Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tibia Fracture (again), but with the right splint she is a much happier girl!

We got home from Savannah last night and after we all got settled we took a look at Molly's leg (her right) and concluded that it is the Tibia and not the femur. After we got that sorted out I made a fiberglass splint that goes from below her knee around to her toes. She had a good night's sleep last night and we are now weening her off of the oxycodone.

Jim and I spent today unpacking and sorting through our massive number of boxes and Molly did a wonderful job playing by herself.

Can't wait to have some pictures to post of our new house!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Broken Leg, but still a very Happy Thanksgiving

We are in Savannah spending Thanksgiving with one of Jim's Aunt's. We came down late Tuesday night (a 5.5 hour drive) and spent Wednesday afternoon exploring downtown Savannah. Molly was cruising along a bench on a brick walkway and broke her right leg. It is hard to know whether her leg broke and then she fell or if she fell and then broke it, but we are guessing it broke first and then she fell. She is saying it is above the knee (femur), but there have been times she thought it was her femur and it ended up being her Tibia. I would guess it is her Tibia (right in the middle) where she has had a lot of fractures (there is a big knot there all the time because of all of the fractures). We need to take some follow-up fractures for her surgeon, so we will get a picture of what is going on sometime next week.

We are all moved into our new house, but still have a lot of unpacking to do. The house was built in 1958 and it has been a bit neglected in the past 5 years, so we have had some things to take care of. The bills went into our name on Wednesday and as soon as the water for the irrigation system was turned on it started spraying water all over the yard. Thankfully Jim caught it and the people that took care of our last house were able to come over in less than an hour. There is a $500 part that froze and is broken that we will have to replace if and when we want to hook it back up. We are loving the house and location despite these minor inconveniences. I have been able to walk Molly to school, which was WONDERFUL and we walked to another family's house for dinner one night and Molly got to play with several kids her age.

We are thinking since Molly broke her leg yesterday that we will probably head back to Raleigh tomorrow, but we'll see how she feels tomorrow.

I tried to pack everything we would need in case of a fracture, but forgot to pack the board we made to support her splinted leg on her wheelchair. When we were in the city we went to get her medicine and found that it had leaked all over the bag and there wasn't any left. Most of her pain medications are controlled substances and it is complicated to get them on short notice especially out-of-state.

Molly's spirits have been amazingly positive, which has made this recent fracture at least a little bit easier to accept. She was just starting to feel good on her legs and even walked 3 or 4 feet on Monday. I know that there are going to be lots of steps forward followed by steps back, but I think it will continue to be difficult each time. Of course we wish that things could be different for Molly. She is still of lots of smiles and joy, which is all we can ever ask for.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

We're Moving (Today)

We recently put our house on the market to try and find a house that would be a better fit for Molly. We love this house (and especially our neighbors), but all of the bedrooms and bathrooms are upstairs. The house sold in 10 days and we close this Friday. We have been looking and wavering between buying an existing house and building one.

We have found a wonderful old ranch that is only 0.3 miles from Molly's preschool, which is at an elementary school. She will be able to drive her power wheelchair on sidewalks to both elementary school and middle school. I am beyond excited for the opportunities that this will open up for her. The house has a circular driveway in the front, which is perfect for Molly to be able to play in the front yard in both her walker and wheelchair.

The movers arrive in 2 hours and there is still lots to pack (so of course I am on the computer). Molly has a cold that has made sleep a challenge and prevented her from going to school this week. No the perfect timing, but whatever we haven't gotten done the movers can do. We are SO excited to move and be in a place that is so well suited for Molly. The new house has 3 bedrooms and the entire house has hardwood floors, which is perfect for Molly. The bathrooms leave something to be desired and there is no garage, but in time we will make this house just right for us. We won't close until next month, but the house was vacant, so we are renting from the current owner until we close. They say things always work out and in this case it seems things have worked out better than we could have imagined.

Molly is starting to feel a lot better on her legs (I think we're 5 weeks post-op) and she even walked with her walker in the new house. She was in the hot tub last night and bumped her right leg and immediately asked to get out. She has clearly cracked something, but within a few hours was attempting to stand for brief periods. We are all hoping that whatever is hurt won't slow her down for too long so that she can be back up and walking.

OK... back to packing...

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Oops - Missed October!

Things have been more than a little crazy here. We put our house on the market two weeks ago and got an offer on Tuesday! We close on the 20th of this month, so we are scrambling to pack up and figure out where we are going next. We have been looking for a while, but still have not found exactly what we are looking for. It seems we will most likely end up building, so we are going to rent for a while.

We found a house to rent down the street from Molly's school, but it isn't available until next month and I think we will need to do a little work to clean it up before we can move it (the rent is a steal, so we are willing to do a little ourselves). We can walk to Molly's school and there is another family down the street that we are becoming friends with and their son is in Molly's class.

Molly is doing well, but still is not feeling up to standing for more than a couple of minutes. She has been complaining of a lot of aches and pains and we realized she is due for her Pamidronate soon (the IV medication), so hopefully a lot of those issues will go away once she gets her medicine. The buyer is getting our hot tub, so we will be without that form of relief for the next several months, which will be hard.

Molly is definitely feeling a little bit out of sorts with all of the changes taking place. She doesn't want Jim or I to be more than a few feet away and is still having some issues with me leaving her at school, but that seems to be getting a little bit better.

We are all over the place with what we want/need in our next house. The thought initially was to get/build a ranch w/1 bedroom upstairs for guests. We then starting thinking about building one with one bedroom suite down and then having the rest of the downstairs be living space, but from talking to other parents they assured me that Molly would be going up the stairs to see what was happening and that no matter what whatever was happening upstairs would be where she wanted to be. So... we are back to thinking a ranch is best, so we will probably end up building and now it is a matter of finding a lot that isn't right under the airplanes, near the highway or so small you can touch your neighbors house. Let the adventure begin!