Getting Back to “Normal”

Life has returned to our new “normal” thankfully.  Drew’s pain is being managed well and continues to decrease with each passing day.  Now, the only sounds of suffering are made during the daily adjustments to the struts on his fixator.  Drew is sleeping well (finally!) and we have found a routine that is working for…

Moving Right Along

This weekend has been a roller coaster of emotions.  Drew goes from cranky to happy frequently, depending on how much sleep he gets as well as how much pain meds he’s on.  But, he’s going longer and longer periods of time without pain medication.  I just can’t wait until I don’t have to look into…

Homecoming

It’s been a long, loong, looooooong, three days but we have survived!  Much to our delight, Drew was discharged from the hospital today.  I’m sure most of it was due to Drew’s determination to get away from all of these doctors poking him, but the fact that the hospital seemed to be a little overwhelmed…

Home New Home

Moving from one location to another is typically very stressful, but this move to West Palm Beach puts stress in a whole new category.  Just since we’ve arrived in West Palm Beach, we have, in only the order in which I can recall from the top of my head: activated cable, transferred internet service, bargain-shopped…

Nashville Urologist Appointment

Another bullet dodged as we learned from Drew’s urologist that surgery won’t be necessary (yet) to correct a certain issue that Drew suffers.  I’ll continue to keep it private out of respect for Drew’s privacy, but let’s just call it “a case of shyness.”  Now, coming in April he is to see an ENT after being…

Drew is Famous!

Another week closer to our fateful trip to West Palm Beach.  Amidst the growing panic anticipating this life-changing move and event, we’ve decided it’s necessary to make a pre-emptive trip to WPB to secure an apartment to live during our stay.   So, I have four appointments to tour apartments and am currently searching for…

Life is Coming at Us Fast

Life has been moving so fast these past several weeks that I can barely keep up!  My work calendar has evolved into tracking Drew Walking Tall events! Life is not dull in the Gatten household, that’s for sure.  Between visits to local schools and groups to doctor appointments to buying a new truck, our first…

Happy Birthday, Drew!

Well, Drew is four years old!  Where has the time gone?  In his four years, he’s had open heart surgery, two sets of tubes, graduated from the First Steps physical and occupational therapy program, started preschool, met Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear at Disney World, flew in a plane to Boston, explored the zoos of…

Drew’s First “Walk”

Thanks to everybody who has discovered my blog from The Advocate and other resources since the commencement of Drew Walking Tall.  I’m very excited to see the increasing subscribers, comments and visitors.  I love getting the phone calls from those who were excited to learn about Drew and want to help and I’m touched that…

Post-Christmas Hangover

Well, this year’s Christmas was the best one yet.  And, it’s evident from our “Christmas spread” that this is one loved boy.  Having all of the presents hidden in various locations around the house was misleading as it wasn’t until we had everything wrapped and surrounding the tree when Nathan and I looked at each…

Merry Christmas from the Gattens

Not a whole lot going on this week for a new post, but it’s been so long since my last one that I’m desperate to add something. Drew has been well-behaved and our routine has been working well for us.  We are both anxiously looking forward to Tuesday when Daddy comes home because that means…

Florida Trip: Day 1 (Well, 2 including flight)

Well, we are closing out our 2nd day in Florida and a full day of walking and having our life flash before our eyes on thrill rides and I’m glad to be sitting down at this computer.  Looking at the back of my eyelids might be a tad better, but I need to detox before…