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November 2011 - Chris Schuette

Calling Doctor Isla

November 29, 2011 | By | 2 Comments

Patty & I brought Isla to the Minnesota Children’s Museum on Sunday for some much-needed “burn off all your excess energy so you can for-the-love-of-God take a nap” time.  We have annual passes to the museum, so we tend to go there a lot.

As you can imagine, Isla loves any place where she cannot possibly run out of things to do.  This time, she decided to hang out in the “Our World” exhibit, which includes a toddler-sized “Main Street,” complete with a mini doctor’s office.  Considering how much time Isla has spent in the hospital, it was a bit of a relief to see her enjoying the surroundings.  She couldn’t wait to try on the lab coat and play with the stethoscope. She even attempted to break my leg in the hopes that she could take a real x-ray!  (I’m still a little disturbed by that.)

I know she’s just playing, but it’s amazing to watch her figure things out while also having fun.  Patty & I aren’t pushy parents, but we just want her to know that she can do anything she wants to in her life. She’s becoming a more confident little girl every day, and something tells me that she won’t let a little thing like hearing loss slow her down.

I just hope I can keep up.

Surgical Precision (Part 2)

November 8, 2011 | By | 4 Comments


(To read about Isla’s first cochlear implant surgery, click here.)

Thank you to everyone for the amazing support for our little girl, Isla.  Isla had her second cochlear implant surgery yesterday at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.  This time it was for her left ear.  In another month, they will activate it, and if everything goes according to plan, she will finally be able to hear in stereo.  That’s right, she’ll soon be able to appreciate my Living Strings albums as much as all kids do.

It was a tough day for our girl, and the post-op experience was a little different this time.  She had a more adverse reaction to the anesthesia.  I figured this out when she projectile-vomited on me as I was holding her close.  Yeah, it was a mess, but you know what? I didn’t even flinch.  That’s right, I held on to her until the nurse and Patty could take her. She’s MY girl and I hang on to her no matter what.  Plus, I’m a U of M alum and a musician, so I’m somewhat familiar with being vomited on.

Seeing your child in real pain is one of the worst experiences a parent can have.  When I first saw her after surgery, it wasn’t just her pain that hit me, it was the look of sad confusion on her face. She clearly has no idea why any of this is happening, and although we can hold her close and let her know we love her, there is nothing we can do to explain it to her. All she knows is that it hurts.  This is what I mean when I say that this wasn’t an easy decision, because I would do anything to not see that expression on Isla’s face ever again.

The good news is that she is going to be fine. Soon enough, she’ll be running around, laughing, climbing, and just being a regular happy little girl again.  I can’t wait.

Oh, and despite the long exhausting day, Patty was amazing. She was always right there to comfort Isla and give her everything she needed.  Some would say that’s all part of being a mom, but to me, it’s the most beautiful thing in the world.

I’m the luckiest man I know.

The Other Ear

November 4, 2011 | By | 14 Comments

Isla has another big day coming up. As I mentioned before, her cochlear implant for her right ear has been working out very well.  As a result, Patty and I have decided that she will have the second implant for her left ear. The surgery is scheduled for this coming Monday.

Even though we’ve been down this road before, we’re still nervous about any kind of hospital visit. This isn’t a decision we take lightly, but Isla loves being able to hear the world around her, (or at least the world to the right of her.) With the hard work of some amazing medical professionals, we’re confident that she will be able to experience so much more, such as that really boss surround sound system in the rumpus room.

Patty has been absolutely amazing through all of this. While I’ve been posting “Simpsons” clips and writing about allegedly drunken Presidential candidates, Patty did something truly special for our little girl.  There are lots of dolls out there for all types of kids; dolls with glasses, dolls with wheelchairs, but Patty was unable to find a doll with cochlear implants. So she made one.

Using only puffy paint, a doll Isla picked out at Target, and her innate MacGuyver-esque talents, Patty painstakingly applied the paint to form two little cochlear implants on the doll.  What a great mom!

Wowie Sauce

November 3, 2011 | By | 4 Comments

Credit: Getty Images

I don’t typically get political, and this post is no different, but apparently, Texas Governor, Rick Perry (pictured) gave what some have described as a “bizarre” speech while campaigning for the Republican Presidential Nomination in New Hampshire.

(OK, that sentence was WAY too long.)

Here’s a clip:

Of course, there is nothing funny about someone who potentially has a chemical addiction, but that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh at the bone in his hair.

By the way I love that Simpsons clip. I believe they were parodying this:

Hey, someone has to teach the kids about Ed McMahon.