Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

Entries for month: November 2000

Mom and babe are doing well

November 29, 2000 ·

Well, we had another pain in the butt day yesterday, but Sue and Ian are home and everyone is doing pretty well.

Because he was tongue-tied (ankyloglossia), Ian's nursing was incredibly painful to Sue, and then, right before we left the hospital yesterday, the attending pediatrician thought it was appropriate to scare us about his weight. On the up side, the nurses both the night before and the morning of were excellent and really busted their butts to get us out of there in time to meet the ENT appointment. Then, that was a hassle; the procedure is literally less than a minute, but we were at Childrens Hospital for nearly 2 hours ... go figure. Anyway, it was done, and Ian came through the frenuloplasty (the clipping) just fine.  Bleeds for about 10 seconds, and then seeps a bit for about an hour, but then it's on with life. After the doc scared us on weight gain, we decided to supplement a bit with formula during the first day home, but then this morning Ian saw his real pediatrician for the first time, and everything's going great, so it's been only Mom's milk for last night and today. As today progressed, the nursing has gotten progressively less painful as well, so we're hopeful that the tongue-clipping has had the desired effect. Meanwhile, the pediatrician noted a 6.5 oz. weight gain in Ian over the preceding 24 hours, so her diagnosis was "Hey, you've got it. He's flourishing, and your past any major danger zones, so go home and enjoy."  Yippee!

Sue is recovering nicely as well, although the prolonged homecoming yesterday and the first-thing-in-the-morning trip to the doctor this morning took their toll on her energy. Sleep last night helped a great deal: Ian slept about 3.5 hours between each feeding, so we slept from 10:00-2:00, 2:30-6:00, and 6:30-8:00, when Andrew finally got us up. To get to the pediatrician on time, we ended up actually having to roust Ian at 8:45, but he was still snoozing right along at that point. No nurses waking us up in between just to get blood-pressure readings either. Especially annoying that last night since Sue's vital signs had been absolutely steady for over 60 hours by that point ... but that's the hospital's job, I suppose.

Tags: family

Andrew's school picture is in!

November 29, 2000 ·

Andrew just got his school pictures back today. It's the one with the yellow t-shirt. Check it out!

Andrew is adjusting really, really well to having a baby in the house.  He just adores Ian and loves to hold him on his lap; does a great job, too. So far, we've had enough energy to spend some quality time with him alone as well, and we haven't seen any jealousy yet, so that's cool. Sibling rivalry will start on its own in good time, I'm sure. He knows Sue had a C Section as well, and he seems to be quite sensitive to her limitations at the moment as well.  He's such a good kid, and so empathic. Very cool.

Tags: family

They're coming home tomorrow

November 27, 2000 ·

Sue and Ian will be coming home tomorrow, Tuesday, 11/28, in the morning.  Sue has already been discharged, and hopefully we'll get sign-off on Ian from the attending pediatrician today. The rush is on since we have an appointment with an ENT specialist (Ear, Nose, and Throat) at 10:30 AM a few blocks away at Childrens Hospital.  Ian, like his older brother, is tongue-tied, which means that the little vertical connector under his tongue goes all the way out to the tip.  This makes it a little difficult for him to nurse, although the real problem is the pain that nursing causes mom. The ENT will clip the frenulum (which is the name of that little connective tissue) so that it's a normal length; takes about 90 seconds and heals almost instantly.  Andrew's wasn't done until he was 4 1/2 months (mostly because it was not properly diagnosed), and Sue was bruised for many, many months because of it. Hopefully by catching it early with Ian, he and his mother will be able to settle into a pleasant routine that Andrew never quite got working.

In other news, no, we're not sleeping, but who expected us to, right?  We're hoping that once they're home we'll be able to arrange everything more fittingly for everyone involved, since we won't have to answer to the nurses constant interruptions, and we should be able to make mom and baby much more comfortable overall.  We'll see ....

Tags: family

Andrew's got a baby brother

November 27, 2000 ·

Andrew got to see his new baby brother within about 4 or 5 hours of his birth, so that was cool.  He was quite smitten with the little guy; kept going over to him and caressing his head and watching his face. That was on Saturday. Andrew and Grammie (Sue's mom, Barbara), did not get a chance to get down to the hospital yesterday, but I'll take them back down this afternoon for a good chunk of time.  Meanwhile, Andrew and Barbara have settled into a routine here, since I've been out more than expected at the hospital, but Andrew has adjusted nicely.  He is VERY excited to go down and see Mom and Brother again today after he gets home from preschool.

Tags: family

He's here!

November 26, 2000 ·

Ian Newberry Fisher finally joined our family at 9:38 AM on Saturday, Nov. 25, weighing in at 7 lbs. 2 oz. and measuring 20 inches tip to toe.

Despite complications, mother and baby have recovered nicely and are doing quite well, and will most likely come home on Tuesday.  A strange set of circumstances resulted in a very unexpected Caesarian birth, but Ian came through very well, and Sue seems to be recovering strongly.

Tags: family

Still holding out

November 23, 2000 ·

Andrew's little brother is still thinking about the big ol' world out here. The process is in motion, but still no baby. Keep watching this spot, though!

Tags: family

Some of my favorite links

November 23, 2000 ·

First of all, let me welcome everyone.  The links above, like "andrew" and "ian", will be your portals to the good stuff.  Hope you enjoy.

So the IHT has finally redone it's web site! This is the International Herald Tribune, the paper which gave us all of our news from "back home" whenever we were abroad.  It's published out of New York, London, Paris, etc., so you can pick it up anywhere, even in the small towns of Greece and Turkey (well, OK, you can get it in the BIG towns in Turkey).  They used to have this awful site which used a lot of yellow, but I duck over there last night and they've got this cool site using lots of DHTML and cool little features like changing the page layout from 3-column (newspaper-style) to single column (web-style).  Content is well arranged and segmented, and very nicely done.

The other thing I have to rave about is the Handspring Visor. For any of you "needing" a PDA (you know, those little handheld computers), the Visor rocks! Got one at work, and it's been great. Seems like I'd become incapable of keeping any sort of reasonable day planner, especially since the network calendar at work was always so much more current.  Now I carry this little thing all the time and keep everything up to date. Why Handspring over Palm? Well, the Visor uses Palm OS anyway, so you still get all the benefits, plus the Visor has an expansion port (called the Springboard), which is kinda like the cartridge port of a handheld game — Gameboy or whatever. Several companies make products for it, such as a cell phone attachment, extra memory, digital camera, etc.  There's even a full-color Visor now (newly released), that plays with over 16,000 colors.  Sweet.

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