Saturday, December 11, 2010


Well, it's been a rough couple of days here at Suede and Chrome. Our 19 year old son who has a genetic condition called William Syndrome had to have open heart surgery yesterday. They went in and repaired a narrowing (typical of WS kids) in his aorta (about an inch above his heart). The surgery lasted about 6 hours and as you can imagine, it was a very stressful wait for mom and dad. Thankfully, we had many friends and family that were there with us in the waiting room, and thanks to technology, many friends and family around the world sending us texts, emails, and Facebook comments. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support through this difficult time.

Our son is as big a gearhead as his old man and grandfather, and has been going to car show with us since he was born. When he was a little, he would sit in his car seat and identify year, make and model of cars that he could see out his side window. He is a real special kid and we are very thankful that the surgery went well. He will be in ICU at Riley Childrens' Hospital in Indianapolis, IN for the next few days, then moved to a regular room for about 5 more. Once he is released to go home, doctors are telling us that it will be another 4 to 6 weeks of recovery before he can return to school to finish his Senior year. It will be an interesting Holiday time at our house this year, but we just thank God for all of our children.

Here is a picture I took of our son yesterday morning at the Ronald McDonald House before we took him over to Riley Hospital for his open heart surgery. He had just received a "Hotwheel" arrangement made especially for him.

We certainly would appreciate everyone's continued thoughts and prayers over the next few weeks that he would make a speedy recovery.

God Bless each of you: MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Kirby "Scruffy" - Editor of Suede and Chrome