I can't believe Lil' Chris and Ayla are both going to school now!! Lil' Chris is in 1st Grade and Ayla is in Junior Kindergarten. Time sure does fly!!! They started on Tues 8/20/13 and they are both LOVING Wooster Christian School!! Ayla has the same teachers that Lil' Chris had last year, which is wonderful b/c they already know to be germ cautious even with Ayla, b/c she could bring home germs to Lil' Chris. Lil' Chris loves his new teacher and classmates! He's already asking for a play date with one of them:) He said "Micah's my best friend!" :)
Here is Ayla's outfit that she picked out all by herself...Kohl's of course;)
Lil' Chris goes 9-3:30 and Ayla goes 9-12. Lil' Chris gets to take the bus in the afternoon which he LOVES!!! This was the first time he ever rode a bus all by himself...my lil' boy is getting soooo big;(
His new teacher has been very receptive to everything I have told her a bout being germ cautious. She even put a hand sanitizer in her recess bag, and he has a small one in his desk! She said she will move his desk if someone close to him is coughing or is sick just like they did last year. It seemed to work pretty good last year! He only had 2 colds during the school year, and after the first one it unfortunately turned into a bad cough which turned into our worst nightmare...Pseudomonas:( But, he did the harsh treatments of Cipro and TOBI and we were successful in eradicating it after a few months!!! He has cultured "Normal" since then!! His next CF clinic apt is on 9/18, so I am curious to see what his culture result will be. I'm praying it continues to be Normal and no Pseudomonas!! Pseudomonas is a VERY VERY dangerous bacteria to have in his lungs. The Administrator has been super helpful in setting up his 504 plan again this year. We only had to add one thing to it b/c he will be eating lunch there this year. Since calories and keeping his weight up is soooo important for CFers, I asked that he be monitored and pushed a little to make sure he eats. So far so good! The first day he came home and said "Mom, I ate my WHOLE sandwich...even the crust!!" :) YEA!!! I'm trying to figure out how to get more calories into his lunchbox...this is all new, so still figuring things out;) I'm thinking maybe buying something that won't spill so I can put his whole milk or scandishake(600 cal drink) in it. I'll figure something out. I'm also getting with the Administrator to send a letter out to the parents of both their classes to inform them what CF is, that it's not contagious, and to ask if they could please keep their child home if possible when they are sick, or to let the teacher know in the morning so that she can keep them separated. This is HUGE HUGE HUGE and very important for Lil' Chris' health, b/c just the common cold could put him in the hospital!!
The kids are selling Eagle Cards as a fundraiser for school, so if anyone lives in the Wooster area and would like to buy one, just let me know! They are only $10 and have many different great deals on them!! One of them being a buy one public skate admission and get one free at Alice Noble Ice Arena. That's where I do most of my CF fundraisers!!! I'm proud to say that a few of the others on the card have helped out with CF in one way or another too!! Here are some of them... Domino's Pizza(they donated all our pizza for our walk the past 2 years:)-buy one pizza and get one free Auntie Anne's-buy 2 pretzels and get one free Buffalo Wild Wings-buy a sandwich and get one free The Faithful Little Cupcake(they did a CF fundraiser last year:)-buy a coffee and get a free cupcake Hartzler's Ice Cream-buy one small ice cream and get one free OH-YO Frozen Yogurt-buy one and get one free up to 10oz Omahoma Bob's BBQ(they did a give away at our CF walk:)-buy one dinner and get one free Wayne Lanes-buy one game and get one free Wendy's-buy one combo meal and get one free(you get your money back right here, b/c one combo meal is like $7 and you can do it up to 4 times, so you spend $10 on the card and can get potentially $28 worth of food for free!!:) There are others too, and some you can do up to 4 times and others are 2 times each, and others are unlimited amount of times, like Domino's!!! :) The best part is, that you have a whole year before it expires!! Let me know if you are interested, b/c we only have until 9/19 to sell them!! Last year we personally used 2 cards!! The Wendy's alone was worth it!! :)
BIG THANK YOU to 5 of our neighbors who bought them already!! It really is a great deal! The kids were soooo excited to go around and sell them! I was surprised that they were not shy about it at all!! LOL We did half the neighborhood the other day, and we will do the other half tonight or another night:) As for a CF update...Lil' Chris is doing GREAT!!! He got something new that is kinda cool...but I'll save that for my next post;P Please pray they both have a great, happy, HEALTHY school year!!!! Thanks, M
PS. It's kinda nice having time to blog again:) lol
Reflux- 1 Prevacid Capsule(15mg)once a day to help enzymes work better
Hill Rom Vest 2 times a day for 30 minutes each
-Frequency 10 Hz for 10 min, then switch to 12 Hz for another 10 min., then switch to 14 Hz for another 10 min. two times a day
-Pressure set at 5 for first 20 min, then 4 for last 10 min.
-Currently at 1,850+ hours total (been using since he was 11 months old) (Got a new machine, so lost count now.)
-Upped his Creon 6000 enzymes from 3 to 5 on 1/1/13 due to stomachaches. Switched to Creon 12000 on 1/29/15. 2 with each meal and snack(7yrs old).
-He started his first nebulizer, Pulmozyme, on July 1, 2012 at 5 yrs old. He uses Albuterol inhaler and the Acapella when he has a bad cough.
-His first TOBI treatment was on 11/5/12, b/c he cultured Pseudomonas for the first time:( Also first time taking Cipro. 5 yrs old.
-Started Claritin for allergies on 5/8/13
He has never had any sinus problems... Praise the Lord!
Last CF Clinic Visit: 12/17/14 Weight: 57 lbs. 5 oz. Height: 52 inches BMI: 30 percentile PFT: 111/110
Next CF Clinic Visit: 5/6/15 at 7:50am
We are VERY blessed as to how well Lil' Chris is doing and has never been hospitalized. Please pray with us that he will continue to do well and stay as healthy as possible.
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Hi! I'm a CF Mom (M) and my son is Lil' Chris. He is 7 years old. He was born with a fatal genetic lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis. This is where I keep a record of EVERYTHING(including lots of pictures and videos:) My sister(D) and I started this blog to not only keep a record of everything and keep family updated, but to interact with other CF families as well. That way we can all help each other out by sharing useful information:) I've learned soooo much already and so can you! Come along for the ride! I try to update whenever I can=)
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PS. Lil' Chris has a lil' sister named Ayla(pronounced long A-luh)! She is 6 and does not have CF and isn't even a carrier.
11/12 Pseudomonas 1/13 Pseudomonas 2/20/13 NORMAL!!!! WOOHOO!!! 5/8/13 NORMAL!!! YEA!!! 1/8/14 NORMAL!!! OH YEAH!!! He cultured a couple diff things in 2014, but nothing to worry about.
9/12/09 Start Augmentin for 21 days for a cough from a cold.
3/9/10 Start Augmentin for 21 days for a bad cough from a cold.
5/3/10 Start Bactrim for 14 days for bad cough from a cold.
7/12/10 Start Augmentin for 14 days at 3ml 2x a day from a cold again.
9/15/10 Start Augmentn for 14 days at 3.5 ml 2x a day for a bad cough following a cold.
1/11/11 Augmentin for first ear infection
2/10/11 Started Bactrim for wet cough...no cold.
9/6/11 1st time on Omnicef for bad cough-from cold/allergies
1/30/12 Bactrim for 15 days 12.5 ml - weird cough after Disney
3/30/12 Started Azithromycin 5ml 1st day and then 2.5ml for next 4 days-wet cough after cold/allergies
9/17/12 Amoxicillin for Strep throat
10/24/12 Omnicef capsules once daily for 21 days for wet cough from cold. Also Flonase 2 sprays 2x daily**update**=did not finish either. Cultured PA, so stopped Omnicef to start Cipro and TOBI. Will do Flonase every other day.
11/5/12 Cultured Pseudomonas A, so started Cipro 250mg 2x a day for 21 days AND TOBI for 28 days(first time)
1/16/13 Cultured Pseudomonas again, so started Cipro and TOBI for 28 days again. (no cough)
12/29/13 Bactrim for wet cough, possibly from allergies. 14 days 3tsp 2x a day.
NONE IN 2014 YEA!!!!
Lil' Chris' Cold/Cough List
9/7/09 Runny nose for 2 days, then a cough. 10/21/09 Runny nose, only coughed when doing Vest. Up practically all night the last 2 nights. 12/28/09 Started a really weird sounding cough, no runny nose. Woke up kinda wheezing the next morning and hard to breathe. Cough lasted about 5 days and then went away with no antibiotics thankfully. 2/27/10 Started a runny nose and has had a dry cough for about 2 weeks. 3/2/10 Started wet cough and nose really plugged up and having drainage. 5/3/10 Cold and cough. 7/8/10 Cold after vaca, then turned into bad cough. 9/6/10 Stuffy nose/drainage=cold;( 9/10/10 Cough started, turned into a wet cough on 9/11 2/10/11 Has had a cough for about 2 weeks turned into a wet cough. No cold, but got headaches above right eye. 4/14/11 He caught Ayla's cold after a mini vaca w/o Vitamin D 6/6/11 Woke up with weird sounding cough which turned into a wet cough. 8/2/11 Cold & dry cough after 2 days of VBS and Church 8/5/11 Cold gone, but has wet cough now 9/6/11 Cold/Allergies turned into wet cough. 1/24/12 Weird barking cough turned into wet cough at Disney 3/21/12 Wet cough from cold/allergies-80 degrees in March 10/17/12 Started wet cough from cold. 3/7/13 Cold, no cough 5/8/13 Tiny productive cough, but we think b/c of allergies. was given Claritin and cough stopped, but still stuffy nose in AM. 6/29/13 Tiny productive cough, maybe allergies. Did excessive treatments and it went away without antibiotics:) 8/30/13 Cold, but no bad cough:) 12/20/13 Productive Cough and stuffy nose(got new Vest machine with cough pause option). May be allergies??? Crazy weather lately...60's, then 20's, etc. 12/29/13 We cough continued, so started Bactrim 2014 No major coughs, just few days after colds.
Fever on July 24th 2009-after being on Augmentin for 3 days for a cough. Fever on Sept. 14th 2009-after being on Augmentin for 3 days for a cough. Fever on May 31st 2011-after throwing up off and on, but not from soy protein??? 9/17/12 fever from Strep throat 100.2 2014-2015 Winter: 3 24 hour bugs, fever and throwing up