Therapy Continues

Drew just completed his fourth week of physical therapy.  It’s gone pretty good, though his progress has been slower than I like.  His range of motion is making incremental improvements.  He’s standing for very short periods of time and walking using a Lite Gait apparatus to help support his weight.  Drew has maintained cooperation and…

Just a Little Venting

You know, I’ve been through a lot in my life: the death of my first-born son, multiple pregnancy losses, learning to cope with challenges and limitations of a chromosomal defect that caused the aforementioned issues and some other experiences in my past that I never talk about.  Everybody has their battles and their own coping…

Life After Surgery

Well, it’s been a nice change of routine to have Daddy home this last week.  It wasn’t so overwhelming finally having him by my side again.  The constant running and the “just trying to survive the day and waking up to do it all on repeat again and again” was getting exhausting.   I finally have…

Eight Weeks Post-Op

Well, it’s been six weeks since my last post so in review: Drew had a rod surgically placed by Dr. Paley in his left leg on May 17th. Drew then had a rod surgically placed into the right leg on May 31st. Daddy returned home to Kentucky for work while I remained in Florida with…

In Our Stride

I’m relieved to report that we have hit our stride in this surgery process.  Pain is no longer as intense.  Drew only requires pain medicine twice a day.  I give one dose about 30 minutes prior to bedtime just as a preemptive strike to avoid pain throughout the night, because a good solid night of…

The Pain

Drew ended up spending three nights in the hospital instead of two as he did for his right.  His pain level was quite significant despite the seemingly pleasant first day.  But, he had a much harder time weaning off of the morphine this time.   The continuous flow of Diladid had to be reconnected after Drew…

And On To the Right

Friday, we had pre-op: just a quick visit with Dr. Paley and vitals with the downstairs team.   It was a much shorter day than last time since they decided to do any blood work on Tuesday, the day of surgery. Drew has been in a great place after his left-leg surgery.  During the day, he…

The Recovery Process Begins

Well, surgery was completed Tuesday in a 5-hour procedure and Drew was admitted to the hospital for two nights as expected.  I don’t know what is worse: the actual surgery or hospital stays. Nathan and I constantly took turns staying with Drew.  Nathan would sleep over in the pull-out recliner in Drew’s room each night…

Another Surgery in Florida Part 2

In summary from Part 1: Drew misses his friends and school miserably. We drove 1063 miles and 17 hours from Kentucky to Florida.  It sucked, but didn’t go as bad as I had thought it was going to go. We love our new condo and had a day of fun before the real business began….

Another Surgery in Florida Part I

Man, I did not mean to withhold all of the details of our journey so long that I would have one long post about the various phases of our adventure so far.  But, to say that this has been completely and utterly exhausting is a gross understatement.  I went an entire three days without taking…

What’s to Come

T minus 7 days (including today) until Drew’s surgery in Florida.  Our 1000+ mile road trip is looming in our very near future.  With each day’s passing, my anxiety is becoming more and more prominent.  Within days of this event that we’ve been anticipating for over a year, I find myself clouded with doubt, sadness,…

We had our first follow-up with an occupational therapist in Cincinnati this week.  It’s exactly eight weeks post-surgery and three weeks since having the cast removed and starting the physical therapy.  The appointment was to gauge his function and ensure progress is as expected. I was especially dreading this trip because it was my first…