Thank you to all my blogger friends that are still here for me :) I am working on reading up on all your blogs to see what I've missed and I will be ready to start commenting again soon! I set a goal for myself to post twice a week while I relearn how to "schedule my day" to allow for blogging - failed right out of the gate! This week has been INSANE though! The Navy has publicly released the homecoming date so I feel comfortable letting you all know that it is at the end of this week… which is FANTASTIC news, but I have to get through this week first!
Loch had his spring orchestra concert… yes, in the past year he has ditched the fiddle and now plays the cello. Next year however, he will be playing Contrabass. Or Double Bass, Stand Up Bass… String Bass… LOL they are all the same thing just depends on where you are from.
Here is some video, sorry but my phone cut out halfway through. He is on cello, 2 rows in front of the Bass, if that makes sense. These are first year orchestra students, all in 5th Grade.
So that got checked off the list.
Next up was Finn's surgery. He had his tonsils out the other day… again. For the uninitiated, here is a quick rundown of how that happens:
In about 3-5% of kids under the age of 5 that have their tonsils removed via one of the newer, less invasive techniques (debridement, radio wave, laser, etc)… they grow back! Finn's were back bigger than ever, larger than an adult's even. His sleep apnea came back and was affecting his schoolwork since he was so tired all the time, so they had to come out again.
This time he had it done the traditional way with a scalpel. His surgery was almost an hour which is quite long for that procedure. He had so much scar tissue from the previous one that the Dr. said it was very difficult to separate the tonsil from the muscle through all of that so they had to be very, very careful. Did you know that a main artery in the neck lies just 2 mm from the tonsil bed? Yeah, me neither until afterwards and so I've been pretty freaked out keeping an eye on him during recovery to ensure there isn't a sudden bleed.
Waiting before surgery…
Not so much happiness here.
Here is a blast from the past of CUTE! Finn's 1st time at the age of 4. Recovery was a breeze here, only about 3-4 days.
This time, they found his adenoids had grown back too (for the THIRD time) so they came out as well, should be the last time since he is older now and older kids don't usually show any regrowth.
He is on Day 5 of recovery now, it has been really rough but he is hanging in there. He is off the hydrocodone as of today and on regular kid Tylenol. Hoping he will be feeling lots better on Homecoming Day.
I haven't had time to enjoy Virginia! She is greening up beautifully after a long winter, and my azaleas should open up within a week or two!
Next post will be a Homecoming Prep post!
**Added: my brand new weather alert radio just went off, about jumped out of my skin! What a cool little piece of equipment! Apparently we have 60 mph winds and hail headed here within 30 minutes so I'm signing off… what a weird weather day, went from storms and 78º to a warning of 32º temps tonight. Wacky, but so is everywhere this year!
I'm glad to see your back! (Wondering how I missed the other post....hmmm). Anyhow, hope all goes well and your hubby comes home soon. Can't wait to hear about the move.ReplyDelete
Hi Carolyn! I'm glad you are still here, I've missed everyone! Details on the move to come…Delete
Hooray for Homecoming!!! I know you really, really need some respite from being a "single parent" to your two very active and involved kids . . . but you need some time for yourself in a big way also. (Do you even remember what that is?) You've had so very much to deal with during this deployment that you should be getting hazard pay (or whatever you call it). So, so good to be having you post. Hugs to all.ReplyDelete
Mama Pea, I admit that this has been one of the roughest deployments, in spite of no major house issues and the kids are older - you would think it would have been easier this time, not sure what that is all about!Delete
Oh, poor Finn. I had mine out when I was 18 and it stunk! Hope he is back to his charming self soon. And hurray for the homecoming!!!! It's been a long deployment - I don't know how you do everything yourself; other than you are super organized and resiliant as all get-out. Glad to have you back blogging. We missed you... :)ReplyDelete
Susan, he is doing okay after his surgery. I imagine having them out as an adult involves a lot more recovery! I'm working on being back… it's a work in progress :)Delete