Sunday, February 28, 2010

Unpleasant surprises

January and February have been hard months for us. We have had way too much paperwork to deal with, and encountered a variety of frustrating pitfalls trying to get Oliver what he needs. We've had our hands full with doctor's appointments, therapy sessions, snowstorms, last-minute cancellations, and a miscellaneous assortment of other appointments and obligations. We also had some out-of-the-ordinary heartaches, which I am finding it particularly difficult to rise above. We've been sick off and on as well. When Oliver is sick he struggles more than usual with his breathing and swallowing. This of course leads to more reflux, more vomiting, and even less sleep, making it all the more difficult for a brave little boy and his tired parents.

Swollen lip Here are a few of pictures from a couple of unpleasant surprises we had. As if we didn't have enough going on, in January we discovered that Oliver is allergic to peanuts. After a teeny tiny "taste" on his lip during speech/feeding therapy, his mouth started swelling up almost immediately. I rushed him to the doctor and thankfully all we needed was a dose of Benadryl. But this is serious, and the next time we may not be so lucky. Not good, and of course this happened when Shami was away at a conference.

In February Oliver's g-tube button came out again. The water-filled balloon that holds it inside his stomach sprung a leak, and the whole thing came right out. Although it has never been easy, Shami and I have replaced the button ourselves in the past. But Oliver's stoma has grown a bit of a lip, making it more difficult, and we struggled fruitlessly to get the new button in. We tried again and again, while Oliver got more and more upset. If the button isn't replaced quickly enough (within 2 hours) the stoma begins to close up, and surgery may be required. So at 7:00 on a Sunday morning we had to call on our gallant brother-in-law Dr. Jamie. Thankfully Jamie was home, and came to save the day. We were grateful to avoid a trip to the emergency room. Once the button was in Ollie calmed down. Other than the site being a little sore he seemed just fine, so we were able to give him his morning tube feed.

Oops, no button Button back in

3 comments:

flask said...

i'll keep you and yours in prayer.

don't know if that matters to you, but no kind thought is ever wasted.

Thamma,Dadu said...

Isn't it strange that much too often there is no answer to our "Why"s! Why should an innocent and brave little boy suffer so much!!Just to prove that he is a super fighter?

debgraafsma said...

Thank you sharing your journey with us. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger -- Is 41:10 -- Blessings, Debbye debgraafsma.wordpress.com

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