Wednesday, May 26, 2010


The doctor walked in Monday and slapped a pamphlet down about laparoscopic surgery.
We exhaled. What had we expected from a surgeon?

That meant we had to ask questions and know what surgery meant. I got a little light-headed just looking at the diagram on the wall. We bulldozed ahead with questions anyway.

He made the surgery sound elective. I guess so if one wants to live with excruciating heartburn symptoms. We opted not and asked for "elective" surgery as soon as possible. Additionally, he gave two options: four small holes or one large one, a surgery he had only been trained for but never performed. We chose the former. :)

So, next week will be pre-op. June 10th will be extraction day. And June 11th...that will be the last day you ever have to hear about my gallbladder.

Friday, May 21, 2010



The phone rang yesterday with the call we’d been waiting for.  The news was no less than we’d expected.  Medicine won’t treat this.  Only surgery.  So Monday we come back from a trip to meet the surgeon for me, Kelley, and my dear ole gallbladder. 



Additionally, we looked into our boy’s eyes yesterday to see a miracle.  See anything different between his two eyes? 

We’ve been to the doctor, had tests, antibiotics and ointment for his right eye that’s been swollen and constantly green with goop.  We prayed over it, and it began to clear.  Then we got the call it was a certain bacteria that needed ointment so even though it was clearing we used the ointment.  It started getting worse.  Why, oh why, did we not trust God’s touch?  We stopped the ointment and prayed again with much repentance mixed in.  I sensed it would get worse before it got better.  It did. 

Wednesday it oozed all day and was more swollen.  “Thursday,” I asked God.  “Please touch it by Thursday or we’ll have to call the doctor again.”  Thursday morning we went through our normal routine.  It was halfway through the day when I looked down and realized his eye looked just like the other.  Goop gone, swelling down, redness gone.  Praise the Lord for His answers even when we mess up.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Webster's Words: Sludge

Pronunciation: \ˈsləj\ Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English slugge, perhaps alteration of slicche mud, slush; akin to Old High German slīh mire

Date: 15th century

2 : a muddy or slushy mass, deposit, or sediment: as a : precipitated solid matter produced by water and sewage treatment processes

That’s the verdict we got yesterday: sludge. Despite our lack of reporting in, the weeks have been full: magical concert in NC, wedding, camping trip, exercise, six week check-up, writing of summer goals, end-of-school party and doctor’s appointment. But it wasn’t the first appointment that gave the verdict we’re sharing today. The third appointment after the new patient one and blood work was an ultrasound of all things abdomen. And after a lot of uncomfortable prodding and breath-holding the verdict is… gallstones.


The technician literally said, “One of the three is blocking the duct and a lot of sludge has backed up.”


So today we wait for the phone to ring for the next steps…although we think we know where we’re headed. Ugh. We’ll keep you posted.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mom’s Day

We are who we are

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because of you. 

May the generations to come benefit from so rich a heritage.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

All Things G

This is Tegen Central and sort of like a spin off of NPR’s All Things Considered, this post highlights the biggest news from life last week all connected by the letter g.


Levi 1Grandparents.  After several weeks of help and time together, one set of grandparents left for home while the other set returned from a week of business in Nashville.  We have been so blessed by family who have watched our little one while we slept, changed him, rocked him through fussy spells, bought medicines, held him while we ran errands and loved on all of us.  Mom and Dad Harrell, Mom and Dad Tegen we are so thankful for you.    

Gifts.  A most precious gift was given to us Friday.  Tulips and a note sitting on our table explained the gift while the smell of Clorox wipes gave away the surprise:  three students cleaned our entire apartment while we were out to dinner.  That is a gift of epic proportion for a new mom!!  Sweet Amy, Megan and Emily, thank you a million times.

Glamour Shots.  Laurin McDowell is awesome with a CanonLevi & Mommy 2 camera.  Really though, we’re pretty sure she could even capture great shots with a disposable!  The girl has talent.  The photos she took this week speak for themselves.  Looking forward to next weeks shoot of the whole family!

G diapers.  He’s used a total of one gcloth in a gdiaper.  Pretty pitiful.  Who knew infants go through so many diapers in one day?!  Hopefully, when the changing slows down a bit, we’ll enter the cloth world.  For now we don’t have enough stock to last through a day and a half of changes so we’re enjoying the grandparent-supplied stash of disposables…maybe next month we can begin saving the planet one diaper at a time.

Grass.  Not sure how many times we’ve driven through the parkingtoro lot of Lowes and Home Depot for Jason to drool over the zero turn mowers.  Friday’s Craigslist postings intensified production in the salivary glands and yesterday a two hour drive made Jason the proud owner of a Toro mower.  His new part-time lawn business is ready to start full force.  

Graduation.  This coming week school will wind to a close and many of our friends/students will graduate.  Among those students is Jason’s mom who’ll be graduating with her master’s.  Pictures to come.


So for this week, that’s All Things G from Tegen Central.  Thanks for stopping by.