Tuesday, August 29, 2006
The eve of departure is here. The suitcase is packed with everything except last-minute items [toothbrushes, deoderant, etc.]. Alesia has packed a tote with things for her to do. I have my backpack filled with our papers, a couple of books for me, and a bottle of water.
I don’t look forward to flying. I hate flying. Crowds, germs, waiting, occasional motion sickness. I have Bonine pills for the motion sickness.
I know I can’t my usual water bottle on the plane. I had to remove from my purse not only my treasured pocket knife given to me by my big brother, but my prescription hand cream. Feels silly to do all that, but such is life in post-911 world.
I called Dr. Federici’s office and confirmed our appointment, for 8:00 Thursday morning. They said I would talk to Dr. Federici for the first hour, then Alesia would be tested all day, then I’d talk to Federici again, about the test results. There will be a break for lunch. I am taking two good books to read while I wait. I doubt I will do any sightseeing, as it’s supposed to rain in Alexandria for the next couple of days.
Friday morning I go back and Alesia has auditory processing testing in the morning. Our plane leaves at 4 Friday afternoon.
I spoke to a cousin of mine on the Butler side of the family. Lisa Cox, and she is taking us to dinner Thursday night. I haven’t seen her in a couple of years. She is in the middle of a messy divorce, but when we spoke today she sounded fairly upbeat. She does all the genealogy research for that side of the family. She has no kids herself, ironically. She said she is looking forward to meeting Alesia.
It was hectic at work, trying to tie up loose ends. Tomorrow won’t be fun either. I am anxious to get this trip out of the way, though, and finally find out if Alesia has emotional or academic problems we need to deal with. Lesleigh said last night she thinks Alesia may have Inattentive ADD, and it sounds like she is right. I am leery of drug therapy for her. I always said I’d never zonk my kids out on Ritalin, like so many parents do.
I have been working on my children’s book, and gotten a lot of good advice and feedback from friends who have read it. It makes me optimistic. I am going to tell Dr. Federici about the book, and see if he will read it. If he endorsed it, it would be a big boost.