Gannon Update

I didn’t get time to write blog posts yesterday.  For those of you jumping in in the middle of the crazy week we’ve had here, please go back and read earlier posts from this week.  My grandson Gannon, our daughter Kalissa’s almost 4-year-old had his tonsils and adenoids out on Monday and he is still in the hospital and still struggling.

We had a little last-minute change of plans.  Kalissa was needing some things at home.  Her breast pump died.  Carver and Anders both needed a mom visit.  She has been with Gannon in the hospital since Monday.  Craig, her husband went down on Wednesday when we saw that things were going bad.

Kalissa ended up coming home late Wednesday night after Gannon fell asleep.  She got here about midnight and snuggled in with Carver.  He woke up surprised to see his mom.

She ended up packaging orders…did you see that she is offering a new stationary set in her shop?  She knows that many of you ordered items intending to give them as gifts.  She doesn’t want you to miss Christmas giving.  Feel free to order, we’ll get them out.

This is the blank card set…


These are waterproof stickers.  They are great to put on a water bottle.


This is the…lined notepad so many of you asked for.  I think any and all of them would make great gifts.

We had bad weather coming to our area…and Kalissa needed to get back to the hospital.  Gannon had gotten worse again and Craig called hoping she would make plans to come back soon.

We tried to coordinate it so I might do one leg of the journey to get here the two-hour drive to Iowa City and one of the other kids in the family, my son, Buck, or daughter Kayla would do the next leg of the journey.  It was not to be.  Buck was dealing with Lucy who had to go to the doctor with an ear infection…and Kayla had Jasper who was just getting over a flu bug.  I ended up driving her down the whole way.

I did see Gannon and friends, he’s looking so tough.  I’m going to let you read Kalissa’s blog.  She tells it all so much better.  You can find her blog HERE.  We just can’t get the little guy to eat and he’s so run down because of it.

I got back home in the early evening in time for Carver to be dropped off.  Friends of ours took him after school and were hanging out with him.

I helped Karl get his car back from the shop after getting an oil change.  Then the three of us all had supper.

Karl took the night off and hung out with Carver playing Nintendo.  It was so good to hear the two of them laughing and having fun.  After a week of worrying, laughter was good medicine.


I want to give a big shout-out to a few friends who have stopped off or sent things for Gannon and their family.  The gas cards have been so appreciated as have the other gift cards and even toys for Gannon.  I also want to do a huge shout-out to a couple of Kalissa’s blog readers who sent her money through her “Buy me a Coffee” button.

They are doing okay, but as you all know, any health crisis with spending time away from jobs, eating out, driving back and forth, and staying in the hospital can really take a toll on any family.  The gifts are a real help and we all thank you for that support.

I can’t tell you how many personal messages and notes letting us know that you are praying and sending good wishes for Gannon and us all, mean so much to us.

Someone asked me if we were going to set up a Go Fund Me.  We don’t have plans for that at this time.  Kalissa and Craig have had a terrible time with medical expenses over the last few months.  Anders was born in September.  Anders was in the hospital for a week after coming down with Viral Meningitis.  Kalissa was back and forth to the doctor every day for over a week with her weird ear infection…and now Gannon.

If anyone does want to help, feel free to Paypal a gift to them at kalissageorgia@hotmail.com.  You can also Venmo at Kalissa-Friedman the last numbers of her phone are 7430.  You can also send a card to my house.  I don’t know when they’ll be home and don’t want mail piling up.  My address is:

Jo Kramer
For the Friedmans
111 2nd Ave NE
Waucoma, IA 52171

We’re hanging in there…and we’ll continue to rally and do everything we can to get Gannon back home with us.

Kalissa did take Anders with her back to the hospital.  They allow nursing babies to be with their Moms.  Anders is a SUPER easy baby so he won’t be a problem at all.  That was another huge blessing to Craig and Kalissa.

We are expecting snow and Carver is hoping for a snow day for him and Uncle Karl.  If it happens, we’re going to play Ticket to Ride sometime today.  Carver really wants to learn to play the harder version called Rails and Sails.  If you haven’t played the board game Ticket to Ride, now is a great time to give it a try.  It’s only $25 for the game and that’s the lowest price I’ve ever seen it.

Any good thoughts, prayers, or vibes you can send Gannon’s way are really appreciated!!

25 thoughts on “Gannon Update”

  1. Thank God for Uncle Karl to help Carver feel better. It has to be tough on him also. Every child needs an Uncle Karl.

    In our family and friends group, we all say everyone needs an Aunt Katie (my oldest daughter) as she’s such a great aunt to not only her nieces and nephews but also their friends.

    Get better soon Gannon! We are all praying for you!

  2. Rebecca Hoetger

    Continuing to think of you and the family and sending prayers for better days for you all. You are very fortunate in having such a loving and supportive family. I hope that you and the family find strength and comfort in your strong bonds. Love and best wishes to Gannon. ❤️

  3. Hugs and prayers coming from Canada for Gannon and all the rest of the family. Ticket To Ride – love the game – have you gotten the 1910 add on for the original game? – makes the game so much more fun.

  4. Prayers in abundance for little Gannon, you & your family, Jo. Hope he’ll be able to eat something soon; so hard to see a little one so sick.

  5. Praying for all of you!!!! Be strong. You have people to prop you up when you struggle. Lean on them. Hopefully Gannon will be drinking soon!

  6. Jacqueline Brock

    I am rather recent reader of your blog and look forward to it daily. I am very interested in buying the lined writing pads that your daughter Kalissa is selling. However, I don’t know how to do it. If I do a couple of your underlined words I get a website “Get Digital Signage Solutions Design” – this novice doesn’t know what that is about. My thoughts to the Kramer family and pray each day sees improvement in this terrible situation.

    Jackee in Omaha

  7. For Gannon, does he like scrambled eggs or omelets? Eggs have lot of nourishment and they taste good and go down very easily. Also milkshakes/malts, ice cream are nourishing. Best Wishes for everyone!

  8. Sending much love to you all. I hope Gannon starts to feel a little better soon. I’m glad you’re all able to pull together, it’s so hard for you all. Know that we’re all thinking of you xx

  9. Carolyn A Thompson

    Hi Jo.
    I did send some money to your daughter via pay pal and using the e-mail you had in your blog.
    First time I’ve used that method.
    Would you please try and let me know she received it.
    If she did, this is so easy!!
    Thank you.

    Carolyn

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