Wednesday, November 7, 2012


I am about to scream as I write this post...and I am on hold with my insurance provider...I wonder what they provide besides anger, frustration, delirium and headaches.
I called to pre notify some upcoming medical appointments and suddenly they tell me vision is no longer covered. I had to look back months to find the pre note tracking numbers I had to verify that yes we did get covered. I think I am about to change provider. I have at least a masters in insurance management if not a PHD!

Well I should be greeting and welcoming you back on the blog in a more heartfelt manner, but I am sorry, my world of insurance coverage hasn't changed. Patience...patience is really all you need.

So it's been a while, and I wasn't sure anyone was reading the blog, so I sort of gave up on it.

Much has happened between now and the last "real" post I wrote. We went to France for 2 weeks, which was really frustrating, we hardly got adjusted to jetlag that we had to turn around and fly back to The States. Yet, we managed to see dear old friends and that was worth the 22 hour flight there and back.

Then we had Zoé settled down in Pre-K at Linda Beach and I started subbing at Les Petits Francophones, a little French preschool in Oakland for almost 6 weeks. It was hard to juggle two schools and I started back in college studying Early Childhood Education in order to pick my brain and add homework to my workload...don't ask me why! but I love being back in school, though it's kind of an eye-opener as I am by far the oldest one in the class and I must admit it is much harder the second time around for I don't have the brain cells of a 22 year-old!

Halloween is around the corner and with Halloween and Thanksgiving I always think of IEP. Yes, it is that time again!

So I pick up the blog after Halloween, it's come and gone and now we are in assessment mode with everyone wanting to see Zoé: school psychologist, special ed coordinator, language pathologist, PE teacher, to name a few.
The IEP is set for November 13th at 8:00 am (Pacific time), keep your fingers crossed. This is where we decide whether Zoé is still entitled to her thearpies, her in-class aid, etc.

The BIGGEST NEWS of the BLOG, though is : POOP!!!!
We are free of: diapers, wipes, poopy fingers, poopy pants, smelly bags, etc.

On her own time, our lil Miss Zoé has decided that it was enough, the pressure of turning five was on and she has not been using diapers during the day and AT NIGHT for the last 3 weeks.

I think I am more overjoyed about this than her first steps! Hard to believe but I think it's true.

No more diaper bag in tow, no more "always make-sure-I-have-extra-diapers", no more hurting in the supermarket with a smelly princess next to me at the cash register.

I HAD TO LET YOU ALL KNOW!!!!! I am thrilled, overjoyed, feeling like the sky has no limits, that the road towards OUR "normalcy" has started to open up, in a strange way.

Though Normalcy is still far from what we live. We have our own.

Zoé had her bi-annual rehab visit at Shriners and it was terrific. The Doctor couldn't believe it.

She now wears SMO: ankle orthotics and her speech is progressing.

On a different note and I won't dwell on it, my symptoms have begun to increase drastically. I am now facing my limitations in many ways and I am not quite ready to discuss the feeling. I am processing it all. Besides, this is not the place to talk about it. This is Zoé's blog. In due time, when I am ready, I will discuss what is happening. After all, it might be what Zoé will face in many times to come. And in her lifetime, I am sure there will be a cure. Maybe not in mine. I only pray for hers!

Enjoy the pictures. I will try to be more consistent, if you only tell me that you are still reading these few humble lines.
Love to all.

Zoé and Le Chat

Spelling without tears

Blanche Neige

Mommy's heart monitor

These assessments are soooo boring

Love pumpkin patches


Fiamma said...

Dear Mrs. Berman,

I was so so happy to see your post tonight. I check your blog often and figured you guys must be busy, busy because it has been a while!

Your little Zoe is beautiful! SO glad you don't have to carry around diapers anymore...must be such a relief! I wish you guys lived closer so I could babysit and really get to know your green-eyed cutie!

I've been meaning to send you an email, but saw your update tonight and had to comment and say hello and tell you that I so enjoy hearing your news and seeing pictures of your sweet little lady!

Much love from all of us- as NYC faces it's first blizzard... quite chilly and snowy here.

xo/ Fiamma
P.S- My little brother just applied to college. How time flies...

Caroline said...

Hey Sarah,
it's always a pleasure to read your blog. I try to check it almost every week!
I'm so glad for the HUGE step Zoé has taken! I remember how difficult it was.
I hope you are all fine back there in Calif' :)
Big kisses
P.S. : Hope we can meet again next time you come to France!

Sarah said...

Dearest Fiamma and Caroline,
THANK YOU, THANK YOU for leaving comments. They mean the world to me!
It incites me to write more and keep you informed. Hope this blog finds you both well.
Please drop me a line via email to let me know what you are both up to!
Much love coming your way from the california gang!

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