The Geer Family
 
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Sunday was a special day!  It was Deuce's first trip to the NC Zoo!  I had not been to the zoo since the 2nd grade myself so I was very excited!  Also making the trip special was the fact that we went with 2 other babies.  Ed, Ashwon and Corey all graduated from Chapel Hill High in '97 and Annie graduated with me in '99.  We all had our little ones within 7 days of each other.  Ashwon & Annie had Aja on April 19th, Deuce was born on April 22nd and Corey & Jessica had Zoe on April 26th.  Needless to say, Deuce thoroughly enjoyed rollin' with 2 cuties all day!
And I must add that Ed was definately a trooper!  He went to the zoo with us and managed to stay right with us either walking or using his crutches.  Such an awesome daddy! :)
 
 
TJ's best friend Austin came over on Sunday to go trick-or-treating with us!  TJ was The Joker and Austin was Iron Man.  We live in a neighborhood packed with kids and live next to the neighborhood where TJ's school is, which is also packed with kids!  While we were getting the boys ready, we had some early arrivals at our house.  Believe it or not, I had never handed out candy before this Halloween so I was really excited to see the kids.  Deuce had his skeleton costume on so he went to the door with me and he got really excited to see the flood of scary costumes and pretty princesses at the door.

Then we headed out to hit up our neighborhood.  The different cul-de-sacs are either a hit or a miss.  If it's one with kids, they most likely aren't home, they are out like us.  So we hit up the hot spots and then headed over to Reedy Fork where TJ goes to school.  In Reedy Fork, the houses are pretty close together and everybody moves their cars so the kids can go from house to house with minimal parental supervision.  One of the houses sets up a mini-carnival every year and that particular street is always jumping with tons of kids in costumes.  This year they had a little fire pit where all the kids could roast marshmallows, they had an area with a bench set up with pumpkins & scarecrows for parents to take pictures of their kids and of course candy & drinks.  They even had a guy playing the banjo!!  Needless to say the boys had a great time and came home with lots of candy.

Deuce enjoyed being strolled around for the most part but by the end of the night he was tired and cranky.  My sister came up to stay with us for Ed's surgery and she was more than willing to carry him the rest of the way!  Side Note: We bought that skeleton costume for him after Halloween last year for $2.99.  This was before we knew if he was a boy or a girl and was just a guess as to the size he would be.  We have been waiting for an entire year for him to wear it just that one time!  I think he looked great!
 
 
Ed had his knee surgery yesterday and it went exactly as expected.  The meniscus had "flipped" itself back into place and that's why Ed was able to move it and begin walking on it last week.  However, during surgery Dr. Chandler was able to recreate the injury (the flipping & locking) very easily signifying that if Ed hadn't had surgery his knee could have locked up on him again at any moment.  So they removed the entire posterior meniscus (behind the knee).  The surgery took about an hour and 10 minutes and then he spent about an hour in recovery before I go to see him.

I spoke with Dr. Chandler following the surgery and he said it was very routine and there were no surprises once they were inside the knee.  I asked him how removing the entire posterior meniscus would affect his ability to play sports and he said it shouldn't at all.  Basically the meniscus absorbs shock to the knee so over time, Ed may be more likely to develop arthritis behind his knee later in life.  They expect him to be able to return to work next Monday and a full recovery in 3-4 weeks.

Ed has taken it all very well for it being his first surgery.  He has been in good spirits and has not needed any pain meds.  He has been doing great with Ibuprofren.  He has a knee brace that holds ice packs so I have been making sure that he keeps his leg elevated and continues to straighten & flex his legs often to avoid blood clots.  I change his ice packs every couple of hours.  He can remove his knee dressings tomorrow and shower so we will see what the puncture sites look like.