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5:40pm Well, I just hit the wrong key and lost a brilliant post. Things are going well. Sophie's clinic visit went very well. Lizzy went along for the first time since we moved out here. I think Sophie was trying to show off for Lizzy just a bit! They really, really do care so much for each other. Although they drive each other (and their parents) crazy from time to time, they are great sisters and get along pretty well.

We got the "official" report from the Cognitive Psychologist and Sophie has some mild- to moderate impairment/disorder that can be attributed to the chemotherapy. We're a little in denial about it, I guess, and a little confused (the report was filled with page after page of jargon that we're not quite sure what it all means). Overall, Sophie is very bright and at or above where she should be cognitively, but she seems to have some issues that we need to keep an eye on. I just had a parent-teacher conference with Sophie's Kindergarten teacher today and she seemed surprised that Sophie has an "issue." We really need to schedule a follow-up with the doctor that did the evaluation and see if he can explain in plain English what is going on.

Sophie's teacher told me a cute story today about her. It seems that while Sophie socializes with the other kids and plays well with them, during recess she's often by herself, wandering the perimeter of the playground talking and singing to herself. Yesterday, she walked up to Mrs. Bennett and said, "You know, when I go to college, I'm going to go on a plane." Mrs. Bennett said, "Oh really? Where are you going to college?" Sophie said, "I don't know, but I'm going to go on a plane when I go." She certainly is one of a kind (as is Elisabeth--her teacher told me stories today about her and ended up by saying, "Elisabeth is just not like other kids!")


I agree that your kids are not like others. They are cuter, smarter, prettier, and certainly more social (this means they are individuals and both have very good self confidence of their own). They are independent and very grown up (well most of the time) and I do think both are smarter. I agree that you need to have a person decipher the jargon. If I can help, let me know. Most of the time you just need to followup on any major changes in behavior. (Remember you've got to go thru the teens yet. Ha!) More later, miss all of you, tell others we love all of you