Wednesday, September 30, 2009

ER again

We had our first ER run from our new house last night.  It has proven to be a much quicker trip!

Abby had an off day yesterday.  She had several seizures, didn't do well at UCP on the tread mill and had a low grade fever (100.6) in the afternoon.

Right after supper Patrick found her on the couch in one of her prolonged seizures.  We hadn't heard her and didn't know how long she had been seizing.  After giving Diastat we loaded everyone in the van and rushed off to the ER.  It only took about 6 minutes to get there!!

After 3 sticks they finally got it stopped with IV meds.  They did the usual blood and urine tests in addition to the flu swab.  So far everything came out ok.  Her fever got up to 103+ at the hospital, so we know she is sick with something.  Poor thing.

The medication made for a restless night of tossing and turning for her and for us.  Today she is a bit disoriented and tired.  We are having a quiet day at home with no therapies.  It has been rather nice for all of us.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An honest portrayal of my wife...

 How many times has a man attempted to locate the words to describe the life he experiences with the woman he loves.  I know it is numerous.  However, I now join the ranks of these, shall we say star-crossed men in an attempt to describe their brides 

it is the way you still share drinks with me… your love of chic-fil-a milkshakes… how you continously show love to our daughter who can’t show it back… how you still seek to obey the Lord, when we had our 3rd baby and how you bravely endured morning sickness, the ER visits, weekly shots all for a healthy baby… it is the way you listen to my dreams and follow me as I chase them or still listen even though you know they are not realistic… 

for the way to are so patient with Abby and rescue me when I am frustrated… it is that you would still rather be with me than anyone else… for the times when I get home and you say “I need you to take us out for a while”…  it is the way you still hurt with me every day over Abby, cry out to the Lord for her and celebrated a few weeks ago as she started lifting her hands when we put her tray on in the high chair…  for the way you look so beautiful without knowing it… how you have memorized all Abby’s medicine, surgeries… your compassion for those hurting… your contagious laugh... addiction to sweet tea

Paba, I have to confess that last week I still could not believe that you picked me.  

You are by far the strongest person I have ever known, I define this by…how you cared and sat with Abby in the NICU for 6 months… that you had the courage to have more children with high risk pregnancies…  that you patiently love and care for Abby, Josiah and Levi every day… for the choice that we made for you to give up a career to care for our children

I think you might be the smartest person I know (including all the rocket scientists I work with at NASA)… you are fluent in Chinese… you can figure anything out… insight into scripture… medical knowledge…

A wife of noble character who can find? 
       She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her 
       and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm, 
       all the days of her life.

I am still crazy about you,  Happy Birthday,


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Abby!

Sweet Abby, you turn 6 years old today. We can hardly believe the way time has slipped through our fingers. You are a precious girl and we adore you!!

Mommy, Daddy, Josiah and Levi

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Infectious Disease

Today we took Abby to Children's Hospital for an appointment with an infectious disease doctor.

Over the past 11 months we have been tracking Abby's fever patterns along with her seizures.  Each time we suspect she might be feeling sick we take her temp and record it on our calender.  The seizures we've been documenting this way for several years now.  

Her fever pattern is very erratic, coming and going without warning.  It usually comes with no other symptoms, except an increase in seizure activity.

We took our documentation with us in hopes that this new doc might be able to uncover what is causing the fevers.  After reviewing our notes and a thorough physical exam he came to the conclusion that it isn't clear what the problem is.  Her fever patterns don't indicate an infection as they don't hang around more than a few days at a time.  They are too frequent to be colds or flu's.  There are no rashes, bumps or sores.

This brings us back to her brain.  Because of her encephalopathy it is possible that the part of her brain controlling temperature has been damaged.  How did this happen?  Probably from the bleeding she had in her ventricles during that first week of life.  This bleeding is also the cause of her CP, loss of brain tissue, seizures etc.  We wonder if the prolonged seizures have played a part.

There is no way to definitively diagnose this as being the culprit.  Docs come to this conclusion mostly from family reports, as there are no tests to prove it.

What does this mean?  We could be dealing with fevers + seizures= bad days, indefinitely.

The plan for now is to take her in for further testing if/when she runs a fever above 101 for several days with no apparent reason.

They did a few blood tests today to check for possible hidden inflammation some where in her body, but we don't expect to find any.

Our hearts and bodies feel heavy today.  Hoping for an answer or solution to this issue, but instead coming away with more questions.  It is very draining.

Praying for Abby's comfort and trying to surrender all...