Sunday, February 28, 2010

SUNDAY EVENING UPDATE

Dad is settled in the rehabilitation center. Tomorrow they will begin his rehab. He is in releatively low pain for what we expected him to go through. Of course, he has yet to really work his new knee in rehab. He has walked on it but not worked it. Please keep your prayers for him going. He will need them. Thanks everyone.

HE'S ON THE MOVE

Dad has the doctor a little surprised and a lot pleased! He's trying harder and doing better than most of his other patients (who are younger and stronger.) Does that surprise any of us?! NOPE!

Anyway, the Dr. just released him to Thatcher Brook. He will be on his way there in a few hours! More later!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

THE DAILY DAD REPORT

Hi all,

Dad has taken two walks today. One from his bed to just outside his doorway and back and the other from his bed down to the nurses station and back. The physical therapy helped him get his knee to an 80% bend today and they are hoping to go to 90% first thing in the morning. All signs look good at the moment that he will be sent to Thatcher Brook tomorrow afternoon for rehab. If not tomorrow, then on Monday.

His pain level still seems low. I think his shoulders are bothering him worse than his knee! And his shoulders actually do need replacing worse than his knee did; the doctor just said he should have the weight bearing joint replaced first. So, that's what we did. We are hoping the physical therapy for his knee goes smoothly and he can have his worst shoulder done in three months or so.

Dad wants to say THANK YOU to the CLASS OF 1957 for the beautiful flowers! Also, thanks to those of you who have sent cards and made calls. They are cheering him up quite a bit. Thanks for being great friends!

Friday, February 26, 2010

ALL YOU KNEE'D TO KNOW . . . YUK, YUK, YUK

Dad is doing really well today. Still has relatively low pain. They got him up and set him on the side of the bed and have done some movement with his leg. They have been able to get his knee to a 70 percent bend. They want it to be at a 90 percent bend before they release him. It looks like that will be either on Sunday or Monday. He will be going to Thatcher Brook Care and Rehabilitation Center for a couple of weeks.

(Don't worry--this is not the nursing home he has been building up points for with his awnry behavior. For those of you who don't get this joke, the three of us girls have been giving him nursing home points for years any time we thought he was a little awnry with us. We gave him a ceiling of 1,000 points when we started and told him if he didn't behave when he was old and feeble he would have to go to a nursing home instead of live with us. He blew the thousand points the first day! We have to keep starting over! Gee, we must love our Dad!)

Anyway, Thatcher Brook is a terrific new facility that does only rehab. Once he gets there I will I will post some pictures and you can see how good he has it!

If any of you want the address for the facility it is below. Also, in the meantime you are welcome to call his hospital room. He is alert today and up to chatting. The direct number to his room is 801-268-7574 and the room number again is 5W14 if you need it. That's all for now. More later.

Thatcher Brook Rehabilitation and Care Center
1795 Chelemes Way
Clearfield, UT 84015-6298
(801) 614-5700

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hi All,

They have decided not to get Dad up and have him walk today since his pain block has worked so well. Apparently, when a block works really well it not only keeps you out of pain tremendously well it also numbs your leg--so walking is not a really good option! We prefer he stays in the no pain zone anyway--so we are in no real hurry to unblock the block.

Dad is resting comfortably and making some really crazy and, what some people might think (not me, of course) are some pretty dumb jokes to the nursing staff. So, things are pretty much normal!

All three of us daughters are here with him and mom right now. We are having a good old time. More later.

A LITTLE MORE INFO

We just got Dad into a room here at the hospital. He didn't have any problems with the anesthesia and has even had eaten some jello and pudding and is keeping them down. He is kind of in and out right now--napping a bit but is not in a ton of pain.
His surgeon said his knee and leg were crooked and in fact that because of that his knee was one of the worst ones he'd done. He was able to straighten it out and it is in great form now but took twice the time to do. They gave him a leg block for pain and said it was a really good one so he shouldn't have much pain for 36-48 hours. Although he does have the magic button for morphine just in case!

They do plan on getting him up around 2:00 p.m. our time to take him for a little walk. Yep, that's the way they do things these days! (I just say "OUCH!")

In case you want to know, Dad's room number is 5W14(that stands for 5 West room 14.) Again, in case you didn't get the whole address before here it is:

St. Mark's Hospital
1200 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84124-1300
(801) 268-7574 (This rings straight to his room.)
Room: 5 West 14

Thanks so much for your love and prayers. Please keep them coming. Love, Nancy

THE SURGERY WENT GREAT!

He's out. It's all good. He's doing great! He's in recovery and will be in a room in about an hour! More later!

DAD'S IN SURGERY

They took Dad to the surgery about 7:35 our time but the doctor told us it wouldn't begin until just before 8:00 a.m.. We expect the surgery to last just under two hours. We did find out yesterday that his hip has some arthritis and is somewhat involved in his pain but they are not going to do anything about it. Apparently, he has some bone spurs in the hip but not bad enough to do anything to it now.

Dad was in pretty good spirits this morning although he was nervous. But then who wouldn't be? Mom, me and Jim and Jane Ann are in the waiting room just hanging out for some news. My sister Sarah should be here any minute as well. Susan will be here in a couple of hours. I will updated this as soon as we hear anything. Please pray hard for my Dad. Thanks!

Here are a couple of pictures from this morning:


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

AS PROMISED . . .

Dad's surgery is the first one on the docket. We have to report to the hospital at 6:00 a.m.. (GAH!) They will prep him and his actual surgery will begin a little before 8:00 a.m.. They expect the surgery to last an hour and a half and then he will be in recovery for another hour to hour and a half before he is put in a room. That's what we know for now.

I've been asked to give the hospital address and info where he will be:

St. Mark's Hospital
1200 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84124-1300
(801) 268-7119

He will most likely be there for at least 3-4 days. I will keep this updated as we know what is happening. Please keep your prayers going. Thank you so much! Love, Nancy and family

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

T-MINUS TWO AND COUNTING . . . WAIT, THAT ONLY LEAVES ONE . . . YIKES!

Yes, we are getting into the nervous Nellie stage around here. People to see, places to go, things to do, major joints to have replaced, er, I mean before said joints are replaced. Actually, if we haven't done it by now, it probably isn't getting done before we report to the hospital.

We have a pre-op appointment in the morning at 11:15 and should find out then what time surgery is on Thursday. We have another doctor appointment tomorrow afternoon not directly related to the surgery and between the two that should take up most of our day.

I will post something on here tomorrow when we get back to let you know the time of surgery. We would be so grateful if you would keep Dad in your thoughts and prayers more especially on Thursday. Not only that he makes it through the surgery without any complications but also that his pain level will be low and that he will be blessed with peace and comfort as he goes into surgery.

Well, I did promise pictures with the Harris's and I deliver on my promises! Actually, they have new names around here. Carly has adopted them and they are now Boppa and Nana! In fact, they are going to babysit for her and Jonathon while Mom and I take Dad to his appointments tomorrow. Carly has been really picky about who she will go to for the last 6-8 months and when Jane Ann came in the door and asked for a hug Carly ran right over and gave her one! Unbelievable! Amazing! I say she has the magic touch!

It is really wonderful to have Boppa and Nana here. It has really picked up Dad's spirits and given him something to do and think about besides sit and worry about the coming surgery (which he would have done.) My parents have amazing friends--they always have had. Thank you to all of you who have been so wonderful to them. My sisters and I all thank you and love you. And especially thank you Jim and Jane Ann. Who gets in their car and drives 2,000 miles because their friend is having surgery? You guys are amazing! We love and adore you!

One last thing before I post the pictures and end this for tonight. I just want to say: God Bless the Class of 1957!! You are the best and closest class I have ever seen. You have stayed close and been good to each other. It's been fun to watch. What a blessing you all are to each other! Ya'll come see us, too!


Dad and Jim chewing the fat!


I made everyone pose for this one (and they called me bossy!) Who me-bossy? :}
Aren't they cute, though? Very, very cute!


Apparently, Carly didn't think they were cute enough. She insisted, and I do mean "insisted" on being in the picture with them! So, what do you think--Are they cuter with or without her? Trick question-be careful what you say! I'm the mommy! :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

HEY, HOW YOU DOIN'?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

HOOSIER DOWN HOME NIGHT AND I FORGOT TO TAKE PICTURES

Jim and Jane Ann Harris arrived tonight and we broke bread together. They came out for Dad's surgery. What a terribly nice thing to do! It has really cheered Dad up, too! I can't believe I didn't take a single picture. Don't worry, they will be back around and I WILL REMEMBER next time! I'll slap myself in the forehead a few dozen times and say "DUH!" That should take care of it.

Jonathon is doing really well. He's totally holding his bottle on his own. He just started sleeping on his tummy. He wouldn't do that at all before because of his reflux and upset tummy. Now he likes it. Don't worry, I check him constantly. His head was getting a bit of a flat spot on the back from sleeping only on his back, so he needs to sleep more on his tummy and sides to round it out now. Don't you know, it's always something!

Well, that's really all the news for today. Check back tomorrow and maybe something exciting or funny will happen. Lol!

FIVE DAYS . . . BUT WHO'S COUNTING?

Well, now that I mention it, I'm pretty sure there are at least five of us who are. We've been waiting so long, it's kind of hard to believe it's really almost time for his surgery to be done. We don't know what time it will be yet. I'm sure they will let us know the afternoon before. I will let you know as soon as we do.

Dad is looking better this week than he has in the past month. I think it may just be getting him up and out more that's helping.

Carly had lots of antics today, but my not so favorite one was when she put her hand in her cup of yogert and painted her dress, her face, her hair, the carpet and the coffee table. That was right after I told her she had to stay at the table to eat her yogurt! These two year olds are so quick! Who can keep up? I know, I know . . . famous last words: "I just turned my back for a second!" But it's true, I did!

Friday, February 19, 2010

NEWLYWED SCHMULYWED


Rob and I got asked to play the Newlywed Game the other night for an activity at our Church. They had a Marriage and Family therapist speak afterwards on communicating better in your relationships. Anyway, we had a strategy going in. We decided not to play to win but to play for laughs! Hey, how could we go wrong with that? It worked too! We didn't win and we got laughed at! Lol!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

TODAY'S HAPPENINGS

Went for a drive with Mom and Dad today. Mom needed to stop by the doctor's office for something so Dad wanted to have them weigh him and see how his dieting has paid off. He has done really well. He is down to 250 which is where he wanted to be for surgery.

We also took a drive to check out a rehabilitation facility Dad may use after surgery. Turned out it was a really nice place and is only about 5 miles from our home. Dad will only spend 2-3 days in the hospital but will probably need to go to a rehab facility for 7-10 days after that before he is prepared to come home. I can't remember if I've already told all of you this or not. Oh well.

We are down to one week away from surgery. We will be glad to get him through this. I will keep you posted as to what is happening on this end.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

DADDY'S BOY, MOMMY'S GIRL




Tuesday, February 16, 2010

CARLY'S HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY!

Thanks everyone for all the calls, posts and well-wishes for our cute little one. Here are a few fun pictures from our little family party for her. I think she had a fun time. I know she loved the CAKE!!







Monday, February 15, 2010

SHE'S TWO. SHE'S REALLY, REALLY TWO!

Our little princess turned two today! I am not sure she understood it but she loves cake and she had fun opening presents. So, all in all it was a happy day! For all the presents she got, she loved the $1.99 bottle of bubbles she could blow the best. We had to hide them after she opened them to keep her opening presents. Even then, she would look around and ask for the bubbles and forget she had other presents to open. Isn't it funny what little kids focus on?

We took some pictures but I will have to post them tomorrow. This mommy is wasted!

Grandpa and Grandma were upstairs for the party. Although, Grandpa is in a touch more pain having had to forgo even the Aleve for the next couple of weeks until surgery. We are going to try him on some tylenol until then. He can have that. Hopefully, that will help.

Thanks for your calls to Carly and your well wishes. She loves you. Happy sleeping or waking--as the case may be!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

We had a lovely Valentine's Day! Went to church this morning. Julie had a talk and she did a great job. We came home and napped awhile and then had a great big dinner. Uncle Steve came over and so did Megan. We had barbecued spare ribs (done in the crockpot), rice, homemade rolls, mixed green salad, and homemade frosted brownies for dessert. It was very yummy. Grandpa even came upstairs for dinner. Then we watched the Winter Olympics on TV and just chatted until we were all tired.

It was a pretty good Sunday, I'd say. Nothing much to report except that my baby girl turns 2 tomorrow. Technically, she turns two at 4:44 a.m. but hopefully none of us will witness that time of day. I really cannot believe how big she has gotten so fast. It doesn't seem possible that she can really be two years old already. Although, I have decided that either the terrible twos are REALLY TERRIBLE or my two year old has already gotten her share of teenage female hormones. Oh my goodness, she is like a really loud faucet! If you even look at her wrong, let alone tell her "NO", she wails like the biggest drama queen you have ever seen. And she does it so loud you can't even try to reason with her. I've learned to carefully negotiate around it--though it's probably going to only get me in more trouble eventually. I just hold up a piece of candy or a gummy bear or something I know she wants and the tears and wailing stop immediately. I can then talk to her about what is wrong and she is immediately all smiles again anyway just because of the candy. Tell me former mom's of two year olds--how long does this go on? Does it ever end? Or is it all drama from here on out?

Well, here's to my little adorable, emotional, dramatic and lovable two year old and hoping the happy moments outweigh the emotionally charged ones! I absolutely love her to pieces and am so grateful to have her in my life. What a catch! Happy Birthday baby girl! You are growing up way too fast. Love you.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

JULIE'S BIG ADVENTURE--THE PICTURES

Don't they look great! They had a really terrific time together. Can you believe how old she looks? We've decided to put a big cinder block on top of Julie's head to keep her from growing up so fast! :}


Friday, February 12, 2010

JULIE'S BIG NIGHT; MOM'S LEARNING CURVE

Julie is going on her first date tomorrow night. It's a Sadie Hawkins dance for Valentine's Day. She is 16 now and that's the age we let our kids start dating. She's a sophomore and to tell you the truth I would just as soon she would have waited one more year to go to a formal dance. She asked us about a month ago if she could ask someone to the dance and we said yes. I don't think I was very committed to the "yes", at least not as committed as Rob was. He has been through this before --several times. This is my first rodeo.

In some very real ways, Julie is my first born. I know that doesn't make a ton of sense but it does to me and I think to her. She not only prayed me here but she really wanted me to be her Mom. She accepted me from day one and she was my baby (the baby) of the family when I got here. I feel very protective over her.

I'm finding it very hard to let her grow up. It's been a tough week for me but I think I'm may just grow up yet. At her age we have her group date. She doesn't have her license yet so we were going to drive them to and from the daytime date and the dinner and dance. They could have gone with the group of teens but we weren't crazy about them driving around with a bunch of other teens who hadn't been driving for too long. We also haven't met this young man she is going with so we wanted to be sure to meet him as well. I planned that Rob and I would drive them to the restaurant and then eat dinner there also just not anywhere near them.

Yah, I know. Sounds a bit like a stage mother, eh? Well, for the last two days I have been thinking things over in my head and realizing how much I would have wanted to be trusted and have some freedom at this age. (Oh wait, I was and I did. Thanks Dad and Mom! Were you CRAZY?!) Plus, I have this incredibly wonderful young woman who has earned my trust and who is a really good girl--I should relax and give it to her.

It is really hard being a mom in today's world with so much gunk going on. Tomorrow my little girl who should still be eleven is sixteen going on thirty and will be going to her first dance with a boy. I hate it that I can't be there to hold her hand. I hate it even more that she doesn't want me there to hold her hand. It isn't easy for Mommie's to grow up but I am determined to do it and get it right. Although, I do not promise to do it without tears!

So, tomorrow Julie will be going with the other teens all day and evening on her date and the only time Rob and I will interfere is to pick them up when the dance is over and take them home. (That was Rob's idea--not mine.) I think it's a good one. Although, Julie is going to make sure we meet him before they leave.

Wow, kids grow up just way too fast. Next thing you know I'll be writing this about Carly. AHHHHH! I can't even think about that. I love you Julie with all my heart. Mom

Thursday, February 11, 2010

OUR OUTING

We had a really busy day. Mom and Dad started early. I think Dad saw all of his Home Health Care helpers today, i.e. physical, occupational therapists, aides etc. and then the big wig came and tested him and made sure he was doing as well as they were reporting. He was and so Dad graduated from Home Health Care today! He won't need them again until after surgery.

Then we took the hour drive to get his test done. After that he had an hour long class that gave all the specifics of his knee surgery and answered any questions you could have afterward. It was really thorough. Then, we did something we haven't done in months. We went out to eat. All in all I'd say we wore John Henry plum out. But, it was a good thing. I think we wore Mom and me out, too only probably not quite to the degree we wore Dad out.

This surgery is going to be a BIG DEAL. With his other leg not really cooperating the way it used to it will be interesting to say the least. We need lots of prayers on his behalf that everything works well and he is able to walk and use his legs again to get around. This is a new world for him--even though I think he knew someday it would come. Knowing it intellectually and having it actually happen that you can't move your body without help are two different things. It is upsetting. Please send your most chipper thoughts this way. Love you all, Nancy

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

JUST STUFF

We all got dressed today. May I have a standing ovation please? We just didn't leave the house. We decided not to do a dry run on tomorrow. It would probably go over best if we don't rehearse it. So, tomorrow we have a blood test and a class on Dad's knee surgery about an hour from our house. The stairlift is completely charged and working! Yay! We did do some dry runs with it. I've been having Mom come up and down with it since her foot isn't in the greatest shape. No, need to overuse it. I do think her physical therapy is helping her foot but still she might as well not overuse it when she doesn't have to.

Rob has been in Deleware training for his job for the last two weeks so he has been in the middle of these snowstorms. He got snowed into his hotel for the second time today. He is supposed to fly home tomorrow--so please pray with me that he will be able to do so safely. The airport he is coming from is closed and all flights cancelled today. Hopefully, all will be well for tomorrow.

Carly is going to be two on Monday. Can you believe it? Me neither. Wow, time sure flies. She is so grown up--in her mind. She sure acts like she is and almost convinces me of it at times. She is a funny little thing. Right now she is scared of "dugs" or bugs. And for some reason she keeps finding them and goes nuts until someone gets rid of the dug! It has not always been a real bug. Sometimes its a piece of paper or a candy wrapper rolled up but we haven't been able to convince her! So we just kill whatever she thinks is alive and throw it away and that seems to satisfy her. Lol!

It's pretty cold here right now--only 29 degrees. It's been a good few days to stay indoors. At least we don't have the white stuff, too. Well, I'm going to crawl under my warm blankets now. Good night.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU'RE IN YOUR P.J.'S

It's 11:35 p.m. and I'm in my pajamas. Sound normal to you? Yah, it does to me, too. Problem is, I never got out of my P.J.'s today. I'm claiming total wipeout. My baby boy has been keeping me up until the very wee hours of the morning and the worst part is I don't even think he feels bad about it! At least he had the decency to nap with me most of the day. He's a pretty good boy that way.

I couldn't even drag myself out of bed as long as the kids were napping. I figured I could just nap right along with them and so, I did. It might sound lazy but it sure felt good. I got absolutely nothing accomplished today other than taking care of kids and catching some stolen Zzzzzzz's but it was so worth it.

Mom and I tried to bring Dad upstairs for dinner tonight and had chair failure. Couldn't figure out what had gone wrong until I talked with hubby on the phone. Seems we had been given some misinformation about the battery staying charged without it being plugged in. Um, er -- it doesn't, at least not for very long. So, Dad and Mom had dinner together downstairs tonight and we plugged the chair in to charge. Won't make that mistake again. Checked it just before starting to write this and it is all re-charged so he should be able to go up and down all he wants tomorrow.

I told him I think we need to get him out of the house tomorrow for a drive. It's been almost a month since he's been outside. I think that is way too long. We have an appointment with the surgeon's office on Thursday but I still think just a leisurely drive would be a nice thing for him. He has always loved to just go for drives and look at the scenery. So, if we can get him out of the house tomorrow, I think we will do that.

We are 16 days now from Dad's surgery. All the prayers you can send Heavenward for him to stay healthy and be prepared for it, to come through it and heal quickly and to regain his strength and ability to walk would be wonderful. Please spread the word. We love you all. Nancy

Monday, February 8, 2010

MY SCREAMING MIMI

I took Carly to the doctor today to have her ears checked. She has been walking around tugging on them for the last couple of days. Sure enough, she has an ear infection. More antibiotics. The thing that struck me about the doctor appointment though was how it took me back in time. The moment the doctor came toward Carly with her stethescope, she began to scream. She listened to her heart and then wanted to listen to her back. I don't know how she was hearing anything at all because Carly was screaming and crying at the top of her lungs. As soon as the doc wanted to listen to her back Carly turned around and clung on to me for dear life and screamed and cried even louder if that's possible. I couldn't get her to calm down.

It took me back in time to when my sister Sarah had to get her vaccinations for school. Oh my goodness, talk about a screamer! It was at Dr. Johnson's office and I remember being shocked by how upset she got and no one could calm her down. She cried and screamed bloody murder. Well, I now have a child to rival her Aunt Sarah. And that's saying something! Holy Crap! I can't wait until it actually is a shot they are giving her (tongue in cheek). That should be some fun! All the doc wanted to do today was look in her ear and at her throat and she just plain lost it!

Hopefully,the antibiotic will start to kick in really quickly and we will have a happy camper again soon. It sure is interesting to watch our babies personalities come alive. Some days the nature vs. nurture argument doesn't even apply and you realize they just plain come the way they are and as who they are. Cute little stinkers! Gotta love 'em!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

IT WAS A TERRIFIC DAY!

Two reasons. Jonathon is responding to the antibiotics. He sounds so much better. You can't hear his breathing from the other room anymore. You can't feel it in his chest when you're holding him. He's not hacking up a lung. In fact, he's not coughing at all anymore and he acts like he's feeling better, too. Yay! So, the doctor's guess of a secondary infection and trying the antibiotics was a great guess! We are so thankful for all the prayers and blessings! Yay!

Reason two. Dad spent most of the afternoon and evening upstairs with the family. We watched the Superbowl together--as disappointing as the outcome was. Dagnabit! It's so nice to have him back upstairs with us again and a part of things.

Although, some of you probably need to call and give him a bit of a hard time. He has been really trying to lose weight before his surgery which is a good thing. However, he is down to 249/50 which was his goal and he is continuing to diet. And when I say diet, I mean he tries to only eat two small meals a day. So, I keep having to talk to him about the importance of keeping his strength up and eating 3 meals a day even if they are not large ones. He just needs to keep some protein and veggies in his system. He just isn't as strong right now as he needs to be and it worries me.

Well, that's been our day and it was pretty darn good. Hope yours was too!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

GRANDPA'S NEW RIDE

Wonderful News! Grandpa has risen from the basement! I am so excited. He has been down there for more than a month with only a couple of exceptions which took some major assistance and near extreme measures to get him out. Well, tonight, thanks to my brother-in-law Russ, Grandpa has a new ride. Grandpa and Grandma bought a stairlift and Russ came and installed it for them. Rob was planning to install it but it came on a day when he had to be gone. So THANK YOU RUSSELL!

Now Grandpa can be a part of the regular flow of our home again. He can eat meals with the family and be part of the conversation and see what is going on in the house. I don't know how he has handled being down there so long and not getting totally depressed. I mean, he has everything he needs down there--except people and the main hub of the house. I'm just so happy that we can move him about more easily now and I know he feels more freedom now, too.

So, take a look at his new ride. Keeping Carly off this should be fun! (Yikes!) Here he is in all his glory! Yay!



DID SOMEONE SAY HAIR SPRAY?


Cuz I've got this brand new hairdo and this whole bottle of hairspray and not a thing to do. Just tell me when and where and I will be there to create some sticky havoc!



O.K. you can come and play with me as long as you keep telling me how much you like my cute hair and how adorable you think I am. Oh yah, and if we play house, I want to be the Mom and the Dad! Cuz, I'm bossy like that!



Well, alright if you insist, you can be the Dad, but you're going to have to kiss me! And it better be good buster. Pucker up and let's see what you've got!



Mmmmfff, Yah, that's not gonna work. Thank goodness I had a mint! O.K. you can still be the Dad but you're gonna have to bring me some chocolate and gummies. I just love gummies and a girl can never get enough chocolate!



Well, are you coming or not? I haven't got all day. Oh yah, and don't forget to bring your own bubbles! I love this stuff so much I could spend all day popping it. I'm not about to share mine! C'mon let's play! Happy, Happy! Don'tcha love my hair?

Friday, February 5, 2010

JUST SOME THINGS

This is going to be a busy month. Dad's knee surgery is scheduled for the 25th. He just got information from the surgeon asking him to attend a class on the surgery next week to give him more information on it and answer any questions he has. I thought that was really a nice thing. I mean major surgery can be scary and to actually have a class put together that explains it is pretty great. He also has a few appointments this month that are pre-surgery things, plus one with his neurologist.

Mom just saw her foot specialist today and he thinks that she is making some progress with the physical therapy. She is going to keep at that for awhile. He still needs to look at her Indy MRI but she needs to get a little tough with them about getting it to him.

Jonathon -- well, it's kind of hard to tell if he's making progress or not. His lungs/breathing sound so junky--even with breathing treatments and us cleaning out his nose. We have him on antibiotics now but he hates them and we fight him everytime to keep them down. It's so wierd because Carly has had the very same medicine prescribed and if I would let her she would drink the whole 10 day supply with a straw! It's that pink liquid antibiotic and she thinks it's terrific. He sees it coming and starts to gag. Wow! What a difference in taste buds.

Me, I am just plain tired. Although, Julie and I did get the front rooms in the house clean tonight and that alone makes me feel better. I just can't get it done with two little kiddos running around. If I start out the day behind, you can bet I'm going to finish the day in a deep hole.

Well, it's 1:45 a.m. and I just got bubby to sleep for the second time and I think this one may stick so I'd better join him. Sleep tight all. :}

Thursday, February 4, 2010

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER DOLLAR OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT . . .

So, back to yesterday's news. Here are the updates. Dad only had a tiny little bruise on his bum. You've been waiting all day and night to hear that, haven't you? Oh c'mon admit it?! You wanted to know. Seriously though, it doesn't appear that his fall was serious--this time. Now we have to convince him to stop doing dumb stuff! Actually, he's pretty good and I think it scared him enough that he won't be doing any climbing onto anything but the floor from now on.

Jonathon went to the doctor for a check-up today and we found he wasn't doing significantly better. His oxygen count was up in the high nineties which is what saved us from having him re-admitted to the hospital today but his lungs still sound pretty junkie. They did another lung xray and said his lungs have only slightly improved. The doctor feels like he should have been improving more quickly and can't figure out why this bronchiolitis is hanging on nor the RSV. We decided to put him on a course of antibiotics in case he had a secondary infection they aren't seeing. Hopefully, that will help. Please pray for him that it will help. He needs to get well so badly.

Carly, well, Carly was just being Carly today. She's got her "girl" emotions on all the time now. Up/down, high/low, happy/sad, HOLY MOLY! Wow, "we" are emotional creatures! Who knew?!

So, last night I said pictures were coming. Well, they are here. For a few minutes last evening no one was minding the mint. Grandma had just finished baking banana bread and gone downstairs and Julie was busy baking cookies in the kitchen and has a one track focus. I was taking care of Jonathon when all of the sudden the little munchkin pictured below came and found me wanting help to clean up. Turns out she'd made quite a mess with the 25lb bag of flour her older sister had pulled out to fill the flour container with. Before I helped her clean up, I had to take her back to the scene of the crime (and get a couple of pictures) and find out why the warden wasn't paying any attention to what this little munchkin was doing. Yah, turns out Carly was whooping it up in the flour bag less than two feet from Julie and she never knew it was going on!? Crazy man! Teenagers--whatcha gonna do?

Without further ado--Here's Carly!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

IT'S BEEN A DAY!

Seems like when you are not feeling your best everyone decides to misbehave. Carly was really on one today. (pictures to come)
Baby brother still isn't feeling terrific either. He is doing better enough to be home but still having to have treatments and be watched closely.
And then there's Grandpa, who fell today. Seems to be okay but he's a little sore. Fell on his bummy, he did. Luckily he fell against a wall and just slid down it. His balance is not real great. Hoping a new knee improves that.
Well, more tomorrow. G'night

Monday, February 1, 2010

NO BLOG TONIGHT

I've been in bed sick all day. Kept thinking I would get up and accomplish something but never felt up to it. Hope this doesn't last long. Everyone else is doing pretty well. Blogging is not going to happen tonight. Check back tomorrow. :/