Saturday, February 27, 2010

Expect the Unexpected

We've been throwing out money in random places the last little bit. Car repairs especially. This morning, Chan threw a toy at the window downstairs. It's a nice sized window - 26" across and 52" in length. I think the pictures explain it all.

Chan calls it the spider web. I don't like spiders, so naturally I don't like spider webs. :( If we can get it out to take it in, it will be $90 to fix. Another $50 if someone comes out to the house to fix it.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I definitely think Rowan is feeling better. We went in for a checkup last Thursday, he had his H1N1, and his ped said he sounded perfect. Funny thing too, he weighed 3 lbs more than he did when we went in the week before for his well child checkup. So I think his 2 year weight is more accurate at around 27 lbs.
He's back to his mischievous self. Today I must not have put the chocolate syrup up after I made chocolate milk for Chandler. Rowan pulled the step stool up to the counter and was pouring large amounts of chocolate syrup into the cup and drinking it. Sugar high?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Well and not so Well Child Visit

Thursday we went into our pediatrician for well child checkups and also for a follow up on an ER visit we had for Rowan. We were in the ER last Sunday as Rowan was having difficulty breathing. For the most part, we can usually control things at home with Rowan's nebulizer, but this particular day he was having a hard time even after the treatments. He'd also been fevering around 102-103 for the past day. They diagnosed him with bronchiolitis, and a right ear infection.
So when we went in for our follow up, we told our pediatrician about our ER visit. He did a checkup on both of the boys, and Chandler got 3 shots.
Here were their stats:

Chandler: 37 lbs, 41 inches
Rowan: 24 lbs 10 oz, 35 1/2 inches

They both seem to be growing well and Chandler loved the appointment, until he got his shots. At one time, our ped came back in and with tears in his eyes Chandler said,
"Did you poke me? Did you?!"
It was not so funny to him, but Marsh & I had a good chuckle about it.

Our ped listened to Rowan and said that he was incredibly wheezy. He also asked if at our ER visit they had tested for rsv. They hadn't, so he did a test in the office, which came back positive. After 3 breathing treatments, our ped came back in to the room to check Rowan's breathing and oxygen. Rowan was asleep, and was sating at 78-79% on room air. I didn't know before this visit, but I guess that's pretty bad. Normal oxygen levels are 95-97% and if you are under 90%, you really need help breathing. I don't think the fact that he is and has been an asthmatic for over a year really helps. Wheezing is a part of life for him. :( They put him on oxygen and he managed to go up a bit, but was still retracting and struggling to breathe. Our ped decided that he needed to be admitted somewhere. He also said we couldn't transport Rowan ourselves because he could stop breathing en route if we couldn't monitor his oxygen and if he wasn't on supplemental oxygen. So we were ambulanced up to Primary Children's in Salt Lake. As they were loading Row into the ambulance, Chan and Marsh were walking out. Chan refers to Rowan as, "My best friend" so he was beside himself to see someone taking his brother away. It was my first ambulance ride, and of course Rowan's as well. Rowan was really subdued the whole time and I got terribly car sick, bleh. Once Marsh had dropped off Chan at Jeff & Sara's, he headed up to meet me in the ER.

After taking him on and off oxygen for 5 1/2 hours, breathing treatments, and deep suctioning, he still couldn't keep his oxygen up on his own, so we were admitted to the RTU for further monitoring.
There he received breathing treatments every 2 hours and was deep suctioned every 4 hours. This one was hard for me. Having to hold his little arms down and watching him cry and shake uncontrollably while they stuck the tube down his nose and into his throat made my heart hurt. But his saturation levels always came up quite a bit after they suctioned him. I must have stared at his monitor half the time we were there. Every time that the monitor started beeping when his oxygen went below 90, I would start to feel sick as I watched his numbers drop. There was usually a nurse in the room within 20 seconds hooking him back up to oxygen though. After 12 hours of monitoring, they decided to actually admit him. I can't believe how Row would just lay there for hours on end, and be ok with it.

Saturday morning they took him off oxygen at 2 am to see how he would do. He started to hold around 90-91%, and stayed there for 7 hours. When the dr. came in in the morning, she said we could go home. Wahoo! Although I was a bit scared to bring him home because we couldn't monitor him, I felt like we knew enough that we could help him at home. Rowan usually uses a nebulizer when he starts wheezing, but they sent us home with an inhaler and spacer, which is much more convenient and faster. He's also on steroids, an antibiotic, and his daily singulair. He's doing quite a bit better today and although he still sounds yucky, he's been running around playing and has had a good appetite.

Looking back, the last couple days have been a whirl wind. It's different going from Chandler who has always been so healthy despite the common cold and such, versus Rowan who has had such bad astmatic problems and seems to get sick at the drop of a hat.

I'm also thankful to live in an area that we have such good health care. The last few days were my first experience with Primary Children's Medical Center, and I have to say I was more than impressed. From the level of care, to the simple things like cute blankets, sippy cups, meals catered to kids, toys and movies, and the little tiny pajamas. I also find it ironic that our pediatrician, Dr. Lei, specialized in childhood asthma and he's given us such great care.

I know this is turning into a thankful post, but I am thankful for good friends that would help us at the drop of a hat, and encouraging words and visits from family. My mom dropped everything to come down and help out for a few days. I can't imagine going through things like this without such a great support system.

I sure am happy to see this little guy smiling again.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I just love this picture, and I love photoshop. I'm aching to have a nicer camera, but it's definitely not on our "needs" list, so it will have to wait who knows how long. Pretty good for my little point and shoot though!

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Name: Chanbot
Artwork by: Marshall
Made of: 50% Cardboard, 50% cute little boy