Thursday, November 29, 2007


Yesterday Davin had an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon and he was able to get his cast off! Davin was absolutely giddy about the whole thing. I thought I had been prepping him not to expect to get it off (since the doctor had said maybe two more weeks), but after seeing Davin's reaction, I realize he had no intention of leaving St. Christopher's with that cast on. He is doing great although he is very stiff and sore and does not like to be moved very much. We are taking it slow, and enjoying freedom!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Where to Find the Perfect Dress?

Well, as the mother-of-the-bride, I have been asked repeatedly if I have gotten my dress for the wedding yet. I have not because, as you know, I have a boy in a body cast and therefore I do not get out very much. Well, today (since the wedding is about 5 weeks away), my daughter Bethany and I went and started the hunt. I went to Macy's and tried on several dresses. Several had good points to them, but of course, this dress must make me look young and thing. I realize I am no longer either of these things, so I may be expecting a lot out of a dress, but hey, shouldn't I try?? So, we had no luck today with the MOB dress, but I will press on and if Davin is out of his cast on Wed. (possibly) then I will make it one of my top priorities! At least until I have other priorities....

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

My Thanksgiving Menu

I have been busy getting ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow. It is so nice being home so much with Davin right now. I can spend some time baking and doing things that I don't always have time for. I have been working on my menu for tomorrow and my Dad and I have spent time out shopping for all of our ingredients. We are having....

24 lb. turkey
stuffing (a combination of my mom's recipe and my mother-in-law's recipe)
broccoli casserole
yummy salad (jello kind of salad)
applesauce (I made it for the first time today!)
blueberry muffins
mashed potatoes

Having a turkey dinner is not one of my favorite meals, but I have always loved preparing everything with my Mom. She and my Dad have almost always come to our house for Thanksgiving even when we lived far away from them. I believe the first time they came was in 1989. Alan had just come home from a Med-cruise. He was in the Navy and had been gone for 6 months. We had two little girls (4 and 2) at the time. My parents drove down to Virginia to spend Thanksgiving with us and we had a wonderful time making all of the food together. Nice memories.

What are you having for dinner tomorrow?? Do you have the same thing ever year or do you switch things up??

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Sad Day

Today was a very sad day. I have two very close friends who have suffered huge losses. Today one of them laid their mom to rest and the other laid her marriage to rest. Neither of my friends desired these deaths, and yet both had to deal with them. My heart has been with both of these dear friends today as well as my constant prayers.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

And the Doctors Say....

First the orthopedic doctor said Davin is healing well, but instead of going two more weeks, we are going at least three more weeks. He also reserves the right to keep it on two more after that. So, Davin will celebrate his 15th birthday and Thanksgiving in his cast, but after all that he has been through, it could be much worse. We are content with that.

The pulmonary doctor appointment was better than I could have even expected. She agreed with everything that we thought (Davin has corrected the problem and no longer needs all the equipment.) She could not believe the child she was seeing. She had read all the reports from the hospital and she expected a child who was very sick. She was amazed at his head control and how straight his body is. She said all those things are so much better than the kids that she sees with problems. The doctor at the hospital had assured me that her "trained eye" sees that Davin has an obstructed airway. The pulmonologist said that he does not. If he did, he would be so tired and have to work so hard. She did not even have us make another appointment. The best news of all is that she is having the company come and pick up almost all of the equipment that has invaded our house!

So, now we are just left with a boy in a spika cast. It is so funny. This part we knew we were going to have and it seemed that it would be so difficult. After the last few weeks and all that happened, this boy and his little spika cast is no big deal. It is a pleasure to take care of him. I will try to post a picture of Davin in his cast. You all know I am not good with the pictures, though, and will need help for that part..

Monday, November 05, 2007

Davin Update

Gudl reminded me today that I have not updated you all on Davin. (I am not at the computer very often these days.) Let me sum Davin's progress up by telling you that Davin and I were laying in my bed (I was sleeping, but apparently he was not:) I opened my eyes to see Davin's entire feeding tube in his little fist. He was holding his fist above his head and just smiling! I was nervous at first and you can not just pop a feeding tube back in, but after much debate, I decided to see that as Davin's way of saying that he had enough of that feeding tube. So, he has been eating by mouth for 6 days, I think. He has not had to have oxygen for over a week now and has absolutely refused to wear the c-pap thing. We have two appointments this week and are hoping for great news. I am praying that his lung is fully inflated once again.

On another subject, I was wondering if anyone has any creative ideas for Ashleigh's wedding ceremony. Has anyone seen anything especially meaningful and different at a wedding ceremony lately? We are getting the invitations out and starting to plan the wedding ceremony itself. So, any ideas.....?