A Month of Love
As February draws to a close, I have to say that this was a month for celebrating family ties and drawing my loved ones close. We’ve been fighting through a nasty cold that’s been going around for the past couple of weeks, but more importantly a couple of my kids have some really serious health issues. We discovered in December that my son, who is thirteen today, has a heart condition called Wolff Parkinson White. Basically he has an extra electrical pathway in his heart which was causing rapid heart rates and chest pain. In the end of January, he had a catheter procedure done to try to ablate this extra pathway. Usually this procedure has an 85-95% success rate, and the doctor was very confident he had taken care of the situation. However, when he reexamined Zack at the beginning of February, it turned out that the pathway had grown back. We are not sure what the next step is. The doctor wants to see him again in April. We know that there is a small risk of sudden death with this condition. I had surgery for this myself at 25, because they were unable to perform the ablation on me either.
I am in the process of getting his records to another doctor for a second opinion. We will have to go to Los Angeles, because pediatric specialists in this condition are few and far between. As if this wasn’t enough, my youngest daughter, who is nine, has just started experiencing rapid heart rates as well, so I am now worried she may have the same thing. Twenty years ago they believed this was not genetically transmitted. It seems they were wrong.
Despite the medical worries and the cold weather, we have had a busy month bursting with family activities. Sophia, the youngest has sold over 200 boxes of girl scout cookies by setting up a table in front of her dad’s office and waving to cars going by. She and her troop are trying to earn a trip to swim with the dolphins. I am so proud of her!
Zachary wanted nothing for his birthday except for a Fit Bike Brian Foster 1 Bicycle. Nick had a couple of windfalls and was able to get a great deal on the bike one step up from this one, but we made all sorts of noise about how we couldn’t afford a gift like this, and we swore we hadn’t gotten him what he asked for. He got his present a couple of days early, because his dad had to go out of town on a business trip. When it came to present time, we handed Zack a small box, and his face just fell. Inside the box was a note telling him to go look in his bedroom for his real gift. That boy has not gotten off his bike willingly since that moment. He is absolutely overjoyed, and we are loving every minute of it!
My oldest, Isabella, is on a baking craze and made us walnut chocolate chip blondies today. That could be dangerous, but she’s also taken to doing yoga videos with me. I’m just starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel where she’ll emerge from teenage hormonal hell and emerge a full blown person who is absolutely wonderful to be with. I get that person a couple of days a week now, and it’s a great teaser.
Nick had to work late on Valentine’s Day, so I made him his favorite dinner: chicken and dumplings and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. I also found him a vintage Steely Dan T-shirt. I guess that gives his age away, huh? Then we watched TV together in peace.
Our big outing was a few days earlier, when we went to San Juan Capistrano with a group of friends on their annual Love Train outing. My friend, Leslie, is the Julie McCoy (are you old enough to remember the Love Boat?) of any occasion, and she had prizes for best hat, best individual theme outfit and best couple outfit.
Nick and I took best couple (I wish I had a photo of the back of his shirt; it’s got great graphics of a pretty senorita), and I got best hat with my vintage flamenco hat dressed up with a glass glitter heart and tulle.
We all took the train down, then had a delicious Mexican lunch and later had our eardrums blasted at a little dive bar called the Swallows Inn. All in all, it was wonderful to be out with my man and a great group of friends.
I hope you all had a loving February as well. Hold your loved ones tight and remember to let them know how much you care.