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Even the Best Plans…

I had some really exciting plans for our blog, but those got put on hold with a recent trip to our pediatrician.

Lily has been having some pain in her ankle. Not enough for me to suspect something serious. She could run and play normally, the pain wasn’t severe and usually only after inactivity.

He ordered x-rays, just to be on the safe side. When he called the next day, he admitted his own shock in finding out that Lily had Osteochondritis dissecans.

Osteochondritis dissecans (os-tee-o-kon-DRY-tis DIS-uh-kanz) is a joint condition in which bone underneath the cartilage of a joint dies due to lack of blood flow. This bone and cartilage can then break loose, causing pain and possibly hinder joint motion. (Mayo Clinic.)

We were referred to an orthopedist who specialized in the foot and ankle. I was able to pick the same doctor that Navy saw when he broke his foot.

Next up, an MRI…

(Photos by Navy.)

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National Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month.

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According to a 2014 CDC study, 7.5 million people are stalked each year in the United States. Fifteen percent of women and 6% of men will experience stalking in their lifetime (Breiding, 2014).

Seventy-six percent of women killed by an intimate partner had been stalked prior to their murders. Fifty-four percent of those women had reported their stalking to police (McFarlane, 1999).

Victims of stalking tend suffer more from anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression when compared to the general population. The victims had more symptoms of psychopathology when the stalking was more severe, according to a study conducted in the Netherlands (Blaauw, 2002).

I’ve barely scratched the surface on this topic. I haven’t even tried to look into information related to social media.

Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it.

Eric Blaauw, et al., “The Toll of Stalking: The Relationship Between Features of Stalking and Psychopathology of Victims,” Journal on Interpersonal Violence, 17, No. 1 (2002): 50-63.

Matthew J. Breiding, et al., “Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization – National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011”, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Morality Weekly Report, Vol. 63, No. 8 (2014).

Judith McFarlane, et al., “Stalking and Intimate Partner Femicide,” Homicide Studies 3, No. 4 (1999).

Our 2016 Goals

Each year, I make seemingly lofty New Year’s Resolutions with no clear plan I how I want to achieve them. They’re always the same: get in shape and manage our finances better. They also don’t last very long.

Lunch at Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island!

Goal #1: Go on adventures and eat!
We live close to a city with a lot to offer, not to mention everything in the surrounding areas! We have plenty to explore. There are tons of locally owned restaurants that we’ve never eaten at. Lots of festivals we haven’t been to. Museums. Shows. Events. There’s so much to see and do!

Goal #2: Get organized!
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2015 Review: As the Year Draws to a Close

As 2015 comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on things that have happened in the last year. Some good. Some bad.

January went by in a flash. It usually does.

February brought about the birthday of my sweet, little Navy. He turned the big 4. He had an awesome race car party with a Cars theme.

In March, we celebrated Lily’s birthday pretty low-key. We ate at one of her favorite Japanese restaurants. She loves hibachi shrimp and sushi. Not much longer, and she’ll be double-digits.

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The Final Ortho Update

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After a LONG three weeks of a walking boot (less if you factor in that he figured out how to take it off and put it on when I wasn’t around), Navy no longer needs to wear his walking boot!!

The doctor even joked that he didn’t need to see him anymore for this injury, but wouldn’t be surprised if he saw him in the future. He knows Navy too well…

We celebrated by having a delicious ice cream sundae, and he was finally able to wear his new Paw Patrol snow boots (even though we still don’t have snow).

Glad to get that wrapped up before our insurance deductible renews!

Ortho Update

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Navy was upgraded to a walking boot.

After a LONG two weeks in a hard half-cast, Navy’s foot has heeled enough to use a walking boot. He won’t have to use his walker anymore, and he can take it off to take a bath!

He goes back to Fort Wayne Orthopedics in 3 weeks. Hopefully we’ll graduate to wearing both shoes again!

(It would also be nice to get this wrapped up before insurance deductibles start over again in January.)