Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Strep, Allergies, and More

Last Tuesday I received a call from the Daycare to let me know Jenna was running a fever. Great! 102.5 and they had already given her Tylenol roughly thirty minutes prior to checking her temp. Lovely! Jesse ran and picked her up, while I made her an appointment to visit the doctor. Jesse took her in and they checked her out.

Turns out she had strep throat, complete with little puss pockets, pretty, I know. She also had what looked to be the beginning of an ear infection as well. Wednesday Jesse stayed home with her, but her fever would not break! During the day she would run a lower-grade fever, but at night we were seeing 103+ temps with out lowering. Of course she was on antibiotic, and the usual tylenol/mortin treatment around the clock. Still no break in the fever - by Friday she was not interested in food or drink but the fever stayed low around 99.8-100.8.

I made an appointment for her to be re-seen by one of the doctors on Saturday. He is the only one in the practice with this mentality, but he is the type that will write you a script that YOU think you NEED. Pah-leese!! Anywho - he is not my favorite doctor, but in 7 1/2 years we have only had to deal with him three times, so it's not that bad. Of course with his personality he thinks that mom's know nothing, sick kids "don't act that way" (play), and every symptom or concern I have is "normal". Umm, really- is it normal for my nine month old to cough up blood? Is it normal for her to loose almost one pound in four days? Is it normal to have a rash cover her entire body? Really? Or he asked questions like "does the rash itch?" Not sure... why don't you see if she will tell you that one. Oh, his solution, different antibiotic. Don't worry though, it was just a stronger version of the one she was already currently taking. Forget the fact that we have a family history of being HIGHLY. ALLERGIC. to this medicine. That could not possibly be the reason for her rash at all!!

Nevertheless, I left filled the script and gave her dose number 1 that afternoon. Bad idea!! Within half an hour, my poor little girl was covered - head to toe - with red hives!! Her little face and hands were red and swollen and she was just so uncomfortable!!!

Sunday morning, I was getting ready for church when she had the blow out of the century!!! We are talking about a mess all the way up her back to her shoulder blades, all in her walker, all down the front of her. It was not pretty!! So, I bathed her, decided to fore go church and head to the pharmacy for a professional opinion. My pharmacist loves us - mainly because I am sure we keep her in business, but she immediately said stop giving the antibiotics and give her benadryl. Yes ma'am. She started the benadryl on Sunday and her rash began to disappear. By Monday it was almost completely gone, and by Tuesday it was completely gone, along with another 6 oz!! She has lost one pound four ounces in one week:( and there are no signs of her appetite returning. She doesn't want anything, and I have tried everything. I am at my wits end at this point and we are running out of options since her wet diapers are down to only four/day. So far she has had two wet diapers today, and we will see what the rest of the day holds, any less than four, and we will be making a call to her Doctor - who is on vacation, but don't worry, we have his cell number:)!!

Hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised with numerous wet diapers by her bedtime.

A girl can dream, right?

I will leave you with a cute picture of a chubbier Jenna - before she sarted her weight-loss journey.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Gory be to God

I have three very precious reasons to be thankful to God everyday!!

With that being said there are a couple of other reasons I have thanked God recently too. My sweet fried Ann Marie, delivered a 23 week micro preemie in December of 2007, Coy. Coy is a happy healthy 19 month old. By God's grace, and perfect timing Ann Marie also welcomed their precious daughter into the world on the 17th of July, after a 14 week hospital stay and a few weeks of bed-rest at home prior to that! Cydney is doing well, and expected to go home soon.

The last think I wanted to thank God for today, was giving precious Stellan some breaks from SVT through the night. This little man is a fighter, he has already touched so many people, God has great plans for him!! He still has a long road ahead of him, but his mommy and daddy put their trust and faith in the Lord.

"Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song." Psalm 95:2

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sweet Stellan

I could not imagine going through what Jennifer has been these past months! I am torn to pieces and that is just from reading a small glimpse of what she is showing us. I am at a loss for words right now. Please, please pray for dear, sweet Stellan, his mother and father, his sister and brothers, for their families as they travel a tough road. God is in control and they hold strong to that belief.
“Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus." Acts 4:30
" Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” Jeremiah 33:6

Thursday, July 9, 2009

9 months

Oh my word, my precious princess is 9 months old today.

Here are her stats:
Height: 27.5 inches
Weight: 19.5 pounds

All I can say right now is the girl is gaining weight!! Maybe not like the "typical baby weight gain" but it is good for her. I will have more accurate stats tomorrow, after her visit to the GI doc. As of right now she is currently off all meds!! Praise Jesus, and she is tolerating foods well - all foods. She is not a big bottle drinker, but loves her cups of water! What is she up to now?
~Pulling on everything
~Taking two to three steps on her own
~Standing on her own
~Says: Mama, Dada, up, off, uh-ooh, and grandma (gama)
~Waves bye-bye (but someone has to be leaving, you can't fool her)
~Uses the sign for "no"
~Nods her head yes
~Feeds herself finger foods
~Has no teeth!!! I joke that we will have to get her baby dentures, but the no teeth issue does not stop her from eating EVERY.THING.IN.SIGHT!!
~Crawls everywhere, in everything.
~Has learned to love and maneuver in her walker.
~Loves swimming, playing in the grass, or just being outside.
I am sure that I am missing something, but will try to remember and write it down for my next update. For now, I will leave you with some recent pic of the princess and her bodyguards:)!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Blog Hop

Oh, things have been busy, hot and dry around here. We finally have rain - but I have a feeling, that if it doesn't stop raining soon, we will all have to canoe home:). So many things have been changing, trying to find our new home, started attending a wonderful church, changes at work, talk of lay offs, cutting back hours, cutting back pay, and actually having lay-offs at Jesse's work - I think they just had round two, maybe three. It is defiantly stressful, but God will provide, we will make it through. I just can't help but smile when I look at these three kiddos everyday:)! Sure I may be a bit biased, but they are three of the cutest, sweetest kids in the whole world, and I am blessed to spend my life with them!!!

***I absolutely love these photos. This week, on TUESDAY, 7/7/09, the theme is A FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPH. Post up one of your favorite photographs and a caption that tells the audience about it. Here is a sample: Do not change any part of this snippet of code except for this paragraph only.... replace the text that falls between (and includes) the opening and closing asterisks. Be sure to enter your own link to your own blog hop post as soon as the blog hop starts!***

MckLinky Blog Hop

Their sweet faces

A sweet shot, that I would not have been able to get them to create if it were my own idea!!