Monday, December 7, 2009


WOW. I just realized it has been over a week since I last posted! I guess I haven't had much to say. Or maybe it's that I've had plenty to say, but just not enough time to make it known to the bloggy world!

Yeah, I think that's it.

Be prepared; this is gonna be a long one!


Thank y'all, so much, for all the prayers for Jennie. Please continue to be in prayer for her and her family as they still have a very long road ahead of them.


Life has been crazy lately. It took a few days for me to get back into the swing of things after our Thanksgiving break. Every vacation we have makes going back to work that much harder; I absolutely love being at home with Ethan! It is very difficult to wear the "teacher", "mama", and "wife" hats at the same time, all the while leaving a little bit of time for me to just be "Joye". I am learning, though! Y'all could be praying for me, specifically, that I'll find better ways to manage all the different areas of my life. It makes me tired just thinking about it.


I took Ethan back to the ENT doctor last week and we all agree that his adenoids need to come out! Dr. H also noticed that Ethan has fluid in both of his ears, and will possibly need PE tubes. The standard is to wait 6 weeks to see if the fluid will clear up on its own. If not, Ethan will be having surgery to remove his adenoids and insert the tubes.


Speaking of appointments, we have quite the week this week! Ethan will go see Dr. F, the orthopedic surgeon, tomorrow afternoon. It's possible that he will want to re-cast Ethan's arm, and I'm hoping we can go ahead and schedule that surgery. Friday brings a 9-month check-up, including the H1N1 booster shot. We'll head to Duke after that to meet with Dr. W.

Whew. Are you overwhelmed yet?

Because I am.

BIG week! We should get a lot of information about what Ethan's course of care will be over the next couple of months. I'm hoping we can have the majority of these surgeries out of the way before his 1st birthday.

Did I really just mention his first birthday, as if it's in our near future?

Dang. I think I did.


Thanks to everyone who participated in Red and Blue Day! The more awareness that can be raised for Congenital Heart Defects, the better! There are brilliant doctors and surgeons all over the country who are researching the latest and greatest when it comes to all things "heart". We will be forever grateful for their time and talent, and for your willingness to raise awareness for this cause!


And, in case you don't follow me on Twitter or Facebook, let me proudly exclaim that Ethan finished his first ever container of baby food this past weekend!! It took him two days to do so, but it was a HUGE deal. So huge, in fact, that I asked Jeramie to get the empty container out of the trash so I could take pictures of it. No worries, though; Ethan's hands came no where near the grimy, EMPTY container.


I think I'll leave y'all with that. I've got a bad case of the Mondays, and some time on the couch with my favorite quilt is just what the doctors I have ordered.


Mandy said...
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Jesse Smith said...

He cracks me up. Love the picture of him in the high chair!

Mandy said...

love all the updates. Look forward to hearing what the doctors say this week. I do hope you get some dates scheduled for your sake. Love ya girl and hope your Tuesday is better than your Monday. :-)

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