Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
I want to prepare my boys for life in the real world, to be able to survive out there, with or without a woman. I want them to know their way around the kitchen just as well as under the hood of their car. At 2 and 5 they can only do so much, but as they get older they will be in charge of things....not because I'm lazy, but because I want them to have a learning experience. I want them to be able to cook a nice dinner. To change their own oil. To do their own laundry. Fix a leak. Cut grass. Change a flat. Basic carpentry work and minor home renovations. I want them to feel confident and accomplished. Their wives will thank me. They will get in many years of practice while they are under my roof and I hope that they still want to take care of good old mom for many years after.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
We came home and back to reality--a broken A/C, sweating it out for 18 hours waiting for someone to come check it out, when we finally booked a motel room down the street. Of course the tech shows up 10 minutes after we checked in. We ended up needing to get a new unit. Got double charged for the motel AND our cell phone bill putting a strain on our finances. Then our washing machine starts leaking (again) and since we JUST recently had the floor replaced b/c of water damage, we didn't want to take a chance again and shut the water off to it. Had to make a trip to the washateria the other day. Can I just say, I can't wait to get the problem fixed? Even with all this mess, I still have a smile on my face b/c of our awesome trip! I'm so grateful we were given the opportunity to go!
Monday, May 21, 2012
He took him off a few meds, but gave him a few more. He had a double ear infection, so antibiotics for that, and he said the asthma doesn't seem to be improving with Albuterol alone so he prescribed Pulmicort and Singulair as well. I have never in my life, gone to the pharmacy and left with a paper grocery bag instead of a little flat white bag. My child has more medicine than his grandparents :(
Eventually we will figure this all out.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
While his skin was looking much better, he woke up at 3am Tuesday with a fever and vomiting. I started to wonder if the meds were making him sick. One of them lists flu-like symptoms as side effects. He wasn't keeping down tylenol or even water. I decided to take him back to the ped. After being up all night and cleaning up after him, I didn't get Eli to the bus stop for school. Corey was at work in the truck, so I buckled Jhett in the jogging stroller and Eli and I walked. I knew when we chose this ped that if we ever did have to walk, it was do-able. It was about a 20 minute walk and luckily it didn't rain on us. We saw two dead snakes (Eli even stepped on one!) on the way back. The ped didn't seem to think it was the meds, so she did flu and step tests, both of which came back negative. She gave him Zofran so that he could keep down some Advil and water and told us if he didn't drink/pee by 8pm he would need to get IV fluids. Luckily, the Zofran helped. They even called to check on him today, I am so impressed with them :) He didn't eat or drink much at all today until dinner. But, the fever is gone and he is in a better mood now. Hoping that this was something viral, and NOT the meds he's on.
Side note: When they weighed him at the office he was up 2.5 lbs from last week! The ped said it was funny that even though he wasn't keeping anything down he had gained a little weight. I knew he had been eating more and figured it must be the meds making him hungry. The ped said it must be the Orapred. Good to know! I will steer clear of that stuff LOL!
Friday, April 13, 2012
We couldn't do anything without the referral, and even changing PCP's seemed next to impossible b/c of the whole open enrollment period. So I decided that I would do what I could on my own. We tried an elimination diet which was a major PITA, but didn't get the results I was hoping for. I knew it would be so much easier to have allergy testing but I heard all these stories about how no doctor would do it on a 2 year old, and insurance wouldn't cover it. I knew we'd pay out of pocket if we had to, we needed to help our child. I kept researching and we changed insurance plans on the first of the month and finally switched to a new pediatrician. She took one look at Jhett and had no problem referring us and she was able to get us an appointment within 2 business days. YAY! Finally getting somewhere.
So the allergist officially diagnosed him with asthma, which we figured after having to take him to the ER in the middle of the night last year. He did the skin test right there (72 ouchies) and told me that he was definitely allergic to ligustrum and mildew. Several others were questionable so he decided to verify with bloodwork. We are waiting for results. In the meantime, he wrote a nice long list of new prescriptions. He is currently using two antihistamines, a steroid, four ointments, and albuterol. I can already see a little improvement plus it's made a big difference with his sleep. Before, he was not sleeping much at all. He'd wake up at night and climb out of his crib to roam the house and get into trouble, and then somehow still skipping his nap during the day. Since he's started the new meds he's sleeping (mostly) all night and taking at least a one hour nap.
Here he is being a brave big boy, just before the skin test:
Having all these prescriptions is a little overwhelming. Some of them have pretty scary side effects. I was nervous about missing one or overdosing. So I put them all in a plastic box with a lid, each one labeled, and on a schedule. Four times a day, an alarm on my cell phone goes off and it's "medicine time." He doesn't like them and runs away crying when he sees me with them but I think he is starting to get the hang of it. Tonight I said "It's medicine time," and he actually picked up his little box by the handle and brought it over to me. I realized he tolerates it much better in the living room with the tv on rather than the bedroom with no distractions. Every morning and night it's about a 20 minute process to give him the oral stuff, put on all the ointments, and do a breathing treatment. The other two times in the day are much quicker. Hopefully when we find out all his allergies and get that under control, the eczema and asthma will not be such a problem anymore and he can get off some of the medicines.
So glad we finally found someone who could give us answers. The pediatrician and the allergist were both really awesome and helpful. Can't wait to get my baby all better!
Saturday, March 31, 2012
When I reach my goal weight, I have the perfect reward in mind. We have 4 empty walls in the living room, and not a SINGLE picture of all 5 of us. I know, crazy. Half of my family hates taking pictures, but I think they need to suck it up for Mommy, just this once. I cannot wait to schedule our photo shoot with LLC Photography! She has no idea what a job it will be to get that perfect shot. But I know she CAN do it :) And I can't wait!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Swingin' @the park
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I love this boy. I love this age. Even though lately he's been a troublemaker, when I finally get him settled down for a nap and really look at him, with his chubby little hands, and hear his cute little snore, I can't be mad at him. I remember when Eli was this age, and wish he hadn't grown up so fast. We can't make them stay this little forever. Just have to take lots of pictures!
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
I don't normally "do" resolutions...but this year I decided to. My resolution is to be happy :) That includes doing more of the things that make me happy! Check out my happy board on Pinterest.
Off the top of my head, I want to:
Take more pics of my babies
Do at least one fun thing everyday
Spend more time with my husband