Sunday, July 30, 2006

Back On The Bicycle

I got out and ran before church this morning.

my ankle held up great. no problems what so ever. my calves and shins were on fire though. that's what i get for two weeks off and no excercise. i hope this is fleeting though and i'm not plagued with it like i was earlier this year - especialy since i didn't have any of that when the training started up this time around.

hopefully i can start getting excited about Chicago again. i'm counting on that, in part, to carry me through this training. i got discouraged when i first twisted my ankle. but hopefully we're back on track again.

Josie is doing well. She hasn't slowed down yet. but she is complaining of some pain. this time around she's complaining that the back of the neck and shoulder area hurts. i'm assuming this is from the pressure/force of the rod pushing up. i have visions of the rod busting through her rib... it's not out of the question. IF it does some day (or any complication for that matter), it's nice that the hospital is just an hour away.

if my schedule permits, i'd like to journal on here more often - though not "scheduled" like during the marathon training. i won't send you an email telling you to check this site everytime i post something, cause it won't always be about Josie, but i'd like to start blogging about my training and life in general as i feel inspired. so check back frequently. if it is something important, i'll send you an email!

Friday, July 28, 2006

Day One

I was close. i got about 3 1/2 hours of sleep.

Surgery was scheduled for 7:30, she didn't actually go back until about 8. Two awesome things happened this morning.... i got to take her back to the OR to be sedated, yeah! AND, AND, get this..... we got to go back and see her in recovery!!!!!!!!! how awesome is that?! Now granted, this may very well not be a regular thing. they have 10 anesthesiologists, and they each have their own perogative if they'll let you go to the OR. but we'll work em all til they all say yes. The recovery situation is the same way... we may not always get to go back. But wouldn't you know, today Josie did the best she has EVER done in recovery. never even cried once. that's a first. All went well. She was out of surgery by 9:30 and we were in a room by around 11:00.

But i do have some good news and bad.....

The bad news is we won't get a chance to meet any of the other rib familes.

The good news is, that's because Josie is already home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We certainly didn't expect it, but it's not uncommon for a first up case, that's just an expansion, to be discharged later that day. and today was our lucky day. Josie was originally scheduled as the second case, but since they got a couple other rib surgeries scheduled, Josie got bumped up to the first spot. and it just so happened Josie did everything she needed to to be able to get discharged. She was a nightmare of attitude today, worse than usual after surgery. but hey, she recovered excellent and urinated several times, etc....

She did have a real "nightmare" of her own. as she just fell asleep in her hospital room, she suddenly began screaming. tracy asked her what was wrong and she some "something fell on me!!"

She has 14 "tracks" on her arms, several on her neck/chest, and i swear a couple on the back of her neck as they tried to find a good vein for the IV. ultimately they had to put it in her foot again. so she looks pretty beat up with a number of noticeable blown veins. But she's resting heavily on the couch right now. she may possibly sleep the rest of the night, but we'll see.

well, i've got lots to do so i'll let you go.

Thanks for the prayers!

Thursday, July 27, 2006


Good evening,
everything went fine today, height, weight, xrays and CT scan. on our way out of town we stopped at this awesome Architectural Salvage place we try to visit each time we're in KC. It's only open like Thursday through Saturday. Tons of awesome stuff, but they really like their stuff ($$$). Just about anything we'd need in restoring our home could be found there.

The surgery schedule has been rearranged so we are now the first case of the day again. so we have to be at the hospital at 6:00 AM. that means we leave our house no later than 4:30. i'll try to leave on time to avoid another early morning police stop!

i expect surgery will start between 7:30 and 8:00 for those praying for Josie. We're bringing Taylor with us and Cami's (maternal) grandmother is bringing her up to the hospital around 8:30 AM. we also expect Josie will be released Saturday morning. Hopefully it won't take all day to get discharged like last time, ha!

Tracy will be staying at the hospital tomorrow night so when i get home with the kids in the evening, i'll send an update out.

On the marathon front, i briefly ran on the treadmill tonight to see how my ankle felt.... no pain at all. running for 30 seconds isn't the same as running for 90 minutes (this weekend's long run), but i'm gonna get out there with Bob and see how it holds up. I won't push it though. if it starts feeling sore or tender at all i'll stop.

Welp, gotta get things in order tonight and at least pretend that we'll actualy get to bed early (reality is that i won't be able to sleep so i'll probably get about three hours).

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

waiting for results

Earlier this week we got confirmation from anesthesiology to go ahead with surgery. We are waiting for final confirmation from her surgeon, today.

this morning i was shaking up her Amoxicillin and the lid wasn't on fully and the bottle flew out of my hands and onto the kitchen floor (and my pants). So i just talked with her doctor to get a 'refill' today.

my ankle seems to have stalled out on it's progress. it's about the same as my last report below. the swelling is "mostly" down and i can walk on it easily, but there is still some stiffness. i can begin to rotate my foot a little bit. i still can't roll my foot inward (the direction my ankle twisted/rolled). so i am debating whether or not i should try running this weekend or not. this weekend will be two weeks off of it. i should "probably" give it more time. within the next week i believe we are up to running 9 miles... so if i can't get started running again soon... i'm afraid i can't catch up.

we will have Josie's pre-op testing tomorrow most of the day. Her surgery, as of now, is scheduled for approximately 9:00 AM Friday morning. i believe it's just a bi-lateral (both rods) expansion and we should be released Saturday.

we'll keep you posted

Saturday, July 22, 2006


Josie came down with strep throat Thursday. The issue at hand is that she won't be finished with her antibiotics by her surgery date this next Friday. I am waiting on a response from her surgeon's nurse to see if we are going to be able to proceed with surgery or if we'll have to reschedule....

Josie is well aware of her surgery date and had stated she does not want to do it.

My ankle continues to heal. most of the swelling has gone down and i can walk on it without any pain. i still have limited flexibility (i can't rotate it to the right or left). i do think i'll be ready to run again by next weekend.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

It's Topeka!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Good With The Bad

The good news....
we may be getting several copies of Josie's story. An extended family member of mine downloaded the newscast from the web and i can download it from him. Then i got a call from the reporter who stated she would get me a copy of the story. then a family friend said she contact WIBW and the director is sending us a copy... this all happened in less than two hours!

Now the bad....

Just when i was thankful at how well the training was going and pain-free.....Bob and I were doing our Tuesday Marathon workout at the University this morning when i twisted my ankle and hit the ground. it hurt but not too bad and the pain went away once i was up and walking on it. so of course i finished my last running segment. no pain. but as the day went on it began getting stiffer and more painful. i was limping by mid afternoon but didn't "look" at the ankle til late afternoon. i guess it's a little swollen. i hope i don't have to take too much time off. if i get "behind" too far in the training, i won't be able to catch up in time for Chicago so of course i am not even thinking about that. maybe i'll be able to run by the weekend? it's not all black and blue. that's a good sign right? i'm icing it all evening.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Tooth Fairy and things

Josie has lost her first tooth! She even pulled it our herself as it hung by a thread. She was excited. Josie is NOT a morning person. She stays asleep as we dress her in the morning and sleeps til we put her in the car seat. But this morning - because the Tooth Fairy was to come last night.... she woke right up and felt under her pillow for the prize. and then she went back to sleep.

Her next rib surgery is fast approaching.. July 28 at Children's Mercy again. She is well aware of it and does not want to do it. The following weekend is the Titanium Rib picnic in San Antonio to honor one of the "founders" of the project whose health is ailling. it will be a bitter-sweet reunion. But we are so looking forward to going back and seeing our second home again.

I believe that is it for now!