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Pneumonia Round 3 – Surgery This Week

Posted Aug 19 2011 10:26pm

Caden's x-ray from July 2011 Caden was diagnosed with pneumonia again on Monday. He had only been off oxygen during the day for a few weeks after recovering from the June 21st diagnosis of pneumonia. The photo of the x-ray on the right was taken after the fall he and Sherry had at the aquarium during the week of the GFI Family Conference. The rods in his back sort of pop out, but if you look carefully at the lung areas you will see that the right lung is very clear and the left lung is definitely not clear.  (this picture is a view from behind Caden) The picture confirms where the doctors have been hearing the pneumonia (crackling sounds) when listening to Caden with a stethoscope.

Caden was also hospitalized back in March 2011 with pneumonia…in the lower left lung. That one was a bit of a scare as we almost took an ambulance ride to the hospital that time.

Surgery Pending…

Caden is scheduled for a VEPTR rod adjustment surgery this coming Thursday August 25th…if he is well enough from the pneumonia. I believe he will be well enough since his need for oxygen during the day is already decreasing. Sherry said she was able to drop him down to one liter today which is a very good sign. Praise God!

A New Cub Scout

Caden will become a Tiger Cub with our local Cub Scout troop 458 in a few weeks. I took Caden on a date to the scout store to Caden in Cub Scout Uniform get a uniform a few weeks ago. He was beaming with excitement to get his uniform and know he will be doing something with Riley this fall. I will be Caden’s den leader (got my uniform also) and Sherry will be attending meetings with Riley in his Bear Cub den.

Some of you may be wondering why we do scouts and I will be sharing that in detail over on Daddy Life in the coming weeks.  Daddy Life is a site I have created to reach out and encourage, equip, and challenge dads. I have posted seven weekly podcast episodes so far which are available in iTunes or directly from the Daddy Life web site. The site is growing but I could use all the help I can get promoting it. Eventually I will be releasing some eBooks and videos on technology safety (some free and some for sale). I encourage you to click the “Like It” buttons found on each post to share on Facebook, tweet it on Twitter, and/or link to it from your own blogs and web sites. Let me know if you add a link so I can link back to you.

More Fun Pictures with Captions


Riley at the Top

Riley's first climb to the top of a climbing wall


JJ Holding an alligator

JJ holding a real live alligator - Edisto Island Serpintarium


Caden and Riley with a Boa

Riley holds a snake while Caden pets it - Edisto Island Serpintarium


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