Sunday, April 3, 2011
The Weekend Update
This week I heard this song on K-Love as I was driving to one of our several appointments. It brought tears to my eyes and by the time I arrived at my destination I had to wipe mascara off my cheeks! It also brought back memories of being in the hospital. Jenn gave me her ipod loaded with praise and worship songs on it and this is one song that I remember hearing. It was the middle of the night and I was having trouble sleeping so I pulled out the ipod and and tried to rest while listening. When this song came on, I was overcome with gratefulness that He is greater than the situation we were in, and that He is higher than any other, He is our healer and He is awesome in power!! As I cried out to Him that night, I tried to keep the tears silent since my mom was sleeping in the chair next to me and she needed her rest.
Also this week we had several appointments. Ryan had 2 in Flint, one with the ENT surgeon and the other with the ortho surgeon. Our main concern for the ENT surgeon was that Ryan is still not able to open his mouth very wide. He can barely push his tongue between his teeth or out his mouth. The ENT has ordered a CT scan and we will follow up with him in a couple weeks. The ortho surgeon did x-rays of the hip and leg and said both look to be healing well. However, when we talked about the bone growth where Ryan should be producing scar tissue he did say that it is "likely" he will have to have surgery to remove the bone. They have to wait awhile to do it, because they find that if they remove the bone too soon, it grows back and even more than before. The other thing we learned is that in order to do the surgery, they will have to re-open the incision from the previous surgery and it is a 3 month recovery. That was a bit discouraging to me, but not to my husband! As we walked to the van he said, "I might not need 3 months to recover." An interesting side note, Ryan asked the surgeon about the drill that he used to put in the screws. Dr. Burton said that the drill looks like a regular Black and Decker or Craftsman drill, but it costs $15,000! The reason for the high price tag: the drill has to be able to be sterilized. But other than that, your Craftsman or Black and Decker could do the job!
My grandpa (my mom's dad) passed away this week. My mom comes from a family of 10 children and I have over 20 cousins, so there are many children and grandchildren that have lost their father and grandfather. Many of them, including my mom, will be travelling to the funeral. Please pray for safety for them and for a special time of being together. We are going to miss being there with all of my family!
On Monday, while my family will be saying their final goodbye to my grandpa, we will be busy with appointments. I will have the injection in the shoulder muscle, Ryan will have PT and the CT scan of his face.
We have missed a bit of school this week but we did finish up our study of Africa. We played the African game mancala. Our curriculum gave us instructions on how to make one out of an egg carton, but thanks to Uncle Marty and Aunt Brenda we have one that came all the way from Africa!
Something that made us laugh this week: Aiden was praying before dinner and after he mentioned Percy and mommy he started chanting, "Man versus food! Man versus food!" A little something he picked up while watching those food challenges on Man Vs. Food with his dad and his sisters!
Some quotes from this week:
Ryan to Aiden: "Your mommy is so smart!"
Aiden: "Yes, mommy is so fart!"
Moriah: "I have never understood why it's called basketball. The ball is not a basket. And baseball...the ball is NOT a base!
"Good news! You have strep throat!" Our family doctor to Emma--yep, the girls have not had a sick visit to the dr. in several years, and now that our lives revolve around appts this week we had to add one more! It was good news in that if it was not strep, she would have to have a mono test. Since it was strep she could give us an antibiotic and send us on our way!
"Don't laugh!" Michelle to Ryan after Aiden did an armpit fart in church this morning.