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Friday Finals & A Mary Update

on 4.24.2015 at 5:40pm

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This week I ventured out to Publix for some basic needs and to hunt for unadvertised deals (it’s my normal Wednesday routine).  I only used maybe 10 coupons on the trip, but we also mostly grabbed fruit and milk.  We are getting into homebody mode with Mary not able to move well, and that’s helping me to focus on eating from the pantry more.  I forsee shopping a little next week, but we are also having a baby in one week!


Total Value Purchased: $81.47
Total Spent: $46.10
Total Saved: $35.37 or 43.4%

It’s not anything to write home about, but we did save some on a quick trip.  There are moments where you have to do what you can and just be okay with that.  These next few weeks are that for us.

Mary Perthes Update

perthes surgery update

We are now two weeks post-op and getting more used to life in casts for Mary.  It is a much bigger change than you can prepare yourself for!  She struggled the first week with pain from the surgery (they did break a bone, screw in a plate and do bone marrow work so it’s legit)  thankfully though she has now been almost a week with no pain medicine or complaints.  Instead of pain, now we have itching!

She is bearing it well with only a few times that she breaks down and gets very frustrated.  When those moments set in, I usually just sit down and cry with her… it’s all my mama heart can do.  She had a two week follow up this week, they want her in the casts for 5 more weeks and then are preparing braces that she’ll wear 24 hours a day (still not able to walk) after that.  She asks when she’ll walk again, and for now the only thing I can say is honestly “I don’t know.”

She and I are also very grateful to all of you!  You’ve blown me away with cards and even packages!  She loves getting mail, and reading all the notes that you’ve sent and spends hours of her day coloring and playing with stickers that you’ve sent too.  This has truly been a blessing as they more she is distracted the less she thinks about the itching!!  Thank you for your time and sweetness to care for our family.

Through all of this I had a very big moment in the Publix parking lot this week that I want to share.  Watching a mama get her son out of the car and into a wheelchair and feeling a small bit connected as we learn to lug around 40 lb chairs and supplies, it dawned on me how small this time in our life is.  I may not know when we get to return the wheelchair to the rental company, but I do know that there will be an end date at some point.  So many parents don’t get that end date.  This mama bore her task with joy and a smile as she worked hard to just get into the store.  My heart goes out to her and all the other parents that live this life full time.  So often we pass by them in the store and say nothing, just hoping our kids don’t comment or stare.  I urge you to be bold and say something, encourage them, bring them a smile, just let them know that you see them.  I’m thankful for all the lessons we are learning through this and hope that this particular lesson for me will stay with me for a long time.

    • mommalana

      Thank you so much for the update. We continue to pray for your sweet girl and for you, too.

    • jmsifford

      Oh the itching… bless her heart! July will be 2 years since I broke my ankle while pregnant with my youngest DS, and the itching very nearly drove me out of my mind. There were at least a couple of nights when I spent the wee hours crying because it was so intense. The best thing I found to help was just constant ice. My OB also recommended Benadryl, though I didn’t have much luck with that. Praying for Mary and you all!

    • Donna

      Thank you for keeping us informed. I have been thinking of your little Mary. The baby is almost here! Bless you all.

    • Shannon Kimball

      Thereis a product called castcooler you can purchase for the itching, but we did a DIY version when my son had a broken arm. Just copied the idea of the cast cooler using our vacuum cleaner and plastic bags. Worked wonders for the itching – and completely free!

    • Lynn

      Oh my I agree wholeheartedly with you about those overwhelming, yet quick moments in the scheme of our lives. My daughter (then 14 years old and 5’9″) broke her ankle and her growth plate 2 years ago (Memorial day weekend!!) and has 3 screws holding her ankle together. It was the most miserable summer of our lives! All of our bedrooms are upstairs, she had a 5 hour surgery and exams in 4 days! We had the wheelchair, walker, crutches etc. You all of a sudden realize how far away all the handicapped entrances are! Not to mention no pools or baths for the hot summer because of casts. Bless you and your family and I hope Mary feels much better soon! I know welcoming a new baby will make her thrilled! Good luck!