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Thursday, November 22, 2007

We are thankful for friends and family


What I am thankful for this Holliday season is to be together with my kids. Last year at this time, Shanna & I were getting ready to leave for SLC to go to our appointment to see the OB/GYN on Nov. 24th. Shanna was going to stay at the hotel by herself for two weeks while I came home to be with the kids. The plan was that Shanna has family in SLC to keep an eye on her and we wanted to keep our kids in school as long as we could. The day of the appointment Shanna started having contractions. She was 32 weeks along and Ashton’s lungs hadn’t developed yet. She was put on, Nifedipine to stop her contractions, and given steroids to help move the lung development along a little faster. Everyday we were on edge keeping Shanna rested as much as possible, so that she didn’t go into labor. A month we were in the hotel before Ashton was born. We saw our kids on two separate occasions for about 2 hours each time in that month. Long story short, Ashton was born, he had surgery and we were out of there in time to be home late on Dec. 23rd. What a Christmas present. When we walked through the door, we found our living room to be full of presents. What a wonderful night that was to be together again at home. I am thankful to be home with all of my children! The Garth Brooks song the Dance comes to mind tonight. I could have missed the pain, but I’d of had to miss the dance. My testimony has been strengthened a great deal this past year and I owe it to a lot of people. My family could not have made it through this last year alone. So many people have helped in so many ways. I am thankful for good friends and family and I am glad to have Intermountain Healing Hearts and the families who support each other. I felt so alone at this time last year and now I know that I am not alone.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone,

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Not getting over this ear infection

Ashton’s nurse has been at the house the past couple of days and has spent a lot of time holding him. He started the new antibiotics 6 days ago and we aren’t seeing any improvements (20 days of antibiotics all together). He still is having an occasional low grade fever. He is still pulling at his ears also. His doctor’s “usual” nurse is out right now, so we are working with the front desk to see about getting him in. This is different as we are not used to making an appointment through the front desk nor have we ever taken Ashton through the front doors of his doctor’s office. They tell us to go through the back to avoid getting him around any of the sick kids. They take good care of us and we are missing Glenda, the pediatricians nurse. Ashton’s home health nurse commented to me today that she felt like he needed to get in by tomorrow to see about getting an antibiotic by injection. The oral just doesn’t seem to be touching this ear infection. I was hoping to avoid the shot, but I’m getting concerned about him not responding to these antibiotics with MRSA getting worse.

I forgot that we changed insurance companies for prescriptions this year. I have been so confident about how the insurance paid 100% of his Synagis shot all last year. Then I got the run-around this time and realized that we were working with a new company. I just told the insurance guy when he called that I thought that the insurance he had last year realized that paying for the Synagis shot would potentially save them money in the long run. Then I told him that he has had 3 heart surgeries and he called me back a little later and said that it was approved 100%, so we go in tomorrow for that shot. I guess if emotional explanations don’t work on them, then there is always the old money issue to fall back on. In…it is going to cost you a lot more than this is he gets sick and goes to the hospital. That I guess they understand!

Even though he is not feeling 100%; that isn’t slowing him down much. He is all over the place. I had run upstairs for a minute and when I came back down; he had grabbed a hold of the edge of the entertainment center and pulled himself up part way so that he was up on one knee. Then he wasn’t sure how to get that leg back down again and was looking a bit scared when I came back down. The look of despair he gave me was so cute!