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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Cast is off! And Memorial Weekend

Last Thursday we were scheduled to go back to the Orthopaedic Surgeon to again hopefully get D's cast removed. Honestly I was not getting too excited because I did not want to re-live the hype from 2 weeks prior that ended in dooms day.
Based on my husband's description of the x-ray 2 weeks prior it seemed hard to believe that just 2 more weeks (not the first SEVEN) would carry us over the threshold to freedom, a.k.a. getting the dern thing off.
I am proud to say bring on the hype!  The arm is healed and the cast was removed!  Praise the Lord. I have never broken a bone and this is my only child so I had no idea what to expect.  I can tell you I did not expect the whole arm to be sunburned red in color and completely rashed.  Poor.Little.Dude. Looking back a waterproof cast is so two thousand twelve BUT how dry could the arm really get inside?  Apparently not dry enough, hence the rash.  We were given a topical healing agent like Neosporin but also an antibiotic just to prevent any infection.  This was Thursday a.m. and the antibiotic was Kelfex. Cue: Friday morning, covered in hives.  The party never stops at the Mero house.
Let me back up.  There are no photos.  For the non blogging, non record keeping husband I just knew it was not good to ask him to perform this duty again, especially after the break down last time.  So I must document this in writing for our records. 
After the first morning we stopped the Keflex (which ironic enough I am also allergic to) and switched to Bactrim.  Two days of Bactrim and the arm was looking tons better but the hives were looking worse.  Cue: Saturday afternoon MEMORIAL WEEKEND. Yep. We just decided to stop the meds all together.  The arm was really improving.  Sunday we decided to head to the pool for 2 full hours of fun.  Hives + chlorine =major itching.  It did not even occur to me, I felt so bad.  The pharmacist at CVS suggested hydrocortisone and said my husband was the third person that asked about hives and what to apply.  Weird.
Sunday evening the boys set up the living room for camping.  That involved some junk food, pushing the couches together and bonding with fun and a movie.

Monday we decided to bike ride. We are out of options. 90% of Memorial Weekend activities involve water.  We brought a picnic lunch and loaded up the bikes and headed to a favorite park and trail.
Now this is quite the photo. In the foreground you will notice the mokey bars. "The Monkey Bars" where he broke his arm.  We skipped those, obviously, and went to the balance beam.  Better choice? Not sure but it felt better!
He played for a bit after lunch before we got on our bikes. 
Hi Mom. Okay Mom.  I am trying to balance here Mom.
Whoa, balance buddy!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mothers Day 2012

Our original plan as I mentioned in a prior post was to head to Galveston, our nearest beach.  We got a great rate on a nice hotel facing the ocean with a fabulous pool to play in.  That is where the fairytale of a Mother's Day ends.  Since D did not get his cast off I needed to cancel the room asap so as not to be charged any fees.  So I did.  Turns out his daddy was able to get him a water proof cast so we probably could have kept the reservation. 

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
 
We already had Monday off from work because we were to have been frolicking at the Hilton Resort for a great Mother's Day so we decided to head to the hill country to see my in laws instead.  It was nice to be with MeMe for Mother's Day for a change.  And the weather the entire weekend was absolutely perfect.

Me and my ever-so-growing boy!
We often tease our folks that we frequent the same places when we visit Kerrville but when they host others they go to all these places we have never even heard of!  My FIL decided he would take us to a new place they discovered just about 15 minutes from their home, Stablewood Springs Resort. This is the entrance to the restaurant/ terrace/ view of the hill country.
Rare family photo as I am always the photographer.
Hills, trees and beautiful land all surrond the resort.
Could not resist a photo of these high chairs on the terrace. Bambi anyone?
The pool looked so crisp and refreshing but it would have actually been cold.
He sees something to climb, he climbs it. Cast and all. Just never stops.
Two family photos!  Too bad we had the shadows on our faces...
Great photo of Dominic with the grands.  Too sweet, great memories...
Being silly when I asked him for a solo shot.
 Of course I had a wonderful Mother's Day.  I am a mother because I was blessed 6 years ago with an incredible little human being who has so many unbelieveable qualities and he amazes me every day.  I love you Dominic and thank you for making me a Mommy!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Cast. To be or not to be?

So yesterday was the day.  Finally it had arrived.  After almost 7 weeks.  Keeping it dry, no bike riding, no scooter riding, no swimming, no NOTHING really.  And we even planned a Mother's Day trip overnight to the beach......sand, water, fun!
Daddy took Dominic in to get his cast removed.  I went to work to avoid any vacation time loss.  Kevin is an awesome daddy and I knew he could handle it.  Kevin was also behind the camera that day.
About to start the removal.............
This was his second cast and I have not been there for either removal.  Daddy can work from home versus my hourly wages so he has taken the reins on this one.  His face looks a bit frightened.
When I uploaded the pictures he explained to me he really DID NOT like it when they started the saw to remove them.  Just to clarify the tool they use looks like a little electric saw but is really all done by vibration, ahhh-mazing!  You can see she "saws" down each side and I assume to pull it apart.
Cast gone!
This is where I am told things went South.....like nose dive type South.  Doc x-rayed and said the bone was still not healed!  BUMMER x 100!!!!!!!!
There are no more photos after the bad news.  When Daddy called me to tell me I could hear D just crying and crying in the background.  He was so upset that he had to get another one put on.  This time we went with a waterproof cast for $60 o.o.p. (out of pocket).  Wish we would have known that 7 weeks ago!  Now he can submerge in the bath but we did cancel the beach trip because obviously no sand, etc and just the hindering of another cast.  Doc says 2 more weeks and that will make 9 weeks thus far.  Lord help it heal and help me cope.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Kinder Field Day 2012

Wow,okay it's been a while.  And wow, Blogger has a new look that took me a few times to figure out in the milli-second or off chance that I have to actually blog.
We have been less than blog material since the boy has the cast.  Quite frankly, we have been boring.  Nothing blog-worthy if you will and that doesn't stop with this post but it is what it is.
Kindergarten had their first field day ever!  Remember field day?  I sure do.  And guess what.  The boy could not participate because of the aformentioned BROKEN ARM but I still wanted to be the supportive mother that sacrificed a vacation day to be there. Son, you are welcome.
Here they come in all their maroon glory......."Murphy's Motors" was their team name.
My sweetie sitting courtside again...thank you monkey bars
Not sure what he is preaching to his fellow classmates since this is his first field day and he is not physically participating in it but why stop bossy in all his glory when this is the norm at home.
The girl to boy ratio in his class is just not even fair....way more girls. Notice the boa feather trim on the mini megaphones.....somewhere there were boy megaphones but let's just say they all exchanged germs this very day, uck!
My point exactly.  If you think he held on to this one as "his" uh, no....
Group photo of his class minus whoever was currently jumping hurdles or hula hooping.
Teacher and "homeroom moms" water balloon toss.
Guess who won? Yep, Mrs Murphy, Dominic's teacher.  All the kids swarming her!
What a fun day but I know my little man would have had so much fun if he would have been able to participate.  HOPEFULLY next year.