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aka “The Bull” (some content not suitable for children or religous zealots)

Welcome Aboard (this post is for family, sorry)


Finally someone to carry on the Smith name dad says:) Dylan Victor Smith is the newest of the clan and wastes no time making his mark(so to speak). Bowel trouble is somewhat of a family legacy. My father and his father before him all had bowel issues. Why, I remember as a wee lad looking at the giant chevron shaped scar on grandpas belly countless times. To this day no one in the family actually knows what grandpa had surgery for exactly. No one needs reminding about Dad’s bowel trouble as he’s sure to tell you all about it when you see him. And for me, up until about a week ago I though pooping your pants was normal. My brother Wes turns into a monster if the hydrochloric acid Ph molarity gets to high in his stomach. Couzin Chris Actually did poop on the floor at moms house. All of these people have been screwed by (the institute of medicine) and what I mean by that is. Despite having seen and paid many “doctors” (phyiscians really) none of the afore mentioned had ever gotten a diagnosis let alone treatment. (I don’t expect (the institute of medicine) to diagnose or treat) I know better.

But this little guy not only has proclaimed his arrival as a Smith because of bowel trouble, he has actually been diagnosed and treated. This kids got gutts is more than a distasteful pun; its also true. Who pre-tel would have the “guts” to be “worked up” by intermoutain health-care physicians a day after his birth for projectile vomiting and be released with a clean bill of health? Dylan would.

Dylan is now in the NICU (newborn intensive care unit) at primary children’s hospital. One week after his birth. I will leave the particulars out and let my brother have is privacy (a little).

I salute you young nephew, and pray the phyciacans and nurses who attend you will be at their best. As they must have been for another Victor Smith (grandpa) when was in such a situation.

p.s. making light of a serious situation is a coping mechanism for me. I feel sad, mad, scared, sick and helpless….. I don’t know what else to do….

January 9, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized |


  1. What? Are you saying that Grandpa had this same thing?

    Comment by BugHunter | January 9, 2008 | Reply

  2. NO,noone knows what grandpa had, but there seems to be a familial pattern with bowel problems.

    Comment by bitterbarn | January 9, 2008 | Reply

  3. oh, someone might tell you he had his spleen taken out, but that doen’t mean anything. We dont just go around taking spleens out. usually if it has a laceration or special kind of cancer, however, the spleen is well conected other stuff 🙂

    Comment by bitterbarn | January 9, 2008 | Reply

  4. I don’t seem to remember the instant at “mom’s house” but of course I don’t remember a lot of things anymore, which is why I have a sister to remember all the painful stories and situations of my life. Maybe she’ll write a book and get famous. Getting back to the bowel situation, yes I have had “bowel issues.” Maybe at one time or another explosive diahreah may have made its ugly appearance while riding in the family van causing all occupants to ride with the windows down in the middle of a New York winter, but who remembers these things anyway. Good luck little man, our prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. I would like to second Matt’s comment about making light of serious situations, it also seems to be a pass along in the Yarn family.

    Comment by Cuzin Chris | January 9, 2008 | Reply

  5. We are definitely pulling for little Dylan and hope his days in NICU are short for his sake and that of his parents.

    On another note…I’m glad you guys wasted no time downgrading the discussion to adult poop-talk. Chris, may I live long enough to tell your children the stories. 🙂

    Comment by April | January 10, 2008 | Reply

  6. Check out some “better” pictures of the sweet little guy. He is amazing. Andrea and Wes call him “Rock Star Baby.”

    Comment by Grandma Woody | January 13, 2008 | Reply

  7. I am truly glad that everything turned out well in spite of the apparent problems with healthcare delivery (Shameless plug for:

    Seriously though, he’s a great looking baby and I’m glad everything’s finally going well.

    Comment by aegis1 | January 13, 2008 | Reply

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