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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Open MRI

The new VA doctor seems to think that along with a new blown disk Tom probably has cervical spinal stenosis so he wanted an MRI of his neck and as long as we were at it they wanted some pictures of his thoracic spine. No big deal, right? Wrong. Tom gets VERY claustrophobic in the regular MRI tubes and that's all the Veterans hospital has so they contracted out to get the MRI's in an open MRI machine. I won't go into the bureaucracy that he went through but I'm sure you can imagine it. So yesterday was the day and I went along to literally hold his hand for 3 separate one hour tests.
 He downloaded magazines on the kindle for me to read. Of course they wouldn't let me have any electronics in the room but it was a sweet thought. They even made ME strip down and put on a hospital gown.
 When we left they gave us a CD of all the pictures they took to take back to the doctor. His appointment is next Thursday. We were pretty excited to get the CD. I'm not sure what were thinking because we have no idea what we're looking at.
 He had to take an extra Lorazepam when he had the thoracic one done because they actually wrapped his arms to his body so that he couldn't move and told him not to talk or even take any deep breathes. Of course after laying on the metal table he also needed a dose of narcotics.
I guess we'll know next week? Stay tuned.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Rainy Saturday in Picture

 Ended Friday by SKYPING with Daddy

Thursday, March 15, 2012


The history of our grandparents is remembered not with rose petals but in the laughter and tears of their children and their children's' children. It is into us that the lives of grandparents have gone. It is in us that their history becomes a future. Charles and Ann Morse
All you need is love but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. Charles M. Schulz
No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention. Christopher Morley
To all, to each, a fair good night, and pleasing dreams, and slumbers light. Sir Walter Scott
God made us cousins because he knew our mothers couldn't handle us as sisters.
Piper and LilyGrandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old.
Mary H. Waldrip I would love to travel the road not taken, if I knew at the end of it I'd find the same set of grandkids. Robert BraultI have looked into your eyes with my eyes.
I have put my heart near your heart.
Pope John XXIII

It is the child in man that is the source of his uniquness and creativeness and the playground is the optimal mileu for the unfolding of his capabilities and talents. Eric HofferGrandpa's hold our hand for a little while and our hearts forever.
Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.
Vietnamese ProverbJust a couple days until Daddy leaves on his "adventure"
A family in harmony will prosper in everything. Chinese Proverb
Do you know why grandchildren are so full of energy?
They suck it out of their grandparents.
Gene Perret
Be careful Shawn, don't let the bed bugs bite.