Wednesday, March 18, 2009

More Art Work

Houses:

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Jazzy Snowman:

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Chinese New Year:

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Snowflake:

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Mardi Gras (Jack):

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Disney on Ice

Last night we went to the Disney on Ice show. MomCentral and Feld Entertainment were so kind to give me the opportunity to give the tickets away on the blog and to treat us as well. They had an event for us where they gave us dinner, a chance to meet Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, and gave the boys a Mr. Incredible doll and a Dash mask, in addiiton to tickets to the show.

The show and event were a blast and the boys especially had SUCH a great time. They are The Incredibles' biggest fans, you know. Of course, they wore their costumes to the show. Even I really enjoyed the show. It's my favorite I've seen of these types of shows. It's about the Incredibles going on a vacation to Disneyland, where of course, they meet Syndrome. It's really cute the way they work the Disneyland rides into the show.

I love this picture of my Incredibles:

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Here they are first meeting them:

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Here's Miles enraptured by the show. He held his hands like that for most of it:

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At the intermission he had his hand down his collar on his chest and looked funny. I asked him what was wrong and he said, "My heart's just beating really fast." It was so cute!

Here is Jack with his Mr. Incredible doll:

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And both of them with their masks on:

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Thanks so much to MomCentral and Feld Entertainment!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Thoughts on Marriage: by Miles and Jack

Jack: Mom, is that a picture of you and Dad in love?

Mom: Yes.

Jack: I want a picture of me in love. I want to get married. But boys can't get married.

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Miles: I want to marry M*****. But I think I would get bored if I was married to just one person.

40 Days Post Keloid Removal Surgery

We just sent these pics of Miles' ears to Dr. Reinisch. We are 40 days post-op.

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Dr. R. called last night and wants us to remove the scab in the second pic, so we're going to work on that in the bath tonight. Will report back.

Total Toilet Set

First, here's some random art:

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Jack's "fort:"

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And the Total Toilet Set:

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Keloid Removal Surgery

Miles had surgery to remove the keloid scars on his ears on January 20th. Needless to say, we missed all the inauguration festivities. The day before, we had a pre-op with the Radiologist, Dr. Hakimian, at the Cedars Sinai Cancer Center. Then later that evening, Dr. Reinisch met us for a pre-op. He came in on his day off (Martin Luther King day) to see us, which was very nice.

We had to be at the Cedars Sinai surgical center at 8:00 am. Miles did great with not being able to eat breakfast (knowing him he was happy he didn't have to) and was in great spirits. Here you can see him getting ready with Lil' Penguin, who got to accompany him in the OR.

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The surgery took about 2 hours. I got to join him in recovery and wait for him to wake up. After he'd been awake a little while, they let Brian and Jack join us.

Miles did great coming out of the anesthesia and did not seem to experience much pain from the surgery at all. We gave him tylenol with codeine once later that day, but he didn't need anything after that. We weren't even really sure he needed it that one time, but wanted to make sure he didn't experience any unnecessary pain. He took antibiotics for a few days afterwards to prevent infection.

Here you can see Miles having a jello after surgery, looking pretty good. He was very hungry afterwards. This was after several cookies, crackers, and juices. After we were done with everything we had ice cream and then he asked for McDonald's, so he was a hungry guy.

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After the surgery, we headed across the street to the Cancer Center for the first bout of radiation. He was so cute on the way out. He was in a wheel chair, and he told everyone that he passed, "It's okay. I didn't break my leg. I'm just a little dizzy." Apparently he thinks you only ride in a wheel chair if you have a broken leg.

The radiation is to hopefully keep the keloids from growing back. It took awhile for them to measure things and get it all set up. But that only needed to be done that first day. Then he got 4 minutes of radiation on the right side keloid site and 2 minutes on the left. We then returned the next 2 days in a row for radiation again. They were very nice at the Cancer Center.

After our last radiation treatment, we had a final post-op with Dr. Reinisch and then flew out that evening. Unfortunately, Miles came down with a virus the night before our last appointments/last day in LA. So he was not feeling well. He threw up once and had fevers. I felt so bad for him. It's rough to have just had surgery, have to travel, and be sick. But he was quite the trooper.

Here are before and after pics of the surgery.

Right side medpor ear with keloid:

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Right side medpor ear after surgery:

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In the picture above, you can see the plug in the "ear canal." Dr. Reinisch did some extra work on that, unrelated to the keloid. We've had some trouble with his pseudo ear canal. After bathing, we dry it very thoroughly, but it still would get crusty and even stinky. We've had to use antibacterial cream after every bath to keep this from happening. Hopefully we won't need to do this anymore. Dr. R. removed the plug at the post-op appointment.

You can also see the marker on each side of the ear. These are marks that the radiation technologist did to show them wear to put the shields for the radiation. You can also see the bruising on the side of the cheek. Dr. R. said he had to lift the cheek flap up, which caused this.

Below is a picture of the ear a few days ago and you can see that he still has some bruising. The stitches are ones that will dissolve. He is healing really nicely. I think the ear may turn out looking better over all in the long run.

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Here is Miles' left ear with the keloid on it:

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And here is the ear immediately after surgery:

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Miles has no restrictions on activities (we couldn't get his head wet until after the post-op) and the ear doesn't seem to bother him.

We are very thankful to Dr. Reinisch for his work and pray that the keloids don't come back.

Friday, January 30, 2009

As Seen on TV

So apparantly Miles is heavily influenced by those "As Seen on TV" commercials. Last night he was telling us about some stacking cups and told us that he wanted some. The way he described it, it sounded like something he saw in a commercial, but he claimed he heard about it in gym (what are they doing in gym?!?). Apparently this reminded him of commercials though, because when I said he should ask for the cups for his birthday, he then commented that he also wanted a Snuggie for his birthday. You get two for the price of one and it comes with a book light!

So I'm dying laughing, when he tells me that I need a Spin Lash, "because girls love doing their eyelashes." Oh and by the way, you get two for the price of one. But you have to be 18 years or older to order. I asked him what a Spin Lash does and he said he doesn't know, but you put it by your eyelashes and it spins around.

And apparently we need to get a "Bendahanger." They're hangers that "before you get them you don't have much room in your closet, but they give you lots of room." They also come with some hangers that bend on their ends and a closet light. But you have to be 18 or older to order.

So order now! Endorsed by Miles.

LA - The Fun Stuff

So, as you all know, last week we went to LA for Miles' keloid removal surgery and radiation. The doctor's appointments all started on Monday, so we went out on Saturday for a little fun.

We flew into LA and picked up our rental car and drove the trek down to Carlsbad, CA. We didn't have a whole lot of time that afternoon/evening, but we did get down to the beach where we threw rocks into the ocean, waded in the cold waves, and watched the surfers and the sun going down.

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The next day we went to Legoland. The boys absolutely loved it and ask just about every day when we're going back.

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After the surgery, we got to do a little bit of fun stuff, while we were in town for the radiation treatments. We went to the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum.

Here the boys are making friends with a giant sloth.

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Here you can see some fossils in the tar:

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Jack looking particularly mature:

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We also saw a horrible Disney movie from the 80s, "Oliver and Company" at the El Capitan Theater, which was within walking distance of our hotel. But the boys likes, which is the most important thing. And it started out with the whole Disney extravaganza thing, where Mickey comes out and dances followed by cannon shots of confetti and a pre-feature Mickey Mouse cartoon. I love that place!

We stayed at the Hollywood Orchid Suites, which was no Magic Castle, but was a lot cheaper than the Magic Castle. Our one bedroom suite was very roomy with a living room (that had a bed instead of a couch), a dining area, a galley kitchen, a bedroom, bathroom, and lots of closet space. It was a little run down and not as clean as I would like, but it did the job. They were very nice and gave us a surgical rate and inquired about Miles often. They also let us stay a couple hours later than check out time, when Miles got sick on the last day.

I'll post about the surgery soon.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Holiday Pics

Before we post our LA pics, here are some belated ones from the holidays.

We visited the Forney Museum:

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Can you guess what this is? (Hint: choo choo!)

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We had dinner at Mataam Fez, a Moroccan restaurant. The boys didn't really eat (thankfully, we fed them ahead of time), but they enjoyed the experience. You sit on the floor, take your shoes off, and eat with your hands. The meal starts off with a ritual hand washing and a towel thrown over your shoulder. You then have bread and soup; a variety of salads; delicious B'stella, a pastry with fruit, nuts, and chicken, covered in powdered sugar, and then your entree. It's followed up with mint tea, served very creatively (the servers do tricks while they pour it), and fresh fruit. Finally, there is another hand washing and you're sprinkled with rose oil. A belly dancer entertains you during the meal. The food was yummy and it was a blast for everyone, adults and kids.

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After, we visited the Capitol to see the lights:

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Here, the boys are making Christmas cookies with Grandma:

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And Miles is helping me make the dinner rolls for Christmas dinner. He helped knead the dough for almost the entire 15 minutes!

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Here's the requisite visit with Santa, at Jack's Christmas program. Unfortunately, I did not get a pic when Jack's pants fell down on the stage!

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Here are pics from Christmas day:

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Jack in his Super Guy costume that he designed himself and Grandma Sharon so kindly made for him:

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Note the Christmas disaster zone in that 2nd pic. Can you tell what movie they're watching? It's a classic!

But especially note the patch on Jack's eye under the mask in the first pic. Jack spent Christmas day with an eye patch and we all spent Christmas Eve at the ER. The boys got to open one toy on Christmas Eve and I let them open their Star Wars light sabers. Immediately after opening it, Jack pushed it down into the handle. It was spring loaded and popped right back out and into his eye, scratching his cornea. Poor guy was in a lot of pain and VERY uncooperative at the ER. It took 4 people to hold him down so they could get a look at it. And he wouldn't even open his eyes to see Santa, who paid a night time visit to the ER. Brian got to spend a couple of hours at the only open (and scary) pharmacy in town, watching junkies try to scam prescriptions. Fun! Luckily eyes heal quickly, and Jack was totally fine in just a couple of days.

Here's Jack on his "red bike with flamings" that he insisted he must have. Okay, well, Santa couldn't find a red bike. You can't really tell it in the picture, but there are red flames on it.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Off to LA in a Few Days

We leave for LA on Saturday for Miles' keloid removal surgery with Dr. Reinisch. I'm not sure if we'll have internet access while gone, because our laptop needs some updates, but we'll be sure to take photos and post here when we get back.

The first couple of days will be fun. We fly in on Saturday and are going to Legoland in Carlsbad on Sunday. On Monday, we'll come back to LA for pre-ops with the radiologist and Dr. R. The surgery is Tuesday morning and we'll have the first radiation appointment immediately after. Then radiation on Wed. and Thurs. and we fly back Thurs. evening. Whew!