Archive for June, 2010

one more week.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

em and iz

I know izzy is ready to have that cast off!  We are all ready to say goodbye to the huge orange cast.  We go to have it taken off in one week.  Hopefully the splints that the orthotist made in Dec 09 will be the right fit and we won’t have to have her feet recasted to wait for new splints to be made.  Either way it will be fine.  I am really anxious to get her in the bath and scrub her 🙂 … I can see the scars/incision areas in her inner thighs now and at first it really kinda freaked me out.  I had a text conversation with Camilla about it and she reminded me that instead of being upset about all the scars/incisions that it is just a reminder of how strong Isabelle is and how great a healer God is.  (paraphrased…I’m sure she said it better, but I would have to go back about a weeks worth of texts to find it which would take forever…).  Anyway, I was thankful for her words of wisdom. 

sleeping izbw

Mom came this morning and read with Izzy while I went to the gym.  It was a quiet evening with Amanda and Bailey both working and Emelia helping with VBS.  

I picked tomatoes, eggplant and summer squash today from our garden.  I added the eggplant and squash into tonight’s stir fry along with some green peppers and zucchini from dad’s garden.  It was tasty 🙂 . 

I need a vacation :).  Seriously.

two weeks.

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

mel and iz

We passed the two week point yesterday!  Isabelle will have had her cast for five weeks tomorrow.  What a way to spend the Summer, right?  She has spent the five weeks inside, keeping her as cool as possible.  Thank goodness for disney channel and books. 

Yesterday Melanie came to visit.  I had Izzy propped up to eat when she arrived and after a while of visiting noticed she was getting uncomfortable so let her lie down again.  I was sitting beside her and she was fussy, I pretty much knew she wanted Melanie sitting beside her to talk to her.  Isabelle listened to her closely while she told her about having a cast when she was little and about the turtle in her yard. 🙂  ….  Melanie brought Izzy a huge orange flower that is “stunning!”  I think orange is growing on me.

halfway there…

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

I think we are officially passing the half way mark to cast off day (July 7).  I keep telling Isabelle how big she is being about the cast and now am telling her she has made it half way! 

She is still really liking the books… mom has been reading to her at least an hour a day, and Emelia reads to her too.  Mom fixed her pajama bottoms from the pjs we bought for the hospital with velcro so she can have pants on 🙂  … although she isn’t really going “out,” it’s nice to have pants, right?

shorts

Tonight I’m going to see Jewel in concert with dad for Father’s Day.  He really likes Jewel, so it should be fun!  Our anniversary (21st) is Thursday.  Busy month!

Yesterday there were flash floods all around.  This pic is in choctaw, the roads were all closed.  We wound around the back way to get to the store.

flood

(facing 23rd street by Mazzios exit.)

dr. visit

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

matt iz dr

Yesterday was our 2 week follow up and x-ray appt. with Dr. Herndon.  Dr. H was very friendly and “jolly” this visit.  It was worth the drive to the hospital just to have him say that the incision area in her inner thighs that is becoming visible with the reduced swelling is looking normal.  He said it looks perfect, while plucking out gauze.  Blech.  I was thinking this morning it’s a good thing all her incisions are under the casts, it would be pretty overwhelming to see it all at once.  Just catching a glimpse while changing her is enough.  Anyway, he said that area looked, “perfect,” and that we would need x-rays to make sure the hips were in the right place.  Matt asked if they weren’t what would happen and he said it would be another surgery, starting over.  I honestly didn’t think this was going to be an issue, but the thirty minutes it took to take the x-rays and then have him come to reveal the results seemed to drag.  He came in and said it looked perfect and then took us to his office to look at the images on his computer.  He showed us the before images and then the after.  He seemed very pleased with the after.  If the orthopedic surgeon is happy, I’m happy. 

She is such a trooper!  The ride to the hospital was without incident unlike our first trip home from the hospital.  Matt had getting in and out of the car mastered.  Feet in first, out last.  She didn’t get stuck once.  Ha!  When she realized we were at the hospital she started fussing and then fussed more when the dr. came into the room.  What seven year old in her position wouldn’t fuss? 

July 7 is THE date.  Cast off!  The dr. said this is another tough time.  He said to expect her to be upset for a while.  I told Matt I’ve learned to expect the best case scenerio with Izzy.  She always handles things better than most.  Like eating, the dr. said eating was a real problem after the surgery but Izzy has been on schedule with all her food since we’ve been home.  She’s been off the Lortab three days now.  Ibuprophen seems to be enough to keep her comfortable and when she is fussy or crying I remember I would be too if in that CAST!  She’s a tough little girl!