Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Shadow Approved and Assigned!

It is absolutely amazing to me that when something needs to be taken care of, the right person can get the job done immediately. Yehudit in the municipality should be running the country- I'm just saying.

Well, the Ministry of Education gave the approval for Tehilla to receive a medical shadow full time. She will even have the shadow for the tzaharon (afternoon extended hours)! This morning I got the call that we received approval, and two hours later, our medical shadow called to introduce herself!

She came over this afternoon to start learning about Tehilla and what her job is. She seems very nice and very soft spoken. She has taken first-aid courses, but she will be sent by the municipality for a more in-depth course.

May her job be completely boring!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

School Update and Doggy Woes

The update I expected to post was about how wonderful things were going for Tehilla at school. So, I'll start with that.



School is amazing. Tehilla loves school. Loves loves loves! After the first day of school, Tehilla said, "Can I go to big girl school every day?"
The teachers are overly paranoid about Tehilla. They came to me on Day 3 and said, " We let her go out to the play-yard and we made her drink every 5 minutes but she kept sweating and looked flushed. Maybe she shouldn't be allowed to play outside?"

I said, "It's 32 degrees outside. That's normal to sweat. She needs to drink but not that much. It's good you're paying attention."

The teacher asked that we all sit down and I explain to them in more detail how to care for her. We are doing that tonight.

Now for the crazy that went on this weekend. Tehilla, in general, is getting a lot better with Sammy. She is being more gentle and handling her better.  Over Shabbat, we had our first sleepover guests and it overwhelmed Sammy.
Shabbat afternoon, Sammy was hurt accidentally by a kid. She growled and went to lay down. Tehilla went up to her face and started bugging the heck out of her and grabbed Sammy's face. Sammy jumped up and bit Tehilla around her eye.

We immediately applied pressure, but because Tehilla takes aspirin, the bleeding carried on for over an hour. I finally called the on call doctor who immediately referred us to the ER.
While gathering a bag to take to the hospital, the bleeding stopped. We weighed Tehilla's trauma of the hospital against the situation and decided not to take her to the ER and to follow up after Shabbat with the doctor for antibiotics.
An hour later, Tehilla was playing outside and she tripped and hit her same eye on the light fixture. The cut opened and it started bleeding again. That was that- we were going to the ER, even though it stopped bleeding after a half hour.

We got there and the staff was wonderful. They understood right away to give Tehilla space and not trigger any trauma. They were playful and let me handle everything, including cleaning her wound.

They assessed and felt the cut was clotting nicely and didn't need glue or stitches. We showed them Sammy's up-to-date immunization records. She is one shot shy of being fully vaccinated. They wanted an eye specialist to double check her eye to make sure that there was no damage.
We waited hours for the eye specialist who was kind and wonderful but needed the do a full examination of her eyes. While putting drops in to dilate her pupils, Tehilla freaked out and he had to pull on her eyelid. The cut wripped open and blood went all over. We got that bleeding under control. Her eye exam was completed and thank G-d, her eyes were perfectly fine. We got home at 1:00 am.




I'm grateful that in Israel there are strict protocols for dogs. It's unfortunate that we were on the wrong side of things. We were told to report to the Ministry of Health, 8:00 am to insure that Tehilla is fully vaccinated.
We showed up and were asked where our dog was. We said that we weren't aware we had to bring her. The woman explained that because she is not a vaccinated dog, the dog had to be quarantined for 10 days and we would be charged 2000 nis. I simply said, "No."

They called for the doctor and I explained that Sammy is vaccinated and is getting her last shot this week. I explained why Sammy was provoked and is a puppy and this completely is not her behavior. I explained that the dog is a therapy dog for my other child and provides emotional assistance. That taking Samny away would cause extreme distress for my kid. And that this wasn't a stray dog and there was no real threat.

The doctor calmly listened while I went all Momma Dog and said, "I understand what you are saying and it makes sense. These are our protocols. What you are saying is you don't want to open a file and that you are taking full responsibility. That you will watch your dog for 10 days and if anything comes up you will immediately seek medical attention."

I said, "Yes. That is what I'm saying."
She said, "Okay. Delay her shot by 10 days." She then told the woman in charge that we refuse to file.

Tehilla is home resting after barely getting any sleep. She is totally fine and did not pause for a second to snuggle and squeeze Sammy. We had a long talk about giving Sammy space and we will be holding off on sleepover guests for some time.
Whew!

Friday, September 1, 2017

First Day of School

Ron and I are too happy for the first day of school. We have the stupidist smiles on our faces.

Tehilla started Kindergarten today! In a regular school! We don't have her medical shadow in place yet, and we aren't worried at all. Because she is entitled to it, we will get her a shadow, but the woman will be bored and helping the teachers with regular school stuff.

We were the first ones to arrive at school which gave me time to explain to one of the teachers about her heart. I explained that they had to watch that she doesn't dehydrate and that she can tire easily. To look for purple lips or nails or if anything looks off. And that a fall can make her bruise more severely. That she is totally fine and normal and needs to be treated as such.

I also prepared laminated cards for emergencies. It has all the details that a paramedic would need, with all her information and to take her to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. One card remains in her backpack and the school has two to keep on the fridge and near the phone. May they be the biggest waste of time.

Tehilla was a bit nervous but immediately warmed up and jumped right in to coloring and exploring her school. She has a few friends from her previous school, which made her very happy. She is crazy happy with her Frozen backpack, Frozen lunchbox and Frozen water bottle. We also found Frozen school shoes, so she is happier than happy.

September 1, thank G-d!




Monday, August 21, 2017

No Limits



Hi Blog Family,

It's been some time since I really sat down to rifle through my thoughts and get them out on virtual paper. To be honest, this summer has had me struggling to keep my head above water, just in scheduling and trips with the kids and the hellish last weeks of August. This is a post I've been meaning to write for almost 2 weeks...

About two weeks ago, we took the kids to see an ice skating and acrobatics show. We were astounded by the skills, the stunts, and the pyrotechnics. The kids were blown away and couldn't stop talking about it. 

Tehilla was especially taken in by the aerial acrobatics! It truly was amazing. Mid show, she turns to me and says, "I want to do that, Mama. I can learn to do that?"

My initial response was a snicker and a "Yeah, right", as I envisioned our little heart warrior princess flying through the air, suspended by fabric, soaring above ice...

But then I looked into her big greenish blue eyes and watched her micro-expressions of awe and delight, the reflections of the colored lights dancing on her face and her lips curved into a smile of pure joy. And I said, "Yes. Yes you can. You can do anything and be anybody. Nothing can hold you back."

This little interaction really explains where my headspace has been. I spent so long fighting for her life. So much time spent on worry and fear. Now that we have reached this period of calm and stability, my job has changed to fighting for her to live life. 

The days of worry and fear are not behind us. We know that the future will bring many more periods of unrest and medical challenges. We aren't fooling ourselves. But while we have peace and calm, we will make sure that Tehilla has every opportunity to live her life to the fullest and with no limits. I'm not saying we are enrolling her in aerial acrobatics at age nearly four (wow!). But I'm saying we won't be holding her back. That little princess will be allowed to follow wherever her perfect half a heart leads her. 












Monday, August 14, 2017

Too Much Puppy Love

We were perfectly prepared for Sammy, the puppy.

Collars and name tags- check.
Leashes and dog crate- check.
Dog toys and water bowls- check.
Check if your 3.5 your old is a raving jealous overly excited madwoman who picks puppies up by the face...oops. Missed that one.

So Sammy settled in nicely but Tehilla got a serious case of "new baby/jealous sibling syndrome" and we have been scrambling ever since to help her adjust and give her attention and teach her not to smash puppies skulls. It's been fun. (That was the sound of my eyes rolling).

We have Sammy nearly housetrained and sharing a peaceful existence with Hunter the cat. She has learned come, sit, down, let go, look at me, dance, paw, and is making a lot of progress with stay, and leave it. She is sweet and affectionate, smart and playful and has been an amazing new addition to our family.

But hardly an hour goes by without someone screaming , "Tehilla! Don't pick the puppy up by her ear!" Or "Stop squashing the puppy!" We are making progress and teaching her how to properly handle the puppy. We will get her adjusted with time...

Tehilla has been put on an antihistamine because we think she has allergies and has had a dripping nose for over 6 months without any relief. So far there is improvement.

Otherwise everyone is surviving the summer and providing the perfect amount of crazy for us to be counting down the days until school starts.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mine is Pink

When I came to pick Tehilla up from school yesterday,  her teacher said to me, "Something is not right with her.  Her color looks off to me and she is low energy. I couldn't find her pulse ox to check her, but something isn't right."

I looked at Tehilla, who was pale and had swelling in her forehead (something that happens to her when her oxygen dips, her eye was pink and she looked unwell. She looked down at the floor and whispered,  "I took it (the pulse ox) out of my bag. It's at home."

Of course all the batteries of all 3 of our pulse oximeters were dead, but once we found replacements, we checked and her oxygen was at 80. Her baseline is 85-90. It's not critical but it's not good. Her heart rate was 101, which is perfect. She had no fever, so I made her an appointment with the on-call doctor. We lucked out and got our favorite, aside for our regular doctor.

We walked into the doctor's office and she was calmer than she usually is. She didn't want to talk to her.  I explained why we were there. The doctor took out her pulse ox and said, "Let's take a look how your oxygen is now. Can you give me your finger? Do you have one of these at home?"

Tehilla offered her finger, smiled and said, "My pulse ox is pink. Yours is black."

The doctor laughed and said, "You are so lucky that you have a pink one. I need to find a pink one."

She checked Tehilla thoroughly and found nothing except a double eye infection. Her oxygen was at 84. Drops were prescribed and we were told just to keep a look out. This has happened quite a few times- a dip in her oxygen as a response to an infection and/or pain.

She's doing better today, but a bit off still. We will keep her home today and see how she does.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sammy Balofsky!

We are welcoming to the family our 7 week old golden retriever puppy, Sammy! Sammy will be Tzviel's dog but an important part of our family.

With all that our family has been through, it has taken a big toll on everyone in our family. Some TLC from a very sweet, affectionate dog will provide some stability and animal therapy for years and years. 

We have been working on this for over 6 months and have everything ready. Tzviel and I have been watching dog training videos. He has been practicing on Hunter, Mechal's cat, with no luck.

Speaking of which, yes- Hunter is staying, no- we aren't worried. We consulted our vet and Hunter is comfortable around dogs in our home.

We are very excited for this new transition. For the next bunch of weeks, we will be limiting the guests into our home, until some basic training has caught on.

Wish us luck and send Sammy some blog family love!