Monthly Archives: May 2010

May Again or Still…….

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So it is not quite June so that makes two blogs this month. But we had a Memorial Weekend Picnic. It really wasn’t our picnic – it was the DeM’s picnic from T’s Mother’s Circle. A nice group of people came and enjoyed the hot dogs and sausages roasted over the fire along with S’mores for dessert. And plenty of “dishes to pass.” D drove the usual garden tractor hay rides with two wagons and plenty of excited kids. It’s nice he can drive the tractor again – makes him feel useful. Kids played in the tree house and no one fell out although there was one child who insisted she needed a “bigger kid” to help get her out cuz she was too scared! Not any of our home kids. That was a friend kid.

Simboy managed to get whacked in the head because they “were playing dangerously with big sticks” according to the Agirl who accidentally inflicted the damage while trying to protect another girl. In spite of being carried out of the woods by three large adult males franctically pressing a cloth to his forehead (in the wrong place it turned out!), the damage was only worth a large bandage and no stitches. I didn’t have to call up my nursing skills since one of the men had grown up in a doctor’s house and was quite adequate to the job. We had all the equipment needed leftover from D’s foot surgery. Sterile water, large bandages, gauze, meds. We are Very Prepared here. And the best news was that we didn’t need to call the ER Dr. back to our house again since he’d left just a few hours earlier.

Did you know we have a house call doctor out here? He came out once to sew up R’s hand about a year ago when R tried sawing it off. This time T was carefully cutting the heel of a loaf of delicious homemade sour dough rye bread for the kids’ lunch and sliced into the heel of her own thumb! Agirl brought me the news that Mom Needs You – she cut herself! So, by the time I wended my way down the stairs and across the road,  T had her hand in the sink with a cloth pressing it together. She took it off so I could see it and I got a long clean rag to wrap it back up immediately since there was more blood than what I figured a butterfly bandage would hold. She rested on the floor for awhile until her head stopped spinning and then hunted up the dr.’s number. He would be back in the Valley about 3 and it could wait that long, no problem. We eventually took off the rag, just to make sure we weren’t calling him out for nothing and saw that there was  a largish  flap of skin and muscle no longer attached to the rest of her thumb heel. We put it back with a large non-adhesive pad from D’s supplies and wrapped it all up with gauze. It looked much more presentable than the rag bandage.

Meanwhile, people are showing up for the picnic so I cleaned up my kitchen for the surgery and about 4 the Doc came by and took off my lovely bandages to have a look. The wound had stopped bleeding quite so profusely so it didn’t look quite as bad but the doc managed to put 6 stitches in (with novocaine) and wrapped it all up nicely again. His bandage looked nicer than mine ONLY because he had some hot pink sticky tape that he wrapped around it. So, now, the doc says Don’t Bump Your Hand for 4-5 days. He said this to a mom of six including 1 yr old twins. And don’t get it wet for a while either. Stitches in for 10 days. Call if there are any problems.

So that’s how we began our Memorial Weekend Festivities. I left out about R being sick and all the kids having summer colds and Gtwin still having problems with her legs and fun stuff like that. Hope you all are having nice weather for picnics, too.

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It’s been a while since I wrote an update to Dave’s status. I wanted to wait until we knew what was happening with the “abdominal mass” that the drs. found during his first ER visit. Well, the exceedingly good news is that not only is it benign but he does not need surgery either. It turns out to be a lipoma (fatty growth) on the valve between the small and large intestines. So, it is definitely true: Dave has internal belly fat.
 
Also this week, he began his outpatient therapy. He has been pushing the limits of optimism by putting more and more weight on his feet to the point that he prefered just to carry his walker around. I did not nag. Nor did I remind him more than once of the version that I heard the dr. say that contradicted the version he heard. (He says I nagged with my eyes!) Nevertheless, the physical therapist approved his cane use and now Dave uses the walker only when he needs the extra support and balance. The PT explained more than we probably would have heard since he had a student observing, so we were happy with that. He also explained what foot and ankle activities he would be working on and how Dave would be feeling it. (A friend says in her circle PTs are referred to as “physio-terrorists.”) Meanwhile, Dave has found a matching pair of shoes he can wear but he often finds the special boots more comfortable still. He is also learning that he needs to put his feet up after he’s walked around for a bit.
 
Dave has really been enjoying the electric scooter lent us by friends. He is able to get out, see the garden, work on the tractors, play tag and croquet with the gkids. It keeps him from suffering cabin fever. He still plays board and card games with the gkids. And watches “Engineering Disaster” videos with them.
  
In other news, 2009 may have been the year of grandchildren but somehow the kids didn’t think that 6 new babies were enough. Last week Karl and Cori had their 2nd baby, Lily Jane @ 9# 2 oz. (and number 15 on the grandchild list.)
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Karl n Lily n Andrew
Cori, Lily, Andrew
One year old Andrew is thrilled with his new baby and having everyone altogether in his house. We offer great thanks and praise that Cori was “saved through childbirth” [1 Timothy 2:15 ESV  Yet she will be saved through childbearing- if they continue in faith and and love and holiness with self-control. (and yes I know how theologically difficult this verse remains!)] and ask for prayers for her extended recovery. Consistent with those prayers would be God’s direction on Karl’s career so that he can support his family without Cori’s full-time employment. His new cd comes out this month. He has a band and tour upcoming. Numerous radio stations have requested his full cd in Scotland, Australia and all over the US. The feedback is all good. http://karlmilesband.com/
 
Meanwhile, we are enjoying the warmer than usual weather — at least I am! Today is 78F/25C and cooler than the weekend. We had 2″ of rain Sunday night and another 1/2″ since then. And another storm front is blowing through. Exciting times. The flowers are a month ahead. I have blooming iris and the lilacs are past – before Mother’s Day. Our cats seem to be on schedule for kitties, though, since they always seem to have a litter by Mother’s Day.
 WillowHavenFarm http://willowhavenfarmpa.com is growing well and we all have hopes for a successful year. Our son-in-law has introduced two beehives, a sheep fence to keep the twins in the yard, and is preparing pasture for future sheep. I picked out some sheep for him when I attended the Maryland Sheep and Wool fest this weekend. I didn’t buy any sheep this time – just wool. Gotlands would be just the ticket according to my thinking! http://www.americangotlandsheep.com/ I can dream, though!