Monday, May 19, 2008

Laser time....

Anderson was born with a port wine stain. Its a type of birthmark he was born with and will grow proportionally with him as he gets older. Every 3 months we bring him to Duke Hospital and he gets laser treatment to have it removed. We have been doing this for several years and it is getting lighter and lighter. We are thankful that it is on his leg, as it most commonly appears on the face. And we are thankful that we live so close to the hospital that performs this treatment. I am always amazed at the different families I meet in the waiting room. Most have to travel some distance for their treatment. Today I met a family from Virginia. They come down Sunday night and spend the night in a hotel (Dr. Burton only does the surgery on Mondays).

Since we have been doing this for sometime, it has become routine for us. Anderson is a champ! The doctors and nurses just love him. He knows exactly what is going to happen and he doesn't complain. He gets anesthesia and is unconscious for about 30minutes. He used to fight really bad before he got knocked out, now its old hat for him. What a champ! Many people ask us how long we will keep doing it, and our answer is "until our insurance stops paying for it!". We do it every 3 months and Jeff and I are able to take turns taking him in. If he is in town then Jeff will do it, and if not, then off I go to Duke at 5, 6, or 7 am! fun times....

Here is Anderson getting ready to head back for his procedure. He's sleepy, we had to leave the house at 6:30am. Its now about 9:45, oh yes we had to wait 2 hours before it was our turn to get prepped. Poor guy, couldn't eat or drink anything before his procedure. he's a champ

1 comment:

Jenna said...

Wow! He is a trooper. I love that picture though- sleepy kids are the best (well, as long as they are not cranky, sleepy kids!).

Bummer on the house- it was a beauty. But, good thing you've got a budding pastor for a son. He's SO right. You will find the exact right place for you. We're looking for a house too- it just is NO fun at all.