Thursday, September 18, 2008

September 18, 2008 in the Evening

Hi. I am the cute one in the pictures above. Mommy, Daddy and my big brothers came to see me today. My Grandma Pat did also. My parents attended another class to get ready for me to come home.
I am getting out of here on Sunday. I am eating 65 ml every 3 hours during the day and I am eating 35 ml every hour at night. I am ready to sleep in my own bed. I am doing well and have been pretty happy for most of the day.
I will let the pictures speak the thousand words for me tonight. I have learned to blow bubbles. I will write again soon.
Thanks to everyone for praying for me and my family. We still need it and please let me know if we can pray for you. I hope my buddy Ethan is doing well.
I gotta go to sleep. Tell everyone that I love them, including my big brothers.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 in the Morning

Good Morning all. Sorry I did not write last night, but Dad and Mom came to see me yesterday afternoon before they had meeting and as I understand it, Dad was not able to transcribe my message until this morning. In any event I hope all is well with everyone.
I keep having a lot of visitors at this point. Both hospital staff and family have been by over the past few days. I guess they are checking on my paperwork and I know Mom and Dad have to take several training classes to learn about how I am going to act and what to expect of me when I am finally released.
Grandma Pat and I hung out for most of the afternoon yesterday. Although I was a little fussy to begin with, I liked being held by Grandma Pat. My nurse Dallas is leaving to go on vacation and I hope she has a nice time. I will not get to see her when I leave, but she has taken really good care of me since I have been here. I do not know how I can ever repay her for putting up with me and my parents. All my other nurses are still taking good care of me and I am eagerly awaiting my trip home.
Thanks to everyone for the comments, prayers and encouraging words for me and my family. We hope that my buddy Ethan is doing well and we continue to pray for him and his family.
I will write again soon, but I have to go for now. I will keep moving along and tell my brothers and family that I love them and will see them soon.
Zander (transcribed by Clancy)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008 in the Evening

Hello everyone. It is Monday night and I am trying to get my nurses to roll in a TV so I can watch football, but despite my best efforts, I do not think it is going to work. There is always next Monday at home where I can watch it with my Dad and brothers.
Yes, that is correct. It looks like I am being paroled from this joint on Sunday at some point for good behavior. The Warden is in the process of drawing up my paperwork so it looks like I will be bouncing out of here on Sunday. My release will be supervised and I hope that my mom and pops have completed all the courses they need to make sure that I do well on my own recognizance. I will be closely monitored by the authorities for quite some time, but I hope to be free at last in the coming months. As you can see from my picture above, I am ready to fight no matter what is thrown at me.
Although the Warden is cutting me loose, it looks like I will have several visits with many P.O.s (parole officers)(doctors) once I get my walking papers. It appears that the Board of Parole heard my appeal concerning my nurses and I will have them with me 24 hours a day for a while when I get out of here.
At this point, they have not given me last meal. I have made my requests known, but we are still working out the details. They have increased my food intake to 60 ml every 3 hours during the day and I am still getting the 35 ml every hour at night through the needle (through
my G-tube). I did have visitors today and my Grandma Judi came in today to see me. She tried to sneak in some contraband for me, but she got caught. I am looking forward to getting out of my jumpsuit and I have been told that I have a lot of stylish clothes waiting on me when I get home.
I do want to give a shout-out to my peeps in Ohio. I heard that the Buckeyes had a rough go of it this weekend and I hope that not too many people jumped from the bridge in Cincy over the weekend.
It is getting late for me and I am going to try to watch a little of the game before lights out. I will write again soon and I am looking forward to my reprieve. I have a lot of people in here that have looked after me and I am glad that they told me early on about sponge baths versus showering in the general population. I think that I made the right choice.
Please tell my family that I love them and be sure to tell Houston and Jackson that I will be home soon. Thanks to everyone for looking after my family when I have not been able to do so.
I will keep moving along and I hope to see everyone soon. Love to all.
Zander (after examination by the appropriate personnel)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sunday. September 14, 2008 in the Evening

Is is time to go back to work already? We hope everyone had a restful weekend. The boys had a nice weekend and Jackson had a big soccer game yesterday.
Jackson played forward for the first half and he played very well. The second half, he played goalie and he did well for the first time every playing this position. We will have to work with him on getting in front of the ball, but we were so proud with his efforts during the game.
Not much going on with Zander. His feeds during the day are the same and at night he has been increased to 35 ml every hour. Grandma Pat (Christie's Mom) visited with him on Saturday and Sunday. Paw Paw and Mama Gene came by to see him today as well. We were glad that the Zman was able to visit with them and that they were able to hold him.
Christie and I spent a few hours with him both yesterday and today. We figured out that he likes to have a blanket on his head while he sleeps. We are thinking that he comes from royal bloodlines, hence the need for a silk crown actually a silk blanket, but we are trying to retrace our lineage to research this issue. He also has learned when it is time to eat. As with most males, he pitches a fit if he does not get his food when he wants it.
Christie's last day of work will be Friday. We do not know yet the specifics of when he is coming home, but we do know that it will likely be at the first of the week since the 24 hour nursing will not be here until at least Monday. We hope to find out more in the next few days and we will keep everyone posted.
Thanks as always for the comments, prayers and encouraging words. We are anxious to get him home, but prayers for him (and us) are still needed. It will be a long slow road, but God is with us.
We hope everyone has a great start to the week!
Sweet dreams boys. We love you. Zander, keep moving along.