Boy oh boy, will I
ever be happy to get past this month. About 3 hours after writing the little
entry for the 19th, I started to feel pretty bad pretty quickly, so Nora
drove me down to the ER at Portage Hospital and I was diagnosed with a blood
clot in my right lung as well as having a bunch of fluid in my right lung.
Portage stabilized me and shipped me off to Marquette General, where I spent
the rest of the week. I did get to go home Friday and have actually been
feeling pretty good since Thursday, so I think I am finally on the mend. I
still have two drainage tubes in me and they will come out next week, but
this is the best I have felt since first being operated on October 2nd. I
have actually spent all but 5 days of this entire month in the hospital. Not
Before I go on, I would just like to thank my beautiful
wife for taking such good care of me these past three+ weeks and for
handling so much that was on her plate. Not only did she have to take care
of me, but Grace, the pups, the house... everything. I think she has
averaged about 5 hours of sleep a night this month, but has kept going and
when things got really tough, she just dug her heels into the ground and
pushed her way through it. I am one lucky cookie to have found such a
wonderful person and we both feel that we have been put through the ringer
and back this month, but will only emerge stronger when it is all finally
over. So thanks honey, you are the best and I love you!!!
We had the trail work session this past Friday and
Saturday. I was hoping to at least show up for the dinner on Saturday and
thank everyone for coming up, but seeing as though I just got home Friday
afternoon and the flu is running around up here, I thought it wise to just
stay in and let my body rest. It has really been through a lot this month.
But I really to appreciate all of you that made the trek up here to work on
the trails. I was told that it was even more successful than last year and I
sure wish that I could have been there. It is actually a lot of fun and I
would have loved to meet everyone and thank them personally.
It feels great to be home and to also feel better with
each passing day. Needless to say I really do not have much to write about
as I spent so much time in the hospital, but Nora has taken some cute shots
of Grace in the past few days, so I can share them with you. This first one
was taken last night. I
held Gracie for the first time in over three weeks. Talk about a nice
Today Nora took Grace outside and put her in a little
rocking chair that my mom had at her house and was just going to toss out,
but asked us if we wanted it first and we said yes. Anyway, it was chilly
today, but Grace
seemed to be enjoying herself. There were a few serious moments as well
and Nora captured this
one. Grace might just end up being a photo model as she really is good
at posing. In this one she was asked to give us that cute,
but mischievous baby look. At one point during the photo session, Grace
decided to become a
bubble machine. Here is one that was taken from a little further back
and you can see how
color coordinated she was. Here she is again pondering
something serious. Probably just exactly what was the meaning of that
second to last segment in the Baby Einstein DVD. After the demanding photo
session this afternoon, she decided to change into something more
comfortable and watch
the next Baby Einstein DVD.
I guess that about covers it for this one.
Good night from the Keweenaw..
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Well, last Monday
night I was re-admitted to the hospital due to a setback with the surgery. I
just got home late yesterday and the doctors want me to take it easy, so no
entry this week. Hopefully I can snap some pics this week and put out a
short one next week.
Good night from the Keweenaw..
Welcome to October everyone! Even
though this isn't John, I figured I'd stick to his typical greeting. John is
recovering from some surgery he had last week and has asked me to write to
you all this evening. I'm sure you are wondering about John and I can tell
you he is home and trying to get as much rest as he can. He's also developed
a chest cold that hasn't helped matters. But, I'm sure he will be back to
his old self before too long!
Often John will ask me to write a journal and my reply is
always the same...."no thanks". I'll do anything to try to help
him with his workload but that is one thing I really don't like to do. I
believe it's mainly because John is such a great writer and I'm well....not
so much. But, considering the circumstance I agreed to write tonight's
entry. I know many of you read the journal strictly for the weather updates
and future forecasts and I'm afraid tonight's journal will have none of
Actually, I do have a little something to share with you
all, and that is the first
snow picture of the 2009-2010 season. I really wanted to get Gracie out
for her first official time in the snow but with John not up to par things
have been a little scattered around the Dee house. I was able to take her to
the window though
and show her the snow. She wasn't all that impressed to tell you the truth
and really could have used these
in the last picture. Poor child doesn't have a chance for a normal life in
this house! These are the type of pictures that will one day be so fun to
look back on and get a giggle out of them.
As you can tell this journal will be probably pretty
short and I'm going to chat about what I know best these days and that is
our sweet little Gracie!
She is so a hoot and growing like a weed. It's fun to watch her grow but a
big part of me wants to tell her to, "slow down already with all this
growing". Hard to believe that she is already 2 months old. She has her
2 month check up tomorrow and I'm really anxious to see what she weighs. My
back tells me it must be close to 10 1/2 lbs.
As I type, Grace is hanging out in her Babybjorn (thanks
John and Donna), quiet as a mouse! I'm not exactly ready to say that the
colic has passed but I am very hopeful. This will be night 4 that she hasn't
started at 5 pm with her colic time. I still need to hold her and she might
cry for a few minutes but nothing like she was a few weeks ago. Actually,
she falls asleep around 5 pm and sleeps straight through what was her colic
time. It's a miracle that she still sleeps at night with the long power nap
right before bed. One of the first nights that Gracie cried so much, John
decided to take her out to the shop to show her all the fun things in there.
It wasn't long before he had her here.
That's one happy daddy! And before long, you guessed it....she's
looking for the nitrous button! I believe I'm in trouble!!
I know John told you all about Gracie and her first
smiles. Well, not only is she doing this
a lot, she is very close to laughing right out loud. She talks and babbles
like crazy too! It's fun to see how much she notices now also. She studies
people and has a very serious look about her at times. I often wonder just
what is she thinking about. Can't be a lot as she's only 2 months right?
Well, that's all from me for tonight. I'm sure John will
be back next Sunday and maybe we'll have some pictures that aren't of
Gracie...lol....The colors here are really beautiful and I'm sure that we'll
get a drive in and have some pictures to share with you all next time. So
Good night from Gracie
and the Keweenaw....