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Monday, April 1

It's April Fools Day, a day for practical jokes. Where this "holiday" comes from, I have no idea. Julia wanted to show up in school with her arm in a sling, but given her medical history, we overruled her and gave her a little talk about bad taste.

Instead, she decided to tell everyone that she had been fitted with contact lenses! This went over very well, and she fooled all her teachers. Her classmates were in on it from early on, and helped her out by "breaking the news" to each teacher. In fact, one teacher asked if it was a joke, and took a close look into Julia's eyes to see for herself. She must have thought she say contacts in there, and probably felt quite sheepish when she learned she'd been had. Good one, Julia!

Tuesday, April 2

Julia was not feeling entirely well today. She had a sore throat most of the day, and a bit of diarrhea in the afternoon. She also had a ton of homework to get through in the evening. She went to bed close to one time without complaint and fell right to sleep.

Wednesday, April 3

Julia was feeling better this morning after getting a good night's sleep. She still does seem to recover very quickly from these little bugs she gets from time to time.

However, I spoke too soon! The school murse called Julia's mom late in the morning and said that Julia was not feeling well. She was dizzy and had stomach upset. Julia's mom picked her up from school and brought her home. Julia gradually felt better as the day wore on, and once again seemed fine at the end of the day.

Tuesday, April 9

I took Julia to the dentist today for her twice-yearly checkup. She got a glowing review for her daily dental care. They also said that we should make an appointment with an orthodontist to consult about braces. She has some minor issues with alignment of her teeth. We made an appointment for a couple of months out, and we'll know more then.

Thursday, April 11

Julia started her spring vacation this afternoon (her school has Friday and all next week off). She also got her report card today, and I'm proud to report that she continues to do excellently. Unfortunately, we have no plans to do anything fun for Julia's vacation time this year.

Monday, April 15

We are getting some painting done at our house. We had the outside done in the same color that it was, and most of the inside rooms are being done over in various colors (everything is currently off-white). The painting company sent us a "color consultant" who helped us pick colors that worked with existing carpets, drapes, and furniture. This is all beyond me, of course. I thought the off-white was fine.

Julia's bedroom and bathroom are getting done, and she picked a greenish blue that she liked. We tried to convince her of a bluer blue, to match her carpet and curtains, but she wasn't swayed until she heard the same thing from the color consultant. Her bathroom will be in Van Gogh green and yellow, very bright.

Thursday, April 18

The outside of the house is done, and it looks great! However, now they are starting on the inside. This means a lot of disruption. We have to basically move everything possible out of the room, and the painters cluster the furniture in the middle of the room. There's lots of dust (from sanding) everywhere, and it's downright dangerous to try to navigate around the house in the dark.

They started in our (Julia's parents') bedroom and bathroom, and then they're moving to Julia's bedroom and bathroom. These guys work fast, and the do a great job.

Tuesday, April 23

We took Julia in for a checkup at Children's today, and it couldn't have been more routine. We didn't get blood work done last Saturday because we were so busy, so we went in early and had it done before her appointment. This isher forst blood work with no medication, so we're curious.

Julia got her vitals done (89.3 lb/ 40.6 kg; 55.25" / 140.4 cm; 97.2°f / 36.2°c; bp 130/57). Afterwards, Dr. A.W. chatted with us for a while, then did her usual exam. Julia's strength is "perfect", and her skin looks "great'! We have decided to go to an office visit every 3 months, and blood work stays at monthly for the time being.

Test Date Aldolase CK LDH AST ALT vW F8
6/2/01 4.8 88 186 23 15 106
7/7/01 5.1 115 211 33 35 147
8/4/01 4.2 90 218 25 12 123
9/1/01 4.6 80 194 24 16 105
10/8/01 3.5 81 197 22 12 123
11/3/01 6.1 120 232 23 14 92
12/15/01 5.1 92 218 22 12 94
1/19/02 5.3 102 198 21 12 193
2/16/02 5.0 202 230 24 11 100
3/16/02 5.5 101 200 21 14 126
4/23/02 5.9 143 466 49 15 115
Normal Range: 3.0-16.0 4-150 110-295 10-34 6-30 160

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