Wednesday, February 15, 2012

An Update...

Yesterday's trip to Pittsburgh, although involving many hours in the car, went well. We got to Children's Hospital an hour early (not quite sure *how*, but we did!) so we went and sat in a corner of the cafeteria for a bit until it was time for our appointment. Chris was even able to take the day off of work and go down with Jaxson and me. (Xavier and Madelyn spent the day with Ma and Pa, Chris's parents).

The surgeon said she was pleased with how Jax's eye is doing and although he has a long road ahead of him, it's doing well for now. So far, there is no infection nor a cataract forming *thankfully*! There is still inflammation though and we are continuing the drops/ointment/antibiotic routine we have going. The doctor wants to see him *again* on another trip to Pittsburgh. From there, we'll probably have to go back down a week later, as well (and on and on).

I need to be completely honest...I feel positively wiped out. I am not a traveler, really. This back and forth to Pittsburgh has me exhausted....along with trying to get all our schoolwork done (I don't schedule those days off....we just catch up the work as we can), housework kept up with etc. I feel so dis-com-bob-ulated! To top it off, as I was vacuuming the carpets today....the vacuum doesn't seem to want to pick up. The hose has suction....but the bottom doesn't seem to be working right. I must admit, it sent me into tears...I guess I am just having "one of those days". I try to keep a grateful, joyful spirit as much as I can...but some days, the tears just flow. Please forgive my selfish-sadness. I just need to spend time in my Bible and in prayer.

Jaxson received a few cards in the mail today, which he loved...

Here is a look at his eye today....although difficult to see in the photo, along the left of his iris is stitches. The red is some blood and inflammation from the surgery. His pupil is dialated. That is what the ointment we give him is for. The doctor says it needs to stay dialated for now, but I forget what the reason for that is. He keeps that eye closed a lot.

I just wanted to give a little update....and thank you *again* for remembering Jaxson in your truly means so much to us! So Friday we will be heading back down for another look-see by the doctor. Thanks, so much, for keeping up with us on all this and following along our journey.

Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied,


  1. yikes... the eye! yikes!!!

    perhaps your vacuum belt broke(?)... hope you can get it fixed. i must say... even though i'm bummed i didn't get a "fancy" vacuum... ours is pretty decent (and only $90) if you're in the market for a new one!

    hope to see you guys soon!

  2. I'm glad his eye is healing. My prayers will be with that sweet boy until his eye is completely healed.
    God bless, Kathy in Ilinois

  3. I think the matter of dilating the eye often is so that while it's healing, it doesn't "stick". I can't remember the exact details but I remember her saying that by dilating it, that would keep something from adhering or sticking to something else. I'm a fount of information, aren't I? LOL!! It's great to see his eye beginning to heal...

  4. Still Praying for all of you!!! I completely understand the part of feeling "dis-com-bob-ulated"...I get that way on days with Dr. appointments, etc. I have a hard time when we don't stick to our daily routine!! Hope and Pray for the best:))

    Lisa in Illinois

  5. Hang in there, Katy! You are going to make it and after this is over, you will look back and every one of those eye doctor appointments will be worth going to! Our bodies have trouble keeping up with changing routines (along with our minds) and everything will work out fine. Take a deep breath, say a quick prayer and go on with your best you can. Remember you are not a "super mom"...but a really good one! You don't have to do everything the way you used to...change is good sometimes! Your family is being prayed for and you can rest in His Peace! Take Care and God Bless! Donna

  6. Glad Jaxon's eye is coming along nicely.
    Regarding the vacuum not picking up, I'd bet it is the belt. That is a cheap and easy fix. I'm sure your man can fix it is minutes. The belts are a couple of dollars.

  7. No wonder you are having a struggle, you are in the middle of a mess, worried about him, frightened about outcomes, expenses, dr. visits, etc. etc.
    Can you take the rest of the week off? Skip the schooling, let them play or read quietly. Just a down time from all the stress of it. Prepare easy meals, skip some of the dust until Monday?

    You don't have to do it all, right now. He will carry you if you let Him!

    Just let Him love you a bit extra for the next few days, and rest.

    Jumping off my soapbox now, having butted in your business way too much, but having been in familiar crisis' like this before, just Let Him Love You!

    Sometimes you just need to stop pushing, and just be.
    Sometimes the Only answer is, "yes, Lord". "Here is Thy handmaiden, I'm listening, and resting in Your peace."

  8. Glad to hear that he is healing as best he can.

  9. Keep telling yourself this is only for a season- talk out loud to God as you travel-tell him how tired you are and ask for strenght. He will see you through. So glad to hear his eye is doing well. We are praying for you and your family.'
    The sweeper--- it may be your belt.

    Teresa in Ohio

  10. Oh girlie, I would be a complete mess! Like you, all the travel and time away from my comfort of home stresses me out. Add all of the other things and yes, I would need a good cry too! Hope your spirits are lifting. I will continute to pray for Jaxson and your entire family. Take care, my friend.

  11. Katy,

    I want to encourage you. I have homeschooled for 16 years now and I can tell you that you will have many times when "unplanned" things happen and cause you to postpone school. We have had many of those times over the years, and I can tell you that nothing is a surprise to God. He has ordered our days before time began and has made provision for the grace for you to walk through them. The grace is already there, you just have to access it. Run to God, your Strong Tower, and receive the grace you need at the moment you need it. He is there waiting for you!

    Don't worry about school. God always fills in the gaps. I have seen this over and over and over. There will be many times when you just can't do what you have planned, because God has something else planned. There are learning opportunities everyday and in every situation. My children know things that I have no idea how they know them. God teaches my children when I cannot. He is so faithful! He has a plan even when we think our plans are messed up. They really aren't! The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord. Psalm 37:23 Man’s steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way? Proverbs 20:24

    I am so thankful that your little boy is doing well. We are continuing to pray for him everyday. I am praying for you too.

  12. Hi, Katy ... I'm a friend of Denise's and have also been praying for your son and for you. You have some wise friends here who are encouraging you to just let yourself be in a space of being tired, concerned and just plain getting over the initial terror of your son's injury. When we use up a lot of emotional, physical, spiritual energy, we need to give ourselves time and permission to be in that space of needing and have our friends, family and Jesus recharge our batteries. I often found that just plain doing something silly or watching a totally silly movie that made us laugh until we hurt was some of the best medicine. That plus chocolate :->. Blessings & peace to you and yours.

    Margo M. Husby (Calgary, AB, Canada)

  13. thank you for the update so much.
    we are continuing to think of you all and I'm thanking God for the positive outcome that he will bring.

    give yourself permission to relax and put daily life on hold for a bit. the children will learn and it will be fine.

  14. Thoughts and Prayers continue coming your way.. may the Lord
    give you daily strength So glad to hear your son is doing so
    well... Prasie the Lord for his healing power...
    Many Warm Blessings Ladybug

  15. So glad to hear Jaxson's eye is improving...even though it is going to take a while. I know it is hard, Katy. You have every right to feel the pressure. You are the Mom and mom's always feel the pressure!!! It is okay. You have a lot going on right now. Be strong and lean on the Lord. I am praying for Jaxson, you and your entire family. Make sure you get good rest.

  16. I am keeping Jaxson's healing and for you God's grace and strength in my prayers.

  17. Oh Katy, I wish I was closer so that I could give you a hand. Will be keeping you all covered in prayer. If your children were attending a regular school and say got measles or chicken pox then you'd have to keep them home and rest, so just think of it like that and Have a break for a couple of days, they will catch up. Also just give your house a lick and promise (that maybe an Australian expression) not a detailed clean and give yourself permission to put your feet up for a bit in the afternoon just to recharge your batteries.

    Blessings Gail

  18. Hi Katy, I've just been catching up on your posts, oh my goodness!! Poor Jaxson!! I am so thankful that surgery went well, keeping you all in my prayers. Love, Tina xx

  19. So thankful you were given a good report by the doctor. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. Sometimes we all need a good cry. Don't feel bad for that. It is well deserved. The stress of worrying about your baby and then all the travel. My goodness....anyone would need a good cry. Know through your tears and smiles you have prayer warriors lifting you up and praying for strength and comfort. Send my heartfelt get well wishes to Jaxson.


  20. Hi Katy, I missed this post...I just wanted to let you know I was thinking and praying this was a positive visit...So glad to hear you got some good news! Sorry about the late response. Was really tired after having to cook supper...The cold, rainy weather has flared up my fibro again. Take care dear friend and rest well! Luv you!

  21. Oh, my, I have been busy and had not visited your blog for a couple of days. I will be praying for Jaxson, and the rest of the family.


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