Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Injuries weren't too bad this week! Dillon's leg got caught by someone's cleat....
And Jared got a nasty sunburn.
Friday, February 22, 2008
The surgeon called us at 6pm to tell us the insurance notified him that Scott's operation scheduled for Monday was denied. He tried all day to contact the insurance co. but they did not return the Dr's calls.
This morning Scott got through to the insurance company & they said they cancelled for 3 reasons:
- Possibility of staph infection returning
- Surgery may not provide adequate pain relief
- Scott needs to go through pain management
They said the surgeon needs to contact the peer-to-peer review board to contest the denial. Gee... if they'd return his calls then maybe we could get on with this!!
Our responses are: Scott has been tested by an infectious disease specialist to prove the staph is gone.... Scott has been coached that he will have considerable pain relief - NOT 100% relief - and the surgery is our FINAL alternative... he's already been through pain management; physical therapy, drug therapy, epidural injections, steroid injections.... the surgery was our last choice.
PLEASE keep Scott in your prayers!
Not only is he physically hurting, but mentally he is crushed... his family from Iowa that was supposed to come visit & stay for the surgery will not be coming at all.... the thought he may have to simply 'endure' the pain is like prescribing a life-sentence of misery. He has had to sell his company assets because he physically cannot work....
Call him with some encouragement if you feel so inclined.... :(
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Madison has decided to enter the 'Health & Science' Academy at Stony Point. This means she'll take electives which will help her get into a COLLEGE Health & Science program when she graduates. Boy, they make kids grow up so fast anymore....
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Here is Jared (facing us in the middle) getting ready for a 'throw-in'.
The next 2 pics are of the 'scrum'. Dillon is nearest us in #13. The 'scrum' cannot touch the ball with their hands, but have to use body force to move the group & kick the ball. See how Dillon sets up & then gets down into 'scrum' position and push with his body.
Jared was taken out of the game by the ref & coach. He was the victim of a huge tackle that conked his head on the ground pretty hard & knocked the wind out of him. We watched him for signs of a concussion - but I think he's going to be ok.
You have to watch closely but the guy who gets thrown into the air to catch the ball is Dillon! This is called a 'Throw In' (or as dillon lovingly puts it... major-wedgie-time).
Monday, February 18, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
This is the 2nd weekend in a row that Jared & Dillon have had paintball wars at our house. Today was a rainy day but that didn't stop them.... some would say they are 'die-hard' paintballers. The boys were so muddy that they de-robed in the street (another good reason to live on a sparcely populated street) and left all their muddy crap outside. Boys, mud and guns... let's just say they had fun. Lots of fun.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Here's what we've got going on:
- Madison is having Brittany, Kelsey & Amber spend the night tonight... arriving @ 6pm.
- The company buying Scott's TV Truck has sent 2 guys to retrieve it. They'll be here this afternoon & leaving later tonight or in the morning. they'll be staying with us.
- We didn't know they were coming until yesterday... so Scott, Jared & Dillon cleaned the tools out of the truck last night (about 2000 lbs worth!). Right now the truck is getting the brake pads replaced & something else... the rotors? Scott & Dillon repaired some damage to it this morning. We have to get that truck back before the people from IA get here!
- The boys have rugby practice at 8am tomorrow & a game at 2pm on Sunday. At home. Good.
- Scott has a Dr. appt Wed. with the vascular surgeon & Thurs. with the neurosurgeon.
- We have homework for our small group; EVERYNIGHT we're supposed to be reading a chapter from Mark... or was it Hebrews...? Ummm....
- Scott's Mom & Dad, Brother, Sister & niece are coming next weekend. I need to find where all the pillows went.
- I need to get some bills paid... my paycheck was deposited today so I need to take time to pay stuff while before they become delinquent.
- My sister-in-law's birthday was on Feb 4th... everyday I look at the gift we bought her... and everyday I think "I need to get that sent". I'm seriously going to do that.... this weekend? Next week?
- We're out of paper plates.
- And kleenex.
- Almost out of butter & milk.
Alright. I feel better. I'll look to back here if I can't remember what I'm supposed to. There wasn't anything else was there? Remind me if I've forgotten something you know of. Thanks. :)
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
He has experienced 'maybe' 3 - 5% pain relief from the epidural injection he got on Monday. This is considered NOT successful.
Please keep Scott & our family in your prayers. I'll post more later!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Here's how the morning went:
7:15 - left house
7:45 - stuck in stand-still traffic - slight panic about being late to appt
8:10 - arrive 5 min early!
9:00 - Scott goes to a room - they give him private room because of MRSA scare (nice!)
9:40 - Scott begins an IV drip of a strong antibiodic
10:45 - Scott has a sensitivity reaction to antibiodic; they call it 'red man syndrome' because his face & back became flushed & he began getting itchy (weird). But his vitals were fine so they weren't too worried.
11:15 - They take Scott away for injection
11:45 - DONE! Scott is resting in his room
12:20 - We leave the hospital to go home!
Couple of really good things to point out....
The doctor was able to get the injection needle through a point in the spine instead of using a catheter! So Scott only has one small needle-hole in his back (any of you women who had this for childbirth knows what I mean).
Also, the doctor decided NOT to use a general anesthesia - they used an IV narcotic drug which lef thim awake but lessened the pain (wish I had that for the epidural I was given for Dillon's birth) - some people go to sleep with this drug, but Scott said he remained awake. And yes, he did feel pain.... it was not a 'pain-free' procedure. (... can you say ouch...)
So we'll know the full effect of this epidural within 3 days. Scott has a follow-up appointment in 10 days; they'll decide if he needs another injection using the catheter.
In the meantime he will meet with the surgeon on Wed. to see about getting his fusion surgery on the schedule. Hopefully soon! *sigh*
I remember making them for supper, at like, 6:30pm.
Why didn't anyone remind me?! I love green beans! And this is a very big waste of an entire can! Someone call CRIMESTOPPERS!!
Oh yes... now I remember... "Ewww, Mom! Why do you have to make those? We hate green beans". I think I know why they didn't remind me. Shameful. Very sad.
They say everything is bigger in Texas. Look at the size of this prickly-weed-thingy growing in our backyard. Ouch!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
So... he went to the consultation appointment this afternoon with the pain management Dr. & he's on the schedule for next Monday @ 8:15am.
The doctor is an anesthesiologist who specializes in back injections. The Dr educated Scott as to the complexity of this injection.... Scott has no direct path to the spinal column where the shot needs to go. This is because there's too much bone from previous fusions in this exact spot. So.... the injection will have to travel up through the spine to get to it's destination.
Basically.... this is more complicated than your average epidural injection. They'll have to give Scott general anesthesia. I'll have to take off work to get him home from the appointment.
The Dr also warned him that there may be as little as 5% relief or as great as 85% relief.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Dillon entertained us by trying to spell his name with the cheese from one of his nachos. Good try... D i l
Dillon wore flip-flops out to eat... yes it's that warm. If you'd like to be this warm in February.... we DO have an extra room... (hint, hint).