Our measurement block fizzled out a bit due to another several rounds of hiving and illness for Ferdinand. We at least have the beginnings of diagnosis after meeting some new doctors and another round of testing - it appears that he has a mast cell disorder of some sort. We are waiting for a series of lab tests results for a final verdict. The doctor "assured" us that as he has been sick for a year now that he probably does not have a "terminal" variety of the disorder. How I love doctors and their bedside manner!
He was far more interested in Iddy's Egyptian block and we decided it was time for another Old Testament stories block. He needs a little spirit building and so do the rest of us. In the Eastern Church, Pascha (Easter) is late this year with Lent not beginning until March 18th so it was a perfect time to dive into these stories.
We began this week with a cuddle on the couch and recounted the creation stories from our Jesse Tree O.T. block then painted together. The painting idea was gleaned from Melisa Nielsen, you can see it on her YouTube channel here. He has been resistant to painting this year but was cheerful this go around. It took a lot of reminders though before he remembered to keep his brush a little dryer...he used more water than paint I think.
He is getting better at narrating back and choosing synopsises to write down for each story. He no longer needs prompting to choose sentences for the chalkboard. Writing is still arduous but he is making great strides in occupational therapy and wrote more this week than he has in months.
We worked with Cain and Abel and Noah this week. He has expressed sadness about both of the passages but is enthusiastic about the block. The last painting was completed after taking the time to look at all the various icons of Noah over at Come and See Icons.
(The kids thought it was funny that our Pascha Basket hangs over the chalkboard we are using for this block :) )
I thought it was funny that Ferdinand and I both ordered the rainbow colors in a different direction.
He used less water this time and I love the bright color and gentle curves in his painting, mine is so very stark and plain.