Friday, July 25, 2008

Update on Ryan's first visit with the new psychologist

I took Ryan to meet Dr. P last night.  He did great.  He played with blocks, trains & puzzles.   He was very good but she saw some of the things that we see in Ryan.  He showed her how his mind goes a mile a minute and how he doesn't adapt to change.  She pulled out a testing book with pictures that Ryan had to point to when she named them.  Each page had 4 pictures on it, each with a very small number below it, labeled 1-4.  Ryan was so fixated on the numbers that he couldn't point to what she was saying.  She would turn the page and he would point to the number 3 and say three, instead of pointing to the ear that she said.  She tried another book where he had to say what was on the picture.  Horse, zebra, house, etc.  All very easy things that Ryan knows.  Again, he found the very small number on the page and couldn't concentrate on the task.  

At the end of the session, she said words that I have been waiting to hear from a psychologist.  "I see your concerns"  Huge sigh of relief and maybe a few tears.  That is all we ever wanted.   I don't care what the diagnosis is (well, I do but it doesn't matter at this point).  I just want someone to see what we see and to listen to our concerns.  Other then our wonderful pediatrician, we have never felt like our concerns were being heard.  Finally, we have found someone who will listen.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Another doctor to the list

But I think we might have found a good match.  We started the process for a second opinion on Ryan.  The psychologist met with Greg and I to go over Ryan's history and our family medical history.  I think I love her, hopefully Ryan will too.  We go back next Thursday so Ryan can meet her and she will start the process.  She said it could take 4 sessions or up to 12 and it will just depend on how cooperative Ryan is during each one.

I am relieved to have found a psychologist that actually sat down and listened to everything we said and really understood where we, as his parents, are coming from.

And my kids see way too many doctors & therapists.  I think between the 2 of them, we now have 12.  No wonder our flexible spending money is gone!

Monday, July 14, 2008

So long to the Still family....

Or more like see ya later. I hate goodbyes! Our good friends, Steve and Faith, are moving to Illinois so Steve can go back to school.Greg and Steve have known each other since high school and little Steven has become another member of our family. The boys and I are going to miss him so much.
We threw a party for them, complete with a Luau theme. They had lots of family and friends come and wish them well in their new endeavor.
The guests of honor:

The cake:

The cupcakes--Thanks Leigh for helping with them!

Before the big party, some of them decided to go play paintball. They came back and said they had fun but don't think they will be doing it again anytime soon. Here is Greg's best battle wound. Ouch!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Memory Lane Blog Game

Memory Lane...the tag that gets everyone involved

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!*

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.

*I reserve the right to delete any offensive, mean, untrue, embarrassing, incriminating, unflattering, humiliating, this makes me look like a dork/a$$/b*tch/lush comments ;)