Monday, August 12, 2013

First Day of School

Today began our first day of school.  Parker at his school in a 3 year old class and Braden beginning a new school- Georgia Cyber Academy.  There are many reasons why we chose this new venture and maybe soon I'll share, but for now all that I have the energy to do is leave pics of my two amazing boys on their first day!

I love these silly boys!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Vacation Part 2

We took the kids to play putt putt one evening and they loved it.  Braden made two hole in ones and Parker basically put his ball by the hole each time and knocked it in.  Several nights we went to get ice cream and of course we got family pictures of the beach.  It seems like it gets harder each year to take one picture where all five of us look decent at the same time!  It was a great week and really special since we got to spend it with not just our family of five, but my parents and grandparents also.  On Thursday of vacation, Braden got sick on the beach started running a fever.  He didn't want to go back to the condo, so he slept in a beach chair on the beach under the canopy.  He was pitiful.  Thankfully, it only lasted twenty four hours and he was able to enjoy our last day on the beach Friday.

Braden's hole in one!

Vacation 2013

The second week of July we headed back to our favorite vacation destination, Madeira Beach, FL.  It was a much needed break after the stress from Braden being in the hospital the week before.  The weather was awesome...much better than June of last year when Tropical Storm Debbie wrecked our week!  The kids had so much fun swimming, looking for shells, and using their boogie boards.  Emersyn wasn't just an observer this summer, like she was in October of last year.  She was all in the ocean and jumping into the pool!  She wanted to do whatever her big brothers were doing!

Date night with my honey


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sick Days

Braden has spent most of his life being fearful of going to the doctor. Luckily for us he has been healthy and hasn't had any issues other than the occasional cold or strep throat. About a month ago he ran a low grade fever and had stomach pain and was extremely tired. In one week we made two visits to the pediatrician, two visits to the outpatient center at Newton Medical for blood work and a visit to CHOA we still aren't quite sure why he was running a fever. He did have elevated CRP levels and white blood cell counts, so we know there was infection somewhere. A few days later we received the last set of blood work that was taken and it showed that he tested positive for Epstein bar with the mono virus, but it wasn't live and the antibodies showed it in his system 2-4 months ago. Bizarre.

For the last two weeks he has felt really good. Still sleeping a little more than normal, but really seeming much more like himself. Saturday morning after breakfast he complained that his back tooth was hurting. I thought maybe he had a piece of food stuck and I flossed it to see if it would feel better. As the day went on he complained every few hours, so I just gave him Tylenol and he was fine. By the evening he said it hurt to eat, so I gave him more Tylenol and orajel and made plans to visit our dentist on Monday. We put him to bed around 8:30 and I heard him wake up crying at 11:30. I knew he was in a lot of pain if it woke him up because he sleeps through everything. I gave him orajel, but had to wait to give him Tylenol. He was finally able to get comfortable around 1:30 am, so I headed to try to get some sleep. I kept waking up listening for him, but didn't hear anything. Around 3:30 am I went into to check on him and my poor baby was crying silently in his bed because he said he didn't want to wake anyone up. His jaw had a little swelling and he was in a lot of pain. I got him dressed and went to change and we headed to CHOA.

When we arrived they got us back pretty quickly. They looked at his mouth and couldn't be certain which tooth it was. They thought it could be an abscess, but couldn't tell without bothering the teeth. They gave him loritab for the pain and sent us home with a prescription of amoxicillin and instruction sot come back if the swelling started turning red on his cheek. By the time I got him home around 7:30 am he had started vomiting from the pain and his swelling got worse. He vomited several times an hour and was in so much pain. By that evening the swelling in his cheek looked like several off balls were stuck in the side and it started turning red. He wasnt able to hold his antibiotic or pain meds down so we decided I should take him back.

My mom went with me and I was thankful for that. He threw up a few times on the way and when we got into the waiting room. They took us straight back and the same doctors and nurses that we had seen that morning were back for night shift. They couldn't believe how bad he looked. They put numbing cream on him and sent someone in to talk to him about starting an IV. He was nervous about it hurting, but while they were putting in the IV, she let him play a game on her iPad which distracted him. After the IV was inserted they started him on morphine for the pain and fluids since he was dehydrated from all of the vomiting. He was dehydrated that when they told him they were going to give him fluids, he kept saying yes, please give them to me in my mouth, my mouth is so thirsty. He was pitiful. He had a CT scan of his face so they could figure out if he needed surgery. We knew we would be staying either way since the swelling had turned to cellulitis and he needed strong antibiotics administer intravenously until it cleared up.

We finally got into our room around 2 am and then an oral sure on came in around 3 am to have me sign a consent form in case they decided to do surgery. We finally fell asleep around 3 am and another oral surgeon came in at 6 am to let me know that he would be having surgery. They were concerned that the abscess wouldn't clear up on the antibiotics. I called Brad to let him know and my brother took Parker and Emersyn so that my dad and Brad could come to the hospital. Braden finally got some rest and slept until almost 10. When he woke up he wanted something to drink and I had to tell him he couldn't have anything because he had to have surgery. He was so scared and it broke my heart. They sent a life coach in to talk to him and she showed him everything they were going to do to him and he got to do the same thing on a bear she gave him. She also gave him a new box of Lego's which made him pretty happy. We also to to walk to the hospital library and check out a movie to watch before his surgery. He was excited when his friends Ethan and Emma came to see him also.

Around 1:30 they came to take him back for surgery and the medication they gave to relax him had the opposite effect (they said it happens to some people). It made him so agitated and as they wheeled him back he was crying and screaming for us to help him. It broke our hearts. Around 2:30 we heard from the nurse that the surgery went well and the surgeon came to see us not long after that. They removed his tooth and the pretty large abscess and inserted a drain for the blood and puss. They brought him back to the room after he woke up and the swelling had already started to go down! He slept for a while and then woke up and was ready to eat and play. We walked him down to playroom on our wing and we colored pictures and then took him for a tour of the hospital and outside in a wheelchair since he was a fall risk due to his pain meds. He ws really mad about the wheelchair and told the doctor that his "mom nagged him to ride in the wheelchair even though his feet worked just fine!". The pain meds had him saying all sorts of funny things! He slept off and on through the evening and watched movies on his kindle until bedtime.

We woke up early the next morning and they removed the drain and told us that we could go home sometime later that day. My dad brought Parker and Emersyn to see Braden and the three of them were so happy to be together. Braden wanted to show P and E the playroom, so we spent a little bit of time there. My parents took Emy and left around 10:30. Parker stayed with Braden and me and they were so happy to be together. They snuggled and watched movies for a while...until Parker discovered he could call the nurses' station from the bathroom and move Braden's bed up and down and try to sneak out while I was talking to the nurse. Oh Parker! Braden got two more doses of the antibiotic intravenously and then we were finally able to leave around 1:30! We were so happy to be heading home and CHOA made a really scary experience much more bearable. They are an amazing hospital and I think Braden actually likes going to see the doctor now!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Easter 2013

This Easter was a lot of fun since Parker was old enough to get excited about the holiday and Emersyn could pick up a few eggs! Our holiday started a week early with Hoffman clan and then we spent Easter afternoon at my parent's house with my family. Oh yeah, did I mention the rained the Saturday before Easter, Easter morning and was wet during the egg hunt!

Easter at Grandma and Grandpa's house


Easter morning

Easter at Gerr and Palpaw's house