Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Instant Summer. Sigh. It was not an easy Winter, it held on and held on and way overstayed its welcome, but we got through it and strangely none of us seems much the worse for it. Lots of colds threatening (but only once delivering) the onset of pneumonia; a brief hospital stay before Christmas; and the news that spinal surgery is now officially an urgent necessity (to correct Cal's scoliosis before it starts to threaten his lung capacity). And all of a sudden it's 80 degrees outside and swampy Maryland Summer is upon us when just last week we were burning through the firewood at a record pace. The surgery - to implant segmented metal "growing rods" which will straighten the curvature of Cal's spine - is really the thing that looms over the coming Summer months. It's scheduled for June 19, the first day of Summer vacation. If the surgery and recovery all go as well as they might, then we will have a much taller Callum, with a much straighter back, no back pain, and greatly improved respiratory function, by the time school starts up again in the Fall. In the interim, well .. Summer, yes, but we are not anticipating anything like a vacation. Meanwhile, Cal is still a fantastic kid, and every day with him is cooler than the one before. To go into specifics right now would be to never know when to end, so ,,, it's not time to start. We are still here, thought I'd write a little note to say so. Very best to anyone who's checking in.

7 comments:

joel howard said...

Good luck in June, I have been checking on this site since the beginning and always enjoy the updates. My son is going to be six and Callum is a source of inspiration.

joel howard said...

Good luck in June! I have been coming to this site since the beginning. I enjoy seeing the updates (I have a son who will be 6) and Callum is always a source of inspiration.

Amanda said...

Still checking in, J. My husband and I were thrilled to see you guys play with Daria at the Black Cat a little while back.
I'm sorry to hear this surgery is imminent and will make summer not-so-much of a vacation in the Robbins house, but I hope for a speedy recovery for Callum and that this surgery will do everything needed to keep him going and growing on a good path.
Thank goodness that heat wave last month didn't last - but I'm not sure this week's rain upon rain is any more entertaining. Never a dull spring in Maryland....

Bill said...

Still checking in and still glad to hear from you. Our daughter, Audrey, is just 2 months older than Callum. There are many times when I look at her and wonder how Cal is doing.

Thoughts and prayers to you as you go into this summer.

Bill said...

Still checking in and still thinking of you. Our daughter, Audrey, is 2 months older than Callum. Many times I look at her and then wonder how Cal is doing.

Thoughts and prayers as you go into this summer. We hope everything will turn out well.

Best,
Bill

Anne Watts said...

Scary cool drawing!!

Anne Watts said...

Scary cool drawing!!