Saturday, April 12, 2014

"my leg hurts! my leg hurts!"

When I picked Addison up from school on Wednesday evening, we were walking (read: I was walking, Addison was skipping/jumping/hopping) down the hallway and she started crying that her leg hurt. I immediately became concerned since it was her right leg and worried something was wrong with her hip. After massaging her scar for a few seconds, she said she felt better and wanted to walk again. We left school and made it all the way home without another mention of it.

About an hour before bedtime, she started talking about how she hurt her leg today. We sat down with her and told her to show us exactly where it hurt. She pointed to her foot, then stood up and did a little dance to show us how she hurt it. Then we proceeded to read her 78 books, say her prayers, and go to sleep.

She woke up Thursday morning crying that her foot hurt. We rubbed it, then continued on with the normal routine. She didn't mention her foot again, until right before we were all getting ready to walk out the door. We needed to change her pull-up but she wouldn't put any weight on her right foot and could barely walk.

We briefly checked it out again, but it wasn't bruised or swollen. We made the quick decision that she would come to work with me and I would call the pediatrician as soon as they opened.


For the first hour, she complained her foot hurt and still wouldn't put any weight on it. I kept thinking "it's probably just sprained," but since it was her right side, I wanted to be sure it wasn't anything more serious. I will admit that I did NOT want to pay for an x-ray so I was really hoping the pediatrician would be able to confirm what I was thinking. I was able to get an appointment for 11:20 that morning.


I had walked out of the office to get something off the printer and walked back in to find Addison spinning in my office chair. And either immediately before that or very soon after, she had to run across the hall to "show Laura something" with no problems with her foot. I gathered up some work to do in the afternoon and turned my back to pack up my laptop. Next thing I knew, I heard "oh hi Addie" from down the hall. I looked out my door, and she had walked pretty much the entire hallway.

After scooping her up (not without a fight, mind you), we made our way to the doctor. While we were waiting, she was all over the waiting room - reading, singing, screaming at the top of her lungs, taking selfies. When the pediatrician walked in, she wasn't shy at all. I explained what was going on, and he had her run around the office and did some stretching of her legs. Never once did she say anything hurt. He mentioned it could have been some cold/sinus had gone to her hip joint (can't remember the medical name he called it) and it caused her to step wrong. That, or she's just clumsy. He said he didn't think an x-ray was necessary at that time, but we should definitely keep a close eye on it, and if we saw her limping again to give him a call.



Thankfully, that was pretty much the end of it. We got home. She took a nap (after I promised a trip to the playground if she slept for 2 hours). I worked. She woke up exactly 2 hours later. We went to the playground.



Even though this definitely threw a wrench in our daily routine, we are incredibly thankful that it was nothing more serious!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

she got tubes

After so many ear infections in such a short amount of time, our pediatrician referred us to an ENT to see about Addison getting tubes. I was so torn over this because I did not want her to have to go under anesthesia again. I realize kids have this procedure all the time, but it was still nerve wracking knowing she would be under general anesthesia while the doctor was performing the procedure. But at the same time, having her on antibiotics every few weeks wasn't sitting well with me either. 

The visit with the ENT went very well, and he calmed any fears that I had regarding the procedure. He had come highly recommended from a friend of mine who assured me he would not do the surgery if he didn't really think it was necessary. He had said since her left ear drum had ruptured twice (that sounds so painful!), it was severely retracted, and the sooner we could do the procedure, the better. He also mentioned that since he would just be doing tubes, she would still be under anesthesia, but only a a mask over her face...no iv or tube intubation. That made us feel MUCH better! And with that, it was scheduled for the next Wednesday he had available. 

We arrived at the hospital at 5:45am, went through admitting, signed all the necessary paperwork, and were directed to the second floor. There, they took all of her vitals and we waited for the anesthesiologist to come talk to us. 


Addison was getting hungry and impatient. She wasn't interested in Mickey Mouse on the television or coloring or anything for that matter. FINALLY, they gave her some versed and she started to relax a little. She was mesmerized by the oxygen sensor on her finger and was getting the biggest kick out of her finger glowing. They took her back to the OR and we were directed to the family waiting room.


Thirty minutes later, the ENT came out, said she did completely fine and was in recovery. He gave us drops to put in for the next week and told us not to expect drainage, but don't be surprised by it either. He had warned that it would probably take longer for her to come out of anesthesia than the actual surgery itself, and that's exactly what happened. Once she woke up, ate a popsicle, and a final set of vitals were taken, we were able to go home.

Thankfully, he did warn us about the drainage because she has had some pretty nasty gunk come out of her ears since the procedure. We had our follow up appointment two weeks ago, and everything looked good. We did have to continue drops for a few more days because there was still some stuff in there. He said tubes will stay in between 6 months and 2 years and fall out on their own. We're praying for them to stay in for 2 years so we don't have to do a repeat of the procedure again.




Monday, March 31, 2014

Menu Monday

It's been a while since I've done a Menu Monday post (or any post for that matter), and I have not done a very good job of sticking with meal planning lately. I've been making way too many trips to the grocery store during the week and just throwing meals together instead of taking the time to put a little effort into a nice meal for my family.


Monday - White Beans with Smoked Sausage and Rice
Wednesday - Grilled Deer Sausage with Roasted Zucchini
Thursday - Leftovers
Saturday - Grilled Chili Sauce Chicken with Cucumber & Tomato Salad
Sunday - Pizza on the Grill!

Obviously, it's grilling season at our house! Michael loves to grill & we both love that we don't heat up the house cooking inside!

What's on your menu for this week?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Addie's First Mardi Gras Parade

On Friday night, we took Addie to her first Mardi Gras parade. There's a local krewe that parades right in front of our subdivision, so we thought what better opportunity for her to experience it. I wasn't crazy about the idea that it would not even reach where we stood until well after her normal bedtime, but I knew she would enjoy it!
running around while it was still daylight

sitting in her chair like a big girl

waiting patiently to walk out to the route

mesmerized by the plastic light up wand

taking a break before the parade starts

throw me something!
woke up asking for beads on Saturday morning


still "playing parade" on Sunday morning (in Christmas pj's)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

wordless wednesday :: fun at palm tree playground

The New Orleans chapter of the March of Dimes held the 2014 March for Babies Kickoff party yesterday afternoon at Palm Tree Playground. I took some time off of work to bring Addison because we had never had the opportunity to make it over there since they've opened, plus, you all know the March for Babies is very near and dear to our hearts!


It took her a few minutes to warm up since there were quite a few people there, but after she ate almost an entire slice of cheese pizza, she was ready to go play!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Day

Last Friday, the weather got pretty bad. Freezing rain. Patches of ice in the parking lot at work. The public & private schools made the call at 5am to close on Friday. Thankfully, Addison's preschool was still open. We ended up closing the office early so that everyone could get home safely.  

Saturday morning, the meteorologists on our local news channels started talking about how we would have more of the same, if not worse, weather on Tuesday & Wednesday of this week. First thing Monday morning, the office was buzzing with talk of whether or not the schools would be open and if we would be closing or not. Around mid morning, the calls started coming in that the parish school board had closed school for Tuesday and Wednesday. At 3pm, I got the email from Addison's preschool saying they'd be closed as well. The company then sent out an email saying we'd be closed on Tuesday but open up at 10am this morning.

Tuesday wasn't so bad...Michael went into work and Addison and I had a decent morning coloring, playing with her kitchen, and reading every book on her bookshelf. By mid-afternoon, the rain started and when Michael got home, it had started sleeting. All the while Addison was yelling out the back door "Frosty come on! Please Frosty!" By the time we went to sleep, the ice had started to accumulate and we woke up to an ice filled yard with icicles hanging from the eaves of the house.
Emails & texts were flying this morning about whether or not our office should open at 10am. The state police were asking drivers to stay off the roads since the temperatures did not get warm enough to melt the ice on the roadways. Plus, a lot of the major bridges and interstates were still closed. The decision was made to close our office for the rest of the day. Michael decided to go into work, and he said the roads were extremely bad with the icy conditions.

I had brought a bit of work home with, since it is tax season and all. Deadlines don't get pushed back for ice storms! It's like Addison knew I had to do some work because she was ready to go from the moment she woke up this morning! It was supposed to be "pajama day" at school today so I declared it pajama day at home as well! We were already playing dress up at 7am! 


We watched A LOT of television, including The Little Mermaid approximately 86 times. We baked cupcakes. We played dress up again. And we fought our sleep....which means I got very little work done! 





Every.Single.Time. she would start fading into sleepiness (see picture above), she would pop up and run around like a crazy child (or a sleep deprived two year old). 

I made last minute plans to meet a new friend at Body Pump this evening, so as soon as Michael got home, I was out the door to the gym! I haven't done Body Pump in FIVE years! Actually, the last time I did Body Pump was the last time NOLA got snow! So, I'm pretty sure I won't be able to walk tomorrow. Or Friday for that matter. 

And if you're wondering, there are more changes in the weather forecast. It's supposed to be 70 degrees & rainy this weekend! Go figure! 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The return of the sickies

We had a pretty good run for exactly one month where we didn't have to visit the pediatrician.

We went for a follow up appointment for ear infection #3 the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and thankfully, Addie's ears were all clear.

We didn't end up back at the doctor's until the Thursday after Christmas when Addie was diagnosed with ear infection #4.

Six days ago, we went back for a follow up & the pediatrician said her ears looked great!

Over the last couple of days, she developed a cough, which wasn't improving and her appetite was almost non-existent.

Since she didn't have fever, I wasn't sure if we should take her or not because I didn't want to risk her contracting something else while sitting in the waiting room.

We decided it would be best to get her checked out to make sure nothing more serious was going on.

I always get worried about her lungs when she starts coughing a lot. Plus, a note was sent home that a child in her class was diagnosed with the flu.

We got in to see one of the nurse practitioners this afternoon. She immediately ruled out the flu (for now) since she didn't have fever, and she wasn't really displaying any of the other symptoms associated with it. Since she wasn't having trouble breathing, she decided not to test for RSV.

Her lungs sounded clear and even though her ears did not look terrible right now, it did appear that an ear infection could possibly be brewing in her right ear.

She suggested we take a "watch and wait" approach right now. Continue to treat the symptoms, look for the signs she displayed with her prior ear infections, and if her temperature were to spike or she begins to have trouble breathing, to call her back immediately.

It was a relief to know that as of right now, we aren't looking at anything too serious. I still hate to see my baby girl not feeling well though.

We did leave with a referral to an ENT since she's had multiple ear infections in the last few months. I will call tomorrow to make the next available consultation appointment.

I know I can't be the only one ready for cold/flu season over...