Friday, September 12, 2008

End of Summer - Or Maybe Not!

We were so disappointed to think that summer was over when we had a couple of weeks of cooler temperatures and rain. But it was just Mother Nature giving us a tease, because the weather this past week has been terrific! Reagan & I are working on our tans again, playing in the back yard for hours and hours each day.
It's been a really crazy summer for us this year. We completely re-did our backyard in May. June marked the start of the kitchen renovations and we went on vacation. July was busy with working on the house still while enjoying Pops & Momsey visiting with us. August consisted of getting back to a normal routine and finishing all the little projects that needed to be done. And in the midst of all this happening, Ryan has been in severe pain. It started in May, and it's not over yet. He has been to numerous doctors, physical therapists, and finally a neurosurgeon. CT Scans have shown that he has mild to moderate bulging discs at L3 & L4, and a severely bulging disc at L5 that is compressing his S1 nerve root... The sciatic nerve. The neurosurgeon recommended surgery, but was hopeful that an epidural block would solve the problem instead. Ryan had that procedure done on August 26, and it helped at first. But the pain is now back, so the process starts over. And if that hasn't been enough for him to deal with, I had to call an ambulance to come rush him to the hospital on August 19 because he had fallen down upstairs and couldn't get up from the pain of KIDNEY STONES. Thankfully, that trauma is over as Ryan gave birth to a 4mm stone the following weekend!
So, it has been a tremendously fun yet tremendously stressful summer! Here's to hoping that fall is a little nicer to us... and maybe the summer temperatures can hang around a little while longer too!

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