Thursday, July 22, 2010

Casting Call


Well, I have a free moment to update what is going on with the ol' foot.  We went to the orthopedic doctor yesterday and found out that my foot is NOT broken!!!!!!  I have a badly bruised bone and where two of my bones meet they separate a little bit when I put weight on my foot.  The doctor decided that it would be best to put a cast on my foot for four weeks, so I don't do any damage.  He did say that a bruised bone can be a lot more painful than an actual break--I can't attest to that because I've never had a broken bone, but I do know that I've been in A LOT of pain!!  So now I'm sporting a bright orange cast with a "T" and "Vols" on it.  Gee, I wonder who did that!?!   I do have a "shoe" that I can attach to the cast, so I'm hoping in a few days I will be able to put that on and not have to use my crutches any more!!!  The doctor said I'll have to be the one who determines whether I can do it or not.  All, I know is that since I've had the cast on, I'm not in constant pain, so I think we are on the right track. 

This weekend, we have family coming into town for Sophie's baptism.  Josiah is excited to see Bup-Bup, Mimi and Granny Whoosh.  It'll be nice to let the church people have a break from meals and helping out with the kids.  There is no way that we would be able to survive without their help.  We have continually been praising God for all the help.  Please continue to pray that I'll be walking soon than later without crutches!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Boot int he Summer?


I thought I would take a moment to update everyone on what is going on with my foot.  Last Wednesday, I started having quite a bit of pain in my foot.  Every time I stood up with my crutches, it felt like someone was pressing down on my bone.  It felt like my bone was going to snap at any moment.  It continued through Thursday morning and afternoon.  After I couldn't stand it anymore, I called Chris at work to find an orthopedic doctor that would be covered by our insurance.  He found a doctor and got me an appointment for the next morning.  We got up Friday and headed to the orthopedic doctor.  They looked at the x-rays from the hospital, but wanted to have them taken again.  Their x-rays had a little more detail than the hospital ones.  They saw a line, but nothing that clearly would make them say that I had a fracture or a broken bone.  They also noticed that the spacing between two of my bones seemed wider than what they normally see.  So now, they want me to get an MRI to see if what they are seeing on the x-rays is how my foot is or if it is from the injury.  Before I left, they gave me one of those HUGE boots!!  Normally, the boot will allow the injured person to walk without crutches.  Well, I guess I'm not normal because I still need my crutches to walk!!!   The doctor did say that she would have been surprised if I could walk without the crutches.    So I'm still icing my foot and keeping it elevated.  We have an MRI for Friday and then we will head back to the orthopedic doctor next week. 

God continues to be so good to The Greenwoods.  We have an AMAZING church family!! A few weeks ago I was telling my discipler that I didn't feel like I knew very many of the ladies in our church.  Well, the ladies in the church have been coming to the house either in the morning or the afternoon to help with Josiah and Sophie.  I guess I need to be careful what I ask for--I think a tea would have accomplished the same thing!!   It has been hard for me receiving all this help because I'm normally the one helping others, but God has been working on me and there is no other place that I'd rather be.  The ladies have also been making some delicious meals for us.  Let's just say if I had to make meals while hopping around on one foot, I'd be back in the emergency room!!   One family even hard our house cleaned for us--that was a HUGE blessing, since I wasn't able to clean it after all our family went home. 

I will admit that I've had a few rough moments here and there.  There are moments when I would like to just be done with this.  It's hard to have Josiah ask me to carry him and not be able to do it.  It's hard to finish feeding Sophie and night and not be able to place her in her crib.  I remind myself during these times that Christ never said our life would be easy.  Instead, I'm trying to see what He wants me to learn.

Please continue to be in prayer for us.  Chris is having to do A LOT around the house plus continue with all his responsibilities at the church.  I know that he is exhausted, but he has a great attitude and continues to serve his family.  I'll keep you updated as we find new things out.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

First Pony Ride


Well, I have quite a bit to write about today...

Last week, Chris was on a mission trip.  His mom came up for Josiah's birthday party and stayed a few extras days to help me with the kids.  She left Wednesday morning, and my mom and niece arrived Wednesday night.  We got up Thursday morning and headed to Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast.  My plan was to stay close to home on Thursday because Josiah has been very interested in going potty on the toilet.  I probably should have stuck to my original plan, but the weather was so beautiful that I couldn't resist being outside.  It was the first time in days that it wasn't in the 90's and you didn't sweat as soon as you opened the door.  We decided to go to a local animal park for a little bit.  We got there and fed some of the animals and even petted a few.  They had a pony ride that was part of the entry fee.  We headed over to the pony ride next.  There were a few kids in line waiting for their turn.  I asked Josiah if he wanted to ride the pony and to my surprise he said he wanted to.  I thought as we waited in line that he would change his mind.  He is a little timid when it comes to new things.  Well, it was his turn to go, and he still wanted to ride.  I got on the other side of the horse to spot Josiah.  The handler started leading the horse and when she did Josiah started to wobble.  The horse started coming towards me and when she did it made Josiah lean to one side.  The handler was trying to correct Josiah and when she did, it made the horse come towards me even more.  I wasn't quick enough and the horse stepped right on top of my foot---did I mention that I was wearing flip-flops?  It hurt like crazy, but I didn't want to make a big deal about it because I didn't want Josiah to be afraid of the horse.  So I walked around the ring two times so Josiah could have his pony ride--by the way he LOVED it!!!  By the time we got done with the pony ride, my foot was the size of a tennis ball and some wonderful shades of blue and purple!!!   I called Chris on his cell phone and told  him I was heading to the emergency room.  I quickly explained what had happened and hung up because I was trying to feed Sophie while my mom was packing up the car, getting ice and filling out an accident report.  I called Mimi and Bob-Bob (they are our VA grandparents who watch Josiah and Sophie once a week, so Chris and I can have a date day) to see if Mimi could come watch the kids.  She was a lot more rational than I was because she suggested that my mom watch the kids and she could take me to the ER.  Why didn't I think of that?  Maybe, it is because I just got done having a few hundred pound animal step on the top of my foot!    So, Patricia  met us at our house and brought me to the ER.  I walked in and was taken right back to a room.  I was so impressed at how quickly things were moving.  Patricia and I were commenting on how quickly we were moving, but I guess we spoke too soon because we ended up being there for about 3.5 hours.  The longest part of the wait was waiting for the radiologist to look at the x-rays.  They said that I didn't break anything, but I'm not too sure about that.  As much pain as I'm still in, makes me wonder a little bit.  I go back to my doctor on Tuesday, so we will see what they say.  I have my foot in a soft cast and have crutches to get around on.  It's not much fun, but Josiah had a blast riding his first pony.  I'm a bit sad because Chris and I were going away for the night for our anniversary, but we won't be able to now.  We are going to try to reschedule it for my birthday weekend in September.  I have no idea what Chris had planned, but he said that I probably wouldn't enjoy it very much.  We are going to try to go to dinner and see Toy Story 3, but we will have to wait and see how my foot is doing.  I went out baby shower shopping for a little bit this morning and my toes swelled up like crazy.  All I can say is that I'm paying for it now. 

Please be in prayer for us as we try to figure out what the next week or so is going to look like.  I can't do very much for Josiah and Sophie because I'm pretty much laid up on the couch.  Chris is the only pastor here, so he has a lot of responsibilities right now.  We know that God is good, and He will work everything out, but it is always nice to be covered in prayer