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Bill's Journal (Part One)--July 28, 2007
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, July 28, 2007

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Bill Sandusky finally gets some down time to write in his journal, to update what's been going on in his life and in the lives of his family.



Saturday, July 28, 2007, 10:04 a.m., D.S.T.~

Dear Journal~

Bill Sandusky here.

Sorry if I haven't written in here for a while; when one has a multitude of children to take care of (plus working forty hours a week at Wal*Mart), what free time I have is severely constrained at best. My body also doesn't like me very well right now: my back isn't too bad (it's more stiff than sore), but my knees, hips, fet, and sciatica: whooo-boy! PAIN CITY!! (Time to break out the Vicodin, folks; I need some relief from this pain!!)

I am happy to report that Susie is doing much better. Now, she will continue to receive therapy; she faces a long recovery from a recent stroke. She is trying to work things out between herself and Rebekkah Cohen; the two girls have been fighting a lot lately (mainly about Rebekkah's spending more time with Johnny), and this feud nearly ruined a good friendship. The fact that Susie's body continues to betray her isn't making things easier for her. Susie is also angry at Ronee' when all Ronee' did was offer her hand in friendship, as any good, caring friend should do. It's as if Susie is purposely trying to push her friends away. It's really sad. Susie is a very unhappy, angry young girl  who has some serious personal problems; I really feel bad for her!

Ronee' went to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the tryouts for the chance to appear in the semi-finals for "America's Got Talent". Unfortunately, Ronee' didn't make it: she was one of the acts who got eliminated (cut). Oh, she did a good enough job, but her nerves got the best of her. Ronee' got "pitchy", which is usually what happens whenever she is facing a major audition.

Even though she didn't make it, we were still proud of her, regardless. Ronee' took the news surprisingly well. The one judge (David Hasselhoff) told Ronee' to come back next year; he loved her. Ronee', even with her loss, got to meet some of the acts who advanced to the next round. Jerry Springer (the show's host) also asked Ronee' to come back next year; that ended up  making her feel a little better.

One of the acts who did advance was a disabled breakdancer known as "Lazylegz", who was born with arthrogryposis; people with this disorder have very little muscles in their limbs, causing restriction in movement or paralysis; it affects their ability to walk or move independently; it requires him to walk with Lofstrand crutches. He is amazing; when I saw him doing his thing on TV, I was absolutely blown away. Here was a guy who didn't let his disability faze him; in fact, he uses his disability as an advantage, as a way to teach others that just because a guy can't walk without crutches, that doesn't mean he can't do whatever he chooses in life (in this case, become a professional breakdancer).

All I know is this: if I ever tried to attempt some of the moves "Lazylegz" does on his crutches, I'd either: a.) break my crutches clean in half, or b.) break something on me!! Then they'd really call it BREAK dancing! LOL He's dangerous!! LOL

Ronee' got to meet "l;azylegz" after she performed; she's since developed a major crush on him. He's about all she talks about as of late! (Ahhh...young love! *Sigggggh*)

Johnny, meanwhile, is thinking about different things: MDA camp, for one, which will be in several weeks. Each August, Johnny attends MDA camp, which is for patients (kids) with neuromuscular disorders, and while he loves seeing his friends every year, it also brings him sadness because, invariably, one of his friends ends up getting worse--or dying. It makes him think of his own mortality. This is one thiing he'd rather not think about: he is too busy enjoying life, doing all the things he loves best.

Johnny has other concerns besides muscular dystrophy camp: the feud between Rebekkah and Susie, his health (how long it will continue to hold up), the approaching school year (he's starting high school--ninth grade--this fall; my, how time flies!!), his upcoming MRI and EMG tests. (His MRI scan--the one he was supposed to have done last month, the one tht was cancelled after the MRI machine malfunctioned--, has been rescheduled; this is coming up fast. He has this test on August 4, which is next week, at 10 in the morning. The EMG, meanwhile, will take place later that afternoon, at 4:30. The majority of that day, no doubt, will be spent at the hospital, which will be no picnic, that is for darn sure!)

Hopefully, the tests will go well, continue to give us good news. Lord, I hope so; Johnny can use a break from all the bad news that's been on his mind lately!

Janica is facing some surgery next month; school for her will have to wait until she recovers from her surgery. Janica has been having problems with her shunt (she has been having blinding heaaches). She is understandably worried. We will have to be there for her, support her in her time of need, try to ease her fears. Hopefully that will have a good outcome, too.

Roberto, meanwhile, is scheduled for surgery as well: another heart surgery (valve replacement). We are worried about Johnny and Janica, but nothing like we are about Roberto: the last time Roberto had heart surgery, his heart stopped, and her nearly died, right there on the operating room table. Thankfully, the doctors were able to revive him in a matter of minutes, but he was one very sick little boy for a while. To see him in the PICU, tubes and wires attached to him everywhere, was one of the worst experiences we could have ever faced as parents. Yet God brought Roberto through the fire, and he has been enjoying renewed good health--that was, until several months back, when his energy levels dipped and he started having spells of dyspnea (breathing difficulty) upon exertion. Very terrifying to think of our having to go through this all over again!

Jodie is another one who is facing surgery: she is having a tendon lengthening procedure done on her hands and feet. Her feet are starting to twist upwards and outwards, and her hands are gravitating towards her palms; she is having more difficutly than usual in moving her hands; this is causing her great discomfort. It's a minor procedure; in the meantime, Jodie is scared; she knows she is facing another trip to the hospital, and it is making her worried.

Other than all of this medical news, the remaining kids are doing wonderful! Tiny Emir is adjusting to life with prosthetic limbs (we have to keep reminding him not to use his limbs as weapons; he hits people with them if upset), Enriquesa is due to have a new walker (and prosthetic legs; her current legs are wearing down), Arjun has recovered from a summer cold, Rani and Andre' have recovered from their bout of poison ivy, Barbara is busy attending scrimmage sessions at the high school for the upcoming football season (she graduates next year), Richard is looking into different colleges (still hasn't decided on which one he will be attending yet), Dwerlina and fiance' are both getting nervous about their upcoming wedding later next month (we're going to Lousiiana for that; it's one week after the LeCajun Cajun Music Awards Festival), and Melizza has been honored with "Employee of the Month" at Wal*Mart. Good news all around; we are proud of all our kids!

Well, I have to run; will write in here Monday to continue; have more news to share. It's been making out for a very busy summer for the Sanduskys! Take care and God bless!

~Bill. :)

P.S.: The little guy in the picture? He's a little boy we are presently going to be taking in as a foster child; he needs the experience of being with a family before another family can adopt him. His name is Vinnie, and he is six. He has cerebral palsy and is mentally disabled, but as you can see by his smile, he is a little boy who cherishes life! He will be arriving to our house in a few weeks; we are all excited! Hopefully things will go well for both little Vinnie and us!

P.S.S.: As for Louie's pregnancy, she is reallly showing: she has a huge belly. She's due in December, around Christmas, so she is going on eight months. She's excited, but at the same time, the heat/humidity is taking a toll on her. She has forgotten the miseries that pregnancy can bring; she's really suffering, poor baby!

~Bill. :)
  
  


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Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 7/30/2007
F a n t a s t i c, karen, just. . .f a n t a s t i c. So much pain and frustration involved, still manage to entertain. Like, wow. To combine this much education and pull on heartstrings a n d provide
a side dish of fun?? You have a rare and precious gift, and the self-discipline to hone it. E x p e r i e n c e! Only stands t'reason. You are a rare and precious gift y'own'sef :). With respect, admiration, and great affection, 'Pea' xOx --- PS: Love your voice, too. In every sense!!
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 7/29/2007
Bills life is jammed packed with so many ups , downs and in betweens......Wow..............M
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/29/2007
Well written Karla!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 7/28/2007
Excellent write thank you for sharing
God Bless
Michelle~
Reviewed by d. k 7/28/2007
As expected a great journal write by Bill! So glad to get all the news!! I hope the girls will all become fast friends!! Well done my friend!

Smiles,
Dorothy
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar 7/28/2007
Another character winner. Victor
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/28/2007
Karen,

One just doesn't read the lives your characters live, they live them through your words; well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.


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