Thursday, January 16, 2014

Our Sick Little Super Hero

I am so grateful to everyone that has been thinking and praying for us these past few days.  Our little super hero has been a pretty sick little guy.   Thank you everyone who has expressed your concern and asked for updates.

So here's where we are....

We started antibiotics because he had been sick for a few weeks and just couldn't shake it on his own.  He immediately began to have severe diarrhea that was causing open sores which prompted us to discontinue the amoxicillin.

A couple of days later he started running high fevers around the clock.

Since the fevers were spiking pretty high over and over again I decided try to just make do with what we had for the day.... fearing the infection would be worse than the diarrhea ( I guess you could say that I was weighing my odds and going with what seemed least harmful... or so I thought!!!)

So Sunday morning Daddy took the others to church and little man and I stayed behind.  I gave him the antibiotic in hopes of combating this nasty attack on his little body.  After a few cuddles  I set up his feed and put him down for a nap.

When he woke from his nap it was almost two hours exactly and I noticed that he had spit up.  I picked him up and wiped him clean, that's when "IT" began.....and "IT" didn't end for two hours!  I guess I was first hoping that it was just a stomach bug (seems odd to hope for something like that but it beats acknowledging that we were in the midst of another reaction).

When Todd came home he agreed that this wasn't any bug and he needed treatment right away.  I was still totally shocked that it could be the medicine, that isn't a common trigger for kids like Cohen and it just didn't make sense.   After IV fluids and Zofran and a Tylenol suppository,  our little super hero was finally able to hold his head up again and flash his sweet smile.

He was doing really well by the time we got home!  Full of excitement to see his little gang, he even mustered up enough energy to play a little game of hide and seek with his sisters.  But as the night went on those relentless fevers began to rear their ugly heads again... we spent the entire night trying to keep it down and keep him comfortable.  

Monday morning I placed calls to his pediatrician and Allergist at Johns Hopkins and waited to hear back about the antibiotic reaction.

In the mean time... Cohen's tube came out which only complicated things since he was refusing to take any medicine by mouth.  I made a plan to take him to the pediatrician's office and have them help me put his tube back in, but before we could even leave the house his fever spiked to 105 degrees.  

Our amazing pediatrician checked him out and found no visible signs for the fever,  We had  RSV and flu tests at the emergency room but we decided to repeat them anyway.....still all negative.  We all agreed that we had to have an antibiotic without any flavoring to be safe, so they had one compounded  at their in-house pharmacy.

Before I was able to get home I received a call from Teri, the Nurse Practitioner for our allergist at Johns Hopkins.  I explained the events and she agreed that he had definitely had an FPIES reaction to the medicine but she just didn't understand why!  She informed me that the flavoring is artificial and shouldn't have triggered a reaction.  Since she had never seen this before she decided to discuss it with Dr. Wood (our allergist) and then get back to me.

As I was getting everyone in the house my phone rang again, but I wasn't able to get to it in time.  The message that was left on my phone was frantic.....she said "whatever you do DO NOT give him that compounded version of the antibiotic.....I hope I have reached you in time, I will keep trying you!"  When we finally connected she told me that she had reached Dr. Wood in his car on the way to a meeting, she didn't even get through with explaining everything to him when he told her "don't let them give him the amoxicillin, it isn't the flavoring!  I have seen this before, I am absolutely sure that he is reacting to the drug!"  

God's timing is perfect because if that conversation had taken place any later or we had gotten the medicine earlier in the day.... we would have been right back in the ER.  We feel so blessed to have Dr. Wood and his experience leading our care team.  It makes me ill to think about how close we came to making my sweet little man very, very sick again.

Unfortunately, they now believe that the new antibiotic is also causing a reaction, like the first....blood in stools and diarrhea that could progress into an acute reaction again.  They believe is body is treating these medicines as food and rejecting them.  So it looks like we are left with only two option for our little man.....rocephin shots and/or IV antibiotics!!

I love looking at pictures of when he feels well!

Wednesday, I received a call from our pediatrician's office they wanted us to come in for blood work and take urine samples.  It was clear to see that they were all very concerned about him and how to manage his unique care.  They are working very hard to try to get us into Cincinnati Children's hospital as soon as possible.  I was told today by our pediatrician to start making a plan for staying there for several days.

Fevers seem to be down for now, so we will count our blessing where we can however there is still concern because he is having excessive night sweats (which started before the fever).  We have a lot to figure out about our little super hero but one thing is for certain, he is definitely keeping us on our toes!

I need to brag on my little gang for a minute!  I had to take all five with me to Cohen's appointment yesterday and they were incredible. While poor Cohen was being stuck with needles and tubes in one corner of the room, his older siblings were doing reading lessons with the younger ones in another.  The nurses were so amazed with my little ones and so was I.  We arrived at our appointment at 12:45 and didn't walk back out of the doors until 4:00.  I couldn't have asked for more polite and well behaved kids...I am so very proud of them and thankful for all they do for each other!! 

I am one very blessed mama!!!!

Thank you again for all of your prayers, there is such comfort in knowing that so many people care enough to pray and think of us.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Being a Mama

Lets face it becoming a mother is job in itself.   We "willing" choose to wreck our bodies enduring the unthinkable for 40 long weeks, trading all physical comfort simply to have our sweet blessings. 

Or we spend countless hours praying little ones into our lives, birthing them through a deep passionate desire and  the blood sweat and tears that come with adoption. 

Regardless of how we were born into the job of motherhood we all under went the same transformation as our hearts grew large enough to accommodate another human being.  And although our stories may look a little different I know that we can all agree on one thing..... This job comes with the most incredible PERKS!

Where else in the world would someone...

  *Desperately want your kisses so badly that they aren't bothered by your morning breath

*Depend solely on you to care for their every need and not complain about the way you're doing it

*Care enough to cry for you when you leave the room

*Frantically search every room in the building just to make sure you haven't left

*Believe your kisses and hugs have magical healing powers

*Be so desperate to be in your arms that they cling to your legs

*Care less about your appearance, putting much more value on your ability to keep them fed, warm, and loved

When in life do you get to...

*Witness someones first "everything"

*Experience someone melting your heart with just a look in their eye

*Feel like the most important person in the world

*Restore your faith in the world by seeing the reflection of true innocence in their little eyes 

*Look past every flaw or mistake you ever made in life with such unconditional love 

*Witness the magic and wonder the world come alive around you by the mere sound of little laughter 

 *Desperately have someone want to be in your constant presence and NEVER tire of you

*Experience someone's NEED for your undivided attention more deeply or deservingly than anyone else in the world

*Be part of a world where dolls talk, reindeer fly, and best friends come with stuffing and fur

*Remove all fear and helplessness for another person, simply by placing your arms around them

*Have the opportunity to watch a tiny helpless person develop into an amazing thinking, achieving, and prosperous member of society.... And know that you had everything to do with it

Sure, this job is difficult and even impossible at times.  I am sure there is a list a mile long of all the things that are unpleasant, but I'll be honest I just can't seem to remember any of them....   

If we were given a chance to do it all over again, enduring whatever we faced to bring these little ones into our lives....We would say without hesitation... ABSOLUTELY!

Take heart dear mamas, your work is not in vein and even know it may go unnoticed by the world today it will become evident in legacy of the lives that we daily nurture.

Proverbs 38:28a  Her children arise and call her blessed.

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