Tuesday, May 24, 2011

On the Upswing

So I've kept many of you all waiting for two long weeks without writing updates about all the health problems I mentioned in my last post. Well, I guess if you were super worried, you would have called or emailed by now. haha. Wait no longer...

James' TEE test went well. It was a very uncomfortable procedure as he had to have his entire mouth and throat numbed. He said he felt like he was choking on his own saliva because his swallowing mechanism was not working. Fortunately, the anesthesia kicked in soon after. The doctor said that everything looked completely normal. He didn't even see the "thickening" that had been seen in a previous test which led to this one. So we praise God for those results. James was sick to his stomach the rest of the evening but began feeling normal again the next day. As for the rheumatologist results, no new information there. The testing they did for gout came back negative. From what I've read online, this test is not conclusive and does not necessarily mean he does not have gout. His levels simply may not have been high enough during the test to show a positive result. They basically told him to call again when he has another full blown episode and they'd try to work him in. That way they could do the testing when he was in the middle of an episode (which he was not during his first visit).

As for me and the BPPV (vertigo), I've been doing better. The first few days after treatment were rough and very nauseating. I continued to feel pretty crummy for about one week. These last 3 or 4 days I've been feeling quite a bit better though not 100%. I'm noticing that fast movement (such as looking out of the car window) is still causing me some issues. I go back to the doc on the 31st for a re-test. I'll be treated again if it's still there. But as I said, I've been feeling much better these last few days so I'm grateful for that!

As for the kids, on a health note, they've been doing great. This time of the year is my favorite for that. I started noticing Sophia preferred to hold her head towards her right shoulder. But since Hannah had womb-induced torticollis, I am familiar with treating that. I went ahead and started stretching Sophia and working on getting her movements centralized. I've noticed great improvement and can hardly even tell she's had a preference now! Very exciting. She's been a super easy-going sweet baby.

Hannah and I went on a Mommy/Daughter Princess Tea Party at a local kid's place last night. That was a lot of fun for her. She's painfully shy but we continue to try and encourage her gently when we can. She got to choose a dress, get her nails painted, hair fixed and choose makeup. The girls all walked the runway to show off their pretty selves (which she did with my holding her hand). We had cookies and apple juice. We met Belle, Cinderella, Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother. She colored pictures, played some games and came home with a balloon. I'll try to get pictures uploaded by my next post.

Benjamin is full swing into his twos. We have to stay very consistent with encouraging and disciplining him or he's a mess. That said, I've seen a little more of his sweetness lately if we are. We're going to start potty-training Thursday. Fun stuff!

Okay, I feel this is getting very long now so I'll stop writing. Until next time....

Take Care,
Terra

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Health Fun

Parenting lately has been pretty entertaining because of some health issues. As I mentioned a few posts ago, James has had a lot of problems with his right hand/wrist lately. We've always assumed it was arthritis (he has a great deal of genetics playing against him). Today, a rheumatologist told him she thought it was probably gout. They did more blood work and xrays and we'll wait for further thoughts from her. Thursday he gets something called a TEE on his heart. It's basically an ultrasound inserted through the esophagus to check on the heart. James was told he has some thickening in one of his valves and so they are going to check everything out and see if there is anything to worry about.

Then about two weeks ago, I decided to start doing yoga again. Just a few days later, I started getting dizzy and nauseous. For some, that may mean little. For me, with a past of BPPV (positional vertigo), I knew otherwise. I went to the doc this morning and had my suspicion confirmed and retreated in office. So I get to sleep upright for the next two evenings and have to keep my head level for 48hrs. Add increasing muscle spasms behind my right shoulder blade and I think we're both falling apart! What in the world are we going to feel like if we live to be older!? We're only 33 and 29 now!

So... picture all of the above. Then add three children ages three and under. Plus one or two if I'm nannying. It can lead to some interesting days! Fortunately, God reminds us that He is strong in our weaknesses and we're definitely physically weak these days! And all this sounds horrible but it's usually not everything bothering both of us at once. There are little graces each day.

I'm in the process of planning Hannah's "Tangled" birthday party. That should be fun. We've started doing a little more school time each day, since she's not in a formal program. The hardest part of that is keeping Benjamin (2) and Sophia (2 1/2mo) entertained while doing so. I usually wait till Sophia is sleeping since she still does that a lot these days. Benjamin is a bit more challenging. Oh... and then potty training comes soon...

Until next time...

Take Care,
Terra