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…

Past, Present and Future

Well, got some worrisome news.  If you recall, there was some speculation about Drew’s worsening heart condition immediately prior to the leg surgery.  Speculation that prompted us to schedule a consult with Drew’s local cardiologist (well, “local” is relative…Drew’s regular cardiologist is in Nashville).  Drew’s specific problem is Aortic Valve Regurgitation, a condition where the…

A Million Pennies for Drew!

Never again can I say that I’ve never accepted a $10,000 check thanks to The Eagles Club, WMSK, and the Union County Public Schools!  We were invited to the Eagles Club to accept the $10,000 that they all raised by penny (and higher denominations) donators at local businesses and through the public schools. We brought…

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…

Two Months Down

This week marks two months since Drew’s surgery.  Sometimes, it feels like many more.  Most of the time actually.  But Drew’s leg is about a straight as straight can get: I can’t imagine a straighter leg.  I am anxious for our appointment with the surgeon on July 9th to see if any more adjustments are…

Week 7

Nothing will shock you more than News 25 reporter calling you unexpectedly wanting to come by for an interview within the next hour.  I can tell you that because that. just. happened.  So, hair washed and did, a mad rush to straighten the apartment in a feeble attempt to portray the resemblance of a neat…

Six Week Update

Not a whole lot to add this week.  Surprisingly.  I mean, we did move halfway across the county, subjected our son to an invasive and debilitating surgery followed by painful and strenuous therapy and other sufferable tasks, but we have evolved to accept this as our normal.  But such is the life of raising a…

Some Funny Stuff

This week has been full of surprises.  Perhaps it’s life’s way of lightening up the drama that we’ve been managing, but I have found myself in some pretty precarious situations lately. First, I failed to mention an important detail about our trip the international raceway the other day that I just have to include here…

Still Here

Things are still moving along in the Gatten household.  Drew is hanging in there and I’m hanging in there as well, though only by a thread.  It’s a lot more mentally and physically exhausting than your average day with Drew.  In fact, we haven’t been this exhausted since we were pregnant with Drew just learning…

One Month Down

Well, one month and 23 adjustments made and just look at the results: Actually, screw 23 adjustments.  There are 12 struts that we adjust everyday so let’s ensure that we get credit for our hard work: 276 adjustments. His leg is getting straighter and straighter. In fact, it’s getting so straight that I’ve accidentally and…

And, Then There Were Two

oh, what to say, what to say.  I’m between sleeplessly exhausted and cautiously optimistic this week.  Drew is getting better and better everyday.   And, I stress DAY because he isn’t nearly as cooperative at night.  I was able to tolerate his once-nightly awakenings pre-surgery, but now he is up and fussing between eight and…