Thursday, August 6, 2009

Where would we be without mommy's?

My family is trying to see how much this momma can carry on a plate without is shattering to the floor.

Of course there's Jaxson who thinks liquid goes in the lungs instead of the belly. He is still holding his own, requiring lots of O2, sounds like a bull dog. I'm going to pull out my pounder and do some good ole CPT on that boy. Tomorrow we go in for an upper GI to check the nissen. Won't even think about if that puppy is undone again. The 24th we go to dr. lungs and discuss things. The "T" word has been mentioned (trach). But I'm interested, for all you trach moms out there. Does having a trach prevent them from aspirating?

Then last night Carter comes upstairs clutching his throat and telling me he swallowed a magnetix. Great, leave it to that boy. So we were in kids care last night making sure that it isn't in the throat. Nope, it was in the belly.

Mondo went to reach for his shirt this morning, heard a pop in his neck, and hasn't been able to move since. Of course I think nothing of it and make him get dressed and go to school. Then the school calls me saying that he was in tremendous pain. So as I'm ready to take him to the doc. The school calls again saying that Carter says he's going to throw up. AAhh, just the thing we don't want when we swallow a big magnet ball, can we say bowel obstruction? So I go back to the school, pick Carter up and off we go to the doctor.

Thankfully the magnetix is still not causing harm, Mondo is off to physical therapy for his neck, and I'm finally on my way home.

Even dad's getting into things. His foot just out of the blue swelled up to twice its size. No injury, nothing. So daddy can't walk without crutches, he's off to the doctor tomorrow to figure that one out.

Seriously, if I was not here, the house would be in chaos (sorry honey, I love you, but you know its true) Mommy's make the world go round, make the boo boo's better, and make killer chocolate chip cookies. I think I'm going to leave everyone here and go to California myself. A great mommy vacation!

And I had to show you these cute babies that just got their blankies. Gorgeous!



26 comments:

The VW's said...

Mommies definitely make sure everything is going smoothly.....even if things aren't going so very smoothly! You do deserve a Mommy vacation! Whew!

I hope that everything starts slowing down for you and you get a well deserved break soon! Hang in there! I'll be praying! HUGS!!!

Also, when you see the pulmonologist ask about a nebulizer, like Pulmicort, that has a steroid in it. Gavin gets this once a day. He also gets Xopenex and Atrovent twice a day. I really feel that this is what has kept Gavin as healthy as he is! The cardiologist says that Gavin should not be doing this well because of his significant Mitral valve leak that he has, but he is doing great! They thought that he would have been in for another surgery by now, but he hasn't needed to. He's done so well cardiac wise since we strted these nebs on him. His lungs were always described as "crap" too, but now they look quite good. He was very close to getting a trach as well and now he doesn't even need oxygen! I pray that nebs will be an answer to Jaxson's lung issues too! They are a pain to do, but much better than the alternative!

Kristin said...

Holy moly woman - when it rains it POURS! Do you have a padded suit to wear around so YOU don't get hurt!!
Good luck :)
We'll continue to pray for Jax (and now the rest of your gang too!).

Anderson Family said...

Oh my goodness - seriously how much more does your family think you can do? Sounds like a pretty busy day! Aren't you supposed to be at home having quality Jaxson and Mommy time while three kids are in school? So much for a break! You really do need a mommy only vacation.......

Seriously - what is it with kids and swallowing things? Ashleigh's penny has passed and I hope she learned a valuable lesson - like don't put things down your throat!!!! I hope Carter's marble passes without any problems. Maybe you could hang him on the fridge to teach him a lesson - hee!hee! Probably need a few more magnetix but it sounds like a funny idea. I think I am tired.....

JRS said...

((HUGS)) sheesh!
---Jen

ABandCsMom said...

I always say, "mommies make the world go around". It's so true!

Man, I do hope things ease up for your household. Goodness sakes, you have so much going on.

Michelle said...

Seriously luv - are the kids competing for the 'highest score'! :) Hang in there girl, keep us posted and let us know what you need. For now, the prayers are with you all around! xo

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Oh man! You definately need a break. I hope everyone is healthy and healed soon for your trip! I will email you back soon, we will definately meet up. :)

Mama Mason-Mann said...

I think YOU rock! :) You go girl! And don't forget to breath! I don't know how you do it all. I can hardly manage.

Emily said...

Mama Mia! You are a fabulous Mom... now you better be taking good care of yourself so that you don't end up at the Doctor or in the hospital! You should consider treating yourself to a little vacation. You deserve it. Hang in there my friend. As always... please call.

Suzie and Lily said...

Yes mommies need a pat on the back, but not so hard as to knock them over because then who would get dinner!

Heather said...

Come... I have an extra room for you...ones leaving for college!As for magnetix ... tossed those things a long time ago because Joe and those .. not a good combo.As for you ,you are doing all you can do and it is simply amazing that you keep on keeping.Prayers for the entire clan...

Tiff said...

OMG... we SO live the same way! If it's not one thing it's another huh?

Well, I just wanted to send you this link for FREE FLIGHTS! There's a bit of guidelines, but basically "famous" people donate their airline miles to give to sick kids and families needing to travel. I JUST found out about this from the Nurse Practitioner in the Cardiology clinic in Boston.

This is the link http://www.miracleflights.org/

Also, if you do get sent to Boston soon the Yawkey Family Inn is a WONDERFUL place to stay. We actually stayed at the Devon Nicole House which is separate, but ran by the same people. It's part of the hospital and only $30.00/night! I think most of the hotels in the area are around $150.00-$200.00/night. Just because of the area the hospital is in. Anyway... I hope those things help you out a bit! I know you have to fill out a 1 page application for either of those houses and they are pretty accomodating.

Hugs - Tiff

sturpin said...

Oh my goodness! Stop the world and let Lacey off for a moment!

Shari said...

I agree with you. If I weren't here some days things will fall apart. I can't even imagine how you are feeling with all this going on. I am praying for your family. Take care!

Stephanie said...

Oh girl, I so know where you are. Between V's constant battles, Daddy's neuropathy and big sissies narcolepsy rollercoaster.
And my kids haven't even started school yet. Oy!
I feel you pain. I don't have much trach advise, that's one issue we've never dealt with but I know you'll get all the info and make the best possible decision for Jax.
Cause that's what awesome Mommy's do.

Ria said...

"Mommies make the world go round" - I like that.

Alison said...

Oh wow - sounds like you definitely deserve a holiday! I hope everyone is feeling better soon and that you get to have a bit of a rest!

stephanie said...

Lacey, if I didn't know your story was true I'd say it sounded like fiction. Sending prayers hugs and whatever else can help. Love you!

The Hortons...one day at a time. said...

You are super mommy!!! We have the same issue with fluid going into Malachi's lungs and they are talking with us about a g-tube. Im not sure about a trach and if that would help. They also have something called Vita stim (i think) that they use on elderly people to strengthen the muscles in the neck (for swallowing purposes) and they are starting to do it on kids. Malachi will be getting that soon to see if we can avoid a g-tube. Something to look into. Hugs!!!

Kim Rees said...

Lacey how do you do it? You are Superwoman I swear! I hope everyone is on the mend. Praying for Jax! God Bless!

jjpsmommy07 said...

OMG! What a day! I cant believe he swallowed a Magnetix.

Junior said...

Oh Lacey you sure have your hands full. Big hugs and prayers coming your way.

(Abigail is my niece)

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Hi Lacey, we have a One Touch Ultra Smart monitor. :)

Melissa said...

You're absolutely right Lacey, You do make everything better! They're all so lucky to have you!!

Supere jealous on those cookies...making my mouth water, LOL!
{{HUGS}} & HANG in there super Momma!
BTW, good luck w/Jax's appt!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Thanks Lacey, that would be great! You could bring them with you when you come, since I definately want to meet you regardless!! :)

Jill & Danny said...

Hi Lacey,

I read your blog almost daily and wanted to help answer your question about trachs and aspiration. I am speech therapist and work with kids and adults with trachs.

Kids can still aspirate with trachs, on their secretions and food/liquid. Trachs can either be cuffed or uncuffed and that means that a little cushion can be inflated to completely close off the upper airway and the child just breaths through the trach hole. If the cuff is deflated then the child can breath out some through the mouth. But either way, cuffed or uncuffed, a child can aspirate, which is unfortunate. People with trachs are more likely to silently aspirate as well. I would assume the chances are less with a trach but still there. I hope this helps a little! I'll be praying for you all!!