Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Get Well Soon!


I had some fun in Photoshop today!

Josh blowing a *big* bubble

Josh's 16th birthday!

Mom, Josh, and Emily

My parents left for Gainesville Monday afternoon. Josh's surgery was scheduled for Tuesday morning. They arrived at Shands hospital at 7 in the morning, but Josh didn't go under the knife until 2:45! The surgery lasted 3 hours! It was a long day of waiting, but the procedure went fine and Josh is resting up!!

He spent Tuesday night in the pediatric ICU for routine monitoring. My Mom could stay with him since he was still in pediatrics! He will be moved to a room sometime today where he will stay for recovery. He'll stay in Shands for almost a week!!! Get that boy plenty of magazines!!!

I'm sorry to say that I can't give many details about the nature of his surgery...my brain automatically blocks out anything "overly medical." My mom is a great source of all those details, however! She knows it all!!

Josh's Wrestling Match in Jax, January 2004

Pictionary Extravaganza, Christmas 2007

The experiments of teenage boys...
You know troll dolls?
I'm not quite sure how to say this.
My brother tied a troll doll to our dock, dropped it in the water, and waited...
for barnacles to grow!
What motivated this, I'm not really sure ~
It was a private science experiment of sorts!
He would go out and check on it from time to time...


Playing guitar at home.

If Josh is watching TV then you *know* sports are on!!

Josh in North Carolina this March

Josh,
We Love you and we're thinking about you!!
Rest, get well soon, and come visit!

3 comments:

Cold Spaghetti said...

Oh my! Sorry to hear Josh had to undergo surgery -- and we're glad to hear that he is well and resting fine. One week in the hospital! Maybe he'll have some good sports to watch?

Head Kook said...

Josh's surgery was scheduled about a year ago. It was not "medically necessary," but he elected to go ahead with it. They say getting it done at a younger age makes it a little easier! What Josh has is somewhat similar to Tim's knees (Osgood Slaughter) in that the cause is somewhat mysterious, it is noticed in the teenage years, and it can often be "lived with."

FACTS
* "Pectus Excavatum" is the most common chest wall birth defect, one in 300 have it
*Includes overgrowth of the rib cartilages, cause unknown
* It's is more common in males than females
* May not be noticed until adolescence
* Severity of Pectus Excavatum can be measured by the Pectus Severity Index, numbers correlate with vital capacity and lung capacity
* Physical symptoms are not well recognized and may include:
1. inability to take deep breath
2. shortness of breath, lack of
stamina during exertion
3. anterior chest pain
4. variety of respiratory
complications
* Surgical correction is viewed as cosmetic by many physicians, non surgical treatments documented as ineffective
* Methods of surgical correction include: Leonard, Nuss (the one Josh had) and Ravitch and are best performed by surgeons specializing in this area. My mom did *extensive* research to find the *best* surgeons for the procedure.

That's the whole scoop!!

I talked to Josh today!! He is in some pain, but he's being a great sport!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Em this is josh I was wondering if you can send me 2 of these pictures.

both from June 5th
The 16th birthday one with the muck jar(but can u send the unphotoshoped one? the one with regular colors) and the 2nd troll picture one that has the words

"I'm not quite sure how to say this.
My brother tied a troll doll to our dock, dropped it in the water, and waited...
for barnacles to grow!
What motivated this, I'm not really sure ~
It was a private science experiment of sorts!
He would go out and check on it from time to time..."

Cause that picture isnt showing up

my e-mail is theflyingsquirrel13@yahoo.com

hehe and thanks for the get well blog entry!

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