Playing catch-up

Although there are still a few weeks of summer left, it feels as if it is coming to a close (well, it would if it weren't for the 100+ temps here in Austin).

My highly anticipated and amazingly fun summer travel is over, capped off with a visit from my parents and my nephews Andy and Ben who drove from KY to hang with us for a week. Despite it being one of the most exhausting weeks ever (who knew you could cram so much fun stuff into 7 days?) - I was truly sad to see them go. Especially since there are no visitors on the horizon for quite some time (January, Audrey?!?!) I am happy to hear that my parents plan to rent their place in Florida once again this year after Christmas, so it looks like after our visit back home for the holidays we will be joining them at the beach for a while. But still, 6 months is a long ways away... :(

I guess I must now focus on getting back into the swing of things at home - which includes addressing the piles of mail I've hidden in my desk for the past few weeks and the other items I've neglected on my to-do list. The boys start back to school this week which should allow me to regroup and get things in order.

I will be taking Aiden to Dallas on Wednesday for a follow-up visit with Dr. Fearon. His surgery on May 26th went well (to straighten his index finger and deepen the space between his big toe on his left foot), however the healing has been a much longer process than anticipated. After the pins were removed from his finger in Louisville at the end of June, we were concerned with the amount that it "re-turned" to it's curved position. We were told that because the procedure was done at an early age, the tendons and muscles would naturally pull it back into it's original placement. But that the degree to which it was turned (about 90 degrees) warranted going ahead with the operation. While it isn't back to it's 90 degree position, it is probably about half way there. Aggravating to think he went through this surgery without the results we were expecting, but overall I think he has been using his finger a bit more than prior to the procedure, which was the purpose of going through with it now.

His foot is still healing. The skin graft - attached to the inner side of the toe - did not take, which all in all isn't a problem. But it has made for an increased healing time and an increasingly anxious Aiden anticipating each of the 3x/day dressing changes. He wakes up in the morning saying "Don't do my wraps mommy". I put it off as long as I can, but eventually it just has to be done...and it's a 2 person job. One person has to hold my poor guy down (DANG is he strong!) and the other (me) removes the old wraps and replaces them with fresh ones. This whole process includes a SCREAMING, thrashing, sweaty little boy, a nervous and sad mommy and usually some bleeding. It only takes about 5 minutes start to finish, but it completely wears out everyone involved, especially Aiden. It breaks my heart.

So anyway, we are interested to see what Dr. Fearon thinks about how it looks and hope he can give us some insight into how much longer the dressing changes will need to be done or how close we are to it being completely healed. The good news is this hasn't slowed Aiden down one bit this summer. After he gets over the exhausting dressing change process, he bounces back and plays like nothing is wrong.

Looking forward to getting back into a routine around here...and catching up on some much needed sleep! Hope everyone else's summer is going well!

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