03/26/08 20:18:59 - The O.T.

I had a number of people respond (not just on the blog but on my email), wondering what exactly Occupational Therapy (OT) is and why Aren needs it. So, Iíll try to fill you in a bit.
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12/22/07 10:35:27 - Ports

Once again, Iíve let myself get behind on current events. Aren and Tania had checkups again this month; both got new immunizations. Tania is now six months old, is 27 inches long and weighs 17 lbs.

In other, more exciting news, last Friday Aren had his port-a-cath removed. For those who donít know, a port is basically a device implanted under the skin to make it easier for doctors to draw blood (for labs) and deliver IV medications. (To read more about ports, click here)

So now, for the first time in five years, Aren has no medical devices implanted in his body. Even though there are still issues that heís going to have to work through (mostly muscle and bone issues resulting from four years of prednisone Ė see the broken leg stories), it feels like weíre finally done with all of his medical problems.

To celebrate, Iíve posted an all-new video of Aren on YouTube. Actually, itís not new. I finished it last Christmas, and itís made up of video that we took of Aren on his Make-A-Wish trip. And it has nothing whatsoever to do with medical stuff. But itís fun to watch, anyway. So, enjoy. Watch the video.

05/12/07 21:01:10 - Arenís Funky Leg

When Dr. Goode operated on Aren's leg, he explained to us that it is better for the nails inserted into the femur to not be completely inside the bone. (I guess it is easier to remove them that way... MB will check on that next time Aren has an appointment.) He explained that, as a result of this, it would be very possible that the nail may eventually poke through the skin. Well, it happened.

There is nothing to worry about, as long as we change his dressing daily and keep putting antibiotic ointment on it. Oh, and Aren is on a pretty heavy dose of antibiotics on top of that, too. So, while we always want Aren kept in as many prayers as possible, there's no need for anyone to freak out.

That being said, I want to warn anyone who may want to click "Read More". When I was a kid, one of the best parts of having an injury was being able to gross everyone else out. "Wanna see something gross?" we'd ask, hoping to be able to revel in the look of horror on the face of the person gazing at our wound. Well, technically this isn't my wound, and I can't actually see anyone's face, but the next page is going to have pictures of Aren's funky leg, from the time when you could begin to see a bump under the skin until now.

So... wanna see something gross?

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Gimme a break... no... WAIT!!! - Posted 04/24/07 by Rick
Donor Part II - Posted 01/25/07 by Rick
Donor - Posted 01/02/07 by Rick
Normal - Posted 10/29/06 by Rick
News - Posted 03/17/06 by Rick
The Sound of Violence - Posted 01/16/06 by Rick
Aren Spelling - Posted 10/04/05 by Rick
Aren Quotes - Posted 10/04/05 by Rick

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