The warmer "pumpkin patch."
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The warmer "pumpkin patch."
Monday, October 20, 2008
"Frog Boy" Liam at our church's Trunk - or - Treat.
Georgia is missing out not having this "Big" guy on their team! Logan was "scaring" everyone at Trunk - or - Treat with his muscles!
"Lainey Bug" has lost her wings, but continues to be full of smiles!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Lainey also went to the doctor. On Monday we went to see Dr. Caplan. All was well with Lainey. She now weighs 13 lbs. 1 oz. She is 24.7 inches long! Although she gained weight, she fell in her percentile. She was at the 40th percentile for her weight and she has now dropped to the 23rd percentile. Not what we wanted, therefore Dr. Caplan decided to up her Ultrase enzymes from 2 before each meal, to 3 before each meal. We have also upped the amount of salt in her bottles from 1/8 tsp. in each bottle to 1/4 tsp. in each bottle. They have encouraged us to begin feeding her baby food in addition to the rice cereal she is already eating. Like her other food, we have to make additions to the baby food. With each jar/container of food, we have to add 1/2 tsp. of vegetable oil!! Talk about nasty, but she doesn't know the difference! Her lungs continued to sound clear and for that we are thankful! Other than adding a few things to Lainey's diet, her visit to the CF Center was fairly uneventful. Well....at least for the health aspect of the visit. As for her cooperation, I can say that it was less than desirable. If anyone at the CF Center was unaware Lainey was there for her check-up, they were soon in the know. She fussed from the time we undressed her to weigh in until we put her in her car seat, which was about an hour and a half. Due to this behavior, Dr. Caplan (her adopted Great grandpa) was a man of few words! We will go back again on November 17 for another check-up.
Today was also Lainey's first visit from the home health care nurse. She came to Gigi and Papa's house to administer Lainey's first of 7 Synagis shots. This took about 45 minutes and I had to be present for the first appointment to sign paperwork. The shot took about 5 seconds to give, but it took 30 minutes to calm Lainey afterwards! I wrote in an earlier post that each shot costs about $2300...well I was wrong! With the nurse, her travel time and mileage, the medication, the digital scale, and other supplies, each injection costs almost $4900! Now I have a better understanding of the reasons we had to fight with the insurance company to get these shots approved. My dad warned me that girls cost a lot of money, but Lainey is taking it to a new level!!
Logan went to the doctor on Tuesday because his fever and headache from Friday was still lingering! Just what I thought would happen..."We will continue to watch and treat the symptoms," says the doctor. He finally began feeling well enough to go to school today! For Logan's sake, I hope he is well for at least a week. I am glad he is feeling better because the Lucky Duck is leaving on Friday after school to go to Athens with Gigi and Papa. They are going to tailgate and then he gets to go into the Georgia vs. Vanderbilt game! According to Logan, "This is what I have dreaming about for 50 years! Plus I have to get a picture of Uga the dog for my teacher, Mrs. Wood."
Sid and I went on a date last Saturday for the first time in forever! Sid's mom watched the children while we went to see the movie "Fireproof." What a wonderful movie for all married couples! We highly recommend going to see it.
I am hoping that next week is less eventful than the current week. We will have one less kid this weekend since Logan will be at "the Georgia" with Gigi and Papa, I am going to a baby shower honoring my sister on Sunday, and then taking the kids to Trunk-or-Treat at the church. Look next week for some pictures of the kids in their Halloween costumes! Thanks again for your prayers this week and always. It is great to have a positive update to post.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Lainey at the Georgia game!
Wednesday is also a big day for Lainey! She will be receiving the first of eight Synagis shots for the prevention of serious illness related to RSV. The home health care nurse will come to mom and dad's house to bring a digital scale and administer her Synagis shot. Two days before each shot we will call the suppliers of Synagis to report her weight. Knowing her exact wight is vital in determining the correct dosage of Synagis. Each shot costs $2300! The doctor wanted these shots to begin in September and last through April. Obviously the insurance company didn't agree with the doctor, thus the reason for beginning a month later! After an appeal from the distributors of Synagis, the insurance company agreed to continue Lainey's monthly shots through April 14th.
The sick Logan James!
Last night Logan went with Gigi and Papa in the "big bus" to begin tailgating at "the Georgia." Around 10:30 mom called to report that Logan was complaining of a headache, had a fever, and was throwing up! At least he made it to the toilet when he felt sick! This happened to be exactly two weeks from his confirmed case of strep throat, and just four days from the completion of antibiotics! Now we are hoping Liam does not get this stomach bug which could possibly postpone his surgery. Although Logan is feeling a little better, he is still feverish as I type!
Lainey and Uncle Brad hanging out in Gigi and Papa's motor home.
On Monday Lainey will go see Dr. Caplan for her monthly visit. Maybe she will weigh 13 and one half pounds...this is my goal! She has been eating rice cereal daily, which has helped lower the number of poopy diapers we change per day! Mom and dad will watch the boys since they are out of school on Monday for Columbus Day, while my friend, Jenn, Lainey, and I go to the CF Center. I will try to report about Lainey's doctor visit and Liam's surgery on Wednesday.
Thanks again for all of your prayers! Hopefully we will get a break with illnesses, for the sake of our health and wallet! In addition to the amount we are spending on numerous doctor visits, we were just informed by Liam's daycare that the fees are increasing. We will pay an additional $40 per week beginning in November. This will bring the total to $525 per month, not including his lunch and snacks! We are thankful that mom and dad are able to watch Lainey! Daycare for the two of them would cost roughly $1100 per month. Due to this increase, Sid will be picking up a few hours on Monday and Tuesday after school. It makes it harder on all of us when Sid has to work more hours, but we just thank God that we have that as an option when times get rough! Although it is hard to see at times, God really is Good! Continue praying for us ~ especially for Liam during his surgery on Wednesday and Lainey with the beginning of her Synagis shots.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
"Sitting up is way cooler than always lying down!"
Lainey and Logan watching cartoons!
Mommy's Love Bug!