Sunday, July 15, 2012

July 15, 2012

We had our first party at our home last night! It was a smashing success and both Kevin and I enjoyed ourselves. I think roughly 30 people showed up and it was nice to see our friends merge and get to know each other.

We still don't know too many people, but we had some of our neighbors over and some folks from the hospitals and even more amazing - my friend Karen and her husband Mark drove down from Pennsylvania earlier this week.

We are having a blast with them being here. Mark has really stepped in and done all kinds of 'manly' things that I just don't know how to do around the house. I even had him teach me how to climb up into the attic and change the air conditioner filter. Sadly, I didn't even know that needed done.

In other news, we did have an appt with the plastic surgeon at BAMC this week to discuss more surgery. Kevin's wants to have another fat graft done on his head (where they take fat from his belly and inject it over the plate in his head) and he wants to go see the surgeon in Pittsburgh that did it the last time for that.

He also wanted to have the large graft below his mouth down his neck medically tattooed to match the skin on the rest of his face, but while doing a video conference with the surgeon who did the original graft work, we all decided it wouldn't be a good move. We might be doing some more work around his eyes, but it will be a while. We haven't had major surgery in over a year (I think) and I am appreciating this time out of the hospital.

Kevin also had Botox done a couple of weeks ago; this time focusing on his wrist and fingers. The doc usually did about 11 or so small shots of Botox, but this time he did 5 'big' shots of the drug. Kevin's wrist is really turned in quite far so we are hoping this makes a hug difference to getting his arm/hand/wrist straightened and uncurled. Keep those fingers crossed!

That pretty much sums up what's been going on. To end, here is a pic of Kev and Christian. Those two have such a special bond - Christian always grabs Kevin and doesn't want to leave. Kevin is also the only person he will give an actual kiss goodbye to.


Erin Blegen said...

What an ADORABLE photo!! Those boys are lucky to have eachother :)
Glad the party was a success!


karen said...

I love this photo. Aren't the new kids in a family amazing for pulling everything into exactly the new shape the family needs to be?

It is always good to hear y'all finding the shape and pace of your life ... and cool that you provide these updates.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates Leslie! What a sweet picture! I'm so glad they have each other. They look like great buddies! :)
Take care,
Kathy in IA

Lori said...

I love the picture Leslie - you can tell they truly love each other. Glad you are able to do fun things like have parties and go places. It is so good to hear that your life is moving on - I can remember the posts when you couldn't do anything much at all. Take care.

Mary Neal said...

Leslie, go to and you can put in your appliance make and model number. They will set you up with a maintenance schedule, even email you a link to the owner's manual! There are a lot of helpful hints for homeowners on that website...and I love the reminders they send when it is time to change a filter, batteries in a smoke detector, etc. You do have to create an account but it is free!

Lorraine said...

Absolutely love the picture, what a miracle to your family baby Christian has become. He brings alot of smiles and laughs. Take care. Lorraine and Rick