On January 6th, 2010 Alex suffered a gunshot wound to the head...given 3 HOURS TO LIVE ....this is our story of survival and how God continues to work in and through our lives!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


WHEW WHAT A DAY!!  We started out our day at Shand's for our pre op and pre test appointments and then to the 5th floor PICU to visit our nurses and see if our old room was going to be available for our stay :0)  Alex has had alot of anxiety today along with a million questions as to what, where, when, why and how all will be going down tomorrow!  Dr. Vitarbo and PA Amanda were not available for all 100 questions this am so Mr. Alexander showed up today around 1:00pm once we left the hospital!  WOW!  Once it starts it is like a roller coaster ride that you cannot get off of and unbearable to say the least!  We still had a 2pm appointment to attend with the school system to figure out a plan of attack for alex's schooling once this last surgery is completed.  He will begin a series of evaluations to determine the best possible plan for his re-entry into the school system being he has lost 6 months of his junior year and how we get him back on track to being able to graduate and walk with his senior class!  I am not sure how all that plays out... hopefully evaluations come back at the level they need to be, he is able to get back on track and in the groove so that he is able to walk and graduate with everyone!  So we made it thru the appt and as soon as we got in the car.... ALEXANDER began his evil ways again!  I basically had to take away all rewards from him... and as soon as we got into the house, he was sent to his room for his "down time" only to have him beating on the walls, yelling and screaming.... aaaaaaaaaaaahhhh... Randi and I had to step outside and let Chad take over, lol.  We finally got him calmed down... time out was over... got him in the shower and our Alex was back for the rest of the night!  Miss Bonnie brought us dinner...thank you so much... so nice not to have to cook especially tonight with all that we have to get together for our stay at the hospital.  Miss Rhonda is in his room now, reading to him putting him to sleep so that I could get on here and blog a little and he is still calling my name to go in there, ha ha!

Alex left a message for Dr. Vitarbo to call us this afternoon when she had a free minute so that he could ask her some questions in regards to tomorrow's surgery.  She called us and this was his conversation:

" Why did you schedule my surgery so early tomorrow?"
"Sorry Alex... I don't like those early surgery times either"
"Are you going to be awake?"
" Yes Alex, unfortunately once I wake up I can't go back to sleep"
"Well, you better drink A LOT of coffee tomorrow to make sure you are awake for the surgery"

That was basically the jist of the conversation, lol... none of the questions he was asking me and Randi did he ask her, lol.... he just wanted to make sure she was going to be fully awake while she was operating on him!  LOVE THAT KID!

I have mixed emotions for tomorrow's surgery... always a scary thing when your kid is being put "under".... but as I was saying to my step mom  a minute ago.... God has taken us this far... he won't let me down now and we have a story to finish!  The miracle is another step closer to being completed!  Even though I too have alot of anxiety about tomorrow, I am at peace with this surgery and know that it is necessary to complete his recovery.  The surgery begins at 7:15am and will last approximately 2.5 hours... I will say 3 to ease my mind in case he isn't out in 2.5 lol!  I will have my computer and will get online and post a short blog on the surgery when he comes out and I get the 411 from the doc.  As always... i ask that you pray for Alex and his peace of mind.... we have stayed positive thru this whole ordeal and will continue to think nothing but positives for this surgery.  He is a trooper and a fighter so I know he will come out of this one like a shining star!  Not to mention... put back together in one piece!  I pray that he has superman speed recovery from this and that he is able to come home atleast by Saturday.  If he is up to it... we hope to attend the Benefit Raffle for him out at the RocBar Cafe to meet and greet some of our prayer warriors :0)
If you can make it... they are going to have alot of really cool stuff in the raffle, you don't have to stay the whole time... you don't have to be present to win and tickets are only $1.00 for the raffle items.  There will be a silent auction as we have had some cool football items donated from the jags.... two tickets to Monday Night football game against Tennessee on Oct. 18th, Autographed leather football by Jones-Drew and another ball signed by Mike Sims-Walker.... along with Drew Brees replica superbowl signed jersey that was donated by my Coach Pizz from high school!  Soooo, if any of you know any big Jags or Saints fans.... they may want to get in on that silent auction for some cool stuff!  There will be two teenage bands playing.... apparently they were on battle of the bands?  Also cool, ha!  Plenty of food to order and family fun so I am really hoping Alex recovers well enough to atleast make an appearance for a bit!

THANK YOU GOD FOR ONE MORE DAY WITH MY HANDSOME BOY and for allowing us to make it this far with such awesome recovery progress!  I ask that you guide the doctors hands tomorrow so that every aspect of the surgery goes smoothly as planned and every T is crossed and every i is dotted!  Wrap your arms around Alex, hold him tightly... let him know you are there with him every step of the way.  We thank you for all that you have done and all that you will continue to do in the future with this precious child of yours.  We give you all the honor and glory for the miracles that you have performed over these past 4 months and can't wait to finish the story you have created for all to believe and know that you are VERY REAL!  You have shown the world that miracles do happen as we know Alex should not be here today according to the clinical world.  3 hours to 105 days today!  WOW!!  WHAT AN AWESOME GOD YOU ARE!  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU LORD....In Jesus name I pray.... AMEN!

Alrighty prayer warriors... get busy and I will post as soon as he is out!!




ps.  Thank you to those of you who have contacted us wanting to donate items to be raffled off!  This couldn't be a success without you and we truly appreciate your generosity!  Hope to see ya there!