Saddle Up!

All photos on this blog are courtesy of a Nikon D3100 camera that has been provided for the FullPlateFamily in exchange for photo credits and user reviews of accessories.  I have always used a Nikon camera, but never properly.  Thanks to some really great upgrades and proper instruction, my pictures are so much more crisp and I can capture my baby’s faces so much better, before they are no longer babies.

I apologize again for the lack of updates.  We’re drowning in medical needs around here currently.  Nothing serious, thank God, but when you have five of eleven people living with a chronic medical need, you have some maintenance that needs to be done every once in awhile.  

Today is my day.  I’m currently enjoying smelling breakfast, but not eating, as I wait to undergo a procedure that will, hopefully, mean less scar tissue in my abdomen.  I had Ulcerative Colitis as a kid and had my large intestine removed at the age of 20 to stop its debilitating effects.  There is a certain amount of maintenance that comes with the reconstruction they did so that I could avoid living with an ostomy.  I have avoided doing that maintenance for the better part of 15 years.  It caught up with me two months ago and now it’s time to face the surgical music.  Bleck.  It’s only day surgery.  Thank goodness.  

On Thursday we’ll travel to our state’s large children’s hospital to meet with the GI doctor for Middle-Middle.  We’ll begin testing for things like celiac disease and, ironically, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.  He is having a tough time of it, but told me he feels less alone knowing that I had the same problems at his age.  It’s funny how God gave me an adopted child who is so like me.  

We have delayed doing anything for Dolly or discussing her next surgical step until after the holidays.  Between our trip to Disney World last year, that our local surgeon was sure was going to kill Dolly, and my choice to wait until after the holidays to discuss this any further, I’m pretty sure I’m being labeled as a nut-case.  I don’t care.  Dolly is SO excited for Christmas.  I don’t want this hanging over our heads.  I want to enjoy her.  She is a person first.  It’s my job to make them remember that.  After the holidays, we’ll start weighing all the options again.  So far, no two recommendations are alike and we’ve now been gathering second opinions for 6 months.  We have time to decide, and for that, I am very thankful.  

The time has come for us to make a decision though, to find a plan and to begin the process of moving forward.  

So, we saddle up and get ready for a wild ride…yet again.  

who is strapping on her riding boots.  

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