|View from the deck into a portion of our son's backyard.|
|Photo taken Dec. 2013 - boys now tower over Dad...|
|Inside our son's Chick-fil-A restaurant...|
Following is an email update I sent to some family and friends today. This version will come with photos to illustrate my thoughts.
|Stephen, age 13, Dec. 2013|
We have been in Richmond for almost a week and it has been filled with lots of activities of this busy family as they prepare for the start of the school year and handle all the usual aspects of life.
Stephen, age 15, had jaw surgery on August 10th. For some reason, his jaw was out of alignment and he was unconsciously grinding his teeth while he slept. This caused significant deterioration of his teeth. The surgery broke his jaw in two places and allowed the realignment of his jaw. His two bottom wisdom teeth were also removed and on his right side, a hematoma in his jaw was removed. To preserve the new configuration of the jaw, his teeth were "wired" together (with very strong rubber bands). This is projected to require 6 wks of healing before he can begin to open and close his mouth normally. He will live on a liquid diet during that time. At Stephen's first follow-up Dr's appointment, the Dr. felt he had an abnormal amount of swelling and bleeding which he feels
could be strong indicators - along with other things such as flexibility/looseness of joints - of a disorder called Ehler's/Danlos Syndrome. But that is not yet confirmed and will take testing by a genetic's specialist in
The 2nd post-surgery Dr. visit received a much better report. Stephen's swelling is decreasing each day and bleeding has stopped. He does not have pain. He can be understood mostly when he speaks. He is very good about making his own liquid meals using the soups and items the rest of us are eating. He has not been complaining about any discomfort and inconvenience. He of course cannot participate in sport activities now so is catching up on sleep and summer school reading.
Diane is back to school full time with teacher meetings and Kindergarten room prep.
John and I have:
1. been doing cooking and household fixing projects...
2. shuttles to volleyball practice which is 5-8pm 3x a week
|On our far left is #20 - athletic and beautiful|
|Stephen and his Mom...|
4. Reading classes at U of Richmond - Wed. am/Lydia; Wed. pm/Joanna 5. 3 day volleyball tournament this Th. - Sat.
|Game Night with Catan...|
|Braiding Lydia's beautiful locks...|
|Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA|
|My delicious lunch at the Jefferson...|
|August 20, 2015|
|August 20, 1966|
|Wedding party August 20, 1966|
We took time to share our Moldova mission trip photos and stories last night before bedtime. Hooked my laptop to their TV so had clear vision.
This next week will be about the same. The children have one last week of summer vacation.
Will send this with thanks for your thoughts and prayers. We are thankful to be here to share life with this busy family.
All for now,
Linda and John