Standing in my toybox =)

Standing in my toybox =)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

biggg update!

it's been a long time since i updated here...vince was doing REALLY well for a long time! lung wise he went from i believe april-october with no antibiotics reguarding his lungs or sinus (he had a few skin infections this summer)..on september 21,2012 we had our 2nd baby boy Trevor (who does not have CF)..vince was up to 34 pounds,taking all of his medications! in november he started preschool-going 4 days a week from 1-415pm! he has learned so many wonderful things that he would not pay attention to at home! he knows how to spell his name and knows most of the alphabet! he can easily count to 10 and even knows his last name! he's only 3 and has a full year left to go in preschool so i am not worried..he also knows all his colors and most of his shapes now! it all started a week before christmas he got his 1st cold of the season and had a double ear infection..this winter he has been on 99 days of antibiotics (going on 101 now)because he has CF that cold turned into a sinus infection..his symptoms will be gone maybe a week and then 20 total days were not due to his CF/sinus but 10 for an ear infection and 10 for strep throat..he also tested positive this winter for influenza B...his brother and i (mom) had RSV this was not admitted even though his o2 was only 94% and he was not eating well they told me to give him some of vince's albuterol and to watch him closely!
  **NOW** we recently saw an ENT (ear/nose/throat) dr..mainly to clip his tounge in hopes of helping his speech..they also saw how sick he'd been with sinus issues and chose to do a cat scan that day in the office (talk about a silent panic attack,while trying to remain calm in front of a 3 year old) but he did wonderful though it..they showed and explained the CT to me and his left side (near his nose/under his eye) is great about a quarter size opening and moslty air with little mucous! his right side was the size of a golf ball or maybe bigger and completly filled with mucous (it looked like a water balloon ready to explode)..they said the head sinus cavities dont develope until around age 5 which is great because it's not causing vince severe headaches at this point! they could see his adoids are almost completly blocking his airway so while having the tounge clipped he will have his adnoids out..he will also have his sinus cleaned out and the bone shaved to make the nose opening bigger and allow infections to properly drain..(he will have no external openings/scars) his tonsils are medium size and he may grow into them so the dr is going to try to leave them alone since he's never had an issue with them before,and it would make for a much longer recovery..vince will be intubated during surgery meaning he will having a breathing tube in his airway to protect him and to also ensure that blood doesnt drain into his lungs during these procedures...while having all of this done the CF team has chose to do a bronchscopy which is where they go down into the lungs and clean them out and take a bacterial culture..the last one he had done was the day before he was 1 month old...through all of this vince will be admitted atleast overnight-a few nights for observation since we live so far from there! they have approved trevor to stay with us and we all can sleep in vince's room as he has said he wants us to! i am definitly nervous but we have informed vincent that this will make him feel much better!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

september 17,2009

so 2 days ago on the 17th was 3 years since sam and i were given the terrible news about our baby! that day we thought we'd never have more kids,that vince would never be normal...he'd already had a chest xray that day,a sweat test,a throat culture,and was starting many medications and therapies! we were told he'd be fine that he'd be normal with extra precautions taken at home..and less than a week later he was admitted for his 1st round of IV antibiotics from pneumonia! things were very hard those 1st few days and is still hard to think caused sam and i to argue some (mainly i'd yell cause i was stressed) sam and i are stronger than ever and have a beautiful healthy 3 year old boy! we at the time thought CF was the end of our world...but as time grew on we learned that CF was less of our worry when it came to his eating and sensory issues,which are more stressful now! CF is very manageable! and for that we are thanful..sure it has it's rough times,but when you go out it's not know,it doesn't have to be told that there's a "problem"..but when you go out to eat and a toddler doesn't get food,the looks you get are horrible...if only the people watching really knew how much it hurts that he doesn't eat..and that forcing will just make things worse! vince is getting much better with food in all settings and eats a few things at home now...CF has changed our lives and how we raised our son..but in a way it changed it for the better! we learned we are not alone,and we learned how things we were once doing or going around even hurt our own lungs! we didn't and do not smoke,but now if we are around it we go home and wake him feeling sick! i'm glad CF has taught us how to be a little healthier for our baby love! and we plan to raise vince's little brother Trevor just the same whether he has CF or not!!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

upcoming plans :)

as everyone knows i am getting closer to my due date..and having a young child with special needs and no babysitter has had me thinking on what to do with him while i'm in the hospital..sam and i have come up with the perfect solution for US! during labor and delivery we will invite someone to watch vince..if he is asleep then this person will sit in the backround very close to vince (i'm taking his travel bed) incase he were to wake up..otherwise if he is awake we will try having him in the room-the same person will still hold him in a chair or such...if he becomes too "noisy" or not listening they will go to the waiting room...there will be 1 other person in the room with a camera for those 1st moments of the new baby's life! we will allow those 2 people to stay for a while and after that we will give the new baby his 1st bath and have our 1st family of 4 time! vince will be staying at the hospital from about dinner until the next morning..he will have a few cars and i'm getting him a portable dvd player and cat in the hat dvd's to help entertain! sam will take him home for a few hours in the day for a break and "rough play"...i will only be in the hospital 1-2 days after delivery..BUT with vince rarely having a babysitter i feel he'd be more stressed staying without us..along with that i want him as involved as possible! it's working well and he is not yet jealous,although i know that can change but i think this is the best for all of us!
      he is still doing alright..some more asthma trouble and tummy issues but they are getting better! his weight is still the same at 30 pounds but i'm glad he's not losing..his ribs are much more noticable though..he has gone 9 months now with no gain!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

this will become private!

I have decided now that vince is getting older alon with the fact that some of his "family" doesn't seem to care much about him or his health i will be making this blog private! please be sure to leave an email address so i can add you to the "invited group"!!! Vince's lungs are doing amazing as far as bacteria goes! he is currently only growing staph which he has had atleast since his very 1st throat culture when he was 3 weeks and 2 days this is great! the heat has caused vince a large amount of trouble with his asthma,i'd say worse than the cold this summer! he is on ventolin and advair inhalers and is not on singulair..i add this crushed to his juice and he does not even notice! it is helping a TON! he is now taking all of his oral medications! his prevacid is also put into his juice..he takes childrens gummy bear vitamins at a 4 year old dose! he also takes gummy fiber chews! i like these better than miralax for him! it feels like less of a medication! and both of his dr's approved it! he even takes his creon 12,000 (enzyme) before his pediasure! BUT it's still not helping him gain weight! and he's getting 1-2 pediasure 1.5 in daily! thats 360 calories per can! he is eating new flavors of cherrios..he bit a bite out of an apple this week which he spit out,but the fact that his teeth went into it is amazing! he chewed a small piece of pretzle at therapy this week and gagged multiple times but was able to work through it! there are so many things that he is doing now! he is fully potty trained (within a week) and only at the age of 2! he still wears a diaper at bed,and i'm thinking about working on that around age 3 or when baby comes! (since i will be up in the night anyway i can get him up as well) he i just doing amazing! he has lost a few more ounces putting him right at 30.0lbs! any more weight lost and he will be under i start buying things for the new baby and reading more weight limits alot of them go up to 25 and 30lbs! such as infant swings! it's just crazy! his ped said his weight is not good but it's not the worst,and the fact that he is filled with muscle is keeping him looking good and not scrawny! he is talking more now too! he will be starting preschool this fall which i'm both glad and sad...i can't believe he's growing up! in exactly 1 month it will be the 2 year anniversary of his 3rd/last hospital admission date!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

vitamin k most of you know vince only eats these foods (and it's on occasion-not an every day basis) cherrios/vanilla yoplait yogurt/applesauce/fruit snacks/gummy bears...he does not take ANY of his oral medications including his enzymes/antacid/vitamins/salt/or antibiotics (although we really push the antibiotics as much as any human really can!) because vince needs enzymes to absorb both fat and nutrients he does not gain weight or get the nutrition he should..including vitamins to his body and brain...his vitamin D came back low in december's blood work and he was started on 1ml of that 1st he'd do it's a struggle! he also has not gained weight in the past 6 months..but has been able to maintain his weight...dr's are very confused how a CFer can not eat/take enzymes and not be losing drastic amounts of weight! lately a new problem has come up...i noticed unusual bruising.. (upper thighs/butt/back) and he had no complained of hurting himself in any i thought i'd call the peds and do that along with a weight check..peds believes vince's vitamin k is low which is a fat soluble vitamin meaning vince needs enzymes to absorb this! yesterday he was standing near me while i got his pediasure and i noticed his arm looked funny..well it's bruised so bad it looked like he had been has a couple little ones up near his eye (he told me fell off the bike-but he shouldnt have bruised) and he has another largish one on his ankle...the way these are popping up i'm glad i called the peds when i did..the only thing vitamin k is found in that i can get into vince is blueberry juice..and it was only in this organic stuff that was like $5.99 on sale! and the bottle is rather small...peds is agreeing 100% on a gtube and even called akron and recomended that to them as well..(we're going to akron for a 2nd opinion on april 17th) i talked to our pharmacy (in person) and they feel vince needs the feeding tube NOW..that even april 17th is too long to wait!!! well this is the update for now..we are doing all we really can for vince and pushing this gtube as much as we can...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

CF clinic update i posted yesterday that things did not go well...most of you know that i went in wanting a feeding tube..vince has not eaten since he was 9 months old..he eats cherrios/lucky charms minus the marshmellows/crunchy nuts/fruit snacks/vanilla yoplait....he takes pediasure 1.5 but refuses all oral medications...he will spit and sometimes gag on enzymes..all other oral meds he gags and pukes up and sometimes begins dry-heaving when he doesnt have much in his stomach..his oral meds are these:::
zenpep 5,000-2-3 per meal
zantac 1.5ml 3x daily
salt 1/4tsp daily
CF vitmain 2ml daily
vitamin 1ml daily..
plus abx and steroids when needed
because he does not take his enzymes he does not abosrb most of the fat or nutrients in the foods he takes therefore both his body and brain will grow at a slower is what happened yesterday!
yesterday..vince weighed in at 30 pounds he is in the 50% for weight and about 40% for height..which but his BMI right around 50% so overall he looks ok..but i dont like that i can see his ribs...his pulse ox showed only 95% which i believe is vince's lowest yet! but i was told they dont worry unless its below 93..and also i heard would need oxegyn at i didnt enjoy seeing a 95..i told the CF dr that both the ped and i along with sam and our families agreed on a feeding tube..he told me that it would be malpractice to perform this surgery on a child who is in the 50%...he says i am letting vince control me and that i need to be him mom and make him do these things..i told him he didnt understand and began to "yell" and say he did understand because he had 3 toddlers! ok well i bet none of them were in this situation...he said he made his son go a week without dinner until he ate green food..i have tried refusing vince his pediasure and after 2 days he quits asking because he knows he can not have it...i told him that vince does not eat and he said well he must be because he gained weight..(he's been at the peds all winter just about every week and has now lost weight..) so he doesnt even believe that vince doesnt eat..he says its all behavioral and that he needs to see a physcologist..even though he is currently being watched for sensory processing disorder! sooo....after all that he did not look at the blisters on vinces butt/mention the 95% o2/or even say when he wanted to see vince again! so i don't know where to go from here! he is the head dr at the clinic so there is no one else..pesd already agreed on a feed tube so i'm hoping he will refer us to a surgeon! and then i may possibly get a 2nd opinion from toledo..what do all of you think?

Sunday, February 26, 2012


ok so i KNOW vince needs a gtube..he is 2 1/2 years old..he was born at 8 pounds 6 oz...he gained fine once on enzymes and always has since (for the most part) at 9 months old he was admitted with pnemonia (his worst one) and at that time ate french fries/ice cream/jelly...once home he quit eating EVERYTHING! baby food went from 2 jars down to 1/2 and he would gag on anything else i offered even his cereal...he eventually started eating cherrios and fruit snacks and vanilla yogurt...he was put on pediasure at 10 months for nutrtional he got older he refused and gagged on more and 18 months and we switched clinics and he was put on a higher calorie formula..but is still refusing the enzymes...he never had to many greasy now that high cal formula is no longer working..even when increased..and when increased it is blisterin his butt...i KNOW he needs enzymes/vitamins/acid reducer/salt/allergy meds....but that is really not easy in our matter what we do he usually pukes from forcing those things...our entire famil in now in agreement that vince should definitly get the gtube...the dr's just say they dont want to perform the surgery for "no reason" he has not eaten in almot 2 years and has gotten worse...what makes them think he is gonna eat out of the blue? so my question is how do i cnvince the dr's that its time...he needs this tube? he is very aggressive and i've heard it can mean he is hungry...he also whines alot he will say he wants more milk/yogurt ect but then begins advice?