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…

Aaaaaand We’re Back

I feel so terrible for neglecting my blog!  I apologize for my lengthy hiatus from updating how things are going.  Things have been hectic, even for us.  Plus, I forgot – amongst other things – to pack my laptop charger so my  mother-in-law had to ship us a few items and I’ve been anxiously tapping…

Uncasted

Our routine follow-up with Dr. Paley ended up being pretty eventful.  We mentioned that Drew has had a low-grade fever ranging from 99.3 to 100.3 everyday since the surgery to repair his fractured femur so they decided to cut the cast off to take a peek at his pins to ensure there was no infection. …

Dreading Surgery

With only a week left until the big surgery, I’ve grown to dread this surgery more than I did the first.  And, if you have been following my blog you should remember I was at war with myself about that one. But, I anticipate this one being much tougher for all of us to handle…

Sleepless in West Palm Beach

During the day, Drew is easy-going and low-maintenance (well, about as low maintenance as you one can be undergoing lengthy and painful surgery halfway across the United States so “low-maintenance” is relative.)  But, nights with Drew have been almost unbearable. Drew hasn’t slept peacefully all the way through the night in a very long time,…

Things are Finally Looking Up

I thought the day would never come.  Since they cut Drew’s cast in order to fit him for a brace, it seems as if Drew was in a lot of pain.  If the two parts of the cast didn’t meet precisely, then Drew’s pain level would sky rocket leaving him screaming for hours.  I would…

Making Plans and Dams

Anticipating the temporary removal of Drew’s cast, I’ve begun planning fun things for us do that we wouldn’t be able to participate with a restrictive cast or fixator.   I must think the world is really coming to an end because I’m considering so many things that I’m not sure we’ll have the time for…

Drew Walking Tall Music Festivities

The weeks are counting down to our return to Florida.  And, luckily, we just missed Hurricane Isaac.  It was strange following the story of the hurricane so closely.  Of course, I’m an avid follow of US and world events, but hurricanes have had no direct impact on me or my family before.  So, watching the…

Update on Drew

Well, the good news is that Drew’s recent changes in his heart doesn’t require immediate intervention.  They are going to continue to follow him clinically, but we have been downgraded to twice yearly appointments.  We had been seeing the cardiologist once a year so this is a small step backward.  But another heart surgery is…

This is My Title…Too Tired for Creativity Now

As excited as I was previously about getting the release to come home, after standing in the center of my apartment amongst the tons and tons of things we brought with us in addition to the stuff we’ve collected here in Florida my excitement level has transitioned to stress.  The clothes, the dishes, the toys,…

Ten Weeks Later…

this is Drew’s perfect leg: Monday.  What a day.  Mondays for the typical American include a series of clumsy missteps and annoying co-workers, but for me it was a long and exhausting day at Dr. Paley’s office.  Drew has to see Dr. Paley, the surgeon twice a month to monitor and evaluate the progress of…

Happy Fourth of July

I’m trying not to get my hopes up about coming home next week, but I admit that they are pretty high up there.  I’m already thinking about the onslaught of friends and family that I’m anxious to visit.  A close friend of mine had a baby a few weeks ago, Drew’s grandmother and uncle haven’t…