Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
My MRI at 11:45 this morning was rescheduled to Monday the 31st at 9:45. Can you imagine being sick in a MRI tube? No thanks. This is the second MRI since the December 12, 2007 surgery. My doctors appointment is on Tuesday.
Carter (Dr. or nurse Carter) did a fine job today in our home taking care of everyone. He even made Stuarts breakfast of wafflesand served me pedialyte. That stuff tastes awful.
Stuart is struggling with diarrhea today. He is more stable, though. Pray that his bowels solidify.
I'd take brain surgery over this stomach bug anyday!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Stuart woke up sometime around 6 AM with odd crying and I swept him into my arms held him close as a three year old does not know how to handle vomit. I could care less about my pajama top. It can be washed. Stuart calls his vomiting "I spit up." We ended up training him on the official throw up bowl that the boys carry around the home when sick and away from a bathroom.
It was one crazy morning, Cole stayed up in his room on the third floor while Stu was down on the second floor couch. I was coaxing Cole to come to the couch so I could be with them both and not run up and down the stairs checking on each of them. He was concerned about walking. I think he wanted to bring his beloved bed belongings to the couch so I asked. He did. His special blanket and pillow went to the couch. All was better so I could be with them on one level.
Cole ended up getting over the buggie by noon. Fluids were staying down. Yet obviously rest was needed. Stuart not so blessed. He was concerning me. Dehydration looked near at the noon hour. Fluids were not staying down. When he awoke from his nap I called the pediatrician. We arrived at the office for a peace of mind. Dr. McKinney is off on Thursdays so Dr. Joe took his patients. We ended up "testing" his vomit. Stuart received in the exam room a trial size Pedialyte and was given a tablespoon of fluid every five minutes on the clock. If he could hold it down in thirty minutes we could go home if not...ER would be in the future. His eyes were sucken and he could of benefitted from an IV yet it wasn't absolutely necessary per Dr. Joe. I agreed as Stuart was being more himself in the exam room.
Don't you know? They almost always perk up by the time you arrive to the pediatrician. I didn't mind for I wasn't looking forward to another ER visit.
In the van returning home, Cole expressed his thankfulness of having beds and couches to rest on. I was thankful that the bug came after 4 in the morning so a good nights sleep wasn't hindered as much. Two o'clock would be a different story.
Today was a good day as we had some sweet time together. The older boys have been bummed that their spring break wasn't all that they had desired. We did not go to Nascar Speedpark like we had planned for Tuesday and cancelled a Thursday playdate with friends we hadn't seen in a while. Tuesday was too cold anyway. Oh well, there are other fun days ahead.
Last night didn't lend itself to a post. Go figure!
Almost forgot... I have a MRI tomorrow (Saturday) at 11:45 in the morning. My follow up oncologist appointment is on Monday, April 1 with labs taken prior to that time.
Just being a mom,
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Topping things off...Dave was in Texas on a business trip. I was in a quandary in trying to find someone ASAP to help with Cole and Stuart. I was being sensitive to the possiblity of Carter having the flu and not wanting to expose another family.
OK back to the ER...
We arrived after a fast lunch for Cole, Stuart and myself. The hospital staff questioned Carter about his pain, ailments, etc. He was complaining about a headache and feeling"woosy". His right arm was hurting as well as his stomach ("6" on the pain scale). He so wanted a drink for he was thirsty, yet afraid to throw up due to hurting.
After many questions I asked if they were thinking appendicitis. They said yes, yet no fever is a good sign among other things. His bloodwork showed elevated WBC's which is normal I assume for a virus. He was given Zofran in the IV for his naseau. I also requested the flu test to be performed. We ended with an x-ray.
We came home by dinner time with an exhausted Carter. He went to bed after a bland meal.
The flu was negative. He just had some bug today. Stomach rating by him a "2" by the time we left. Hopefully no one else will get it.
Kudos to Cole for his help in packing a fun backpack for the hospital. Stuart and him were very well behaved. Even the nurse spoke highly of their behavior. I attribute some of it to Cole along with a TV in the room.
It was my first time at the Missouri Baptist pediatric ER and it was wonderful.
So glad Dave is home.
Monday, March 24, 2008
set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
I hope you had a blessed Easter. I had wanted to write but, time again did not permit me to do so. Dave has been somewhat fatigued the past few weekends. Family along with work are wearing him out. He will be travelling out of state sometime this week.
I will try to post some pics from Easter service at church with the boys. The above passage was from our service. It was so compelling. I would not do it justice by giving you the notes. I will have to download the sermon to hear it again.
Carter received for the first time last week some eye glasses. I really wanted to post that. It is odd seeing him with glasses. He loves them and protects them. He is wanting contacts prior to baseball season officially starting as he is a pitcher and the glasses feel odd with a hat(so he says).
Spring break for Carter and Cole started on Good Friday and runs all this week. We are hoping for good weather so we can do some outside activities around town. They really want to do Nascar Speedpark at the Mills Mall which is a good 45 minute drive. They have go-carts inside and out along with some games inside. It is difficult to take a toddler to this as I will need a sitter for Stu.
My mom is currently taking care of my grandpa whose congestive heart failure is taking its toll on his body.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
With this fatigue today, I relunctantly stepped down from chaperoning Carter's upcomingThursday field trip. I sent an email to his teacher.
Today has been a quiet Saturday at home. Basketball season unfortunately has ended. Baseball has started yet, cancelled today. Not sure why, might have been due to weather. Whatever the case, God knew what kind of morning I was going to have.
Please pray for Dave. Holding up the fort is a big task when I am down.
Thanks for hanging with us on this one.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Running errands, matching socks,
Fitting lids on bottled bugs,
Yet when I steal a minute Lord,
That you have blessed me all the while,
As I stop to kiss that precious smile.
Monday, March 03, 2008
I will be starting oral chemo, Temodar, this Friday, March 7 for five consecutive days.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
1. Cole was able to see by surprise his long time friend, Drew, Friday after school for a few hours.
2. Outpatient therapy for me should be totally complete with a plethora of HEP's (home exercise program) incorporating the usage of the left side hand/shoulder, feet/leg and involving putty,therabands, and a therasponge, some manual balance, also muscles not knowing I ever had. Please pray for time management.
3. It seems evident after the second surgery my ability to divide my attention/ multi tasking is difficult. I will try to give some specific examples later. Please do not hesitate to remind me in a post comment in a few weeks.
4.This afternoon Carter, Cole and I enjoyed the great spring like temperature outside with a long bike ride. I was thankful due to a longing I had a few weeks ago in taking the boys on a bike ride but knowing I would have been unable with my left sided limitations. It was good to be out enjoying the day after a short nap.
5. Had bloodwork taken this morning. The results to be known on Monday at oncologist, Dr. Needles, appointment. Will start 5 day oral chemo, Temodar on Friday, March 7 if he deems necessary. (depending on the blood counts)
Short and sweet,- hope you are doing well.