Our week started out great. We were able to combine 5 days of school work into 4 to accommodate Olivia’s oral surgery for Friday. Friday was another story, ahem. We’ll get to that, but first, here’s this weeks white board message.
Science: We learned some pretty interesting things about fossil fuels; how they were made, where they are located and how they are used. In learning about crude oil and drilling we created our own “oil well” by filling a plastic zip lock bag with water and then inserting a pointed straw in one corner. We then jabbed another pointed straw in another corner and used air pressure to drive the oil up to the surface. Very cool!
Language Arts: Olivia is finishing up a book study on Big Red and has also started reading King Solomon’s Mines for a book report. Lindsey is working through a newspaper unit and spent this week being the editor of her own newspaper using articles from our local paper. She only used “stories about the good things happening”. It took a while to find those, ahem.
History: Spies and major battles of World War I were on this weeks agenda. Mata Hari and Lawrence of Arabia will need more in depth studying, grins.
Math: Both girls had tests this week. I was thrilled to see how well Lindsey did. Olivia did fine, but she’s more of a math kid than her sister is so it wasn’t as much of a YES! when she got an “A”, if that makes sense.
Olivia’s surgery was at 10:30am Friday and it went really well. They got all 4 wisdom teeth out and we were out in and out in just an hour. At 1pm she was sitting on the sofa minding her own business and I watched as the left side of her face started to swell, almost like it had an air hose attached to it. I called the doctors office, and the surgeon said to bring her straight in. The receptionist was a bit caught off guard when we walked in with my Franken-child. They evaluated her, reopened the stitched areas to make sure there wasn’t any hemorrhaging. Turns out it was a phenomenon known as “tissue emphysema”, which basically means somehow air got trapped in soft tissue of her face and just expanded like wild. This is usually caused by heavy sneezing or coughing, neither of which she had done. The doctor said it was the first time in his career he’d seen this happen and even called in a colleague to make sure he wasn’t missing anything. By bedtime, most of the swelling is gone, but her eye is still swollen shut. Freaky, and frightening thing to watch! My husband wouldn’t allow me to take photos..bummer.
If you’re trying to get a feel for where you are, and where you’re headed in your school year, you might want to check out my article Middle of the Year Evaluations.