Friday, October 21, 2011

surgery recap

my day:

woke up at 3:30 a.m.

arrived at the hospital at 6:30 for surgery at 7:30

passive aggressively scolded by the nurse for not arriving by 6 a.m. (seriously?!)

surgery at 7:30

removed "huge" adenoids

in recovery by 7:50

Rhys screamed

O2 sats are a little low

Rhys screamed

sat in recovery for four hours

while Rhys screamed

dr decides to keep Rhys overnight to monitor him

Rhys screamed

dr discovers nurse didn't have pulseox attached correctly

corrected pulseox reveals a much better O2 sat, but still a little lower than desired (mid-high 80s)

sat in recovery for another two hours

have I mentioned that Rhys screamed?

ate lunch in shifts

moved to a private room

came home to take over Z&B while Cody packed a bag

Cody headed back to the hospital

NP tells Cody Rhys is going to be on a clear liquid diet

after the ENT tells us he can eat whatever he wants whenever he feels up to it

Rhys eats a HUGE bowl of oatmeal because he is starvin' marvin

which bring us to right now... here's to hoping Cody has a pleasant night with the little man

PS - big thanks to Grammy for helping out today!

Friday, October 14, 2011

3 months old!

Beckett is three months old today. Love him! I'll add a pic when I can get it off my other computer. Zoe is doing great in MDO and is a "leader of the pack" according to her teachers. Knowing her personality, that is more what I expected of her from the beginning and why I was thrown with her crying. I'm glad she's finally finding her stride and enjoying school. Oddly, Beckett got the croup from her school (it was going around) about two weeks ago, and Zoe is just now getting it. Beckett did really well with his, so I'm hoping Zoe's is just as mild. This whole germ thing is really disgusting, especially for a preemie mom. Cody says I'm OCD about germs since Rhys was born and I am constantly wanting to wipe down everything with Clorox. Rhys is having his adenoids out next week. I am still incredibly angry none of his doctors have questioned all his bad adenoid symptoms before now because I know good and well we've mentioned many of them on several occasions. So much (more) makes sense now with some of his quirks. I am hoping having the adenoids out helps something, I don't really care what, just something.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

still here!

Yes! We're still around. I can't believe it's been so long since I updated. I guess we're busy. Or something. All the kids are doing great. Rhys continues to do well in school and I do believe he is enjoying it. His weekly progress reports are amusing, and I love to dig in his backpack on Fridays to see what goodies he's made for us during the week. He doesn't fuss about getting on the bus now, and actually indicates he wants to sit outside on the porch in the mornings until the bus gets there. This morning a bus drove by (it wasn't his bus) without stopping and he cried. It was so stinking funny! We followed up with an ENT about Rhys's adenoids and not only are they extremely large, he also has a severely deviated septum and his right nostril is almost completely blocked. I guess that would explain the snoring and horrible fatigue. We go for another appointment tomorrow so I'm hoping we'll all agree on surgery and get it scheduled. I don't wish for surgery, but if I'm honest I am hoping this may help him in several areas... willingness to eat, no snoring, restful sleep, no fatigue during the day, less irritability, better appetite, improved speech. You get the picture. All these things can be affected by adenoids so I am hoping we may benefit even the tiniest amount in any of those areas.

Zoe is still a drama.queen. We're really trying hard to break her of her fit-throwing and screaming. Holy cow that girl can pitch a fit. Her daily report from MDO last Thursday read "basically she is very smart and has figured out that when she screams she gets to leave the room". Oh boy. During the first few weeks of MDO they took the kids who had trouble adjusting to nap time out of the room and pushed them through the hallways in a stroller. Of course Zoe loved this, so now apparently she thinks if she fusses enough they'll let her leave every day. Never mind that was a temporary thing and she now disturbs the other sleeping kids. I was almost embarrassed to drop her off yesterday! But overall I think she is finally starting to enjoy it, and I do believe it is good for her.

Little Beckett is growing like a weed! Poor kid has had a head cold more of his life than not. As soon as he got rid of the first round, Zoe brought home the croup! It isn't a very bad case (yet, and hopefully never), but he has a lot of stuffed up breathing and the telltale barking cough. No fever or problems eating luckily so I haven't brought him to the doctor for it. B is smiling and has two dimples! And he likes to snuggle. Both R and Z are (for the most part) great sleepers and can be put to bed without needing to be rocked or convinced to go to sleep. I fear Beckett isn't going to be that easy. He definitely likes the body contact and doesn't sleep as well when he is by himself. I wonder if he knows he's one of three I have to take care of?