The Cousin Eddie

March 8, 2009 at 6:27 am | Posted in life | 3 Comments
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So Dave and I decided that we should name Rai’s upcoming surgery. He came up with the Cousin Eddie from the various National Lampoon’s Vacations because of the plate in his head that ultimately had to be replaced. Shows how much I paid attention after the first movie since I only have a vague idea of what he is talking about though I know who Cousin Eddie is.

I came up with the Sucky Sixth since this will be Rai’s 6th surgery. I think I like Dave’s better because it adds a bit of twisted humor and my idea is simply, well, sucky and depressing.

After seeing the neurosurgeon this morning, we know for sure that Rai will be having surgery  this week to remove the plate on her head that is starting to come through her skin. Because she is on an antibiotic, along now with a prescription antibiotic ointment, it can wait unless things get worse. They will be calling us on Monday to schedule a CT scan and the surgery.

If things go as planned it should be an outpatient surgery depending on the CT scan. In the whole scheme of things, it is actually kind of minor. Major=taking out half a brain. Minor=not even going through the skull. Clearly these definitions are relative based on our experiences.

I would really appreciate if people would pray or send positive thoughts our way. Surgery is surgery and Rai will still have rough time. I am pretty sure she doesn’t agree with our definition of relative.

WTF? Are you kidding me?

March 7, 2009 at 3:53 am | Posted in life | Leave a comment
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I am so done right now.

On Thursday Rai’s teacher called me. As the day went on she was refusing to walk or bear weight on the casted leg. I round everyone up and took her in. They cut the cast off and it looks like they overstretched her. So they lessened the stretch and put a new one on. It seems to be working because she was walking today.

Last night after baths, Dave asked me to look at a spot on Rai’s head. She has some bumps on her skull where things didn’t heal prettily after all of her brain surgeries. This one does tend to get irritated easily. I put some neosporin on it and then put more on this morning.

When I picked her up from school today I checked it. It had puss in it and looked like an abscess. So we zoomed off to the pediatrician. They swabbed it for a culture and prescribed an antibiotic. The doctor didn’t clean it out though.

I cleaned it out tonight and found a HOLE. It looks like something shiny is coming through. I think it is a SCREW! I am not surprised that she has them but I am surprised to actually be seeing it. I call the pediatrician and she tells me to call the neurosurgeon.

After a lot of back and forth calls, the neurosurgeon has decided to see her at 11am tomorrow. Since it is open, they don’t want to wait until Monday but since she is already on antibiotics and feeling fine, they think we can wait until tomorrow.

I have a feeling that another surgery is in her future…

Poor kid

February 28, 2009 at 4:14 am | Posted in Quit | 4 Comments
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laurasick

I am so glad we don’t smoke anymore and for the record, we never smoked inside the house, in our cars or around our kids. This week my youngest had a cold develop into a severe cough and fever. It wasn’t pneumonia though when they first looked at the chest x-ray, they thought it was. The radiologist eventually ruled it out.

She has been through two different antibiotics and now has a nebulizer. She is finally bouncing back and has been fever free for 24 hours now. It is a relief. I am also happy that there is no way that either my husband or myself could have contributed to this at all. Even though we never smoked around her, I imagine the scents on us could be as irritating as a strong perfume is for me.

Busy

February 24, 2009 at 4:57 am | Posted in Quit | 3 Comments
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We were on the go today. Laura had a cold last week and during the weekend it it morphed into more. She has been running 101 degree fevers since Friday night, coughing and just plain gunky. So I took her in this morning after getting Rai on the bus and dropping Mira off at school. Laura may or may not have pneumonia again. Her CBC was fine but I guess there was something on the x-ray. She was precribed amoxicillan pending the radiologist’s reading.

We then rushed to my therapy appointment, then to Target to get her script filled and quick lunch, off the the post office and finally took a break at a book store. We spent a few minutes at home and had to go get Mira. We rushed home to beat Rai’s bus and finally were done for the day. Well sorta…we still had the rest of the evening routine but at least that was normal.

What is amazing about the day is how little I thought about smoking. I am reaching the point where I have been not smoking just long enough to go through a crazy day withough thinking about when I would have had a cigarette. I only realized it later when I thought about the day.

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