Well, it's Monday night, and we've had Kaden back home from the hospital since Friday afternoon.
Sorry for the delay in getting this news up here on the blog - by the time things slow down to blogging speed, it's often sleepy time for mom and dad.
Anyhow, here are some basics on the situation as it stands:
1) Kaden is doing great. He is off all prescription pain meds, and only takes Tylenol or Advil as needed, which usually is only at bedtime. Amazing to think about - major hip reconstruction surgery, and less than a week later, no real pain. Wow.
2) The only thing that was not going smoothly was - shall we say - the end of the line for food. A bit of constipation is common, and it took until Sunday night for that system to get back on track. The praise is that there was no need for laxatives or any more extreme measures. Yay.
3) One unexpected praise: in the hospital, the nurses told us that a bean bag chair can be a great thing for kids in a Spica cast, since it allows for very even support over the whole body, and you can even turn the kiddo onto their stomach for a while. Well, looking at the prices for bean bag chairs the size we need was a bit eye-opening. Those things ain't cheap! A request was sent out to our homeschool group asking if anyone had one that we could use, and we got one that is perfect! Thank you to our generous support system!
4) One more praise: these same wonderful people are bringing us meals for the next couple of weeks! What a blessing! What a way to gain back those pounds I was trying to get rid of! So far we're 2-for-2 on absolutely delicious meals. Have you ever noticed that people never bring over a meal of raw veggies, protein powder and distilled water? It's always deep fried cream cheese wrapped in bacon and hot fudge fondue. Thank you all for letting us feast - we can eat the rabbit food on our own later.*
5) I (Steve) started back teaching for the Spring semester at OCC. So far, it's great (one day into it)! I really like my job - teaching scruffy college kids is an opportunity to be salt and light in a dark place (with a few lights here and there). However, the start of a new semester always is a time of re-adjusting to Daddy not being home as much, and Mom re-bearing the full burden of household things when I'm away.
I think that's all for now. Kaden is alseep (along with the rest of the boys), and it's time to get ready for work tomorrow. Thank you all for the ongoing prayers and concerns for us - we are upheld by you all much more than we could ever deserve. We are unworthy of your care.
Blessings to you all,
*If anyone feels led to continue to send us the Trader Joe's Gourmet Peanut Butter Cups that Kathy included in her meal for us, we will not keep you from receiving the blessing of giving to others.