Procedures and a Birthday

Hello, all!  It’s been a while since we communicated you in this way, but there are a few updates to keep you in the know.

On May 5th, Bree went had a procedure to remove a tooth and get x-rays and a good dental cleaning.  The procedure itself was uneventful, but it was at Baileys Square Surgery Center, so everything else was a bit of a cluster.  The personnel work hard and mean well, but they are understaffed and I think their processes are a bit undercooked.

Then, this past Thursday, May 26, she went under again, this time to treat her Juvenie Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) with Kenalog injections in her left wrist, and both of her knees and hips.  It was at Dell Childrens Hospital, so it was much smoother.  Procedure was at 9:00 and we were home by noon.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

She was fine on Friday, but on Saturday, the pain in her knees in addition to a killer migrane drove her over the edge.  As we’ve mentioned before, Bree has an exceptionaly high tolerance for pain, so if gets to the point that she’s in tears, you know the pain is great.  She was more than in tears, she was despondant, inconsolable.

It’s been a while since my heart has been broken by my daughter’s pain, but it broke anew Saturday.  Four hours, multiple ice packs and Tylenol and ibuprofen later, her pain subsided.  She was singing and dancing  by late afternoon.

She’s having another bout today, but not as severe as yesterday.

On a happier note, she turned 11 on the 24th, if you can beleive it.  I can’t.  She’ll be starting mid school next year which is total crazy sauce.  I don’t even know how to process that.

Hope all is well with all of you.

This entry was posted on May 29, 2016. 1 Comment

Sleep, the undiscovered country

Bree is back in surgery. She is having her lingual tonsils removed. They are a second set that sit on the base of the tongue. Hers are so big they obstruct her airway when she sleeps which is what’s causing her sleep Apnia.

She  got out of surgery around 10:15. It went well and she still a little grumpy but she’s drinking and is about to have lunch.

For the record this was the 19th time she’s been under anestesita. One more and she gets a set of steak lives!

Are you Sleepy?

Hi all!  I’ve started a new blog to capture not only all thngs Bree, but also all things… well other things , too.  Today’s post is about Bree’s sleep study from earlier this week.  Check it out at


By the skin of her teeth

As luck would have it, there was a cancellation so Bree’s procedure was bumped up to 10:45.  That was better than the original 1:15 time and better than the ‘new’ time of 12;00 that it was moved to late yesterday.

We just talked to the doctor and he said all went well.  One cavity to fill, pulled the front bottom tool that was crowding and pulled the two back top baby teeth because they were infected.  Hopefully this will solve the pain she’s been feeling.

We opted for no Versed this time.  After the headache she had two weeks ago (that lasted three days) we thought we’d try it this way and it worked well.  She was ready to have her teeth fixed.

She should be out of recovery any minute now.

Dent in the Dental Plans

Bree has another procedure tomorrow.  She has to have some dental work done.  Nothing major, just an x-ray and cleaning, probably fill and cap a couple of cavities and pull at least one tooth that hasn’t fallen out even though there is another coming in.  She still has to be put under so we’re going to Oakwood Surgery Center in Round Rock, not our normal haunt at Dell Children’s.

Bree was supposed to have this done last Thursday at Bailey Square Surgery Center, but we didn’t get them a form faxed ‘in time’ so they canceled the surgery.  Never mind that no one told us that it had to be in by a certain time, never mind that no one bothered to call us and let us know that the surgery was canceled, it’s okay that our little wee-wah is in pain for an extra week.  I wouldn’t want to inconvenience them by actually calling us to keep us informed.  I guess I should have called a couple of weeks before to see if there was anything that was needed.  Oh, wait, that’s right, I did.  Twice.  They never returned my calls.  This isn’t the first time we’ve had to deal with Bailey’s Square, nor is it the first time we’ve been underwhelmed with their customer service and policies.  I won’t go into the details, but let’s just say that it’s not hip to be Square.  Let’s just say that they are a pain in the assets.

Surgery is not until 12:00 p.m., so there won’t be any blogs until the afternoon.

The Breeagle has landed

Bree was released at 11:15 and we made our way home.  Bree is the saddest she’s ever been.  It’s not her joints that are hurting her, but she keeps saying her head hurts.  She’s got medicine in her but it doesn’t seem to be cutting the edge off.  She’ll say ‘I cry!” and then she’ll wail.  It’s both heartbreaking and adorable at the same time.

It’s been about two hours since we got home and she’s mostly back to her old self.  The medicine is finally working, I don’t think she’s in any more pain.   So ‘yay’ all the way around.

This entry was posted on August 30, 2013. 1 Comment

We’ve been buzzed

The little pager they give you to alert you that the procedure is complete just went a-buzzin’!  Only one person is allowed at first, so Billie Jo went back and now I’m alone with my thoughts.  And wow, is it lonely.

If there was something amiss, the doctor would have come out and spoken to both of us, so I’m going to deduce that it all went as planned.  Unless you hear otherwise, please do the same.

Oh, and I’m not really that lonely.  I thinking about skinless chicken.