Archive for October, 2011

Tribute to Crazy Weather

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So, weather is just crazy around here this week. It has been mildly cold all this week. We had to get out the warmer coats, but never did I expect what happened on Saturday.

Let me start with Friday. Friday was Abby’s Halloween parade and party at her school. She got to dress up in her Halloween costume and march around her school with her other classmates. Then they had a party in their classroom. Abby got tons of candy already from her party and there is still trick or treating tomorrow night. The weather for the parade was cool, but not terrible. The kids were still able to march outside and not completely freeze, depending on your costume of course. There were some that looked pretty cold in their costumes.

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Then on Saturday we woke up not expecting the site we saw out our bedroom window. That’s right folks, snow! I couldn’t believe how much had accumulated. We were expecting a mix of rain and snow, but what we got was big wet flakes of snow. By the time we got up there was already a blanket of snow on the ground.
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We had breakfast, fresh made waffles, and were planning on heading into the hospital with the kids to see Matt. One of our neighbors kids was outside playing in the snow. It was dense enough and enough on the ground that she was rolling a large ball like part of a snowman. Abby of course wanted to go out with her and play. Despite Dave and I not really wanting to deal with the whole get the kids ready to play in the snow thing we of course couldn’t deny her. I went down to the basement and got my wonderful thrift store finds, snow pants, boots, and winter coats. Abby was easy to get into her stuff, but of course Zach didn’t want to put anything on. I think he would go out in just a diaper if we let him and be absolutely fine.

Once outside everyone had a blast. Snowballs were made and thrown, snow angles appeared to great us and welcome the snow, and of course a sled was pulled out of the shed. Weeee!
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Today the snow pretty much melted all away and I hope it gets a little warmer for trick or treating tomorrow, but if not we will put our long underwear on.

Matt’s stents are gone!

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Well, Matt’s stent removal procedure was scheduled for Friday, October 28th, then changed to Thursday, then changed back to Friday. 🙂 It was scheduled for 5:30 PM on Friday, and when I got there Friday morning, they said they had an opening at 2:30PM, but right after I got there, the OR called up and said they had an opening soon (about 10:30AM.) So, Matt was prepped and sent down to the OR to have his stents removed, and got in there about 11:00AM. I got to see him again around 12:20PM.

The ENT doctors came and talked with me and said they are very pleased with Matt’s healing and that he looks great. The primary ENT doctor said that he is satisfied with everything regarding Matt, and has no reason to keep him in the hospital for ENT issues.

Matt will go through the swallow test again on Monday, and provided everything looks good with that, the goal is to get him eating from a bottle and moving forward in that respect.

We are about to head into the hospital with the kids, and will take some pictures to post later or tomorrow.

Things are looking good!

Matt’s stent removal date change

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Just a quick update on a date change.

The doctors have now scheduled Matt’s stent removal for this Thursday, October 27, 2011. Once that is done, they will perform another swallow test with him on Friday, October 28.

After that, the key things we are all looking for are:

  • Eating by mouth without trouble
  • Gaining weight appropriately
  • No respiratory distress

Once those goals are met several days in a row, he should be cleared to come home. Anything can happen in the coming days, of course, but those are the key goals.

With this in mind, provided everything goes well, he may be home by the first weekend in November, though the doctors haven’t given us any dates yet. We’ll just see how it goes.

A Beautiful Monday in Fall

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Today was my first day home again with just Zach since Matt was born. My Mom went home yesterday. It was a great morning with him. We spent most of it outside playing in the leaves.