Jameson on “The Doctors”

When Jameson was just ten months old we were very privileged to tell our story on the television show “the Doctors”!

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Jameson’s National T.V. Debut!

Our little trip to Hollywood, California

A couple of weeks ago, out of the blue, we were contacted by a producer at the daytime talk show “The Doctors”(a Dr. Phil spin-off with more heart-felt and educational stories). She said that our story caught their attention and thought it would be a great fit for the show. After talking to her briefly, she asked if we would be interested in flying down that next week to share our story on the episode “Medical Mindsets That Change Lives”? We were so very surprised. At that moment we were trying to think of how we could possibly just up and fly to L.A. so suddenly? She explained that airfare, hotel, and food would be covered and there would even be a driver to pick us up upon arrival.  So, Jim and I turned to each other and said “Wow, this is awesome, oh my gosh, this kinda thing does not happen everyday or ever!”

As nervous and unsure as we were, we were in! But, I am not going to lie we were a little bit terrified. After all, it is such a personal story for us. Even though we have gone public with local news and many people have read my blog, we still felt intimidated to share our struggles with the ENTIRE nation and not to mention a live audience. To help ease fear and add an element of expertise on prosthesis, Jameson’s Prosthetist Mac Lang was also invited on the segment to explain the science and the many options available today and in the future. Many loose ends at home had to be tied up but we knew that this opportunity could not be missed.

Overall, the experience was incredible! Everyone at “The Doctor’s” show could not have been more kind, encouraging, and professional. Plus, we were able to do a little site seeing, Jameson did pretty good at flying for the first time, and no one freaked out during the taping (as in me, I was so nervous)! Yay!

Our official dressing room!

Our official dressing room!

First time flyer:)

First time flyer:)

Speaks for itself ( @The Famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater)

Morning View of LA from our room

Morning View of LA from our room

Walk of Fame

Walk of Fame

Grauman's Theater-"Beautiful Creatures" Premier

Grauman’s Theater-“Beautiful Creatures” Premier

Oh yeah!

After the show

Site seeing

Site seeing

Hollywood!

Hollywood Sign! (you could see the sign from our hotel)

On our way back home, goodbye Hollywood!

On our way back home, goodbye Hollywood!

Needing New Hands Already?

Jameson, my precious little cutie patootie!

Jameson, my precious little boy!

My husband Jim and I were a little shocked the other day when Jameson’s prosthesis would not fit. Gosh, already? It was a little unexpected that our little guy out grew his first set of passive arms so quickly. Yes, kids grow fast, but goodness we’ve got a wild weed here! I guess I should not be surprised because he has worn size 12 month clothing since about 9 1/2 months. We just thought for sure he would be in this set of arms until the fall. Keeping up with his wear schedule at this point is pretty crucial in the whole process of learning how to use the prosthesis, adjust to them, and tolerate them. This process will get him ready for his really important next set, his myoelectric “hands”. Ideally, he will be ready for the myos at 18 months.

Luckily, we have been scheduled right away for the next available appointment at our prosthetic company Advanced Arm Dynamics. We leave this next week. Of coarse, they were wonderful and said not too worry they will adjust the prosthesis and get Jameson back on track! This major growth spurt was not at all a shock to AAD. I on the other hand, am still a little surprised. Or maybe I am in a little bit of denial, I want my baby to stay a baby. Don’t all mothers want that?!

My other concern is that he is probably going to need a lot more prosthesis than we originally expected.

A major question now is this: just how many sets is he going to need? Jameson is a growing boy and a fast one at that. Looks like we’ve got a long journey ahead of us with fittings, fund-raising, and faith that we will be able to provide our son with what he needs to lead a more normal life.