Thursday, April 30, 2009

$1 night of fun

Tonight I finally made it out with the kids to fly their kites. It only took 3 days of nagging...the weather was partly to blame why we couldn't either. I thought it would last 2 minutes and the things would be broken, but we actually had a lot of fun and the kids did an excellent job flying them around the park. We only had one small incident where Danny got his caught in the tree and I had to rescue it. Goes to show that you can have fun with a $1 kite. I wish I would have had my camera.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Originally uploaded by tomnjoc


Originally uploaded by tomnjoc
Avery carved these pumpkins. She's a friggin' genious!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pictures of the Homestead Fall Festival

We had a fun weekend. Tom worked Saturday morning. I ran 10 miles, my last long run before my half marathon on Saturday. After lunch we went to the Homestead Fall Festival. The kids got to make their own candle, sit in the fire truck, pet a pony, decorate a pumpkin, and ride on a wagon, as well as many other things. I love all the Fall festivals.

October 13, 2008

Today Tom and I rode the Olentangy River trail while the kids were at playgroup. We had a great time. Avery did quite well in the back of Tom, bobbing back and forth and barely seeing out of Sequoia's helmet. After the bike ride we did some yard work and planted our bulbs. While we were making dinner Danny and Sequoia came up with a new stunt, refer to the following pictures. 1...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


If you want to know what it is like to work as an anesthesiologist, I suggest watching this short song from the amateur transplants on You tube . Although some of my time in the OR is spent reading the news and checking my email, for the most part I just listen to "blips of the heart" plus a little more.

For the most part during the day I take care of people who are getting somewhat elective surgery. Although, when I have been on call over the last couple of months I have taken care of some people in the depths of despair and some that are just finding new beginnings to their lives.

The depths of despair part comes when I get a call at 1am that there is an emergent exploratory laparatomy about to take place on a middle aged mom with 3 kids at home who has a leak in her bowels and an extremely infected abdomen.

The new beginnings comes into play when I get another call at 1am that there is a cadaveric kidney transplant that is coming in. Did I ever tell you that I love pee? Yes, pee. When the transplant surgeon leans over the drapes and says "the vascular anastamosis is finished and the ureter is connected, unclamp the foley (a bladder catheter)," and then the pee just starts pouring out, from the new kidney, wow.....pee is cool. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to not be able to pee because your kidney doesnt work. Jocelyn might think it would be a good thing since she is tired of me getting up at 4am every night to pee, but for someone who has end stage renal disease, it sucks. Instead you have to go to this place called dialysis 3 times a week where they stick a huge freakin needle in your arm and make you sit for 3 hours while the machine pees for you.

A few weeks ago I took care of this awesome lady who was so humble about her circumstances. She had been on dialysis for over 5 years. When the surgery was over and she had her new kidney, all she could say was that she was praying for that family who lost their loved one so that she could have a new kidney. I told her that my prayers would be with her so that everything went well with her recovery, and she gracefully thanked me and then said that she would not want to ask God for any more than He had already given her.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Spring is Here!

We have really been enjoying this time of year. I had a lot of time at home last month so Jocelyn and I have been training for a duathalon (run 2m, bike13m, run 3m) at the Prairie Oaks Metro Park in Hilliard, OH. It has been fun to get in shape again. Road biking has been fun to get into and I am getting better at running so now I can actually keep up with Jocelyn. We'll see who wins on race day.

We have been experimenting with our garden and have had some success. We planted alliums last year which are now between 2-3 feet tall and have large purple blooms on them. We also dug out a plot in the back yard to plant a vegetable garden. At this point the carrots, peas, beans, squash, zucchini, pumpkins, sunflowers, and onions are all showing some good growth. We also planted tomatoes and peppers that our neighbors gave us. Homeade salsa here we come! Oh, and the lettuce is up which should make for some good summer salads. My Mom and Dad are coming out to visit next week so we will have them judge the yard and make some suggestions.

Work is going well. Just don't tell anyone that I am writing this at work...It is a slow morning. I'm just a month and a half away from being done with intern year. July 1 I start working full time with the Anesthesia department. My first 6 months will be spent in the general OR's doing Ortho, gynecology, ENT, urology, transplant, general surgery and other General OR cases. Then the next six months I'll get to do Acute pain service, OB, Surgical ICU, and Cardiovascular. I have a lot to learn but it is finally time to get into my specialty.

Jocelyn just had her 5th Mother's day. We had a good day full of presents and good food and ended it with roasting some marshmallows in the backyard around our firepit. I am amazed at what a great Mother Jocelyn is. It has not been easy taking care of three little kids but she seems to make it happen and keeps learning new tricks each day. We are taking donations for a maid to come and help out so please send money!