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Thursday, September 29, 2011

9 pm ---Day 2

Lucas has been mostly comfortable today but also very sleepy.
Tomorrow morning, early, the epidural comes out.  I believe overnight they will also be giving him some oral medications to get it into his system for the transition.  Sometimes the transition from epidural to oral meds can be touchy from what the nurses said, so that is a HUGE prayer request.  Pray that he is comfortable, that the transition goes well and he does not have extra pain.  He will also need to "pee" by himself within a certain amount of time or they will have to replace the cathetar.  Yikes that would just be yucky.  So pray that once they take it out tomorrow they will be able to leave that out too.

We could go home tomorrow if all transitions well.  If not we are looking at Saturday.  Both are fine with us.  I really just want to make sure the pain is under control before I take him anywhere.

Since the type of amputation that he had was the Boyd and not the Symes we think there is extra pain involved.  In the end it will be better for him because the heel pad then becomes a stronger base for the stump.

Speaking of Stumps....
that word is so weird to me---can't they come up with something less....

I mean how about we try to come up with a more creative term???  I'm taking suggestions... leave a comment or email me.  We can have fun with this and start a new trend in the amputee world...I mean seriously...STUMP...???

We heard some funny stories about kids today with amputations.  One of the social workers told us about times when she's been in camp-like situations with lots of kids with prosthesis.  Sometimes they get tired of wearing them and they just drop them wherever they there will be legs/feet, etc. just laying all over with kids hoping all over the place with a variety of amputations.  She said it is actually kind of funny.  Peter said "oh great, not only will we be tripping over Isaac's shoes all over the house but Lucas's legs will just be laying there for us to trip over too."
Join us in a whole new world of adventure in the next few months.

and finally a few pics from today.

Isaac took the day off school today to come visit Lucas.  My sister Linda is here and brought him.  Lucas was very happy to have both of them here.  Although right before these pics at the Shriner's Build A Bear "store", he had a bad round of pain so he looks a little under the weather.  I posted the picture earlier of him with his bear, but this is him helping the bear get dressed in his Fireman gear. (BTW, his lips are blue because he ate 7 popsicles of varying colors..)

we took him outside in the beautiful weather and found this cool moveable instrument.  He attempted to play it a little bit which was good...

a sweet thank you to Peter's sister and bro in law as well as niece Holly and family for sending this sweet Cookie bouquet.  He isn't eating much yet, but I'm sure he will love them soon...

I see that little smile under there......

so there ya have it for today folks....

Lamentations 3:22-24

New International Version (NIV)

 22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
   for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
   great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
   therefore I will wait for him.


  1. Oh Heidi. I feel so blessed to have come upon your blog. Your family is just precious. Please keep me updated. I need me some Lucas loving for sure! Would absolutely love to help you at home in any way over the weeks to come. I just keep on hearing our Father's remnder "for I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you ......"

  2. Thank you so much. If you have my email, please send me a note as to who you are. I'm drawing a blank as to who. "Dr." is...=)lol
    We value your prayers.

  3. As for a different term, other than "stumps" we simply call them "legs" and somedays I forget and call the leg ends "feet"
    and yes there is a whole new world of legs lying around (they are big and clunky)...get ready for school "brush your teeth", "put on your legs" and no need to tie shoes every day.