More About the Braces

So, we’re still waiting for Drew’s braces.  We should get them back any moment now.  Everytime a FedEx truck is within sight, I clasp my hands together in hope and excitement and then my grin melts in defeat as it just continues down the road. It’s been about a month now without braces.  Aside from…

Florida and Cincinnati

Well, it has taken me this long to follow-up here about the remainder of our Florida trip plus some new developments in Drew’s medical future.  Now that school is back in session, I finally have some freedom to sit down and piddle away on the internet. The remainder of our trip in Florida went well. …

Another Visit with Dr. Paley

I was going to wait to write about our appointment until after we returned back to Kentucky, but I just tried to summarize our appointment, which ended about an hour ago, to my mother-in-law and had already found myself hazy on some details so I figured I better document now so I can refer back…

Our Life is a Circus

It feels that way sometimes. Case in point:  We are in the preparation stages of our sixth follow-up with Dr. Paley.  Even though Drew has completed the series of corrective surgeries for a couple of years now, Dr. Paley still follows his progress and evaluates his condition every three to six months.  Follow-up appointments typically include…

Finally Good News!

So many exciting things have happened since my last gloomy post. First, we’ve made numerous trips back and forth between home and Evansville, IN (an hour drive) to adjust Drew’s braces.  We’ve had a few goals in mind to alleviate some issues including the lack of extension his legs have.  He’s not quite able to…

The Surgery Process Continues

Well, one more trip to Florida accomplished.  It was full of action.  It didn’t seem like it was only nine days.  It felt a lot longer. Sunday we made our way to Nashville for an early flight out.  Exhausting it was.  But, we made it.  We picked up our rental car and made a bee…

Stressed!

Aye-Aye-Aye…school may have ended for the summer, but it’s been no break for us.  Just in the last two weeks we have made two trips to Louisville and two trips to Nashville, including for surgery.  And, if that wasn’t enough, now we must plan for a new leg surgery in Florida in the very near…

Drew Has Corrective Surgery

Originally posted on gattenthology:
Month One We pursued many orthopedic specialists to correct Drew’s legs before we found Dr. Paley in Florida.  Dr. Paley seemed to be the only surgeon who had the skills to correct Drew’s legs to allow him to walk.  So, in April 2012 we packed our stuff and drove to West…

Second Follow-up Visit with Paley

Well, that was one world-wind trip to Florida.  And it made us miss Florida even more!  It was sunny and 80 degrees, palm trees swaying in the nice breeze.  It confirmed our intentions of one day relocating to Florida on a more permanent status. Our trip started very early morning, 3 am to be exact…

Problems at Night

Days with Drew are great and fun, general 6-year-old annoyances and tempers aside.  But, nights?  Drew has spent the last several nights thrashing in restless sleep, screaming in incoherent and inconsolable outbursts.  Because of his history, we are always inclined to believe he’s in pain.  But sometimes during the outbursts causing him to hyperventilate and sometimes…

We’re Still Here

Before I begin with the true purpose of this post, let me give you an update.  Our trip to Florida went well.  Drew loved the plane rides and both boys were well-behaved and delightful little travelers.  Though we didn’t get to spend much time there, we did find a few hours to go to our…

A Whole New Family

*I began this post a week or so ago using my browser on my phone as my landline internet had been disconnected in preparation for our return to Kentucky.  Since my phone is a piece of crap, I only got so far before experiencing technical difficulties that I was unable to resolve.  Now, that we…