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Friday, February 26, 2010

Bump in the Road

Hello all...I hope everyone is staying warm and being safe in all the snow.

Well, we have hit a little bump in the road. The other day when I was getting Caleb out of the tub I noticed a bump that looked like an inguinal hernia to me. I called the doctor and they scheduled an ultrasound. Well, the ultrasound was this morning and the tech that did the ultrasound was puzzled as the bowel didn't seem to be entering the area where the fluid sac was and wasn't 'acting' like a hernia. She then asked if Caleb had any bowel issues at birth and I immediately said 'no'. I called his pediatrician and told her about the ultrasound and I am waiting to hear back from her. I am really hoping I hear something today as the hernia (that is what I will call it for now) has been more noticeable every day. Please pray that it is nothing serious and it is something that can heal on its own, the last thing Caleb needs is another surgery.

God Bless you all!!

God Bless Caleb!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bottoms Up!

So Caleb has been doing great with drinking. He has been drinking around 30 oz of fluids a day! CRAZY huh?!? We are so excited! He is doing so well that we have stopped all feeds by his feeding tube at night. Our little boy is getting all his fluid intake right now by mouth! We are praying hard this continues! We would love to get his mic-key button out! The next step will be to figure out what to do with his meds as he still gets all of those via g-tube, and some are through the night too! So this will be tricky, but he can do it! We have faith!

Also another tidbit of great news...he is kicking that nasty cold on his own! Once again he did better with the cold than I did! He is closer to getting rid of it than I am and he required no medicines to help! WOOOOOHOOO Caleb! I am so proud of my lil' man! He is so awesome!

We have a busy month coming up of clinic appointments coming up so I will update everyone on the appointments as they happen.

We also may potentially be going to Duke in the middle of March. We were contacted by wonderful Dr. Markert (the amazing Dr. that did his Thymus Transplant for Caleb's immune system) and they have received grant money to do more research work in regards to the Thymus Transplant. This phase of research would be to see if and when the body stops making T-cells after Transplant. It is a non-evasive phase of research. It consists of a 24 hr admission at Duke where Caleb will drink certain amounts of 'heavy' water (certain water that bonds to t-cells) every couple of hours. Then he will get doses of this water twice a day at home for the next month or so. Then blood work will be performed and analyzed. When Dr. Markert called me to ask if we will be interested there was not hesitation in my response once I heard it was non-evasive. She is an amazing woman, who has saved numerous kids, and how can you say no to such a remarkable woman. We love you Dr. Markert. I will be going over the consent with Dr. Markerts wonderful head RN, Stephanie on Monday. So I will update on this too once we learn more!

Also, Bri and I went to the high risk doctor yesterday that we saw when we were pregnant with Caleb. Right away on ultrasound they noticed the smaller of the twins didn't make it. I wondered if it was going to make it as in previous ultrasounds it looks so tiny compared to the other. Dr. Thomas was great! He sat in the room with us and looked at everything on the other baby: the brain, heart, spine, face, fingers, arms, ears, eyes, nose, lips, etc. And so far everything looks great! They did ask us if we wanted to know the sex of the baby...We wanted to keep it a surprise when pregnant with Caleb, but with all the complications we found out Caleb was a boy. With this pregnancy, we felt like we have had enough 'surprises' in our life. We also were worried that if it was a girl and we didn't find out the sex we would be dressing her in a lot of boy clothes! So they were able to look at the sex plate and let us know that.......IT's A GIRL! Caleb is going to have a little sister. Personally, that is a great scenario as I had two older brothers looking over me when I grew up (and they still do!) and now Caleb can watch over his lil' sister!

God Bless you all!!

God Bless Caleb!!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Hello again...

So Caleb continues to have his on and off days with drinking. The on days are pretty good now, he will drink OUNCES of milk and yes I said OUNCES. It is amazing the day he started chugging Brian and I were shocked. Love seeing him drink. One step closer to getting that feeding tube out, but we have to get him to drink daily and maintain his weight.

We are still having difficulty trying to get Caleb to walk. Good news we found out about a place closer to home that does speech, physical, occupational therapy and other services. We are so excited taht something like this exists so close to home! Brian and I DEFINITELY want to do this for Caleb, but this therapy does require Caleb to go to the facility. Now, Brian and I will have decide if we should wait until spring to start this therapy due to it being flu season. We are going to talk about it and also get Caleb's doctors' opinions. I am so so so so excited about this opportunity for Caleb hopefully this will help him with his walking, verbalizations, sign language, etc. This will be so great for him!

Unfortunately, Caleb has ANOTHER cold. We are very puzzled as were he got this cold. The poor guy has a very runny nose, cough, and is sneezing like crazy. We are praying that with rest he will recover from this cold and will not need antibiotics! Come on immune system, show us you are working!

Also another new development for our family. We found out that Caleb is going to be a big brother! That's right I'm pregnant. The ultrasound shows twins! One of the twins is a lot smaller than the other. We were planning on seeing the high risk docs that we saw when we were pregnant with Caleb as we are considered 'high risk' and even more so now that there are twin and those of different sizes. So we will see them in a couple weeks.

So as you can see we have been busy!
I will update again soon!

God Bless you all!!

God Bless Caleb!!