Our old CF Commercial that plays on MCTV. Still working on this years.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

1300 HOURS on the Vest

He hit the 1300 HOUR mark on his Vest a month or so ago. I had taken a pic of it, but it was one of the ones that got erased on my phone. Here is a pic from the other day at 1335 hours. 

Can you imagine your kid sitting still for that many hours from age 1-5 years old?? I give Lil' Chris a lot of credit for all he has to do on a daily basis. 

He's such a good kid 
and hardly ever complains!!


As for a CF Update, he is doing great!! Keep the prayers coming daily, they are working!! :) He has his next CF clinic visit on 10/24, so pray he continues to stay healthy and his next throat culture is normal!

Thanks,
M

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

1st Time with Strep Throat / Old Videos:)

Well, Lil' Chris got Strep Throat for the first time last week ;( It started Sunday night with a sore throat. Monday morning(9/17/12) at 7:15am, he walked into our room and started throwing up in our doorway...yeah...we thought it was pretty gross too! 

He threw up off and on the whole day and wouldn't eat, saying his throat hurt, his belly, and his head hurt. His fever got up to 100.2 and we gave him kids advil, which helped take down the fever. He would drink water though, which was good so he wouldn't get dehydrated. By the end of the day, he couldn't even sit up to put his pj's on. He was just wiped out! I felt so bad for him, we almost took him to the hospital. 

The next day, he threw up 2 more times, but then started eating a little bit, even though he was still complaining of a sore throat. On day 3, Wednesday, I took him to the pediatrician, b/c he still had a sore throat. The dr right away was like..."Oh yeah! He's got Strep Throat!" I never knew all these other symptom came with Strep...well, now I know for next time. 

He was put on Amoxicillin for 10 days, 2tsp twice a day(he is almost done it now). This is the first time he has been on this. He is usually on stronger stuff. He took one dose that day and when he woke up on Thursday...his throat was all better and he was back to his normal self!! Praise God!! He still had to stay home from school tho, b/c you have to be on the medicine for 24 hours with Strep before returning to school. So he missed 4 days of school that week. 

So that makes a total of 5 days he has missed since school started. Not bad, it could've been worse. I'm just glad he is all better!! His lil' cough seems to have gone away too! So maybe it was a blessing in disguise;-)

So far no one else has caught it in the house, but unfortunately Oma who babysits woke up this morning sick:( Please pray she gets better soon and it doesn't spread anymore!

Here are a couple of old videos that my husband found of the kids playing after Christmas. Lil' Chris was 2 and Ayla was almost 1. It's hard to believe they were that little!! Lil' Chris always loved his guitar!! Ayla shaking her head at the end cracks me up:) Enjoy...
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Thanks for your continued prayers,
M

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

1st Day of Kindergarten!!

Lil' Chris started Junior Kindergarten on 8/21/12 at the local Christian School at 5 years old!! He had no problems leaving mommy and daddy on the first day either! He loves making new friends! He is only going half day and will do full day 1st grade next year as long as he passes JK, but I'm pretty sure he will :)

I can't believe a few weeks have gone by already! He has been doing great and already learning so much! He memorized his first Bible verse pretty quick! "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith." :) AND he has the pledge of allegiance memorized already too!! I'm so proud how well he is doing:)


His teacher is Mrs. Falkenberg and his teacher aide is Mrs. Curtis. They both are wonderful and have been VERY receptive to all that I have taught them about caring for a child with Cystic Fibrosis! Mrs F knows a family with 2 kids with CF, so she is a little bit familiar with it. I have given them both the clip on hand sanitizers that I always wear wherever I go:) It's up to them if they use them or not, but it would def keep down on the germs in the classroom, not just for Lil' Chris, but for all the kids and them as teachers too:)

We are in the process of starting a 504 plan for Lil' Chris. This will stick with him throughout his school years. Click this link for more info http://www.cysticlife.org/downloads/504FlyerFINAL.pdf
A 504 Plan is a legal, written document for students with physical impairments
such as lung disease/GI problems that limit one or more major life activity.
-It protects a child’s rights and health while at school.
-It falls under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
-It is reviewed/updated once a year OR each time a child changes schools.
A 504 plan is not an Individualized Education Program (IEP) as required for
special education students. If your child’s CF contributes to learning difficulties,
an IEP may be required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The possible 504 Plan accommodations for a child with CF include:
-Your child can take his/her pancreatic enzymes during school.
-Your child can have reasonable access to snacks and unlimited access to
water due to medication use. As well as restrooms due to digestion issues.
-Your child can be isolated from sick children and other students with CF.
-The school will provide alternative activities when your child has CF
exacerbations and cannot participate in gym class.
-Modifications can be made based on health status, fatigue and workload.
-The school will provide Homebound Teaching and/or Intermittent Home/
Hospital Instructional Program with proper documentation for children with
high absenteeism.



As for a CF Update... Lil' Chris is doing well. He had a lil' cough when school first started, but nothing major, we did the Acapella before his first day (in the video above), just in case. He hasn't been coughing everyday, but some mornings I've noticed he has coughed more than others. I think it is just his allergies though. If it progresses, I will def be calling in an antibiotic. I'll keep you posted. He had a bad night on 9/3. He woke up in the middle of the night throwing up off and on for like 3 hours. That's what he usually does when he has something with soy protein in it, but we didn't think he had anything with soy protein, but we did eat out earlier that day and the only thing that he hasn't had before at that restaurant was a chocolate milkshake, soooo idk. We kept him home that Tuesday after just so he could get some sleep. He woke up fine and has been fine since. It's been a while since that has happened. BTW, he is doing GREAT with the Pulmozyme!! So proud of him! He likes to pour it in, and he even sterilized it with me the other day:) It's never to early for him to learn how to take care of himself, right?? :)


Check out the video above, he did such a good job smiling nicely for his first day of Kindergarten pics:) Sorry it's so long, but I didn't want to edit it and cut any pics, b/c my phone's memory card got damaged somehow and I lost a ton of pics;( Luckily I uploaded these before that happened. I CANNOT wait til the end of this month when I can FINALLY get my iPhone 5 when it comes out!!! Then hopefully I won't lose all my precious pics!

Please keep Lil' Chris in your prayers that he has a healthy school year...it's scary letting him go, but I have to;( Also, keep lil' Aubrey in your prayers as she is sick right now. Nathan, Lil' Chris' cousin with Leukemia, has a double ear infection and horrible headaches, so he could use your prayers also. Poor kid already had to miss his 2nd and 3rd day of school already:(


BIG THANK YOU  to Samantha, Aubrey's mom, for doing a CF fundraiser at Applebee's tonight!! You are a GREAT CF mom already jumping into fundraising and she is only 6 months old!! WAY TO GO!!


Thanks so much for your continued prayers!
M