Thursday, January 5, 2012

January 5, 2012


Happy New Year! We celebrated Noon Years Eve at Como Zoo and here are a few photos from the event.

Patrick made Charlotte her New Year's Eve hat. Version 1 (above) was quickly improved.

Version 2 was an original for the event. Good job Daddy!

After a countdown to Noon these beach balls fell on the crowd. Very fun! This is as close as I ever want to get to New Years Eve in Time Square; it was packed.

Charlotte was excited to get a lion beach ball even though it was purchased at the gift shop. Patrick caught a beach ball right after they were dropped but I thought it was more fun to throw the balls in the air...and it was until they had all been grabbed for keeps.

Since the New Year Charlotte has been battling illness - a fever, lots of coughing and vomiting, wheezing, and exhaustion have disqualified her from daycare for a bit. Conveniently we had already scheduled an appointment for yesterday with her pediatrician to have her g-tube site looked at because she continues to complain of pain. For the tube we have another medication that will help the stomach lining heal - we're hoping it's just irritation. If we don't see improvement by next week the next step will be an ultrasound.

For her other symptoms she was diagnosed with probably having RSV. She received monthly shots to prevent RSV for the last two winters, but now she's too old for the shots (at least to have insurance cover the very costly shots). Hopefully nebulizer and rest will help her get back on her feet - literally as she wants to lay around almost all day - very soon.

The worst of yesterday's appointment was her chest x-ray. If you haven't had the privilege of watching a toddler receive a chest x-ray here's a blog with a picture of what happens: http://matthewrachelstarch.blogspot.com/2011/03/pigg-o-stat.html - not only was Charlotte immobilized in a similar torture device, she also had a piece of black velcro wrapped around the plastic walls which just happened to be at her eye level, preventing her from seeing anything thereby increasing her fear. I've never heard her scream quite like that and was relieved when it only lasted a minute. There has got to be a better way...

Here's to hoping our family soon returns to our normal school/daycare and work routines!

2 comments on "January 5, 2012"

Lindsay on January 7, 2012 at 8:31 AM said...

Aw, I hope Charlotte feels better soon and things are back to normal. That Pigg-o-Stat thing looks terrible!
I saw Charlotte got a John Deere tractor for Christmas. Willow got one too, and hers came with a manure spreader as well! Does Charlotte come from farming roots like Willow?
Happy New Year!

Katie said...

Hi Lindsay! Yes, Charlotte's grandparents all grew up on farms. She's a big fan of the tractor. Hopefully Charlotte and Willow will get to play together and do some "farming." :)

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