Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 in the Evening

Hello everyone. We hope that the week is going well for each of you. All is going well here on Boulder Place. I hope to have more pics tomorrow night....sorry. Zander had his first visit with Dr. Hatch, his pediatrician, yesterday. Zander has an infection in his left ear and he is on antibiotics. Tomorrow he is schedule to see Dr. Kelley (surgeon) for another dilation of his esophagus. He will be put under general anesthesia and the procedure will take about 20 minutes. We pray that all goes well. It has been hectic since he has been home. We are still trying to work things out with the insurance coverage. Christie and the boys are doing well. We have a tremendous amount of support coming from the teachers, students and staff at school. We are truly grateful, not only for them but for each of you. We will let you know how tomorrow goes. Until then, we pray for safety for everyone and if there are specific requests, please let us know. Please keep the Powell family in your prayers. They are close friends of ours and Mr. Powell is undergoing radiation and chemo therapy for cancer. We know that God has him in his hands and we will continue to pray for complete healing and strength for him and his family. Old Buddy, keep moving along. Thanks to all for the prayers, comments and encouraging words. Until next time, Sweet dreams boys. We love you. Clancy

Monday, September 22, 2008

Tuesday, September 22, 2008 in the Evening

It has been a busy day around here. Zander ate and slept for most of the day. Jackson was armed with the pressure washer for most of the morning and Houston and I took care of mowing the yard.
After lunch Christie, Jackson, Houston and Nurse Stefanie took Zander on a walk throughout the neighborhood. Zander loves being outside with the sun shining on his face.
Paw Paw Charlie and Mama Gene stopped by for dinner and brought food with them. We got a few pics of them seeing Zander.
We also received food from a few of Christie's teacher friends at SMMHS. What a great bunch of friends she has at school. We are so thankful for them, the community and the students for their prayers, food and encouraging words. Not a day goes by that one of the teachers or staff or a student calls and asks if we need anything. I am are eternally grateful that Chrisite has such a good group supporting her and encouraging her through all of this.
All else is well for now. Zander's first visit with his Pediatrician is tomorrow morning. I will let you know how it goes. In the meantime, thanks, as always for the comments and prayers.
Rest well boys. We love you.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Life on the Outside, Day 1 September 21, 2008

As John Newton wrote in Amazing Grace, "Through many dangers, toils and snares...we have already come. T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...and Grace will lead us home." The Grace of God lead us with Zander home today. After 67 days......we are finally home with our entire family under one roof.
Christie and I spent the night at the hospital with Zander last night. We had him in a private room, but he was monitored from the NICU. We both slept with one eye open and the issues we had last night were more associated with his feeding pump than anything else.
We came home today about noon. Since that time, we have been marveling at Zander and making sure that everything is organized in his room. Special Thanks to PawPaw Charlie for the engineering help with the compressor and the generator. Thanks also to Grandma Judi, and TJ for keeping the boys last night and for the food.
To be frank, Christie and I are both exhausted. We are excited, scared and just glad Zander is home. His brothers have been staring at him all day and both of them held him. We finally gave Zander a bath today and he loved it. He smiled from ear to ear when we washed his hair.
Zander has 24 hour nursing at present. His nurse Kim is with him now and he is resting well.
Enjoy the pictures and I will write again tomorrow. Thanks to all for the prayers, comments and encouraging words. We have at least 14 doctor's visit in the coming weeks and Zander has a long road ahead of him. Prayerfully, we ask that it will go as smoothly as the past 67 days.
Sweet dreams boys. Welcome home son. We love you all.