Saturday, February 28, 2009

Nikki and Emilee

This was an especially nice day, for several reasons. First, let’s hear it for GREAT BLOOD SUGARS – 95 through 140 all day! WHOOOOO HOOOO!!! Second, Nikki was able to swallow some real food today. She still has a terrible sore throat and gets tired easy, but man is it great to see her smile again! Third, my step-daughter Stacy came for a visit today along with my son-in-law Tom and my amazingly beautiful granddaughter Emilee! My mother-in-law Joyce also came by for a while. This is the first family that we’ve seen since before Nikki’s surgery and it made all of us very happy.

Of course, since I’m me and ME has been in a very sappy mood lately I have to add that it was just plain moving for me to watch Nikki and Emilee today as Nikki checked her blood sugar. At 10 months old Emilee has no idea what any of that is, but just watching Nikki share that part of herself with her niece – who she completely adores – was very touching. AND THEN because we are US we gave Emilee her own test strip bottle to play with and keep! It was her favorite toy the whole time she was here. Only in a T1 family!!!

God is Good :-D

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nikki Mouse Update

I’m writing this entry as Nikki is taking a test upstairs with one of her teachers from Kenton. Nikki was so excited that Ms. King was coming over she was literally standing in the door waiting for her when she arrived; which is also a good indication of how ready she is to get back to normal. Today has been the best day we’ve had in a couple of weeks. Her throat is still mega killing her, but all in all she feels much better. She’s even surviving on plain Tylenol now, as opposed to pain killers.

Nikki is missing her friends terribly and we’ve really appreciated all the visitors who have stopped by and the windfall of get well cards (Nikki is saving every single one of them). She got one in the mail today from a family friend (who was also her science teacher in 3rd grade – Mrs. Carmony she is still your biggest fan) and her favorite part of it was there was a little mouse on the front. The day before yesterday one of her friends came by and brought a Get Well card signed by her whole class and she must have read the note from her growing list of favorite teachers (that’s you Mrs. Laughlin) about a hundred times that night. She’ll be totally pumped when she gets the okay to go back to school.

Anyway, this is getting a little mushy but we just feel so blessed to have so many precious friends in our lives; our lives would not be as wonderful without you all – you have become our family and for that we thank you!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Turner's Secret Identities

Yep - that's my secret identity. The Slicing Monarch - able to cut out type 1 in a single slice! Don't I wish. Okay, I got this idea from Jill over at Diabetes Sweeties, who got the idea from Kerri over at Six Until Me.

What I've decided is that this whole process, while silly and fun, was also a little therapeutic! I mean don't all us T1 moms want to put on our secret super hero identity and make diabetes get the heck off our planet? Go check out The Hero Factory and see what superhero you decide to be - it's a blast! Don't be surprised if I begin referring to myself as The Slicing Monarch from time to time; if you know me that probably doesn't surprise you at all.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Invisible Giant

Unless you know Nikki or her family you won’t see the invisible giant that follows her around every single second of every single day. Her invisible giant is type 1 diabetes and it’s invisible because you can’t see it in her face, you can’t feel it in her touch and you can’t hear it in her laugh – but I can. It never leaves her and it never will. It makes her future uncertain and for that alone, I hate her giant.

I wonder how many T1’s feel the need to indulge in justifying how big this disease really is. They don’t look sick, so how bad can it be right? I wonder how many people, people who may have met a T1 or may have read about T1 or watched those dandy T1 commercials, feel that they know exactly what diabetes is and don’t understand what all the fuss is about. They don’t understand the fogginess that descends out of nowhere to take over the brain, they don’t understand that there is no such thing as a “virtually painless blood sugar meter”, they don’t understand that insulin keeps a T1 alive but is in no way a cure, they don’t understand what it’s like to live with an uninvited giant that only you can see and so many people don’t take seriously. They don't understand what it's like to have your brain so confused that when you speak only noises come out. They just don’t understand.

I wonder how many people hear about a T1 and say “well at least it’s not cancer or something worse”. Since when did chronic, debilitating diseases become a competition? I wonder how many T1’s or their parents have heard “I have friend who has diabetes and she doesn’t worry about that”. I wonder how many T1’s and their families have heard “I know someone who has diabetes, but only a little”. There is no such thing as only a little diabetes; that’s like being only a little pregnant. I could wonder about these things for hours, but I don’t let myself. I take my cue from Nikki and all the other T1’s I’m privileged to know, they do not feel sorry for themselves and they do not let it defeat them.

Diabetes is not a part time disease. It never takes a break. It never ceases its attack on internal organs, eyes and limbs. It never tires and it will never quit, until we find a cure. I live with it along side Nikki; I do the middle of the night blood checks, and I listen for her breathing and hold my own breath each morning as I go in to wake her up. I cry with her and worry over her. Her dad and I deal with the astronomical expense of this giant. Yet there will come a day when we will no longer be responsible for all of that. Nikki always will be. She will never, ever get to take a day off or get a break from it for a couple of hours. She will always struggle with the highs and lows, with the fact that a simple cold can turn into a major ordeal; she’ll always have to be aware that her blood sugar levels can affect the grade she makes on a test and she will always deal with the expense of the disease. Even though we will walk with her forever and help her deal with all of this – we can only walk beside her, we cannot take this walk for her and for that, I hate her giant.

Diabetes landed in our life on April 6, 2003 and I look forward to the day we can kick it out of every life it has interrupted. Until then, my hope is that people will seek to educate themselves on the disease and help fight to find cure. Get involved, get educated and be supportive. Diabetes may be an invisible disease, but its victims are not. The faces, every single one of them, that you see in this blog entry all have type 1 diabetes, they would love to have your help finding a cure.

If you have type 1 diabetes and are willing to share a photo, please email it to me at I’d like to do a blog entry that is just the faces of the people who live with this giant. Diabetes may be Goliath, but T1’s are definitely David – and in the end David, with the Lord's help, destroyed Goliath.

Saturday Update

Time for a Nikki Mouse update. I’d say that (other than the fact that I’m her mommy and I hate for her to be hurting) she is healing like normal. We actually had a blood sugar reading of 105 yesterday and the highest number we’ve had since then has been around 250. Though that is high, it’s to be expected because it’s so hard to regulate carbs vs. what she actually winds up eating.

We have THE BEST friends on earth. I’d like to say a special thank you to the Niemis’, Grubbs’ and Murdocks’ for the wonderful and amazingly awesome dinners that they brought to us. It helped so much! You guys rock! My only problem is that Bryan might be expecting to eat that well all the time – hee hee.

Yesterday and today have been the most painful for Nikki, but we knew that would be the case. She’s sleeping really well and I’m hoping that when we go back this week for a recheck on the UTI that Troy will tell us that is gone as well. Thank you to all our friends and family who have sent up prayers for us – Nikki – God is great and has truly blessed us with an amazing support system.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Happy Dance

I’m just doing a short Nikki update today. She had a very good nights sleep and actually slept through the entire morning and half the afternoon. The girls and I are getting ready to watch High School Musical 3 and veg out in front of the television. However, the best part of this update is Nikki’s lastest blood sugar reading of 191!!!!! In honor of that number we are doing the happy blood sugar dance.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tonsillectomy Tuesday, part 2

As I start this blog it’s actually about 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Nikki’s blood sugars have taken a huge spike and are off the meter high – thankfully, no ketones and her last reading about 10 minutes ago had her at 468 – way too high but headed in the right direction. I’m trying to stay awake because her next round of pain killers is due in about 20 minutes and I want to retest at that time. Let me just add, in language that is just plain not nice, diabetes sucks.

Rambling in a more positive direction I wanted to take a minute and acknowledge the staff at Children’s Hospital and the superb care Nikki receives there. Everyone from the Child Life Specialist to the receptionist in the parent’s waiting room are so nice that the employees at Disney World could learn a thing or two (and that’s the happiest place on earth with the some of the nicest staff I’ve ever encountered). However, for this visit one particular person went over and above for Nikki, Bryan and myself. Her name is Sigma and she was Nikki’s PACU (recovery unit) nurse for the duration of our stay. She praised a very scared and traumatized Nikki as she had the tube removed from her throat and she continued that praise for every little thing Nikki did – not in a patronizing way, but in a very genuine way. This nurse even offered to go get Bryan and I lunch for goodness sake. One of the nicest things she did was to ask if Nikki could be moved to a private trauma room while she was in the PACU – she felt that since Nikki had to be there longer than most kids, she (and her parents) would be more comfortable in quieter, more private surroudings. She was definitely a direct contributor to Nikki’s willingnes to drink and move toward coming home instead of having to stay over.

One other thing I’d like to mention about the staff in the Day Surgery unit was the fact that they let Bryan and I go all the way into the operating room with Nikki and remain with her until she fell asleep. We were with Nikki when she drifted off and we were there when she opened her eyes; because of the staff’s care and concern about how scary any kind of surgery is for an 11 year old, Nikki never knew that Bryan and I were not with her the entire time. It really reduced the stress for her.

The last moment I’d like to share from Tuesday is how much Nikki wanted her big sister. Amber had spent the day or so before Nik’s surgery telling her how she (Amber) had her tonsils out and that Nikki would be okay. Amber stayed with a friend of ours on Monday night so she could get to school Tuesday morning. The great part of story is that not only was Nikki wanting Amber close-by, but Amber was wanting to be with Nikki just as much. I gave Amber the choice of riding back home with her friend after school, so she could get her stuff and then we would pick her up a little while after that. Amber texted me from school and asked if she could just get her stuff later and come straight home to be with Nikki instead. Yes, I’m biased about my girls, but I sure do like the people that they are. Oh, and when Amber did get home from school, she leaned down by where Nikki was sleeping and told her she was home. Nikki opened her eyes, focused for a second then those two silly, dramatic girls hugged each other for about 5 minutes.

As I finish this blog, it’s about 11:00 a.m. Wednesday. Nikki didn’t have such a great night as far as blood sugars go, but she slept okay. Right now her blood sugar is 316 and believe it or not that’s as low as we’ve gotten it since it started spiking yesterday. She’s still drinking well for me and that is definitely a positive note to end on.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tonsillectomy Tuesday, part 1

Today has been a very long and emotional day, but I can’t say that it hasn’t also been a blessing. We woke Nikki up at 5:00 a.m. this morning because we had to have her at Children’s by 6:00 a.m., her surgery was scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. We have had nothing but great experiences at Children’s and today was no exception. They got Nikki right in and treated her like a little princess. The longer she sat in her room waiting for surgery to start to the more nervous she became. Nikki’s body reacts with high blood sugars when she is emotional for any reason (good or bad), so I was a little worried that she would skyrocket before they could start surgery. They gave her something to help settle her down and her blood sugar was 255 going in for the procedure. Not good, but not terrible either considering the situation. Nikki came out of surgery in a very teary state, she was crying and saying “I hate this” none of which she remembers. Bryan and I immediately went to her, one on each side. I’m leaning over saying, in my best mommy soothing voice “it’s okay baby, it’s all done, Mommy’s here”. She looked up at me with very foggy, tearfilled eyes and said “I want Amber”. WELL, humph. You gotta laugh. It does do my heart good that both of my girls were completely focused on each other today. I have much more to blog regarding the events of today but I’ll save that for tomorrow. Nikki was doing well enough all around that they let her come home this afternoon. As of this evening, she’s drinking wonderfully and sitting up. She’s in quite a bit of pain and her blood sugars are bouncing around a little; but so far, so good.

At this point in my blogging I need to mention few things that are really important to our family. First, and this one is solely for Nikki, we gave Nikki an official “Dr. Nikki Mouse – No Sugar Needed” mouse before the medicine kicked in this morning; which brought a smile to her extremely stressed little self. Check out the picture of Nikki and her Mouse. Second, “The Bills”. No I’m not talking about money or something we need to pay. We have a wonderful church family who are very near and dear to our hearts; there are too many people at Hickory Grove that are important to us for me to mention them all; however, I would like to specifically thank 2 people (and their wonderful wives). Brother Bill Clark and Brother Bill Risher – ‘The Bills’. I’m not entirely sure that these 2 friends/pastors of ours realize how important they are to our family. Each man has baptized one of my children and they have been involved in almost every single monumental event that has occurred in our family since my kids were babies. For instance, tonight I was reflecting on them being there with us this morning while we waited for Nikki’s surgery to begin, and then it dawned on me that almost exactly 6 years ago Brother Bill Risher and his wife Sherry were at that same hospital with me, Amber, Nikki and Bryan – the day Nikki was diagnosed with T1. I wanted to say a specific thank you both of these amazing men and their families, you are more important than you know.

Third, to all our family and friends who come from very different parts of our lives – thank you for the prayers, texts, e-mails and phone calls. You lifted us up and we can’t thank you enough. We realize that a tonsillectomy is a fairly routine process, but when you combine it with T1, a UTI and a chronic sinus infection, it gets a little scary. When Nikki came out of surgery her blood sugar level was an almost perfect number – 155 – that was definitely an answer to many prayers.

Lastly, thank you to Melissa and Brooke for all your love and constant understanding. Brooke and Melis came by this evening and brought Nikki flowers and a balloon. You are truly family and I’m hoping you already know what you mean to us.

To be continued tomorrow…

Monday, February 16, 2009

February 16, 2009

Well today at 1:19 p.m. my Nikki officially turned 11. We’ve had a pretty good day –I’ve got her in quarantine until her surgery tomorrow, don’t want any sneaky bugs to get in and cause another virus while she’s healing from her tonsilectomy. She’s beginning to be a little nervous about tommorow, and I don’t blame her.

Right now, her and Amber are holed up in Amber’s room playing their new DS games (that I got them today). I’m worried about the surgery but my anxiety comes more from knowing that she’s going to feel rotten over the next couple of weeks, fear that she’ll get another virus while she’s trying to recover from all the stuff she’s already got plus the surgery, and – well -- you get the general idea.

But for the moment it’s a pretty quiet, sweet day. Amber has try outs for the musical Beauty and the Beast tomorrow night, so I’m trying to stay focused on working out the logistics of getting everyone where they need to be tomorrow – and I’m thinking that if I sleep more than 2 hours tonight, that might be a good thing too.
Until later……….

Sunday, February 15, 2009

What A Sweet Day!

What a wonderful day. Nikki woke up with a blood sugar number of 97 (whooo hooo) and actually felt like eating a little something. We celebrated her 11th birthday today (her actual birthday is Monday the 16th). Since she was getting a rather expensive gift this year we were having a low key celebration with only a few of her closest friends.

We took the girls to paint some pottery pieces and then came back here for cake, dinner (in that order) and a sleepover. Nikki’s numbers held between 80 and 174 all day – thank you My Lord! I’m sure part of her feeling better was the emotional boost she got from being with her closest friends in the world. These girls are little miracles and have been through a lot with Nikki, in different ways, over the years. Her lifelong best friends, who are really more like her sisters are Brooke and Samantha. They have been friends and inseperable since they were toddlers. Emily is another of her best friends and is a more recent addition to Nikki’s inner circle. She moved to our neighborhood about 3 years ago, met Nikki who immediately introduced her to Sam and Brooke and they became The Four Girls. Another best friend – Mikayla - brings her own special bond to her relationship with Nikki. Brooke introduced them about 3 years ago, just after Mikayla was diagnosed with T1. Nikki and Mikayla call each other when they have ‘T1 burnout’ moments, they go to diabetes camp together and they also enjoy being regular girls together.

I guess I felt the need to write about these little ladies because they are such an important support system for Nikki. One that doesn’t have much to do with me, her dad or her big sister – these 5 girls ‘belong’ to Nikki. They all know more about type 1 diabetes than most grown ups, which goes without saying for Nikki and Mikayla; but Brooke, Sam and Emily can talk up a storm about T1 and all 3 of them know what to do if Nik or Mikayla go low, need their meters or any number of other things that go along with diabetes. They are Nikki’s strength when she needs understanding that only a best friend can give. Nikki once described their friendships like this “It’s like you know Mom, me and Mikayla have diabetes, Emily doesn’t have a dad, Sam has asthma, Brooke broke her arm and doesn’t get to see her dad much; we all have problems and we’re okay”. Out of the mouths of babes, I couldn’t define their friendship any better than that.

Most of us are lucky if we have 1 or 2 people we consider best friends throughout our entire lifetime -- God blessed my child with 4.

As birthdays go, this one will always be a favorite.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Another Nikki Mouse Update

Children’s called this morning to let us know that Nikki has to check in on Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m. and surgery is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. It’s early, but since she can’t eat or drink after midnight, it’s really good that she will be the first operation that morning – if she were to go low and needed to eat it would cause surgery to be postponed and then I think Nikki would have a nervous breakdown.

She’s feeling better, weak but better. She’s still not eating much but overall I see improvement. Tomorrow is her birthday celebration with her closest friends and she is really looking forward to that. So for the weekend, we will focus on the fact that my baby is turning ELEVEN! How did that happen?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Nikki Update

Children’s finally got back to me today. Nancy (diabetes nurse) and I made some adjustments to Nikki’s basal rates, meal factor and correction factor; to accommodate her being sick and to prepare for surgery on Tuesday.

As of this evening, Nikki is not feeling good but no fever; she still has a pretty bad tummy ache and is not eating; however, she IS drinking for me. No school again tomorrow. Saturday is supposed to be her birthday party and I’m continuing to hope that the weekend will go as planned. She is having a small party this year, only her 3 best friends, because of the size and cost of the gift she wants – an iMod, nope not an iPod but an iMod, it’s basically a mo-ped made by iPod. Our plans are to take her, Amber and her 3 friends to the pottery place to paint and then come home for a sleepover and a ‘drive through the neighborhood’. I’m hoping she feels well enough to handle at least the pottery painting part of the day.

Anyway, the anesthesiologist will coordinate with the Endo at Children’s on Tuesday morning and will also monitor her blood sugar throughout the surgery. She will remain at Children’s until around 7 p.m. that evening unless they decide she needs to stay. The problem would be if Nikki isn’t drinking well enough, they want to make sure we (mom and dad) have a way to get a low blood sugar up if needed and if she isn’t swallowing/drinking well enough they will have her stay and keep her on the i.v. throughout the night – Nancy said that both scenarios are normal and about 30% of young patients with diabetes wind up staying over. I’m hoping Nikki isn’t one of the 30% but I would obviously rather her be safe than rushing her home; however, I’m trying not to worry that far in advance.

They want her blood sugar to be between 90 & 199 on the morning of surgery. The rule of thumb these days is not to perform the operation if blood sugars are high or low because high/low sugars can cause complications during the procedure. So now we are focused on trying to get her better and get her through the next couple of weeks in hopes that she will come out the other end much healthier.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Cooking Up Fun

A completely wonderful high school classmate of mine wrote this blog entry as a favor for me and I appreciate it so very much!

Food should be fun! The smell of a freshly sliced orange, the sound of popcorn popping, and the rainbow of colors on a tray of fresh veggies can bring a smile to your face, no matter how old you are! As a registered dietitian and diabetes educator with over 20 years experience, and the mother of a 13-year-old son, I know all too well the challenges that folks with diabetes face. If you have a child with diabetes, deciding what, when, and how much to feed them can certainly take the fun out of eating!

Food doesn’t have to be boring though, and your kids can actually enjoy what they eat! To bring fun and enjoyment back to food, and to help kids with diabetes (and their families!) have fun making and eating food, I co-authored a cookbook that’s published by the American Diabetes Association (ADA)– “Cooking Up Fun for Kids with Diabetes”. It’s available for $14.95 from the ADA at in the online bookstore, on or by calling the ADA at 1-800-232-6733.

“Cooking Up Fun for Kids with Diabetes” is built around the ABC’s and has recipes based on foods that kids love, as well as some less than familiar foods that even the pickiest eater will enjoy. You may be surprised to see that several of the recipes contain a bit of sugar, which used to be strictly off-limits for kids with diabetes. Now we know that sugars can be treated just like any other form of carbohydrate and can be eaten as long as the total amount of carbohydrate doesn’t go over the planned amount for that meal or snack. The recipes are divided into simple steps so kids of all ages can whip them up, and a special “little hands” icon tells how hard the recipe is and whether a bit of adult supervision is required. Each recipe also has complete nutrition information, including the carb count. Get ready to put the fun back into food!

To get you started, here’s a favorite recipe of my family’s from the book:

Purple Cow Slushy

1 8-ounce container no-sugar-added, fat-free vanilla yogurt
½ cup fat-free milk
1 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries, partially thawed
1 ½ cups ice

Combine yogurt, milk and ½ the blueberries in a blender. Cover tightly and blend. Turn off blender, remove lid, and add remaining blueberries. Cover and blend until smooth (there may be a few pieces of blueberry skin left). Add ice cubes, cover tightly, and blend until slushy. Pour into glasses and serve right away.

Makes 4 servings.
Per serving: 12 g carb, 61 calories


Tami Ross, RD, LD, CDE

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Nikki's Tonsils and Adenoids Out on 2/17

We actually made it to the ENT today. The CT scan looked okay, nothing weird. However, Nikki is now scheduled to have her tonsils and addenoids taken out on February 17 at Cinti Children’s Hospital. I’m waiting on the Endo to call me and let me know if we need to do anything separate in preparation for the surgery and to find out if Nikki will have to stay overnight to have blood sugars monitored or if I will be able to bring her right home.

Nikki is upset about having this done. More pokes, more hurt. She cried a little, quietly like she always does. Once we got home her big sister Amber was waiting and took her downstairs to show Nikki pictures of Amber when she was in the hospital having her tonsils taken out. So Nikki feels much better now and I’m one proud mommy of two great girls.

NOW, for the exciting part because we (our family) has to have atleast one strange and entertaining event during everything we do. The doctor is explaining to Nikki and me the things that could go wrong -- and in great detail. I must add a side note that Nikki has been sick for about 2 months and I guess I was more stressed about it all than I thought. I say that because about halfway through the doctor’s lecture on possible problems I PASSED OUT COLD!!! Nope, I’m not kidding. There I was on the floor and Nikki is looking down at me from the exam chair (laughing I might add). I'm thinking Nikki was laughing because for once she wasn't the one who fell out of a chair. I was so embarrassed and now I am simply amused.

Nikki will be out of school for about 2 weeks, which is a little longer than most but the doc said she wanted to be a little cautious because she didn’t want any unncessary set backs. She also (and many of my friends will love this) told me that I could probably get her teacher to come by the house to help her keep up with school work – KIM??? Ha. Ha. Actually, Nikki responded to the doctor “mom's a teacher” and I’m not sure she is all that impressed about that fact.

Anyway, we will trudge through and hopefully next winter will be a much healthier one.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Nikk's Baby Blues are 20/20

So, we are back from the eye doctor today. Nikki and I both had our eyes dilated. It is very important that all T1's begin getting their eyes dilated no later than age 10 and yearly after that. Nikki was thrilled that she finally went to a doctor appointment where wasn't poked; "just poofed" as she put it. She was referring to the eye test for glaucoma.

T1's have to be very careful about many things and their eyes are a priority. Typically, it's about 20 years into the battle before a diabetic will begin showing signs of organ damage; hopefully much, much longer than that (never would be good). By observing the blood vessels in the eyes (through those nifty eye doctor machines) a doc can tell if the vessels are beginning to pop and bleed. Once that begins to happen in the eyes, it is most likely happening in other areas like the hands and feet. Staying on top of daily blood sugars and keeping level and consistent A1c's is so very important in the battle to keep organ damage at bay. Anyway, Nikki has perfect 20/20 vision and no diabetes damage. Her doctor said "If I didn't know she had diabetes, I wouldn't know she had diabetes". We LOVE LOVE LOVE great doctor reports!

Nikki's favorite part of today was getting these "really cool" sunglasses from the eye doctor (having your pupils dilated can be a BRIGHT experience). My thoughts on this are that "really cool" is definitely a personal opinion; thus, I wore my own sunglasses. Once we got home Nikki announced that the 'really cool' glasses made her eyes sweaty - I would explain but this was spoken in a language I am now beginning to identify as "Nikkiease" so I didn't even ask what she meant. She opted for taking those off and putting on another pair of my sunglasses; "you know mom, the ones that make everything orange" (Nikkiease).

Now we are waiting for the next doctor, which is a follow-up ENT appointment that we were supposed to have last week, but couldn't because we now live in North Pole Kentucky; there was too much snow and ice on the roads. However, we are now expecting another 2 - 4 inches tonight and another inch overnight (like I said North Pole Kentucky) - so who knows if we'll get there. I'm anxious to get the results from the CT scan and figure out what is causing all these sinus infections; we'll just have to hope the roads aren't too bad.

Here's hoping ........