Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Update on the boys

So, I think I have finally figured out where the boys got this nasty illness. Grant had an ear infection at his 18 month well-baby check, so he was put on antibiotics. I had to take him back in to the dr for a follow up once we finished those. So, Feb. 28 I took him to the drs office by himself. I remember a little boy in the waiting room that was coughing a lot and coughed on Grant a few times. His grandparents were there with him and got mad at him for coughing on Grant, but I didn't think anything about it at the time.

Fast-forward to March 4. Grant started not feeling well and it just progressed from there. I probably should have gotten the boys in to the the doctor sooner, but I just didn't want to have to lug them in there to tell me to just let them sleep and they will get better eventually. Been there, done that.

I just didn't expect that when we did get them in to the dr they would be as bad as they were. Oh well... we are here now and there is no going back.

Actually, only 1 is "here" as in the hospital now. Ethan is the only one left. Both Alex and Grant got to go home! Grant went home on Monday the 14th and Alex went home today, the 16th. I hope that tomorrow is good to us and Ethan can go home. We will see.

The boys will all be on nighttime oxygen at home, but that is not a huge deal to us. We had Ethan on o2 at home till he was just 2weeks past 1 year old. Not a big deal. We just have to make sure they keep the nasal cannula in their noses all night.

I will have some pictures of the boys here in the hospital at the end of the post for those of you not on Facebook with me.

I have to say a HUGE thank you for all the prayers and thoughts. It means so much to us that we have such a huge base of prayerful people lifting us up. It really does keep me going! Especially when I am living on only 4 hours or so of sleep each night.

I also must say thank you to my mom, James' mom, and Nana (Mary Jane Fox) who have helped out by staying at the hospital with us and by taking care of the boys at home!! I couldn't do it without you three!! (Nana is the boys' adopted Grandma here since neither of our parents live here).

So, that is the update, now for the pictures.

We got checked in to the ER and this is what we looked like till we got cribs for the boys. It was rough sitting like this. They did not feel well. At least we got to watch Barney... over, and over, and over, and over again!!

Alex and Ethan were finally laid down to sleep in a crib together. It wasn't bad. They were exhausted and didn't care the other was in the bed. Unfortunately they couldn't stay that way.

Once Grant got a bit of o2 on him, he was like a new little boy. He was jumping around and playing in his crib in the ER. You wouldn't have known he was really sick!!

Alex finally got up the energy to play a little bit in his crib with a truck for the first time on Saturday.

Then he played with the truck in my lap.

I didn't know that they had highchairs we could us, so i created a makeshift highchair from the carseat Alex had to use in the ambulance. (I didn't know that they had to be in carseats in an ambulance, but they do.)

For the first couple of nights Alex would NOT sleep in the crib the hospital had. I think he viewed it as a torture chamber since that is where he was held down to be suctioned and diapers changed, and other things. He couldn't handle it. Well, I was running so low on sleep cause he wouldn't sleep but on one of us that one of the nurses suggested a normal hospital bed. Well, we tried it. IT WORKED!! He would sit on it, sleep on it, etc all by himself!! It was a life saver for me.

Ethan finally took a bit of solid food (i.e. Cheerios) on the 13th. It was the first time in about 3-4 days.

That same night he decided to block out all the nurses/lights/mommy and daddy by putting his arm up over his eyes. He just wanted everyone to quit touching him. It will actually be a while before these boys lets strangers near them again! :( Which does not bode well for when we get back to Church.

Alex sat up and played and played with toys in his bed!! He liked having a big boy bed. I hope this is a good sign for the future.

He loved to play with the controller to the tv too. The buttons are hard to push so we didn't have to worry about him changing the channel or calling the nurse by accident!! :)

Tuesday, Ethan finally sat up and started playing some in his crib. We were excited.

He then got a room air challenge where he was off his o2, so we were just connected to the pulse-ox. So, I let him play on the floor. He tried crawling away a couple of times and loved being out of the confines of the crib!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

All three boys are in the hospital with respitory infections

So we went in to the drs office this morning because the boys have been miserable all week. I figured it'd be a quick in and out. But no. The boys' oxygen levels were all really low so we had to come to the children's hospital. Alex was transported from the drs in an ambulance cause his o2 level was in the mid 70s and that is BAD!

So we got checked in and Grant and Ethan were checked in too. The are all needing quite a bit of o2 help to keep in the ok level. I don't know when we will be out of here since Ethan and Alex both have RSV. Grant just has a REALLY REALLY REALLY bad cold. I'll update when I can once I know more.