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August 24, 2010

I arrived home after work last night at approximately 6:00 PM. Jen was pushing Maryellen in the stroller, I forget what Parker was doing, and Avery was laying in a heap underneath the magnolia tree. Apparently, he had just fallen out of the tree and was now gathering his dignity. We went to check on him and he said “my arm hurts.” After dusting him off, we asked him to show us where his arm hurt and he pointed at his right wrist. After ruling-out any obvious deformity and giving it a kiss, it was off to dinner. Jen and I discussed her history of broken bones as a child and agreed to take him to his pediatrician in the morning if he continued to have pain.

Li’l Avery is not a big eater, this is obvious when looking at him. That being said, he began to cradle his right arm and refused to eat anything at the dinner table. Jen and I shared a knowing look. It was off to the ER just to be sure. Our first clue that he was okay should have been his willingness to hop in the car to go. The last time he went in as a patient, he came out with 3 staples in his scalp. Before we left, I examined his wrist and he did have tenderness…

Thankfully, the ER wasn’t too busy, so we quickly met the nurse in triage who asked Avery a lot of questions. In the midst of this first exam, he decided to show the nurse how strong he is by flexing every muscle in his body simultaneously. This is a sight to see. Imagine my chagrin when Avery tells the nurse that his left arm hurt (see above for complaint of right arm pain). This was my second clue that he was neither going to require surgery nor a cast. Not to be a quitter, from there it was off to X-Ray.

In 2010, there is still no better (more likely cheaper) way to shield your body from unwanted radiation than by using a lead apron. They gave me an adult sized one so that I could stay with Avery in the X-Ray room. They also had a child-sized lead apron that went around Avery’s waist (see below). The X-ray tech informed me that this was to “protect his reproductive organs.” I had to chuckle at that. Avery proceeded to ask me what the shield was for. I could only tell him that “It would take too long to explain.”

Third clue that I was flushing good money down the drain was the other young boy with an obviously-broken leg getting an X-Ray in the room next to us. Thankfully, we made it to the Fast Track version of the ER and were seen and discharged rapidly. No sling, no cast, no narcotics, no bill. Home again at 10:00PM and off to bed. That’s not how I planned to spend my Monday night, but I guess that’s what I signed up for when he was born. Thankfully, his reproductive organs were preserved so that maybe he can experience that some day…


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June 23, 2010

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Smokies Hiking Trip 2009

November 12, 2009

While the ladies manned the fort (8 kids), we went hiking on the Appalachian Trail. We put in at Newfound Gap in the heart of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We hiked northbound on the trail for 5days/4nights. We were weather channel savvy and hiked to the first shelter prior to the monsoon that arrived the first day. Thankfully, we stayed fairly dry. We had gusty rain through the majority of the night.

The following morning (Wednesday), was clear and cool. The hike took us by Charlie’s Bunion and over the sawteeth. Vistas were clear and beautiful. Several spots gave a 180-degree view. I’ll post some photos without many captions (too much effort involved). We hiked shelter-to-shelter backing off a little from the mileage obtained in the previous years. This made for a more relaxed experience. You will notice that there is a photo of a grouse. his name is Ricardo (don’t know how he earned that one) and he is a resident of the TriCorner Knob shelter metro area. Saw lots of bear scat but no bears. I do want to put a plug in for the new sleeping pad I bought this year. It is the REI Lite-Core 1.5. This pad was worth every penny. Light, compact, luxurious. I was not paid by REI to say that, but wouldn’t refuse it if they like the publicity.

The hikers this year were Andy Wells, Micah Lewis, Chad Bailey, and myself. We also had some rain on our hike out of the park, but a steak dinner made it tolerable.

All in all a great trip. Fun Facts about Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN:

1. These two towns have a pancake restaurant/resident ratio of 3:1. I was amused and counted twelve dedicated pancake establishments as we drove the main drag of Pigeon Forge. This is not counting the Shoney’s and TWO Cracker Barrel stores. What gives? Who decided that pancakes are the official food of Appalachia? Did I miss this in my schooling?

2. You can buy a Funnel Cake 365 days a year in Gatlinburg.

3. There were at least 5 stores that I’m confident sold a Braveheart-like sword.

4. Halloween is creepy in Gatlinburg. Hard to tell who is wearing a costume or just out for a night on the town.

Suddenly Sunday (with Pixar Undies!)

June 28, 2009

Sunday evening at the end of a weekend on call. Highlights of today include sitting with my wife on the couch eating Orange Sherbet. Man, that stuff is good. I have always considered Mint Chocolate Chip to be the flavor of summer, but am beginning to reconsider  sherbet (either lime or orange) as a worthy rival. We got Parker a swing off of Craigslist for $12. I’ll politely ask Jen to post some pictures of the joy that will ensue.

In Tampa (obviously) and even here in Nashville, there are Wal-Mart stores that have a hispanic clientele and are thus more Spanish-friendly. That has nothing to do with the purchases we made, but hopefully it helps paint a picture. We went to the little boy’s underwear aisle where we let li’l A pick out a new pack of underpants. Not old enough for Transformers and frankly he doesn’t know anything about them. The Sesame Street undies were too expensive. Jen didn’t like the Cars set, so it came down to Thomas and Pixar. He already has the Thomas and Friends 4-pack, so we got the Pixar undies 7-pack including: Lightning McQueen x2, Buzz Lightyear x2, Wall-E, Mr. Incredible with Dash (perfect for racing stripes), and Nemo.  These are not available on, but I cannot imagine that you’d really be interested in seeing the packaging (pun intended).

To get back to the topic of a previous post, Jen and I spent $60 going to see Star Trek a few weeks ago. It breaks down as follows: $16 tickets, $35 babysitter, $4 movie food. Okay, maybe that’s $55, but it seemed like $60. Maybe we payed the babysitter more. The point is, it is hard for us to get out and see movies these days. thankfully it was an enjoyable experience for both of us. I always remember my dad taking me to see Star Trek movies on the big screen. I knew that this movie was in production prior to his passing away and would have driven down to Oxford to watch it with him.

Of note, tonight is call # 107 out of 108 total for this academic year. Below is a happy neutrophil.


A Beautiful Day

October 10, 2008

Tuesday was rainy and Wednesday had a lot of drizzle. Thursday was picture perfect. I was very moved by the amount of support that we received. It is probably wrong of me to single any one out but that’s just too bad. Our dear friends Brad and Maggie Ingram drove up from Jackson. I can’t say what it meant to me that they would make that trip. My dad, my uncle Eddie, and I are all members of the Fraternity of Delta Psi. I graduated from Ole Miss over 7 years ago and don’t know any of the active members there, but at least 8 of my “brothers” from all different years were there. What a testament to the bonds of brotherhood. I could list all of those who had encouraging and sympathetic words, but that would take me all night.

Thanks to all who came to the service and all those who have reached out to me and my family. Andy, Uncle Eddie, and I went through all of my dad’s stuff (for lack of a better word) and that was a very bizzare feeling. Included was a CD collection which included many odd albums, none of which were from U2. I preface this because I’m including a U2 video below. Not sure if dad was a U2 fan or not.

Weekend Recap

October 6, 2008

A very subtly busy weekend.

Saturday 06:45: Li’l A wakes up, we let mom sleep in and go on a trip to Shipley’s donuts. we get tasty treats for the whole famliy and take a detour downtown. Both Averys are fans of trains (no coincidence) and there happens to be a large train yard downtown. We watched the CSX trains come and go for 45minutes. Good times.
Generic CSX train
Saturday 11:30: Stopped by Fat Mo’s to get some burgers before heading off to the park. Lovely day for a picnic.

Saturday 16:30: Went to Lowe’s for some paint samples for the basement. Ate some pizza and watched Vanderbilt squeak by against Auburn, quite a game.

Saturday 19:30: Bedtime for little boys, Jen and I painted the basement (not all of it) and realized that the paint colors we choose were way too pale. Watched National Treasure, not a great movie, but entertaining. What bothers me most about that movie is how the lady’s accent is all over the place. She can’t figure out what approach to take.

Sunday 07:45: Slept a little later than we should have. We were only 15-20 minutes late for the early service. We went to Covenant Presbyterian Church again and have found an amazing sunday school class. It’s taught by one of the new pastors, Matt Bradley. He also has a blog.

Sunday 11:30: Jen made a pot roast late Saturday night (didn’t feel like that needed a mention) and it was yummy. Bedtime for little boys.

Sunday 1530: Parker pulls to a stand for the first time. Of course I didn’t see him do it, just the finished product. By the time I could get Jen in the room, he was down and wouldn’t perform again. Loaded up the family in the car and went to the fall church picnic. Avery rode a horse, jumped in the bounce house, and ate next to nothing. Not sure how he has any energy…

Sunday 19:30: Bedtime for boys. The Amazing Race was pushed back because of football, watched that and am jonesin’ for some travel. As you can see, a fairly busy weekend. Hopefully I can get Jen to put up some pics.

Monday’s Post (a bit late)

August 26, 2008

(I ran out of time yesterday) So, I made it back to work on Post-Op day #7. Was a little tired not being used to waking-up so early. And I didn’t get a 3-hour nap. It was an eventful weekend as the whole family loaded-up and headed for camp. This weekend was a celebration of the 50th summer of Alpine Camp for Boys (link on right-side of page). For those of you who know nothing of the camp, I invite you to visit their site. To say the very least, it was the place where I first saw the Gospel fleshed out through the lives of numerous counselors. It is the place where I accepted Christ as my savior and I was fortunate enough to work there for 4 summers. The directors invited former staff and campers for a weekend of fellowship and needless to say, it was an excellent time. I would include a picture, but will have to later. We made it home Sunday evening and it was back to work on Monday.

Of particular interest, Jack “Traveler” Dickens finished through-hiking the Appalachian Trail today! Huge congratulations to him for an excellent accomplishment. I’m sure he will e-mail his final journal entries soon and I’ll try to get them up in a reasonable amount of time.

Since the above was written, I scurried over to the Alpine website and pirated some pictures. The first pic below (L to R): Me, Glenn Breazeale, and Bram Pinkley. Glenn is the director of Alpine and Bram is a pediatrician here in Nashville.

The next pic is of (L to R):Me, William Denney, and Nicholas Ireland. William was a camper way back when I was on staff and has amazing skills and intensity when it comes to the game of Banana Ball (it’s a minor sport). Nic is probably one of the most humble and thoughtful guys I’ve ever met. He was a groomsman in my wedding and he himself is getting married in October.

Well, gotta go, but wanted to update you as to the goings-on.

Drinking From the Fire Hydrant

June 30, 2008

Ever get that feeling that you’re just going to “freshen up” under Niagra Falls, roast weenies next to the space shuttle, or take care of that fly with a hand grenade? Sorry I haven’t been so good about replying to comments or posting as much as I’d like. Get a load of this: when I’m on call, I will be taking calls from the Hematology/Oncology service, the Bone Marrow Transplant service, the ER, outside physicians, in-house consults, and families of existing patients that might have questions. Anyone else want to throw their name in the pot? Might as well have a mysterious red phone in the room that connects me to the Kremlin.

All that to say, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. On a good note, was able to go to Oxford over the weekend and see my dad. he is in good spirits and it was really good to spend some time with him. I must claim some success as he has now watched the first 3 seasons of Battlestar Galactica and has season 4 in his netflix queue whenever that might be released (aka not anytime soon). Have received a number of updates from Traveler, our north-bound Appalachian trail thru-hiker and will post these soon as well.

Later,   Avery

It’s late and I’m up

May 23, 2008

Jen and I have begun to go through all our stuff and weed out the junk that we don’t want to pack. I have quite a few books and have been contemplating what to do with them. I was talking to a colleague and friend Sara Rippel in clinic today when inspiration hit. She is in an identical situation as she is moving to Nashville to start a fellowship (Pediatric GI). She has many books as well that are becoming progressively useless. She has been listing them on with a few positive results. She can do it, why not me?

So, logged on and posted a couple of books. Low and behold, not 5 hours later I’ve sold my first book. How in depth do I really need to know EKGs anyway? So $22 later, that’ll be one less book to pack and approximately 5.5 gallons of regular unleaded in the tank. Jen’s giving me strange looks as I scour the house, looking for things to sell.

As I was looking through old pictures, I found some of me as a youngster. I want to post 2 to compare myself with the junior size Avery. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday Variety Post

May 13, 2008

Been fairly busy over the last few days, so hopefully this will catch me up.

Went to see Speed Racer on opening night. Unfortunately it has received poor reviews and I’m scratching my head as to why. I was immensely entertained. Visually stunning, plenty of laughs. A real-life cartoon. I’m wondering if people who review movies are just a little uptight? Let loose and feel free to laugh.

Saturday brought a trip to Kennedy Space Center (finally). Josh and I made the trek over to the East coast. The crowd was pretty thin, so lines were non-exisent. Started off with the general tour and the first stop was the shuttle launch observation point. The shuttle Discovery was on the launch pad in preparation for a May 31 launch. We were there about 21 days prior to launch, so the protective cover was still hiding most of the shuttle from view.

In August, there will be 2 shuttle launches fairly close together and both launch pads will be occupied at the same time (like in Armageddon). Next stop was the Saturn V rocket pavilion. Unbelievable. All you Good Morning America fans will note that the Saturn V was just named number 5 in the “7 Wonders of America.” This machine is beyond imressive. I could quote a lot of facts about the power of the beast, but standing under it inspires awe.

The International Space Station (ISS) center was the last stop on the tour. This facility receives components from international contributors to the ISS and processes them for delivery to the station. Not much was happening Saturday, but still cool to see it. A brief lunch was followed by IMAX movie #1 about the ISS. Fun fact of the day: When the ISS is complete, it will replace Venus as the brightest ‘star’ in the night sky. The Shuttle Launch Experience was next. Basically a big magic motion theater, but a lot of fun. Saw IMAX #2 about the moon, also good. Finished up checking out the rocket garden (below) and a quick peek in the Astronaut Hall of Fame. All-in-all a great trip.

Mother’s Day was also a lot of fun. Went to a cookout at Frank’s house and made it home in time for boys AND mom to get naps. I spent the majority of the afternoon cooking. The menu consisted of: Scalloped Ham and Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Homemade biscuits, and Yellow cake (Duncan Hines) with chocolate icing. It was palatable.