Friday, July 26, 2013

It was bound to happen sooner or later…

Last night our little town had a Stroll the Avenue event. It was the first time they had done this and it was going so well! Most of the local shops were having an open house of some sort and the salon where I get my hair done (Salon Eye Candy) was having a great little family dance party with DJ and everything! Zim and I headed up early to take some photos. Ed, Bub and Monkey were going to meet up with us after Monkey finished his dinner.

It was so great to see all the people strolling our little main street! Zim was enjoying the music from the DJ and really liked seeing the fire truck up close and personal. As we were headed back toward the center of the action I noticed Ed and the boys walking up. Something didn’t seem right. Ed said to me, “Something’s very wrong…he got stabbed.” I had a minor panic attack during the pause between that and him finishing his statement… “Bub was walking outside by the garden and got stabbed by a wire from the fence.” YIKES But it got worse…he had actually been STUCK there. His leg had been impaled by thick, nasty wire and couldn’t get himself off. Ed said that he was inside and heard Bub screaming for him. When he got outside he told him to move away from the fence but Bub told him, “I can’t!!” Soon Ed had him removed from the fence and bandaged up enough to come find me. (He’d tried to call me but I didn’t have my phone on vibrate so I didn’t even realize he’d called.)

Since it was such a nasty gash we decided to take him up to MedExpress. Thankfully they weren’t busy at all so we got right in. We had the nicest nurse who joked around with Bub and really helped distract him from what was going on. She put some numbing liquid on it to help with the pain while we waited for the doctor to come in. She had told us they might need to stitch it so they moved us to a different room just in case. Once the doctor came in he said that because of how deep it was he needed to put in a few stitches. The doctor and the nurse were both so calm and wonderful with Bub. Even though he was a bit shaken up they were patient with him and helped him through it. Four stitches later he was all finished and happy to be heading home.


I know we’ve been fortunate to make it almost 9 years without a broken bone or stitches so really it was going to happen sooner or later. Having three active boys probably ensures that this won’t be our last experience like this either.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

DVE Rocks for Children’s

Today, Monkey and I were given a great opportunity to help raise awareness for JA. We were invited to do an interview with Brian Price from WDVE. Every year WDVE (a local radio station) does a radiothon for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh called “DVE Rocks for Children’s". During our interview we were able to talk to Brian about Monkey’s diagnosis, his treatment and how Children’s has been such a blessing for us. As I’ve mentioned before there are over 300,000 children in the States alone that are living with JA but not every state has pediatric rheumatologists. We are very fortunate to have a full staff of wonderful doctors here in Pittsburgh…something I am grateful for every day. We really enjoyed speaking with Brian about our experiences today. He even shared with us that he too has a form of auto-immune arthritis that he is being treated for. It was nice that he had an understanding of what Monkey is going through with his treatments and medications and how although he looks like he is doing great from the outside we never truly know what he may be feeling whether from his JA or medication side effects. I want to thank Brian, from WDVE, and Andrea, from Children’s, for giving us the opportunity to not only sing the praises of our awesome hospital and staff but to also share our story and raise awareness for JA. Being able to reach one more JA family or help one more person learn about JA is such a blessing! Thank you!! xo


Monkey wasn’t too thrilled about talking but he certainly loved the giant chocolate chip cookie they gave him! :)

(This year’s radiothon will take place in September. I will be sure to post more info as I get it so you can possibly hear our interview and help the cause by making a donation.)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer Slacking

My poor blog has been so neglected this summer! It’s not because we’re sitting around doing nothing though. My summer slacking on the blog is a direct result of lots of summer fun with the boys! Here is a photo dump of some of what we’ve been up to…I’ll be back to ‘normal’ blogging soon…maybe. ;)

Happy birthday, America!
B&W (21 of 30)
B&W (28 of 30)

Fun at two baseball tournaments! They even took first place in their second tournament AND took it undefeated!
B&W (1 of 1)
This picture is blurry but I still looooove it!

The boys LOVE going to the Lowes Build and Grow events!

Nonna came for a visit and we went to the museum!