Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wrist surgery

I'm writing this now because I have surgery on my wrist this coming Monday. It's not as painful as it was before, but still painful. It's been 7 months since I first went to the doctor about it and 8 months since it started hurting (right after our move). The doctor gave me the option of doing surgery since it hurts about 50% of the time. I had already lined up taking time off work, childcare and just gearing myself up for surgery so we're going to go ahead and do it.

This is an exploratory surgery. She will use a scope to see into my wrist through small incisions around the wrist. We know that it's most likely in the joint (because the last injection I received that worked was in the joint).  She is also going to look at the tendon sheaths if the joint looks fine. I just hope they find something to fix, since I know something isn't right. It shouldn't hurt to pick up my kids, to lift a light weight pan or to go to work.

I'm nervous. I'm still unsure if I'll be awake for the surgery or completely out. I typically get very nauseous after surgery and even throw up. They said they can give me some anti-nausea medicine before surgery if needed. I guess I'll make my decision Monday with the anesthesiologist.

I'll try to update once I'm able to type again. I'm guessing that will be a couple weeks. Until then I'll be typing with one hand or on my phone.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ethan turns 5!

Ethan turned 5 last Wednesday, well almost Thursday since he was born at 1159pm. We decided this year to give him two low key parties with just family. We celebrated with Ken's family on Valentine's Day with a BBQ and last weekend Ethan and my niece, Ella, celebrated turning 5 and 7 years old together.

Ethan brought in cupcakes to share with his class on his actual birthday. It was the first time we needed to bring in something for his birthday since this is his first year in school.

We are now less than 6 months away from Ethan starting Kindergarten. I'm really excited for the new experience and he keeps asking when he's going to Kindergarten especially now that he's 5.

We've been working on breaking his habit of sucking his thumb. We think that his constant sucking his thumb could be contributing to him getting sick. At school I hear lots of coughs this time of year, so it would be extra helpful if he'd stop.

We are also have begun trying to get him to sleep in his own room ALL NIGHT. This has been a constant struggle for 6 months (since we moved into our new house). He did well last night. Making it his third night since we moved in that he's stayed in his bed all night. So that's progress! Now to make it a habit.

We've been talking a lot about responsibility like how it's his responsibility to put on his clothes, take off his clothes, brush his teeth, etc. We should have worked on these awhile back but better late than never.

That's about all that's happening with Ethan. Can't believe he's 5 already!!! How is it possible I've been a parent for 5 whole years.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The sickness that won't go away!

I hate that most of my posts since the new year have been about sickness but we're going on almost 4 weeks of Ethan being sick. He's had 3 days of no sickness and then one day between when we thought he was better and when another runny nose appeared yesterday. He's symptom free now with treatments, but as soon as we stop it comes back. I'm baffled.

I don't really know what to do since it stops when he's doing extra treatments. I don't know if it's a continuation of the RSV or what. I hope not. I heard it would take 2-3 weeks to be over all symptoms but we've exceeded that. Was it two different sicknesses? I'm just not sure.

Ethan's missed 6 days of school in the last month and that's out of 10 days he would've been in school. I worry he'll fall behind and know that Kindergarten next year is most likely going to bring more sickness. How will we keep him up to date with schoolwork? I don't want to homeschool and we have one of the best schools because of being in Elk Grove school district.

We'll see how this next week goes and what clinic says to do. I just want it to go away so we can go back to normal life with 2 treatments a day instead of 4. That's a difference of 50 minutes a day when well vs. 3 hours and 45 minutes when sick. That's 3 hours he should be playing every day.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


I'm beginning to think a lot of how Kindergarten will be next year with all the sickness preschool has brought this year. Ethan's preschool is very good about hand washing several times during the 3 hours he's there and he's still managed to be sick 4 or 5x since the beginning of school in August. The last one was RSV and he missed 2 weeks of school. Total he's missed over a month of school (3 days a week). I can't imagine what life will be like once he goes into Kindergarten with double the number of students in his class (24) and possibly less sanitizing.

We'll put it all in his 504 plan, but it'll be hard to regulate. His 504 will read that he won't be penalized for missing more than 10 days of school as that's the number of days you are allowed to miss in public school before being truant. It will also say that homework will be sent home if he's out for more than 2 days of school to keep him current and that the room be wiped down each day.

I'm really concerned that he will be out for a week maybe even two weeks at a time for sickness or a tune up in the hospital. I don't know how he's going to stay current in his schoolwork. I'm really hoping for a teacher that will help us keep him current so he doesn't fall behind.

I hope we don't have to home school because of this. I don't think he'd listen to me and follow my directions. I also feel that school is better for him educationally and socially. His speech has improved since starting school and he's picking up a lot of great skills at school by learning to write his name each day before signing him in, sorting and counting items, etc.

I'm really excited for him to go to Kindergarten, make new friends and learn more.

These are my concerns, but I know he'll probably be fine. We'll deal with everything as it comes.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Go away sickness update

We found out yesterday morning that Ethan tested positive for RSV from the nose swab they took in the ER on Friday night. We were obviously not happy to hear that and also knowing that Lila most likely had and has RSV as well.

I'm now coming down with it too. It appears to hit hardest on Days 4 and 5. My mother in law has it now and she's on Day 4 and she's miserable. I started feeling off, runny nose and slight cough last night. I feel fine for the most part but I know it's coming.

There's really no treatment for RSV, except if it effects you in a way where you need nebulizers, albuterol, etc to help you breathe. Ethan responded well to the extra albuterol and 4 treatments a day and once he got over the Day 5 hump he gradually got better. We'll be keeping him out of school for the rest of the week so the RSV doesn't just keep running around the school. Evidently you can get it over and over again.

As of now, Lila is on the mend as well. She still has a wet cough and a runny nose, but she's much better. She has what I would call a regular cold now and it's Day 11 for her and Day 9 for Ethan. Ethan still has a wet cough, runny nose and will continue on 4 treatments a day until the cough is completely gone.

Ken has pretty much been sick since the first of the year. He thinks he's gotten sick 3x with different colds and now feel nauseous at work today.

Sickness, be gone already!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Go away sickness!

While I was away on my girls weekend on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, Ken sent me a message on Saturday saying that Lila had woken up that morning covered in vomit from coughing. She didn't really have a fever so we weren't worried. We figured she had what Ken had earlier in the week.

Monday morning Ethan woke up with it as well. When I got home later in the afternoon I took their temps and they were at almost 100 so nothing to really worry about. We gave them Benadryl and Motrin and put them to bed

By Tuesday, Lila didn't feel too warm but I took her temp anyways and it was around 100.5. Ethan still seemed fine just a bad cough and low grade fever. Lila ended up throwing up a bit from getting upset and from a coughing fit.

On Wednesday both kids threw up from gagging while coughing or at least that's what we thought. Lila had a fever of 102 so we treated it with Motrin and she just cuddled with Grammy and me all day. I took the day off to be with the kids.

By Thursday Lila's fever came back at around 101. I had planned on taking her to the doctor that afternoon but she perked up around lunch time so I put it off.

On Friday we kept Ethan out of school for the 2nd day. Both kids woke up continuing to have a nasty cough. Ethan's cough kept him coughing and waking him up because it was so bad. Lila seemed to sleep okay at night. Ethan ran around like normal until about 2pm. At 2pm he laid down on the couch and immediately zonked out. He woke up a bit later and asked me where Grammy was, got upset, then promptly fell back to sleep. He hardly ever just falls asleep like that or even anywhere but his bed or ours.

By 3pm he really needed a treatment and I could hear him wheezing. His respirations were high and he kept sucking in his belly to breathe. I called Kaiser's advice line and talked with a nurse to see if we should bring him into the ER or wait for an after hours clinic appointment on Saturday.

After speaking with the advice nurse for about 20-30 minutes, counting his respirations 3x we determined that the oncall doctor, the nurse and myself didn't feel comfortable waiting for the morning.

So we headed to the ER. He coughed and wheezed all the way to the hospital and fell asleep almost immediately. At this point he'd pretty much been asleep since 2pm only waking up to take do his treatment at 4pm.

At the ER they took his temp in his armpit at 99.9 and his oxygen level was between 90 and 93%. They put us into a room. The doctor came in about 15 minutes later and examined him saying he felt warmer than 99.9 so she ordered a rectal temp. She looked at his ears and said that he definitely had one ear infection, if not two.

30 minutes later the nurse came in and gave him Tylenol and an albuterol nebulizer treatment. He perked up from the albuterol. Before this he had been laying on the gurney asleep or half asleep breathing hard. They then came in to take his temp which I thought was odd since they had given him Tylenol just 30-40 minutes earlier. Seemed kinda backwards to me. Even still his temp was 99.8. So my guess is he was really around 101 when we came in.

After this we were sent to xray to rule out pseumonia. 15 minutes later the doctor had looked at the xray and talked with Ethan's pulmonologist and they had decided that because his xray was clear that we should be prescribed a steroid for the wheeze and antibiotics for his ear infection.

After our 3 1/2 hour stay at the ER and waiting for Ethan's prescriptions we headed to McDonald's to pick up dinner and got home about 1130.

We ate, went to bed and were up at 2am to give Ethan an hour long treatment which helped but didn't change much. Ethan was wide awake at 7am (so much for sleeping in). I went to pick up Lila from my parents house about 9am and Ken laid down with Ethan for 90 minutes, got him up for a treatment.

By noon he was still refusing to eat and was really tired again so he laid down with me for a three hour nap!!! By the time he woke up for his afternoon treatment he had slept 4.5 hours out of the 8.5 hours he'd been awake and spent 2 hours of the time awake doing treatments.

The good news was that after that nap he started moving around and playing again. Since yesterday his appetite still isn't the greatest but he's not laying around either.

We had an interesting time attempting to get the liquid steroid down him. We mixed it with apple juice, then orange juice, then sugar this morning. Each time he either refused or threw it up. Thankfully he doesn't appear to really need it. We're still trying to give it to him but I think the wheezing has subsided quite a bit or even gone away altogether.

Since yesterday Lila has been whiny and clings to me. She doesn't really want daddy, just mommy. I think I'll need to take her in tomorrow to see if she has an ear infection. Until then there will be a lot of mommy/Lila time. Thankfully she's playing with Ethan now and giving me a rest. I have managed not to catch this horrible cold or flu. I feel a little weird today with drainage at the back of my throat, but otherwise fine. The test is still out as far as whether Ethan's got RSV, influenza or just a nasty virus. We should know today or tomorrow which one it is.

So that's what's been going on with us over the last week. Sorry for the long post. I'm hoping to look back on this posts after some time has passed. It's long so I can remember what happened later.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Kindergarten Registration

Yesterday was the dreaded Kindergarten registration day for Elk Grove Unified School District at our home school Sunrise Elementary. I got up at 3am and arrived at the school around 340am with my friend Ali. Between the two of us we had 3 spots to get filled.

Why did we arrive so early? Well, it was supposed to be 430 when we arrived, but we kept reading on forums about how people were showing up at 4am so we pushed up the time. Then Ali started getting messages about people already on their way over so we headed over a little earlier than that.

I slept horribly the night before and the night before that thinking that I'd be late or worse yet make Ali late since I was driving.

It was 38 degrees outside. I headed out there with a long sleeved shirt, sweatshirt, pea coat, large warm blanket, my baseball cap (I didn't have a warmer hat), and luckily Ali had hand warmers to put inside my mittens. We also brought chairs so we weren't standing or sitting on the cold ground.

Some of the people there had sleeping bags that they sat in while sitting in their chairs and one person had a space heater. We really got to know a few of the people around us since we were there for almost 4 hours with them.

They opened the doors to the multi-purpose room about 630am so we were at least warmer. We received our #'s for registration and waited the final 60 minutes until receiving our packets. Because there's Transitional Kindergarten class from last year those 24 students automatically had #'s ahead of us and priority registration. There were also another 16 kids ahead of us for various reasons. I was #11 in line for Kindergarten and received #51.

We are hoping for track A (the more traditional schedule), but counting on getting another track. If we don't get Track A we're hoping for Track C. We'll know in May sometime.

The worst part is that if we don't get Track A we'll have to reschedule our vacation to Avila Beach. We are supposed to be there the first week of school for Tracks B, C & D.

The registration process went smoothly, but man was it cold outside. I survived it only to find out that I have to do it all over again in 3 years for Lila. She'll have priority registration for the track but not for AM or PM preference for Kindergarten. Who else thinks Ken needs to go for Lila?

Lila turns 2!!! (A late post)

Lila turned 2 at the beginning of December. I have neglected my blog, so I've decided in 2015 to add at least 26 blog entries or one a every 2 weeks.

For Lila's 2nd birthday the theme of her party was fairies. She had a beautiful butterfly costume with wings and tutu from her 1st birthday that still fit her so I just left out the antennae headband and it became a fairy costume. I found a banner, a door sign and wall decorations from someone on Pinterest and the rest of the food was fairy themed. You'll see from the place cards some of the names of food, but the ones I can remember are enchanted beans (jelly beans), Twigs (Pretzel sticks) and Morning dew (Water).

The party was a lot of fun and more laid back from the parties we've had in the past. I chose this year among all the craziness of the holidays to not make decorations for Lila's party. That's why I chose printables and food ideas from Pinterest. 

Here are some of the photos from her party. It's hard to believe she's already 2. Makes me want another baby, but I know it's most likely not going to all.
 Lila with Nana
 Ella & Lila

 The Perasso Family (or at least some of it)
 Opening gifts

 Big Grandma & Ken
 Lila & Azelle
 Ella & Azelle
 Morning Dew (Water)
 Nectar (Strawberry Lemonade)
 Woodland Berries
 Pixie Pillows
 Twigs & Chipmunk Chips (Banana Chips)

Thanks to everyone who came out to our new house for the party. It was so much fun hosting and having a house almost large enough to get all our guests into. Some of Lila's favorite gifts were a baby that sits on a potty and her princess castle. She also got a Frozen singing book, several clothes, dogs in a dog purse, a baby alive doll, and many more I can't think of.

Here goes blog post #1 of the year.