Tyler's thumb surgery was 5 weeks ago. Today was the big day to remove his cast and for us to get a first glance at his thumb. He was born with clasped thumbs (where the thumb stays in the palm of the hand). So we have never really seen his thumb out. He has never been able to grab things with ease or even give a thumbs up. He only had surgery on his left thumb. We will see how this one goes and then decide if it's worth doing the other.
Tyler was definitely ready to part with his cast. And man, did he put that cast through the ringer. It was only a soft cast so it was getting very dirty and started to unravel in a few places. I really didn't think it would make it to the 5 week mark. But it did.
He was a trooper when they removed the cast. Since it was a soft cast, they just snipped it off with scissors and then they removed the 2 pins that were in his thumb. I squirmed and made more of a big deal when he removed the pins than Tyler did. He didn't even flinch.
We have grown accustomed to his thumbs being inside his palm his entire life that it's crazy to see his thumbs out. He now has a splint that he will have to wear most of the day and night for 2 weeks.
3 years ago when we were searching for a new home, everything we looked at just didn't seem to meet all the needs we were wanting. The main thing was to find an accessible home. Since we couldn't find the perfect home to buy, the decision was made that we would build. We found the perfect lot. We had house plans drawn up. We hired a contractor. We began the process of building. We decided it was also a good time to add another family member (not sure why we thought that was a good idea, but we managed and it all worked out perfect). We moved.
There were a couple things that we did not finish before moving in though. One of those things was finishing Tyler's accessible bathroom. A year and half has gone by since we moved in, but the time finally came. Tyler was going to get his own adaptable/accessible bathroom. Some of the key features of his bathroom are a roll-in shower, lower sink, grab bars, etc. He is one lucky guy, because I'd have to say his bathroom is much nicer than anything in our entire house. But now with these features we will be able to take care of Tyler with a little bit more ease.
"Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you are alive you have got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at the very least think noisy and colorfully, or you're not alive." ~Mel Brooks
God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.
We learn as much from sorrow as from joy, as much from illness as from health, from handicap as from advantage and indeed perhaps more. - Pearl S. Buck
There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So work like you don't need money. Love like you've never been hurt, and dance like no one's watching.
Love makes each day a joy, and each moment a memory.
"To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.'When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence . . . 'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'
One day at a time is enough...don't look back and grieve the past, it's gone...don't be troubled about the future, it has not come yet...live in the present and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.