The Frothling and her Daisy Troop are now selling cookies! Her personal goal is 200 boxes, so if you want your cookies sent straight to your door, please click on the link below and order. Her troop will use the money from cookie sales for their service projects and summer camp. The new cookie this year is the S'mores. I got to sample one, and they're AWESOME. You have about 2 months to order...but act now before they're gone!
The Frothling was diagnosed with Lyme disease. While Lyme is easily curable in its early stages, the longer it goes untreated, the harder it is to treat. She started exhibiting symptoms three weeks ago. Since it was the weekend, we were directed to take her to Children's Hospital, which, as an aside, was acquired by The Evil Empire about a decade ago. Mrs. Froth took her, and I stayed home to watch Frothette and Pumpkin. They didn't get back until 0300 Monday, with nothing known, but blood drawn for labwork.
I asked Mrs. Froth if The Frothling was prescribed antibiotics as a precaution, as the symptoms seemed similar to Lyme. She told me no, but she called the next day to request antibiotics, and was told to wait for the test results.
The test results were back on Wednesday, positive for Lyme. And there they sat. No phone call to us, no call to our PCP, no call to the rheumatologist that we were directed to make an appointment with.
When the Frothling saw the rheumatologist eight days later, and the symptoms were described, he immediately said, "Oh, that sounds like Lyme." He was told the hospital ordered blood tests, but we hadn't gotten the results yet. The doctor called the hospital, and learned that the results came back over a week ago, but were "misplaced."
The rheumatologist said the bite could have occurred up to 2 months ago. We're probably still in the window where the month-long antibiotic regime will clear the infection, but there is a chance it won't. The rheumatologist was shocked that the hospital didn't prescribe the antibiotics that night.
So yesterday, the hospital called and spoke with Mrs. Froth, and admitted that mistakes were made. I, for one, will be consulting with an attorney next week.
I used to like basketball, but I find the pro game and men's college basketball essentially unwatchable. Last year, I discovered the Duquesne Duke's women's team, and I really enjoy it. No showboating and actual teamwork. I took the Frothling to Duquesne's home opener Sunday afternoon. You can see us near the top of the screen, sitting behind Lehigh's bench (the Frothling picked the seats). She's wearing a pink sweater, and you can see her enthusiastically waving her pom-pom when the Dukes score!
Its also inexpensive entertainment. Tickets, parking and snacks (you can watch the Frothling eat popcorn at the 1:10 mark) for under $20.00.
Needless to say, I've been a bit busy, but I'm hoping to return to regular posting.
So what's been going on?
Well for one, we have an adoption day for Frothette, she'll be an official Froth come November! CYF also placed Frothette's two month old sister with us, Frothette Junior should be clear to adopt sometime in the spring.
The Frothling is in first grade, she's now playing softball. At her last game she donned the Tools of Ignorance, and just loved it! I think she likes catcher because she can sit most of the time while in the field, and she's involved with every pitch. She's in her second year of Daisy Scouts as well.
Mrs. Froth is still working at the daycare, and I'm still in my job, although I'm considering retirement from law enforcement and a possible career change.
Here's a better view of the Frothling's painting of a flower. I know its a parent's nature to praise a child's work, but for a six-year old, I think this is remarkably good. Mrs. Froth and I are going to have it professionally framed.
Spent the bulk of the day with the Frothling. First we drove out to Fox Chapel and I showed her around Shady Side Academy, where my father taught English for many years, and the place where I grew up and went to school.
We then shared some lunch at Chev and Rachel's Family Diner before heading to the grocery store to pick up supplies for her impending sixth birthday party.
Now we're chilling, watching some cartoons while waiting for the Frothette's caseworker to stop by for a home visit and some updates on her case.
I've always wanted a grill/smoker, and Mrs. Froth bought me one (A Brinkmann) as an early father's day present. The Frothling and I put it together this evening. It was pretty easy to assemble, although the unit was a bit wobbly at first because we couldn't tighten any of the base/frame pieces until we attached the lower barrel half.
However, this was annoying: The unit requires 10 bolts with nuts, and they only gave me nine nuts. It couldn't have been an accident, because all the hardware came on a vacuum-sealed card, with the count of each hardware item printed on the card. The card read "nuts X 9."
I have lots of nuts in my workshop, but none fit the bolt, so I just took a bolt from the work bench that fit the nuts I had to finish the job. Imrovise, adapt, and overcome.
I'm looking forward to using it this weekend, but I have to work Saturday, and I have to cure the grille for three hours before cooking on it, so tomorrow night I'm going to load it with charcoal and initiate the curing process. I might get to cook on it Sunday.