6 Weeks Out

First Time Back in the Water since March
We are now 6 weeks out and the next check up with the DR was today.

Things have been progressing well and she is now able to walk down a stair, with assistance, with the repaired leg. Anna has said that it takes more muscle to walk down stairs than it does to walk up stairs.

She is still going to see the physical therapist two times a week.  PT has recommended that she try to get into the weight room at North to get on the stationary bike and/or to work on the leg sled to get one extra day in.  Going to PT twice a week is a minimum.  We are working on a plan for that.

Tuesday of this week Anna got back in the water briefly and swam about a 600. Actually, she pulled the entire time.  She said it felt good to get back into the water.  She got in again on Wednesday and felt the same excitement. It will be a long road to get the strength and confidence back, but if anyone can do it, she can.

And the best news….the Doctor cleared her for everything except for breaststroke kick for a while. This is extremely exciting.

The plan will be to gradually add more swimming each week so we can be ready for contact days at the end of the month and the season starting on August 9
It also means that she can probably go back to work life guarding at the YMCA.

2 Plus Weeks

18 Days after Surgery

Thursday will mark three weeks from the surgery date.  Anna has been going to therapy and the stitched have fully dissolved without much assistance.

The last couple days of school last week, the request was made by the PT to use one crutch more for stability in the crowded hallways.  School ended last Wednesday and we are down to no crutch.  Anna can bend it to 145 degrees and seems to be more confident each day in her ability.  She is still icing it most nights.

This is a big test this week though.  <<Insert dramatic music>>  It is the week of Girl Scout camp. Day one concluded today and she did take some Advil and did ice once tonight.  My guess is that she had to be over 10k steps each day.  That would make any normal semi athletic person tired, so I can only image how she is doing.

We continue to check in on her during the day this to make sure she is resting when able and elevating.  Next week we are back to 2 scheduled PT visits and a couple trip to Waukesha North with the school PT.

Thanks for all the cards and notes people have been sending. I know she appreciates it. It is great to have an awesome support system around us.

2 Days Past Surgery

Repaired ACL

With the surgery two days ago, the adductor canal blocker has now worn off and the pain has started.  She takes a little hydro codon-acetaminophen and ibuprofen to help with the pain.

Anna has been gradually putting more weight on the left leg while still using the crutches. And ready for this, today she can take a shower today!!!

She has has a couple of friends stop by and visit.  And got an awesome care package from Grandma and Grandpa W. She is also catching up on watching Friends on Netflix.

She has exercises that she is doing and the first visit with physical therapy for her evaluation is already on Tuesday.

We have a graduation party today to attend so we are going to get her out of the house for a bit.  It is better to be moving and exercising the new ACL than continually sitting around.

Another “First”

Anna took another leap forward in her swimming career by swimming her first ever 200 IM.

The parent in me wanted her to succeed in finishing the race. To put her best stroke forward and make it a great learning experience. Mission accomplished.

And as a parent, she is now better at math than me, and now a faster swimmer 🙂

The coach in me broke down the video after uploading it to the web and easily spotted the good and the things that we can correct.  The best part is that she likes to know how to get better.  And the journey continues!!!

13 Years Ago

I cannot believe that I have never typed this up before.  I am sure that there are other great stories about when a child is born, but when it is your child, it always something special that you will never forgot.

This story starts on May 8th, the day before Anna was born.  My fraternity here in Waukesha at Carroll College was having Founder’s Day weekend.  It celebrated the day they started as an official charter.  Because Anna was not due for another three weeks, Michelle went to Madison to spend time with her Mom and Dad while I went to Beta House to catch up with some good friends.

During the day Michelle was shopping in Madison, doing a lot of walking.  Around 9 PM, I call Michelle and tell her I am sleeping at the Beta House tonight and not driving home.

I, along with about 7 other guys close the bar.  That means we stayed out carousing until the wee hours of about 2 AM.  Then had to walk from the Club 400 back to 120 McCall, roughly about a mile.  Things probably settled down around 3:30 AM.

Around 5:30 AM I am sleeping and probably snoring.  The next person I see is Michelle’s Dad.  Apparently from all the walking, Michelle’s water broke around 3 AM, the same time I was going to sleep.  I am sure his version is a maybe a little different but this is how I remember it.  Tap on the shoulder, Dave saying “We are having a baby”.  WHAT!”.  “We are having a baby, get dressed”.  “I have to pee.  You need to drive”.

Meanwhile at Columbia Hospital, Michelle is have some contractions.  By the time we get there, Michelle has told the Nursing Staff where I was.  I walk in with Dave, and the head Nurse is in my grill asking me questions like “What kind of Father are you going to be?”   I still smelled like the the Club 400.  Only after about 5 minutes of this chiding, did I know she was kidding.

The day and afternoon fly by.  Still no Anna.  Around 9 PM the decide to give Michelle and epidural to speed things along.  Nurse says to me, you have some time, why not go down to the vending machines and get something to eat. It was a Sunday night, so the cafeteria was already closed.  All I had was a 20 dollar bill for the vending machine.  Change machine next to the sandwich machine, gives me twenty dollars in quarters.  I sit by myself trying to capture my thoughts while I eat my sandwich.

I get on the elevator to head back to the maternity ward.  The doors open, and about 8 people are yelling to me to get into the room.  We were having the baby!  The nurses were actually telling Michelle to not push because Anna was crowning and the on call DR was not even in the room yet.

DR walks in, Michelle pushes twice, and Anna was born.  Like I said, some stories are worth repeating.

Anna’s Birthday

The story has been told a couple of times and just like any story, it seems to get bigger and better as the years go on.  This story is about the day day Anna was born back on this day back in 1999.

Inside Baby

Michelle was in Madison to start getting things ready for the birth.  You see, Anna was not suppose to come out for another couple of weeks, so we both thought it was fine to be apart for the weekend.  I stayed in Waukesha and went out to my fraternity house to participate in our Founder’s Day celebration.

Around 9PM on Saturday night, I called Michelle’s parents house and let them know that I was going to stay at 120 McCall in Waukesha and not drive home back to Milwaukee.  While at the House, the guys and I decided to head to the Club 400.  A great, small, local bar here in Waukesha.

Earlier in the day, Michelle and her parents went shopping.  She spent a great deal of time on her feet.

One thing leads to another, and all of sudden the Club 400 is closing.  It is now 2:30 AM.  We stumble back from the Club back to the House.  We drink a few more beers and make a pizza.  Around 4 AM we finally all crash.

Sometime in the middle of the night, Michelle’s water breaks and instead of going to a hospital in Madison, Michelle’s parents drive back to Milwaukee to Columbia Hospital.  Michelle’s Dad drops off the girls and drives back out to Waukesha to find me.  I am sleeping in the TV Room.  Michelle’s Dads name is Dave.  The time is sometime before 7 AM

Anna's First Steps

Dave: Hey you need to wake up!

Kyle:  What?

Dave: We are having the Baby!

Kyle: What?

Dave: Get up we are having the Baby!

Kyle: I cannot see straight, how are we going to have a Baby!  You need to drive…I may still be drunk

Before the smoking ban in Wisconsin, anytime you left a bar, you always smelled like the bar.  Stinky, smoky, etc.  I was still in my “Bar Clothes”.  Meanwhile, back at the hospital, Michelle is telling the nurses where I am and what I was doing.

I get to the room.  And the nurse jumps down my throat immediately.  “What type of father are you going to be!!!”  I smelled like the Club 400.

Anna's 1st Wedding

Well, no baby for a while.  Michelle was having contractions.  I needed a shower bad!  I needed to go back to sleep!  But there would be none of that.  The Doctors said we had some time before the baby came so Michelle’s parents went back home.

Around 8 PM on Sunday, on Mother’s Day, the nurses said the contraction were still far enough apart that I could go to the cafeteria and get some food.  But everything was closed except the vending machines.  I used all my small bills at the bar the night before and all I had was a $20, but those machines only take $1’s and $5’s.  I put my $20 into the change machine and received twenty dollars in quarters and bought my dinner.  Ate by myself in the basement.

I took the elevator back to the birthing center, and two guys who just had their babies, told me to hurry and get back to the room.  I run down the hall and the nurses are telling Michelle to stop pushing because the Dr. was not there yet. Being a Sunday, the Dr. was on call and not at the hospital.

The Dr. walks in a little after 9, steps into the gown and a couple of pushes, Anna comes out. One of the greatest day’s of my life.

Today is her birthday and she will always be remembered to me with her dramatic entrance!