I think the whole state of FL is sick! So far we have...
April: sinus infection, strep throat, acute bronchitis (on antibiotics)
Ben: who knows because he won't go to the doctor
Zak: double ear infections, chest congestion (on antibiotics, oral steroids, breathing treatments)
Ryder: possible RSV, bronchitis (on antibiotics, oral steroids, breathing treatments)
Grandma Mary: on antibiotics
Chuck: on antibiotics
Lynn: bronchitis (on antibiotics)
Piper: bronchitis (on antibiotics)
Kathy: flu, bronchitis
So our goal for today is to get on the airplane, make it through the 2 hour flight and get home. We were told that flying with ear infections and sinus infections can be painful, but that you can fly. So we head to the airport around 11:30am for a 1:30pm flight.
Tomorrow we plan to do nothing in the hopes of all feeling better. And Monday we go back to our regular routine...Ben goes to work, Madelyn comes to the house and we just move on.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
I think the whole state of FL is sick! So far we have...
Posted by April at 10:00 AM
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Today has been a very long day filled with doctors and a hospital visit. This morning both boys were coughing and wheezing really badly. So we quickly decided to take them to the local walk-in clinic to be seen. The doctor looked them both over and then told us what he felt was going on. He said Zak had double ear infections and chest congestion, but it wasn't pneumonia yet. He felt that since his pulse ox was still good and his breathing did get better after Albuterol breathing treatments that he would be fine after a course of antibiotics (Amoxicillin) and oral steroids (Orapred) along with the breathing treatments of Albuterol every 4-6 hours. So I felt pretty good about this information and knew that he would be ok. Then we moved on to Ryder and he was a different story. The doctor at the clinic said he didn't have the ear infections that Zak has, but he felt there was pneumonia in his lungs. He was worried because his breathing did not improve after the Albuterol breathing treatments even though his pulse ox was still ok. So he sent us to the children's ER at the local hospital so he could have x-rays and be looked at by a pediatrician.
Aunt Vicky came to the rescue and stayed at the house with Zak and Piper while my mom and I took Ryder to the ER. I was very happy that we didn't have to wait long at all to get into a room and seen by somebody at the hospital. They listened to his breathing and took his history. Then he got 2 chest x-rays to check for pneumonia. Once the x-rays came back the pediatrician came in to check him out. She said that from the x-rays he did have bronchitis, but no pneumonia yet. She feels that he probably does have RSV with a secondary infection of bronchitis. RSV is what causes the average cold for older children and adults, but for preemies it can be fatal since their systems can't fight it off. She did a breathing treatment for him that had Albuterol along with another medication and then said he could be discharged with a prescription for antibiotics (Zithromax) and oral steroids (Orapred) along with us doing the breathing treatments of Albuterol every 4 hours (including overnight). His pulse ox was borderline once we did get discharged so we will watch him closely and hopefully he will show improvement soon.
Meanwhile, I had to figure out a way to fly home with 2 sick boys on Saturday by myself. While we were at the hospital and I was talking to Ben on the phone we decided it would work best if he flew to FL tonight instead of flying back to MD. Then we switched Zak's ticket for Saturday to a ticket for Ben. This way we will each be able to take care of 1 of the boys on the flight. Our goal is to keep them healthy enough to fly home on Saturday which should work as long as they don't get worse between now and then. I will feel better once we are at home and can see our own pediatrician, but I am also thankful that I was here with my mom when this happened and not at home without Ben!
Posted by April at 9:41 PM
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Today Piper, my mom, and myself went to get our hair cut and while there we decided it was time for the boys to have their first real haircut. I have always used our clippers at home to cut their hair. Piper went first and did very well. Then Zak had his turn and he was also very good. Mindy (person cutting our hair) said he was very calm and well behaved compared to many kids she has seen. He got the works including some hair gel to spike his hair. He looks so much older now! Then i was Ryder's turn and he also did very well. The only issue we had with him is that he wanted to flirt and watch every move Mindy made which made it difficult at times. He also got some hair gel to spike his hair and he looks very cute as well. Here are pictures from their first real haircut...
And I had to add these 2 pictures because I thought they were just too funny not to include. My mom was getting rid of Piper's first pair of ballet slippers and Zak seemed interested in them so I put them on him. He danced around and had fun in them. Ben would have never let us do this while he was here.
Posted by April at 5:29 PM
Monday, January 26, 2009
I received this award from somebody the other day so I wanted to get it done before I forget.
So now we're going to pass this little award around. Here's what we have to do:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post. (Right click on the logo at left and save to your own computer.)
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude!
3. Link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post with the person from whom you received your award.
Here are the blogs that I am passing the award to:
1. ABC Triplets
2. Uribe Twins
3. Twincerely Yours
4. Confessions of a CF Husband
5. Aaron, Jill, and Lilly
7. Bobby, Stacey, and Lauren
8. ME, Josh, and James
Posted by April at 3:50 PM
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Posted by April at 9:11 PM
Posted by April at 12:07 AM
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Today it was finally the FL weather we have been hoping for! It was sunny and in the 70's! We went to the dog park to meet up with everybody (Vicky, Fred, Jesse, Kimberly, Christian, Mike, Kaleb) and then went across to the big open grassy area for lunch and to play. The boys loved running around with the dogs and enjoyed the many doggy kisses they received. Once we ate the boys has fun running around and playing with bubbles.
Kaleb with the dogs
The boys with my mom (aka Grandma)
Posted by April at 5:13 PM
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I am a little late posting this since we have been busy in FL.
Posted by April at 10:10 AM
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Today we went to the mall to go shoe shopping for the boys. I wanted to get shoes for Ryder that were more sturdy and good for walking now that he is on the move. My list of requirements for shoes for the boys was a little long and difficult to fulfill though. I wanted them to be tie and not velcro, to have a good amount of sole to help with making their pants not drag on the ground, and not be white. After going into Kids Foot Locker, Sears, Dillards, Macys, and Stride Rite we ended up finding shoes at Payless. We found some cool looking Cars shoes for Ryder and Champion shoes for Zak.
Posted by April at 3:17 PM
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Yesterday the weather was beautiful so we decided to play outside most of the day. The boys loved being able to play in the backyard and it was great for me since the yard has a fence around it so they couldn't get out. Piper let the boys play with all of her outdoor toys which was nice. They really enjoyed the "roller coaster", play house, and the swing. Ryder took a pretty bad face plant into the dirt off of the swing and didn't really like getting all dirty. Zak, on the other hand, had lots of fun throwing the dirt and sand around which led to getting himself covered! Then the 3 kids sat down on the porch to have a snack together (the boys would repeatedly put animal crackers in Piper's mouth until she was overloaded with them all over the place).
Posted by April at 12:31 PM