Thursday, January 29, 2009
Thank you everyone for keeping us in your prayers. I know they are heard.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
So Quinn's Urologist and I have gotten to know each other really well over the last month. We have talked one the phone for hours at a time. She knows a lot about how I parent; no soda, sugar (unless natural... like in fruit) and I like to make all of Quinn's juices myself. I try to give her as much healthy food as possible. Yes, there are times when she gets unhealthy things (like chicken necks, hehe) but I try to keep that at a minimum. She also knows how I will suffer thru a headache for days before I take any medicine. I attempt to not give Quinn anything with unnatural food dyes. I try to do organic everything (unless we are short on cash). I try to keep my body, and Quinn's, as healthy and pure as possible.
While getting to talk to Buffy (the Urologist), I made a visual image in my head as to what I thought she would look like. I imagined a tall, slender blonde (not sure why blonde... but she was) that was dressed well and very up with fashion. In my head she was preppy and smart, the total package.
Well, we finally met the other day.
We were both a little taken back. Buffy is short and wild looking. Too smart to worry about fashion, make up or even blonde hair. I actually commented to Dan about how she was not at all what I expected. Not that Quinn's doctor's appearance matters in the least, but it was just weird how I created a completely different person in my head.
Well, the other day Buffy and I were on the phone coming up with our next game plan for Quinn and she (out of no where) said something like... "I've got to ask you if your hair color is really that dark". yeah right! I chuckled and told her that I wished it was natural. She then went on to tell me that when she first saw me she was taken back. After all, how could a Mom that even makes her on juice, Popsicles, and soups dye her hair?? How could a Mom that tries to keep her daughter on soy or vegetable everything wear makeup?? How could a Mom that doesn't take medicine unless absolutely necessary have black hair?!?! I told her that even super Moms like to look nice! hehe. She wasn't negatively judging me. She just did the same thing that I did.
It was strange to think about what you put off about yourself from a phone conversation, well... many long phone conversations. I thought that she was preppy and she thought I was a hippy. I guess that there are worse things that I could be portrayed as.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I understand that there are certain freedoms that Americans have. But I don't agree with this. I am a Libertarian. I wholeheartedly agree with the Government stepping back and granting its citizens the freedoms that we deserve, were promised. However, I also agree with protests, petitions and the like. I think that it is up to "the people" to decide what is ok.
This, I find not to be ok.
It seems that Amazon is selling pro-pedophilia literature. Please go to the above link and sign the petition. Hopefully we can make a difference.
Friday, January 16, 2009
My Mom was supposed to come up for Christmas. Unfortunately she was sick and couldn't make it. She did come up on New Year's Eve though. Yes, I was picking her up from BWI when my car exploded. She was also the one that kept me and Quinn occupied at home while Dan went out and got us a new car. She was the person that convinced us that we should still go on our snowboarding trip and that Quinn would be fine. She was then the person that called us at 11:00pm to tell us about Quinn throwing up.
My Mom is one of my absolute favorite people in the world. I wish that we could have done more exciting and fun things while she was here. With her here we were able to take care of business and almost relax! Next time I promise that we will do fun things :) Since it was a little crazy while she was here, I only got two pictures of her. Next time that will change too.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Quinn has been feeling better too. We finally have her on medicine that she isn't having a reaction to. She is still a little out of it; not her usual self but I know that she is getting rid of her infection and that makes me happy. She has been drawing and coloring a lot recently. The other night I was in the kitchen making dinner, Dan was on his way home from work and Quinn was in the den drawing on her Aquadoodle. (coolest thing ever!) She ran in the kitchen so excited and was yelling this foreign language. She was so excited that I couldn't figure out what she was saying. I did hear "c'on, fall me" ~ come on, follow me~ So I went in the den and this is what she was so excited about. She had the biggest smile and said "Pickle Snowman". haha. Isn't she cute?? It really does look like a perfect pickle snowman. I just love her up! Notice the buttons and the scarf?? She did this all by herself!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Where we stand now:
***We got her culture back and we are trying her on the first antibiotic again. We are hoping that the rash was a symptom of her stomach virus and not an allergic reaction. I am keeping a close watch on her and hoping not to see a rashy/itchy baby. So far, so good. I was informed that if this doesn't work, we could try her antibiotics through an iv. I am not too keen on that. Quinn's urologists (Buffy and Dr. Mathews) are talking all of this over with her otolaryngologist (Dr. Tunkel) about maybe being able to give her a little bit of Benadryl so that we can get this infection treated before it becomes an infected bladder and kidney. ***
On a cute note though~
Quinn loves chicken nuggets. She used to only get soy ones. She still does most of the time but sometimes we just get the cheap frozen nuggets from the normal grocery store. Anyway, Quinn calls them "chicken necks". It is so funny to hear her ask for chicken necks. No, she has never eaten a chicken neck (does anyone??) but boy it is adorable.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
While I do use this blog to vent and post my concerns; I want everyone to understand that I know that we are completely blessed. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't truly appreciate my husband and my daughter. I am glad that we are together and completely in love with one another. I adore my husband. I am madly in love with him. I also couldn't have picked a better spirit to be my daughter. She is completely incredible to me. While I know that she is only two, her soul seems so much older sometimes. (and then there are times when she acts like a 2 month old!!)
I guess this post is just to let you all know that I am not going to be in the dumps forever, I am not getting depressed, and to tell you sorry for all of the "downer" posts recently.
So Saturday we had fun on the mountain. I had a much needed snowboarding lesson and Dan got to hit some powder. We ate an early dinner around 5:00pm and quickly fell asleep out of pure exhaustion. Well, around 11:30pm my Mom called us. Quinn was throwing up and crying. We backed our bags and headed home. I called her doctor and she said that it couldn't be from the antibiotics because it had been more than 24 hours since she last took them. It most likely a virus. When we got home Dan had clean up duty, Mom had to clean herself up and I took over comforting and holding Quinn. She was so scared. Well I pretty much stayed up all night with her. Then the next day, she was fine. However... I caught it and now Dan has it. Quinn's Pediatrician and Urologist both think that the bumps were a symptom of her virus and not an allergic reaction to her medication. Which is good. However this morning she woke up with the same symptoms as she had before with her UTI and well, we went in to the doctors and she has one again. My Poor Princess cries when she has to go potty. Her doctors think that she is predisposed to have them because she holds her bladder so long. (mind you that on Wednesday when she had her exams and was cathed... they took a sample and she was clean)
The problem now is that she is getting infected urine into her kidney which is causing a lot more damage than just plain urine. Her one side is pretty serious and that makes me (and her doctors) nervous. So we still need to get the next exam done (dimercaptosuccinic (DMSA) scan) which is where they use a gamma ray to tell how much damage has already occurred. The problem with this is that she needs to be completely sedated and she can't be because of her laryngomalacia. So we are waiting to get another appointment with her Otolaryngologist so we can see what approach we can take in order to get this exam done. She is scheduled for Feb. 3rd with him right now and her Urologist is calling him everyday to see if he had a cancellation.
We now have to wait for this UTI to go away and then hopefully we can get into see Dr. Tunkel and then get her DMSA done asap. I was talking to her Urologist on the phone today after Quinn's doctor appointment and she mentioned that if she keeps on getting UTIs and if we can't find a proper prophylaxis antibiotic, that surgery might be the best bet. Quinn is now on a pretty much liquid diet. She can have one solid meal a day. We are trying to force her to void and therefore flush her system out. We will have to do this for a few weeks.
Please continue to pray for us. I am just waiting for a break for my happy girl.
(*I tried to add a picture to this but couldn't for some reason)
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Then the big bang story...
After Quinn had her tests done we took her home to nap. My Mom was flying in to BWI and I went to pick her up and Dan stayed with our sleeping beauty. As I was circling the terminal and waiting for her to get her luggage, my car did this weird chug thing. I was on the phone with Dan and I decided that I would pull over to see what was going on. Then my hood started to smoke. It was really windy here and I thought that it might have just been exhaust from someone else's car. Then I saw a few sparks and a lot of smoke. It was bellowing out from under my hood on the left side. Then there was a big flame. I told Dan that "my car is on fire" and hung up with him. (panicking husband at home) Then more and more huge flames started to bolt out from under my hood. I jumped from the car and began to shake. I then remembered that my phone and wallet/purse were still in the car. So I quickly decided to try and make a grab for them. I threw everything into my purse and flew from the car; slamming the door shut as I ran. Well I caught the straps in the door and everything spilled out onto the windy road. I kicked my license and phone to the trunk end of my car as more flames started flying from under my hood. I called 911. As this was happening a kind, sweet man stopped his car and told me that I needed to get far away from the car. He gave me a ride to the terminal. (I pulled over about 1/4 of a mile from the terminal) I got in touch with the police and firefighters. There were 3 firetrucks and many police. They had to shut down the roads into BWI (there were a lot of angry people) and try to put out my car which happened to be completely engulfed by this time. About 30-40 minutes later the fire was out and the police and firefighters were working on getting my car removed to some special towing place for burned cars. Then the slowly started to open but the roads again. Dan called my Mom and let her know that happened and we were able to meet up. Since I had the car seat, Dan wasn't able to come and get us. One of our most favorite friends picked us up and brought us home.
Dan looked on the BWI website ands they had to postpone all flights. yes, it was me and Lola the Corolla. :(
Thankfully I am not hurt. Honestly, I am still a little shaken up. I even jumped in the parking lot of the grocery store tonight at some car's exhaust. I will be fine. What is a complete miracle is that Quinn wasn't with me. She is ALWAYS with me... everywhere I go. It is wonderful that this happened when I was alone picking up my Mom and not 2 or 3 hours earlier when we were bringing Quinn home from the hospital. The whole dynamic of the situation would have been completely different if Quinn was there. But she wasn't... she was safe.
This was my least favorite day of 2008.