Sunday, May 31, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Good news is that if he doesn't have his glasses on, he wants them. My mom noticed that he was picking up tiny things off of the floor....a first for him. I am certain the glasses are making a great difference for him. I want more solutions like that!
Love you all,
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Eli's favorite words: paci, Eah (Sophia), daddy, yay, (shaking his head) NO, ready, here it is.
He isn't moving his broken (healing) arm. That's a good thing. We'll get it checked out again next week with x-ray shipped to Shreveport. Hopefully we can avoid a trip in person. His liquid vitamin D arrives at our house tomorrow so we'll start that.
Love to all,
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I know most of you think there is no way Eli could actually get any cuter. Drum roll, please!
Isn't he adorable. I picked his glasses up on Monday, but with the drama (and pain) of a broken arm, I didn't introduce them to Eli until today and he's taken to them. He pulled at them at first, but then he's just left them alone. I have to believe it's because he's realized how well he can SEE! The hair is out of control, I know.
In one of the pics you can see the stamped "YES" on his arm. The hospital does that to signify where they are supposed to do surgery. It just cracks me up every time.
Here's an Eli story for the record books. So, the Shriner docs tell me that Eli is deficient in Vitamin D. They planned to give him a load dose while at the hospital and then start Eli on a daily dose. Well, the Shriner's pharmacy isn't used to giving out Vitamin D and they couldn't get their hands on the right item for Eli before our departure yesterday. So, I come home with a prescription to give Eli 100,000 units of Vitamin D as a load dose and then 1,000 a day. I go to the pharmacy to pick up the vitamin and the pharmacist says, "You know that will be 100 pills, right?" Well, of course, I had no idea. I found another bottle that had 2,000 units per pill, which knocked my pill number to give Eli down to 50. So, I get home and count out 50 pills. I start to crush them with a spoon....doesn't work. I throw them in the food processor with some of his formula for about a 30 minute spin and pretty much liquefied the pills and fed them to my son. I know, I know, seems totally odd. I double questioned the doc and the pharmacist called the doc to triple clarify we were all on the same page. I just hope it helps his bones. Doc says because of Eli's chronic skin condition, his body doesn't make Vitamin D. Today, I've found some liquid Vitamin D online, which I will buy for Eli so we don't have to run his meal through the spinner.
Thank you all for thinking about us this week. We've all had better weeks, that is for sure.
Love and gratitude,
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
We are in Shreveport where Elijah had his rod removed from his arm and his bone set to heal from the break. He is doing great. They fit us in today so the wait for his turn for the procedure was until 1:30, which meant no food all day. As soon as we were back in the room, I fed him and he went sound asleep. He's been in pain since Sunday evening with that broken bone. I know he'll feel much better soon. Doc says his wrist should be fine despite the rod coming out sooner than they had wanted (something Eli is known for). We plan to head back home tomorrow.
I am SO impressed with this hospital. The doctors care so much. David complimented the anesthesiologist with "take it from professional patients, you have great bed side manner." The doc choked up and told us he treats these kids like they are his own. It shows!
The surgeon tells me she thinks Eli has a vitamin D deficiency. So, we'll be tackling that upon our return home.
Sophia called me this morning saying, "I have exciting news!" She proceeded to tell me she has a loose tooth. I have to say, I was scared she might be telling me she found a dog and grammie said she could keep it.
Love to all,
Sunday, May 10, 2009
A series of events this evening ended with us at the ER to discover that the arm with the rod is broken and the rod is not in its rightful place. The ER docs will splint the arm and send Eli home with pain meds. Tomorrow, we will pursue with the Shreveport docs what they want us to do. Will keep you posted.
Swine flu symptoms were rampant in the ER. I kept Eli far away, but pray we stay infection free. David too!
Despite the end to the day stinking, I had a lovely Mother's Day. My brother brought over pizza for the whole family so that the three moms didn't have to do anything. So sweet!
To all the moms out there, I hope your day was delightful. To all of the extraordinary moms out there, I hope the day had a flare of ordinary!
Love you all,
Top photo is Sophia before going on stage for her talent show (show in next blog entry). Then you see Sophia in her Easter dress and Eli playing with Sophia over daddy's shoulder. Last, that is Eli under his TV tray. My mom gave us this great idea to buy Eli a floor TV tray to play on. It's just his height. This week, he scooted right underneath the thing and fit perfectly. He wasn't stuck, just checking it out then he scooted back out. I love to watch him explore.
Love you all,
Friday, May 8, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Kim, I know you read Eli's blog sometimes. If you read this, please call me when you are able. We love you and Kylissa.
Other news, Eli's glasses are on order in color chocolate. He's going to be even cuter.
Love to all,
Saturday, May 2, 2009
This will be confirmed on Monday when the docs in Shreveport confirm the x-ray is fine. I'm happy for this to be nothing. I admit I am really overly cautious with Eli's arm situation since last time he got so terribly ill due to an infection in the arm. I'm sure you all can get a good laugh out of this, as did I, so I'm fine with it, laugh.
David still isn't feeling 100%, although he is better. I am still dragging around keeping up with my duties.
Sophia really, really wants a puppy. She asks about it every day. Today, a friend's mom told Sophia that they give puppies away at the animal shelter. She came in SO excited that the animal shelter was having a sale. She thought we should rush right out to get her a "free" puppy. David and I know there is nothing "free" about a dog you don't have to pay for up front. We'll see. We'd need a very obedient, shed-free companion that wouldn't require frequent visits to the vet...does that even exist?
Here's to ordinary bumps,