Sunday, January 16, 2011

More to deal with

I have noticed for a while that Jethro had a curve in his lower spine. When I first noticed it, I thought it was odd, but we were dealing with so many other issues at that point that I didn't even mention it to anyone. As teh months have gone on, and I continue to notice it, I have become more concerned. His therapist had said that his lower back muscles were very weak (one of the reasons that he couldn't sit by himself), and so I was hopeful that the curve was just caused by weak back muscles and that as he got stronger, it would straighten out.

Last month I mentioned to Mike that I wanted to get Jethro into our chiropractor to see if she could help his spine. I knew that if it was something that couldn't be fixed with manipulation, she would be very upfront about it. And, if it was something more, I wanted to get on it so that it could hopefully be taken care of without any or very little invasive 'intervention'.

Thursday, Jethro had an appt with the chiropractor. I told her my concerns and she examined him. He has scoliosis. He does have an S shaped curved to his spine ~ I had missed the upper curve. So, she is referring us to the local Shriner's hospital. She had never seen scoliosis in a baby...not even in school. (This is Jethro we are dealing with!) She didn't even want to adjust him until a spinal specialist has looked at him.

I was disappointed that Jethro has one more thing to deal with, but I was encouraged that we left her office with a plan in place. Once we got home, I looked up infantile scoliosis. Only 1% of children under the age of 3 have scoliosis...Yep, that's my Jethro. :-) At least he's holding true to form...I'm wondering if I should have him play the Lotto.

I am now getting everything together to send to Dr. W, so that she can make a referral to Shriners. She said that it could take a month or more to hear from them, so we would appreciate prayers that everything goes through smoothly.

Jethro is doing well. He is now sitting by himself for long periods of time, happily playing with his toys or observing his brothers and sisters. He has 5 teeth in now, and judging by his crankiness, I think maybe 20 or more coming in. :-/ That's not totally fair. He is still very happy and content, but boy, when he decides that he is unhappy ~ look out! Bed time seems to be mostly when he decides that he doesn't feel too chipper. I'm getting in lots of singing. :-)

Happy boy!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I haven't had a lot of time to think or share lately, but yesterday I took time to post some thoughts on a song I am preparing for church. So, I thought I would send you over to my other blog. :-)

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Wow. A new year is upon us...where did the last one go?

2010 was a year full of trials for us, but as I look back on it and think of God's faithfulness through it all, I can honestly say that through the greatest trials come the greatest blessings.
It is in those great trials that we see the hand of God at work.
It is in those great trials that we turn to Him and draw closer to Him.

Even in our darkest moments from this past year, there was something to be thankful for.
SomeOne to be thankful for. God never left us, He was always there, leading us every step of the way.

I am so thankful to have walked through the past year with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Although it is gone, I'm not going to say "Good riddance" or "Boy am I glad that year is over!"
We received the blessing of Jethro in 2010, we saw God work miracles in his life.
God stretched me in so many areas this past year, and I have done many things I wasn't sure I was capable of doing.
I am thankful for 2010 and the lessons learned, the gifts of new friendships, the blessing of
the best medical folk around.
I am thankful for the perspective 2010 has given me.
I am looking forward to the promise and potential held in 2011.

May you see blessings in everything God brings your way this coming year.
May you have the ultimate blessing of knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Happy New Year!