Updates of Caitlin and stuff

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

This entry is reblogged from Michael, who said it better than I.   The picture tells the story. That is Caitlin sitting up straight and unassisted 2 1/2 months after her spinal fusion surgery. $300,000 or so worth of medical procedures have done what they were supposed to do. Caitlin can sit again without discomfort, […]

5 Things Make a Post (with pictures)

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

1. Caitlin had a rough start to the week, being kind of barfy overnight on Sunday and most of Monday. We’re not sure of the reasons–often it’s just allergies or random throat tickles. She’s doing much better now. Kept her overnight feed down last night, and has been better today.  Michael posted a picture of […]

A little Caitlin update

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Yesterday we had a meeting at Caitlin’s school, to go over her new set of needs post-surgery, and to plan for her return. The meeting went very, very smoothly. Cait will likely be returning to school the first week of April, just after their Spring Break, which is next week. We’re using the play-it-by-ear method […]

Caitlin’s Scoliosis Surgery, part 5

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

So, uh, sorry that it took me 10 extra days to wrap all of this up. It’s been a bit busy. We spent several days in our new hospital room in the pediatric ward, where the attempts to fix Caitlin’s electrolytes continued, along with the breathing treatments to make sure her lungs were okay. This […]

Caitlin’s Scoliosis Surgery, part 4

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

We were moved out of the ICU yesterday to the pediatric floor. This was a slight deviation from the usual plan, which would put us in the orthopedics floor. However, Cait’s surgical stuff has done great. The problem has been her heart rate and her breathing. Which means that the pedi folks are better equipped […]

Caitlin’s Scoliosis Surgery, part 3

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The past 2 days have been full of ups and downs. Cait’s heart rate is still more elevated than everyone would like, and her breathing is still on the shallow side, and the “why” of both of those things has still not been sussed out. Not dangerously so (her oxygen saturation has been fine), but […]

Caitlin’s Scoliosis Surgery, part 2

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Tuesday was a very long day. It started at 4:15 am. It didn’t end until nearly 11pm. So, she went into surgery around 8am. The first incision was at 9:15 am. We got updates from the operating room around 10, 1, and then 3pm or so. Once she was wheeled into surgery, we got some […]

Caitlin’s Scoliosis Surgery, part 1

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

So, our odyssey began on Monday, when we went into Chicago to do pre-operative bloodwork. Remember the weather on Monday? -20something including windchill? Schools closed, including NIU? Stay home or there will be COLD DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, for we live in Hoth? Yeah. We traveled in that. It looked like this: The snow was drifting […]

Caitlin’s last day at school (cross-posted from Michael)

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Michael posted an update that I’m sharing: Today is Caitlin’s last day of school before the spinal fusion surgery. By the time Caitlin goes back to school in 7 weeks or so, it will be springtime and warm. Today it felt like -23 F as we put her on the bus. I believe the kids […]

Photos from Chicago TARDIS!

Friday, January 24th, 2014

So we finally got electronic versions of our awesome official photos with Doctor Who media guests from Chicago TARDIS. (Thank you, Chicago TARDIS photography staff). BEHOLD THEIR DOCTOR WHO GLORY.         I know this is one of those things that many people find a bit… weird. Taking photos with actors from your […]