Long weekend…

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Tomorrow is a holiday in Singapore, a celebration for the workers. Today we rented a car and drove around, mainly scouting out routes to Edda’s school because I’m going to be learning to drive on the left soon. Vince saw pictures of Edda going to the pool with her class and he wanted to go see the pool, so that’s where we are in the above picture.

We had a nice day, Vince is still a little bit sick, although after a dose of Motrin, you’d never know it. Edda still has a stuffy nose, but no fever and Jeremy is getting sick too, but he just took his Motrin, so hopefully, he’ll feel better soon.

Sleepless nights.

Edda has been having a hard time sleeping well since we’ve gotten back to Singapore. It means lots of sleepless nights for both Jeremy and me. I think we sleep enough hours, it’s just that we wake up every 90 minutes or so. I think it’s been just getting used to the new schedule and also she’s had a bit of a runny nose recently. Today Vince caught the cold and went to bed after taking Tylenol. Hopefully, he will be able to sleep well tonight.

Small medical update.

Got an email from Dr. Ackman today. Most of the tests from the “rare diseases screen” are back, all normal. The 2nd radiologist read Edda’s MRI and saw the same thing that Dr. Ackman saw, but said that it might be an artifact of the MRI machine and couldn’t give a definitive answer either way. Another MRI will need to be taken in NY.

The US Navy visits me and “Yes, ma’am”

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So, the USS Lincoln is in port in Singapore and a whole busload of the shipmen came to Edda’s school to take them all swimming at the local pool. Do you all the 20 year olds with blonde hair in my lame picture? I knew that Edda’s school has swimming on Fridays, this was the first Friday that I went and I was expecting a small little bus to take everybody the 0.5 miles to the pool, then someone mentioned that the navy was coming and I thought they meant the Singapore navy. But when the bus pulled up and all these very American-sounding kids (really, I think of 20 year olds as kids) piled off, I realized they meant the US Navy. There were about 30 of the servicemen and women who came and played with the kids in the pool. Apparently, everytime they are in any port, they find different charities or good works they can do and they get an opportunity to sign up to go out and do it and it counts as being “on-duty”. Pretty cool, huh? I have never felt so fondly towards the military as I did this morning.

Surgery again.

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Well, as you can see, Peter needs another surgery. Edda plowed through the patch like a beaver through a log.

Things are going well, Vince is happy to be back at his school and delighted in giving German chocolates to his classmates.

Edda started her school also and I’ve been taking her for about 1.5 hours everyday, but I think next week we’ll be ready for 3 hours every morning and we are arranging for 30 minutes of 1-on-1 therapy at the school 3-4 times a week.

We had our first post-vacation physical therapy session with Diane today and she was impressed with the improvement in just the one month (without any therapy) that we’ve been away, so that’s also encouraging, that are increased interaction with her just in our daily lives is helping her.

I’ve been a little bit anxious about setting things up, because things get complicated with childcare and dropping kids off and picking them up and such things, but we are working through it all with a lot of help. It’ll be great to have grandparents around during July when schools are in and out of session – I could use a lot of help then.

Dad – Vince is so excited that you are coming. He wanted to know if you are coming tomorrow and that he needed to get the guest bedroom ready “RIGHT NOW!” Sweet boy. Loves his granddad.

Meeting Our Friends with Cancer, etc

This Thursday, we are driving back to Washington DC to meeting our three friends with cancer. On Saturday we will have lunch with them. This will be the third time for me and second time for Mom recently. Three of them are all very optimistic and outward looking. Very glad to see them laughing and joking together.

In the meantime, on Friday, we will dine with an couple [former colleagues] who, over the years, stayed in our house a day or two while visiting physicians in Washington DC. They live in the countryside. To take a trip back and forth within a day is just too much for them. So they stay in our house. We are very happy to have them around though we never being there at the same time with them. This time we will be together for sure.