The right foot looks normal and she gave me a picture of it.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
The right foot looks normal and she gave me a picture of it.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
They really enjoyed Math Club and were excited to go to Reading Club.
One of the things that they do each day of Math and Reading Club is practice public speaking. At the end of Math and Reading Club they have a Speech Contest.
There is always excitement about this as well since the first five places earn cash prizes.
Each grade competes against each other on Wed and on Thursday they get their certificates and find out who won.
Brayana won 3rd place and $5 in the 5th grade category.
Destini won 2nd place and $10 in the 4th grade category.
Jaleel won 4th place and $3 in the 3rd grade category.
Makkiah won 5th place and $2 in the 1st grade category. Reading Club is for 1-6 grade and he is in Kindergarten but is an advanced reader and was allowed to participate with the 1st graders.
They all had fun and worked hard and learned at the same time. That's the way we like to do it!!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Sunday I went to the labor deck to be rechecked. I still wasn't feeling very good but didn't really think that I was having contractions.
They put me on the monitor and the midwife rechecked me. I was 2cm/-2 station/50% effaced/soft so things were changing. They did a Fetal Fibronectin Test and decided that they were going to admit me for steroids and fluids so they moved me to a labor room.
The FFN test came back positive so they then decided that they were going to give me magnesium sulfate to stop contractions and allow the steroids time to work. I got a shot of steroids Sunday night and another Monday night.
On Monday I had several visitors - Marsha and Deason Hayes both came up and sat with me while I nodded between sleep and wake. Mom came up later in the evening with a toothbrush so I could brush my teeth, hairbands and hairbrush which felt so nice and peppermints which helped the HORRIBLE heartburn that I got. I was miserable since I couldn't eat and the heartburn stuff that they were giving me was not helping so much. Mom spent the time rinsing out cold washclothes and putting on my face which took some of the burn off of my skin. Did I mention that I was HOT? Everyone else who came into my room was freezing.
On Monday night they lowered my dose of magnesium and moved me from L&D over to the Perinatal floor where the high risk mommas are. The room their was much nicer with lots of room, a tv and a FAN!! The medication made me REALLY hot so the fan was wonderful.
Tuesday they stopped the magnesium and continued to monitor me for contractions. I was still having occassional ctx's and the baby had one decel but other than that things were looking good.
Wed morning when the doctor came in I asked about going home. The dr told me t hat I had to stay for 48 hours after they stopped the mag so they would try to get me out by 7:30 Thursday morning since Mak was having surgery. That morning Mom brought Taniyah in to see me since I hadn't seen her since Sunday. She wasn't to sure about everything but came and cuddled with me on the bed anyway.
Mom and Tete left to go home and the dr came back in. She decided that she would let me go home since I had been stable even though I had only been off the mag for 30 hours. She wanted me to be there for Mak's surgery and said that it was a big deciding factor. I almost beat Mom and Tete home. They stopped to do some shopping and we pulled in right behind them.
So for now I get to be home. I go back in on Friday for a nonstress test. Hopefully all goes well with that and I get to come home afterwards. Four days up there was plenty for me.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
My Mom volunteered to take the elementary kids to the Open House at the school since it intereferred with my meeting time.
She took them to the art show and saw all of the art set out.
Then she took them through the pizza line.
They asked her how many people there were and she said 9 so they gave her two boxes of pizza :giggle
Then they headed off to the classrooms.
Since it's Open House all of the classes do "special projects"
And the first stop of the evening is Jaleel's class
His seat is three places from the door and proudly displayed on his desk are his Indian mask and his totem pole.
The teacher explain what meticulous craftsmanship went into Jaleel's work all the while my Mom is trying to keep a straight face.
She says I set her up but I'm totally innocent
So my Mom goes to Destini's class and sees hers
And then she goes to Brayana's class to see hers
Then a stop at Makkiah's class to see his
And she got to carry Jaleel's artwork through them all.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
They even arrived with all of their luggage in tow. Hey there's a first time for everything!
On Friday my Mom and I went to "Muffins for Mom". Makkiah's kinder class sang us songs and had muffins. We both forgot our cameras but it was really cute.
I'm a few days late taking pictures but here is 31 weeks 2 days. Baby feels really low.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Makkiah has dealt with chronic sinus issues for years. He's maxed out on allergy meds. He takes singular, zyrtec and nasonex everyday. We went and saw the allergist a while ago and his work up was unremarkable. He had the scratch test done on his back. I was told that he has an allergy to dog and dustmites but not severe.
When we put him on antibiotics it works until we stop them. We have done anywhere from 10-30 days of antibiotics. While he's on them the drainage stops but within days of stopping the meds it's right back.
In December he started with it again. When we saw Dr W in Feb I asked him about it again. Dr W put him on antibiotics for two weeks and it stopped - again. Within days of stopping it was back so he sent him for the sinus CT.
Mak was not having any drainage when he had the CT scan done. So for the CT scan he was at his best. The guy in CT told me that his right sinus was filled with something.
The pulm (Dr W) sent a consult to the peds ENT (Dr Brewster) who we have seen many times before. He knows Makkiah well and has pretty much followed him since he was 3 months old.
I had read up on impacted sinuses and asked some people. Everything said that he would probably get his sinuses flushed out. So I thought we would be going in and getting his sinus cleaned out and then we would be on our merry way. Boy was I wrong.
First off Makkiah never developed the sinuses above his eyes probably due to them being blocked. The dr said that usually they aren't big enough to cause serious problems in kids Mak's age but Mak has none.
The left sinus below his eye is totally normal but the sinus on the right side is not. It is completely impacted and the ENT said he thinks there is an anatomical anamoly that is keeping it from draining. He thinks there is no opening between the sinus and his nasal passage.
He is having a FESS (Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery) with anterior ethmoidectomy and maxillary antrotomy on May 24th. Basically they will go in and chip the bone away to create holes in his sinus so they can drain.
This carries serious risk since they are so close to his eye orbit and his brain. They have millimeters of space to work with. There is a very thin bone seperating the area they are working in with the brain and another very thin bone that seperates the sinus area from the eye. They will use the CT scan as a go by during the surgery to manuever in the space.
Without the surgery they are concerned that the infection will start to eat away the bone in his face. He thinks there is still an underlying allergy issue so he needs to openings to allow his sinus to drain.
Aside from the risk of the surgery itself he has other risks. Due to his history with airway issues he is at increased risk for airway problems during surgery.
I was told that usually they use a "cuff" with positive airflow for the airway during this procedure due to it's length. They will intubate him though as they are concerned with securing his airway.
Intubating him for such a long procedure (we are looking at 1 hour minimum)carries additional risk with swelling in his airway. Because his airway is smaller than most and he still has croup episodes the tube sitting in there could cause swelling.
Because of the bronchomalacia they can't use albuterol with him as a rescue med so there is increased concern there as well. They will give him steroids during the procedure to help decrease the swelling and hopefully make it easier for them to extubate him.
The only rescue med that he really has is nebulized racemic epinephrine. He's had to have it on several occassions due to swelling in his airway during a croup episode.
Monday, May 07, 2007
The old one was NASTY and I was tired of looking at it. I went to HD and bought a pretty new cabinet and sink.
Brought it home. Had Rod turn off the water before he left on his trip.
A few days later I had Brayana and Destini demolish the old sink and cabinet.
Discovered that Rod had not completely turned off the water so the floor and wall were soaked.
Put a fan in the bathroom for two days hoping that wall would dry.
Realize that the wall is NOT going to dry and has to be removed and replaced.
Replace drywall and refinish.
Put project off for a week or so.
Sand and paint wall to match the rest of the wall.
Put in new cabinet.
Discover that the new sink/counter does not match up drain wise under the sink.
Make trip to HD to get new drain pieces and replacement supply hoses to replace the plastic ones.
Put project off for a few days.
Install new faucet on sink.
Use cool new drain piece that is flexible and will not require cutting and remaking the whole drain.
Hook up water supply lines.
Turn on cold water supply knob.
Turn on faucet.
Discover P-trap is dripping and so is cool new piece.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
After church Rod and I headed to HD to get more joint compound and paint for the library. We also picked up a rug for the living room and one for the library.
The living room rug will tie the furniture all together and protect the carpet. The one in the library will give the kids something to lay on to read books in there and also cover the ugly yellow tile that eventually will come out.
We picked a light green color for the library (much to Rod's hesitation) and Tyreque painted the entire room. After we get it all put back together I will take pictures. We also hung king sized flat sheets on the two walls that REALLY need to be redrywalled. We haven't had the ability to redo them but the sheets look MUCH better than the blankets I had hanging on the wall before.
Ladaria, Raquel and I got the rest of the pickets put up on the fence and Rod set the bolts for the gate post brackets. Tomorrow we will be able to put the posts in. Then we will be able to measure to make new working gates.
Rod got the hole in the kids bathroom fixed. He had to cut out and replace the drywall but it looks much better than it did. Now the kids bathroom just needs to be painted. That didn't get done today since the joint compound has to dry first.
The water damage in the library (on the ceiling and near the sliding glass door) was fixed yesterday so it got primed today. The ceiling in the library got painted as well today. It's all starting to come together - one piece at a time.
Destini and Brayana folded a bunch of laundry and put it away. Jaleel helped wherever we needed him to go and help.
I was going to cut the molding for the bathroom in the kitchen but have to fix the saw as it wasn't adjusting right. That's ok. I'm tired and I think everyone else is as well.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
It all got removed along with the gates that didn't work right. Amah and Poppa tried to fix the gates everytime they came out but they were not made correctly so there was only so much fixing that could be done. This morning we started out with just the posts. We left them since they are metal and in the concrete.
We went out to get started and realized that we didn't have the right screws to go through the wood and into the metal posts. We also needed more 16 foot 2x4's so we made a trip to HD.