Update 15: April 17, 2007
Scorecard: (as of this update):
353 days; 29873 miles (Car: 13136, RV: 16737); 37 states; 37 National
Parks; 14079 photos.
Greetings from Phoenix
We're in Phoenix again, after being gone for almost a year.
Since we had to pass through Arizona to visit Grand Canyon and Petrified
Forest National Parks, we figured we could tie in a visit to friends
and family in Phoenix, and take the boys in for doctor visits. It's
also given us (Jeff in particular) a chance to do some hiking and climbing
with friends. Next week, we'll head out to finish off the last two
months of our trip.
Zane is doing very well, all things considered. His seizures have dropped
off in the past couple of weeks, and he continues to eat and sleep well.
Lately, he seems to have a penchant for projectile vomit, but other than
that, things are going well.
Susan continues to update Zane's website several times per week,
and will continue to do so when she has internet access. To see Zane's journal
and photos, and stay updated on how he's doing, please visit: www.caringbridge.org/visit/zanemichaelhatfield.
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After learning of Zane's diagnosis
last December and hearing of us talk about the blanket we received
on Christmas day from local middle
school students in Florida, our good friend Sally started Blankets
of Love for volunteers to make and deliver blankets to neonatal intensive
care units in the Phoenix area. The Scottsdale Tribune heard
project and wrote an article about it and the inspiration Zane
provided. The article
is available (without the photo that appeared in the print version)
If there are any problems with the link, you can also read the article
by clicking Here.
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There is one small problem with the article: a misquote attributed
to me. For the record, I told the columnist that if the issue was
buy a hundred
being, it was not about the blanket itself, it was the gesture that
was important. I did not say anything about buying better blankets
at Target, and I am disappointed by his misquote. Other than
that, it's an accurate article that does a good job of telling our
Justin is also doing well. After being introduced to the concept of
milk and cookies after dinner, he enjoys his new pastime of playing Uno
and eating cookies before going to bed. He plays off of Susan's
hand, and generally grasps the basics of the game enough that he can
lay down the cards each round without much assistance from Susan.
He's turning into a little hiker, too. Most of the time I will
carry him in a carrier on my back, but we'll also give him a chance
to hike on his own. At the Grand Canyon, he set his personal best by
hiking 1-1/2 miles unassisted. Not bad for someone who is not even three
Lately, he's been asking "what o'clock is it?" as
he looks at the clock, and Susan has tried teaching him the basics of
telling time. The other day, he helped Sally as she trimmed brittlebush
in her backyard, repeating "trimming truffle trees" as he
worked. This was a reference to The Lorax, which talks
about people cutting down truffula trees. One of his favorite sayings
has become "Daddy, don't drive yet" whenever I start
the car or RV and Susan is not yet in her seat. He's always looking
out for his mom and his little brother. And he keeps on talking. The
other day Susan told him he was like Donkey in the movie Shrek,
the character who continually talks and bounces around non-stop. In
response, Justin looked at his arm and commented, "I'm
not brown" (like
Donkey), "I'm butterscotch."
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