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  1. CtTortoiseMom

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    Yay, congrats to your son :) what is ODP? [hr] Oh & wow!!
  2. CtTortoiseMom

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    I LOVE this pic! How come after everyone asking, no one is freaking out because you finally showed a pic of yourself? She is one good looking female!
  3. CtTortoiseMom

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    That is all great to hear! Is your thumb still in pain? How's Jacqui?
  4. CtTortoiseMom

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    Hi all, this was perfect timing for me to come on:). I was trying to catch up on the pages I missed. Rand is doing so well it is miraculous! His ox sat level has never been above 94 on a good day and now he is living at 100%. His lung and right side of his heart damage are already gone and his...
  5. CtTortoiseMom

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    Sibi- whoa, that looks do painful! I am do glad it is getting better! Ken-I believe cortisone shots do work for awhile. My ortho keeps offering them to me for my knee that has had a few surgeries and is really sore in the winter. If you get it, tell me how long it lasts and I might get them...
  6. CtTortoiseMom

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    We had a quick trip to the hospital this morning to draw lines around some redness around his incision sight. Everything looked really good but if the red area's go outside of the pen borders he is going to have to go on IV antibiotics. We go back on Wednesday. I feel like we are headed in the...
  7. CtTortoiseMom

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    What's wrong? Stress makes me eat too! Well not in the moment but after. It's like I need to totally veg out and make a pig of myself to decompress.
  8. CtTortoiseMom

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    Yah, USDA or any gov loan is not ideal in any way. In my state you have to make less than 100k a year to qualify for it and our friends that qualified were looking at home's that were 1/2 mil and above. I think their situation is a prime example of why the market crashed! Sounds like a great...
  9. CtTortoiseMom

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    Are you sure you even need a down payment? Our friends were telling us that they qualified for some USDA loan where they accept 0 down. I think that if a person can, they should put as much down as possible to avoid PMI and to get a little equity right out of the gate. But you need to do what...
  10. CtTortoiseMom

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    OMG, those look so good!! I want crab Rangoon now!!
  11. CtTortoiseMom

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    Great pic but how the heck did you get that biggin' in there??! [hr] Thank's Jacqui! Yes, the ice cold feeling is leaving my body and I am warming up and I was all of a sudden so hungry. But, now after eating everything in sight I am regretting it!!
  12. CtTortoiseMom

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    Hi, we are home!! It is really scary being home so I haven't been doing anything but following him around! We were discharged last night after he had a clear chest x-ray and echo. He still has fluid in his chest which is very common after open heart surgery so he will need a high dose of lasix...
  13. CtTortoiseMom

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    I am going to post these pics and then I am going to catch up on what I missed and hopefully chat with you all!! Rand had a hard two days and then miraculously, like someone flipped a switch he improved by leaps and bounds, here are the pics from late afternoon.... And he was able to...
  14. CtTortoiseMom

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    Oh the complications!! It started when they opened the chest, they hadn't even begun to open his heart and we heard the anesthesiologist paged to room 3 stat, and we thought oh my god that is Rands room. The nurse ran out to tell us that he was having arrhythmia's and they thought they were...
  15. CtTortoiseMom

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    Hi all, we are finally on the other side of this. He had a ton of complications during surgery and I think I aged 50 years today. He has been in the PICU now since 1pm. He is doing ok now. :) I am hopeful that things will get better from here...
  16. CtTortoiseMom

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    Well, his surgery started on time. We have come for surgery before and had to leave because of pneumonia or other issues that the anesthesiologist was uncomfortable with so it is a relief that they cleared him today. Here he is just before Rob took him in and stayed with him until he fell asleep...
  17. CtTortoiseMom

    Go Duck Yourself !.....

    I love all these pics! I had never heard of this type of a duck. I also always wondered if the imprinting thing was true. They are just so adorable!
  18. CtTortoiseMom

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    Thank you so much. His surgery is at 7:40am. We are supposed to arrive at 6:10 so we are leaving at 5:30. I have the most amazing story to tell you all...... My eldest had her boy girl party which was good, no making out or trying to hide in the bushes happened (not the amazing part). After...
  19. CtTortoiseMom

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    They use the pericardium which is the outer layer that protects the heart to make the patch. He is having his surgery at the children's hospital and it is only 40 minutes away. I learned some crazy things.... I have to give him an iodine shower the night before surgery. I also met all the PICU...
  20. CtTortoiseMom

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    Thanks :) Lily had a great birthday and we learned all there is to know about R Rand's procedure. I just have to get through my teens B'day (friend) party tomorrow and I am done with all these parties until next August, yay!! [hr] A couple pics from today, I am picture crazy as it is but we...
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