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The Pittston Dispatch 05-08-2011

The Pittston Dispatch 05-08-2011

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WILKES-BARRE, PA $1.00Sunday, May 8, 2011
Goldsworthy GrandMarshal of CherryBlossom Festival.
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$1.48 million grantwill help changeface of downtown.
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 WP Mayor is just grandChange ison the way 
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When their mom and I splitup in1995, the kiddoes moved off to live with her in NewJersey, so, technically, I wasnever a single parent. But whenthey came to visit, I had to be both mom and dad and that, Iquickly discovered, involved alearning curve.The dad stuff, of course –  playing catch, running out for  pizza, tickling them unmerci-fully – came naturally, but themom duties? Not so much.Like the time I just got thetwo rascals into the house on aFriday evening after driving toJersey to collect them (abouttwo-and-a-half hours each way)and was about to dash back outto the video store when Gretashouted casually over her shoul-der while trotting up the stairs,“And, Dad, could you stop atthe super market for me? It’sthat time of the month.”“But …,” I began, swallow-ing hard.“Anything with wings,sheinterrupted and closed the bed-room door.“Anything with wings,” I keptrepeating to myself as I pulled into the store parking lot. “Any-thing with wings.”I briefly considered a Purdueoven stuffer roaster but thought better of it. Not the time for corny dad humor, I reasoned.Fortunately, the things withwings made that informationquite clear on the front of the packaging so selecting an itemwas not all that difficult. Butthere remained the task of ac-tually purchasing it.I ran around and grabbed whatever I could hold withoutgoing back outside for a cart – Cheerios, tissues, laundry de-tergent, anything to serve ascamouflage. No way was thethings with wings box going toride up the checkout conveyor  belt right out in the open.The biggest eye-opener,though, was the first time Itook Michael to the movies all by myself. Not sure whereGreta was that day, but Mike,about 9 at the time, and I wereoff to one of those dollar-fiftytheaters ‘way up in Eynon. Thatin itself made me feel rather “with it” since bargain huntingI always saw as more of a momthing.And my self confidence greweven greater when I remem- bered to stop at the drug storefor our candy. Moms have al-ways known why there is a drugstore within 50 yards of everymovie theater and I was proud of myself – rather smug, actual-ly – that I had figured this out.Little did I know, however,that my grin was soon to bewiped from my face.In line at the box officewhere I was the only dad in asea of moms, Michael tugged atmy sleeve and said in a failed attempt to whisper, “Dad, youhave to hide the candy.”I looked down at the bag of goodies in my hand.“Whadya mean, hide thecandy?” I asked.“Ya gotta hide it,” he said,still trying to whisper. “Momalways puts it in her purse.”“Well,” I answered, “in caseyou haven’t noticed, Mike, Dad doesn’t carry a purse.”I could hear all the momssnickering. I noticed each toted a purse too big for a carry-onon an airplane.“Besides,” I continued, as wereached the front of the line,“what’s the big deal? It’s just a bag of candy. What’er theygonna tell me? I can’t bringcandy into the movies.”“You can’t bring candy intothe movies,” the guy at the boxoffice said.By now, the moms were hys-terical.“You’re kidding,” I said. “It’scandy, not a bag of pot.”“Yeah, Bud, but, see, wehappen to
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candy here, sothat bag stays with me or youdon’t go in.”I thought about arguing the point but the moms’ laughter had now turned into groans.The guy had me and he knewit. So did I.So, we got our discount mo-vie tickets, all right, but Iwound up dropping about 20 bucks at the candy counter.Moments later, in the dark of the theatre, all I could hear wasthe sound of contraband beingopened all around me. Moms pulled out of their purses not just Hershey bars, Sweet Tarts,and Twizzlers but giant bags of chips and pretzels – I swear onelady had a container of dip – and even foot-long subs.Was that French fries, Ismelled?And, of course, you could hear ring tabs popping every-where. I assumed cans of soda, but who the heck knows?And there was I with a $4.95 box of Raisinettes.Michael was wise enough tokeep his “I told you so”thoughts to himself during theride home but I couldn’t stopharping about the injustice.I did learn my lesson though. Next time we go to the movies,I vowed, there will be no mom-mies in line laughing at my bagof candy.They might, however, I real-ized, be laughing at my purse.
Ed Ackerman, optimist
eackerman@psdispatch.com
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nthony Lydon calls the pacemaker which helpskeephimalivehis“boo- boo from Homa.”Thepacemakerwasimplanted during surgery in Oklahoma onMarch 11, the third major heartreconstructive surgery in hisyoung life.Anthonyisonlytwoyearsanthree months old.Anthony’s mother Tanya Ly-donofDuryeasaidwhenAntho-ny was born at Moses Taylor HospitalonFebruary11,2009,ateight pounds, 12 ounces; heseemed like a robust, baby boy.“Dr. Ross came in and said, ‘ohhe’s beautiful, he’s pink.’ I wasexcitedbecauseitwasaprivilegefor me to have a son.”Dr. Ross told Tanya her sonhadaslightheartmurmur,afair-ly common occurrence whichinitially didn’t seem like a bigdeal, especially as Anthony wasfeedingwellandseemednormal.Thenextdaytheboy’sprimary pediatrician, Dr. Debra Georget-ti,orderedanEKGandEchocar-diogram.On the third day cardiologistDr.MicheleMonococametoTa-nya’s room just after midnight,introduced himself and said,“Your son has Hypoplastic leftheart syndrome.”The words meant nothing toTanya. She thought to herself,“I’llgohome,he’llstayhereanthey’ll give him some meds and he’ll be fine.”Far from it.Hypoplastic left heart syn-drome Tanya soon learned, is aone in a million congenital con-ditionwherepartsoftheleftsideof the heart (mitral valve, leftventricle,aorticvalve,andaorta)do not develop completely. Sim- ply put, Anthony was born withhalf a heart. As with most con-genital heart defects, there is noknown cause.Tanya was given two options.Take him home where he would diepeacefullyinhissleepwithina few weeks or have him life-flighted to Geisinger in Danvillefor the first of three reconstruct-ive heart surgeries each with a50/50 risk of stroke, heart attack or death.The series of operations isknown as the Norwood proce-dure.Anthony had his first surgeryin Danville at nine days old. Hehad his second at 5 1/2 months.In between he developed nor-mally, surprising doctors.Also surprising was that fromthebeginningAnthonywasalit-tledifferentthanmostHypoplas-tic left heart syndrome patients.Mostarediagnosedinutero.An-thony was three days old. Mostare premature and weigh four tofive pounds. Anthony was fulltermandovereight.Mosthavea blue skin cast. Anthony was pink.By the time Anthony was dueforhisthirdsurgeryhissurgeon,Dr. Kamal Pourmoghadam, had transferred to Oklahoma. Tanyaand Anthony flew to OklahomaonMarch11.Thesurgerywasonthe15th. They flew home on the27th.Tanya said she has plenty of support.“Ifitwasn’tforcommu-nity,family,friendsIdon’tknowwhat would have happened.Theyhelpedus get out thereand  back. We didn’t expect so many people to come forward. MyhusbandandIandmyfamilyareso grateful. Wyoming ValleyWestminifootballhadaCharityBowl game. My aunt fund raiser at her hair salon, Dimensions.People where mom works atPNC bank gave her cards.WyomingAreahada3on3bas-ketball tournament for us.”
Full heart of love for son with half a heart
Duryea two-year-old had third major heart surgery in March
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TanyaLydonandsonAnthony
Tanya was given two options. Take him home wherehe would die peacefully in his sleep within a fewweeks or have him life-flighted to Geisinger inDanville for the first of three reconstructive heartsurgeries each with a 50/50 risk of stroke, heartattack or death.
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