Sunday, May 31, 2009
Last Thursday we had a houseful of friends for swimming and grilling hot dogs. It was a fun afternoon. And the best part was my friend Jennifer and son Paul arrived from Texas! On Friday we just vegged out at the pool and let the kids swim. My friend Leslie and kids came over too. Then on Saturday we went to a birthday party at Pump It Up for a little girl at David's school. It was so much fun and his teacher Vicky was there. That night me, Jennifer and Leslie went out shopping and ate sushi!!! Sunday, Jennifer and I took the boys to Birmingham for the Thomas Stage Show - it was really good. Each night of Jennifer's visit we stayed up way too late visiting after the boys went to bed. I think we all need a vacation from the mini-vacation :).
The only downside of this was I picked up some type of yucky cold. It started with pain in my chest and moved into my head and gave me laryngitis. I finally have my voice back today, but still don't sound like myself and still have a productive chest cough. Thankfully the kids missed it and so far I am the only one sick. I thought for sure David had something as well, but he was seen by our ENT Monday for a follow-up to his surgery and he was in great shape!
Exciting news for me this week - our housekeeper started today!! Dan and I have been kicking around what type of help we felt could benefit us most and save my back and give me more time for our business and we decided a housekeeper was the way to go. She is wonderful!! She will come everyday from 10-4.
Still no word on Emily's ultrasound of her thyroid - I am going with the "no news is good news" mind-set. I will follow-up tomorrow though because we have an appointment with our pediatrician for David's 4-year-check-up.
I'll try and post some pictures tonight of the Thomas show!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
We are spending everyday swimming with friends, having friends over, eating dinner with friends, grocery shopping more than usual because the kids are here and going to the doctor more than usual because my family seems to attract bizarre health things. We are also having out of town company three times in June and a variety of parties to attend and a trip to Birmingham to see Thomas the Train and I still haven't finalized our actual vacation plans. We may be to busy with all this other stuff to go on vacation - HA HA. And somewhere in there Dan and I are having a short romantic weekend for ourselves for our anniversary. And can't forget that Emily has dance camp at Auburn and David has 2 bible schools. Whew - everyday I am adding something to the calendar.
Oh we saw the kids pediatrician yesterday and she said that Emily's T4 level was elevated and that is indicative of of hyper-thyroidism. There are a few things they will have to rule out of the "better safe than sorry" side of things and we are being referred to a Pediatric Endocrinologist at Children's in Birmingham. There are some concerning things about it all and we'll have to get used to it, become better educated, etc. She'll still lead a perfectly long and normal life just have to be treated/monitored forever. The next step is an ultrasound of they thyroid - we go Monday afternoon for that.
Also - I think I forgot to tell you guys that David is NOT playing t-ball after all. It didn't take me long to realize he is not ready and not mature enough yet. He was the youngest and technically was a few months shy of being old enough, but they let him register anyway. So we'll just wait until next spring when he's almost 5.
Well off to the outside. Hayden's here, Hope coming later, Leslie and kids on the way and Jennifer & Paul en route from Texas. Fun day!!!!!!!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I'm sure all is fine and routine, but instead of praying for surgery today how about some prayers for this!!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Well somewhere I also have shots from the family party at my dad's on Sunday, but I have "lost" my camera. I'm sure (thankfully) that between here and my dad's and my car it is somewhere and not truly lost, but I haven't put my hands on it yet. So when I do find it I will share those pictures.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
This is the time of year when it is almost sinful to be allowed to stay home with your child. David and I are spending hours each day outside by the pool. Swimming, bubbles, swingset, sandbox, etc. whatever strikes his fancy. I play a little with him and do alot of relaxing under the umbrella and reading. It does require getting up a little earlier and staying up a little later to get all my work done that I normally do during the day, but who cares. The day's are so fun. We are also blessed to have other dear friends in this same position so we have company for this leisure and pool variety. I am honestly cracking myself up right now - who knew sheer fun could be so heady.
Babies abound with my friends. There is a new girl on the way and I have already been shopping and my other finds out today what her little precious bundle will be. I can't wait to hold these sweet little ones.
David has finally turned the corner with the tonsils. Yesterday was the first day he resembled his old self. This is just in time for his birthday party tomorrow evening at Pump It Up, or as he calls it - the bouncy house. He will actually be able to go to school next week for the last few days before summer break. He's been talking about his teacher and his best friend alot lately.
Emily has spent the week doing "boring" stuff in her opinion. They have been studying for year-end 7th grade exams. They'll take these next week. School's out for her on Thursday and she can't wait. Between school and dance practice lately she's been really busy so I know she's ready for sleeping late and swimming!! We pick her up this afternoon from school and David is really excited.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Okay - now onto my regular post. I have started following many blogs in the last couple of months and let me tell you there are some amazing women out there. They write so well. I surely don't have that talent :), but I still like to blog. It's a pretty fun hobby. I have seen a few things out there that I would like to borrow - like topics, questions, list ideas, etc. I hope that is OK and doesn't violate blogger etiquette!!
The first one is a list of topics/questions for thought by Heather over at Madame Rubies - http://madamerubieswrites.blogspot.com/2009/05/simple-womans-daybook-may-7.html. Her responses are really well written.
I hope she doesn't mind that I'm borrowing her idea. So here goes:
Outside my window... it is a dark and rainy morning. I should crawl back in bed since the rest of the house is still asleep, but there is something about drinking coffee and listening to the rain without David underfoot that is sheer bliss! I know he will be jumping to turn his weather wheel when he wakes up. He is following in the footsteps of cousin Zach :)
I am thinking... how much I don't like to talk on the phone. Isn't that weird. I like texting and e-mailing and even sending actual cards and letters, but I don't like the phone. I think it's because I am always busy and I resent the intrusion :) - silly, I know, especially for a Southern female!!
I am thankful for... God and the miracles he's worked in my family with my husband and father. The children he's blessed me with. The home and jobs and life he's led me to. The friends I've encountered and are no more and the ones who are steady. The new family I gained almost 10 years ago. For my Bible study group.
From the kitchen... thoughts on the dinner menu; thawing center cut pork-chops; but there is coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts! Need I say more.
I am creating... not much in this area right now. I do have the plans and tools and ideas for my scrapbooks, just not the time and motivation. I guess my new organization and time management stuff could go in here. I am trying to find that "groove" of work time and family time. You would think since I work at home it would be easy, but actually it's alot harder because there are no boundaries and no black & white.
I am going... to the grocery store today and taking David to buy cleats for t-ball (when/if it stops raining - we don't anything bad enough to have to get out in this). He also wants his own bat, since of course the other boys had them at practice last night, but I think that is a little much. I need to see how much they cost though. Last night we went to our first practice and I really liked the coach and other parents. The boys actually did little drills and stuff - like a real practice, which I liked, but hadn't expected since these are little ones.
I am reading... a variety of books on my amazing Kindle. I just finished the "Idiot Girl and The Flaming Tantrum of Death" and "Gods in Alabama"; I think next will be the "Magician". I usually read one a day or every couple of days. Books are my drug of choice :)
I am hoping... for David to continue to improve; my dad and step-mom to be able to truly enjoy their beach trip later this week; Dan to not have to deal with such grief from his key employee; my "sister's" mom to have an uneventful chemo day.
I am hearing... rain, Fox News and Teddy (my boxer dog) snoring.
Around the house... chaos!! Being stuck at home and busy with David we look like a tornado has picked up thousands of trains and cars and scattered them everywhere. Also there are countless loads of clothes - thankfully clean.
One of my favorite things... hmmm - one. And since it says thing I won't go with the obvious and say family. I will have to say - well I have sat here for a few minutes and I honestly cannot decide between a cup of coffee and my Kindle, so I guess there is a tie.
A few plans for the rest of the week... taking David back to school - maybe/hopefully!! Working for me and a little grocery shopping. Emily is here this weekend and David's birthday party is Saturday. Swimming (for the kids anyway).
Monday, May 11, 2009
I called the ENT's office and spoke to the nurse on call. She said all of this was 100% normal and no matter what I had to do he NEEDS this pain medicine and she said he also needs steroids for a few days. She called in the prescription and we ran out for a minute to pick it up. He did not want to take it and I wanted to get it in him right away - not wait for him to drink some juice and it be diluted. So, very sternly, I told him if he didn't take it we were going back to the hospital and they were putting the burning medicine in his ears like he had at the beach last year. He was terrified and took the medicine. He HATES HATES HATES HATES medicine in his ears and believe me he's had TONS of it in his 4 short years. The nurse recommended telling him we were going back to the hospital for another IV and shots if he didn't take it, but I said that won't work because since he's still so young they knock him out with meds and gas before they put the IV in - so he has no recollection of that pain. She said I hate to lie to them and to worry them, but in this case he needs the meds so you have to do it.
We also have Phenegran suppositories that they gave us from day one. I am going to use one of those tonight to help him sleep. He needs a solid nights rest so he can heal and mommy needs one so she can keep this up :)
I have Bible study tonight and I am so glad for that time!! I just pray he's resting peacefully when I get back. Thanks for all of your prayers and kind words and e-mails.
- this is a lot harder than any anticipates and than any doctors tell you
- pain peaks at day 5-7
- turning the corner happens around day 9 or 10
- dehydration is common
- the prescription pain medicine has alcohol in it so it burns - which is why the kids won't take it (I'm afraid that's what has given David this new fear of all meds; I wish I would have known that to start with - UGH)
- even though your child probably has a high pain tolerance from MULTIPLE ear and/or throat infections - this will still be HELL
If you are interested in the blog and comments, here is the link: http://typeamama.blogspot.com/2008/05/recovery-for-toddler-tonsillectomy.html
Well - I'm back to my vigil of dozing and comforting. All I have is a kind voice, two arms and kisses and cold juice. I pray that pain settles and that he will not refuse meds again tomorrow.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
David is recovering as expected from his surgery earlier this week. Not eating much, but he is staying hydrated. The pain comes and goes. When it comes it's bad - he'll start sobbing and shaking and shivering and run a mild fever. Not much makes that better except mommy. Last night he woke up 3 times doing this, but so far today it's not happened once. He is lying on his little "couch" in my study watching TV as I type this.
Last night was a pleasant evening of friends and family. Dan's brother and wife came over and our friends Leslie and Trey & kids. We (well the kids and men) swam and grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and sat outside to eat. The weather was great. I said one time it was pleasant and David starts looking around for a present HA HA.
Today is a lazy day. David and slept late and Dan worked on some project (he's always building something). Then I have played on the computer and played with David. Next I am going to read and have a cup of coffee.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I didn't cry, because it's not my thing, but boy is that a hard thing to do. Knowingly sending your child off for surgery, basically elective surgery at that. The mild risk doesn't bother me as much as the pain I am causing him. The pain he won't understand and mommy won't be able to kiss away. And why... will it even work? This is my babies 4th surgery on these blasted ears and I've added in tonsil removal in a desperate attempt to make him well and pain free and infection free. Will it work? Only God knows the answer to that. All I know is yet again I've subjected him to pain on a hope and a prayer.
About 20 minutes go by and a lady, who I assumed was in the business dept., called my name. I went into the door she called me from (office side, not recovery side) and waved to the others to stay put (Barbara, Dan and Emily). I assumed it was just another insurance question or something. Then I'm in a hallway following her and she leads me to a conference room and says Dr. Bowman will be right in. Oh... well heck, I should have had Dan come with me. Then my panic sets in. The last time I sat in a little room and waited for Dr. Bowman to come in with normal routine, good news - he came in and told me Dan had stage 4 cancer... I didn't realize how scared I still was, my stomach was flipping and doing butterflies, I saw spots. I tried to pray, but I couldn't. It was not a great 5 minutes.
He comes in then and is all smiles - whew, "thank you God!!!!". Surgery was routine, no problems, David did great. Blood loss less than a thimble, everything fine. Just a note - tonsils were very large. The only out of the ordinary thing was an Osteoma in the ear canal. He said they are normally very slow growing and he just can't believe he missed it in clinic. They are non-cancerous bony growths that typically have to be removed because they can grow large enough to close the ear canal. He said he didn't remove it while in there since 1) he didn't have the kit and mostly, 2) he has not done but a few and would rather his senior partner (the ear guru) do it. So we will follow-up with him after the current situation is healed and go from there.
Next back in the waiting room to wait for the recovery nurse to call us. She does and Emily and I go back first. I hear my baby crying as soon as the doors open. He is not happy. I know, I know - perfectly normal. His throat hurts, he's disoriented and agitated from the anesthesia and doesn't know where he is and strange women are holding him still. It still breaks your heart a little to hear it. I get back there and they ask me to hold him, which of course I was planning to do anyway! I sing to him and rub his back and he passes back out. This happens several times over the next 30 minutes. Emily, Dan and Barbara all take turns coming in and then Barbara and Dan leave and Em and I stay for the duration. (They only let 2 people back there and David was not up for company so there really wasn't a need for them to stay.)
The only concern was the amount of blood in his mouth. I didn't expect it to be that much and apparently neither did the nurses. Dr. Bowman came back in and he wasn't happy with it either. We discussed going back in and cauterizing or whatever it is they do to stop the bleeding. We first decided to try and rinse his mouth out and see if we could get his mouth clean and then watch and see how much more blood came. Not an easy process, but we managed to do it with a little water and a towel. 45 minutes later - no more blood!!! So all was fine in that regard. After more instructions and IV removal we were on our way home (or to the pharmacy 1st).
David has really done well since we got home at 11:30. He has had milk and juice and a little ice cream. He keeps asking for random foods, which is bizarre for my non-eating child, but I just distract him and change the subject because nothing he has asked for is soft. I am trying to really stay on top of the pain medicine and give it on schedule. If I've learned nothing else from Dan's ordeal and my back - it's give pain meds on schedule. Don't let the pain get bad first and then give the meds, because you will NEVER catch up. He has only slept a little, but he has not moved from my bed since we got home. Thank heavens for digital cable and noggin.
Monday, May 4, 2009
This group of pictures is of Emily's actual birthday and an Easter egg decorating party at Leslie's.
This group of pictures is our annual family Easter celebration and egg hunt at my dad and Barbara's and also another birthday party for Emily and her cousin, Heather.