Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
We're still in the midst of the daily craziness that I was preparing for this week and last... today's early morning was for my little sister's EKG and CT scan!
While the hearing aid process is moving along, the ENT wanted to make sure that there was nothing wrong with Twin A's heart. Since the girls were 1) born prematurely, 2) multiples, and 3) needed surgery to close the holes in their hearts, the ENT wanted to be sure that Twin A hadn't developed a heart murmur, because that's something that could have led to the loss of her hearing. They also needed the CT scan to be able to see exactly what her ear looks like.
Twin B and I went with my mom and Twin A to a hospital about a half an hour away from home. Luckily for us, there was a hospital volunteer in the room with play-doh and coloring sheets for kids, so the girls kept themselves busy with that while waiting. When my mom went in to the testing area with Twin A, I stayed in the waiting area with Twin B and let her continue playing.
Surprisingly, the testing took less than fifteen minutes. It was insanely quick, and my mom said that my sister did an excellent job. She loved being weighed down with blankets during the CT scan because of her sensory needs, so she stayed calm and still during that. The wires that were connected to her for the EKG made her giggle and she asked if she could show her twin... my mom had to take pictures since Twin B wasn't allowed back there. But everyone was so nice in the hospital. The doctor (or nurse, or technician... I wasn't in the room so I don't know his title) who did the tests with my little sister gave her stickers at the end, and even gave her extras for her twinnie. Both of the girls were so excited that Twin B was included in the fun.
Since the hospital was either in Orlando or near Orlando (I was tired so the details are a little fuzzy), we had planned on going down to Disney after the tests were done because I needed to swap out my new shoes. After the debacle at work the other day when I needed to wear the new shoes even though they were too small on me, I needed to get another pair before going in to work tomorrow. Unfortunately for me, my mind has just not been working properly lately, because I left the shoes at home when we left the house this morning. So we just came home instead, and I didn't go down to Disney until after 4:00pm. There was so much traffic that I barely made it to the costume department before they closed. The cool part about the traffic, however, was that I ended up stuck behind a car where I could see three guys signing to each other. Since their backs were to me, I couldn't follow the conversation, but it was really neat to see them signing back and forth. And when I finally did make it down to the costume department, I made sure to try the new pair of shoes on (I even remembered to bring socks with me and everything) and they fit perfectly! I'm all ready for tomorrow now!
Tomorrow should be the last crazy day I have, and I'm hoping to sleep in a little on Friday. Of course, since the twins never sleep in, they usually wake everyone else up early as well, but sometimes my mom is overly nice to me and will keep them out of my room. We'll see how that goes. Although, I think that if I ever went to bed before midnight, I might not be so tired in the morning. I really should change my sleep habits and stop pretending I'm still in college. I guess I'll try that on another night though, because it's already 11:45pm. Oh well!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.