Saturday, November 8, 2008
So, after getting the email, I of course was a bit freaked out, and quite honestly sick to my stomach. Piper HAD the tenotomy. This email did not reach me in time! So, after a suggestion by another clubfoot mommy (thanks, Jenny!) I called Dr. P's office in Iowa, and spoke with his nurse (I believe) Maria. She explained that there is not really anything to do now. But, we need to look for those creases when the casts come of in 2 weeks. We need to mention them to the doctor when the casts come off. Maria said that we are more than welcome to come to Iowa for another opinion. I explained that was not really an option, but that we would consider Philly Shriners, if need be. She said that Dr. VanBosse in Philly comes highly recommended and that would be another option for us. Maria said that if we do not feel good about her feet, then we should take her to Philly.
We are going to leave that option open. I just do not want her feet to be "messed up" by less than optimum treatment. It's just scary.
I have put too much trust in these doctors. I told Bud a few weeks ago that I just have this gut feeling that it will not be done in December. That she will not go into her braces at that time. It's just a gut feeling, but after hearing that her feet were not in the right position prior to the tenotomy, it's just making that gut feeling more of a reality.
Only time will tell...
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
We gave Piper the gripe water before bed. It's an herbal type remedy for gassiness. We had given it to Macie when she was a baby, and it worked wonders! I was getting the dose ready, and Sam came out from nowhere, and I went to grab the bottle, and I knocked the stinkin' thing over!! About 1/2 the jar spilled all over the kitchen table. At $12.99/bottle, I did not want it to go to waste!! So, I passed Piper to Bud, and starting sucking up the gripe water off the table with the syringe! I was luckily able to salvage most of what had spilled!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
After I finished up at my appt (still have to go back to him one more time in 6 weeks), we headed up to Greek Peak. Bud wanted to apply for a snow-grooming position up there. He has an interview on 11/13. Wish him luck!
Then, we headed back home. Piper's appt with Dr. Gehring was too close to when Hailey was going to be getting off the bus, so I took Piper to her appt by myself. We were a few minutes late, since I fed her right before we left, and she was daudling a little bit. His regular assistance was there, but she was not the one who took us back for our appt. It was a new girl, one who I had never seen before (and I've been going to this office for 5 years). She was very rushed. She barely made any eye contact the whole time, and just keep plugging away at her laptop. As I was answering questions, Piper spit up (not something she usually does, but I guess the rushed feeding, and driving 60 miles an hour, followed by Twist Run, did not pose well for her belly!). The new girl did not seem too thrilled about our time delay, while I cleaned her up. Dr. Gehring came in, and he was great, as always. Asked lots of questions, including how I was doing. The reason I like him - he truly cares. He asked about Syracuse, and how things were going, and he agreed that is what he would have done if it were his kid (geez, he has 7, so I trust him completely). He asked how Dr. McClure took the news - I said I hoped he was not too bent out of shape for us choosing to go to Syracuse. He said that doctors need to know when it is out of their realm (not his words exactly, but paraphrased). I just wish that doctors would tell you it was out of their realm, and not continue to treat patients when they are not totally familiar with that particular treatment! Piper got her first shot in the Hep B series. She barely cried! Whimpered for literally 5 seconds, and then stopped. She was awake and alert the entire appt, and Dr. Gehring said she looks great! She weighed 11lbs 3oz, but that obviously is skewed with the casts on. The new girl did not measure her, either. He wants to see her again in 1 month.
After the appt, we rushed home. Beth and James were due at out house at 430pm, and I was going to be cutting it close! The kids were excited about trick or treating, and were pretty riled up by the time I got home. Bud made dinner, and we got the kids fed. Then we were able to get them in their costumes.
Since there are only a few houses on our street, we decided to head "into town" to trick or treat down there.
Macie decided to be a bunny again this year. She loves that bunny costume, and had been wearing it around the house all week! We had a hard time getting her to agree to the mask, but she wore it for a couple of houses!
Sam was a lumberjack. Of course, he did not want to wear his hard hat. He also wore it for a few houses, but that was it.
Hailey got to have 2 costumes this year. She had to dress up for school - but, she had to be a character from a book. So, she chose to be Junie B. Jones (her favorite book series). Since it was not a super involved costume, she dressed up as a ladybug for trick or treating.
Hailey had OM (Odyssey of the Mind) after school, and she had previously volunteered to bring snack. Well, with all the comotion, I forgot to pick anything up to send with her in the morning. So, I had to take the 3 kids with me, go to the store, and then drop stuff off at school for her. Interstingly too, it was my first time driving since Piper was born!
While we were at the store, Macie and I decided to make a cake for dessert. So, we got all the supplies. We dropped the stuff off at Hailey's school, came home and ate lunch, and got Samuel down for his nap. Piper ate, and went down for a nap as well. Macie and I got the cake put together, and in the oven. Macie was so anxious to get the icing on, so that she could decorate it with the sprinkles! She continually asked if it was time to decorate it, from the moment we walked in the door, until it was actually time (time elapsed=3 hours!!). Just as we were getting ready to ice it (after it cooled) - Bud got home. So, we did not get to totally surprise him, but he was still excited for chocolate cake! Macie did the sprinkles, with a little assistance, and here was the end result (dark chocolate fudge cake with chocolate pudding center, and chocolate fudge icing):
We had a nice meatloaf dinner, with mashed potatoes, gravy, and carrots. Very yummy!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sam was his usual troublesome self today. Bud had gone to the grocery store, and Sam was watching TV in the living room. I was in the family room nursing Piper, and Macie had come in there to sit with me. I heard a loud kaboom, and Macie went running to see what had happened. I did not hear any tears, so that was good! Macie came back running, and said that Sam had flipped the coffee table over! Oh geez, this boy is a handful! Luckily, he did not do any (further) damage to the table! It was a Christmas gift from Bud for our first Christmas together, and between the 2 of them, they have already broken one of the doors.
Hailey got 2 of her tests back today. A math test - she got 106% on it! The other test was for social studies. That one she got a 100% on! We are so proud of her! She has adjusted so well to her new school (although, we had no doubts that she would).
Friday, September 26, 2008
Everyone here is doing well. Hailey is really flourishing at her new school. She is still doing very well academically. She signed up to be considered for Odyssey of the Mind (which is an enrichment program that lasts about all year). I do not have a lot of information about it, but it has to do with problem-solving.
Macie is very excited about being a big sister again. She picked out an outfit for the baby to wear when she comes home, and Macie said she wanted to keep the outfit in her closet so she knew where it was!
Sam's newest thing when he gets told no is to run away, put his hands over his face, pout, and say "I'm crying!" Funny thing is, he is not truly crying, just pouting! It's kinda cute!
So, I have 1 more week of work. The c-section is all set for 10/4/08 (Saturday). We have to be at the hospital at 6am, and I will probably go to the OR around 730am or so.
I will try to keep this updated as much as possible!