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,…

It has been pretty hectic in our household this past month.  I’m struggling with how to smoothly transition between one subject to another and, well, basically figuring out where to start…. So, it’s been over a month since Drew’s hand surgery.  He had his cast on for a total of five weeks and it was…

Surgery #5

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Our morning was off to a very early start as Nathan and I awoke a little after 5 am in order to get dressed and head off to St. Mary’s medical center for Drew’s 5th surgery since May 2012.  We both eeked in as much sleep as possible only waking up at…

It Gets Real

I’ve known about these impending leg surgeries in Florida since July.  Dr. Paley described them to us during our last visit.  It’s no surprise. But, what was surprising to me was how hard it hit after Drew’s recent follow-up with Dr. Paley on Monday. Drew and Daddy flew to Florida the seventh time, thanks to…

Florida-Bound!

So, I last left off waiting for Drew’s braces which we FINALLY did receive.  Turns out they had ordered new bars, but the ones that came in weren’t the correct ones so they had to re-order new bars which extended the wait.  We finally got them and Drew remembered how to walk luckily! This time…

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. …