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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Easter at Eastlake Southcoast

Yes we were all at the same place, at the same time, with a camera and a friend. Two things to take note of, Lauren is wearing 4 inch heels (Russ hasn't shrunk that much) and Steven IS dressed up (he covered his plain white tee with a sweat shirt). I was so happy to have all of us together I didn't care what anyone wore. As I mentioned in the last post we don't see Steven much anymore and we kinda miss him. I always thought I wanted to be an empty nester, but right now I'm thankful that my daughter is still home, she helps out so much with the running around of her grandma and dad and with other errands Russ would normally do.
Russ has been very busy with doctors, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and a pain management program. He's got something going everyday, which is good as it doesn't give him time to worry too much. He's really enjoying the pain program, because it is mostly relaxation techniques (he's actually fallen asleep in some of the sessions). He's catching sleep whenever he can since he's up all night going to the bathroom. No it's not prostrate problems, it seems that the urethra didn't heal as well as we hoped so now his bladder never fully empties. The poor guy spends more time in the bathroom than out. As of today's' doctors appointment he will have to have a new catheter put in to make sure his bladder empties and does not cause too much pressure on his kidneys. This is a temporary fix while they are trying to get him in to see a "World Renown Urologists" up in Irvine that does these special urethral repairs (I was told it's like sewing tissue paper together).
So today is on the downhill side of the roller coaster ride for Russ, as he was really hoping there would be a simple fix this time. However, in typical Russ fashion he took a few minutes to feel bad and then moved forward to the next appointment with a smile on his face. Our motto around here is "You gotta laugh or you'll cry".
I'll update as we learn more about his surgery, keep on praying, and come by and visit if you're in the area.

1 comment:

  1. Irvine?? Poor Russ, that's quite a drive. Hopefully they will be able to fix the problem soon though. I imagine it makes what he's going through even harder since he isn't well rested.

    If you guys feel up to it, maybe we can get together when your in Irvine area. :)