Monday, September 29, 2008
Carson's 19 Doctor appointments through December 3rd and Coltan is trying to keep up. Last week it was 4 doctors appointments when he chipped his tooth. (Dentist, ortho, dentist, ortho).
So, I'm thinking this is turning out to be a good week. We only had OT this week. Oh wait, Coltan is at a friends house and while playing basketball, jams his finger. So he was babying it all night and I looked at it and decided it wasn't looking any better. The next morning when he was getting ready for school I looked at it again and it actually looked worse. So being the EMT/ over protective mother I am, I decided on an X-Ray. I called Dr Tarvin and had them order it for Diagnostic Images and then after that we went to Dr Tarvin for the results. Turns out it is just a bad sprain. So here are some pictures of Coltan, Cody, and Carson while we are waiting in Dr Tarvin's office. The boys had a half day so Coltan didn't have to miss any school that day. Me on the other hand, I got into work about 2:30 and still had to do payroll. But Denise knows all to well how I work under pressure, don't you?
Yep, more good times!!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Charlie and I got up at 3:00AM to get him packed and out the door. With everything going on, Carson woke up around 5:00AM and Charlie left town at 5:30. So I really thought Carson would go back to sleep but boy was I wrong. We are both walking around like zombies.
Cody is number 3 and we are in our white jersey's.
Just another action shot with my great camera.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
School has been going okay. I finished my first paper in English and have already had two test in Math and 1 in History. I've got a B in Math and in English and History, well, we just had the test and turned the paper in so we will see. I'm still studying a lot which means less sleep.
Carson only had OT this week and it turned out to be lots of fun as usual.
As far as work, I have so much to do and I'm just overwhelmed with all of my paperwork that has piled up over the last few weeks. So my goal is to try and get all that in order because I'm in the process of getting new tax ID's and new business checking accounts and my paperwork needs to be done as well. I do have two new girls wanting to come and work for me (one is a massage therapist, the other a hair stylist). But the one that is a massage therapist wants a different room which means I will have to switch out other rooms, meaning, I'm going to have to move my office as well. In the long run, it will be a good business decision but it also means bad timing for the amount of work I will have to do to get them ready. So if I can have all of this done in the next week, I will feel very fortunate.
I have some really good pictures from OT that I will try to post this weekend. Other than that, it is soccer, soccer, and more soccer. We will have two soccer games Saturday and then Sunday we have three games and church. So we will be living out of the car. I'm going to try and get some pictures of the boys if Carson cooperates for me.
Anyways, hope everyone has a great weekend.
PS, Carson wanted to say hi to everyone and this is what he typed
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Signing Times is having a competition and the winner gets the all new Baby Signing Times Volumes 1-4 free.
So the Top 10 reasons we love Signing Times
10. Carson has communicated with me since he was around one and that has helped me understand important things. (like his ear hurts, meaning another ear infection).
9. Carson is learning more words everyday and retains them so well
8. Carson has started to identify some small words that he has seen on Signing Times.
7. Carson knew how to count from 1-10 before he was 18 months old.
6. Carson could say his ABC's before 18 months old
5. I can take a shower in the morning and leave him in the playpen for a few minutes with Signing Time and he is perfectly content.
4. Carson has asthma and when we are at big brothers soccer games, he likes sitting in the vehicle and watch the Signing Time videos.
3. All three of my boys will sit in front of the TV and we all learn together as a family. Then one more than one occassion, we have made it into a game to see who knows more.
2. I love watching people just be amazed with how smart a little boy can be. It's my bragging moments.
And my favorite reason,
1. When we travel all the time for soccer tournaments it makes our 4 hour drives so much easier if we are watching Signing Time while we are driving. Thanks Rachel for that!!!
Carson currently knows more than 300 words just from watching Signing Time exclusively. He reached his 100 word mark somewhere around 18-20 months. He is now 2 years 5 months and his vocabulary has expanded to over 300 words. I have seen first hand how beneficial these videos have been for us and I'm so excited about more videos coming out. I usually pre-buy the videos and we currently own all from Baby, Series 1, Series 2, and the ABC,123 practice series. Carson would much rather watch these videos than Sesame Street, Blues Clues, or any other popular kids series.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Here he is concentrating. I always love his expressions. Nancy put some beads in the play-dough and he had to try and get them out. He probably stayed focused on this project the longest without losing interest.
Saturday I was up again in the middle of the night with Carson for his asthma. My dad was going to watch him for me so I could work but he has not been around Carson's medicines enough for me to feel comfortable to leave him. My dad probably sees Carson 4-5 times a week but I'm always there and that just seem like a lot to put on someone if they don't have a clue. So with that said, I did go into work for a little bit and I did take Carson with me so I could get something done. I did however manage to lose my mind and we ended up not staying all that long. He is just soooooo busy.
Coltan and Cody had soccer games as well. They both played the first game at 11:00 and Chris said that they won 4-1. Cody did get one of those goals. Coltan usually plays defender on this team. Cody played again at 1:30 and they lost 1-0. This is the team that does travel everywhere and we are 11 and 12 year olds that play up. So they are playing boys who are 14. We really don't worry if the boys lose these games because we are playing the older boys for the challenge. We play boys in our age group and dominate every game. The problem with that is we actually get weaker because there is not a challenge. So this league gets us prepared for our tournaments. We do have one game coming up that is also in this division and are boys from our age group. So Denise and I will be rooting for both teams and all of the parents will be looking at us like we are crazy (sound familiar Denise? I believe that was West Des Moines last year wasn't it?)
Anyways, Sunday I just played catch up on my house. I went in and did a detailed cleaning on my kitchen and my bedroom. I then ran around and vacuumed and dusted the rest of the house. Carson was in real rare form today and every time I picked up his toys, they would be right back on the floor again. He was trying to push my buttons. But he kept looking at me and would smile like he was innocent. Chris brought the boys back after Coltan's game tonight( he won that one 3-1). I was going to go but had a change of plans because of Charlie. Not a good day for us. Anyways, I had to take them out for dinner because I didn't know that they hadn't eaten before getting dropped off and after that we ran to Wal-Mart to buy cereal, milk, apple juice, trash bags, and cascade. My how quick you can drop $50.00.
So it was a pretty nice weekend. I spent all weekend with Carson so he should be loads of fun when I take him back to Kelley's on Tuesday. I always joke with her and ask her to put Carson back on his schedule because he always falls off track when he is with me. So I will apologize in advance..........
We only have one appointment this week and it is with O.T. on Wednesday. So hopefully it won't be to stressful.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
So after that appointment we went up to Asthma Clinic. His appointment was at 1045 and we arrived a few minutes early. Well since Pulmonary had sent him an e-mail on checking his blood levels, he took forever coming in to see us while going over all of Carson's charts. He did warn me so I wasn't just sitting in the dark wondering. I do have to say that Dr Dowling has turned out to be one of my favorite Doctors there. He just seems to be very thorough and if it takes an extra 30 minutes for my appointment, oh well. So he came in and told me that he didn't feel to alarmed with his blood work and because he hasn't had a lot of flu, colds, things of that nature, he feels that all of our asthma related issues are from Carson's anatomy. Meaning, he is hopeful that once we get the tonsils, adenoids out, do the exploratory surgery, and ear tubes that Carson's asthma will be controlled better with just his preventive medicines. That was some positive news that I really needed. By this time it is already noon. My mother had called and said they were heading downtown and she was going to stop by to help me since Charlie wasn't there. Charlie had a meeting from 8-11 and I thought he was coming over after but I was wrong. So anyways, we talked about Carson's swallowing issues and a feeding tube was mentioned. I'm not in favor at this time because even though we do have slow weight gain, he is still able to swallow. I want him to eat and drink without choking but I don't want to distract him with a NG. I think it would reverse all the efforts. I think I would rather make a big decision like this after all of our surgeries and Behavior, Feeding and OT appointments. Carson isn't losing weight, just doesn't gain very well. Any opinions on this? I know some of you have children on NG's and would really like your input. It's not that I'm opposed, I just think we need to slow down a little and let me breath.
So then we talked about Carson's eczema. It isn't getting any better behind his knees, his legs and around his elbows. So he is taking him off of hydrocortizone (wouldn't you know it, I just filled that RX) and is going to try another ointment. I already gave it to CVS so I'm not sure what the name of it is. He wants Carson to have a real bath every night and lather him with this and then he wants me to soak him everyday for 10 minutes in the tub (preferably first thing in the morning, when I have SO much time) and then apply it again. He said that this particular ointment should only be applied to damp skin so it penetrates his skin better. Apparently dry skin doesn't allow the ointment to sink in.
We refilled his Singular and he wrote a script for chewable Zyrtec because his liquid over the counter that he has now, he chokes on every day. He only needs 1/2 teaspoon so he was going to write a script and see if the pharmacy can help me out. Otherwise, I will probably have to try to put a dab of the simply thick in his liquid which isn't convenient at all when a lot of times I'm giving him this medicine away from the house. So now we don't need to see Dr Downling until next year. He wants to take himself out of the loop for 4-6 months while all the other doctors are busy stepping on each others feet with plans.
Last but not least, we had to go down and get some blood work. Dr Dowling wanted to look at some numbers now that Carson is over two. He is also looking at the strider (I think that is what he called it, nurses, help me out if this is wrong) to make sure that his pneumonia shot took. So they call our name and the lab tech looks to be about 16. I asked if he had been doing this long and he said almost a year. That should have been my first flag. So Carson is sitting on my lap and the lab tech keeps pulling the needle in and out trying to find his vein. Carson all the while is screaming for his daddy? I finally told the lab tech that if he can't find the vein very soon, he would need to find another tech to help. I refused to let him continue poking my son and just as I was telling him to stop immediately, I saw the flashback. So he was able to draw the blood and we were able to leave. It's not that I think anything bad about this man. I'm sure he is a great person and to work at children's and stick needles in babies all day, I'm sure he has his share of stress as well. But we are talking about MY son and I have to do what is best for him. So my mom and step dad decided that Carson needed to go to Crown Center to the Crayola store for a special reward. We finally left Children's after two.
I'm not sure if any of you guys have ever been to a restaurant at Crown Center called Fritz and Company. When you go in, it looks like a railroad diner. It had trains all over and Carson finally forget about the needle for the first time. They gave him a conductor hat and we sat in a booth. You pick up a phone and order your food and when it is ready, a cho-cho train delivers the food to your table. It was pretty neat. Carson's expression was just priceless. I wish I would have gotten that on camera.
So after that I ran home and grabbed Cody, picked up the other boys (my turn to drive to soccer practice) and off we went. I then ran to Toys are Us and the dollar store to grab a few things for Carson. OT wanted me to get him some magnets for the fridge so he could work on motor skills. I also went to the dollar store and bought him some play-dough and coloring books. I bought some jumbo coloring books for $1.00 and $2.00. What a great deal. OT also wanted me to buy him some bath toys and shaving cream for his hands. Carson hated to have his hands messy and that is what the shaving cream and play dough is for. She also wants me to get him some messy finger paint but I haven't bought that yet. That would be a great thing for him at say like grandma's house :-0 . I also bought a couple of those chunky puzzles for him as well. Another motor skill game for him. It is supposed to help him try to stay focused and not be easily distracted like he is. So hopefully all of this will help him out.
So after all of that, we went back and picked up Cody, took all the other boys to our drop off spot and ran through Arby' for a "my mother would be proud" dinner. We ended up all eating dinner at 9:00 and then it was finish up homework and everyone off to bed. I noticed Carson was wheezing again around 10:00 so I gave him one treatment and thought he sounded better. Well guess who was up at 3AM wheezing again? Oh I would give anything to have 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep :-).
I will post a couple of pictures tonight or tomorrow after I download them into the computer. As always, I feel that I have some really cute ones that I would love to share.
Oh and GI called, they scheduled Carson for Oct 7th. We already have appointments on the 6th and 8th and they couldn't make those two days work. How lucky is that????
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So after all of that, I went to work and got about three hours of paper work in. I then left to grab Cody and take him to his drop off spot for carpooling to soccer. I called Coltan and after deciding that he was staying at his dad's Jessica got on the phone and told me that she took Coltan and got his tooth filled and got me $87.00 back. WAHOO!! I guess we can eat dinner now:-). She talked to a different lady and they agreed I was overcharged.
So other than that, my day was really calm.............
Carson and I will be back at CMH tomorrow for two appointments. After tomorrow we will be 3 down, 18 to go before Dec 3rd. Look how that number is decreasing!! But remember, GI still hasn't got back with me on Carson's Oct visit so it will really be 19. Anyways, we are going back to OT at 0930 and then Asthma/Allergy/ Immunology at 1045. Looks like another fun filled day for us. Please pray that Carson can make 4 hours at CMH. It is a lot to ask a two year old for.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I just wanted to tell Amy how honored I am that she thought so much of my blog to send me this award. So here is what I get to do
1) Proudly accept this award
2) Think of 5 other bloggers that I think are Brainy Bloggers
3)Post the names on my blog so everyone can see and notify them as well.
4)go back to Brainy Blog Headquarters and sign the Mr Linky and pass it on
So here it goes, my 5 Bloggers I would like to pass this on to is
1) Pam at Rhett's Journey
2) Amie at Kyle / Amie / Ava
3) Rachel at Love for 9
4) Melissa at Jack's Life
5) Carey at Dream Big for Chelsea
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
These were the different types of swings that Carson got to play on. This was testing his balance and trunk stregnth.
Carson's asthma started back up again yesterday around noon so I had to put him back on breathing treatments every 6 hours. That is always good times. Anyways, he decided that he just HAD to go home with Charlie so I had to pack everything but the kitchen sink up to take to daddy's house. (Okay, maybe I'm being a "little" dramatic). Anyways, I took advantage of not having a two year old running around and read a lot in my history book so I think I might be a little ahead of my lectures. As for English, we are writing a paper and I'm pretty much done with that.
Then the beauty of falling in love with a Crime Scene Supervisor and then bearing his child........the phone rings at 7:15AM and Charlie got called in for a homicide. So, I thought first OMG something is wrong with Carson and his asthma. Nope, Charlie just letting me know that he was taking Carson to Aunt Danita's for a few hours so that he can take the call. Aunt Danita hasn't been around Carson that much but Charlie is trying to correct that. So she is not fully aware of ALL of Carson's medicines. Danita is a dietitian at a couple of hospitals and also has a son that had asthma (he outgrew it). So I knew Carson would be in great hands. I called over there this morning to get Carson started on all of his meds and to my surprise, he was doing exceptionally well considering this is probably only the 5th time he has ever been around her. Charlie did take him over to her house last week for dinner so I'm hoping that was a contributing factor for him not acting out with her. I'm just really glad that Carson is finally getting the chance to meet his family. If you haven't figured it out by now, family IS everything to me.
As far as his doctor's appointment. We had to be there at 1:00. This appointment is a result from his swallow test back in June. They are going to try to teach Carson how to eat different textures so he doesn't choke all the time (like Saturday). Today was really more of just an evaluation so we really didn't get into much. We started out by building blocks, drew some lines with crayons and then used scissors, you know, motor skills stuff. After that we went to another room and used different swings to check out his strength. He actually had a lot of fun. Then we played in a ball pit and finally it was snack time to see how well he eats. Well for the sake of the appointment, he choked on his liquid. So unlike the car mechanic where you take your car in and it runs just fine, Carson actually showed them that his swallowing is not. So then she told me that we will start a more structured therapy starting next week for a total of 12 weeks in a row. Yup, 12 more appointments to the already 10 I have scheduled for Carson. Oh and did I mention that Cody has a Dr. appt on Dec 1st and Coltan has his orthodontist check up every 6 weeks? I'm thinking about hiring a nanny. Anyone looking to work really hard as a loving nanny to Carson but for dirt cheap? Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Saturday Cody had a game in the morning and won and then Coltan had one in the afternoon and they won as well. I ended up going in to work and stayed for a while trying like heck to get caught up. When I got home I still had all the extra kids. One boy Joey was going home so I took all the boys out to eat. While we were there, Carson got choked on a chicken nugget. This happens all the time so like an old habit, I looked over and asked him if he was okay. This time it was different. He was still choking and you could see the panic in his eyes. I opened his mouth to look for it and couldn't. I started patting him on the back and nothing. I stood him up and put my arms around him and one thrust and he started dry heaving. I looked in his mouth again and finally he had pushed enough back up so I could use my two pinkie fingers and pull some out. After that he started coughing and finally threw the rest of it back up. Carson's initial reaction was to jump in mommy's arms and he started crying. I could tell how scared he was. I then got out of my EMT mode and realized it was MY child I was working on so then the mommy came out in me and I started tearing up with him. As I looked around the restaurant, I noticed this must have been quite the show because you could hear a needle drop. When I went up to refill Coltan's drink the girl at the counter said they had called 911 for me but after I "saved his life" the manager called back and cancelled the fire dept. Does that mean I was the hero for the day? I certainly didn't look at it that way. I just thank god every day that I had that training and was able to react naturally and take care of the situation.
So then Sunday finally came around and I thought good a new day. The boys and I got ready for church (where I said a few extra thank yous ) and it turned out to be a great service. After church we went to grab something to eat and then we were off to Cody's soccer game. After the game, Cody left with Chris and I ended up keeping Coltan. Coltan has a school dance this Friday and the poor kid has outgrown everything. So I ran him to Oak Park Mall and holy cow. I don't think I've been there in 3 years and I just couldn't find anything. So anyways, we managed to find him something nice and a few extras and we ended up closing the mall down (don't forget, it's Sunday so it was still only 6). After the mall, Carson, Coltan, and I went and ate dinner and then I took him back to his dad's. So when I got home, I realized that Carson hadn't taken a nap and I just couldn't believe he was still so full of energy. I finally convinced him to sit in mommy's lap and I rocked him to sleep. I bet I kept him there til 1:00AM because I just love watching him sleep. After the weekend I had with him, I just couldn't put him down.
So anyways, that was our exciting weekend in a nutshell.
Also, I don't know what everyone schedule is but Carson will be at Children's this Thursday at 1:00 so if anyone else is out and about, give me a shout and we could set up a play date with our little ones. Plastic surgery called me today and said they were not going to be able to perform surgery on Carson on Oct 16th with ENT and Pulmonary. I already knew that but was hopeful. They did however set his surgery up for Nov 24th. Yes, it is the Monday before Thanksgiving. So that also just pushed up his doctors appts from 9 to 12. I'm also still waiting on GI to get back with me as well. They are going to schedule Carson for a follow up the first part of Oct and Dr Kain does not have his schedule out yet. So that will really be a total of 13 appointments. Does anyone want to help me rent a room by Children's for the next couple of months??????