We're very close to having 24 hours without a major event of course, I knocked on wood . If Scott can get make it until midnight is will be his first day out of the OR in 3 days.
I just called SICU and checked on him. Nurse Sara reports that he's resting comfortably and doing lots of sleeping. He needs it.

Date Night
I had a date with the most beautiful person in the world.

When she wasn't scratching her ass she was kicking mine at Hi-Ho-Cherry-o. Lucky kid.

Having had a day to breathe today has been equal parts good and bad for me. Good because I witnessed the scene above first hand. I got my favorite meal in the entire world (Tuffano's tortellini Alfredo) with my best buddy. I could relax just a tiny bit.
Bad because without some drama I had a moment to look forward and see what's on the horizon. I had a chance to reflect on the events of the last few days and re-live a few of the worst moments.
Don't get me wrong the good out weighs the bad and I wouldn't change a calm day for anything but....

Most importantly though, Scott had a good day. Doesn't matter what happens with me, all that matters is keeping him healthy and strong in spirit.

Lots of people have asked if there is anything they can do. I've called in a few of those offers and would like to ask for another if I could. I would love to set up a Flickr type account where everyone could load their photos of Scott. I have a Flickr account but know nothing about how to make it available for anyone to post to. I've been trying to research it for days and just can't seem to find the time. Does anyone know how to set this up or feel up to the challenge?
Photos and stories are such a huge resource to me right now. I know from having gone through this before that we've got a long road ahead. Having tons of photos from the different times in his life would be such a great tool.
Anyone, anyone????

We are loving all the comments. I haven't read him all the horrible jokes that you guys have so graciously provided, I'm keeping those for a bad day. We love all the stories, positive thoughts and brief glimpses into more normal lives. Don't stop now. Lots of hurdles to come - we need you.
If / when they have to take Scott's leg he's going to have the biggest fight of his life. I can feel it, it's like a rock in the pit of my stomach. It's nice to not feel like we're fighting alone.

Simply.... thank you.....

Anonymous –   – (January 12, 2010 at 10:03 PM)  

Brandi, I will mention this flikr thing to Brent although I am sure he will read it too. he is the computer geek I mean wiz in this house. So happy it has been a calm restful day for Scott. I am sure that when the chaos stops it is more of a reality check for you. Please know we are all here for you. Love n hugs Sara

Anonymous –   – (January 12, 2010 at 10:04 PM)  

Hey!Really cute picture of Kate--might be an upside to not being potted trained. Sorry, thinking like an old grandma.

Just wanted to let you know how much you are loved and in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

I must get off to work. I hope your night will be just as boring as I know mine will be. Yes, it is a boring (usually) job but it works great for an old lady like me.

Hang in there!! Everyone is on your side.

Auntie Rie and Uncle Ron

ADAR –   – (January 13, 2010 at 2:44 AM)  

Here's a glimpse into life for you scotty (brandi too)'s 2:15 in the morning and Ryan wakes up for a feeding...partway thru it and I hear Adam bawling! He's been having some bad dreams lately, so I know all he needs is a minute of rocking and validation that he had a dream but when his eyes are open he's in his bed and mommy is there...soooooooooooo, while Dan SLEEPS (lucky guy), I tuck in the tata, run into Lil A's room, rock, validate, tuck in, run back to Ryan and shove the other tata in his hungry mouth....and listen for sounds, the sound of Dan SNORING! What is that about?
On one hand, I have a toddler that doesn't snuggle often so these short times melt my heart (kinda like kt scratching her ass)...on the other hand I haven't figured out how to be two places at once and that is why I have a husband...who slept thru the whole thing! Can you believe it???
So I am writing this at 2:40 in the morning, knowing you are resting peacefully, not needing to be rocked, but thinking about tatas :-)
Hope the night is uneventful. I was thrilled to read the day had been. Keep it up and they may let you try a different flavor of Boost.
Love you all,

Anonymous –   – (January 13, 2010 at 6:47 AM)  

Did you have Katie at Wal-Mart earlier in the evening? I know going to Wal-Mart always make me want to pick/scratch my ass.

I better not let Doug see this post; he gets all freaked out when I talk like that! It's part of his delusion that I'm a lady -- I know, you'd think I'd have him cured of that by now!

I'm sure you'll have several people helping you with your picture request. I'll put some feelers out. Kim has shutterfly and does a lot of cool stuff with it so she may have an idea.

Praying for you guys and the decisions that may be/are yet to come. Tough decisons SUCK but know that, while we can't help with them, we stand beside you!

Love Unc & Doug

Anonymous –   – (January 13, 2010 at 7:52 AM)  

I'll see what i can find out about the Flickr account...

Kath  – (January 13, 2010 at 7:56 AM)  

Hey there!
I contacted a friend who uses Flickr all the time. Just waiting to hear back.
Love the picture of Katie!
Thoughts are with you!!

Anonymous –   – (January 13, 2010 at 8:18 AM)  

Hey Brandi...looks like you would have to invite people as friends with their email addresses. When you do that people should be able to see your pics and upload pics for you to see. Basically, whoever you are friends with on Flickr, you should be able to view their photos and visa versa.
It looks like you can also post as a public photo, but i'm not sure how you would be able to find it. I'm sure there is more to it and more you can do but that was just a 5 minute look into what Flickr can do.

Anonymous –   – (January 13, 2010 at 8:20 AM)  

or i guess you could share your username and password for your flickr account and everyone can post to your account, but i'm not sure if you want to do that!!

Anonymous –   – (January 13, 2010 at 8:38 AM)  

Hope your entire night was uneventful and you were able to get some much needed sleep.
How special to get to see Katie's new picture first thing this morning - she is not only beautiful and smart - but ambidextrous as well!
Your (now - very large) Texas and South Carolina contingents are holding you close to heart - with lots of prayers and love being sent your way.
Love to you all. Grams

brushwolf  – (January 13, 2010 at 9:30 AM)  

Good Morning Brandi and Scott,
We are with you and keeping up on the Blog through Jay'me. I'm going to go through pictures today. We love you and please tell Scott we are here tying to give energy to him with our love. Our thoughts are with you all the time. Love you Scotty.
Love Gladys, Jim, Jay Becky and Jack

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