Thursday, July 16, 2009

Let the Games BEGIN!!

"Begin with the end in mind". This was the advice that we got yesterday when we attended Jordan's first education meeting for his surgery. Since our meeting with the new surgeon last week, the process is moving at a good clip! Dr. Nguyen (pronounced Wynn) was a delight to Jordan, Jessika and I! He spent an hour and a half getting to know Jordan and going over his procedures and reiterating that Jordan's success is his primary goal. Jordan and Jessika attended the first support group on Monday night. I declined this one as I feel Jordan needs the space to really open up about anything and might feel less inclined to do so if I am there (you know, like "my mom is my issue!" NEVER!) Yesterday we went to the first of two education classes he will have to attend. We learned exactly how the surgery will be done - taking his 40oz. capacity stomach to 2oz. capacity!! How he will have to eat after this is done and new habits that will be required. We will learn more about his dietary changes in the next class in a couple of weeks. I do believe that after this, Jessika and I will have new figures as well!! I think one of the things I'm most excited about is to see Jordan HEALTHY and enjoying the things he did as a young boy. He has always been one to want to be outside more than in. In fact, when he was about 10, there was a house that we used to go by on the intracostal in the boat (in Ft. Lauderdale) that had one of the biggest ficus trees ever seen and Jordan was determined that when he grew up he would buy that tree (not the house) and build a treehouse and live there! If not there, then he was going to Australia and live in the Outback! He had a huge fort in the backyard and would have lived out there if we had let him! He's never been your average kid. Most of the things boys his age enjoyed, such as football, baseball, were just not his thing. Not that he didn't like them, he would just prefer to concentrate on things like how the wings were attached to butterfly or how the earth turned on it's axis or the different phases of the moon! Most of the other kids just thought he was weird - until he got to middle school. We sent him to a Science and Technology magnet school where he met LOTS of other weird kids just like him! From sixth grade on, Jordan has had a friend that is like a brother to him and just as weird as him (let's just say I could do a whole blog on Jordan and Lesly stories!!) but it these types of relationships that is going to keep Jordan going over the next few months. He has a girlfriend who loves him for who he is and again, is just as weird as he is! I say "weird" with A LOT of love behind it!! I just can't always keep up with their conversations - if you know what I mean!! And he has a sister who though very different (she's a lot more like momma!), is behind him and cheering him on! We have had a lot of great friends who have wanted to help with costs, so I have made a quilt that with every ten dollars donated to his surgery account, your name will be entered in the drawing that Jordan will do on the day of his surgery. I will be posting all the details here on my blog as soon as I can figure it out!!
So let the games begin!! We are SO ready for this race!!
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in a such a way as to get the prize"

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