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Monday, March 1, 2010

"Wicked," Staci's knee, adoption tax credit and some rambling

This last week has been fairly uneventful, but I have to post because my Grandma sent me a nice email about how much she and my Grandpa like to read the blog :) Saturday night Damon and I went to dinner and then to see "Wicked" the Broadway musical. Growing up I loved "Wizard of Oz," so it was exciting to see what happened between the two witches before Dorothy came into the picture. I also enjoyed going out to eat at a restaurant where there aren't a lot of small children running around and I was able to eat my meal when it was warm!

When Damon and I went out Saturday, my mother-in-law stayed at our house with Wesley. She hasn't watched Wes for more than a few hours and has never had to feed him a meal. Now this could have disaster written all over it, but I figured that one night would be fine. I explained to her that Wes was going to say he wasn't hungry, cough and generally try to avoid getting food in his mouth through creating distractions. Damon called his mother at intermission of the show to see how it was going. She told Damon that "Wes has never tried me like he did tonight when I was trying to feed him." I had to laugh because my first thought was "then you've never fed him before." I would go out on a limb and say that it is IMPOSSIBLE to feed Wesley without him at least throwing out a few distractions, even if it is food that he generally likes.

I went back to the orthopedic doctor on Friday. The doctor said that I still have some bleeding under my kneecap; I have to watch that and call if it looks like its getting worse or not getting better. The doctor said that the bleeding isn't "normal" and that has caused the most of the swelling, but he wasn't overly concerned about it. I think it sounds like a big deal, but I got a degree in Financial Services, not Medicine, so I'm probably not the one to make the call. Apparently if I had taken it easy for longer than a few days some of the swelling might not be so bad, but it hasn't caused any additional damage to my knee.

I wondered what the weird red mark at the bottom of my kneecap was - now I know! Here's a picture of my knee taken Saturday. (I've been working on getting off the tape marks. Who would have thought they'd be so hard to get off?! I've used rubbing alcohol)

And here's what it looks like today (no improvement as far as I can see)
I finished our tax return this week. Really I should say that I started and finished our taxes this week because it only took an hour or so. We still had a lot of adoption tax credit carryover from last year, so it was actually fun to do them. I cannot tell you how great it is to not pay any federal tax all last year and only a couple thousand this year!! If Congress gets rid of the adoption tax credit, then I think it would really hurt families because after you put out so much money, it's nice to get some of it back (even if it's 18 months after the finalization of the adoption). Guess we better get started on #2 so we keep being able to use that credit...

I don't really have anything more to add, so thanks for reading!


Stefanie and Bill said...

Hi Staci, Glad to see you are getting along. Try Vitamin E oil or even olive oil on a cotton ball to remove the tape. It will be great in lightening the scar too!

Jill said...

OUCH! I think your knee definitely looks WORSE! You might look for a second opinion.

The McEacherns said...

Better call your state representatives, as the tax credit is set to expire at the end of this year!

Donna in Ohio said...

Your knee looks awful. Better follow the doctor's orders. :)

By the way, use nail polish remover (acetone/alchol) and the tape marks will just disappear, like Goo-B-Gone.

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CJ said...

I hadn't been reading blogs lately, so I am getting caught up. It was nice to hear what's going on. Will be in Cinci on Monday.

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