Meet my Family: Part 2b of 4

 

In  the last Meet my Family (Click here to read that post.)post, I introduced you to my one and only son. That post became a little long when we meandered into his foot problems, so I decided to break part 2 in two separate posts.

Kelsey met his wife, Edith,  while he attended the local vocational school where I was and am currently teaching. He went from a private Christian high school to a public vocational school. At this time he was pursuing studies in CAD/CAM and Precision Machinery. (CAD/CAM stands for computer aided drawing/computer aided machinery.) He did very well in these fields and they helped him with his archery.

Edith, his wife, was pursuing a field in the medical field and graduated with her certificate for STNA. (State Tested Nursing Assistant) She worked in a local nursing home and the local hospital after they graduated.

It was about a year after they graduated that they were married in a lovely outdoor ceremony. I was able to do the flowers and pictures for the wedding and the outdoor reception that followed.

Since they had already been together for an extended period of time, they immediately began trying to have a family. It has been a hard struggle for them. Edith has had several miscarriages throughout their marriage, before, between, and after the children the now have.

First, Edith and Kelsey, took custody of her step-sister’s youngest daughter. At the time Zoey had not turned 2 yet. She just celebrated her 11th birthday under their care.  Even though they have had her for so long, her biological mother is still a big part of Zoey’s life.

Their first born was a son, born when Zoey was 4. He was named Landen Baxter. Baxter is a family name. My father-in-law had an Uncle Baxter whom I was privileged to meet before he passed away.

Landen Baxter

My husband’s middle name is Baxter, as is our son’s and Landen’s. Our great-grandson also has the middle name Baxter. (I’ll introduce him in a later post.)

Kelsey and Edith have one biological daughter, Isabella Grace, who is called Bella, or sometimes affectionately referred to as Boo Boo or Bella Boo.

Isabella Grace (Bella Boo)

She is a feisty little five year old who loves playing dress up and playing with dolls. She a little princess through and through.

Their youngest is Levi Paxton. He just recently turned one year old and is a happy little fella. He loves is mommy and his sisters.

Levi Paxton

They live right up the road from me, which makes it easier since the kids all go to the same school. We have it worked  out on who can take who, pick up this one, and so on. Edith is the only one who does not have a job outside of their home, so she is also our families’ go-to when kids need picked up in the middle of the day, or can’t go to school for various reasons. She is a life saver.

You have now met 2 out of my 4 children and their families. I hope you log on to let me introduce you to the rest of the family.

Tell me about your family. Have many kids, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren do  you have?

My life verse.

Have you met my family? – Part 2 of 4

 

Since I wrote about my daughter and her children who lives with us first, I am going to tell you about my children and their families by proximity to us.

My youngest, and only son, and his family live down the road within a mile of us.

 

My son works on the barges that travel up and down the river. He is one of the lucky ones. His schedule allows him to be home a week and on the boat a week. Although there are many instances where that schedule can and has been tweaked due to various problems. Boats can be docked for repairs, flooding on the rivers have resulted in temporary shutdowns, illness, just to name a few things.

Kelsey Baxter, there’s that namesake, is not only training to become a boat pilot, he is also a professional archer.  When he was in junior high, he took an archery project while in 4-H  which began his journey into this field.

He was taken under the wing of the president of the local archery club and his skill and love of the sport became apparent very quickly.  We have traveled to many archery events over the course of his career. He has competed at local, state, and national levels. Kelsey has won the state championship several times when he was younger.  He’s been working at this for close to 20 years now. His children are also involved in shooting bows.

The biggest problem he encountered during this time was a problem in his foot. I have seen him crawl from 1 room to another before a shoot because he was in so much pain.

Kelsey was in grade school when this problem first arose. At that time the pediatrician attributed the pain to tendinitis and put him in a foot brace. Then he had to have a special device made to wear in his shoes, but none of this helped with the pain.

He was finally referred to the local orthopedic doctor who put a cast on his foot. He wore this for six weeks with no noticeable results. The doctor immediately reapplied the cast for another six weeks. During this time, the podiatrist I was seeing had expressed concern over Kelsey being in a cast for so long.

When the second cast was removed, Kelsey started therapy, which lasted for about six weeks before the therapist referred him back to the orthopedic doctor. His foot was not getting any better and she told me that she had never seen anything like it.

It was at this orthopedic appointment that I began to feel very irritated. The doctor examined my son’s foot and indicated that he thought it was getting better and he should continue with the physical therapy. The man had not seen him in six weeks whereas the therapist had been seeing him at least twice a week for the last six weeks. I was not happy with his response.

Within the week I had an appointment with my podiatrist. He took additional x-rays and gave him a steroid injection in his foot which lessened the pain and gave him full range of motion….for a whole 20 minutes. Then the problem returned.

We returned the following week, reported the results of the injection and this doctor admitted that he was stumped. He referred Kelsey to a pediatric orthopedic doctor at a larger hospital an hour away.

At this point, we had been seeking help for his foot for about a year. We still had no idea what was wrong, only that he was always in a lot of pain.

We arrived at the appointment approximately 15 minutes early as instructed. Of course, I had to fill out all of those information papers.

Kelsey was called back without a long waiting period and we explained to another doctor what had been happening for the last year. This was doctor number five.

At this  point Kelsey was around 14 years old. The doctor said he thought what was going on was called a tarsal coalition, although this typically occurs when the patient is a little younger.  To accurately diagnose this problem, x-rays needed to be taken while the patient was in a standing position.

It only took a few minutes from getting the proper x-rays to confirming that his speculations were correct. We finally had a diagnosis.

From this doctor, we went to see a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. Since Kelsey had already went though all the steps that they would have suggested to correct this problem, he was scheduled for surgery. During this out-patient surgery, two bones were removed from his foot. And he was free from pain…for another year.

To read more on Kelsey’s journey through this continuing  ailment, click here.  (This link should be posted within another week.)

More on my son’s family is coming soon  Stayed tuned.

My life verse.