Thursday, June 16, 2011

San Fransisco, Pink Cast and a Couple of Teeth

 Summer is in FULL SWING!  We finally got some warmer  (hot) weather which made for a beautiful day in San Fransisco when Shae and I took Kayla back to the airport after her visit.  We hit all the popular tourist locations in one day.  It was windy and borderline COLD in the city, but we had a wonderful day!
 We HAD TO take Kayla for an over-priced sundae at Ghiradelli's!  Yum!
 And, the "Bush Man" is a must!  This guy sits on a crate and hides behind these "bushes" and then when people walk by, he scares the daylights out of them!  After a few people get so scared as they walk by and their soda flies up in the air (and a crowd has formed), he passes his can around to collect "donations for the entertainment".  He is probably a millionaire.  It is pretty funny though, well worth the $2  I gave him.
 We rode the fun Cable Cars to Union Square and the girls were brave enough to ride along the outside while I sat comfortably behind them as they blocked the cold wind.  It was a glorious day, so clear and beautiful!
 The Boudin Bakery is a must if you like clam chowder....and the most scrumptious sourdough bread EVER!
 Shae hated to see Kayla go, but Kayla had a missions trip to go on and Shae has camp for the summer.  What a fun way to start a summer, showing your Chicago friend another beautiful "windy" city!

Lindsay Leigh
 Well, we got some good news when we went back to the orthopaedic doctor.  He said Lindsay will NOT need surgery to repair her ankle if she will stay off of it for 3 weeks!  I am still deciding if I think this is good news or not.  I honestly cannot imagine her staying off of that cast for 3 weeks, and if she is off of it,  who takes her from place to place???????
I will let you guess the answer to that one, and I will give you a hint...

Lindsay was THRILLED to choose a pink cast...thrilled!
 She needed a little help keeping her foot in the right position and this was the only time since her fall that I heard her say anything about it hurting! She told the cast man, "it hurts when my foot is like this".  She seemed to get used to it and hasn't said a word since.  :)
 She has admired the color of that cast so many times and can't wait to get to camp so "everyone can sign it!"

As if the broken ankle wasn't enough, Lindsay had to have 6 teeth pulled yesterday!  Because of her heart issues, her cardiologist always makes her have anything done in the hospital if it involves her being put to sleep. (I am so thankful for careful doctors) 
She was excited to get the teeth removed so she can get her braces later this month :)
 We got to the hospital at about 8 am.  I am so grateful that Lindsay doesn't completely understand things sometimes because it makes things less stressful for her. 
 All the pre-op nurses just fell in love with her.  No surprise there, she is so sweet, innocent and precious.
 It took her a long time to come out of her anesthesia this time.  Her blood pressure stayed up all afternoon, so they moved her into a pediatric room until it was under control, which took all afternoon.
There were tears because her mouth hurt and especially when they tried to remove her IV, because the tape was so sticky.  Poor baby.
Good thing she had her trust little puppy that Shae bought her at Ikea.  When she woke up, that puppy had the doctor's mask on it!
By the time we got home, Miss "Talks a Lot" was back to herself.  She ate everything that she could get her hands on and slept all night long with those humongous "shark teeth" under her pillow.
This morning she was thrilled to see that the tooth fairy had left her a new Dora book and movie AND had left the teeth for her to share!
"Mommy, wasn't that so nice of her to do that?" was all she said.

Brave, sweet girl right there!

Over the last week, God has reminded me of how easy I really DO have it.  It's like a little glimpse into "what could have been" with my special needs child.  I am VERY thankful that Lindsay can get around on her own.  Oh the things I take for granted when I focus on (myself) the things that I think are hard.

"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning:  great is thy faithfulness."
Lamentations 3:22-23


Julie said...

I prayed so hard that Lindsay wouldn't have to have surgery. The cast, etc. brought back memories of 2007 when I broken my foot, had surgery, and had to be completely off of it for 4 months. Forget the crutches and get a wheelchair - although it won't go to good around camp. :0)

Momofgirls said...

We didn't even TRY crutches! Can you imagine???!! Hahaha, she is klutzy enough with only HERSELF to manage! We DO have her "stroller" and we got a transport chair. I think I will keep one upstairs at camp and one downstairs....I'm not quite sure how all this is going to work, but we will figure it out!

I only wish it had happened when she was younger...she is as tall as me now and hard for me to move and lift her!

Thanks for your faithful prayers, Julie!!

Amy said...

So glad to hear about Lindsay! I too had prayed MUCH that she wouldn't need the surgery. Isn't God awesome?! Hope you all have an uneventful rest of the summer. LOL!