Friday, September 23, 2011

Run Fun and Operation.

Everyone have a good weekend? I know I sure did. I mentioned a couple posts back that I was given the immense honor of photographing the 33rd Annual Dick Lugar Community Run, Walk, and Health Fair this past Saturday. It went beautiful. The weather was perfect and the event went off without a hitch. I was honored to meet the new President of Butler University, James Danko, and his wife, Bethanie, who were just incredibly kind people. She talked with me at great length about Lukas' journey and we talked about a new endeavor that I am getting underway. She was so incredible and offered her assistance in any way possible. That's huge. Beyond huge. They are both so lovely and we are so honored to have them at Butler (I'm a huge Butler fan because its my big brother's alma mater). 

The run itself is hosted every year on the Butler University campus. If you haven't been there, you are missing out. Its such a beautiful campus. Year after year my appreciation for that campus has never been lost. The Health Fair and award ceremony was housed in Butler's Health and Recreation Complex, which is a great facility for prompting health and wellness for Butler students and staff. It was just an incredible day and I was so lucky to have been able to share it with such incredible people. Anywho, here are a few shots from the day that I consider to be my favorites.

the first youngster to cross the finish line

love this photo
crossing the finish line
starting the races (new Butler University President James Danko is on the right)
So that's the good news. It was a blast and I can't wait for some more of the exciting things I have coming up! More on that later. Unfortunately, I also have a bit of bad news to share. That's where the second part of the title comes in. More surgery, different child (aka Hayden). When he went to his 2.5 year check up with our pediatrician, Dr. McAteer asked if I had any concerns. Not thinking anything of it I made a joke about how Hayden has a man snore. As in, its incredibly loud - like a grown man. With that in mind, she looked in his throat and shook her head in agreeance with what she knew she would find. His tonsils were enlarged. So enlarged in fact that she could not even see the back of his throat. She made an appointment with an ENT down at Riley and come Tuesday we got the word. Hayden needs to have his tonsils and adenoids removed, tubes placed, and some excessive tissue trimmed from his voice box. During Dr. Matt's (the ENT) assessment, he noted that Hayden's eardrums were not rebounding because he was retaining fluid behind them. He had a hearing test done and let's just say the results were less than stellar, but Dr. Matt is pretty confident that will improve once the fluid is drained and the tubes are placed. 

I won't lie, I'm not looking forward to it at all. He's such a happy-go-lucky boy all the time and the thought of him being in pain saddens me terribly. And likely his sweet, raspy man voice will be gone after the operation. I've always adored that raspy voice, but it turns out all along it was a symptom of all these other things. That's going to take some getting used to. This is all slated to take place next Friday, the 30th. I don't know the times yet, as the OR will call me the night before with the time and his instructions. I'll be sure to keep you all posted. Here's to hoping things go smoothly and this is the last procedure for our little gang for a while.

Happy weekend friends. Anyone doing anything fun?
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1 comment:

  1. So sorry to hear about Hayden's upcoming surgery, Christie. I hope it goes well and he recovers quickly and can bounce back to being the happy-go-lucky boy that he is :)


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