Thursday, April 12, 2012

Q&A #238

First of all, if you have sent me an email in the last 3 days and have been waiting for a reply, I am SO sorry. My email won't let me reply to anything except by phone which isn't exactly the most convenient way to reply to things! I will get back to you as soon as I can!!

Glad you're out of ICU and Kass doesn't have another broken wrist. Was it the same one she broke before? While it not being broken is a good thing sprains they say take longer to heal. That was definitely my experience so hopefully she's feeling better.
Actually it's her left arm this time which is actually better because it's not her writing arm. She's doing ok with it just wrapped up... it's bothering her some, but not enough to keep her off the soccer field! ;)

Why haven't they given her TPN if they are so worried about gastro feeds? I would think I'd be the first option considering the concerns they are expressing. 
They talked about that briefly, but that would require a PICC line which is a whole other ordeal so they wanted to avoid that if at all possible especially since she DOES already have a g-tube in place. They said that many times kids who swallow these batteries end up having to get a g-tube or an NG tube put in at some point, so Kellsey really had an advantage in this case. She would NOT have been happy about an NG tube! 

For some reason Keeghan's face in that last picture cracks me up! its Sweet but goofy at the same time!
That pretty much sums up Keeghan - sweet but goofy! ;)

Did they give you a timeline? Like if she does fine to a certain date she'll be okay?
Not REALLY, especially since we don't know exactly when she swallowed the batteries, but they said they'll be watching her at LEAST for another couple weeks before they'll feel confident that she will be ok at home. 

Wow.. prayers are with you.. how's Frank taking all this... Keeping you in my thoughts..
He's doing ok... worried about Kellsey, of course, and frustrated that he can't be here, but he's glad my mom is here to help and thankful that she's in good hands in Denver. 

We would love to send Kellsey a care package, could we send it to Denver hosp?  
Probably. I meant to ask about that when I was up there today and forgot. I will ask when I go back up in the morning and get an address... just please don't send her anything she can put in her mouth!! 

How in the world can we help. email me if we can do anything...gas cards, food, etc. anything. 
I think we are ok right now... the hospital gave us some gas cards and they gave us some food vouchers for me or my mom for the cafeteria there. They have all been wonderful. As for home, we're just trying to keep the other 4 on track as best as possible with school and sports and dance... now... if anyone knows how to build a volcano for Kassidy's science class, that would be awesome! Just kidding... sort of. ;)

 Just curious if Frank is going to be able to come back home on leave? I know if I were in your shoes, I'd hope my husband were granted emergency leave. 
Emergency leave is only 10 days, and Frank's unit is aware of the situation and is willing to send him home when I place the Red Cross call, but they will ONLY give him the 10 days, so we're waiting to see if it would be more important for those 10 days to be used later. We don't want to bring him home now, have him go back, and then have something bad happen and really need him here, you know? So right now while my mom is still able to be here and we have a system down, we're saving that leave should we REALLY need it in the near future. 

Have you looked into an ipad? It is a wonder and she might like it. It has many "drawing" programs for kids and video/movie(netflix access).
We've talked about iPads for both girls because of the educational apps, but for Kellsey, until she gets over her phase of throwing, banging toys together, putting all her body weight on them etc, it's kind of pointless right now. It would be broken on day one. One day though! 


Sewing for Utange said...

How to build a volcano: try here:

Many of the kids I teach have build the papier mache version.
Hope this helps!

Amy said...

Here's an iPad case option that just might work for Kellsey!

The McCammons said...

I am a military daughter with a father who served over sea's most of the first 12 years of my life. I can't imaging going through this with your spouse (and their father) not with you. You are such an inspiration to us mothers. I have a little one who is constantly sick with unknown GI problems but at least I have his father here. I couldn't imagine doing it without him. I am happy that your mother is able to be here to help, that the hospital is doing what they can to help you out too, at least to make it more bare able to travel, as I live in the Springs and I know the drive to Denver isn't that great, especially to make over and over. May I ask if she is at one of the Childrens hospitals? (my son was going to have to go to one up there and Im just looking for a reference :)
Many hugs and prayers your way. May the Drs continue to bring good news and your precious little girl prospers quickly. :)

S said...

Here are three cases that would work for Kellsey if she is rough. The IGuy might be best since it "stands" to watch movies/videos.

The Thomsons said...

We have an ipad at our school for a student who throws/bangs his materials. He broke an ipad once and they got a really cool case. Not sure if it is one of the links the others have mentioned but our SLP dropped it and threw it on the ground to test it out and no damage occurred. It's pretty cool!!!

Suzetta said...

Thanks for the answer. I do understand about trying to wait. I can't even imagine being in your shoes and your conversations with him about that. I am praying that all goes well and that Emergency leave is not neeeded! EVER!

Good luck with the volcano too!

7ee7c4d4-8515-11e1-98f4-000bcdcb8a73 said...

I don't know how active you are with your husbands FRG but don't forget about them! I'm sure they'd be willing to help out in whatever way possible or put you in contact with organizations that could!(Can you tell I'm a fellow army wife LOL)

Lynn said...

Praying so hard about everything!!!!!
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