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We’ve been home a few days now

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Hannah came home on Monday. She wasn’t completely over the intestinal issues, but she was improving a great deal, gaining weight, and staying hydrated, so the doctors decided it was best for her to go on home so she wouldn’t be exposed to whatever might be floating around the hospital.

In the several days since, Hannah has continued to improve. In fact, we’ve started giving her Benefiber® to make sure she doesn’t get constipated.

Amanda and Barry moved into their own apartment on Thursday and Friday. This is the first time they’ve lived together in several years, since they were both teenagers. At that time, like most brothers and sisters, they were trying to kill each other. They’ve gotten old enough to actually enjoy each other’s company, so they’re hoping that sharing an apartment will be a good experience for them both. Of course, moving is an exhausting experience anytime, and I think they are both suffering from those effects.

Zachary helped them with their moving, too. He has developing into a strong, strapping young man, and his help is truly helpful. Today he did most of the yard, and probably in half the time it used to take him, even though he had to use a push mower since the riding mower is not functioning yet.

Meanwhile, Caty is staying with us again for we-don’t-know-how-long. We are glad to have her with us, but sorry for the circumstances. Her mom fell earlier this week, and hurt her arm badly enough that she thought she broke it. While it wasn’t fractured, it was painful enough that she couldn’t use the arm, and the pain medication made her dangerously unsteady on her feet. Yesterday she went back to the doctor, who sent her to the Blount Memorial ER, who not only admitted her to the hospital, but today transferred her to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. We’re not completely sure what is wrong, but we think it involves a staph infection. So Caty is with us until whenever.

Written by Donnell

April 1st, 2006 at 9:09 pm

General news catch-up

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This is weird. I was just certain I had posted about some of this, but it’s not here. I hope I didn’t delete some stuff from a backup or something.


You’ve seen in separate posts about Hannah’s latest hospitalization. This is some of what’s happening with the rest of us.

Barry is now working for U.S. Cellular—just finished his training, in fact, and he really likes his job, the people he works with, and the company he’s working for.

Amanda has broken up with her boyfriend. She and Barry are finalizing arrangements for them to share an apartment in Knoxville. So it will lead to changes in housing situations for a lot of us.

Caty had her tonsils and adenoids (at one time she told someone she was having her androids removed) taken out on Valentine’s Day. She sounds completely different to me now.

We had a birthday party for my mom on her 84th birthday. It really seemed to be a great surprise to her. We had all of the grandkids there, too. She got a combination VHS/DVD player, and now she’s trying to figure out how to work it.

I need to get back to the hospital, so more news later.

Written by Donnell

March 4th, 2006 at 3:48 pm

Barry goes to the endo

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Maybe Barry will tell you a little more about this himself, but just to share a bit of news: he went to the endocrinologist in Knoxville for the first time yesterday, and really liked them. Very professional and very thorough, they were, and they talked straight with him but with humor, and without talking down to him—which is apparently really different from his experience with his former endocrinologist in Asheville.

The news was good and bad, depending on how you look at it. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Donnell

December 7th, 2005 at 10:43 pm

Posted in Barry,Health

Bowling balls and trims

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Barry has really gotten into bowling with Zach. A lot of our friends know Zach has been bowling for, I think, three years now, and has gotten really, really good. He and Janet got Barry involved in the bowling league when he moved here, and he has been steadily improving. Today he bowled his first official “turkey” (for the non-bowlers, that means he bowled three strikes in a row, not that he killed any birds).

Yesterday Janet tried to comb out Hannah’s hair, and she had drooled in it so much that she couldn’t get all the tangles out—not without hurting Hannah a lot. It almost killed Janet, but she finally has broken down, gotten out the scissors, and trimmed Hannah’s hair. She’s still a beautiful baby, of course, and I understand why Janet didn’t want to trim, but with Hannah’s condition it’s really, really hard to take care of her hair, especially when she fights shampooing and bathing so much.

We’ll have some new pictures soon.

Written by Donnell

December 3rd, 2005 at 11:04 pm

Posted in Barry,Hannah