Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
February 16, 2009
It has been 2 weeks since Steve had his last hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and many of you have been anxiously waiting to hear how it went. Having so many of you asking us how it went makes us realize how many of you care for us. It is really a good feeling for us as we feel so loved and supported.
The therapy was quite expensive but we felt it was worth it. I noticed a difference in him on the very first day of treatments. We were driving back to our friend’s house at the end of the day and Steve seemed so alert and chatty. He normally isn’t talkative and will only say something if he needs to. Our conversations usually end quickly with his, “yes, no, I don’t know” answers but this time he was contributing to the conversation and even initiating it. This was exciting for me because our relationship has been a concern to me. It is hard to work at a relationship when communication is strained. At the time of day that we were driving home, he should have been very tired since he hadn’t had a nap. His speech is usually slurred and his face drooping when he doesn’t nap but he wasn’t like that.
I figured that his condition would be like that just on the days that he had therapy so I was watching closely when he returned after the second week of HBOT. He still needs to have quiet time on most days but I noticed that he isn’t as tired. Less fatigue has so many benefits. His speech is better, he doesn’t get confused very often and he is able to cope with our daily life much better. That last point has been the best one since we have a full and busy household and it is hard to keep everything running smoothly and calmly all the time.
I wondered how he would be away from his routine but he immediately took to his new routine and seemed to enjoy the time in the chamber. I was able to go in with him and we would play chess. Or should I say, he would beat me at chess! After the morning session we would eat lunch at the Bedrock Diner across the road and then head to the mall to get some exercise and a strawberry milkshake until it was time for his afternoon session. It was a nice time for Steve and me to be together with out the kids. It was like a little vacation for us that was long overdue.
I was only with him a few days of each week while family and friends filled in the rest of the days. It was a bit of a holiday for us back home as well as we could run around and make noise without worrying about how Daddy was coping.
We only did 2 weeks of HBOT which is half the recommended number of treatments. We weren’t sure if it would do anything but we knew that it wasn’t going to hurt him so we gave it a try. We would like to do the full treatment schedule at another time, perhaps in the spring.
For those of you working on your prayer lists you could pray for Steve’s emotional healing as well as his physical healing. I know it is going to be a long road and in many different stages. Some days are just harder than others.
Will has recovered fine from the inhaled blow dart incident. No infection in his trachea. I think that whole incident may have taught him a few things. Not to use homemade blow darts is hopefully one thing he learned! It also helped to put him in his Dad’s shoes in a small way. I also think it helped him to understand why I had to be by his Dad’s side when he was hospitalized. All little steps to healing for all of us.
In His Grace,
Posted by Wendy at 2:52 PM
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
While I was away in Mexico I took along two books to read. I truly didn't think I would get through both of them, but I did. So as I sat at the airport waiting to board our plane home, I figured I would take a look in the book store I had a five hour flight ahead of me, something to read would be nice. The book store really didn't have much to choose from, the only book that looked the least bit interesting to me with this book called Twilight. I new a bit about this book, on a number of occasions while at Chapters I had even picked it up to see if I wanted to purchase it. I briefly remember seeing the trailer of the movie one Friday night while I was out with David. But honestly the whole vampire thing really didn't interest me that much.
So here I was staring at this book again, I had a five hour flight to sit through and I knew that David would most likely sleep most of the way... so what the heck I purchased it.
I am not sure what super powers the Author Stephenie Meyer's has but by the end of our flight I was SO into this book it was all I could do to stop reading and get off the plane. The next three days I eat, cleaned and looked after the kids just waiting for the next free moment when I could once again enter Bella's world with Edward. I was found cooking dinner with the book in my hands, staying up till well after midnight to get one more chapter finished and my PVR recordings were piling up each day. My poor husband soon learned NOT to disturb me if he saw me curled up in the living room chair with this book in my hands. I was totally lost to everything around me while I read this book.
This weekend I finally finished the fourth and final book. I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed these stories. I will say one thing it takes an extremely talented writer to make a fictitious creature like a vampire into a young girls prince charming.
Posted by Wendy at 1:24 PM
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I'm still here..... I don't have a lot of time but I just wanted everyone to know that I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. It's such a hectic time right now... I have two birthdays this month. Ryker had the worst report card EVER!!!
I need to step away from my blog a little bit and try to get my kids schooling and extra activities in order.
I am sorry for not checking up on all my fellow bloggers... I will do my best to try once a week to see what's going on in your world....
Have a Wonderful Day!!!
Posted by Wendy at 10:18 AM