all.  Off to Pizza Inn for Yana's celebration.  It was her pick.  Then, some time at home.  Been a day of errands so looking forward to coming home and relaxing.  Oh wait, girl teens here...scratch the relaxing part. 

Thanks/ broken implant

First, wanted to say thanks for all the birthday wishes for Yana.  She did enjoy her day & I"m sure will enjoy the party more tonight.  We have to do impromptu changes already as the skating rink isn't open except for private parties tonight.  So, they may all go to the cheap seat movies this evening or pick out a movie or go skating tomorrow instead.  I think 5 of her friends are spending the night tonight.  So, we'll have all of them and all the littles and their sibs.  I think if I'm counting correctly, there will be 18 kids here tomorrow morning.  Umm, you think it could get interesting?  LOL.  It will be fine.  One of them I take to preschool.  Remainers I'll feed breakfast to.  I think Warren will be happy to go to work tomorrow morning for sure.

Nik's implant is broken.  Processor is broken.  Only implant he has, don't know how long it will be to fix it.  Working on that now.  Sending in apostilled docs to agency today.  Last of the docs w/ the exception of the I-800 approval.

Okay, started this this morning.  Kept Irina home today for obvious reasons.  She needs her TB test read today as well.  Hopefully, tonight.  Going out to dinner with Yana and her friends.  They wanted Pizza so that's where we're going.  I have to go to Wally World for the second time today.  We lucked out a few weeks ago w/ soda on sale so stocked up b/c I knew Yana and Nik's parties were coming up.  So, impromptu party will be underway soon.  Everything got mailed today that was supposed to get mailed and Warren even dropped by Castle today to get Nik's loaner implant.  Fantastic!  We'll send in the broken one in the next day or so.  Called the prosthetic place to see when Bojan's liner will be in.  Remember, he has a prosthesis that is currently too small.  So, in order to cast for the new socket, you must have the proper liner to cast over.  It won't be in for at least another 10 days.  Trouble w/ that is that will be AFTER his surgery and he'll be non-weight bearing on that leg for a few weeks.  URGHH!!!!  I know he needs the new one but this one is working for now as they grinded it out as much as possible.  What are you going to do?  We're going w/ the flow.  I'm trying to take care of as much as possible before his surgery next week.  1) because we have surgery & 2) b/c Nik's party is the very next day.  So, after this party is over tomorrow, have to figure out Nik's stuff for next week.  I really miss our own moon bounce.

Some great news!!  Irina and Max's passports have arrived.  Wahoo!!!  That means we can then go and try to fix the whole social security card mess.   That will be very interesting for sure.  Keep you posted on the progress.  Only thing I'm very concerned w/ is I still don't have original docs back yet. 

Well, need to go finish making the oreo cake that Yana requested I make.  It's homemade so fine w/ me.  I like homemade better than store bought anyhow.  Pictures to come just haven't had time to upload stuff lately.  Enjoy your weekend folks.  Going to be hot & sunny here.  Near 100.  Geez, almost forget it's fall. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bits & pieces

Today was a busy day.  Still is.  It is a little after 10 pm.  We have laundry piled sky high, a house that looks more like a hurricane was here, majority of children are still up, tons of papers to sign for the schools, no party stuff figured out, etc.  In other words, a mess here tonight.  Shuffling through it and figuring out what to do first.  We all had a busy day.  Warren went to work, dropped off paperwork down town and picked it up later that day as well.  I watched all the "littles" today.  We went to story time at the church and did some things around the house.  Ran an errand for one of their parents.  We also stopped by a local fruit stand that I always go to.  Gentleman there is always so kind and talks to all my kids too.  We bought some produce again today and he even gave all the "littles" an apple.  How sweet and it made my day.  Kindness of others never ceases to amaze me at times.  It was a wonderful pick me up.  Going to make a list and try to get produce from them weekly.  Like 100 apples a week(yes, we go through that many), 1/2 case of bananas, couple pounds of tomatoes, etc.  We'll see what happens. 

Kids came home.  We had some cake for Yana for her birthday.  One of our neighbors took Yana out to dinner. She goes walking with them.  Very sweet of her.  Also gave her a card w/ money in it.  Another neighbor that she walks with came and gave both Yana and the other lady a bouquet of flowers.  How sweet is that?!  We had a super late dinner and it through us all off.  We have no food left here.  Seriously.  My kids are down to ketchup, relish and nasty cornflakes.  LOL.  We're going tomorrow morning for supplies.  No idea what in the world they'll take to school. Maybe cake?  I say that jokingly but really do mean it.  Ever just have one of "those weeks?"  Well, this is it.  Irina is reading positive for TB.  We knew she would.  She had the BCG vaccine in Russia so will test positive here.  Lovely.  So, tomorrow, I'll take her for the reading, get the script to get the chest x-ray and then back to doc to write a long-winded note as to why she'll test positive but have clean x-ray. 

I'm keeping Irina home from school tomorrow.  Call it a mental health day.  Seriously, call it that as it is so true.  Irina is a basket case lately w/ school.  It's a nightmare.  She takes it out on the rest of us at home as she doesn't know any other way to cope.  This is partially the FAS, partially the developmental delays are partially just being a teen.  We all know why she's acting this way but we all don't know how to fix it.  Pulling her from school is our ONLY option at this point in time.  We will not be waiting till January and I have to know what the consequences will be for pulling her w/in the next few weeks.  She turns 18 in December.  I will continue to school her and TEACH her something for a change.  Irina is distraught w/ this so called "job training" program.  they have taught her nothing.  Not a dog gone thing.  She got yelled at today for using...get this water to wash dishes with.  Not kidding here folks.  Then, she was told to stay away from all water.  Even in the mop bucket. What?!  Also, told by the job coach had they gone to the other facility today, she would have gotten a zero b/c she didn't have her TB test read today.  Umm, that is NOT in IRina's control.  You must follow protocol. If I could spit fire at this school right now, I would.  We are trying to be reasonable but the more she tells us, the more frustrated we become.  So, I am keeping her home tomorrow.  She will help me w/ the house/ kids here/ shopping, etc.  She'll most likely learn more w/ me than at the school "work" program.  The ONLY thing she is doing at work(no pay mind you) is cleaning.  Literally, that's it.  Nursing  Pet out cages yet not being allowed to touch or learn about the animals.  Kid's learning toys.  I have not heard of them teaching any job skills other than cleaning.  SO MAD right now.  I'm not writing or calling the school this angry.  I know I'd regret it.  So, I will rethink, gather my thoughts and contact them on Monday.  Just b/c I have nothing else going on.  Bojan's surgery is next Friday.  Still have not heard when post-op is.  Duke is not the best at giving out info I have come to find out.  So, time for me to go get some items done.  Just needed to vent a little I guess.  Thanks for listening to me vent.  More picture posts tomorrow.  Need a pick me up.  More going on but Irina's school situation is so critical right now, it is taking up all my time and energy.  Thank goodness I worked out tonight.  Have a great evening everyone.  And remember, with every new day, there's fresh hope.  --that is from National Lampoon's Vacation & a family joke. 

Happy 15th Birthday Yana!!!

Wow, how the time has flown.  Yana is 15 today.  She came to us when she was 8.5 years old.  Though little, she had already lived a life time of hardship.  I will not go through a how far she's come post.  Instead, this is a time to celebrate a little girl that has turned into a remarkable young lady.  No, I never thought we'd get here.  Not my lazy RADish.  LOL.  Last night, she was doing homework from 3:30 to 10:30.  She does this every night. Except for the hour she runs, she is doing school work.  Yana has said she wants to go to early college.  She is trying so incredibly  hard.  Keep in mind, she went from a 2nd/ 3rd grade reading level last year to an on grade level this year.  She is in 8th grade and ON grade level.  Grammar still stinks but other than that, amazing transformation.  Yana wants to try out for track in the spring and that would do her good I think.  She loves running.  It is just hard to believe that had she stayed in Russia, none of this would have been possible.  She would inevitably been out on the streets prostituting.  How do I know?  This is what they were "training" her for when we got her at 8.5yo.  Not kidding.  From what we've heard over the years, her older sister was headed down this path of no return.  We had even heard at one point she was into drugs.  Don't know but from what we've gathered of Yana's orphanage, Yana did not have options once she got out.  Now, her whole future is bright.  She HAS goals, she HAS dreams, she HAS a family.  Plain and simple.  Though we missed many a birthdays in the beginning, it is just as wonderful to celebrate them w/her now.  You can see the dreams in her eyes.

One day, I had accidentally left out a sheet of paper that listed all the characteristics of different disorders.  She asked which ones she had.  I told her.  One day, I went into her room and hanging on her bulletin board were the listed characteristics.  Alongside it, goals of how she would change each one.  Though she knows she has FAE and RAD and PTSD and some other things, she also knows she & only she has the power to overcome many of those things that go w/ these disorders.  Had I known this is what it took to change, I would have made her write those years ago!  Yana is celebrating her birthday w/ a very fresh attitude and new lease on life this year.  Wonderful to watch her grow and hoping it will continue.

 Yana's referral picture before she was hosted by us.  No dreams, huh?

This was Yana a few months after arriving home.  Still very tall.  

This is Yana this summer.  Definitely full of life.  Full of hopes and dreams. 

We wish our daughter a very Happy 15th Birthday!  With many more to come.  She will be having a roller skating party w/ a couple of friends who will then spend the night tomorrow.  They have early release at school tomorrow and then no school on Friday so it works out.  Happy, Happy 15th Birthday Yana!  We love you.  Now, if I can keep all the "littles" out of the cake today.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Surgery scheduled

You know, I wanted to get things out of the way but I wished I wouldn't have gotten what I wished for.  LOL.  I have been calling every week a few times a week to Duke regarding Bojan's surgery date.   I finally got a call back today.  Someone had a cancellation and they can take us this Wednesday.  "Do you want that day?"  Umm, no.  Day after tomorrow?!  No.  So, we actually worked it out for a different day.  Though we were planning to go hiking that weekend, that can wait.  Too hot anyhow.  However, we are having Nik's party the next day.  So, Bojan is now on the books for surgery on Friday, October 1st.  Yep, next Friday.  Need to get a walker between now and next Friday.  This week, I'm having Yana's party on Thursday night w/ roller skating & sleepover.  Saturday, we are going to Peacehaven to work on the farm some.  Church on Sunday.  We also have speech therapy this week, chorus, Irina's driver's ed, Open House at school, 2 teacher meetings, TB testing for Irina, Yana's birthday on Wednesday, shot for Nik before surgery(has to be done this week), and quite a few other activities thrown in there for good measure.  Posts may not be as forthcoming this week I have a feeling.  We wanted this though for sure.  I wanted ALL surgeries down BEFORE we had to leave for Bulgaria.  Though we do not have a travel date yet, as soon as referrals are officially given, I'm told travel is w/in about a month of that date.  Have to wait and see but we must be prepared.  I also need dental surgery yet that is an entirely different post.  I need Tammy's braveness for sure.  She knows who she is!  The world's biggest chicken is an understatement for me when it comes to dental work.  So, a few things in the works.  Did I mention we want to sell the house in the spring so are trying to slowly start fixing it up now?  Not to mention, our dog bed sleeper is back to roaming around at night & ending up sleeping on the hardwood floor by the bookcase again.  URGHH!!!  We must get Alyona & her sisters' room finished asap.  Anyone want to help paint???  LOL.  This house is not nicknamed Chaos Manor for a reason. 

So, that's what's going on for right now.  trying to get dates organized and tell the parents of the kids I sit for.  I've been through both these types of surgeries before so do know what to expect.  Hoping they will NOT keep Bojan over night but I am not familiar w/ Duke's protocol.  We're used to Wakemed and the staff there.  Being able to leave when we feel ready is a nice bonus.  Surgery at Duke is new for us.  New hospital.  We're used to Wakemed and UNC.  Once I get the details, we'll handle it from there. 

for now, I need to go do homework w/ the kids, take a walk w/ Irina, make dinner & get dates set up w/ various things.  Have a great week and much more to come for sure.  Take a break and enjoy the outdoors.  Definitely helps me relax more. 

What's up... inside the home???

I recently did a post on some of our outdoor happenings, I thought it was time for some indoor shots of what we've been up to lately.  So, here goes.

We've been busy going through closets to see what fits and what does not.  I think Alyona finally grew some, how about you??  I have never rejoiced as much as when my daughter finally came out of toddler sizes at age 11yo.  

Irina listening to some music while she writes a letter.  Later, I found out this letter was to me!  How sweet.  She changed her hair color & doesn't like it.  Told her it wouldn't work but sometimes, they must learn lessons the hard way.   She did.  

Why is Yana smiling?  Because Bear is finally clean!  See, Bear is  an almost 13yo dog who is arthritic, has tumors all over him, is 125 lbs., etc.  We can not bathe him like we used to in our tub.  He has to now go to the petstore to get groomed.  Hence, why it doesn't happen often any more as it is just too expensive.  Frustrating to say the least as we used to do all his grooming ourselves.   But, Bear is just too old & we're honestly afraid we'd hurt him accidentally if we did it hear.  Comes a time when it is best to leave it to the professionals.  I think even Bear felt better this go around.  though, he can't wait to leave Petsmart.  LOL.  

This is a bruise from nothing more than stupidity.  I'm serious.  He stuck a lightbulb suction cup thingy to his forehead, pulled it off, and voila...hickey.  He had to go to school like this for a couple of days.  I'm hoping he won't ever do it again.  Problem was...monkey see, monkey do.  Nik did the same as Bojan and had a matching one.  I swear we do watch these kids of ours.  LOL.  Just not every single second which is apparently what they need to prevent acts of stupidity.  Hey, at least he had a sense of humor about it.

Some kind folks gave us this costume.  How generous!  Alyona absolutely loves it!  We're going to make it fit a little better and she wants a fan with it.  Too cute.  Can't wait to fix her up for Halloween.  We have so much fun here on Halloween.  More to come on those plans a bit later.   

Max, our oldest son, waiting for the school bus to come.  he's becoming so big.  That giggly little toddler is gone.  They do grow up way too fast.  Baby dolls and diaper bags on the stairs are a nice touch, right?  LOL.  

These two are always doing stuff like this to try to get the other one to laugh.  usually, everyone else is laughing.  These two boys really are very, very close.  Max is 15 and Bojan is 11 but they are on the same level in a lot of ways.  Glad that they have this closeness for sure as it is so hard for kids with FAS to have friends.  So, having a close brother helps immensely.  Makes you wonder who's brillant idea the suction cup thingy was,huh?  I promise one day I'm actually going to take a shot w/ out stuff all over the floor.  

Hope you enjoyed a little inside the house catch up photos.  I'll have more photos this week I'm sure as Wednesday is Yana's birthday.  Yikes!  15yo.  Have a wonderful week everyone. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

On our minds

Figured I'd catch up on a few things since we've been so busy lately.  I know I haven't written in here lately as much as I'd like to.  I also haven't put everything that is going on lately either.  Lots of it I'm sure you all wouldn't care about.  You know, like the kids last night chasing a stupid tree frog all over the kitchen.  Or, my fake vomit kid.  (more on that one later in the post).  As far as Warren and I go, we have been rather exhausted lately.  Not going to lie.  It happens.  It's life.  Lots on our minds for sure.  So despite us wanting & intending to go to church this morning, we realized that at 10 o'clock, no one was ready, Alex was fighting w/ I forget whom, and no one had eaten breakfast.  It was not a stellar morning for the Boyds for sure.  So, going to the church cookout this afternoon and definitely attending service next Sunday morning.  It was an outage weekend this weekend so Warren worked all day Saturday.  So, we did not end up going to Centerfest in Durham.  Kids and I cleaned the house.  Pinesol type of cleaning.  I was appalled & ashamed at how some of the dust bunnies had built up.  There are at least 11 kids here everyday but that is definitely NO excuse.  We pulled fridges out, moved stuff to sweep & dust under, etc.  Deep cleaning.  Does it look like we worked that hard?  No.  Not a bit.  Oh well, we did.  I feel better knowing floors are mopped and laundry is completed.

Okay, some things on our minds.

# 1 adoption.  I already did an adoption update so not bothering w/ repeating.  Just a couple posts back.  Main thing we have to work on is the fund raising.  I know we can do it.  Just need to work on it.

#2 on our minds is moving.  Yes, we must move.  We have finally come to the conclusion that no matter how much we love our house or our neighborhood, there really is just no way we can stay.  The house has really been outgrown.  When the other kids get here, there will be 5 boys in the front bedroom from ages 7 to 15.  Back room will have 3 girls ages 3 to 11.  And then Yana and Irina will have rooms downstairs.  Though the upstairs rooms are huge bonus type rooms, it is still not quite enough.  Plus, putting adult children w/ elementary age is not a good idea & that is the situation we'll have in a few years if we were to stay.  We have decided to fix up the house over the next few months and then put it on the market in April.  What some of you don't realize is in order to move to this home, we had to take a $30K loss on the last home as it literally fell apart.  Shady developer & builder & truly a long story.  We really want minimal loss from this home.  All depends on how the market holds up over the next few months.  Homes in this area are still selling so hopeful.  But, you really never know.  Biggest question, is where on earth would we go.  Warren really doesn't want to live any further than an hour out from his job.  I agree.  This does mean different county for schools and housing.  We would love to have some acreage and build our own home.  Most likely though, that probably won't happen.  We don't need fancy for sure.  Just some space.  So, working on where we can go for right now.  Remember, we have many different disabilities and school is  a huge factor for us.

#3 on our minds is schooling.  It is very, very apparent the kids are not getting the education they should here.  Not by a long shot.  It really is sad.  Alex & Max are handing homework in, getting a hundred on it, and it is literally almost all wrong.  I kid you not.  I stopped helping them last week just to see what they could do & to see what the teacher would do or say.  You know what the teachers did or said?  That's right...nothing.  Not a word of concern.  They checked off the homework, nothing was corrected.  Max brings home a progress report w/ all hundreds on assignments(b/c he does do them) but fails every single test/quiz.  Now he does have documented learning disability in math and most FAS kids do.  However, don't you think the teacher would have thought something was up or maybe have at least checked the homework?  No.  I'm honestly almost all out of fight.  Nothing has been resolved quite yet in Irina's situation either.  Still waiting for the admin at the WJHS to get back to me.  Umm, yeh right.  Some of the assignments my kids are getting are such a waste of time too.  So much could be learned.  So much more than what is being learned.  My children do not know the basic stuff most should know.  I have spent the last week requesting meetings and writing in stupid agenda notebooks of theirs. I am documenting everything that is happening.  I hate this w/ a passion.  Just hate their schooling situation and want to pull them immediately.  Irina calls her high school the prison.  Everyday she says why do you send me to that prison.  The guilt is building.  I wanted to pull them after the first week.  They will indeed be pulled from school.  I am just having to work it all out right now and that will take a little more time.  I have to make sure the high school homeschool rules are the same.  It is much, much different homeschooling a special needs student in high school.  Trying to figure it out.  More is going on w/ the other kids too in school. 

#4 on our minds is the social security mess.  As some on here know, Max & Irina were adopted in 1999.  Their ss cards read as though they are aliens and they are not.  They are full fledged US citizens.  To fix this, I need to get them US passports.  Sent those off weeks ago.  Get a letter in the mail last week saying we need to send more stuff in.  Did that and now we wait.  However, we need this done immediately, especially for Irina.  See, once the passports are in, we have to find someone that can fix this mess w/ their cards at the social security office.  After that, we have very limited time to apply for Irina's SSI before she hits 18yo in December.  Our neurologist said it is imperative we apply before she is 18yo or the waiting list can be years and years even after she is an adult.  hoping & praying those cards come in soon. 

#5 on our minds is Nik's upcoming surgery.  Granted, he has had this surgery before & we know what to expect.  BUT, this time it will make him completely deaf w/out any implants on.  No more yelling at him in the pool or the street if he doesn't have his implant on.  He won't be able to hear me.  Nik does have residual hearing in his unimplanted ear right now.  They take this away when the implant is done.  Now, he will be able to hear much, much better and I do know this will benefit him more than ever once he's activated.  However, it does not make it any easier as a parent.  Any surgery is hard to do but having to weigh the options of making your son totally deaf w/out any devices on, is a little different.  The decision has been made, we're confident about it w/out a doubt. But, doesn't take the "worry" away as a parent.  Nik is very, very excited about his implant.  And today at the church picnic talk to someone whose father is bilateral implant.  When he had the HA & CI, it was difficult for him to distinguish sounds he said.  With both, he is doing fantastic.  We pray this will be the case w/ Nik too.  But remember, Nik has AN(auditory neuropathy) which is a bit different.  I have heard nothing but positive about bilateral CI users who have AN.  October 13th is the day. 

#6 on our minds is Irina's TB test.  Now, she has to have a TB test in order to work w/ her program at school.  I have literally not had the chance to take her at all this weekend.  We are expecting her to test positive as she had the BCG vaccine in Russia.  If she does test positive, they will give me a script for a chest x-ray elsewhere so we get immediate reads.  Fine.  It will show clear.  Then have to go back to doc explaining the positive results.  She's already agreed to write a letter to the school explaining why Irina would be testing positive.  So, taking her tomorrow & then we have to wait for the read.  Never dull here, huh?  

There is more on our minds but too tired to write it out.  LOL.  Will have some pictures tomorrow for sure.  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I know we did.  Church picnic was so much fun tonight.  This week is Yana's birthday and lots going on.  More to come.  Just wanted to explain why I wasn't posting quite as much lately.  Basically, life.