Friday, August 24, 2012

Quotes worth noting...and a picture worth showing!

"Make no judgement where you have no compassion" -Anne McCaffrey

"Never look down on anybody, unless you are helping them up"
-Jesse Jackson

"With humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers, and once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it" -Bill Cosby

"Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men, who kept working"
-Hermione Granger

"We should live our lives as Christ was coming this afternoon" -Jimmy Carter

"What seems to us as bitter trials, are often blessings in disguise"
-Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pictures of surgery and after

Here are pictures throughout the day of surgery and today! You will notice a "monster" Slim Jim. He wanted one. Very random. We also had my hope bracelet on and his father wore his because he couldn't have it on in surgery.

I have a newborn, but he's 9 and hard to hold...

It's 9:45 pm Tuesday. I'm preparing physically and mentally oh and emotionally for work tomorrow. My heart goes out to all the half zombie, sleepless mother's!!! Let's say given what was left with the front capsule of Drake's eye the physicians did the best they could in a bad situation. One of the docs came out about 25 mins into surgery and stated that there was very little front capsule left so he wasn't too confident they could get a synthetic lens in, but they've measured for one and would try. Drake had EXTREMELEY high pressure in his eye and they are hoping getting the cataract out would improve that. At that point we were left to sit and wait. I was just in shock, the mother robot was back- just as she was June 30th. We ate and waited. I enjoyed the view of SLC, which briefly side tracked me! I said probably the 20 th prayer so far into my morning which started the night before. I could not rest. After another 1.5 hours and a lot of looks on pinterest out came both surgeons. They sat and talked to us. They stated there was a tiny leaflet that they were able to stitch the synthetic lens too. They both stated it was better to try then do nothing at all. They cleared out a lot of damaged tissue and they stated the back of the eye looked ok given the trauma it had experienced. They said they couldn't repair the shredded iris because the eye just wasn't stable enough. They also stated he was developing fogginess in the back of the eye, so to not be alarmed if things go blurry again. He'd have to get another surgery and we'd just have to ride the wave of what his eye decided to do. However, the cloudiness from the cataract was out and they were hoping the lens would take. They also placed a dissolvable contact with antibiotics on it. I thought how uncomfortable stitches and that thing would be in his eye. My heart hurt for him. I kept my game face on. About another 45 mins after they called us back to our son who was acting like he was out of the Exorcist. All jokes a side, he suffered emergence delirium. He ws screaming, mumbling, hitting, kicking, punching and lashing out. I was trying to hold all 77lbs of him and he bit me. There was about 8 people in the room and the anesthesiologist was trying to explain what was going on. He finally got overwhelmed as we continued to hold him down so he wouldn't hurt his IV site or rip off his eye patch. It was living hell. I wanted to say, "Sedate him, please!" I thought it was a nightmare. That bite kept things very much in reality. The anesthesiologist gave him clonidene and had us wait about 15 mins then resorted to morphine. Five mins later, hair up and throw off, I heard snoring. That was literally like a boxing class for all of us. we were all red and sweating. He finally woke up, asked if the surgery was done and I said prayers in my head, I had my funny boy backed. We finished recovery- gave Kim (literally the angel nurse) a HUGE, "Thank you," and we're off! Things were very challenging up until this afternoon. I will update more but I'm tired and haven't really talked to my husband, so I'm going to spend time with him. Drake has finally fallen asleep in his bed. Hallelujah and goodnight.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Click link to ABC4 news! You can donate under Drake Sorensen at any Chase Bank or on the PayPal tab!!

Thank you Grandma Tammy for a fun day!

Grandma Tammy picked up Drake and was meeting up with Papa Kelly for one on one time before surgery! She showed up with cool back to school clothes and a very fitting eyeball backpack! We love you Tammy, thank you for all you do!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fun times before surgery!

So we went by the school today to see the class lists! Here are some pictures of the boys and me along with Traverse Mountain Principal, David Stephenson! He's a great principal!!! The ice cream truck also made a cameo so I gave in...Surgery is Monday, bright and early at 7:30 am! Here we are all smiles!!! I love all my boys so much!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bracelet pictures

You can see all the unique bracelets that have been made! We received some really cool beads from Aunt Cali and Uncle Brandon. They are shells! Here are the current pictures of the bracelets so far! Grannie Driggs also sent us great supplies!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Thank you!

So many thank you's to send out today! First off thank you to Cupcake Chic in Orem and Chic-fil-a! Both companies donated delicious treats for our bead making party! Thank you to Heart Beads out of Murray for their generous donation.

Also, special thank you to Grandma Tammy for the beads, food and full blown support and love and Katie- you have been a lifesaver!

We received a great box from Julie at Carlin Insurance; and a new whistle, beaded necklace and brave frog story from Grannie Driggs!!! Also, Grandma Kathy cheered Drake up with new games for his DS after surgery!!

Thank you to Heather and Tammy in the neighborhood! You have no idea how much it meant for you to come! Thank you to all of my husbands family for coming, too! Also, the Allred kiddo's and the Nieto kids!! Here are pictures from are event. I was sad that there were not others here, but I guess during times of trial, you see who you can really rely on! Love you all!!