Archive for November, 2015

Addition by Subtraction

Of course every other blogger is writing their “what I’m thankful for” post this week, but…yeah…a little too obvious here so we’ll just let that be understood, k?

After Eliana’s transplant, the expectation was that she’d come home complicated and get easier over time. It’s now been about 6 months and we got to cross a couple more things off The List this week.


At her 6 month appointment on Monday we eliminated one more medication (good timing, since SOMEBODY who is a male parent left it out of the refrigerator overnight on Sunday), and dialed another back to once a day.  That takes us down to 8 per day – 6 prescriptions and 2 OTC supplements. A cakewalk, I tell ya’.

Even more exciting – fanfare please – the bloodwork that MUST BE DRAWN AT 8AM MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS NO MATTER WHAT AND YOU’D BETTER NOT BE LATE!!! is now going to be either once a week or once every two week (there’s a little confusion about that one.) And for a little icing on the cake, her regular clinic visits are moving from monthly to quarterly.

Plenty of other progress too – lots of walkering, the occasional accidental swallow, and a serious case of the feisties, but they don’t fit the theme so they’re for some other time.  There’s one more subtraction moment you’ll want to hear about, but I’m gonna’ leave that one to Amy as an incentive to get her back to the keyboard.


November 28, 2015 at 10:05 PM 1 comment

Go, Go Gadget!

Q: What do (certain) old people and (certain) young people have in common?

A: A surprising number of mobility devices.

For weeks, Eliana has been just on the cusp of getting her walk on, but she just hasn’t quite been able to figure it out.  She’s standing up like a champ, and even cruising a few awkward steps at a time, but that was about it.  Today one of her therapists brought her this go go gadget walker (also sometimes known as a gait trainer) that looks suspiciously like one recently used by…um…a close relative of mine.


Did it work for her?  Oh yeah.  Here are a couple of videos from just a few hours later – one coming towards you, and one walking off into the metaphorical sunset (also known as bedtime).

Enjoy – and I suspect there might be more than one of you giving her a”go go go” while you watch.



November 19, 2015 at 10:32 PM 9 comments

Oxymoron – hold the Oxy

So…it’s true that different folks may choose to “keep kosher” to varying degrees of observance.  But one of the pretty universal rules even for the least strict kosher-keeper is that pork products are not permitted.

Which makes this product just a touch confusing – note the Kosher symbol highlighted in the bottom center.

“Kosher Shake ‘n Bake, for all your kosher pork!”


November 4, 2015 at 8:25 AM 3 comments

5045 Words

Why yes, I am in midair.

Why yes, I am in midair.

Just a thinly disguised opportunity to share some recent pictures.  5 pictures at 1000 words each, plus 45 words of captions (and these).

Shira and Eliana covered with leaves

After the leaf fight


Just chillin, thanks!

Just chillin, thanks!









 Before the Sugar Rush

Before the Sugar Rush (middle one isn’t ours)





November 2, 2015 at 10:04 PM 4 comments

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