Wednesday, January 4, 2012

An appointment, and Civics lesson, part 2

Yesterday I took Bilal to see an ENT physician, to see what we could do about the 3 month long production of thick, yellow snot from his little nose. Three rounds of antibiotics over the first 2 months, followed by Zyrtec and Flonase nasal spray for another month, yet he still kept producing gobs of the nasty stuff. So, feeling tired of playing doctor with him, I decided to take him to see Dr. L instead. He did very well at the office, sitting in the exam chair all by himself like a big boy.


After a thorough evaluation, including a nasal culture, which he did not like at all, it has been determined that his symptoms are most likely due to a sinus infection that has not fully cleared. Probably not allergies. We should have the results of the culture back tomorrow, and then Dr. L will decide on an antibiotic that Bilal will have to take for three weeks. Ugh! Anyway, hopefully this will resolve the icky problem and he will stop sounding chronically nasal, as well as intermittently blowing blood out of his nose. If not, we may have to consider removing the adenoids. I am hoping and praying that it doesn't come to that. Although it is a commonly performed procedure, you just don't want your child to go through surgery for any reason, if it can be avoided. If the culture does not grow out any specific bacteria, Dr. L will make an educated decision to choose an antibiotic to use.

And the simple answers to the simple Civics questions I posted yesterday are:

Q16. Who makes federal laws?
A: The clowns in Congress

Q19. We elect a senator for how many years?
A:Six. (Usually we start regretting the decision by year 2!)

Q21. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
A: 435

Q31. If both the President and Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
A: The Speaker of the House

Q47. What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
A: John Boehner (I can never seem to spell his name right!)

Q49. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
A: There are two correct answers: serve on a jury and vote in a federal election

Q66. When was the Constitution written?
A: 1787

Q74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
A: Possible answers include, slavery, economic rights and states' rights

Q80. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
A: Franklin Roosevelt

Q87. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States
A: Correct answers include: Cherokee, Navajo, Sioux. Chippewa, Choctaw, Pueblo, Apache, Iroquois, Creek, Blackfeet, Seminole, Cheyenne, Arawak, Shawnee, Mohegan, Huron, Oneida, Lakota, Crow, Teton, Hopi and Inuit. (Safa actually knew a song to help learn this list.)

Q92. Name one state that borders Canada.
A: There are several: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Alaska

Not too bad, surely I can 10 of the 100 questions in this book!

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