Still waiting…

We still haven’t heard from the surgery dept at Kaiser to set a date yet. Should be soon.

Published in: on January 29, 2007 at 10:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Imagine that…

I’ve really noticed Noah starting to use his imagination recently. A dog leash makes a good seat belt, while a CD becomes a steering wheel. A piece of toast with a few bites missing is transformed into a truck. Here are some pics from snack time. A paper plate can be a steering wheel or a hat. Who knew?


Published in: on January 26, 2007 at 9:35 am  Leave a Comment  

Update after Dr. appointment…

Joe met with the surgeon today. He will part company with his gall bladder within a week. Haven’t set the date yet, though. The doctor felt there was a 98% that Joe will not have to suffer through the painful episodes he has been dealing with for so long anymore, and Joe is very excited about that.

Otherwise, everything is fine here. It’s been very warm* the last few days, so the snow is trying to melt.

*if you consider 50 degrees warm. Feels like a heat wave to us!

Published in: on January 25, 2007 at 9:19 pm  Comments (1)  

Update on Joe

The lipase levels are much lower. He has an appointment on Thursday afternoon with a general surgeon so they can decide how to procede from here. Will let you know how that goes.

Published in: on January 23, 2007 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

And, yet, even more snow

Seriously now. Is this a joke? It snowed all day yesterday. I couldn’t even get the car up the driveway last night, had to leave it down by the road until the front loader got here today. The piles just keep growing.

Joe is at the hospital getting blood drawn. He’s then supposed to meet with his PCP.

Published in: on January 22, 2007 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Update on Joe

We are home from the ER. The doctor said that Joe had gall stones, but they want to wait until his lipase (pancreas) levels are rechecked before they decide on a course of action to deal with it. The ER doc feels that the gall stones are/were causing the pain, but is not sure why the lipase levels are elevated. Apparently they do not like to operate without getting the pancreas under control. The solution for that is a clear liquid diet. So we will go back tomorrow to Kaiser and have more blood work drawn and go from there. We will keep you updated as we know, but it looks like he will have his gall bladder out before the end of the week.

Published in: on January 21, 2007 at 5:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Joe is in the ER

Hi everyone. It’s 10:00 AM here and Joe is in the ER. He had that stomach pain he gets periodically starting night before last. It started during the day on Friday and was gone by 10 pm that night. Then last night it started again about 11 pm. He toughed it out all night, but I could tell it was really bad. He went to Sky Ridge at about 6 AM this morning. He called to tell me they found gall stones (finally! I’ve always suspected this, but they have never found  it before). Kaiser won’t approve for the tests to be done at Sky Ridge to see if the gall bladder needs to be removed. Joe doesn’t trust Kaiser and is worried that if he is transported there they will say it doesn’t need to come out just to save money. So he is considering paying out of pocket at Sky Ridge to have a HIDA scan done. If the test comes back positive the doctor at Sky Ridge said he will need to have his gall bladder removed TODAY.

I didn’t go with Joe this morning because every other time they just say they can’t find anything, give him a GI cocktail to numb the pain and send him home. Now I wish I had gone. I could get my mom to come stay with Noah, but the roads are really bad. We are getting more snow and Joe said he was sliding all over to get there this morning. It’s been snowing and blowing so bad I’m not sure if I can make it out of our driveway or not. If he is transported to St. Josephs (the hospital Kaiser works with) for the surgery I will make my way down there.

Until then, I’m going to stay here until we know what’s going on. I will update here as I know more.

Published in: on January 21, 2007 at 9:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Snow…snow…and, yes, more snow

Here are a few more snow pictures. The mountains of snow that have piled up from continuous plowing is unbelievable. It is difficult to portray without a sense of scale, so I took a few with the plow and the truck. If anyone would like to book their ski vacation, I think we could get a lift installed and be good to go from now until about the middle of June. Sheesh! And I think poor Noah just thinks Cabin Fever is a way of life for us now.

Published in: on January 20, 2007 at 10:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jupiter is at his new home…

Puppy I believe that most of you are aware that we found this dog in our yard back in November. He’s been staying with us since. In mid December we had him neutered and put him up for a adoption on a rescue website. Two days ago we had our first couple come look. A young couple. Very young, as in late teens, possibly early 20’s. They drove 4 hours to come see him. They had to leave their car running so their pythons wouldn’t freeze.  They had already given up one dog because they moved somewhere that didn’t allow dogs. And they were going to have to borrow the adoption fee money. Oh, and there was some comment about the last dog getting drunk. Haha.

I don’t think so. We told them to fill out the application on the website and we’d go from there, but we told the shelter people not to approve them, no way.

So, last night we had another couple come look. They were a little bit older, seemed more suitable. We told them to fill out the application and we would recommend them to be approved. As soon as they left we let the other three dogs out of the bedroom and Max, who was jealous that Jupiter was out here playing with company and he wasn’t, tore into Jupiter. Ten PM visit to the ER vet, $200, and 2 staples later Jupiter’s ear is repaired. So we called the rescue shelter and told them we needed to place Jupiter as fast as possible,  we worked it out that Jupiter could go to his new home today. So he is there now, and of course Joe is torn up. He would have really loved to keep him and was very attached.   

Good-bye Jupiter, have a good life.

Published in: on January 20, 2007 at 2:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

I don’t wanna know…

The following was found posted in cyberspace:

Things you learn when raising boys

1. A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq. ft. house 4 inches deep.

2. If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies and run over them with roller blades, they can

3. A 3-year old Boy’s voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.

4. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound Boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20×20 ft. room.

5. You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on. When using a ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit. A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.

6. The glass in windows (even double-pane) doesn’t stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.

7. When you hear the toilet flush and the words "uh oh", it’s already too late.

8. Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.

9. A six-year old Boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36-year old Man
says they can only do it in the movies.

10. Certain Lego’s will pass through the digestive tract of a 4- year old Boy.

11. Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.

12. Super glue is forever.

13. No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can’t walk on water.

14. Pool filters do not like Jell-O.

15. VCR’s do not eject "PB & J" sandwiches even though TV commercials show they

16. Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.

17. Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.

18. You probably DO NOT want to know what that odor is.

19. Always look in the oven before you turn it on; plastic toys do not like ovens.

20. The fire department in Austin , TX has a 5-minute response time.

21. The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.

22. It will, however, make cats dizzy.

23. Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.

24. 80% of Women will pass this on to almost all of their friends, with or without kids.

25. 80% of Men who read this will try mixing the Clorox and brake fluid.

Published in: on January 18, 2007 at 9:23 pm  Leave a Comment