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Good news on two fronts:
- A copy of Laurel's medical records from the pediatrician she saw for her 15m-3y checkups arrived in the mail at no cost to me. Now I have my own copies of everything except for her first 8 weeks.
- Apparently my pharmaceutical order had already shipped when I was playing e-mail tag with one of their CSRs, but it looks like they split my order since the package only contained ephedrine. I should find out whether they'll be shipping the ephedrine/guaifenesin next month since my interpretation of the initial e-mail I received from the CSR was that they can only ship one item every 30 days containing ephedrine.

I went to the first PTA meeting of the school year last night and boggled at how many people brought their kids to the meeting. I knew beforehand from the school PTA's website that the meeting was followed by a meet-the-teacher program, but I didn't find out until later that students were encouraged to show their parents around their classrooms. I marveled at how small all the furniture was in her classroom, looked through her writing workshop folder and talked with her teacher, who's sending home a business card in the next few days for a pediatric ophthalmologist. (Laurel's due for another evaluation of her amblyopia and this will save me the time I would have spent cold-calling doctors from WebMD's doctor finder.)

While I was there, I picked up copies of the required forms for school volunteers and talked with the school's Cub Scout pack Cubmaster. He was thrilled by the interested adult volunteers that he'd talked to that night and chuckled when I asked if they have a separate adult division for their Pinewood Derby. (I don't mind if you laugh at that. I was really envious as a kid when my brother got his derby/regatta kit and my Girl Scout troop did "girl" things that I felt uncomfortable doing when I wanted to go do the fun stuff the boys were doing.)

I am ridiculously excited about the volunteering opportunities here -- it will fill a niche in my life that I'd had automagically filled through my community connections in Evergreen.


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Aug. 24th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
How exciting, I get to do all of that next week. Yay for bring from Evergreen. That's where I'm from.:)
Aug. 24th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
That sounds like fun! I have another 4-5 years though until I'll be involved in school activities.

Such a good mama to get involved in all of those things!
Aug. 24th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, my girl scout troop was led by two rather aggressive lesbian ladies, and we did an outrageous array of stuff! We accompanied fire fighters to a fire and became Honorary Fire Fighters. We toured a Pizza Hut and got free pizza. We went on a camping trip to a rock wall and tried rapelling. We went whitewater rafting. We adopted senior citizens at a local old folks' home and went in to spend time with them one Saturday of every month. (Mine died, and I got a new one.) We went to a rock quarry and got to use a machine to crack open geodes and dig for fossils. We visited a planetarium, visited a women's clinic to talk with female doctors, became honorary zookeepers at a behind-the-scenes tour of the Toledo Zoo, and a bunch more cool stuff -- including cheering on our leaders at a "Dykes on Bikes" rally for breast cancer.

Girl Scouting is what the girls and the leaders make of it. I totally encourage you to give it a whirl.
Aug. 24th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
My 12 years as a Girl Scout were wildly uneven. As a Brownie and Junior in Massachusetts, the troops I belonged to were a great fit for me and even in a small town (population 3500), my sister and I were able to be in different Junior troops. My Cadette/Senior experience in Colorado was what soured me on Girl Scouting -- the local service area leader was very controlling and frequently butted heads with my troop leaders, eventually leading to the dissolution of our troop so there was only one Cadette and Senior troop serving the entire town (estimated population 20,000).

I'm reluctant to get involved with Girl Scouting again because I want to focus my energy on being a student advocate for Laurel (if she has half the behavioral problems her bio-father did, she'll need it) and I already have experience volunteering with the Cub Scouts.
Aug. 24th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
Very interesting.
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