Monday, November 29, 2010

Group Fun

Something I look forward to during the Holidays is spending time with friends and family.  I have a sweet group of friends from high school that still get together ever so often even though two have children and one lives out of town.  Our moms are good friends and hang out regularly.  The weekend before Thanksgiving we were able to get the whole group together for a night of sharing old memories and making new ones.  Bryant was laying on the couch upstairs the whole night and afterward commented that the noise never stopped!  I guess that's what happens when you get a bunch of cheerleaders and their moms together =)  I just can't believe that it's been 13 years since we graduated together!

My sister and her family came to visit for Thanksgiving.  My nephews are now five and three.  L told me about the Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard at Memphis Botanic Garden that she heard about from C.  It was a lot of fun!  I'm so glad we thought to snap a picture of all of us on our way out. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 11

Today's the 11th day that Bryant has been unable to sit down.  Literally.

Two years after he became a pilot he went to the doctor once for some back pain and hasn't had to revisit the issue again until about 4 months ago.  All of his trips are international so an eight to twelve hour flight is the norm for him.  On his last several trips, after one of these long legs, he would experience pain and stiffness in his lower back that would only subside after icing it for the remainder of the day.

Since these episodes starting occurring more frequently, he decided to start physical therapy a couple of weeks ago.  After just three appointments, he was already feeling better and back to running a little bit each day.   This same week he had to leave for a trip and by the end of the second day his back began hurting again.  To date, this has been the worst and longest episode he has had.  It started on the 12th of this month and he has not been able to sit down since.

Because he was on a trip, it was quite an ordeal getting him the medicine he needed and a flight home.  It's pretty hard to fly home commercially when you can't sit down!  He stood up for most of the three hour flight home since the shorter flights don't offer the Business Elite lie flat seats.  However, we are thankful he was not overseas as an international flight would have been miserable for him!  He has only two positions these days - standing up or lying flat on his back.  Nothing in between.

Since he's been home, we've been to two physical therapy appointments and the PT has given him some stretching exercises to target his lower back.  He is on some anti-inflammatory drugs which are slowly helping to increase his mobility.  Friday morning, he had an MRI which showed the disc is moderately herniated - which explains the excruciating pain he experienced.  Wednesday he has an appointment with a neurosurgeon at Semmes Murphy.  This appointment should bring some clarification and confirm if he is on the right track with his PT schedule.

Everything we have heard so far is that he will not need surgery at this point.  Back surgery is usually the last option and much can be reversed through PT.  His condition is very common in pilots due to the nature of their job - the sitting in cramped spaces for hours and the effects from the pressure difference.

Everyone has been very helpful with shared stories and experiences.  Even though there are probably a million different issues one can have with the back, there seems to be a camaraderie among fellow back pain sufferers.  Bryant has received lots of advice and understanding- all of which are appreciated.  If only the answer was truly as simple as, "strengthen your core."

So here we are, 11 days and counting and 11 pounds lighter (collectively).  Pain killers haven't done much for Bryant's appetite and I guess my missing two can be chalked up as sympathy pounds.  I'm sure mine will find their way back let's say on... Friday!

Looking on the bright side, Bryant will be home for quite awhile.  He won't be flying for the rest of the year as he allows some time for the physical therapy to make some progress.  We appreciate your prayers so far and covet them for the days ahead.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Happy Saturday

Well, here we are.  My birthday week is coming to a close with Thanksgiving next week and Christmas around the corner.  I called my mom yesterday just to read off my calendar to her for the next 6 weeks.  The conversation started with, "Tomorrow I need to..." and ended with "then it's Christmas."  It was as if reading the events out loud was my way of RSVP-ing to myself.  Convincing myself that I can make every event from now until the end of the year.  But with our latest development, we'll just have to take it a day at a time.

But that's not what this blog post is about.  I will give some updates soon but since I only have a few minutes this morning, today's post will be random and light.  But not for the fainthearted ;)

Don't let the Season knock you off your feet...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Closet Sale

The last couple of weeks I have been waist deep in clothes!  I organized my sister's closet one day while she was at work (my love of organizing gets me into big projects from time to time) and what started as a day project turned into this...

Amanda's Closet Sale ~ Thursday the 18th ~ 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

She has decided to downsize the contents of her closet simply because there are not enough days to wear all her clothes.  Her profession is all about clothes so she is constantly acquiring them.  So much so, that she is even selling items from just last year.

You can R.S.V.P. to the event on Facebook.  If anyone needs directions, I can email them to you.  Hope to see you there.  It's sure to be a fun time!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Candid Camera

One of my friends switched to the iPhone this week.  Every time I think back to life before the iPhone, I remember how annoying it was to have to delete a photo before saving a new one.  There's a dozen things to love about my iPhone, but being able to keep hundreds (and I'm assuming thousands) of pictures is a favorite!  I frequently send my sister a picture of an outfit for her approval or text my mom a picture of an antique asking for her opinion...

Right now I have around 350 pics saved on my phone.  When I scroll through them I see shoes, clothes, furniture, home decor, my nephews and niece, and... lots and lots of Miles.  He has quite a personality and at least once a week we find ourselves grabbing our phones to catch him in the moment - whether it's some hilarious pose he's in or some ridiculous arrangement of toys he's left behind.

One night he was hanging out with Mandy and she happened to catch these series of pictures.  She had bought a stuffed animal that day for a baby shower gift and had set it on her desk.  The next time she walks in her room, she grabs her phone in time for these...

I want that.
If I sit, maybe I'll get it.
Somebody help me.

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