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…

Surgery #5

Originally posted on drewunarmed:
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. …

Another Visit with Dr. Paley

I was going to wait to write about our appointment until after we returned back to Kentucky, but I just tried to summarize our appointment, which ended about an hour ago, to my mother-in-law and had already found myself hazy on some details so I figured I better document now so I can refer back…

Finally Good News!

So many exciting things have happened since my last gloomy post. First, we’ve made numerous trips back and forth between home and Evansville, IN (an hour drive) to adjust Drew’s braces.  We’ve had a few goals in mind to alleviate some issues including the lack of extension his legs have.  He’s not quite able to…

The Surgery Process Continues

Well, one more trip to Florida accomplished.  It was full of action.  It didn’t seem like it was only nine days.  It felt a lot longer. Sunday we made our way to Nashville for an early flight out.  Exhausting it was.  But, we made it.  We picked up our rental car and made a bee…

Drew Has Corrective Surgery

Originally posted on gattenthology:
Month One We pursued many orthopedic specialists to correct Drew’s legs before we found Dr. Paley in Florida.  Dr. Paley seemed to be the only surgeon who had the skills to correct Drew’s legs to allow him to walk.  So, in April 2012 we packed our stuff and drove to West…

Second Follow-up Visit with Paley

Well, that was one world-wind trip to Florida.  And it made us miss Florida even more!  It was sunny and 80 degrees, palm trees swaying in the nice breeze.  It confirmed our intentions of one day relocating to Florida on a more permanent status. Our trip started very early morning, 3 am to be exact…