Katie and M have, as far as I can tell, done well here in our shelter. She has the medical card and food stamp card changed for this county. The kids are enrolled in school and are thrilled to be back with their classmates and teachers they enjoyed so much. Shelter has a good family environment that makes the clients be responsible for themselves by having to do daily cleaning and taking turns buying and cooking meals for themselves and the other clients. (sort of their donation thing) The grands are the only children in the shelter so there are no other kids to cause issues and since residents are not that many there aren't many issues that way either, especially since they're screened to some extent. Katie has sounded positively cheerful when I've talked to her. They went to the job fair and applied for a factory in a town about 20 miles from us. Decent pay. BOTH of them applied and tested for the job. Shocked me that katie did too. FRS will provide transportation. ( I know because nichole's bff and her husband also applied for it and they can't drive) Katie is nervous and really hoping they get called for the jobs. Katie went to the dentist who confirmed my theory that much of her headaches are due to her teeth. She has one molar that has crumbled down to nothing and her wisdom teeth are putting too much pressure against her other teeth and her gums were severely infected. He put her on an antibiotic and she has the bad tooth pulled tues. Then dentist will assess the wisdom teeth and where to go from there. She also went to see a fam doctor about the leg swelling issues and to get her migraine medications. Well for this fam doctor you have to be screened by a nurse practitioner first. I know this doctor and the nurse practitioner pretty well because Nichole went to him for a while. Both are good. NP said that the swelling in the legs was due to walking so much, which is bull. Katie doesn't walk hardly at all, M does all the walking. At xmas she didn't walk diddle and her legs were balloons. We're not talking ankles being puffy, we're talking huge clear up to the hips.....her knees were twice normal size. She did write scripts for the medications. And here is the punch in the gut. She found a large lump in katie's breast. Now turns out katie has known it was there for months. How many months she wouldn't tell me. It started out small and has been steadily growing and becoming more painful. She never had it checked because she was terrified it was cancer. OMG! Yes, I bawled her out big time. Breast cancer is rampant in husband's side of the family. mother in law lost her right breast to cancer and katie knew that. I've taught all the girls as soon as they hit puberty to do the monthly exams ect and showed them the proper way to do it. While I can understand her fear...........it's her reaction to it that stuns me. Breast cancer awareness is all over the place. And I taught them that the whole point to the self exams was for early detection because that vastly increases chances for survival. While I'm scared to death for her.........I want to just slap the snot right out of her for behaving so utterly stupidly. Breast tissue metastasizes fairly easily due to all the lymph tissue in the breast. If this lump is cancer and it's been growing that fast for that long........... well in all honesty she's got one heckova road ahead of her. She also has the ultrasound for the lump on tuesday. It's in the morning, the tooth is in the afternoon. It's going to be one lovely day for her. Tomorrow is her birthday. Gee what a lovely birthday it's going to be. sigh I chatted with her a bit online today. She is scared to death. I don't blame her, anyone would be. I'm hoping it is a cyst, but I'm not thinking that is what it is. We won't know more until after the ultrasound is done.