Neuropsych and other updates

Shade went to the Neurophychologist for testing today. The entire process was six hours including an hour lunch break. They didn’t let me in because (supposedly) the testing room was too small. (Code for: We don’t want a meddling dad screwing up our testing.) So I spent the day at a very cramped and overflowing Starbucks, trying to do class grading amidst the clamor of wailing babies, babbling business meetings, and orders for venti soy chai lattes. At lunch, I asked Shade what they did in the testing. He said it was just like school … boring. I couldn’t get anything else out of him, so as far as I know, they spent the last six hours holding up crayons and asking him what color they were. I guess we’ll get the update soon enough.

Other family news: Bubu, Aitza’s dad, returned to work today as crossing guard at Thornebrooke Elementary. His ticker is as strong as a 20 year old’s. I hear he was doing somersaults over cars as they passed. So that’s one crisis resolved.

You may have come to the realization that occasionally I run out of steam on my blog.  Some days I just think to myself, “Does anyone really want to hear about our mundane lives?”

Other days I feel inspired and will throw down 1000 words like they were Olympian lightning bolts zapped from my fingers.

I’ve decided that now is the time to start working on my book. Sift through what I’ve stored in the literary fridge, chuck a few relevant stories into the pot, mix in a rich stock of inspirational triumph spiced liberally with comedic tidbits.  Yum. Perhaps I can actually build something strong in the cleared ruins of the emotional hurricane that tore through our lives. (Ha, ha! You weren’t expecting my Analogy Switcheroo, were you? Ninja!)

I’ll still hit the blog a few times a week with updates on Shade’s Progress as he hits milestones or hits the floor, which he does fairly often because he’s an adventurous boy and he wants to get in the mix of things. He’s mastered the army crawl and the scooch. Perhaps one day, he’ll master the walk, as well. That will merit a blog, for sure.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janice Mikolajczak
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 23:08:06

    Hey there….I forgot to mention to you….the other day at lunch I looked over at Shade’s table, and I noticed an empty wheel chair…..he was sitting on the bench with the other boys….I went over there and asked if he did that by himself, and yep, he sure did!!!! 🙂


  2. Daniel
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 00:19:32

    yea! start the book!….but please do blog occasionally. Believe it or not, we DO want to hear about your lives and how Shade is doing and we faithfully read every day or every two days….but we know you are just as you can.


  3. jean curtice
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 00:39:41

    Vince & Aitza… I read you everyday. I haven’t talk to you guys for a very long time, but think of you daily. Wish I could help out, but got some stuff here at home I gotta do. Shade’s come so far! Hang in there, still lots of prayers are coming your way, every day, from many people!! God Bless you and your family! It was great seeing BuBu today!!!


  4. Aura
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 08:27:05

    looking forward to reading your book! Hugs to all and many blessings to you and your family


  5. Glenn Romanek
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 11:10:27

    I’m pleased that you’re reviewing your reports about Shade’s progress and associated activity for your forthcoming book. Reading them is like receiving critically important and urgent dispatches from a battlefront, engrossing reports about Shade’s progress and your and Aitza’s struggle and determination to help him recover. The book about Shade’s – and yours and Aitza’s great effort– will inspire many people. Your common sense and excellent writing has a sincerity and conviction that moves readers (and amuses them by your touches of humor!). Twists and turns, and dead ends cannot be avoided, but, eventually, Shade will be skipping lightly and nonchalantly on a straight path to full recovery: happiness for him; and much more for you and Aitza.


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