30 Years!

My parents have been married for 30 whole years! An unbelievable
milestone in today’s world. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

Four Month Checkup

Hailey had her 4 month check up. She now weighs in at an impressive 12
lbs. 5 ounces, which is more than my bowling ball weight of
choice. She received the requisite vaccinations and the go-ahead to
begin solid food training.

Hailey accepted the solid food better than anticipated, showing us
that she can eat a bowl of rice cereal and a 4 ounce bottle. Thank you
very much.

We will be seeing a orthopedic specialist on May 6 for an additional
checkup.

Fredd's Birthday Fiesta

Mr. Mendler and Ms. Solis held a fiesta party at their San Antonio
abode in honor of Mr. Mendler’s approaching birthday. Mr. Mendler made
off with great times and good loot. Food, fun, and beverages were
enjoyed by all. The responsible associates that we were all sleep
over.

Netscape 4.7!

As I sit here listening to `mp3s` on [xmms][1] Hailey is getting
fussy, then content, then fussy as the songs change. I have her laying
on my desk as I type, and she seems to like it, as long as a good song
is playing.

I restarted my access stats program and the logs are quite
interesting. Since yesterday, 4.6% of the browsers accessing my site
are Konqueror, which one of you is using KDE? and 21% are using
Netscape. The problem is that 9.3% of those using Netscape are using
version 4.7. If you are using Netscape 4.x, you should [upgrade][2],
ask me how if you don’t know.

[1]: http://www.xmms.org
[2]: http://www.webstandards.org/act/campaign/buc/

Private Space Access?

John Carmack of [id software][1] fame has been leading an effort of
space access enthusiasts to build a [manned rocket ship][2]. This
craft will compete with others for the [X-Prize][3] a 10 million
dollar purse awarded to the first crew to launch a man, recover the
craft, and re-launch within two weeks. John Carmack has been
documenting his expenditures and research efforts at the [Armadillo
Aerospace][4] website.

Recently Burt Rutan of [Scaled Composites][5] fame has [announced][6]
his contending craft for the X-Prize. Like [all things Burt Rutan
designs][7], this one is unique.

Is private space access the cash cow of the 21st century?

[1]: http://www.idsoftware.com
[2]: http://www.armadilloaerospace.com
[3]: http://www.xprize.org
[4]: http://www.armadilloaerospace.com
[5]: http://scaled.com
[6]: http://www.scaled.com/news/news.htm
[7]: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=burt+rutan&btnG=Google+Search

First Easter

Today is Hailey’s first Easter. She is spending it in Thorndale, Texas
with her Grandmothers, and Great Grandparents.

The Discovery Channel has a program called __Houston Medical__ that is
a real-life medical drama centered around the activities and patients
at the Texas Medical Center, on Friday night the episode, on the
Discovery Health Channel, chronicled a boy with severe epileptic
seizures. His seizures required him to have brain surgery to remove
the affected portion of his brain. The neurosurgeon was the doctor
that Hailey saw a few weeks back. They also had the doctor that Hailey
should be seeing not to long from now. The boy was being observed at
the same epilepsy study center where she will be staying.

The program showed the boy’s trip to the hospital, the observance of
his seizures, the implantation of the sterile electrode grid, and the
removal of the affected portion of his brain.

They followed up with the boy to show his progress. His seizures had
almost completely gone away and he was able to resume a more normal
child’s lifestyle which included playing baseball and riding the
regular school bus with his friends.

As of Friday night, Hailey is sleeping in her own bed. The monitor
works well and we can hear her as soon as she wakes up. We don’t have
to worry about rolling over onto her while we are sleeping. I have
only gotten out of bed two or three times to go make sure she is still
breathing.

Hailey may be teething. The drolling slobbering and willingness to gum
anything near her mouth has started. This may mean that teeth are on
there way.

Finally an Update

[ 00:00 – 04:00 hrs ] After much absence, this site is now updated
again. I have generated some new scripts that will help me keep things
more up to date. You will notice that the articles are now
different. Each one appears on its own page (as it moves off the index
page) and you can link to it with the permanent link at the bottom of
the article. The gallery section has been replaced by a photo album
feature. The photo albums are generated automatically so it should be
easier to keep new pictures on the site. The good news is there are a
bunch of new pictures, the bad news is that
the quality is limited to what the photo processor gave me on the
photo disk.

*News About Hailey* On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday we were in Houston
for an appointment with a Pediatric Neurological Surgeon, or
children’s brain surgeon. We went to see this doctor because we needed
him to refer us to his colleague, perhaps the last Pediatric
Neurologist who specializes in Epilepsy in the state of Texas. The
doctor we saw on Tuesday suggested putting Hailey on Phenobarbital to
control the different types of seizures that he believes she is
having.

This doctor’s office consulted with his colleague, and after three
days, they have decided that Hailey should take part in his
study. They should call us back within two weeks to arrange the
time. This study will take place in Houston. During the study Hailey
will stay in the hospital and will be monitored by CCTV and EEG to
help determine what exactly is going on in her head.

Hailey has been on the Phenobarbital, the drug of choice for infants
with her condition, for only two day, but she already seems like a
different baby. It doesn’t seem like it is possible for a drug to work
this fast at changing her behavior but, she spends more time playing
and talking and less time fussing, than she did before.

As of Tuesday Hailey weighed 10 lbs. 6 oz

[ 12:00 hrs ] Brianna is off helping Tina with her dance squad, so I
can think of nothing better to do than post a picture of Brianna with
the Easter Bunny. This is from around 2001, I think.

MRI Images

Hailey has an appointment at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston
on Tuesday. We might be there for most of the week. Brianna has been
busily gathering all the items we need to take with us including: MRI
film, EEG results, and NICU discharge records. The MRI scans are black
and white positives, maybe 16×20 inches in size. The film is heavy and
thick. My scanner will scan film and I can get almost one frame into
the film scanner. Each page has 20 of these frames on it, there are 10
pages in all.