Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Mini-Vacation ~ Richmond and Raleigh/Durham

We took Goldilocks to see a neurologist at Duke last week. The appointment was disappointing (as expected). They really didn't have much insight into what is going on with her. They did see that her heart rate changes rather drastically when she stands from a sitting position. They think that is what is causing her dizziness. I wish they had done an EEG to confirm that she is not having seizures, especially since many of her more alarming dizzy spells have come after standing for a little while. However, I am going to just let it go for now and know that I did what I could. I am starting to get the feeling that the medical world thinks she is faking. I don't think she is faking, but I do wonder about psychological issues affecting her physical state.

Raleigh and Durham
Since we thought this appointment might be a wild goose chase, we decided to make the trip into a little vacation so that it would not be a complete waste of time. We attended family night at the Nasher Museum which was free to Ronald McDonald House guests. It was lots of fun. The kids did crafts and toured the museum. We did a study on the art piece, "Scramble for Africa". I was very pleased how well the children were able to pick up the mood of each manikin by studying the body language.

Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Scramble for Africa, 2003. Fourteen life-size fiberglass mannequins, fourteen chairs, table, and Dutch wax printed cotton; overall: 52 x 192 1/8 x 110 1/4 inches (132.1 x 488 x 280 cm). The Pinnell Collection, Dallas, Texas. © Yinka Shonibare MBE. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013.
We also made it to the homeschool store. This was a delight for me more than for the kids. LOL! They really thought we should hurry along to Pullen Park. We did visit Pullen Park and enjoyed the carousel and train rides.

We decide to drive a few more hours to visit my husband's sister and brother-in-law. We had never visited them in Richmond and it was great to see their home. They were wonderful hosts and really made us feel at home. I'm afraid the kids ate them out of house and home, but I think they enjoyed feeding a crowd. They have no children of their own and seemed to enjoy the excitement of a few kids cartwheeling around. We made several trips to the James River and the kids loved swimming with their uncle. We did not have any swim suits, so the kids just went in with their clothes on. We also visited the science museum. It was a great museum. Tom Sawyer loved the Robotics exhibit. We also saw the Imax movie, "The Hubble". What an amazing film.
David and his sister

Science is fun!
Blessings, Dawn

1 comment:

  1. At least you got a good trip in the deal. I am sorry to hear that G. is having such a difficult time. I know exactly what you mean about disappointing neurology appointments.