Sunday, November 23, 2008

Keagan's latest sayings

Keagan has been coming up with some funny sayings lately. I want to write them down and what better place than to do it on my blog, so here it goes:

#1 - Keagan likes to play with his bear and his bunny and treat them like his baby. Sometimes he will have us swaddle them up, then there are times when I will go to put Deker in his crib, bouncy seat or swing and Keagan bear or bunny will be in there. Well, one day last week Keagan had me swaddle his bunny, then next thing I know, he was walking back and forth Shh-ing his bunny, which is something we do with Deker sometimes. I wanted to get a video of it, but as soon as the camera came out, he would pause and say "cheese". So, here is a picture of him and his bunny.

#2 - "Funnysault" aka somersault! A few weeks ago, Keagan and I were upstairs playing and he learned how to do a somersault. He is so proud of himself and it is fun to hear him say "funnysault and watch him bend over and try to propel his feet over his head.

#3 - "I'm Busy", I am now afraid and feel bad that I have said this to Keagan. A few weeks ago, Keagan and I had to run to the store. On the way home, I was trying to get Keagan to say a 4-5 work phrase. Well, I guess he decided he didn't want to do it and kept saying, "No, I busy".

#4 - "I Play Quick". This is usually said when we ask him to clean up his toys to go take a nap.

#5 - "Almost to job/work". This past week Keagan was riding around on his escalade and he comes over to me and said "Almost to work" and starts driving it towards the door, then he would come back and say it again.

#6 - Friday morning after I finished nursing Deker, Keagan came running over and insisted on burping Deker. Keagan climbed up on my lab, had me put Deker on his lap and then began patting his back. Keagan his such a good big brother to Deker. He really tries to take good care of him.

I hope you enjoyed reading this. It is quite amusing to me the things he comes up with to say.

The Speedo Picture

I have been meaning to post this for a few days, but haven't had the time to. But right now, both boys are naping and so I thought I would take my chance while I have it. Here is the picture of Andrew in his Speedo. For the year after his burn accident, Andrew had to wear these pressure garments ALL the time, even while swimming. He could only take them off to shower. So, he got a speedo to wear while swimming. Here is a picture of him in it.

Monday, November 3, 2008

A couple more things

If you haven't read the post below, read that one first and then come back to this one!

A couple of people thought it would be a good idea to share some pictures of how Andrew's face, hands and legs look like now. That started me thinking and I realized I forgot to mention about his skin grafts. Andrew ended up getting skin grafts on both legs from just below the knee to the ankle as well as a skin graft on the back of his left hand. He had to wear preasure garments on his legs and his left hand for 10 months. He had to wear them all day and all night. The only time he could take them off was to shower each day. He even had to wear them swimming. The ones on his legs were like tights but thicker and tighter. They went from his toes all the way up to his waist. And then for his hand it was a glove. While in the hospital, they measured Andrew very carefully so that the tights and glove would fit perfectly. For his legs, they put a paper from his waist down to his toes and then measure every inch all the way down so that they would get the exact fit.

Because of the skin grafts on his legs, he has no hair and no sense of hot or cold on his lower legs and the back of his left hand. Good news for me, I can put my cold feet on his legs and he doesn't know that they are cold. :-) So, here are some more pictures.

Here is a picture of his orange colored pressure garments and in the second picture you can see the orange glove. Each time he had to order pressure garments, he got to choose 3 colors. If I remember right, he ordered them four different times. He would usually choose a fun color and then two normal colors.

Here is his legs now, you can kind of see that they are bald and the in some parts you can see the mesh from the skin graft.
In this picture, you can kind of see on his left hand (the upper hand) the line from his skin graft and then, of course, his handsome face.

Andrew accident

This is a going to be a long post. I believe the majority of the people that read this blog already know this story, but I wanted to make sure I wrote it down for my sake. I have a much longer version written down, but this is something that I always think about at this time of year, so I thought I would put it on my blog.

Today is the 3rd anniversary of the day that threw our lives upside-down for 2 months. Three years ago today (Thursday, Nov. 3), I was 8 weeks pregnant with Keagan and very much looking forward to our FIRST prenatal appointment in the afternoon. I had just gotten to work that morning and was starting what was looking like a busy morning since I had to leave right after lunch for my OB appointment, when I got a phone call from Andrew's cell phone. A guy that Andrew worked with at the time proceeded to tell me that Andrew was involved in a lacquer explosion and was being loaded up in an ambulance to be taken to the hospital. I was completely stunned and immediately scared because Andrew is not the type of person to go to a hospital for much, especially in an ambulance. A co-worker could tell that I was not doing well and insisted on driving me to the hospital. Because my office was really close to the hospital they were taking him to, I got there before Andrew did, so it took a little while before I could see Andrew, but when I did, he looked like he was in a lot of pain. His face, hands and legs were badly burned. The doctor explained to me that he was badly burned (which I could see) and that they were going to be taking by life flight (the small airplane) to the Burn Center at the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake and that I would be able to fly with him.

I only had time to call Andrew's parents and my doctor's office. Andrew's parents got there just in time to give Andrew a blessing and then they loaded us up in an ambulance to take us to the airplane by the airport. Because they didn't know how much smoke he inhaled, they put him to sleep and put a tube down his throat, so they wouldn't have any problems with that during the flight. They also paralysed him so that he wouldn't have to feel the pain. The moment we arrived at the burn unit, a several doctors and nurses started descending on Andrew, it was surreal. A very nice social worker took me to a room and talked to me and got all the information she needed to call Andrew's boss and to start the Worker's Comp stuff. She then took me to the waiting room to wait while they did what they needed to do to Andrew. I called my brother and his wife who live in Salt Lake (Alma & Matti) and left a message for them. Thank goodness Matti got home shortly after I left my message and called back. She immediately dropped everything and came to the hospital to be with me. She was such a life savor that day. She was with me when I finally got to see Andrew for the first time, which was a very good thing. She is a nurse (in the same hospital in the Labor and Delivery) and was able to explain things and to just be there with me.

The doctor told me that Andrew had 21% of his body burned and that they were 2nd and 3rd degree burns and that he would definitely need skin grafts, but they wouldn't know for a few days how much would need to be skin grafted and that he would probably be in the hospital for about 3 weeks. On Nov. 8 (Tuesday) Andrew had his skin graft surgery. Between those days, Andrew had to endure bandage changed twice a day. They would take off all the bandages and scrub down his legs which was extremely painful for him because of all the exposed nerve endings. After his skin graft surgery, he had to stay in bed for 5 days. The most he could move was to roll to his side once a day so they could change his sheets. Finally after 5 days, he was able to get up and start talking and going to physical therapy again.

Andrew was healing very well but before we could go home, I had to learn how to do all his dressing changes. For those that don't know, I am a VERY squeamish person. But I was able to learn to do it. On Nov. 18 (Friday), which was 2 weeks after the accident, Andrew was released from the hospital, but they wanted us to stay in Salt Lake for the weekend to make sure everything was still going good. On Monday morning, Andrew had a follow-up appointment. He was then cleared to go home. We were very grateful to be going home because that was the week of Thanksgiving.

The following Monday (1 week after we got home), I was at work when I got another very sad phone call. My dad called me to tell me that my grandma had passed away early that morning. So, we began making plans to leave in a few days to go to my home (Caliente, Nevada) to my grandma's funeral which was that weekend. The day we were leaving to drive down to my grandma's funeral, we woke up to a couple of feet of snow on the ground. Because of all the snow, we had to take the long way which is through Salt Lake, down to Cedar City and then over to Caliente, and with the snow, it took us even longer. It took us 8 hours just to get to Salt Lake, then we had another 6 hour drive to get to Caliente, Nevada.

The Wednesday after the funeral, Andrew had a follow-up appointment at the burn unit in Salt Lake, so we stayed an extra few days with family, then drove up to Salt Lake. Andrew had his appointment then we proceeded to drive home to Boise. We were about 1 mile from the Burley exit when our car broke down. Thank goodness we had a cell phone, we called a tow-truck and they took us to a hotel and towed our car to their shop. We ended up staying the night in Burley and then had some good friends come down with a car dolley to tow us home. At the time our car broke down, I had my breaking point as well. I was so frustrated that all these crazy things were happening. But Andrew was able to laugh it off and helped calm me down as well.

I am so grateful that Andrew's accident happened at work because Worker's comp paid for everything, even the hotel I stayed in that was right by the hospital. I am also so grateful for my brother, Alma, and is wife, Matti. They did so much for me and Andrew while we were there. I don't know how I would have made it through without their love and support.

For those that would like, here are some pictures of Andrew while he was in the hospital.

Day after accident
Face 3 Days after accident
Legs 3 days after accident
1 week after accident #1
1 week after accident #2

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Andrew's brother David, his wife Leah and their two girls Olivia (2) and Aubrey (3) months came over to visit the past few days. We had a good time visiting this them and Keagan had a great time playing with Olivia.

On Saturday night Andrew's sister Anna and her fiance Chris came over and we all went to our wards Chili Feed and Trunk-or-Treat and then we did a little trick-or-treating around our neighborhood. Taking the kids around our neighborhood brought back a lot of fun memories of when I was a kid.

Keagan was a monkey, Deker was a bee and Andrew was the tooth fairy. At our wards activity they gave away some prizes, we came home with two because of Andrew. Andrew won a prize for best adult costume and for the best decorated trunk. We decorated our trunk like a bedroom complete with bed, dresser and window to go along with the toothfairy theme. He then passed out the candy while I took the boys around the Trunk or treat. We had a lot fun with family and friends.

Pumpkin/Skeleton Wreath

On Thursday morning, my friend Kristi came over with her two kids and we made pumpkin/skeleton wreath's (another idea from my Sister-in-law Matti). To make this you paint white washable paint on the foot and stamp it on the black paper over and over, then paint orange washable paint on the palm of the hand and stamp that on white paper over and over. After it dries, draw faces on the orange pumpkins, cut out and attach to poster board cut into a circle.

Kristi's oldest boy thought it was great, but the two 2-year-olds, did not want any part of the painting of the hand or feet. I had to force Keagan to paint it foot and hand, but after I got it painted and stamped on the paper the first time, he didn't mind it so much. Then he had fun cutting and gluing it. It was fun to do this Halloween project and to spend time with friends.