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Thursday, December 30, 2004
I added a few pictures from Vince's camera. It shows the snowman that we made. All of the new pictures are at the bottom, so you will have to scroll down. You can see them here.

Also, I added a few computer drawings of the proposed camp we are dreaming up. This is one of them. You can see all of them here.

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Sunday, December 26, 2004
I think we just had what might be called the best Christmas ever. It all started with waking up on Christmas morning to a a white Christmas! Look here at the pictures for proof! It was beautiful. Vince and I went and made a snowman on the golf course which is somehow still standing outside.

Brent, Emily and Kameron came on Christmas day and everything has been wonderful. Neo and Kameron have been playing with each other non-stop. We played basketball, had some wonderful food, and opened many presents. All of the pictures are here.

This was one for the history books.

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Friday, December 24, 2004
It's official: it is snowing in Houston, TX. It's no blizzard, but it is snowing.

Mom, Dad, and Paw-Paw just got here. Now we just need Vince, Amy, Emily, Brent, Ethan, and Kameron!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Just wanted to post an update about my ear.

I went to have an audiogram yesterday. Basically, what it showed was that my left ear is functioning below normal due to the injury. However, the test was repeated using bone conduction rather than giong through the ear (effectively bypassing all of the mechanical portion of the inner ear). And the results from this test showed that my left ear was behaving normally, which basically proves that the sensory portions of the ear are still working ok and it is just the eardrum that is damaged. That is great news. You can see the results of the audiogram here.
Monday, December 20, 2004
I went to the Otolaryngologist today (a.k.a. ENT doctor).

As many of you know, I damaged my left eardrum in a freak accident last weekend. I waited about a week to see if it would heal on it's own, but decided to go to the doctor on Friday anyway just to see how bad it was and if it was infected. The doctor looked at it at said, "Whoa... you need to see a specialist."

Well, that wasn't too encouraging. And since I couldn't see anyone until after the weekend, I was worried all weekend about whether or not I would need surgery and if I would lose hearing in my left ear.

Today, I went to the specialist. He looked at my right (healthy) ear first, and noticed right away that I had a "wax impaction" and proceeded to grab tools, drops, and other devices and went to work on my ear. This vaccuum thing felt like it was going to suck my brain through my ear. I was thinking to myself, "If this guy puts this thing in my other ear, it's gonna hurt like hell."

Anyways, he removed the impaction (which was very embarrasing) and moved around to the other ear. He noticed the perforation and said it was about 1.5 mm (which is smaller than the 3 mm the other doctor told me). He also noted the blod clot in front. He said he would need to clean it out using the same manner as the other ear. I politely asked if there was ANY other method.

In the end, he told me he thought it could heal on it's own. He mentioned that in his experience, anything under 2.5 mm usually heals spontaneously. He said he would prefer to remove the blood clot because sometimes they can help facilitate an infection, but since I didn't particularly want to do that, he didn't mind leaving it there. He felt that it would come out over time. He made me a little custom ear plug to use when I am in the shower. He said I should avoid water getting in it at all costs. He also said I should leave the cotton out because that can trap moisture behind it.

So, overall, good news I think. I go back tomorrow for a hearing test (audiogram). We will see in a few more weeks how much better I am doing.

One thing he asked me was when I had my tonsils out. I have no idea. I told him around 9 or 10 years old, but that was just a guess. All I can remember from getting my tonsils out is eating ice-cream afterwards.
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Christian has graduated!!! Woohoo!!! You made it!!!

We are all so very proud of her. She has managed to earn her degree while taking on the challenge of being a full-time worker, mom, and wife. What a champ!

You can see pictures from the graudation here. Also, we had a few Christmas gift openings for Neo and Gracie. You can see those pictures here.

Also, I added a few pics of Neo and I cutting the grass. They are in the Neo's section.
Sunday, December 05, 2004
We have just about finished Neo's room. Today, we put up a few pictures, and put in a window treatment. The pics are in the house pics section of the pictures
Saturday, December 04, 2004
The pictures from the Graffagnino Thanksgiving in Opelousas, as well as pictures from eating crawfish in Baton Rouge, are now on the website (thanks Vince). Check them out here when you get a chance (scroll to the bottom).

Also, we should start discussing Christmas plans. I have heard discussion of having Christmas in Houston, but before we commit, we should look at who can make it, sleeping arrangments, dates when people will arrive/depart, etc. Let's get some posts going in the forum.

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