07/19/11 Mid-Summer Randomness

Unfortunately there’s nothing new to report in regards to my mystery health issue.

We did no rides this past weekend but year-to-date total mileage ridden for me is now just over 7100.

Four family birthdays have been celebrated so far this summer, which included taking E to Baltimore for an overnight adventure for her special day.

The weather here has been all over the place, from hot and humid days in the mid-90°s to nights when a blanket was an absolute necessity.

Last week C’s diagnosis of HLHS was added to the Social Security List of Compassionate Allowances Conditions. She doesn’t qualify for benefits now because of our family income, but she will once she turns 18.

I have almost four of my Top 10 List of Things To Do This Summer completed. The ‘almost’ is getting Nandy’s allergies under control. She’ll look good for a few days and then has another flare-up. As least we haven’t had to use the cone of shame in a while.

I’ll do an update on the entire list at the end of summer.

02/23/11 Sharing The Back Seat – Part 1

Monday night’s weather left us with us snow and ice that caused a two-hour delay for the schools yesterday. Cold temps again today and with rain the the forecast for tomorrow and Friday there won’t be any rides to post about for a bit. I thought I’d use the opportunity to introduce the three other ladies who occasionally ride the back of the bike.

My oldest daughter, C, was the first to show any interest in riding. She is currently 15 but has a medical history that rivals many adults. At three weeks of age she was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a complex congenital heart defect that is fatal without treatment. She had three open heart surgeries by the time she was 18 months old, and now has a cardiology check up twice a year that includes an echo, EKG, 24 hour Holter monitor, stress test, and blood work. She has some challenges with school-especially math, like her mom-but is an avid reader and a talented writer. While we managed to avoid the Justin Bieber bug with all three girls, Cynthia is very definitely a proud member of Team Edward. She is the least picky eater of all my kids, she has a fantastic smile, likes playing the Wii and her sister’s DS, loves flavored water, and at times can be a typical teenage drama queen 😉

Here is Ms C, then and now: