Saturday, January 29, 2011

And again...

You know that saying "Life isn't about weathering the storm, but rather learning to dance in the rain." For some reason I really feel like that applies to me lately. It's just been one thing after another lately, but please don't think I'm complaining. In fact, it all seems kind of comical if you ask me. Travis being laid off has really been a blessing in disguise this last week and a half. With Gideon so sick I've been grateful to have extra help around the house. And even more so when Parker started getting sick on Thursday.

So once again we find ourselves at the hospital with one of our sweet babies. We took Parker to the doctor yesterday morning because she had a terrible cough and was having trouble breathing. They diagnosed her with RSV, gave her a breathing treatment and sent her home with strict instructions to us on what to watch for. By 8:30 last night it was clear to us that her condition was worsening. So we brought her to the ER. They gave her another breathing treatment and said they wanted to observe her for a while before sending us home. After an hour they moved us from ambulatory over to triage just to "keep a closer watch" on her since she seemed to be getting no better. Another hour passed and they informed us that she was "just having to work too hard" to get air, so they wanted to keep her over night. By the time they got us up to Pediatrics it was around midnight and her condition had deteriorated to the point that they decided she needed oxygen.

Despite being beat up on, and not feeling well and hating the tubes in her nose, she's been in a pretty good mood about the whole thing.

It was yet another sleepless night in a fold out chair for me, but with the oxygen Parker got a few hours of uninterrupted rest, which was good.
And this morning when the doctor came by, he informed us that her condition was still pretty bad and so it's going to be a couple of days before we get to come home.

Grandma Cindy came up and visited as well as Aunt Jesse. And we're expecting a visit from Nana and grandpa sometime this afternoon. Gideon is being shuttled between grandparents houses for the next couple of days and with any luck, we'll get to home maybe by Monday.

In the meantime, we're just hanging out at the hospital, watching movies and using the free wireless internet. It's not so bad. But to be honest, I'd rather not spend next weekend here. Let's just go to a movie instead.

Monday, January 24, 2011

NOT FUN!!!!!

So I have more Florida pictures I've been meaning to post, but given our hectic weekend, it just hasn't happened yet. See we got home really late Wednesday night. I had been nervous about flying by myself with 2 babies, but actually it worked out okay. They really are pretty good travelers and I was fortunate on our long flight to be seated next to a lady who loves kids and actually asked to hold the baby. (Which was a blessing when I had to change Gideon's diaper.) Anyway Thursday Gideon had a cough and was kind of cranky, but I chalked it up to us traveling and coming back to the cold, dry climate. Friday morning he woke up at 5:30 just burning up with fever. (103.1 actually.) So I gave him some tylenol, which brought it down to a lower grade, but didn't really get rid of it. I had to babysit on Friday, so I sent Gideon to Nana's house for most of the day hoping to keep him from getting the other kids sick. Friday night was bad. He woke up again burning up with fever and all day Saturday all he did was sit on the couch in my arms, crying "Owie, Owie, Owie, it hurts!" At that point I figured he had fever aches as well as a headache. He was so listless and every 3 or 4 hours his fever would spike above 103 and I'd give him more Tylenol. Finally we decided to take him to the doctor. Fortunately our pediatrician's office is open on Saturdays, so we took him in around 4 pm.

After 2 hours they'd tested him for everything they could think of and everything came back negative (Flu, RSV, Strep, Kidney Infection, Bladder infection etc.) Getting a urine sample was the worst, because he was so dehydrated he couldn't give a sample, so they had to use a catheter to get one. Poor baby! I think it traumatized me and Travis as much as it did him. Still having a significant temperature and a lot of pain, the PA sent us over to the ER for x-rays and scans, believing that it could be appendicitis. (He was complaining of a lot of abdominal pain.) Of course at the ER there were more tests. This time an IV (which was good because he really needed fluids anyway) and a blood draw and x-rays. Poor baby felt like a pin cushion! After 2 more hours they came in and informed us it was pnuemonia and they were going to keep him at least overnight. Because of the sever abdominal pain he was having they weren't willing to rule out appendicitis just yet. So they decided to keep him, get him started on an antibiotic and do another blood draw in the morning to check the white cell levels, which would tell us if it was an infection (aka appendicitis) other than the pnuemonia.

He DID NOT like having the IV in. In fact, shortly after this he started kicking and screaming and trying to tear it out, so they had to re-wrap it more like a cast so he couldn't get to it.
The popsicle helped a little, but he was still crying "It hurts!" and "Owie!" so much that they gave him a little morphine to help him calm down.

By the time we got up to pediatrics, the painkillers had definitely kicked in and he was being quite funny. Singing little songs and acting silly. They put him in some pj pants, made him some mac & cheese, gave him a juice box and turned on a Disney movie, so he was totally Chillaxed!

Finally sleep! It was after 10:30 before he finally dropped off. He was so exhausted he actually slept good for quite a while. (Until they came in at 5:30am to draw more blood!)

I sent Travis home and this is where I slept. It's good that they have those chairs that will fold all the way down, but they really are not very comfortable. And between the stress and the worry, I wasn't sleeping that well anyway. And then of course I was up every hour when they came in to check his temperature and his vitals. His fever finally broke around 4:30am so that was a relief.

Breakfast was good. He didn't eat much, but nibbled on a few things and watched cartoons.

Man he was so happy to get the IV out! As soon as it was gone, he jumped out of bed and started running in circles. Amazing the difference 12 hours of IV fluid and antibiotics will make!
We got to come home yesterday around lunch time. He's still not totally back to himself, he still doesn't feel perfect, but it's definitely an improvement. He'll be on antibiotics for 10 days, but at the follow-up at the Dr. today he said we're definitely progressing in the right direction! Thanks to all those who were praying for us over the weekend. I know it helped!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cindy Sue’s wish come true!

My mother has never been to a Disney theme park. At least she hadn’t until Monday. She’s always wanted to go, but there just never seemed to be time or money or opportunity. So Cami and I (because we’re the favorite daughters) decided to remedy that this year. On her birthday (Christmas Eve, she got a call from Mickey Mouse, informing her that she’d be going to Disney World. On Monday, still tired and sore from the race, we got up at 4:30am and headed for the Magic Kingdom.


Gideon had been asking to go see Mickey Mouse since we arrived in Florida, but mom was really the most excited. All the way up to Orlando she’d randomly shout out, “I’m going to Disney World.” And all day long she wore a goofy grin on her face. She was just so tickled with everything about being there. It was so funny!


Lily, Grandpa & Ransom on the tram ride from the parking lot.


Me & babies. Cami’s friend Barbara had made each of the boys a monogrammed Mickey Mouse shirt and each of the girls a Minnie Mouse dress.


On the ferry ride over to the park.


The Christmas decorations were still up, so that was kind of fun to see.


See, I told you my mom was giddy. We weren’t 10 steps into the park before she saw the barbershop quartet & had to have a picture with them.


Swiss Family Robinson Tree House. Parker and I waited out by the strollers so she could have a bottle.


Cami and Ransom!


Poor Parker was so fidgety, her dress just would not stay down!. But she was still stinking cute!


That’s me and Gideon on Aladdin’s Magic Carpet ride. (Gideon’s actually to the inside of me, so you can barely see his little head. He loved it though.)


My favorite ride was the Pirates! I was so excited to see it since they re-vamped it. It was awesome!


And when we came out of the ride there was a pirate show going on, complete with a Johnny Depp impersonator. Okay he didn’t really look like Johnny, but he had the voice and accent down pretty well. We didn’t stick around for the show though, instead we took the jungle cruise.


The jungle cruise was fun, but after having gone on the safari at Animal Kingdom last year, the mechanical animals seemed a little hokey.


I did, however, like the playful elephants. They were fun.


After the safari, it was lunch time, so we borrowed the pirate stage and broke out our sandwich stuff. It was funny because all these people kept walking by us saying, “That’s a great idea, we should have done that.”


Our sweet kiddos, Parker, Gideon, Ransom & Lily.

DSCF6723DSCF6724DSCF6740 Okay this photo is a little out of order but later in the day Gideon crashed hard! He looks so big in this stroller!


Seriously, my mom cracks me up! She grinned and giggled at everything!

DSCF6743My sweet sleeping babies!DSCF6726DSCF6727

Gideon had the most serene, happy expression I’ve ever seen while on the Merry-Go-Round. He loved riding the horse. The only thing he like better was the Peter Pan ride, which we literally had to drag him away from kicking & screaming.


Dumbo was the longest line we waited in all day, but it was a MUST DO since we were with little kids. And really we only waited about a half an hour so it could have been much, much worse.

DSCF6730DSCF6733Grandma decided she and grandpa needed to get Gideon and Lily some mouse ears. They were a big hit!


Gideon enjoyed getting to run and play in Minnie’s house.


Grinning grandma & her kiddos.

DSCF6738Handsome Ransom was Grandpa’s boy!

DSCF6744Lily & her daddy switch hats!


We took turns going through the Haunted Mansion. Mom & Daddy went first, then held the babies so we could go. At least they found a relaxing place to pass the time.

DSCF6748 Parker slept better on top of the stroller than anyplace else.


Waiting for the Electrical Light Parade to begin. (The kids LOVED the parade, but no pictures. I had Gideon on my shoulders and had to hang on tight to keep him from jumping down and running into the parade.

DSCF6750DSCF6752 Have you ever seen two more different reactions? Mom was still laughing and grinning with a “This was the best day ever!” And Gideon was…well…devastated is probably putting it mildly. Still, it was a great day and Gideon has asked to wear his Mickey Mouse shirt everyday since then. We definitely will be making trips back to the Magic Kingdom.