Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Andrew started freshmen band camp today. Eric initially thought he'd play percussion in band this year, just so he could be part of band. But he changed his mind and has decided to sit out band this fall. The doctors say to give his lungs six more months to heal, then hopefully he can try his trumpet again, possibly re-join the band second semester, and see how it goes. In the meantime, for extra-curricular activity, Eric will focus on piano and theater lessons. Next week, he's taking a musical theater class through the Children's Theater Company at the Central School here in Lake Charles.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
We attended the Governor's Program musical, Grease, this evening. We enjoyed the music and dancing, and Eric had fun seeing some of his friends from last year.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
At least the resaurants are open. Post-Shakespeare class lunch today . . . Darrell's Po'Boys. My Lake Charles readers know, Darrell's is THE place to go for Louisiana po'boys.
Speaking of Shakespeare, the boys are rehearsing their lines for Friday's performance. Eric's playing Hamlet and Andrew is (you could guess) Romeo.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Eric doesn't use his O2 at all anymore. We still carry it around, "just in case," but he hasn't used it in many days. He still gets short of breath with extreme exertion, but as soon as he stops to rest, he's fine.
Here's Eric and our pastor/story narrator, Rev. Fred Seay.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Then despite having two more scheduled PT sessions, when we told Kim that Eric didn't use his oxygen the whole time (okay, there were those 2-3 minutes one day) at Mo Ranch or yesterday working out at the gym, she said, "Great, then today's your last visit!"
Eric's LAST post-PT Sonic snack . . . popcorn chicken and a grape-watermelon Dr. Pepper.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
The theme for this conference was, "What's Your Story?" Everyone has one, don't they? We spent a lot of time working to overcome stereotypes, learning to not pre-judge people, etc. but to hear their story first. And we worked on getting comfortable telling others our own story.
I'm hoping Eric discovers many ways to tell his story.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
We arrived at Mo Ranch yesterday afternoon without a hitch. Surprisingly, the eight hour drive passed relatively quickly. We're here with several youth from our church for a multicultural conference. There are about 200 participants from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and as far away as Georgia, and Puerto Rico.
I thought, briefly, about not bringing my computer, but opted to bring her along after all, deciding the withdrawl would be too painful.
It's beautiful here, quite hot, but not as humid as Lake Charles. Mo Ranch lies nestled along the verdant, meandering Guadalupe River. We're in the Texas "hill country," and indeed, it's quite hilly. Eric and Andrew are having a good time so far, meeting new people and making friends. Here are several photos from our first day here.
Monday, July 6, 2009
If there's anything that makes Louisiana feel like home, it's the people; the amazing friends we've made here. There's no doubt that these wonderful people have made us feel welcome and loved.
Eric has been home from the hospital for two months and a day now. He's made incredible strides in his recovery, by far exceeding our expectations. He's gained 18 pounds so far. And he's progressing quickly in physical therapy. Yesterday at church, he took the 22 stairs up to fellowship hall two by two, without any oxygen. All this, and yet, it's difficult for Eric to appreciate these achievements. It's frustrating for a fourteen year old boy who's tired of using O2 and feeling short of breath with a fraction of the activity he could do prior to his illness. He just wants to be better. Back to normal. Now. And we have no idea how long this recovery ultimately will take and to what degree Eric will fully recover. What lessons we're all learning . . . patience, acceptance, gratitude, the value of prayer, hope, and faith. Thank you all for joining us on this journey.
We're headed to the library this evening to find books, audio books, and videos for the long car ride to Mo Ranch this Thursday and the return on Sunday. Also at the library, the boys are taking a comic book art class for teens.
Eric's post-workout Sonic snack . . . corndog and a Powerade slush.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Independence Day. I'd like to claim independence. I want to embrace independence from some ingrained habits that waste my time and pre-occupy my mind, decreasing my productivity. In other words, I want to write more.
Yesterday was Eric's last day for occupational therapy. But his physical therapist Kim wants to continue seeing him once a week, mostly to keep him on track, but also to see if we can wean the amount of oxygen he uses with exercise. Heavy exertion is the only time he uses O2 now.
Bob was off yesterday, so for Eric's post-PT snack (definitely more like a meal), we went to O'Charlie's restaurant. They have great food.
Eric's post-fireworks Sonic snack . . . grape limeade and tots.