Monday, August 31, 2015

Sedated ABR

Because Brother isn’t speaking yet, everyone keeps asking if I’ve had his hearing tested. I know he can hear.  I can whisper his name and he turns.  But he really likes to listen to things really loud, and I got tired to defending myself to doctors and therapists.  So we had the sedated ABR. 

Good news – Alex can hear just fine.

Bad news – Alex didn’t wake up well.  The nurse had to bandage me up before we could leave to go home.  Oh well!


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Kentucky State Fair

Today I (Jason) took Sammi, Jessi, Lizzy and her friend, Alissa, to the Kentucky State Fair.

Many things to look at and fun foods.  We had Steak Sandwiches and Chicken Tenders and then went over and had Fried Snickers and Funnel Cake. 


We were able to look at all the winners of the cakes and food, Quilts, Art, Cows, Pigs, Sheep, etc.  This is, I think, the first State Fair I have been to.


We had lots of fun and some even got their faces painted.


Bella’s Little Adventure

It all started early Friday morning.  We were headed into therapy for all three little ones.  I actually remember thinking how well I was doing that morning.  Everyone had their braces on, everyone was dressed cute, everyone had eaten (a problem later), everyone had their separate backpacks with what they needed for that day (diapers for those who needed them, bus harnesses for those who would ride the bus home, both communication devices, glasses), everything was ready for our busy day.  I put the wheelchair together and strapped Bella in. Then I got Joy and Alex out of the van.  I am always on high alert with the three of them by myself, but especially in a parking lot! I was keeping an eye on Alex and Joy, to make sure they stayed safe, as I reached back to shut the van door.  It wouldn’t fully close – weird.  I glanced back at the door to see Bella's finger wedged in there.   Quickly, I threw the door open and looked at her finger.  The whole first joint was crushed.  It looked like the nail had completely come off.  I found out later, through x-rays and the hand surgeon, that the bone had snapped up out of the skin, pushing the nail and nail bed out of its way in its journey.  And then the blood.  Wow – blood all over her, blood all over me.  At this point the mother of another patient came around the van to put her son in her car. She saw our situation and asked if she could help.  Yes, please! Go get Margaret and Christie, our OT and ST.  She was gone and then they were all back. I’m so grateful!  Our wonderful therapists took Joy and Bella and spoke directly with the doctor at the Urgent Care.  He, the NP, and the two nurses immediately helped us.  Bella, by this point, was freaking out.  She didn’t want anyone to touch it, and we all wanted to clean it up.  The doctor said it would require a nail bed repair and she would require sedation.  He sent us on to Kosair Brownsboro – a satellite children’s hospital here.  Joy and Alex stayed with our therapists. I called Jason who headed out to grab the kids.  At Brownsboro, they did x-rays and determined that she had broken her finger.  They called the hand surgeon, but because Bella had eaten just an hour ago, they couldn’t put her under to do the surgery. They sent us downtown because at the big hospital, they can operate 24/7, instead of only during the day, like at the satellite hospital.  We had to wait the full eight hours before her surgery.  No one wanted her to aspirate on her breakfast, especially since aspirate pneumonia (coupled with terrible pulmonary hypertension) is what caused us to end up with a trach for four years.  At 6:30 PM, she headed back for surgery.  She was so brave throughout the day.  She whimpered now and then, but she wasn’t hysterical.  I was so proud of her.  The hand surgeon showed me the x-rays and explained how she pinned the bone and did the nail bed repair.  She cast her past the elbow so Bella would leave it alone while it heals.  We’ll have that cast for three weeks.  In recovery, her stats were low.  Fortunately, no one panicked.  I explained and they believed me and we got to go home.  So very grateful! Twelve hours after hurting her finger,  we got into the car to head home.  What a day!


Jason brought me a cupcake (it was super yummy)


Waiting for surgery (good meds on board)


All done, let’s go home (Love the cute heart on her cast!)

A cute card from her sweet class



I got a job!  Support Specialist is the new term for Secretary.  I was online at and came across their job postings and saw one in Louisville.  I thought, why not? Basically, it’s everything I ever did as a YW Secretary, except now would get paid to do it!  I applied.  I had two interviews, then a typing, Word, and Excel test.  And they offered me the job!  I couldn't believe it!  It’s fun. I only work 18 hours a week.  I work with fantastic people.  The hours are flexible.  I leave the house after Alex is on the bus and I’m home before the big girls get here. This is my official work picture that pulls up next to my official church email.  Kinda crazy! 

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Joy had some dental work done in the hospital.


We are finally getting a fence!  Which means wire for the back fence so Husky can’t run away anymore.  He loved to chase the rabbits and birds, but Highway 146 is on the other side of those trees.  We don’t want him to get hurt!


My roses are gorgeous!


I love this – Joy playing outside with the neighborhood kids!


For Mutual, the YW preformed at a Nursing Home. 


Souvenirs from the State Fair


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Alex’s First Day of School

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Alex is back at VIPS – the best preschool ever!  How grateful I am for them!

The Director of Education remarked on how much our sweet boy has grown this past year.  Can’t wait to see what another year brings for him!

Alex will be staying after for naptime a couple of times a week.  They said he was out before he even hit the mat.  I love these woman who love my son!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday Trip to Virginia

We needed to bring the rest of Becca’s things to her.
We got up super early and drove out there.  We stopped for breakfast at Tamarack, an artesian store and restaurant.  That was fun.
I love Fall!  For Joy and her current pirate obsession.  Two tired, crazy parents!
Once we arrived in Buena Vista, we unloaded Becca’s stuff, took her and Blake to Wal-Mart and had lunch.  We got to see where he proposed :) Bec took us to the Amish Cupboard, a store she keeps telling us about.

Joy always asks, “Where Gecca?”  So I took pictures of Becca’s new house to show her.

Here’s Becca – at her house:


Then we drove home. 
I think we left at 3:30 AM and got home at 11:30 PM.
It is such a beautiful drive – and Jason and I were together, no kids!  Our big girls took care of the littles.  I appreciate them so much!