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By M Davies   /     Apr 20, 2008  /     Mommyhood  /     0 Comment

As if it wasn’t bad enough that I drove to Wilkes-Barre yesterday to go garage salin’ (more on that later), I have to drive down there again on Tuesday to vote (see previous post) and then again Wednesday to take Owen to a doctor’s appointment.

This isn’t a check-up visit, or an ear doctor visit or even a immunization visit.  This is a special appointment I have set up with a urologist for him.

Since Owen was born he’s had a hydrocele.  For those of you who may have never heard of this condition, please be advised it has to do with the male genitalia.  Yes, this is an only male problem.  Basically there is an opening in one of Owen’s male parts causing fluid to build up and accumulate causing one part of his male anatomy to be significantly larger to the other.  If you click the link for "hydrocele" you’ll see more of what I’m talking about.  It has been this way since birth.  His pediatrician will often times shine a light through it to get a better perspective.  The whole left side is fluid filled. 

While this is not painful for him, I can’t imagine it is terribly comfortable for him to feel the heaviness of the fluid on one side.  I have already taken him to see a specialist at Hershey Medical Center when he was approximately 6 months old.  The specialist said that I should wait and see if it diminishes at all by the time he is 2.  If not, he may need surgery.

Owen just turned 20 months on April 1st.  The amount of fluid on the left side has not diminished at all.  I don’t see there being any change within the next 4 months.  I don’t think one day he’s going to awake magically to normally sized man parts.  Therefore, I have made this appointment.  I have kind of been putting this off with moving and starting a new job.  The thoughts of driving to Hershey were not thrilling to me.  Until I started searching online and found a place in Kingston that has 3 urological specialists, all are pediatric certified.  Kingston vs. Hershey.  That one is a no brainer.  At any rate, we have our appointment on Wednesday at 3pm.  Luckily, work has cooperated with me to leave early so I can take him.

Hopefully we will have some resolution to this medical issue, even if it does require surgery.  If we can get this taken care of I think Owen will be in the clear with all of his medical issues.  The wheezing and eczema are under control and the ear tubes are doing what they should.  Hopefully this will be the last major medical issue he’ll have to deal with for a long while. 

I’ll let you know what happens.  Keep your fingers, toes, ears, eyes, whatever crossed.

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T minus 2 days and counting….

By M Davies   /     Apr 20, 2008  /     Into the Void, NEPA  /     0 Comment

There are 2 short days left until the Pennsylvania primary.  Has everyone decided who they are voting for?

I haven’t.

I was pretty certain I was going to vote for Obama, but after the latest set of comments about "small town Americans", I’m not so sure: 

"It’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns, or religion, or antipathy to people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment, or anti-trade sentiment, as a way to explain their frustrations.’"

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Let’s go down the check list:

Am I from a small town?  According to the Year 2000 census, Wilkes-Barre had a 43,123 population.  Not exactly big or huge…but not "small" either.

Do I own a gun?  No.  I do have a hunter’s education card and can get a hunter’s permit.  My dad was the one who made me go to those classes.  I did not do this by choice.  I suppose I could apply to buy a gun, but with two toddlers in the house why would I want to take that risk.

Do I *cling to religion*?  No.  I rarely go to church, unless there is a christening, death or someone is getting married.  Other than that, you will rarely (if EVER) see me in a church.  I do not want to shove religion down the throats of my children, like it was forced upon me by my grandparents.  If they want to be a religious christian….fine.  If they want to be athiest….fine.  They will decide what is right for them when the time comes.

Am I racist?  No, but that isn’t to say that people I know aren’t.  Wilkes-Barre/NEPA has an older population who are very set in their ways. 

Anti-trade?  I’m not really sure what this means.  I support trade, as long as it means more jobs do not go overseas. 

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That comment just hasn’t sat right with me since he said it.  Maybe he was "fired" up by Hillary’s latest round of comments, who knows.  A lot of people say stuff they don’t mean in the heat of the moment. 

Then there are the local visits by the candidates.  I think the Clinton’s (Bill, Hillary and Chelsea) have visited NEPA more times than Barack has.  I’ve personally lost count of the amount of times each one has visited, but I’d be curious to see the statistics on this.  It just seems as though I’ve read more about the Clinton’s being here than I have about Barack. That has to count for something.  I’m sure the fact that Hillary’s father and grandparents being from the Scranton area is a big plus for her in this primary.  I don’t think Barack has any family from this area.  Not that it really matters where your family comes from, but I would think that being familiar with the area you are campaigning in has to be a huge advantage. 

At any rate, I think I’m still going to be undecided until the moment I get inside of the voting station.  This is a tough one.  However, I am going to be thrilled when the political commercials are off of the air.  I’m sick of all of this negativity any time I sit down to watch TV. 

So Tuesday?  I’ll be going to work 9-5 in Shavertown then driving all the way back down to the Lee Park Towers to cast my vote.  It’s going to suck driving that far to vote, but you can’t change your address or party within 30 days of a political race in Pennsylvania.  I guess I’ll just have to suck up the fact that gas is 3.41 dollars a gallon and hope the candidate that I vote for will hopefully be able to find a way to regulate the prices some how before gas reaches 5 dollars a gallon and I’m forced to quit my job and stay home 24×7 and collect welfare checks because its too expensive to drive anywhere for employment.  *run on sentence*

I don’t know.  I’m just thinking out loud. 

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