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We're ... Moving!
Alright, I know that was mean. We're not moving. But our blog is.  From now on, I'll be posting at www.paintsandpistols.wordpress.com Make sure you click the 'Follow this blog' link on the left-hand side of the new blog to subscribe to new posts, or update ...

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Fourth Time's the Charm? Another EEG...
Aunt Melissa met us for breakfast in the Cook's cafeteria after our 8 am appointment this morning. I didn't put much effort into this post, so I'm sorry in advance for how poorly written it is.  I'm just too tired to try very hard to assort my thoughts into...

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We Can't EVEN - a.k.a. "A Feeble Thanks"
Y'all.  I can't even. Sweet Snap from Eliz's bff. Can't wait to wear our Hayes Bear shirts! XOXO MLE (Yummy surprise on our doorstep from my sister's best friend.) A church sister read about my disdain for washing/sorting socks... so she brought new ones.  ...

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My Son Hayes Has Epilepsy
My son Hayes has epilepsy . That probably sounds more melodramatic than I really need it to be, but it's true.  In my last post , I mentioned that we'd noticed Hayes having what we'd previously called 'spasms' (which we now know are seizures) at the very be...

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Hayes' Spasms
The purpose of my Paints and Pistols blog (which probably needs to be renamed) is to inform interested parties about my family: keeping friends and family updated on our goings-on, informing curious parents and family members about various medical terms in ...

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In Summer
You know those mom characters who are always on TV like... "I know from the outside, I look like I have it all together, but I'm really stressed out on the inside, blabbedy bla bla bla..."? (I know you're confused, but that's not me.  That's Claire Dunphy f...

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What IS Optic Nerve Hypoplasia? - Everything I Know Part 2 -
Okay, we're back.  I hope from my last post you were able to come away with a general overview of what optic nerve hypoplasia is.  If you didn't catch that post, or if you've stumbled upon my blog because your child was just diagnosed with optic nerve hypop...

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What IS Optic Nerve Hypoplasia? Everything I Know Part 1
It's come to my attention that everyone who reads the blog knows something's up with Hayes.  A little over half know that he has a neurological condition (a congenital birth defect) called optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH).  Less know, however, what that really ...

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Prophecies, Progress, and One Identity-Stealing Transformer
I'd love to take you back to this moment , as I wrote this when Hayes was just ten days old: A second child is a heart-breaking miracle, a treasure mindful of time.  He is precious because his parents have learned the meaning of  cherish . Okay, so maybe th...

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Keeping the Dementors at Bay
Where did the end of 2013 find you? Or, let's start this way.  Have you ever had one of those moments where you're almost able to step outside of yourself and take a good, long look at the human being that you are?  Or a short, but still very alarming, look...
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